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Blog headlines

  • 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.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Your Blithering

The latest edition of the stakeholder newsletter of the NHS Blithering STP is packed with more news than ever

WasteAway contract: Sir Trevor sets the record straight

Sir Trevor Longstay has defended the award of a lucrative clinical waste contract to a company he chairs. In a statement, Sir Trevor said the £20 million deal with WasteAway Plc had been won “fair and square” and accused rivals of “sour grapes”.

As chief executive of the newly formed NHS Blithering Hospitals Consortium, chair of the Blithering and District CCGs Collaborative and lead for the STP Sir Trevor had taken great care to avoid any accusation of impropriety, said Blithering’s new head of communications Charlotte Ditcher. 

“Sir Trevor stepped out of discussions of the contract and voting on this matter at board meetings. If he took a close personal interest in the procurement process it was only to ensure that it was entirely fair and transparent,” she said.

Responding to claims by rivals that WasteAway had undercut them with a bid so far below cost that they were unable to compete, Ditcher said: “It was a perfectly level playing field for any supplier prepared to sustain heavy losses.” She would not comment on speculation that WasteAway would cross-subsidise its unprofitable clinical waste contract from the lucrative refuse collection contract secured last month with Blithering District Council.

Sir Trevor staunchly defended the process for awarding the contract. "Allegations that Lady Longstay's integrity as chair of the procurement committee was compromised are as scurrilous as they are hurtful," he said.

Friends and colleagues of Sir Trevor and Lady Longstay leapt to the couple’s defence, pointing out that they had barely spoken in over 10 years and even occupied separate bedrooms to avoid any suggestion of a conflict of interest.

New strategy takes shape

The Blithering Integrated Care System is set to take another giant leap forward with the publication next week of a completely refreshed and updated strategy document.

Putting Priorities First: Even More Steps: Towards Total Integration: A Health and Care Strategy for All: Beyond the Event Horizon builds on the success of the previous strategy.

As well as a demonstrably comprehensive title, the new strategy includes 57 new ambitions in seven domains: 360-degree engagement, clinically-led co-production, patient-centred scalability, place-based delivery, mindful care, parity of purpose and compassionate efficiency.

Dr David Rummage, clinical director for NHS Blithering, said: “The integrated care vanguard showed us what a difference a few tens of millions of pounds could make. Our unaudited figures show that we managed to cut literally dozens of emergency admissions, while massively increasing digital innovation and media outcomes.

"The challenge now is to roll out these improvements at scale. We’ve shown we can do it. All we need is support from the centre, preferably in the form of a blank cheque.”

Dates for your diary

Meet the Team Day, 2 May, CCG HQ, Station Approach  - Your chance to grab a selfie with Sir Trevor and quiz Dr Rummage, Dr Liz Wanhope and other Blithering health leaders about our plans to consolidate services, reduce deficits and improve local health outcomes. Don’t miss it!

Care Home Fundraiser, 5 June, venue TBC – Tombola, cake stall and karaoke to raise money to stop the closure of Blithering care homes and other social services. A great day out, particularly for older members of the family – and all in a good cause!

Martin Plackard: a footnote

The board of NHS Blithering would like to express its thanks to head of strategic communications, digital delivery and impactfulness, Martin Plackard, who has decided to leave the organisation to pursue other opportunities after nearly a decade at Blithering.

Paying tribute to Plackard, Sir Trevor Longstay said: “It is literally impossible to measure Malcolm's contribution. Suffice to say that he has been instrumental in Blithering’s astronomical rise to become the most challenged health economy in the country. We’d like to thank him for his commitment and wish him well, etc.”

News editor: Julian Patterson


Tony Gray
Tony Gray says:
Apr 13, 2018 07:03 AM

Absolutely brilliant, cheered up my Friday, did have to re-read the first bit, as I hadn't heard of the organisation, it was that believeable!

david seabrooke
david seabrooke says:
Apr 13, 2018 08:25 AM

Re- Martin Plackard: a footnote
I think I'll observe a few days' stand-still on this as I can't believe we've heard the last of him.
Shouldn't it be "...a decade of Blithering"?