NHS England blogs – please note that the opinions expressed in these blogs are the authors’ own views, and not necessarily those of NHS England.


We must make the most of Alzheimer’s disease research – Professor Alistair Burns and Professor Martin Rossor

We recently wrote about the challenge for dementia clinical services if immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s disease proves to be successful. It is important to plan for the future but there is some thinking and planning to be done before we arrive there. The focus of research has shifted significantly away from established and moderately severe Alzheimer’s […]

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The turnaround has begun – Dr Arvind Madan

Prior to joining NHS England my focus was on growing a group of GP practices across London, mainly comprised of over a dozen struggling practices we turned around. Each one came with its own history and needed its own unique support package including clinical, financial and operational solutions. It was much harder and took far […]

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Transforming care for people with MSK conditions – Jill Firth

Over the past 20 years of working as a specialist nurse, I have witnessed first-hand the changing face of care for people with Musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) – particularly Rheumatoid Arthritis – leading to better outcomes for patients. This can, in part, be attributed to advances in treatment strategies, including biologic therapies, but is also a […]

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Fantastic digital developments as we aim to go paperless – Tracey Grainger

What a three months we’ve had since our last update. There have been with some fantastic developments that support the delivery and future of Transforming General Practice and access for patients and clinicians with the use of Digital Technology. The Digital Primary Care Programme is now part of a much wider strategy for transforming general […]

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Pride of the NHS celebrates in Leeds – Oli Mansell

With NHS England being represented at London Pride for the first time earlier this summer, we further marked our commitment to LGBT + equality, diversity and inclusion by joining Leeds Pride at the weekend. Oli Mansell reports on the day: Although Leeds Pride only started in 2006, what struck me this time around on arriving […]

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Connecting professionals – Dr Simon Woodworth

Dr Simon Woodworth of the Stockport Together vanguard writes about listening and responding to the concerns of GPs in his area and adding a service to connect them with consultant colleagues to allow real time access to advice and reduce the level of GP to hospital referrals. Stockport Together vanguard is a partnership between Stockport’s health […]

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Coming home: why treating mental health patients closer to home should be top of your agenda – Sally Eason

Sally Eason, Transformation Partner at NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit, previews her pop-up university workshop at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 on an award winning mental health repatriation programme in Coventry and Warwickshire.  An award-winning partnership project led by NHS Arden & GEM CSU has successfully reduced reliance on out of area mental health […]

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Two leading GPs explain what it means to be a Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP)

The national new care models programme brings together local health and care systems as vanguards to radically redesign care for the populations they serve. As part of this work, NHS England has set out details of the multispecialty community provider (MCP) care model and emerging voluntary contract framework to support local providers to deliver greater, more joined […]

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The National Back Pain Pathway – Prof Charles Greenough

Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population. Referrals for spinal surgery are increasing year on year and a growing number of patients are waiting longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment. Wide variations […]

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