While welcoming the focus the government's White Paper could bring on integration, National Voices CEO Charlotte Augst warns 'the track record of achieving better, more equitable, outcomes for people on the basis of mergers and restructures of national bodies is pitiful'.
Healthcare in the 21st century is changing: the NHS 'Five Year Forward View' shows that more than ever, people and communities need to be empowered to take control of their health, wellbeing and care. At today’s National Voices Annual Conference, Samantha Jones, the director of the new care models programme, reveals what it is doing to make this a reality.
Last week saw publication of the NHS Planning Guidance 2017–2019. The document is deeply technical in parts, and I’ve read the full 69 pages so that I can provide you with a brief summary of headline elements relating to person centred care and creating the ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View
At a recent conference, I noticed a great deal of time was spent on promoting awareness of bad practices within the health and care sector. This got me to thinking about the vital role of National Voices members, and the wider voluntary sector, in building networks and promoting examples of the good practice which has improved services for, and lifestyles of, disabled people.
How patient-centred are we these days? Are health and social care becoming more attuned to the needs of service users, carers and communities? These are vital questions as we approach next year’s general election. At our annual conference on 26 March, National Voices members will consider what progress has been made, what still needs to be done and what politicians ought to do, and not do.
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.