NHS Voices: Your top 15 of 2016


2016, what a year. Featuring a financial ‘reset’, Brexit, STPs and social care funding upsets, to name but a few events, 2016 has truly been a year like no other.

Throughout the year, people from across the health and care sector and beyond have taken to NHS Voices to share their experiences and insights on some of these issues – and more. 

With 104 post from 87 bloggers covering 43 topics, 2016 has been a year like no other for NHS Voices too. Here we take a look at the year's 15 most popular posts.


From new models of care to a new model of commissioning

Professor Paul Corrigan considers how new models of care are reworking the future of commissioning.


Economically speaking: The impact of limited resources on the NHS

The Confed's head of analysis, Paul Healy, explores the principle of demand in the first in his Economically speaking series.


What implications could Brexit have for NHS patients?

The head of the NHS European Office warns that a prolonged economic fallout as a result of Brexit could have a chilling effect on the NHS budget.


New models of care must be built on new approaches to prevention

Unless we take serious action on prevention, invest in new care models and sustain social care services, we will fail to see the fruits of our hard work come to life, says NHS chief executive Rob Webster.


Meaningful community engagement will foster the support you need to transform services

Jason Helgerson, the man at the helm of New York State’s Medicaid programme, shares why he believes STPs can improve care and contain costs in a way that’s supported by local communities.


Advancing digital health – all about technology or does change begin with us?

Digital healthcare expert Nicky Runeckles explains why the success of digital healthcare depends on everyone playing their part.


The onus is on all of us to continue Kate Granger’s work

Following the sad passing of Dr Kate Granger, our deputy director of policy remarks that she showed us the value of speaking frankly about our experiences, even where this exposes our own vulnerability.


Reality check: What the Wachter Review means for IT in the NHS

The Wachter Review 'puts to bed' any doubts about the importance of IT in the NHS, and highlights practical lessons for achieving a digitised health service, says health tech chief medical officer Dr Shaun O’Hanlon.


Put a pathology review on your to-do list for 2016

Cost savings, quality improvement and improved turnaround times for tests are just some of the benefits of transforming pathology services, according to Dr Stuart Quin.


Physios offer solutions to ease the strain on GPs 

With a perfect storm engulfing primary care, placing physiotherapists in GP surgeries could offer a way to turn the tide, the head of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy writes.


Pathology services: working stronger together

QE Gateshead’s pathology service manager shares how centralising services across the South of Tyne is delivering more for patients, services and staff.


Money can’t stand in the way of better healthcare

Some of the greatest healthcare innovations in New York occurred during the Great Recession, which is why the director of New York State’s $54bn Medicaid programme is urging the NHS to innovate at all costs.


The UK voted to leave the EU: what now for the NHS?

The head of the NHS European Office explores the interlinks between domestic and EU health policies, and considers what lies ahead for the NHS now the UK's future lies outside the EU.


Digital health: so near, yet so far

Digital health initiatives blossomed in the UK last year, but what difference is this new wave actually making for patients across the country, asks Roz Davies.


We have an obligation to be agents for social justice 

The most popular post of 2016 considers why the healthcare sector must reach out and partner with others to address societal problems. Another fantastic post penned by Jason Helgerson.

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