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Hard to be optimistic

14.02.18: Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond doubt or dispute, other than in government, th...

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

27.09.17: Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mutually beneficial for overseas doctors and NHS pati...

Your personality, your leadership

11.08.17: Deirdre Wallace, clinical skills manager at UCL Medical School, discusses the importance of learning about leadership and self while at medical school. Approximately five years ago, I was charged with leading a team to introduce leadership...

A clear strategy for change is needed for health and social care

06.06.17: Nigel Edwards, CEO at the Nuffield Trust, argues that it would be a lost opportunity if the next government does not seek to put both health and social care funding on a more sustainable footing. Just over two years ago the 2015 general ele...

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

22.03.17: Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Department of Health’s (DH’s) PR team mus...

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

16.12.16: While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori Joffe, medical director at Hospital District of H...

How can behavioural insights make care more person-centred?

05.10.16: Michael Hallsworth and Hannah Burd of the Behavioural Insights Team explain how two new guides aim to deliver more effective person-centred care. The key to delivering person-centred care is to start simple.  Toby* was struggling...

Brexit: The only thing that hasn’t changed is people need support from the sector

20.07.16: Andrew McCracken from National Voices, the leading coalition of 160 health and care charities, looks at the potential impact and ramifications of the UK’s Brexit decision on the sector. It’s unprecedented, it’s blurry, and...

What would a Brexit mean for the NHS?

20.06.16: Jane Payling, head of health and integration at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), discusses the lack of public awareness on how the EU affects health and social care ahead of this month’s Referendum. A...

Facing the financial challenge head on

08.04.16: Paul Briddock, director of policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), on why financial and clinical staff need to work together much more collectively in the future to plan services. As we near the end of the 2015-16...

Time for a change

02.02.16: Professor David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, says lifestyle changes are vital as the cost to our society of obesity continues to rise. When someone as eminent as Dame Sally Davies equates obesity to terrorism as a threat to...

The cost of demanding savings mustn’t be patient choice

01.06.15:  Chris Whitehouse, who chairs the Urology Trade Association, discusses the day-to-day impacts on patients of decisions over efficiency, consumables and devices. The NHS is creaking at the seams. Swamped by demands, the NHS has to perfo...

Squaring the circle – is competition in healthcare the wrong answer?

01.04.15: Dr Darren Leech, a director at NHS Elect, a members’ network providing high-quality support to in-house management teams, takes a step back to examine the ‘competition question’. Circle Holdings recently decided to withdra...

The rolling crisis in mental healthcare

01.02.15: Philip Barber FRCP, a consultant respiratory physician at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS FT and The Christie, discusses what he sees as the de-medicalisation of clinical psychiatry. The news that Nick Clegg is to head up a task...

A plan for the NHS that must be transformational

14.11.14: Steve Fairman, managing director at NHS Improving Quality, sets out his view on Simon Stevens’ important Five-Year Forward View document. Five-Year Forward View, the new vision for the NHS in England, is a breath of fresh air compared...

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Four Derbyshire CCGs consider merger to deal with £95m deficit

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Listening to the frontline

15/08/2018Listening to the frontline

Professor Wendy Reid, executive director of education & quality and national medical director at Health Education England (HEE), shares insig... more >
Medication without harm

15/08/2018Medication without harm

The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Third Global Patient Safety Challenge, ‘Medication without harm,’ is ambitious, b... more >
Stepping up the fight against AMR

15/08/2018Stepping up the fight against AMR

Professor Mark Baker, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, explains what the organisation is doing to support the fight against antimic... more >
Population health for the 21st century

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The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

10/08/2018The NICE impact on falls and fragility fractures

Falls should not be an inevitable part of ageing – and their snowball effect means the consequence of falls are far from limited to just hospital admissions, says Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE Almost a third of over-65s in the UK have a fall at least once a year, with a... more >
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