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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 31st update – John Holden

The launch of consultation On Monday 15 September NHS England launched twelve weeks of consultation on draft standards and service specifications for congenital heart disease (CHD) services. This will run until 5pm on Friday 8 December. The following materials are available on our dedicated consultation web-pages. a consultation document, introducing the standards and specifications and […]

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Post diagnostic support in dementia – Professor Alistair Burns

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, gives his views on support for people with dementia and their carers. Being diagnosed with dementia is the start of a life changing journey, and that’s why it’s so important that we reach our ambition of increasing correctly diagnosing dementia in more people, and putting in […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 30th update – John Holden

To those of you who have been on holiday – welcome back, I hope you had an enjoyable break. In the CHD review team we have packed away our flip-flops and our attention is now focused entirely on the remaining things we have to do prior to the launch of 12 weeks’ consultation on standards […]

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Listening to important questions – Jane Cummings

There have been disturbing accounts in the media of nurses discussing end of life care with elderly patients in a blunt and impersonal way, particularly patients’ wishes concerning resuscitation. This morning I spoke to Roy Lilley, who described the experience his mother had. It was not good, upsetting and should not have happened. As a […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 29th update – John Holden

Your feedback We have been asked how, in our analysis of CHD activity, we have taken account of specific factors that may affect future demand for CHD services. Over the last year, we have spoken to clinicians and to our advisory groups, read the relevant literature, and carried out some statistical analysis to shed light […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 27th update – John Holden

Your feedback We’ve been asked about feedback from the Trust visits (led by Professor Deirdre Kelly, at the invitation of the Clinicians’ Group) and whether there will be a write-up on individual units. The answer is that we will not publish any commentary on individual units, nor will we use the visits to drive decisions […]

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Alistair Burns’ video blog on the ambitions for the dementia services going forward.

NHS England’s Dementia Director, Professor Alistair Burns, has posted a video blog on the ambitions for services going forward. He makes the target clear: that by next year two-thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia should have a diagnosis and post diagnostic support. Professor Burns explains that current rates of diagnosis are relatively […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 26th update – John Holden

Your feedback We had a lively discussion at our Patient & Public Group Meeting on 13 June 2014, which began with a robust challenge from some attendees about current quality in surgical units, the accessibility of public & patient meetings, and the nature and breadth of our planned consultation. This sort of encounter can be […]

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