In the Hunt for a health Ofsted

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, spoke at the King's Fund annual conference today.  By all accounts it was impassioned and well-received.  There then followed what sounded like a lively panel discussion about patient experience (see their twitter feed). Hunt's announcement of a review into the idea of establishing an 'Ofsted' rating system for hospitals … Continue reading In the Hunt for a health Ofsted

The NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate and patients in health research

The Shard went up (officially).  And the NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate came down from on high.  All on the same day.  Add the odd torrential downpour with its associated misery and these could be Biblical times. I have come to the conclusion that it is my fate to be locked away somewhere remote and with an intermittent … Continue reading The NHS Commissioning Board Draft Mandate and patients in health research

Care of the elderly: Where did we all go wrong?

Care of the elderly has always been an issue close to my heart. As a schoolboy I would spend one afternoon each week visiting a frail and vulnerable woman in her eighties who lived on a nearby estate. I would help her around the house and with her garden. She was prone to falls. The … Continue reading Care of the elderly: Where did we all go wrong?