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NHS Voices is the place to debate, share and learn about what’s really happening across the health and care sector.

It provides a space for senior leaders from all parts of the health and care sector to come together, share ideas and debate solutions.

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More must be done to tackle the health inequity of homeless people at the end of life | Dr Caroline Shulman

14 / 8 / 2017 11am

Significant changes are needed to improve the coordination of care for homeless people and ensure they have equitable access to palliative care, writes Dr Caroline Shulman. Innovations in London and Canada offer ways forward.

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How patient partners are changing healthcare | David Gilbert

07 / 8 / 2017 10.20am

Seeing patients as partners, collaborative leaders, critical friends and insightful supporters, is key to turning healthcare on its head, writes David Gilbert.

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Time for bold decisions in mental health | Dr Rick Fraser

Mental health network

01 / 8 / 2017 10.19am

People with mental health problems in Sussex and East Surrey live up to 20 years less than the general population, new research has found. To turn the tide, the local sustainability and transformation partnership has put its money where its mouth is, explains Dr Rick Fraser.

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Tackling the diversity crisis in end-of-life care | Tracey Bleakley

31 / 7 / 2017 1.10pm

Death and dying must become higher priority in local health strategies to break down the barriers contributing to inequities in access to end-of-life care, writes Hospice UK chief executive Tracey Bleakley.

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How holding down multiple roles has given me an insight into the real issues with NHS buying | Fiona Burton

24 / 7 / 2017 12.51am

Fiona Burton works as a nurse in the NHS and the private sector, and is a consultant in the commercial world for a company that helps the NHS to improve procurement. Here, Fiona shares her insight into why there is a role for clinicians in the buying process.

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Brexit negotiations are now underway but what do they mean for the NHS? | Elisabetta Zanon

NHS European Office

29 / 6 / 2017 10am

Brexit talks carry important implications for healthcare. NHS European Office director Elisabetta Zanon considers what the negotiation phase could spell for the health and social care sector on matters including workforce supply and reciprocal healthcare arrangements.

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Are we failing the frail? Lessons to learn from mental health transformation

28 / 6 / 2017 4.39pm

Older and frail people are experiencing the same set of challenges that spurred the birth of the mental health movement in the last century. Is it really deja vu and if so, what happens next?

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The NHS had a wake-up call after the WannaCry cyberattacks – what is Europe doing to respond? | Sarah Collen

21 / 6 / 2017 11.03am

Recent cyberattacks show a consolidated effort is needed to prepare the NHS for any future cyber security incidents, writes European policy expert, Sarah Collen.

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Advance care planning and the urgency of now | Prof Brian Dolan and Corrina Grimes

19 / 6 / 2017 5.27pm

Prof Brian Dolan and Corrina Grimes outline the case for advance care planning in the context of patient time and their last 1,000 days.

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What if finding a bed in a care home was as easy as finding a room in a hotel? | Kulbir Lalli

12 / 6 / 2017 12.37pm

Health and social care partners across Hertfordshire have worked together to develop a uniquely simple solution to the issue of delayed transfers of care. Kulbir Lalli, head of integrated accommodation commissioning at Hertfordshire County Council, explains

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More must be done to tackle the health inequity of homeless people at the end of life | Dr Caroline Shulman

14 / 8 / 2017 11am

Significant changes are needed to improve the coordination of care for homeless people and ensure they have equitable access to palliative care, writes Dr Caroline Shulman. Innovations in London and Canada offer ways forward.

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