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Seven points of action to help address Northern Ireland's waiting list woes

Blog post 04/06/2021Mark Dayan | Prof. Deirdre Heenan

The waiting list for planned admission to hospital or a first outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland has reached almost 450,000, equivalent to almost a quarter of the population. Deirdre Heenan and Mark Dayan set out seven points of action for tackling the growing waiting list. This blog was ori...

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What impact has Covid-19 had on cancer services?

Blog post 27/05/2021Jenny Davies

We look at changes in activity in cancer services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Friday FAQs: James Hadlow and Mike Bedford

Blog post 21/05/2021Dr James Hadlow | Dr Mike Bedford

For this edition of Friday FAQs, we spoke to Dr James Hadlow, Associate Medical Director for the Remote and Rural Strategy at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Mike Bedford, who is the Chief Clinical Information Officer at the same trust. They discussed the particular healt...

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Transparent processes with a human touch: the essentials of good waiting list management

Blog post 11/05/2021Dr Rebecca Rosen

As record numbers of people wait for planned treatment, managing and prioritising NHS waiting lists will not be easy. Rebecca Rosen describes five ways in which the process can best respond to the emotional and practical needs of patients and staff. There are also a number of ethical issues to consi...

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Questions of fairness: how should the NHS prioritise people waiting for care?

Blog post 11/05/2021Rachel Hutchings | Dr Polly Mitchell

Before Covid-19, the NHS waiting list was not insignificant, but the effects of the pandemic have led to record numbers waiting for treatment – including many more waiting over a year. With an accompanying blog from Rebecca Rosen looking at the practical challenges involved in managing and priorit...

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Implementing technology in health and social care: lessons from the Care City test bed

Blog post 06/05/2021Rachel Hutchings

The increased use of technology has been vital in how health and social care services have responded to Covid-19, and it will play a key role in the recovery from the pandemic too. As we today publish new research on making the best use of digital health innovations, Rachel Hutchings highlights thre...

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Stillbirths and other adverse outcomes for babies in Britain during the pandemic

Blog post 04/05/2021Dr Elizabeth Fisher

Covid-19’s impact on all health services has caused concern about its effect on those whose health need is nothing to do with the virus – worries that have extended to maternity care. In this blog, Liz Fisher assesses the evidence around stillbirths and other adverse outcomes for babies in Brita...

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Special measures for quality: a Q&A on the impact of improvement interventions in NHS trusts

Blog post 21/04/2021Prof Naomi Fulop | Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

For this Q&A we spoke to Naomi Fulop and Chris Sherlaw-Johnson about their work evaluating improvement interventions in NHS trusts who were in special measures for quality. Since their report was published, a new oversight framework has been proposed that will mean significant changes to the current...

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Ongoing woes: the difficulties of the social care provider market

Blog post 16/04/2021Camille Oung

The problems in social care were very clear before Covid-19, but the pandemic has compounded the sector’s troubles. Alongside our new research today, the report’s co-author Camille Oung discusses how the market for care is not easy to navigate for either policy-makers or the public, and stresses...

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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 24/03/2021Sarah Scobie

With a year having passed since the start of the first lockdown, Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the Covid-19 pandemic. This explainer was originally published last May, was updated again in October and in January, and has now been u...

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