Blogs

Shining a spotlight on inequality – Nicola Spencer and Professor Bee Wee

NHS England’s End of Life Care team recently hosted a webinar about health inequalities in end of life care. Here, Nicola Spencer and Professor Bee Wee from the team talk about the need to highlight and change the situation: Everyone experiences death and dying in different ways, but should that experience be worse just because […]

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We should all support #EndPJparalysis – Professor Jane Cummings

The Chief Nursing Officer for England backs a new campaign to get patients out of their pyjamas and up and out of bed: Many of you will have seen or heard about an article I wrote which was published in the Daily Telegraph in December. The focus of the piece was to highlight how nursing, […]

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Older people are losing out on Psychological Therapy – Professor Alistair Burns

Depression in older people is common, underdiagnosed, undertreated and attracts therapeutic nihilism. One in five older people have clinical depression and, contrary to some popular and professional opinion, it is eminently treatable. Depression is associated with personal suffering, more physical health problems, social isolation, suicide and increased health and social care costs.  It is a […]

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Finding a hidden gem for mental health – Frank McGhee

NHS England’s National Transformation Adviser for Children and Young People’s mental health welcomes the evaluation of the CYP Schools Pilots: Over the last eighteen months there has been a lot of interest in  schools and their role in emotional and mental health and well-being – and rightly so. Schools play such an important role in […]

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How effective is the NHS Health Check? – Dr Matt Kearney

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention looks at the evidence so far: Public Health England’s Expert Scientific and Clinical Advisory Panel published a report this month summarising the emerging evidence on the NHS Health Check programme. This world-leading programme, launched in 2009, is one example of how the NHS getting serious about […]

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We must help our NHS adapt in order to keep it healthy – Professor Keith Willett

Writing for a national newspaper, Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s Medical Director for Acute Care said: Up and down the country, our GPs, community services, NHS111, ambulances, A&E departments, and hospital services are under intense pressure. The problems are complex but must be – and are now being – addressed urgently. The NHS of today is still based on its original 1940s design.  Every industry needs to adapt, […]

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We are making rapid progress – Sarah-Jane Marsh

An encouraging update from the Chair of the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme: As we move further into the implementation of the Maternity Transformation Programme, we have a huge amount of exciting news to share. I am very proud of the rapid progress already achieved since our launch in July 2016 and this is the […]

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How do you feel about the NHS? – Ed Smith

In the latest in a series blogs focusing on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), Ed Smith, Chair of NHS Improvement, explores some of the key questions that need be asked in order to take the right approach to planning. I always think that a really good question to ask someone is “how do you feel?” […]

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Revolutionising children’s mental health care – Emma Selby

To mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the Digital Lead at North East London Foundation Trust’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) looks at the importance of experience based co-design and service innovation: After presenting at a conference last week and telling the group I was a mental health nurse, a woman congratulated me on […]

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Our fight to end Female Genital Mutilation must go on – Professor Jane Cummings

The Chief Nursing Officer for England  talks about the efforts of the NHS to tackle FGM. Each year we mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – but why is this still needed? More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in various countries […]

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