News from Nowhere February 1st 2016

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

Desperate times: The Guardian exposed new guidance about shrinking the NHS workforce on January 30th. NHS Hospitals are being told to shed staff to rescue the health service from an acute funding crisis, despite intense concern that reducing staff will hit quality of care, patient safety and staff morale, whilst also increasing waiting times. Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) have issued the instruction to reduce staffing...

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News from Nowhere January 2016

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

Missing the point An ancient document from the Adam Smith Institute – The Health Alternative (1988) – has caused a stir amongst the government’s enemies, some of whom think its ideas prefigured the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. Readers can decide for themselves by looking at: News from Nowhere’s moles are struck by what this polemic misses out. It dismisses an...

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Designing Health Services for Patients with Complex Needs

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Features, Public Health | 0 comments

Canadian medical anthropologist Dr. Leigh Hayden and UK-based service designer Kat Matfield describe how techniques from behavioural psychology can help practitioners work more effectively with patients with complex needs. Introduction Patients with complex needs have a confluence of physical and mental health issues that are often compounded with psychosocial challenges. They range from “high users” of health care to the “silently...

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News from Nowhere, November 2015.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog, Features | 0 comments

Michael Meacher MP, who died earlier this year at the age of 75, was a junior minister in Health & Social Security before Thatcher’s victory in 1979, and subsequently was opposition spokesman on health (among other posts). He had a homely approach to political thinking about the NHS. In opposition he drew on the knowledge and experience of three unofficial advisors – a social scientist, and epidemiologist and a general practitioner – to...

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NHS Confederation response to CQC report emphasises the need for a fundamental shift in the way we regulate care

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Features, NHS | 0 comments

In response to the CQC State of Care report released today, Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “This is an important report that shows the majority of services across health and care are rated as good, with some outstanding. The report shows the pressure our members are under during the toughest times of a generation and that variation still exists in care quality and delivery. This alone is important – but there...

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