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’?
At the end of the month, the Chancellor will set out spending limits for the rest of the Parliament, and it’s unlikely to say the least that there will be any big giveaways for public services. This sets a challenge for the National Voices annual conference later this week, which will discuss the future for person centred care, and ask whether it could be the solution in hard times?
As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we have decided to close this month with a blog from Danni Manzi, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care. In this blog, Danni talks about the importance of raising awareness of incurable cancer related diseases such as secondary breast cancer and how Breast Cancer Care are using their 'bucket list campaign' to achieve this.
The World Health Organisation has recently published a new definition of health literacy, describing it as ‘the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health’. There are many things I like about this new version.
Wellbeing Our Way’s first year has been an exciting one. More than 50 voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations are involved in the programme - developing ways in which charities and community groups can enable people to live well with their long term health needs.
A fantastic thing has happened to me in the NHS over this last month. It involves care planning and it goes like this.
I have a 15 year old repetitive strain injury (RSI) which means it is painful to use computers and keyboards at times. As my work is office based, this has quite an impact on my life. I have been managing it OK-ish and have had support from several different physios and osteopaths at various times, with varying degrees of success. However, during a recent nasty flare up I was sent to meet Chris Williams, a physiotherapist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals.
The new contract for England’s GPs from 2014 is a significant demonstration of two things: the increasing momentum towards joined up policy on out of hospital care, and the queasy tension it can raise for patient organisations.