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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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Equality and human rights can improve care quality | Joan Saddler and Lucy Wilkinson

17 / 12 / 2018 3.59pm

Can care quality improve when we put a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion? Joan Saddler, associate director at the NHS Confederation and co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council speaks with Lucy Wilkinson, equality, diversity and human rights manager at the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Tackling medicines wastage through a scalable initiative | Diar Fattah

14 / 12 / 2018 12.08pm

With estimates exceeding £300 million wasted every year in the NHS on unused or partially used medicine, Diar Fattah, associate director of medicines optimisation at Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley (DGS) CCG, believes savings and efficiency opportunities around medicines wastage are ripe for the taking.

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A new Davos for health? International lessons from this year’s WISH conference | Layla McCay

12 / 12 / 2018 10.35am

As a forum for world healthcare leaders, Layla McCay, director of international relations at the NHS Confederation, found WISH in Qatar to be more than just a conference.

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Why inventory management is integral to healthcare efficiencies | Monika Nott

10 / 12 / 2018 2.13pm

Improved inventory management at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has proved to have substantial trust-wide benefits. Monika Nott, inventory management improvement project lead at the trust, explains how their initiative is an integral part of the trust’s improvement plans.

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Specialist hospitals and the transformation of the NHS | Phil McCarvill

07 / 12 / 2018 3.53pm

As a new report from the Innovation Agency and UCL Health Partners underlines specialist hospitals have a vital role to play in transforming the way health services are delivered,Dr Phil McCarvill, chief advisor at the NHS Confederation, argues that as we move to more local and neighbourhood working we need to ensure that we harness the power of specialist hospitals that deliver services on a regional, and in some instances, on a national basis

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Keeping connected with your team is key to delivering great care | Anthony Clarkson

06 / 12 / 2018 3.10pm

Anthony Clarkson of NHS Blood and Transplant, reflects on the critical service they provide and how he and his team make it work to deliver such important care.

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Identifying the active ingredients for success: Reducing emergency admissions from care homes | Adam Steventon

05 / 12 / 2018 11.44am

While new investment in community healthcare teams is welcome, Adam Steventon, director of data analytics at The Health Foundation, encourages the NHS to build on past evaluations.

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Innovative ideas need powerful value propositions: Five steps to presenting a strong case |Sig Mikladal

03 / 12 / 2018 10.45am

For NHS staff with innovative ideas, the key to success is to create a powerful value proposition. Sig Mikladal, senior project manager at TRUSTECH, the NHS innovation experts, shares the best way to support staff to develop strong value propositions and why it can make or break an idea.

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Mental health: Vital next steps on the path to parity | Sean Duggan

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30 / 11 / 2018 11.33am

Ahead of the publication of the NHS long-term plan, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is the voice of NHS-funded mental health services, spells out what its members want to see.

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NHS strain would worsen in the face of a harsh Brexit | Luna Williams

23 / 11 / 2018 10.11am

While uncertainties continue around Brexit, Luna Williams, political correspondent at the Immigration Advice Service, discusses the impact of a hard Brexit on the NHS workforce.

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Equality and human rights can improve care quality | Joan Saddler and Lucy Wilkinson

17 / 12 / 2018 3.59pm

Can care quality improve when we put a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion? Joan Saddler, associate director at the NHS Confederation and co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council speaks with Lucy Wilkinson, equality, diversity and human rights manager at the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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