Guest blogs

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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Why Always Events matter – Neil Churchill

The beginning of 2017 brings an ideal opportunity to challenge ourselves. In this blog, Neil Churchill, Director for Patient Experience at NHS England asks what are the things that we ALWAYS want to happen when we access healthcare either for ourselves or our families or friends? Imagine if there was a programme to help us […]

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Allied Health Professions Into Action – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer previews the launch of the next stage of AHPs shaping the future of health care: In the last nine months many members of the 12 Allied Health Professions have undertaken a fascinating and hugely productive journey in helping to develop future policy. I believe this journey to be […]

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Strengthening our commitment to personalisation – Kim Forey

The newly appointed Director of Integration leading on the personalisation agenda across Gloucestershire explains how local organisations are working more closely together than ever before in the national Integrated Personal Commissioning programme. Gloucestershire is excited about strengthening its commitment to personalised care as part of the national Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme. Building on the […]

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Making key shifts to personal care – Jo Hooper

Following the recent expansion to the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, Hampshire Operations Manager Jo Hooper talks about the progress made locally to ensure people are getting more choice and flexibility around the type of care they receive. As a demonstrator site for the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Programme, Hampshire is one of a number of […]

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We need a new respiratory taskforce – Dr Penny Woods

As a new report from Asthma UK claims patients are missing out on basic care, the Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation explains what can be done to improve the care and treatment for people with respiratory health conditions:  A shocking 82% of people with asthma don’t feel their condition is under control and […]

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How developing commissioners will improve mental health outcomes for children and young people – Claire Murdoch

Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health at NHS England explains why commissioners are vital to transforming mental health services, and how a new NHS England development programme is helping them to implement change. It has never been a better, or more challenging, time to transform healthcare services. It’s something we’re all focused on, doing […]

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Building the right home – Sean McLaughlin

Building the right home, new housing guidance from the Transforming Care Programme, supports NHS and local authority commissioners to work with housing providers to expand the housing options available for people with a learning disability, autism or both, who display behaviour that challenges. The guidance states that around 2,400 people with a learning disability, autism […]

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Offering people flexibility to find their own route to recovery – John Short

As Birmingham and Solihull join the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme (IPC), John Short explains why he believes IPC will work well for people with enduring mental health needs, as a way to offer people the flexibility they need to find their own route to recovery. The Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) Partnership […]

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Considering equality & health inequalities is essential for STPs – Lucy Wilkinson

The purpose of Sustainability and Transformation Plans is to help ensure health and social care services in England are built around the needs of local populations. It is difficult to see how this can be achieved without considering the different needs within a local population. For example, evidence suggests the reconfiguration of health and social […]

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