Media Centre archive - 2012

National Voices news releases and national media coverage.

Requirement to get ‘Dramatically Better’ at involving patients welcomed in Mandate to the Commissioning Board

National Voices, the health and care charity coalition, welcomes changes to the Mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board and particularly the new Board objective “to ensure the NHS becomes dramatically better at involving patients and their carers”.

The changes were announced today by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

The much improved ‘patient involvement’ objective signals a desire for a significant cultural shift towards building people’s “knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health”, and personalised care planning.

Don Redding, National Voices’ Director of Policy, says:

Right Care, Right Time, Right Place

National Voices, the NHS Confederation and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges are working on a joint project on the reconfiguration of healthcare to help deliver the right care in the right place.

There is a growing consensus that change is needed to take advantage of modern healthcare techniques, meet the needs of an older population, and enable the NHS to live within its means.

The NHS Confederation, Academy and National Voices joint work will assess:

•    what change is necessary and why;
•    the benefits to the public and how risks might be managed;
•    the barriers that have hampered change and how they might be overcome;

People Powered Health

25 October 2012
HSJ: People Powered Health

People Powered Health has the potential to greatly improve our healthcare service – if we can get round cultural barriers first, says Halima Khan

The full report can be seen here. Go to page 38 for NV's Director of Policy, Don Redding's contribution.

Not the Francis Report

How to ensure Safety & Quality and prevent another Mid Staffs

On Monday 15 October, when Robert Francis QC was due to publish a delayed report into failures at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust in 2005-9, National Voices - the health and care charity coalition - releases its own report calling for greater urgency in improving patient safety and care quality.

The report warns that there could be another “Mid-Staffs” while NHS planners and providers continue to “wait for further instructions”.

Charities say choice in the NHS must not come at the expense of patient involvement

National Voices, a coalition of more than 140 health and social care charities, says it cannot support Government proposals to extend provider choice in the NHS until there is an equal drive for people‘s full involvement in their care and treatment.

The charities have told the government, in response to several consultations, that this kind of patient involvement – in care planning, deciding treatment options, and managing chronic conditions, for example – is a higher priority for patients than being able to choose from different providers of treatment.