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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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The NHS is a global role model for universal health coverage | Layla McCay

16 / 8 / 2019 9.42am

The UK is a leader in global health – and the NHS has become a global role model for universal health coverage. So what’s next, asks Layla McCay, director of international relations at the NHS Confederation.

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Unprecedented levels of public support back our calls for PM to urgently address social care ‘disgrace’ | Niall Dickson

15 / 8 / 2019 12.20pm

There is growing momentum behind the call to fix our country’s social care crisis. And rightly so, writes NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson

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Pensions and capital progress but there is still unfinished business | Danny Mortimer

12 / 8 / 2019 7.39am

It cannot have escaped your attention that this government and new Prime Minister are eager to show some love to the NHS. And that must be positive news for the service, regardless of your political persuasion.

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Social Prescribing Link Workers AKA ‘The Glue in Health and Social Care’ | Christiana Melam

09 / 8 / 2019 9am

Social Prescribing Link Workers have become a crucial new profession in helping to move to a social model of health which improves health and wellbeing for the population as opposed to those needing non-medical support being prescribed pills or unnecessarily accessing hospital services, writes Christiana Melam, chief executive officer at the National Association of Link Workers.

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For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS | Kate Ling

08 / 8 / 2019 12.20pm

Is the NHS up for sale, and could a post-Brexit trade agreement with the USA lead to the privatisation of our beloved Health Service?

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Every government promises to solve the social care crisis. Maybe this one means it | Niall Dickson

01 / 8 / 2019 10.56am

There is a growing awareness of the human cost, not only on those who need care, but also on their families.

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What does the new administration mean for independent sector healthcare? | David Furness

31 / 7 / 2019 11.16am

Better jokes but worse hair. We know some of the consequences of a Boris Johnson led-government for sure. But what can we say about what the new government means for independent sector healthcare providers asks David Furness, policy director at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network.

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We must make the case with the new administration | Niall Dickson

29 / 7 / 2019 12.44pm

With the new leadership in place, we must continue to assert the need for NHS funding and reform, says Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

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Primary care networks are a quiet revolution | Andrew Ridley

29 / 7 / 2019 9.40am

Primary care networks have huge potential, but how they interact with other NHS providers is crucial, argues Andrew Ridley, chair of the Community Network.

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NHS CEO asks boards to set diversity targets | Joan Saddler

25 / 7 / 2019 7.26am

The best news from last month’s Confed19 conference was that NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens used his key note speech to announce new impetus to the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).

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