A change in our society's attitude towards people with a learning disability would be a positive change for society in general. However, we all have to work together to achieve this. It's for this reason, that during this Learning Disability Week, we want to show that a person with a learning disability can have the same firsts as anybody else. All we need now is for everyone to listen.
As Simon Stevens makes his first major speech as CEO of NHS England, he has a challenge to change a system that lets our most vulnerable people down. With its' approach comprised of too many disconnected services, our health and care services are antiquated and no longer fit for purpose.
nstead of stringing together words and ending up sounding like some inbred minor gentry in Debrett's, maybe we should just focus on being "doctors" and leave the silly names to those with more experience in that field; such as pop groups favoured by politicians?
The Conservatives are offering a referendum on Europe because they are scared of Ukip. The Labour Party is concerned about immigration because they too are scared of Ukip. It is this effect where Ukip can affect the political and social agenda.
Of course the NHS needs reform. Corruption, where it appears, must be rooted out. No one argues against that. And no, I don't have any answers. But I know is this: we must protect what's left of the NHS. Protect it against the encroachment of hedge funds; cease selling our medical data to private companies so that they can make products to sell back to us.
Thankfully, steady and on-going medical advances means that the prognosis for people who suffer a serious brain injury - for example from a traffic or sports accident - is significantly better now than 20 years ago.
NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh has said that Britain's citizens were being failed by current ways of working, but I don't think that has to mean extending opening hours. It's about access, not time, and access can be digital in many cases.
The doom-mongers would have us believe the NHS is a failing institution. That it's in the abyss of financial ruin, unravelling at the seams and unable to cope with the demands of patients. Yes, our health service is facing difficult times but we need to ditch the hyperbole, focus on the facts and look to solutions. The challenges should be used as energy for change, rather than excuses for where we currently are.
Thanks to Labour peers, one good thing to come out of the Health and Social Care Act was the commitment to parity of esteem between physical and mental health. Despite paying lip-service to the idea, ministers have done nothing to make it a reality. One year on from the reorganisation we are further away from parity than before.
Last week Sir John Oldham published his long awaited report on health policy for the Labour Party. In his foreword Sir John describes one of the key political challenge of successful reform...
In a bid to improve quality the Government has taken its eyes off the money. Back in 2010 the health service was set the mission of improving productivity by £20 billion. As many leading independent voices and the Government itself recognised, achieving such savings would only be possible by fundamentally transforming how care is delivered and organised.
The reality is the more forms doctors and nurses have to fill in, the more boxes they have to tick, the less time they have to spend caring for patients. While it's only right to expect our medical professionals to follow best practice and be accountable for their work, tying them up with excessive form-filling doesn't help.
Clinics must be held accountable for their records. Like John Ryan of MYA Clinics pointed out, if an organization as massive as the National Health Service are publishing increasing amounts of clinical data, so should the private sector.
Developments in telemedicine are benefitting patients with a broad range of needs as well as improving hospital services and improving resource allocation across the NHS. Significant progress has been made towards three million people being able to benefit from telehealth by 2017 in the UK, so these programmes could be coming to hospital near you soon.
Nearly a day doesn't go by when there's a headline in the UK about government cuts impacting older people, residential homes shutting down or elder abuse. It's fair to say that everyone knows the system is broken yet not a lot of progress is being made to fix it.
Since our Prime Minister David Cameron introduced it last year for hospital patients, we have had instant feedback from over 1.3million people - and there is clear evidence our NHS is responding well.