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


Managing conflicts of interest in the NHS – Mike Thompson

We are living through a golden age of drug discovery.  Newspaper front pages tell us weekly of the scientific breakthroughs being made in cancer, cardiovascular disease and HIV. The pharmaceutical industry is incredibly proud of our role in pushing forward these advances to benefit the lives of patients across the UK. The story of discovering […]

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Leeds’ progress as an integrated care pioneer – Rebecca Charlwood

The integrated care pioneer programme supports 25 pioneers who are developing and testing new ways to deliver person-centred integrated health and social care services across England. As part of the new care models programme, the pioneers have been working on addressing the care and quality gap identified in the NHS Five Year Forward View. Earlier […]

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Nurses have a key role to play in supporting people with Parkinson’s – Jacqueline Young

There are currently 127,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK, however as the condition is particularly prevalent amongst older people, this number is expected to rise due to the ageing UK population. The condition is largely managed through specialist intervention; as such the quality of support provided by Parkinson’s specialist nurses specifically has a […]

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Making personal health budgets work for all – Colin Royle

Speaking today at a Westminster Briefing on the next steps for implementation of personal health budgets, Colin Royle, Director of Peoplehub CIC, reflects on how personal health budgets can offer more flexibility even for those who don’t feel confident in taking more control of their care. When people first hear about the option of having a personal […]

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The importance of shared decision making – Professor Alf Collins

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently launched the work of a collaborative approach to Shared Decision Making. In this blog, Professor Alf Collins, reflects on the ethical, practical and legal imperatives of sharing decisions with informed patients. I don’t know about you, but when I am faced with a decision, I […]

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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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Sharing lives, improving lives – Fiona Clark

In the latest of a series of blogs on the work being done to transform care for people with a learning disability and/or autism we hear from Fiona Clark, NHS Programme Director for Shared Lives Plus who tells us how the recent partnership with NHS England is having a positive and meaningful impact on people’s […]

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Next steps to meeting new national standards – Will Huxter

Welcome to my latest blog about the CHD implementation programme. I will be using this blog to keep everyone up-to-date with activities during the pre-consultation and consultation period on our proposals for meeting the national standards on CHD, so if you want to receive a blog alert email There has been much written about […]

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Two million+ records in the National Joint Registry provides a rich dataset for joint replacement surgery – Martyn Porter

Joint replacement surgery offers significant benefits – getting patients back to their chosen lifestyle sooner, free from pain and with improved mobility. As a joint replacement patient myself, I particularly understand the importance of this. The National Joint Registry (NJR) plays a crucial role in this process. Established in 2002, the registry ensures that the […]

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