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Fantastic digital developments as we aim to go paperless – Tracey Grainger

What a three months we’ve had since our last update. There have been with some fantastic developments that support the delivery and future of Transforming General Practice and access for patients and clinicians with the use of Digital Technology. The Digital Primary Care Programme is now part of a much wider strategy for transforming general […]

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The National Back Pain Pathway – Prof Charles Greenough

Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population. Referrals for spinal surgery are increasing year on year and a growing number of patients are waiting longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment. Wide variations […]

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Action on Congenital Heart Disease services – Will Huxter

As NHS England announces moves to ensure core standards of quality and sustainability apply across all specialist services, Will Huxter explains how patients with complex, sometimes life-threatening congenital heart disease, will benefit: In my recent blogs, I have provided updates on the self-assessment process which we have been undertaking with CHD providers, reviewing their compliance […]

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Ending the ‘us and them’ mentality – Mark Doughty

Patient leader Mark Doughty explains why it is important for NHS leaders to engage patients in care, drawing on experience of The King’s Fund’s collaborative pairs programme: System leaders have talked for years about engaging patients in decisions about the future of health and care services. I think we are now on the verge of […]

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A national approach to reducing fragility fractures – Henry Mace

In the latest in the series of blogs from the Musculoskeletal Programme within the Long Term Conditions Team, Henry Mace, from the National Osteoporosis Society, discusses Fracture Liaison Services and their upcoming webinar with NHS England: The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis […]

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Have your say about the Mandate for Change – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer encourages wider engagement to the second stage of shaping the mandate for change. We will be opening the online workshop for the second time on Monday 4 July to gain wider views on the Allied Health Professions emerging Mandate for Change. The Mandate describes: four ways AHPs will […]

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I salute the new e-learning programme – Dr Jonathan Leach

Health Education England, with support from NHS England, has just launched an e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment.  The programme covers current serving personnel, veterans and their families. Dr Jonathan Leach, an army veteran and GP, explains its importance: The Armed Forces community consists of current members of the […]

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Revolutionising UK lung cancer management – Dr Sam Hare

An innovative method of carrying out lung biopsies at Barnet Hospital could free up hundreds of hospital beds and provide earlier lung cancer diagnosis by increasing tenfold the number of potentially life-saving tests carried out each year. Chest radiologist Dr Sam Hare explains why his team’s ambulatory lung biopsy method should be rolled out across […]

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Championing the needs of the transgender community – Will Huxter

The Chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group looks at what NHS England is doing to improve health services for transgender and non-binary people: I was pleased to welcome to last month’s Task and Finish Group representatives from four local Healthwatch teams, together with their national counterparts. These included members from Devon, […]

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