My mission statement

The times we are working in now need a great deal of accelerated change and there must be no negotiating that down. So my mission statement for this part of my consultancy career is to be clear that there needs to be and will be a lot of change from the work that I do with individuals and organisations and if organisations don’t want that, then it is probably best to go somewhere else.

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The Francis Report, transparency, and what counts as knowledge inside and outside the NHS.

Filed Under (Francis Report, National Voices, Patient involvement) by Paul on 04-02-2013

A few weeks ago Alan Milburn outlined how he saw that one of the main outcomes from the Francis Inquiry into events at Mid-Staffs should be much much greater transparency of information about the NHS for the public outside. In 2013 very few people would disagree with that. But there will be important disagreements about what this means.

Last week Liz Kendall from Labour’s Shadow Health team spoke to a National Voices’ conference about how she felt we needed to extend transparency. One of the points she made was that the public didn’t just need more numbers about what is going on inside the NHS, but that the NHS needs a form of knowledge about what is going on inside that has been partly created by patients and the general public outside. Read the rest of this entry »

Patients and doctors are on the move. Where might the power to really improve the NHS lie?

Filed Under (Health Improvement, National Voices, Reform of the NHS, Secretary of State) by Paul on 30-04-2010

My post yesterday claimed that the two letters I reproduced in that post, the first published on March 26th from the patients’ organisation (national voices), and the second on April 28th from many of the Presidents of the Royal Colleges, could be more important for the future of the NHS than the result of the general election. Understandably this relative comparison of what is important has been of some interest to people and probably needs defending.
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Post May 6th, what’s going to happen to England’s hospitals?

Filed Under (Health Policy, National Voices, Reform of the NHS) by Paul on 29-04-2010

On March 26th the patient’s collective organisation National Voices wrote an innovative and important letter to the Times in which they called for a grown up debate about closing beds in hospitals. Whilst on the inside of the NHS we have known the maturity of these organsiations for some time, to publish these collective opinions just before an election campaign was an important step forward.
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National Voices “Share the Power” campaign

Filed Under (National Voices, Reform of the NHS) by Paul on 18-03-2010

As the election campaign gears up, one of the most important developments in health reform for several years has just happened.

One of the leading patient organisations  – National Voices – has launched a campaign that changes the terms of trade that normally represents patient opinion in the lead up to an election. National Voices is a coalition of more than 200 health and social care charities providing a collective voice for patients, carers and service users.
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