Our blogs highlight the voices of people working across the health and social care sector, talking about a range of timely issues.
In April, The Healthcare Show, one of three co-located Health Plus Care events, brought together thought leaders from across health and social care. The host of topics under discussion included acting on inequality to ensure safety for those accessing care, leaning into lived experience, and thinking about elements of health and care more broadly. Attending on behalf of National Voices to determine policy priorities in the sector, the following reflects on my time at the event.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, six MS charities have come together to better understand the mental health needs of the MS community. Through coproduction and collaboration, we are working to ensure everyone can access mental health and wellbeing support when they need it.
A new King’s Fund report, ‘Actions to support partnership: Addressing barriers to working with the voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in integrated care systems’, aims to support leaders in statutory and VCSE organisations by identifying and testing approaches to facilitate more equal partnership working.
People with arthritis often struggle to remain in work without reasonable adjustments made by their employers. The recent government announcement to expand workplace support is welcome, but there’s more to be done to make sure people with arthritis can thrive in the workplace in the future.
Quick access to stroke care makes all the difference to someone’s recovery – time is brain. Thrombectomy is a game-changing treatment for stroke, where a clot is physically removed from the brain. It saves brains, saves money and changes lives. But if a stroke is left too long, people can miss the window treatment entirely. Without addressing gaps in the stroke workforce – we won’t see access to stroke care speeding up.
Earlier this month the final report of the Hewitt Review of Integrated Care Systems was published. The report attracted significant attention (and lengthy twitter threads) from health system leaders, but for people who live with long term conditions it can be difficult to draw a line between high-level conversations about health system governance and their day-to-day experience of using health and care services.
There’s no denying that endometriosis care desperately needs to improve. With 1.5million women and those assigned female at birth living with endometriosis in the UK, it’s time for the Government to take bold and urgent action to support those with the disease.
Parkinson’s UK work across the country to support their community. Locally we’ve been responding to pressures on health and social care services by trying to protect services and making sure that we’re not accepting bare minimum or inadequate care. We’re campaigning for better workforce data and an NHS plan that delivers the best we can get.
To mark World Bipolar Day, I reflect on how my lived experience of a bipolar diagnosis has shaped my work as an NHS Peer Leader, a National Voices Lived Experience Partner, and a My Life Choices member, and I emphasise the importance of personalised care and strategic co-production.
The new report by Hospice UK, I just want to be me, shares trans and gender diverse people’s experiences and perspectives on their palliative and end of life care and identifies ways it can be made more inclusive.