Call me simple-minded but it never bodes well for an organisation in my view, if WORD persists in underlining your name in red. I should know. Nor does it bode well if your strategy doesn’t fit on one side of A4. If people can’t print it out they won’t read it. In my opinion. But… Read More Is Healthwatch England, Barking up the wrong tree?
So here’s my unsubstantiated personal theory. It is that one of the root causes of the problems besetting today’s NHS’ is our failure to pay proper heed to the growing crisis in accountability and responsibility that has been a feature of our increasingly complex health system over the last seventy years. From almost the day… Read More A bit of a public involvement mash-up including that idea for an NHS Civil Society Assembly
So sang The Beach Boys who were on Radio 2’s ‘In Concert’ this week. Not that I’m a great fan but it seemed apposite given my week. This has involved visits to TrialReach, Oxford (well, virtually!) to discuss plans for public involvement in the Biomedical Research Centre there, my good colleagues at BioMedCentral and, tomorrow,… Read More Round round get around I get around – Caldicott2, patient data, dementia portal and more!
The Government last week launched a public consultation seeking views on the membership of Healthwatch England. Healthwatch England will be the ‘consumers champion’ under the NHS reforms. It will be what they call a ‘statutory committee’ of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is expected to be up and running by the autumn. Many, including… Read More Government consults on Healthwatch membership
On my train journey from Edinburgh this morning, I listened to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in about the implications of Scottish independence. The intricacies of a possible de-coupling from the UK are fascinating – from the economy to people’s pensions, to the NHS. I’ve yet to read an article written specifically about the pros and cons… Read More I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform
Given my post yesterday I am delighted to congratulate Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust on winning the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) first ever research culture award last night. The full list of winners and highly commendeds is as follows: Winner: Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Highly Commended: Portsmouth Hospitals… Read More NHS research culture awards
A colleague of mine put up two slides at a meeting today which neatly encapsulated for me the key strategic – perhaps translational gap – in uk clinical research right now. On the demand side, the first showed the key results from the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) commissioned MORI poll of public attitudes… Read More You cluster if you want to…the single most important translational gap in UK clinical research today