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


Leading the charge towards patient empowerment – James Sanderson

I’ve recently joined NHS England as the Director of Personalisation and Choice, bringing together the teams who have been responsible for Personal Health Budgets (PHBs), Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) and Patient Choice. I was previously the Chief Executive of the Independent Living Fund, which supported disabled people to live independently with choice and control over […]

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Good care needs to be a co-production – Dr Martin McShane

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Long Term Conditions looks at what co-production means to the Long Term Conditions (LTC) Unit and how it is essential to supporting person-centred care, addressing such difficult issues as personalised care and support planning, information-sharing and workforce skills: Prevention and management of long-term conditions is one of the greatest […]

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Working with patients to bring about change – Neil Churchill and Jan Sensier

NHS England’s recent report and guidance on improving orthotics services came about as a result of a formal escalation from Healthwatch England. Ahead of a meeting between a HWE Committee and the NHS England Board tomorrow, Jan Sensier, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire and Neil Churchill, NHS England’s Director for Patient Experience, explain its importance: […]

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The Patient Activation Measure: as easy as learning to Salsa – Ollie Hart

A questionnaire called the ‘Patient Activation Measure’, previously developed and tested in the US to assess the knowledge, skills and confidence people have in managing their own health and healthcare, is currently being used by a select group of CCGs and the UK renal registry. A report on the early findings of an independent feasibility […]

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Our role in patient activation – Dr Alf Collins

NHS England has conducted a survey of over 1,750 clinicians to understand their support for patient activation. The survey explores clinicians’ attitudes and beliefs, their self-reported behaviours and practices, and provides insight into their perceived barriers and support needs. The findings of this survey are published today in a  report, ‘How much do clinicians support […]

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Board offers more power to your elbow – Olivia Butterworth

We are taking an exciting step forward in our journey towards people-powered health. At its meeting last Friday, the Board of NHS England approved a new patient and public participation policy and statement of arrangements.  It also committed to further action to seek out, listen and respond to people’s views on the NHS. As the […]

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Prevent, Protect, Respond: handling more than just fires – Dr Martin McShane

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Long Term Conditions spent a day looking at a fascinating new partnership between the NHS and the Fire Service, and the new Safe and Well checks our 999 colleagues are carrying out: I started writing this on the train home from Manchester. I arrived in the morning to spend […]

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Digital innovation has potential to transform primary care – Tracey Grainger

NHS England’s Head of Digital Primary Care Wow, it’s been a great start to November in the world of Digital Technology! It began with an exciting design workshop to develop the Children’s Digital Strategy in London. The energy and levels of contribution were amazing. So many passionate professionals eager to design a digital roadmap, exploring […]

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Real change is underway – Dr Jacqueline Cornish

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood reveals the progress is being made on transforming their mental health services: What a difference two months makes! The last time I blogged I highlighted some of the most exciting opportunities and, also, the challenges facing Children and Young People’s Mental Health. […]

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