Blogs

Helping people to ESCAPE the misery of chronic joint pain – Michael Hurley

Professor Michael Hurley, Clinical Director for the Musculoskeletal Programme at the Health Innovation Network South London, provides an update on the work taking place to tackle chronic joint pain. Along with many others in the musculoskeletal community, I get tired of hearing about other long term conditions which continuously feature in the headlines – both […]

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Managing conflicts of interest in the NHS – Mike Thompson

We are living through a golden age of drug discovery.  Newspaper front pages tell us weekly of the scientific breakthroughs being made in cancer, cardiovascular disease and HIV. The pharmaceutical industry is incredibly proud of our role in pushing forward these advances to benefit the lives of patients across the UK. The story of discovering […]

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Leeds’ progress as an integrated care pioneer – Rebecca Charlwood

The integrated care pioneer programme supports 25 pioneers who are developing and testing new ways to deliver person-centred integrated health and social care services across England. As part of the new care models programme, the pioneers have been working on addressing the care and quality gap identified in the NHS Five Year Forward View. Earlier […]

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Nurses have a key role to play in supporting people with Parkinson’s – Jacqueline Young

There are currently 127,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK, however as the condition is particularly prevalent amongst older people, this number is expected to rise due to the ageing UK population. The condition is largely managed through specialist intervention; as such the quality of support provided by Parkinson’s specialist nurses specifically has a […]

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Making personal health budgets work for all – Colin Royle

Speaking today at a Westminster Briefing on the next steps for implementation of personal health budgets, Colin Royle, Director of Peoplehub CIC, reflects on how personal health budgets can offer more flexibility even for those who don’t feel confident in taking more control of their care. When people first hear about the option of having a personal […]

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The importance of shared decision making – Professor Alf Collins

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently launched the work of a collaborative approach to Shared Decision Making. In this blog, Professor Alf Collins, reflects on the ethical, practical and legal imperatives of sharing decisions with informed patients. I don’t know about you, but when I am faced with a decision, I […]

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Why is diagnosing frailty important? – Professor Martin Vernon

Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care at NHS England discusses the importance and potential in diagnosing frailty. ‘All the world’s a stage…and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages’. Shakespeare elegantly captured life’s journey, describing human frailty in ways we can still resonate […]

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Sharing lives, improving lives – Fiona Clark

In the latest of a series of blogs on the work being done to transform care for people with a learning disability and/or autism we hear from Fiona Clark, NHS Programme Director for Shared Lives Plus who tells us how the recent partnership with NHS England is having a positive and meaningful impact on people’s […]

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