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A strong and stable Blithering


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    14 October 2021

    The blog this week is from Reading Well. They support people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

  • Special school eye care service
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    This week we are sharing an article on improving eyecare services for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are 28 times more likely to have a sight problem. This piece explores how a service has been developed to improve outcomes for these children.

  • Using P-D-S-A, patients can take control of their own health & wellbeing trajectories
    30 September 2021

    This week we are sharing how patients in partnership with the NHS can self-manage long term conditions. Improvement science methodology has enabled Julian Simcox, a patient leader in North Somerset to develop a personalised care approach to support him to manage his long term conditions.

  • Chronic Low Back Pain Phase I (FIH) Clinical Trial at NHS sites
    23 September 2021

    For networks this week we are sharing information about a clinical trial at NHS sites, the first part of the trial has just been completed – at two NHS sites during the pandemic.

  • ‘There is nothing so practical as a good theory’
    16 September 2021

    The Networks blog this week comes from the Staff College: Leadership in Healthcare (Staff College) is a national charity dedicated to promoting great leadership for the public good.

  • Reflections on a ‘new’ NHS and its impact on general practice
    10 September 2021

    This week’s blog we are sharing reflections by William Greenwood on the direction for the health service and potential impact on general practice.

  • When facilitation could turn into mediation
    3 September 2021

    Requests to attend a meeting, to help find a way forward, to help with planning, to redesign a care pathway, and numerous other reasons are not always what they seem. Sometimes you will be asked to facilitate, or just asked to attend. What then happens in the room may not be the meeting that you are expecting. Other situations, such as tensions between practices, departments or teams may give a more obvious sign that what is needed goes beyond just attending or facilitating a little.

  • Population Health Management?
    26 August 2021

    One of the frequently heard phrases of the moment is population health management – but what is it and does it work. The blog is from a longer article by Monica Duncan exploring the topic.

  • The future must be primary care
    19 August 2021

    The blog this week is by Professor David Colin-Thomé, chair of PCC.

  • Preparing for winter 2021/22
    13 August 2021

    One of the hottest days of the year saw people from practices, primary care networks (PCNs) and federations gather to start to think creatively about managing their winter pressures in this session hosted by PCC and the NHS Confederation PCN Network.

  • Building the collaboration
    5 August 2021

    Prior to COVID-19 primary care network (PCN) community pharmacy leads (representing a group of pharmacy contractors in their locality) were starting to contact the clinical director for their allocated PCN to discuss how pharmacy services could develop and adapt to help address community health needs.

  • Audit into action… with a pandemic thrown into the mix!
    29 July 2021

    A blog from the Clinical Leads for the National Audit of Care at the End of Life (NACEL).

  • GP partnership uses new video to highlight benefits of its merger-led transformation
    23 July 2021

    An East Cheshire-based GP practice, the Middlewood Partnership, which formally merged in order to successfully transform its clinical and business models, is sharing insights, via a new video, with colleagues across the health and social care sector.

  • Early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer
    15 July 2021

    The Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation Centre (BRACE) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research to conduct rapid evaluation of promising new services and innovations in health and social care. The BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre and Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit have published findings from the early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer programme.

  • Learn from reflection
    8 July 2021

    We are sharing an article by Helen Northall, chief executive, PCC this week on learning from reflection.

  • Link of the week: National Thank You Day
    1 July 2021

    This week we are featuring National Thank You Day.

  • North East Essex integrated discharge single point of access - implementing the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Covid-19 hospital discharge service requirements
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  • Helping your patients making an informed choice: Medical or Surgical abortion?
    17 June 2021

    This week the blog has been submitted by MSI Reproductive Choices UK and is about supporting patients to make an informed choice based on NICE guidance.

  • The potential for case finding patients with cardiovascular disease in a dental setting
    10 June 2021

    The blog this week is by Wendy Crew, PCC adviser, considering the opportunity to case find patients with cardiovascular disease in a dental setting.

  • Using population health data to inform ARRS recruitment
    3 June 2021

    Funding for the additional role reimbursement scheme (ARRS) has increased nationally from £430m (2020-21) to £746m max. (2021-22) with an allocation available for each primary care network (PCN) depending on the size of the population it covers. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) draw down the funds but only as new roles are recruited within PCNs. PCNs are therefore being strongly encouraged to make use of their ARRS allocation to ensure people in their neighbourhoods benefit from the funding available.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A strong and stable Blithering

Independent parliamentary candidate for Blithering and East Churlish, Martin Plackard sets out his vision of transformation, a properly funded health service and fairer hospital parking. In this leaked draft of his manifesto, Plackard pledges to out-pledge all the other candidates or your money back.

I make no apology for putting our NHS at the heart of my campaign to stand as your Member of Parliament in the forthcoming election.

Wherever I go I hear people say that our NHS is a cherished institution, a precious legacy to be passed down from our older people to our children and young people - and to their children and young people’s children and young people.

Our continued health and wellbeing depends on the sustainability of the NHS. Not to mention the jobs of the selfless and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to bring you the critical communications and media relations services without which the NHS would literally grind to a halt and fall off a cliff.

You’ve never had it so good

That’s why the final version of my manifesto, which I plan to leak next week, will contain a number of very specific policies, all of which are as fully costed as they are transformational.

These include a complete review of mental health to be accompanied by unprecedented increases in compassion and parity of esteem. To those who say “But what about the money?” I reply simply that we have an unwavering commitment to reduce spending in other areas to the extent that mental health will eventually be on an even footing with physical health.

Simon Stevens said recently that whichever party won the election the NHS would need to roll up its sleeves and get on with making the Five Year Forward View a reality.

But it’s not enough that we roll up our sleeves. We need to know how far to roll them, we need to know what good looks like, and we need to support the less advantaged to come up to the standards of the best.

Above all, we should not discriminate against those without sleeves, particularly our wonderful nurses.

I intend to make Blithering a rapid test site to accelerate the roll-out of the national roll-up programme.

Make Blithering great again

So-called STP areas have come in for a lot of criticism. We will set up an independent body to review whether or not local plans need reviewing, an independent regulator to guarantee the independence of the independent review body, and a new Department of Independence to ensure transparency and hold Independent Reviews England accountable to Parliament.  

I further pledge to end time-limited strategies such as the Five Year Forward View, which is to be streamlined and extended. The new Forward View will look forward indefinitely. There will also be no limit to the number of steps STP areas are permitted to take next.

Hospital parking has been a hugely controversial area. Many people have complained about the cost of parking, so I propose to abolish charges altogether. This will allow commuters, shoppers and local businesses to benefit from our excellent hospital car parks, which have until now been used exclusively by patients and their families.    

Tough on health, tough on the causes of health

We intend to make the children of Blithering the healthiest in the world. Given the current state of our young people and the persistent cycles of deprivation and ill-health, we propose to import healthy children from abroad to kick-start our indigenous kids – subject to getting the right deal on Brexit.

We are putting prevention and self-care at the heart of our manifesto. We plan to introduce a cap on care for those who choose to age irresponsibly or become needlessly unwell. We also plan to penalise those who refuse to tackle their own health inequalities. It’s all part of a general crackdown on demographics, the main cause of the problems facing our NHS today.

So where will all the money come from to fund this progressive programme?  If we are to get the services we deserve, we need to be prepared to pay for them – and the main burden must fall on those with the broadest shoulders. Once elected, I will introduce a new very high level of tax to kick in at just above the salary of a middling to high earning director of communications.

Make no mistake. We will not shirk the hard choices.

Political editor: NHS Networks 


(Dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Patterson. With huge thanks to the staff of Bedford Hospital and to Andy and Tom of the East of England Ambulance Trust.) 

Ali Chapman
Ali Chapman says:
May 12, 2017 07:39 AM

You certainly get my vote.

Julian Patterson
Julian Patterson says:
May 12, 2017 08:33 AM

Thanks, Ali

david seabrooke
david seabrooke says:
May 12, 2017 08:58 AM

NEWS UPDATE - Blithering & East Churlish election candidate Martin Plackard confirms that he is NOT under investigation.
SPORTS NEWS - the Chairman of Blithering FC directors confirms that club manager Joe Scuttle has the full support of the board.

Julian Patterson
Julian Patterson says:
May 12, 2017 09:07 AM

Joe Scuttle. Excellent!