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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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Debating who should run the NHS | Niall Dickson

06 / 12 / 2019 4.38pm

This week we held our annual debate which focussed on accountability, one of the areas on which the NHS Plan for England is arguably rather light. We will be producing a report on this soon, but the debate was an attempt to answer the question who runs the NHS? Or to be more accurate, we were really exploring who should run the NHS.

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A perfect storm? | Niall Dickson

02 / 12 / 2019 8.55am

Despite better planning and a real commitment to meet patient needs, NHS pressures of rising demand and front line staff shortages remain. The pensions' crisis also remains, although temporarily alleviated by Simon Stevens' intervation. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, updates us on these issues in the NHS.

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Improvement, Improvement, Improvement


27 / 11 / 2019 4pm

The last few years have been significant in establishing a new direction for the Welsh NHS.

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Good quality affordable homes can help improve public health and reduce widening health inequalities


27 / 11 / 2019 11.45am

We know good quality housing helps us stay healthy and can improve our wellbeing, but equally poor housing can add to the strain on our health service and the economy

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Think self-care for life | Dr Kiren Collison

20 / 11 / 2019 12.16pm

People in the UK experience nearly four symptoms every fortnight - the most common being tiredness, headaches and joint pain. Managing these with “self-care” often conjures up the image of popping a painkiller or sniffing a decongestant. Raising awareness of self-care and Self Care Week, Dr Kiren Collison, clinical chair at Oxfordshire CCG, proposes that self-care could be wider reaching than having an overflowing bathroom medicine cabinet.

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Wellness and self-care is the only way of achieving a healthy future! | Dr Selwyn Hodge

19 / 11 / 2019 12.55pm

Dr Selwyn Hodge, previously chair of the Self Care Forum and of the Royal Society for Public Health, gives a personal view on how creating an effective, population-wide commitment to wellness and self-care is the way forward for a sustainable healthy future.

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Let's all share in self-care | Lesley Bentley

15 / 11 / 2019 3.12pm

Self-care for life is a priority for the BMA (British Medical Association) says Lesley Bentley, current chair of its patient liaison group. With it being Self Care Week next week, here she explains why easy access to trusted information tailored to the individual, and which the public can support, is vital.

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HSJ Value Awards: The part played by Healthwatch Kirklees in finalists Calderdale and Huddersfield FT’s project | Helen Hunter

07 / 11 / 2019 11.16am

Helen Hunter is chief executive of local Healthwatch in Calderdale and Kirklees. The charity worked in partnership with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) as part of the trust’s redesign of outpatient services, work that was nominated for an HSJ award in November 2019. In this blog Helen describes how Healthwatch helped the trust develop a compelling narrative for changing outpatient services.

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There's good reason for the NHS to engage internationally | Rahul Agarwal

04 / 11 / 2019 4.31pm

The NHS is admired across the globe. It is widely seen as an exemplar of universal health coverage, being ranked as the world’s best healthcare system by US-based think tank the Commonwealth Fund in its most recent reports. Due to its reputation, there is strong demand from international buyers to access its expertise, experience and innovations. Rahul Agarwal, export hub lead for healthcare and life sciences at the Department for International Trade (DIT) explains how Healthcare UK, a joint initiative of Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the DIT and NHS England, is here to support the NHS family in maximising this opportunity.

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New pathways based on patient experience are reducing unwanted variation | Dr Chris Streather

25 / 10 / 2019 9.53am

Putting orange hats on at-risk babies is just one way that the Royal Free London NHS Trust is improving patient pathways

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