Blogs

Make a pledge for Mental Health Awareness Week – Karen Turner

What is most important to someone with a mental health problem? The same things which are as important to everyone else:  a decent place to live, a job, good quality relationships. That is what we heard from the 20,000 people who contributed to our Mental Health Forward View. It is, of course, no secret that […]

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Great strides are being made in dementia awareness – Professor Alistair Burns

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia marks National Dementia Awareness Week by outlining the significant progress being made in this area of care: This week gives us a great opportunity to raise the profile of dementia, to celebrate things that have been achieved and shed a light on areas where more work needs to […]

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Allied Health Professionals mandate for change is shaping up – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer thanks those who have contributed to this first stage of shaping the mandate for change and explains next steps. It is now a full month since the launch of an important online workshop. A platform to engage with Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across England to co-create a vision […]

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The 10 Commitments – Professor Jane Cummings

The Chief Nursing Officer for England reflects on ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ the nursing, midwifery and care staff framework she launched earlier today that encourages them to help transform the health and care sector: I am delighted to lead the next phase of development for nursing, midwifery and care staff in England through  the ‘Leading […]

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Our vow to tackle waiting times – Will Huxter

The Chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group looks at how a finance boost into Gender Identity Services can help tackle delays: Welcome to my seventh blog on gender identity services, and the work NHS England is doing with the trans community, providers and other stakeholders to improve the experience of people […]

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Helping my mother live well with dementia – Kate’s story

In a moving and highly personal blog to mark Dementia Awareness Week, a daughter talks movingly about her relationship with her mother who has the illness: At first when we visited her we didn’t spot anything unusual. But then I started noticing my mother didn’t join in the conversations as much as she used to. […]

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Living with Dementia – Dr Jennifer Bute

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, a former GP talks about how the illness dramatically changed her life: I was once the executive partner of a large General Practice in Southampton. I loved my work and my patients and was involved in teaching. But I retired early as I knew something was wrong. Apart from ‘memory […]

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Mobile testing service could save thousands of lives – Martin Myers

It was a chance meeting earlier this year with Professor Paul French, Clinical Psychologist at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust that opened my eyes to the fact that thousands of people with long-term mental illnesses are dying prematurely.  We’d both been at a national meeting hosted by NHS England for clinical leads. That one […]

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Care is where the home is – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

As NHS England publishes a new toolkit aimed at supporting carers, the Senior Fellow to the Chief Executive of NHS England looks at the vital role they provide: Since the health service was established, tensions have existed between patients, physicians and policymakers. This has partly centred on resource availability, deployment and demand. But, following a […]

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