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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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'Mini-deals' are needed to keep both UK and EU patients safe | Layla McCay

19 / 9 / 2019 9.25am

The Operation Yellowhammer report makes for worrying reading and, despite all the planning for Brexit, we remain concerned that a no-deal Brexit will affect people’s health. Layla McCay, director of international relations at the NHS Confederation reports on the situation.

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Patient safety in partnership: Our plan for a safer future | Natasha Swinscoe

17 / 9 / 2019 12.02pm

On the first ever World Patient Safety Day, Natasha Swinscoe, national lead for patient safety for the AHSN Network, writes about the launch of the AHSN Network's patient safety plan to support the NHS patient safety strategy, and how greater collaboration is needed to make it a success.

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Personalised care at the heart of transformation | Helen Hassell

12 / 9 / 2019 10.35am

Helen Hassell is a mum to Karl, a 23-year-old with complex physical and learning disability needs. A passionate advocate for personalised care, Helen is a member of My Life Choices and the NHS Assembly, where she draws on her experiences of Karl’s care to inform on transformation of our health and care services.

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Lessons from Torbay: The journey to integrated care | Dawn Butler and Sarah Walter

10 / 9 / 2019 9.49am

Torbay has for many years been celebrated as a pioneer of integrated care and has a strong track record of investment in many of the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. But recent challenges have put the organisation under strain. Dawn Butler of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Sarah Walter of the NHS Confederation explore what we can learn from Torbay’s experience as an integrated care organisation operating within a challenged national context.

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The importance of community engagement in primary care planning | Don Redding

05 / 9 / 2019 9.30am

As primary care networks assess their needs for development support, and their STPs and ICSs make plans to procure it, how many will feature ‘community engagement’ at the top of their list? Don Redding, director of influence and partnerships at National Voices, promotes the importance of including community engagement at the start of organisational planning.

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European Funding after Brexit in Wales


03 / 9 / 2019 1.34pm

As we approach 31st October, NHS organisations in Wales are still no clearer on EU funding which will be available to them after the UK has left the EU.

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Transplantation transformed: A major discipline in medicine and a healthcare success story | Professor John Forsythe

02 / 9 / 2019 9.44am

Today marks the first day of Organ Donation Week and here John Forsythe, associate medical director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, shares his experience of lifesaving organ transplants over the last forty years and the importance of the upcoming law change in England to an ‘opt out’ system in the history of organ donation and transplantation.

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Mental health providers have a lot to offer on integration - but we need to be aware of potential pitfalls | Sean Duggan

29 / 8 / 2019 8.49am

Momentum is high for integration within mental health, but we need to be careful about the practicalities explains Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network.

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The diversification of NHS leadership – Now wash your hands! | Danielle Oum

27 / 8 / 2019 2.49pm

Although senior levels of NHS leadership understand diversity is essential for innovation, cultural inclusion and maximising talent in the NHS, Danielle Oum, chair of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and co-chair of NHS Confederation's BME Leadership Network, points out that implementing it remains a challenge.

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Using your workforce differently to deliver change | Cheryl Samuels

23 / 8 / 2019 8.15am

Addressing workforce challenges is a priority for North Central London STP. Cheryl Samuels, deputy director of workforce - STP education and training, at North London Partners in Health and Care reflects on how working collaboratively can transform the staff experience across the system.

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