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Redesigning a Memory Service the Devon way – Professor Alistair Burns and Colm Owens

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and a Devon-based consultant psychiatrist review impressive changes to dementia diagnosis and care in the West Country: The diagnosis of dementia can be complex and time consuming. It involves detailed clinical assessment of cognitive, mental and physical health, blood and radiological investigations and carer interviews. While memory clinics […]

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The dancing doctor on delivering a life saving asthma message – Tapas Mukherjee

NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur, Tapas Mukherjee, discusses the important, life-saving messages behind the entertaining dancing doctor asthma video. Since its launch just over 3 weeks ago the video has been viewed over 30,000 times. I first had the idea when working on rotation at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. During this time, I noticed that not […]

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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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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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How we can help asthma patients breathe easier – Richard Iles

A consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine looks at the work needed to tackle avoidable asthma deaths and emergencies: Settling back, with a glass of wine in hand, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the last year of the work of the National Paediatric Asthma Collaborative. This was formed from the CYP Strategic Clinical […]

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Fire and Rescue Services as a health asset – Jacquie White

In the latest of a series of blogs, NHS England’s Deputy Director for People with Long Term Conditions, gives an account of innovation in action – the fascinating partnership between the NHS and the Fire Service. Six months ago we launched the joint Consensus Statement between NHS England, the Chief Fire Officers Association, Public Health […]

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