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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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Transparency means more than just publishing data on a website – Jane Cummings

The wealth of information about our health services is greater than ever. Go onto NHS Choices or the websites of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Office of National Statistics and NHS England and you will find vast amounts of data and statistics about almost all aspects of healthcare. There is an increasing openness […]

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Seeing a new way to providing the very best services – Mike Bewick

Dr Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director for NHS England, outlines the aims of the Eye Care Call To Action: Early access to preventative eye care and accurate early diagnosis is vitally important to patients. While NHS England has a limited role in the direct commissioning of eye health services, it is one of the common […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 25th update – John Holden

Your feedback From time to time we are challenged as to whether the review has a pre-determined outcome. Some think we have already decided that one or more units have to close, and that we know which ones. Others think that we have already decided that no units will close, come what may. The truth […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 24th update – John Holden

Your feedback Thank you for your continuing support and feedback. We are very conscious that the success of this review relies on active engagement from all its stakeholders, some of whom – I know – feel that it wasn’t needed in the first place, or should have been resolved sooner. We have now almost completed […]

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Finding the route to helping people with dementia – Alistair Burns

Professor Alistair Burns welcomes the launch of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Dementia Roadmap: This innovation by the Royal College of General Practitioners will help colleagues in primary care support their patients diagnosed with dementia, their families and carers. A lot of excellent information about dementia exists but GPs are incredibly busy and certainly […]

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Parity of esteem – what are we trying to achieve? – Martin McShane

As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close, Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s director for people with long term conditions, gives his definition of Parity of Esteem: Much has been said in the last few years about ‘parity of esteem’. It has almost become a slogan, trotted out in the same breath by politicians […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 23rd update – John Holden

Your feedback During the Trust visits carried out by Professor Deirdre Kelly and members of the review team, questions have been asked about the scope of our work and the way in which different aspects of the service are being taken into account. I thought I would take this opportunity to provide some clarification. In […]

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