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NHS Voices is the place to debate, share and learn about what’s really happening across the health and care sector.

It provides a space for senior leaders from all parts of the health and care sector to come together, share ideas and debate solutions.

Please note that all views expressed are those of the individual author, not of the NHS Confederation. Publication of a post does not in any way imply agreement or endorsement from our membership.

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Having the freedom to speak up | Dr Judith Graham QN

17 / 7 / 2018 9.36am

Two years on from the introduction of freedom to speak up (FTSU) guardians, what has been their impact on the NHS and what challenges do they face? Mental Health Network board member Dr Judith Graham, a regional FTSU guardian lead, considers the issues.

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What does the future hold for funding care outside of hospitals? | George Stoye

11 / 7 / 2018 10.13am

If the NHS's 70th birthday present is to really shift the needle, policymakers must fundamentally rethink spending patterns and improve data collection on NHS care provided outside of hospitals, argues George Stoye.

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Stretching traditional partnerships (STPs) – the Cheshire and Merseyside approach | Michael Wood

10 / 7 / 2018 11.12am

Connecting the dots between local health and care partnerships and local industrial strategies can help both make people better and better off, argues NHS local growth adviser Michael Wood. An approach in Cheshire and Merseyside, which is stretching across traditional boundaries, explores how.

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How we’re helping to release the capabilities of frontline staff | Rachel Houghton

09 / 7 / 2018 10.54am

Nottingham University Hospitals’ award-winning shared governance model has fundamentally changed how the trust operates, empowering staff to innovate and improve care and services for patients and staff. Rachel Houghton, the trust’s shared governance facilitator, explains how.

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Seventy years of the NHS: the rise of patient choice | Corinne Slingo and Hamza Drabu

02 / 7 / 2018 11.21pm

Legal experts Corinne Slingo and Hamza Drabu look back at key moments in the rise of patient choice throughout the NHS’ 70-year history, and how the patient choice agenda continues to drive change in access to healthcare as we move through the 21st Century.

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Keeping it real: Why we let cameras behind the scenes | Sam Allen

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28 / 6 / 2018 11.10pm

It took a lot of careful consideration before Sussex Partnership invited Channel 5 in to film what it’s like to work in mental health services. Sam Allen, chief executive of the trust, explains why they did.

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Confed18 highlights | Phil McCarvill

26 / 6 / 2018 8.48am

Confed18 covered a range of topical issues, opening doors to information-sharing and expert knowledge and experience. Importantly, it also recognised and heard from past and present NHS staff. Dr Phil McCarvill, chief advisor at the NHS Confederation looks back at the conference and reflects on the things we should take away with us.

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Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits | Haider Ali Sheikh

20 / 6 / 2018 1.01pm

A student-led health commission was tasked with coming up with creative ideas for how the health service can meet the needs and expectations of those who will use it in the future. Medical student, Haider Ali Sheikh summarises the commission’s innovative recommendations.

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Microbes don’t need visas! The reality of Brexit and public health | Kate Ling

12 / 6 / 2018 11.30pm

Health threats pay no attention to international borders – tackling them effectively requires joined-up policies and action, writes Kate Ling.

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Securing the future: A renewed emphasis on community services | Phil McCarvill

11 / 6 / 2018 11.30pm

A new report into health and social care funding has concluded that strengthening provision in local communities and in people’s homes will be key to reshaping health and care services over the next 15 years. Dr Phil McCarvill, chief adviser at the NHS Confederation, explores the issues.

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Having the freedom to speak up | Dr Judith Graham QN

17 / 7 / 2018 9.36am

Two years on from the introduction of freedom to speak up (FTSU) guardians, what has been their impact on the NHS and what challenges do they face? Mental Health Network board member Dr Judith Graham, a regional FTSU guardian lead, considers the issues.

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