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Green shoots? Charting the progress and challenges of training the NHS clinicians of the future

Blog post 02/11/2020Lucina Rolewicz

Despite the difficulties of 2020, one positive development has been an increase in university applications for clinical roles, with the numbers of nursing degree apprenticeships also rising. Lucina Rolewicz welcomes the news but argues against complacency, not least with Covid-19 likely to have some...

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Friday FAQs: Owen Williams

Blog post 30/10/2020Dr Owen Williams

With October being Black History Month, for this edition of Friday FAQs we spoke to Dr Owen Williams OBE, the Chief Executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

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How has Covid-19 impacted on cardiovascular services and patients?

Blog post 21/10/2020Rachel Hutchings

The coronavirus has caused significant disruption to NHS services, which may have been particularly felt by those with a long-term condition. Rachel Hutchings takes a closer look at what it’s been like for people living with heart disease, and stresses the importance of understanding patients’ e...

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Kate Cheema Q&A: Covid-19 and cardiovascular services

Blog post 21/10/2020Kate Cheema

Alongside our new blog today on the impact of Covid-19 on cardiovascular services and patients, we spoke to Kate Cheema, the Director of Health Intelligence at the British Heart Foundation, for her thoughts on the subject.

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Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Blog post 08/10/2020Claudia Leone

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, our new report today discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so. Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some of the key findings.

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Specialised commissioning: lessons from history and looking to the future

Blog post 01/10/2020Nigel Edwards

Long read: Despite perhaps not receiving much attention, specialised commissioning is one of the fastest growing parts of the NHS budget, and from this month provider collaboratives will be responsible for commissioning specialised services for mental health. Nigel Edwards looks bac...

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Covid-19 in prisons: fewer cases than feared but it’s not the whole story

Blog post 22/09/2020Dr Miranda Davies | Eilís Keeble

While there have been fewer cases of Covid-19 cases in prisons than initially feared, rates of the virus have still been higher than in the wider community. Miranda Davies and Eilís Keeble look at why that might be, and the wider implications of lockdown restrictions on prisoners’ physical and me...

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Digital and face-to-face consultations: finding the right balance

Blog post 21/09/2020Dr Rebecca Rosen

The issue of high demand for face-to-face GP appointments has been in the news recently, after a major shift towards remote consultations during the pandemic. Rebecca Rosen explores the matter further, and argues the case for balance and some key principles.

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Building a planning capability in the NHS

Blog post 18/09/2020Richard Darch | Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham

Long read: Planning, both as a function and a process, has been evident across the NHS since 1948, but has it somewhat lost its way over the last 20 years? Richard Darch, Nigel Edwards and Helen Buckingham look back at how things were once done in the health service, and argue the c...

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Much more to do: Understanding the impact of technology in social care

Blog post 17/09/2020Lucina Rolewicz

The past few months have further exposed the differing fortunes of the NHS and social care, not least around technology and data. Drawing on our Test Bed project, Lucina Rolewicz describes the limitations of the social care data landscape, and how those receiving care could benefit if improvements w...

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