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Jo Cox Foundation backs campaign to end loneliness

The sister of MP Jo Cox is backing an anti-loneliness campaign to help 30,000 people avoid health and wellbeing problems that can come from feeling and living alone. The campaign, backed by the Foundation set up following the murder of the former MP for Batley and Spen in 2016, is one of a range of […]

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GPs create 100,000 extra patient appointments through Primary Care Network model

GP practices in Gloucestershire are working together to provide 100,000 more appointments for patients. The extra appointments, across the county’s 75 practices, will be mainly provided by GPs and nurses over the next year; and clinical pharmacists, paramedics, mental health workers and physiotherapists are also now working in local surgeries, offering a greater range of […]

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Patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital with ‘tailored’ home help scheme

An programme in Somerset has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and freed up at least £2 million for other services. Somerset’s pioneering ‘Homefirst’ scheme offers patients who are healthy enough, and their families, tailored help to finish therapy at home, with personalised care reducing stays in hospital by up to ten days. Described […]

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England’s top doctor calls on NHS to use tech to revamp outpatient system

England’s top doctor is calling on the NHS to enlist the power of tech and innovation to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments carried out every day. In his foreword to the Royal College of Physicians report published today, NHS England Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, says it’s time to ‘grasp the nettle’ to […]

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£450k announced to help patients have their say on health services

A windfall of £450,000 to support practical and innovative ways to help patients improve health services has been announced. The Building Health Partnerships programme has been awarded the money from NHS England and the National Lottery – through the Big Lottery Fund. The funding will provide tailored support for co-production to 10 areas, helping to […]

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Top GP will help spread innovations to join up NHS health and social care

A specialist GP has been appointed to help spread NHS innovations which integrate health and social care throughout England. Dr Karen Kirkham, who runs a practice in Dorset and specialises in women’s health, will work with the wider GP community to spread tried and tested innovation and transformation techniques across the country. Dr Kirkham has […]

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12 million people to benefit from better joined up NHS and social care work

Over 12 million people will soon benefit from better joined up NHS and social care as four more areas, covering four and a half million extra people, are today (Thurs) given more control to improve local services. NHS England chief Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton, head of NHS Improvement, have called on the NHS to […]

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