Our blogs highlight the voices of people working across the health and social care sector, talking about a range of timely issues.
As the ONS publish their Health Index 2020, Deputy National Statistician Emma Rourke explores its findings and explains how the data is already helping shape local health provision.
Emily Holzhausen OBE
New research published by Carers UK for Carers Rights Day (24 Nov 2022) shows vast numbers of people new to caring, 12,000 a day, prompting a rethink of how we identify unpaid carers.
Understanding people’s needs and aspirations is essential to improve health and wellbeing and address health inequalities. The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is a valued partner of the NHS and local councils within the new integrated care systems and plays a key role in local health and care services.
It is no surprise to me that National Voices has reached yet another impressive milestone, as we celebrate 200 members joining the community. National Voices provides an influential collaborative to bring about practical changes in support for millions of people across the country – never has this collaboration been more needed than now.
In this blog, Sue Brown, CEO of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, reflects on her experience of working with NHS England to improve services for people living with musculoskeletal conditions.
As the new Integrated Care Systems get underway in difficult circumstances, Clare Woodford from Macmillan Cancer Support reflects on how National Voices membership has created opportunities to shape the rollout of the reforms.
Robin Miller, Agato Pacho and Garry Brough
Whilst Integrated Care Systems only became legal entities in July 2022, more person-centred and co-ordinated care in England has been in development for over 50 years. One of the most common approaches to encourage health and social care professionals to work together over these decades has been multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs). This blog reflects on two virtual workshops held at the National Voices Integrated Care Systems (ICS) event in June 2022.
Last week Charlotte, Sarah, Keymn, and I travelled up to sunny Liverpool to attend NHS ConfedExpo 2022, one of the biggest and most significant healthcare conferences in the UK. We were joined by around 4,000 health and care leaders and their teams, with the aim of coming together to share learning and drive change in health and social care.
Charlotte Augst and James Sanderson
In this blog National Voices’ Chief Executive Charlotte Augst and Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, James Sanderson share reflections on the new National Voices report Changing lives, changing places, changing systems: Making progress on social prescribing. The report sets out an agenda for action to ensure that NHS England’s investment in social prescribing delivers change for people, places and systems.
Jason Yiannikkou, a Director in the Department of Health and Social Care, discusses the Health and Care Act which received Royal Assent in April. He reflects on the importance of partnership working with local government and the VCSE sector in the delivery of integrated care, and the next phase of reform.