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Timeline for developing Public Health England

Anita Marsland

The timeline for the development of Public Health England – the new public health system – has been outlined by Anita Marsland (left), the Transition Managing Director for PHE. PHE, which is due to be in place in April 2012, … Continue reading

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Improving quality during NHS modernisation

Safety, effectiveness and experience are central to the National Quality Board’s (NQB) first report of a two-phase review about maintaining and improving quality during NHS modernisation. The report describes key roles and responsibilities of organisations and individuals to help protect … Continue reading

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Dudley health professionals discuss modernisation

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today met health professionals and officials in Dudley to discuss the local impact of the modernisation of health and care. In a round table discussion with GPs and health partners from social care, public health, the … Continue reading

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Early implementers of health and wellbeing boards announced

Local authorities throughout England have signed up to join a network of early implementers of health and wellbeing boards. The boards will remove divisions between the NHS and local authorities and give communities greater say in the services needed to … Continue reading

Case study – Sutton: Integrated health and social care pilot shows benefits for patients

Integrating health and social care services for patients and carers has resulted in substantial savings in the London borough of Sutton. A six-month pilot, based on just three medical conditions and a trial area of only 25,000 patients, reduced PCT … Continue reading

Case study: Leicestershire aims to build on successful partnership working for health and wellbeing board

Leicestershire’s health and wellbeing board will be one of the first shadow boards to go live in April, thanks to its successful record of local partnership working, and will build on a year of closer joint working between the county … Continue reading

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Strengthened leadership for new early implementer network

John Wilderspin

Primary care trust chief executive John Wilderspin (left) is joining the Department of Health as National Transition Director for the implementation of health and wellbeing boards. He will work with David Behan’s Directorate to develop a new early implementer network … Continue reading

Health and Social Care Bill Committee meets today


The Health and Social Care Bill Committee meets again today, Tuesday, March 15 to discuss the Bill. The Bill proposes to create an independent NHS Board, promote patient choice, and to reduce NHS administration costs. Key areas: establishes an independent … Continue reading

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Improving the lives of people with long term conditions

Almost one in three of the population have a long term condition, such as asthma, heart and lung disease, arthiritis or diabetes. The NHS will not be able to meet this increase in demand unless it changes. Add to that … Continue reading


Question: What do healthcare professionals think about the modernisation of the NHS?

A number of stories in the media this week are looking ahead to the special meeting of the BMA’s representative body to discuss the planned changes to the NHS, and the possible reaction of healthcare professionals. A DH spokesman said: … Continue reading

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