Mike Bewick

Mike BewickMike Bewick is an experienced clinician, having worked in both acute and primary care, and was a Principal in Cumbria for over 20 years.  Mike is Deputy Medical Director for NHS England with a special interest in revalidation and specialised commissioning.  With a background in training and assessment, Mike recently chaired two of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s reviews into Quality of Care and Transparent Treatment by 14 Hospital Trusts in England.

Seeing a new way to providing the very best services – Mike Bewick

Dr Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director for NHS England, outlines the aims of the Eye Care Call To Action: Early access to preventative eye care and accurate early diagnosis is vitally important to patients. While NHS England has a limited role in the direct commissioning of eye health services, it is one of the common […]

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Change at pace and scale – the NHS one year on – Mike Bewick

Deputy Medical Director Dr Mike Bewick takes stock of how far the NHS has come and what more needs to be done: With NHS England reaching its first anniversary last month, I think now is a good time to reflect on what we’ve achieved, and what we need to get better at. For me, the […]

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Call to Action – Mike Bewick

Top down or bottom up? A question we ask time again in the health service, especially since the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act which was designed to give more influence to local clinicians in the commissioning process. However, whilst the structures have changed, the tensions still seem to persist between old and […]

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Innovation Expo – What’s in it for us? – Mike Bewick

On March 3 and 4 NHS England will host one of the most important events in the health calendar.  The Health and Care Innovation Expo, being staged at Manchester Central, will bring together more than 10,000 people who want to work to change and improve the NHS and care services for all.  Dr Mike Bewick, […]

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Five into seven doesn’t fit, or does it? – Mike Bewick

Thinking back to the time before the 2004 contract, working as a GP, times were hard. We were all on call and responsible for our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or were we? In my part of the world we were working as co-operatives, covering ‘urgent care’.  Remember them?  We organised […]

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GPs are seizing opportunities to make things happen – Mike Bewick

NHS England’s Deputy Medical Director, Mike Bewick, explains how innovative GPs are already tackling the many challenges that come with the Call To Action. We are now developing an even greater understanding of the challenges that face Primary Care and how we must work differently to achieve sustainable change. Thanks to your feedback to my […]

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We can transform the lives of 15 million people – Mike Bewick

NHS England’s Deputy Medical Director, Mike Bewick, calls for bold leadership to seize opportunities in primary care innovation My first blog painted a rather bleak picture of the challenges facing all of us in the health and care sector but the Call to Action for primary care is an important step in starting the debate. […]

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General Practice: A call to action – Mike Bewick

NHS England’s Deputy Medical Director, Mike Bewick, calls for GPs to help shape the future of primary care: As an experienced GP who has worked in both acute and primary care in Cumbria for over 20 years, I know too well the pressures facing colleagues across the country. GPs see over one million people every […]

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