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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.

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Is the NHS big data bubble about to burst? | Gareth Dellenty

12 / 9 / 2018 11pm

Are we really in a position to reap the benefits of population health management when the NHS is still so digitally immature? Gareth Dellenty considers the issues.

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Building an inclusive digital health and care service | Roz Davies

12 / 9 / 2018 6.36pm

As the impetus to develop a more digitally enabled health and care system grows, are we building an inclusive digital health and care service fit for the 21st century and accessible to the people most likely to need it? Digital health expert Roz Davies shares her view.

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Collaboration 2.0: Moving towards true person-centred care | Jason Helgerson

04 / 9 / 2018 4.37pm

Jason Helgerson, former director of New York State's Medicaid programme, explores four key factors needed to move the dial on collaboration across health and social care.

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Ready to roll: how nationally funded innovations are taking the NHS by storm | Dr Liz Mear

28 / 8 / 2018 12.42pm

Dr Liz Mear discusses a new national programme helping health and care providers overcome the barriers to adopting and spreading innovation.

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The NHS is feeling the heat 12 months of the year | Matthew Macnair-Smith

09 / 8 / 2018 1.35pm

It's time to question the notion of seasonal crises affecting the NHS, argues NHS Confederation policy manager Matthew Macnair-Smith.

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Together, we can fight NHS fraud and return vital funds to our health services | Susan Frith

06 / 8 / 2018 10.50am

Fraud affecting the NHS is a £1.29 billion-a-year problem that takes money away from frontline patient care. If we are to preserve the NHS for another 70 years, we need to work together to stop public money lining the pockets of criminals.

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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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Is the NHS big data bubble about to burst? | Gareth Dellenty

12 / 9 / 2018 11pm

Are we really in a position to reap the benefits of population health management when the NHS is still so digitally immature? Gareth Dellenty considers the issues.

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