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Laying foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education

Report 08/10/2020Billy Palmer | Rachel Hutchings | Claudia Leone

Mental health nursing is a vital and varied profession, accounting for over a third of the mental health workforce in England. Yet the numbers choosing to study to join the profession are unable to meet sharply rising demand. This major new report, commissioned by NHS Employers and the Mental Healt...

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Chart of the week: Pillars of strength? The capacity and veracity of our national testing programme

Data story 05/10/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With news of thousands of Covid-19 cases going unreported for a week, Billy Palmer looks at the overall capacity of our testing programme across its various pillars, and considers how this is tra...

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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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Neurosurgery

Report 01/10/2020Nigel Edwards

NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning team lead a national programme aimed at improving specialised adult neuroscience services in England. The work programme seeks to support emerging regional teams as well as Integrated Care Systems in the NHS, through establishing ‘what good looks like’ f...

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Specialised neurology

Report 01/10/2020Nigel Edwards

NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning team lead a national programme aimed at improving specialised adult neuroscience services in England. The work programme seeks to support emerging regional teams as well as Integrated Care Systems in the NHS, through establishing ‘what good looks like’ f...

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Chart of the week: Covid-19 test and trace programme is still a leaky system

Data story 22/09/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With the delayed NHS Covid contact tracing app slated to launch later this week, Billy Palmer takes another look at the pipeline of the test and trace programme, and finds a system still weighed...

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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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Emergency readmissions

Indicator 17/09/2020

This indicator looks at patients who are readmitted to hospital in an emergency within 30 days of discharge.

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