Blogs

Recognising excellence in continence care – Sarah Elliott

Ahead of Continence Awareness Week to be staged in June, the Chief Nurse for NHS England in the South explains the need for commissioners to listen to patients: I recently attended the National Continence Care Awards organised by the Expert Group on Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, a group of primary and secondary healthcare professionals and […]

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Don’t miss out on shaping the future – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer gives an update on the AHPs Online Workshop and why it is important to take part: It’s been a week since I launched the online workshop to engage the Allied Health Professions to co-create and shape the vision for the future that will support and drive AHPs transformative […]

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NHS: Open for business – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

The co-founder of NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) looks at how technology is transforming the world and says the NHS, although thought by some to be slow at adopting innovation, is seeing progress. I was recently speaking with a health entrepreneur in Israel who compared the NHS to a gorilla – “It’s big, messy and I […]

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Having a job has turned my son’s life around – Trevor Clower

In the latest of a series of blogs on the NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme, dad Trevor Clower reflects on the positive impact it’s had on the life of his son, Scott: At 37-years-old, our son had a fairly standard routine. Scott has a learning disability and autism and five days-a week he attends a […]

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Building the right support starts now – Dr Julie Higgins

In the second of a regular series of updates on NHS England’s work to transform care for people with a learning disability, NHS England’s Director of Transformation – Learning Disabilities, marks the beginning of work in every part of the country to achieve this ambition: We have seen significant increases in the number of people […]

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From the fringes to the mainstream – Professor Jane South

Leeds Beckett University’s Professor of Healthy Communities gives her views on newly updated NICE guidelines on community engagement: I recently attended two national events for NHS Vanguards on Empowering Patients and Communities run by the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC). What struck me was the tremendous commitment from everyone to making person-centred and community-centred health […]

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Take this chance to have your say – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer calls for maximum involvement as the AHPs Online Workshop on A Mandate for Change goes live:  A week ago I told of plans to engage the Allied Health Professions to co-create and shape the vision for the future. Specifically, to form a national declaration, strategy and programme of […]

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New Quick Guide supports patients’ choices – Neil Tester

I’m pleased that Healthwatch England has been able to help NHS England develop its latest Quick Guide, aiming to support patients’ choices to avoid long hospital stays. Our 2015 Safely Home report amplified more than 3,200 voices – gathered with and through the local Healthwatch network – to show what happens when hospital discharge goes […]

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New standards for Congenital Heart Disease services now in play – Will Huxter

Welcome to my latest blog on the implementation of the national Congenital Heart Disease review.  I hope you find these updates useful; I’d really welcome any comments or questions you may have. New standards: assurance The new standards for CHD services took effect in April 2016. As I explained in my last blog a process […]

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New guide will change the lives of carers – Richard Cross

NHS England recently published a healthy caring guide aimed at providing practical advice and information to carers. Here, one long-term carer, explains why it is so vital: I have been a carer for 28 years – 25 of them full-time. My wife has multiple long-term conditions, all of which need my help. Full-time means 168 […]

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