There is a long way to go before mental health achieves ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health, and the voluntary and community sector is key to helping address this challenge.
There are welcome signs that policy-makers and NHS leaders are becoming more open to exploring how health professionals could work more collaboratively with patients as leaders. Many patient leaders already working to improve health and wellbeing in their communities.
‘Implementing the Forward View’ is often synonymous with ‘establishing multispecialty community providers and primary and acute care systems’. But this risks leaving behind the more radical chapter of the Forward View – chapter two, on engaging patients and communities.
Community services are a vital part of delivering co-ordinated care, and could be the answer to many of the health service’s woes in the future, says Bev Fitzsimons.
What are some of the primary care innovations happening both abroad and in the UK? Nicola Walsh reflects on discussions at our recent conference on the role of general practice.
If the third sector is to reach its potential in supporting a new health and social care system, then we should look to its leaders and think hard about their support needs.
In the past couple of weeks, ‘co-commissioning’ has emerged as the latest solution to the problems in primary care. But will it give patients, communities and clinicians ‘more clout’ in deciding how local services are developed, at a time when NHS finances are severely strained?
Back in the summer of 2013, Jeremy Hunt announced a public consultation on a new plan to improve care for vulnerable older people. This was finally published last month, but what does the plan mean for older people's care?
Here’s a puzzle for you. You have a population of one million people, three psychiatrists, and no mental health nurses. How do you go about delivering mental health care?
The new Department of Health document, Transforming primary care, mostly looks to improve services for those with the most complex needs. But what does it tell us about transforming primary care for the rest of the population?
Rachael Addicott looks at what we can learn from the Southcentral Foundation's system-wide transformation of care in Alaska.
Catherine Foot shares her experience of volunteering at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital – her pledge for this year's NHS Change Day.
Federations and networks of GP practices are working to deliver extended services and raise standards of care. These innovations are valuable, but much more is needed to ensure general practice really is fit for the future, says Chris Ham.
With an ongoing ambition to shift care out of hospitals and closer to people’s homes, what is needed to transform community services?
The focus on delivering improvements in mental health care is currently dominated by how funding is allocated. But in the midst of the debate, little thought has been given to who should receive this money, and importantly how this could lead to reforming the system.
Chris Ham reflects on his recent visit to the Royal Free Hospital in London to discuss the role of acute hospitals in developing integrated care.
We can’t deal with the emergency care crisis at the front door of the hospital without addressing the situation at the back door – there are still too many patients who could be sent home within 0 – 2 days but who would not be able to access community support in time, says David Oliver.
People are now taking more drugs than ever before, but who is responsible for ensuring each patient’s prescriptions are appropriate?
Every NHS acute trust in England encourages people to volunteer – to contribute to their service and play an important part in improving patient experience. But how many people volunteer in acute trusts in England and what roles do they play?
The new GP contract is a small step in the right direction, but it falls far short of the rebirth of general practice. Much more needs to be done to transform primary care and ensure it meets the needs of patients and populations in future, says Chris Ham.