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Sir David’s regret over Mid-Staffs hospital failures

NHS England’s chief executive Sir David Nicholson has spoken of his “bitter regrets” over failing to meet the families of patients who died in Mid-Staffordshire. He admitted his response to the Mid-Staffs report – which revealed serious and systematic failures in care – had been one of the hardest lessons he learned during his 36-year […]

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Change is the key to NHS survival

The NHS must change if it is to survive and remain sustainable. That was the blunt message from NHS England’s chief executive Sir David Nicholson to the Health and Care Innovation Expo today. “We need to put systems in place that make change happen,” he told a packed audience. “This is a matter of survival […]

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Credit where credit is due – David Nicholson

As I begin the countdown to my retirement after 35 years of working in the NHS, I was recently reminded of the dedication and commitment of the people working to improve staff health and wellbeing. At the end of January I had the pleasure of presenting the awards at the NHS Sport and Physical Activity […]

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Compassion and whistleblowing – David Nicholson

I had a motivating and inspiring day with Steve Trenchard and his team at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust the other week. We spent most of the day tracing the dementia care pathway through the eyes of patients and carers. The progress is genuinely impressive, although there is still much more to do. What really […]

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Simon Stevens Appointed as new Chief Executive of NHS England

Simon Stevens has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of NHS England, Chairman Professor Sir Malcolm Grant announced. Simon, who has 26 years’ experience in healthcare management at frontline and national level both in England and internationally, will take over from Sir David Nicholson on 1 April 2014. The appointment of the new chief […]

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Turning points – David Nicholson

Organisations and individuals have turning points, a point in their development often seen in retrospect as a key moment of change. For the NHS it could be argued it was the financial problems of 2005/2006 out of which came a determination to put quality at the heart of the NHS, the Darzi work, the attack […]

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Time to think about the whole person – David Nicholson

This is my latest blog, thanks to everyone who has commented on my previous efforts so far. However, one of the most disappointing responses has been that I don’t write the blogs myself. Can I confirm that I do, indeed one commentator has suggested that whoever did write my last blog on culture should be […]

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Seeing compassion in practice – David Nicholson

We know that truly compassionate care is essential to making sure that every patient has a good experience of the NHS. However, we also know that this isn’t always the case, as recent events have highlighted. This is why NHS England’s Compassion in Practice strategy and implementation of the 6Cs is so important. I was […]

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