Health Care Reform

Engaging Patients Should Be Core Business for the NHS, and Could Save Billions

Amy Finch | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Amy Finch

In many respects the "fully engaged" patient has arrived. Yet progress towards engagement has taken place at the margins of the NHS, rather than being its core business. If the NHS is to deliver the savings it needs, it must find a better way to tap into this human resource.

We Need to Be Careful Who We Are Blaming for the Current State of the NHS

Alex Nowicki | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Alex Nowicki

Public belief in the NHS has completely disintegrated. It has let people down unforgivably. This is not something we can ignore, on the contrary, listening to each other is now more important than ever.

Let's Start Supporting GPs Instead of Knocking Them

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

Quite simply, demand outstrips supply not just in hospitals, but also in general practice. And with A&E and hospitals full, patients are increasingly returned to general practices that are handling more and more complex consultations with fewer resources.

10 Resolutions the NHS Must Make Now

Dr Ellie May | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

Although free at the point of delivery, the NHS is not a 'free for all' and though treatment is not rationed, it must be rational. Having spent 15 years in the same job, at the sharp end of the NHS, I have seen fancy ideas and initiatives change policy and procedure, trying to trim the cost of the service...

How Can We Save Our Darling NHS? Don't Worry - I Have a Plan

Alexandra Massey | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Suppose we all took more responsibility for our own health? What? You ask. Yup, that's what I'm thinking. That, instead of automatically booking an appointment with the GP, we Google the symptoms and check out what's wrong with us then take advantage of some aged old wisdom.

My Problem With Transformation Pictures

Julie Creffield | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

Only 3% of women in the UK are totally happy with their bodies...that is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY...even the slim people are bloody unhappy with their bodies...don't you get it? slimness shouldn't be the goal...happiness should be regardless of what size you are. I argue that being unhappy is THE most unhealthiest way to be.

A Debate on Lazyness?

Julie Creffield | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

You know things have got bad when parliament are having to sort out the health of the nation, the same fat cat, pie eating, jump in a black taxi type of politicians trying to sort us lot out...well I guess I shouldn't be so judgemental...Boris cycles after all doesn't he?

Plenty of Pledges But Small on the Specifics: What the Party Conferences Told Us (And Didn't) About the Future of the NHS

Jennifer Dixon | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Dixon

The elephant in the room is that none of the funding pledges are nearly enough to meet current demand, and the NHS is heading for a financial crisis and soon. On this the politicians were silent, as well as on how the productivity of NHS staff could be increased to offset budget shortfalls...

How Missing Out on Good Nutrition Would be Criminal! - An Open Letter to David Behan, CQC Chief Executive

Nigel Denby | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

We have grave concerns that the basic role of food and nutrition may once again be overlooked in this latest review of how the CQC will regulate, inspect and rate care homes.

Jeremy Hunt's Mental Health Failures

Danny Bowman | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

Mr Hunt, the man who has failed a generation of young people suffering from mental health problems and there is no question about it. Know many people have asked me how am I qualified to question a cabinet health minister on his decisions?

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

Patient Knows Best...

Anna Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

Whilst I am not absolving any of us of our part in clogging up waiting rooms unnecessarily or putting extra pressure on GPs by bothering them with our sniffles, changing our behaviour is clearly not just a matter of information and education.

Pharmacists: Ready, Willing and Able to Improve Patient Care

Ash Soni | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Ash Soni

For a long time awareness of what pharmacists do (in addition to dispensing medicines) and how they can help patients has been low. Yet pharmacists can support better patient centred care within health and social care, particularly with the support of other NHS colleagues. And that support is building.

Should You Be Pushy With Your GP? Professor Haslam Thinks So

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?

The NHS Could Give Every Patient Access to Their Health Records - Why Doesn't It?

Andrew Clark | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Clark

It would be a relatively simple job to give every patient access to the same sort of information electronically that the NHS is planning to sell, probably in the same way, especially as it is theirs in the first place.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

Honesty Is Always the Best Policy

Anna Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

It's been a long nine months for the NHS since the Francis report was published. As if the terrible and unnecessary suffering at Mid-staffs wasn't enough, numerous other scandals have come to light all across the country, continuing to damage the reputation of what we like to think of as a national treasure.

How the Harlem Shake Could Change the NHS

Dr Damian Roland | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Damian Roland

Providing health care is a tricky business. Those who have suffered ill health or accidents and needed treatment will know the experience can range fr...

We Need More Women in Healthcare Management - Here's How to Do It

Jan Flawn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Flawn

To encourage more women to make the breakthrough into senior healthcare management roles, we need to do three things. Firstly, create a better network of support and advice for young female healthcare managers; secondly, provide more effective mentoring; and thirdly raise the profile of the current crop of female senior managers to be inspirational role models.

Is It Actually That Safe to Have a Baby on the NHS?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ed Fletcher

When a mother-to-be presents to a maternity ward preparing for the birth of her child, she is admitted to the care of healthcare professionals and should be able to feel confident in their support. By reflecting on those occasions when services have failed, we can devise actionable improvements to better outcomes for patients and staff, and ensure our hospitals are safe.

Why the Onus Is on Us to Prevent Patient Harm

Ed Fletcher | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK
Ed Fletcher

Claims this week of a 'toxic cocktail' poisoning the NHS might be accurate enough, but they do little to aid in the campaign for real change to standards of care in UK hospitals.

Part-Privatisation Could Be the Solution to Ailing NHS Treatment and Care

Lianna Brinded | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Lianna Brinded

Britain has prided itself on free healthcare for all, but with mounting scandals and examples of disgusting excuses of care, isn't time to truly consider part-privatisation of the ailing National Health Service (NHS)?

How Much Do We Really Care?

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

Caring isn't just another job; it is a vital component of a civilised society. The justifiable public outrage at widespread substandard care is testament to this. And despite all the stress, the antisocial hours, the lack of training or support and the rubbish pay, in many ways I loved my job.

The Power and the Majesty of Social Care Reform

Patrick Stannah | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Stannah

Reform of adult social care has been in the political limelight for many years. This latest announcement makes a firm and very welcome commitment to addressing an age-old issue - but it also opens a floodgate of challenges and fierce debate which will test our government to the limit.

Learn to Trust Me, I'm a Pharmacist.

Chris Perrington | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK
Chris Perrington

Knowing for some time that pharmacy advice can play a central role in improving the health literacy of the nation, at Sainsbury's Pharmacy we commissioned a yearlong experiment to prove it.