Communicating with the NHS: aligning activities to needs

The Five Year Forward View (Forward View), published in October 2014, highlighted the vision for the NHS. As a joint production by six NHS organisations (NHS England, Public Health England, Trust Development Authority, Monitor, Care Quality Commission, Health Education England) and deliberately presented as independent of the government, the document signals consensus among NHS bodies while acknowledging [...]

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A new model – The Manchester way

From April 2016 Greater Manchester will have complete control of the region’s £6bn health and social care budget under the latest local devolution reforms for the area. It makes the case perfectly that the only thing National about the NHS is the name! Whilst the model is still emerging, 10 local authorities, 12 commissioning groups [...]

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It’s value that matters not cost

Whilst the Department of Health does provide a list of high cost medicines, surely any pharmaceutical product can be perceived to have a “high cost” if the clinical benefit it provides is not evident, does not provide clear differentiation or is not needed. Many medicines with a relatively low acquisition cost (typical primary care drugs) [...]

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