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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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How commissioners and providers can improve pain management for dying people at home | Tracey Bleakley

22 / 5 / 2017 12.46pm

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Hospice UK, outlines how commissioners and service providers can help improve pain management for dying people at home.

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Acting without delay: How the independent sector is helping the NHS reduce delayed discharges | David Hare

NHS partners network

10 / 5 / 2017 1.56pm

Innovative partnerships across the country are helping to tackle the complex issue of delayed transfers of care. Here, the NHS Partners Network's chief executive shines a light on two such initiatives and explains why partnerships like this have never been more vital.

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Making mental health patients’ voices heard in the 2017 general election | Dr Jed Boardman

Mental health network

08 / 5 / 2017 8.36am

As few as 14 per cent of eligible mental health inpatients cast votes in general elections. With just four weeks to go until polling day, Dr Jed Boardman outlines how mental health trusts can help patients under their care exercise their right to vote.

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Why data sharing matters for excellent care | Dr Shaun O’Hanlon

02 / 5 / 2017 10.26am

Sharing patient data improves care and efficiency but requires a careful approach. Health tech chief medical officer Dr Shaun O’Hanlon offers some best practice advice.

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From weary acceptance to rapid rebuttal: How social media is shifting the power dynamic in healthcare

27 / 4 / 2017 10.18am

The pioneers behind #EndPJparalysis, a new campaign to get patients out of their pyjamas and up and out of bed, discuss how the initiative is transforming patient care and taking the Twittersphere by storm.

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Who looks after nurses when they need help? | John Orchard

26 / 4 / 2017 9.03am

We’re proud to announce Cavell Nurses’ Trust as the charity partner for Confed17, our flagship annual conference and exhibition in June. Here the organisation’s chief executive shines a light on their work, reach and impact.

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Why we need to maximise the value of lay member recruitment, training and development | Susanne Hasselmann

18 / 4 / 2017 10.04am

The move toward place-based planning across the health sector places accountability and governance at the centre of debate. Lay members, according to Susanne Hasselmann, will be crucial in making sure local areas get it right.

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Let’s talk depression and open up a wider conversation about wellbeing | Samantha Jones

Mental health network

07 / 4 / 2017 7.40am

On World Health Day, Samantha Jones shines a light on how new care model vanguards are focusing on health in a more holistic way than ever before.

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Brexit business has become real – the NHS must keep watch | Elisabetta Zanon

NHS European Office

29 / 3 / 2017 12.27pm

With Article 50 now triggered and Brexit negotiations to begin in fervour, the head of the NHS European Office considers what lies ahead for the NHS and social care over the next two years and beyond.

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Speech, language and communication needs: a high priority for your services? | Rob Webster

22 / 3 / 2017 2.30pm

Next year marks ten years on from a government review into services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). NHS chief executive Rob Webster, who leads a trust which delivers SLCN services, reflects on progress over the past decade and what needs to happen next.

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How commissioners and providers can improve pain management for dying people at home | Tracey Bleakley

22 / 5 / 2017 12.46pm

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Hospice UK, outlines how commissioners and service providers can help improve pain management for dying people at home.

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