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People with a learning disability have a key role – Dr Julie Higgins

NHS England’s Director of Transformation – Learning Disabilities, gives her latest update on NHS England’s work to transform care for people with a learning disability: Getting things right for people with a learning disability and/or autism isn’t just about the services which are specifically for them – whether that means the specialist hospital beds and […]

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Giving children the mental health care they need – Dr Ann York

In the latest in our series of blogs about #mentalhealth, an NHS England (London) awareness campaign for mental health care across the capital, Dr Ann York talks the improvements being made to support young people: It’s late Friday afternoon. Susie is at the GP surgery with her daughter Lizzie, aged 15 (not real names). The GP […]

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Allied Health Professionals mandate for change is shaping up – Suzanne Rastrick

NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions Officer thanks those who have contributed to this first stage of shaping the mandate for change and explains next steps. It is now a full month since the launch of an important online workshop. A platform to engage with Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) across England to co-create a vision […]

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Our vow to tackle waiting times – Will Huxter

The Chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group looks at how a finance boost into Gender Identity Services can help tackle delays: Welcome to my seventh blog on gender identity services, and the work NHS England is doing with the trans community, providers and other stakeholders to improve the experience of people […]

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Mobile testing service could save thousands of lives – Martin Myers

It was a chance meeting earlier this year with Professor Paul French, Clinical Psychologist at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust that opened my eyes to the fact that thousands of people with long-term mental illnesses are dying prematurely.  We’d both been at a national meeting hosted by NHS England for clinical leads. That one […]

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Care is where the home is – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

As NHS England publishes a new toolkit aimed at supporting carers, the Senior Fellow to the Chief Executive of NHS England looks at the vital role they provide: Since the health service was established, tensions have existed between patients, physicians and policymakers. This has partly centred on resource availability, deployment and demand. But, following a […]

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Leadership and change will bring us resilience – Professor Jane Cummings

In the second of a series of three blogs, the Chief Nursing Officer for England marks International Nurses Day: ‘A force for change, improving health systems’ resilience’ is the theme of International Nurses Day this year. Some people may say the more things change, the more they stay the same. But nurses know this is […]

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Celebrating the midwife – Professor Jane Cummings

In the first of a series of three blogs, the Chief Nursing Officer for England marks International Day of the Midwife:                                                       On 5 May each year the role of the midwife and the midwifery profession are internationally recognised and celebrated for the significant contribution they make to maternal and child health. International Day of […]

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New standards for Congenital Heart Disease services now in play – Will Huxter

Welcome to my latest blog on the implementation of the national Congenital Heart Disease review.  I hope you find these updates useful; I’d really welcome any comments or questions you may have. New standards: assurance The new standards for CHD services took effect in April 2016. As I explained in my last blog a process […]

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Helping doctors respond to the needs of transgender people – Will Huxter

The Chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group looks at how new guidance and training packages promote best practice in the treatment of transgender people in the NHS:   I am always pleased to draw attention to examples of good practice from the transgender community, voluntary organisations and other stakeholders in this […]

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