Our blogs highlight the voices of people working across the health and social care sector, talking about a range of timely issues.
In what is highly likely to be an election year, we at National Voices have launched our Manifesto for Equitable Healthcare. Sharon Brennan, Director of Policy and External Affairs discusses our manifesto asks in more detail.
#HealthNow, a peer-led partnership between Groundswell, Crisis and Shelter, recently came to an end. Across four years, it tackled homeless health inequalities at a national level, as well as locally in Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Newcastle.
Dr Tom Speight
The number of people in England dying early from heart and circulatory diseases has risen to the highest level in over a decade. This lost progress will only worsen the widening health inequalities. Protecting the nation’s hearts should be a top priority to shrink the health gap between the richest and poorest.
Dr Jamie Lopez Bernal, Consultant Epidemiologist for Immunisation, UK Health Security Agency
During winter, many respiratory viruses are more prevalent. The risk these illnesses pose is higher for people living with long term health conditions. They are more likely to experience more serious symptoms and require hospitalisation. In this blog entry, we will explore the benefits of each vaccine, how to access them and get #WinterStrong.
Dr Rebecca Steinfeld
After nearly four years at National Voices, it’s time for me to say goodbye.
Sarah Berry, Public Affairs Manager, British Society for Rheumatology writes about the recent findings of the Lord Public Services Committee report, Homecare Services: An opportunity lost.
Most people will care at some point in their lives for a family member or a close friend who is older, chronically ill or is disabled and needs support, but don’t recognise themselves as unpaid carers.
Jacob Lant, Nicola Perrin (Association of Medical Research Charities), Dr Nicola Byrne (National Data Guardian) and Nicola Hamilton (Understanding Patient Data).
NHS England will soon be announcing who has won the contract to provide the NHS with a Federated Data Platform (FDP), and many people have been asking what this is all about. Therefore, we are jointly publishing this blog to provide some context and direct you to reliable sources where you can find accurate information or ask questions if needed.
Disparities between communities and groups can lead to inequity in health outcomes and in the support that people receive. To truly tackle these, we need more medical research, better data, inclusive awareness and health programmes, tailored support, and campaigning. Comprehensive health charities like Breast Cancer Now need to make sure all their work is coordinated if we are going to make a difference.
Dr Henrietta Hughes
This blog from the Patient Safety Commissioner Dr Henrietta Hughes outlines the importance of listening to patients and staff from diverse communities to identify and act on patient safety issues – and how to make this happen.