Lynne Craven has lived with MS since the age of 34, and has added familial hypercholesterolaemia and under active thyroid along the way. Lynne is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ network of champions for collaborative care and support planning. She tweets at @sm_partnership and sometimes uses #getLynneacareplan to make the point that she wants one.
Julie Fenner, Petrea Fagan, Anya De Iongh and Lisa Kidd
For people with long term conditions, living with their symptoms and adjusting the way they live with them is part of everyday life. Appointments with health professionals represent only a small proportion of their time and the rest of the time they are ‘going it alone’. But how realistic is it to expect people to play an active role in managing their own health and to make difficult lifestyle changes without support?
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, was recently described by the Guardian as ‘trickier to pin down than his predecessors’. Last week Mr Stevens met with National Voices members to discuss the future of the NHS and the role of voluntary organisations in health and care. So did we manage to ‘pin him down’?
Sam Bennett, Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning and Personal Health Budgets has written this blog which highlights the importance of personal health budgets in improving wellbeing outcomes and making choice and control a reality for people. This blog also outlines the need to see people as active participants in their care, not as passive recipients of services.