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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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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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The ‘Wonkavator’ is key to digital health and care services | Alexis Farrow

24 / 10 / 2019 9.13am

We live in an age driven by digital. The landscape is significantly different to 71 years ago at the conception of the NHS, and is one which the health services has struggled to embrace and utilise over the last few decades. So why is this? Alexis Farrow, head of strategy and transformation at Connect Nottinghamshire, has some ideas.

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Delivering for community services: the Community Network story so far | Andrew Ridley

22 / 10 / 2019 2.01pm

Today I am pleased to launch Delivering for community services, an update on the impact the Community Network has had since we launched, and our plans for the future.

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Making case management digital: Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s 0 – 19 service | Julie Plant

22 / 10 / 2019 9.16am

Paper-based and basic electronic systems for case management aren’t cutting it writes Julie Plant, senior matron of children’s services at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), and explains how RWT has overcome this problem and the benefits it has brought.

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The winding road to integrated care | Niall Dickson

21 / 10 / 2019 11.35am

Devon is one of the more challenged health economies in England and so it was interesting, and enlightening, to see its leaders come together this week and grapple with the reality of what it will mean to become an integrated care system.

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Innovation: The multiplier effect of diversity | Richard Stubbs

20 / 10 / 2019 11.28am

Our NHS should represent and reflect the communities we serve. This does not just apply to our frontline workforce. The way that we develop and adopt innovation and technology must also be based around our core mission to serve all our population, and to ensure that the transformation of our health service reduces, and not widens, health inequalities. Richard Stubbs, chief executive officer at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN put forward the case.

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We can start improving children and young people’s healthcare | Mike McKean

17 / 10 / 2019 2pm

Children and young people’s services are often left out of initiatives, development and funding. With the Long Term Plan and the advent of ICSs, this is set to improve. In the first of two blogs, Mike McKean, paediatrician and clinical director of the Great North Children’s Hospital explains more.

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CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures | Sabina Hafesji

15 / 10 / 2019 1.23pm

The State of health care and adult social care in England report is CQC’s comprehensive annual overview of the quality of health and social care in England. It identifies the trends and factors required to enable and sustain high quality care and provides examples of good and outstanding care for others to learn from. Sabina Hafesji, senior policy advisor at the NHS Confederation, summarises its findings.

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