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  • Reading Well for young people consultation
    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
    7 October 2021

    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
    24 June 2021

    The blog this week is from Frank Sims, chief executive of Anglian Community Enterprise and shares learning on collaboration and redesign to support hospital discharge.

  • 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.

Friday, 4 August 2017

We’re Blithering

A personal message from Martin Plackard, NHS Blithering’s director of person-centredness and digital intimacy

Dear Stakeholder, Citizen, Patient, Carer, Friend, Family Member or Colleague

Welcome to the latest edition of We’re Blithering. The quarterly e-bulletin is our opportunity to share with you the latest exciting plans for your local NHS. It’s also your opportunity to hold us to account and make your voice heard.

According to NHS England figures, Blithering is one of the best places to get ill. Going forward we intend to make it one of the best places to get better too.

Remarkable statistics

Here are some remarkable statistics from the recent Blithering Patient Survey:  

  • 98% of residents said they would sooner access NHS services in Blithering than travel to another country for treatment
  • 87% said they were able to get an appointment with a personal trainer or other health professional in the past 12 months. More than half had been able to speak to a GP by phone or view their details online
  • 76% of those who had heard of the STP thought it was doing anything up to a great job.

So all of the evidence points to very significant progress, but there is still more to do. As the searching review by independent think tank the Rummage Trust put it recently, “There has been significant progress, but more still needs to be done”.

The analysis by Dr Rummage and his team informed the refresh of the Blithering Forward View, entitled Next Horizons, where we’ve been able to realign some of the key goalposts to the needs of the changing playing field landscape and the capabilities of the main players.

Next Horizons sets out three core priorities for the future: to identify the issues, address the barriers and exceed expectations. We’ll be publishing a robust evaluation framework for these goals in due course. 

Underarching objectives

Underneath the overarching aims were a number of detailed proposals and recommendations, or underarching objectives. They include the sale of non-essential hospital property including buildings, land and staff, which is long overdue as services move into the community. As Blithering’s primary care develops at-scale capability to include mole removal, treatment for varicose veins and car parking, fears about the closure of A&E and outpatient departments will prove to be unfounded.

Selling off surplus capacity will be good news for local businesses and jobs, enabling the construction of a new distribution centre for local employer Rumstrad Electronics, for example.


Demolition of the maternity and paediatric units could also help us avoid the potential embarrassment and expense of replacing the chipboard based fire-retardant cladding installed by our PFI contractors.

Workforce remains our number one priority. We recognise particularly the value of the work done by our nurses, but as the secretary of state Mr Hunt put it so well on the radio earlier this week, we also have to respect the decisions of the independent pay review body HM Treasury.

Mr Hunt also promised to recruit a further 21,000 frontline professionals in mental health. This is very welcome news. Mental health services in Blithering have been under increasing strain from delusional people claiming to have seen thousands of new GPs entering training following Mr Hunt’s last imaginary job-creation scheme.

Parity of enthusiasm

We take parity of esteem very seriously but we’ll also be looking to recruit professionals that offer the best value for money to the taxpayer. This will include the new role of Mental Health Enthusiast, which could suit school leavers, the long term unemployed or anyone with time on their hands.

We’ll update you on our progress towards each of these challenging goals in future editions of We’re Blithering. Meanwhile, please tell us what you think by visiting the “Have Your Say” page of our website, where we’ll have a form ready for your feedback very soon.

Newsletter editor: NHS Networks


Judy Aldred
Judy Aldred says:
Aug 04, 2017 12:04 PM

Depressingly accurate!