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The NHS has to work hard to remain relevant, respected and loved – CSUs can help in many ways, says Andrew Ridley

With more of a whimper than a bang, the new NHS commissioning system came into being a year ago this week. Three years of intense political debate, transition and significant headcount reduction meant a range of geographically-based, integrated commissioners were finally replaced by a host of new organisations – 212 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local … Continue reading

Primary care: our salvation and talisman, says Dr Charles Alessi

News that the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is now an integral part of the NHS Confederation hit the headlines in late November 2013. What is the NAPC and what does it stand for? The NAPC was born out of fund holding and was originally set up as a member organisation to represent fund … Continue reading

Four decades, numerous configurations, one aim: parity of esteem. Are we there yet? asks Stephen Dalton

I think I must be getting on a bit. I seem to be increasingly relying on cultural references to recall when and where I was, and what was happening at that moment in time. Is it any wonder, then, that my reflections on the struggle for parity of esteem takes us from the Punk days … Continue reading

Key principles from Denmark’s approach to innovation mustn’t be ‘lost in translation’ with AHSNs, says Dr Johnny Marshall

When I signed up to the NHS European Office’s academic health science networks (AHSNs) study tour to Odense in Denmark, I had only just mastered putting the ‘H’ before the ‘S’ in AHSN! In the event, it was a great opportunity to better understand the agenda of those creating AHSNs and to contribute a different … Continue reading

Why hospitals are doomed. Chris Mimnagh explains.

There is a change going on in the way we think about healthcare. The realisation that we can no longer afford to do what we’ve always done is looming large for all suppliers. Whether it’s expressed as the Nicholson Challenge or described eloquently as Hospitals on the edge, our existing systems have grown up with … Continue reading

Spreading the ‘collaboration contagion’ will cure ‘silo syndrome’, says Jo Webber

In the new jigsaw which is rapidly becoming the 21st century NHS, a whole range of issues culminate in one operational headache, the inexorable rise in demand, which is being felt across the system. From primary care, through to ambulance and community providers and into the emergency department, the growth in unscheduled activity seems to … Continue reading

NHS Commissioning Board must ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to local autonomy says Michael Dixon

In fewer than 100 working days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will take up their full responsibilities.  The pain of authorisation will largely be over, the new commissioning architecture of the NHS in England mainly in place, and the key frameworks and tools for measurement mostly understood.   CCGs are ready to take up their responsibilities, … Continue reading


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