Blogs

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

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A tribute to Dr Kate Granger – Natalie Silvey

Natalie Silvey, National Medical Director’s Fellow at NHS England, pays tribute to her friend and colleague Dr Kate Granger who passed away on Saturday 23 July.  “Hello my name is Natalie”. Every time I say that – to a patient, a relative or a colleague I think of Kate Granger. I had known Kate for […]

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Showing that co-working really can work – Dr Jo Whaley

The latest in our series of blogs from the NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme highlights one of the models for employing people with learning disabilities – the co-worker employment model:   The NHS England Learning Disability Engagement team is based in the Leeds office at Quarry House and is founded on the principle of co-working. […]

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Working up close with NHS 111 – Iain Upton

A Patient Representative working with the Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme gives his views on the workings of an NHS 111 call centre: I have only been a patient of the NHS since 2010, needing intense cancer treatment and care. Prior to that I was a fit and healthy Naval Officer for 30 years […]

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Expo gives mental health a proper platform – Claire Murdoch

NHS England’s recently appointed National Director for Mental Health looks ahead to Expo 2016: I’m delighted that mental health has such a prominent presence at Health and Care Innovation Expo this year. In addition to Ruby Wax on the main stage on day two of the event, we also have a half-day session on the […]

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Being there when mental health patients need us – Kate Chartres

In the last of our series of blogs about the Mental Health Implementation Plan launched earlier this week, nurse consultant Kate Chartres discusses how the model of liaison at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust supports patients through specialist clinics for people with co-morbid physical and mental health conditions: I have the pleasure of […]

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Getting a whole system view of mental health services – Debra Gilderdale

In the latest of a series of blogs about the Mental Health Implementation Plan launched earlier this week, the Deputy Director of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust discusses the development of its First Response service to deliver 24/7 support and tackle its out of area beds crisis. If you’re working in mental health, February […]

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Turning plans into reality – Professor Tim Kendall

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health looks at how NHS England will meet the challenges of the Mental Health Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan will help the public see what we have done and what we are going to do to improve mental health for people of all ages through to 2020-21. Taking […]

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PM sets tone for future of mental health – Claire Murdoch

NHS England’s recently appointed National Director for Mental Health looks at the changes in the pipeline: I feel very privileged, as well a little daunted, to be the new National Director for Mental Health. It is a time of considerable opportunity for improvement as we publish our Implementation Plan following the publication of the Mental […]

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Helping a million more people by 2021 – Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind and independent Chairman of the Mental Health Taskforce explains why today’s publication of the Mental Health Implementation Plan is so crucial: Earlier this year, the NHS’s independent taskforce on mental health, which I chair, published the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. It set out the priorities for […]

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NHS 111’s National Advisor calls for more collaboration

NHS England’s National Medical Advisor to NHS 111 says the new vision of Integrated Urgent Care requires true collaborative working in the development of clinical hubs. In the first of a series of video blogs outlining the work being done to make NHS 111 the “front door to urgent and emergency care”, Dr Helen Thomas […]

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