In the NHS, summers do not last long, and with each passing year, the planning for next winter gets earlier and earlier. Given the pressures we all experienced last year, NHS England have already written out to systems across the country to set out the plans in emergency and elective care.
Compassion in Dying’s ‘Peer Navigator’ project sought to understand how talking to a peer - someone who has walked in similar shoes to you – can help people get the information they need to make decisions about treatment and navigate support.
Lorraine Stanley, Founder and CEO of SWAD, a training organisation that specialises in the area of disability and sex, puts a spotlight on the many barriers facing disabled people in accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Diabetes UK is seeing the impact that the cost of living crisis is having on people who are living with or who are at risk of diabetes. As well as being forced to cut back on essentials in ways which risk their health now, there’s a serious risk that people will be storing up health problems for years to come – and the NHS needs to be prepared for this.
For Addison’s Disease Day, on 29 May, the Addison’s Disease Self Help Group raises awareness of the support needed for those living with a life-threatening rare condition, and the role of the expert patient.
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.