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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 21st update – John Holden

Your feedback In response to interest expressed by all three of our engagement and advisory groups (Providers, Clinicians and Patient & Public), we are planning to organise a joint meeting of these groups and the review team are currently working to find an acceptable date for this meeting. We will let you know as soon […]

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The Friends and Family Test – proof of success through action – Tim Kelsey

By Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information, NHS England: The Friends and Family Test (FFT) was one of the many responsibilities NHS England inherited from the Department of Health when it came into being on 1 April 2013. Since day one, we have not looked back, rolling out data from A&E, inpatient and […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 20th update – John Holden

Your feedback Some of you have asked about the arrangements for our different engagement events, and the demands they place on people. Most recently we’ve been asked about the Easter holiday events for children and young people. We are running these events during the holidays to allow as many children and young people as possible […]

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Making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world – Dr Mike Durkin

By Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England director of patient safety: Patient safety has been a key priority in NHS England’s first year. There can be no question that it should always be of paramount importance to everyone working in the NHS, but safety quite rightly came under particular scrutiny following the inquiry into Mid Staffs […]

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Major strides in tackling dementia – Alistair Burns

By Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia, NHS England: For too long dementia had been an illness that went unnoticed until it was too late, and there is an unacceptable variation in dementia services across the country. In 2013 NHS England, building on previous work, and making a commitment that two thirds of people […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 19th update – John Holden

Your feedback Thank you to everyone who has submitted documents and references in response to our call for evidence. We have passed these on to the team at ScHARR who are conducting a literature review for us. The deadline for submissions has now passed and so we cannot guarantee that any further submissions will be […]

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Putting compassion at the heart of healthcare – Jane Cummings

The health service has seen major scientific, medical and technological advances. But it is the human element – compassion and basic values and behaviours – that have never been more important. In December 2012, I launched Compassion in Practice – the three year vision and strategy for nursing, midwifery and care staff. It was developed […]

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Email and web-chat will help meet the dementia challenge – Alistair Burns

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia welcomes a new online service to help people with dementia, their families and carers: Tackling dementia is a priority for NHS England. It is our ambition that two thirds of people with dementia should receive a formal diagnosis and accompanying post diagnostic support. A timely diagnosis […]

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New steps towards eradicating never events – Dr Mike Durkin

A new report sets out a number of recommendations on how ‘never events’ can be eliminated from NHS surgery. Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, explains the key recommendations and the next steps to them action across the NHS: Never events are exactly what they say they are – events that should […]

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Are we doing enough for people living with dementia? – Professor Alistair Burns

Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s national clinical director for dementia, previews Innovation Expo: Our aim is to stimulate debate about dementia. To that end, Professor June Andrews and Beth Britton will be debating the issue of whether we are simply doing enough for people living with the illness, while I will be discussing the issues […]

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