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  • Link of the week: National Cholesterol Month
    23 October 2020

    Every month or week of the year seems to be an awareness week, October has more than its fair share.

  • New redeployment service offers talent pool of motivated, work-ready individuals
    15 October 2020

    People 1st International have shared some of the work they are doing to support people displaced from industries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an opportunity for health and care services to benefit from this workforce.

  • Link of the week
    9 October 2020

    Article published in the BMJ looking at the ability of the health service to quickly bounce back to pre-Covid levels of activity and considers if it is desirable.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    2 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    1 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article - Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective.

  • Celebrating innovation in eye research
    24 September 2020

    This week Julian Jackson from VisionBridge has shared a report on eye research.

  • Link of the week: Comprehensive Spending Review and Covid-19
    24 September 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog that outlines the funding pressures and uncertainties faced by the health and care system

  • Risk stratifying elective care patients
    10 September 2020

    This blog has been shared by MBI healthcare technologies. As services are starting to treat routine patients those on waiting lists are making enquiries as to where they are on the list, and if they are still on the list.

  • Link of the week
    4 September 2020

    This week the link we would like to share are reflections from physiotherapy students on placement at Alzheimer Scotland https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/

  • Link of the week
    28 August 2020

    This week we would like to share a blog published on the Mind website about being a BAME health worker in the pandemic.

  • Remote clinical triage model
    20 August 2020

    This week we are sharing how a remote clinical triage model was implemented at Tollgate Medical Centre. This has been shared with us by Sarah Portway, a Nurse, and Clinical Services Manager at Tollgate Medical Centre.

  • Can the Community Pharmacy become the gateway to integrated care in the NHS?
    13 August 2020

    The NHS is a continually evolving innovative demand led public service the role of the Community Pharmacist is becoming the public face on a journey to the more responsible public engagement in the personal care of individuals and their family. There are currently over 11000 Pharmacies many are single or small chain service providers, while multiples occupy the urban shopping centres and more densely populated conurbations, the value of the rural High Street can’t be understated.

  • Crunch time for patient involvement
    7 August 2020

    There are new challenges for primary care, which could really do with patient input. Mike Etkind, chair of a PPG and founding member of his PCN’s patient group, recognises the size of the task clinical directors have managed over the last few months but identifies two particular issues where patients have a necessary and valuable contribution, that need to be addressed now – the 2020 vaccination programme and primary care from a distance- total triage, remote consultations, and the use of telemedicine.

  • Link of the week - Visionbridge
    31 July 2020

    The link we are sharing this week was submitted by Julian Jackson, Visionbridge.

  • Links of the week
    23 July 2020

    This week we are sharing two articles with you.

  • Link of the week
    21 July 2020

    The blog is from the perspective of the Company Chemist Association's Chief Executive Malcolm Harrison.

  • Link of the week
    9 July 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog from the NHS Confederation’s “NHS Reset” looking at the work of Healthwatch, the role of volunteers in supporting patients being discharged from hospital and the importance of the community.

  • Virtual education sessions on spinal cord injury from Spinal Injuries Association
    2 July 2020

    This week Karen Mikalsen from the Spinal Injuries Association shares some information on their work and events for healthcare professionals.

  • Guest blog:Karen Chumley
    25 June 2020

    Thank you to Karen Chumley for a second blog –this time on the local use of an Electronic Palliative Care Coordination system during the Covid-19 pandemic. Karen is the Clinical Director and Deputy CEO at St Helena.

  • Link of the week
    19 June 2020

    This week's link of the week is article by Yasmin Khanagha published in Nursing Times – Why we need to open the conversation about racism.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

In other news

In response to calls for more straight news, we have abandoned the usual satirical format and borrowed two stories from the HSJ, which are reproduced here very much as they first appeared. The few small embellishments and minor changes of detail are purely to avoid infringing copyright and upsetting upsetting the HSJ's editor Alastair McLellan.

Forward view shortage threatens community services

Community services leaders are up in arms about NHS England’s decision to abandon a forward view for the sector. NHS England had started work on a Community Services Forward View, but ran out of coffee and savoury snacks before it could be completed.

The NHS as a whole is covered by the Five Year Forward View, while general practice and mental health each have their own dedicated forward views. “It’s a slap in the face for community services,” said one leader, who declined to exist. “Every other sector has a high-level strategy that falls far short of a useful plan but is handy to blame when things go wrong. Every other sector has been promised transformation money, which fails to make it through to the front line or is spirited away to prop up hospitals. Why should we be any different?”

NHS England denied that it was rationing strategy or that there was a postcode lottery for forward views, but acknowledged that some areas would inevitably lose out. A spokesperson said: “In an ideal world everyone would have their own nice document with a foreword by Simon Stevens, but at a time of limited resources we have to make difficult choices. Everyone has heard of GPs but ‘community services’ has very low unprompted brand recognition in our core national news media demographic.”

NHS England is said to be considering measures to placate angry community services chiefs, including a tour of the executive suite on the sixth floor of Skipton House, followed by tea and selfie opportunities with Simon (subject to availability).

Elderly man ‘let down’ as hospitals decline his savings

The NHS is failing in its duty of care to older ennobled people – so says disgruntled Coles resident Patrick, who says he feels “really let down by hospitals”. Patrick, known locally by the nickname “Lord Carter”, has spent several years complaining of early onset inefficiency, but despite numerous tests and visits to most of the hospitals in England, Patrick says it isn’t getting any better.

“I’ve told them what’s wrong, but none of them seem able to do anything about it,” he says. “They just keep fobbing me off with excuses.”

Patrick first noticed something was wrong in 2009. “I remember it was just after the banking collapse when things started to feel very tight. I put it down to poor circulation but a chap I worked with said it might be constrained long-term funding, which can be terminal if it isn’t sorted out.”

Patrick visited a private consultant “who charged me a fortune to tell me a lot of things I already knew”. However, he was shocked to discover that unless he was able to find £5bn, nobody would be able to get treatment in an NHS hospital for much longer.

“I mean, who has that much lying around?” he asks.

Several years later and Patrick’s embarrassing procurement problem is getting worse. He’s tried everything from telling people to try harder to insisting that nobody buys anything without a purchase order, “but they just won’t listen”, he complains.

A spokesperson said that they were aware of an irascible man calling himself Lord Carter frequently turning up at hospitals but had been unable to find anything wrong. “We told him to try primary care instead and stop wasting our time.”  

News editor: Julian Patterson