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STPs – where are they headed?

So, the latest iteration of STPs had to be submitted by 21st October and despite – or perhaps because of – the NHS England calls for secrecy, the controversy surrounding them continues to grow. How this all fits with progress on the Five Year Forward

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The Conceptual Confusion of ‘Priorities’

Thousands and perhaps even millions of pounds are wasted through misunderstanding the concept of priorities, despite it being so commonly used and being apparently such a simple idea.  The cost comes from wasted time in meetings and the missed opportunities to be more effective. It’s

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Rationing in the NHS

Is care rationed in the NHS?  Should it be? This is an issue I’ve come up against a few times recently and it’s left me a bit confused.  On the one hand, if there’s any hint that care may be withheld because of the cost,

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The Man in the Machine

I’ve somehow found myself becoming the lay member on our local CCG governing body.  That means I have to leave my position on Healthwatch, the Health and Wellbeing Board and a youth counselling charity (as it receives money from the CCG).  So, a good opportunity

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Why do we keep getting it wrong?

I was wondering what to blog about this month.  There have been a few events recently that I’ve had issues with, that I thought of writing about.  There was the workshop which was part of delivery of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  It had a

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A type of incompetence from which we can all suffer

I sit round the table with some very talented people in a number of different boards, groups and committees.  Working individually (often in organisations that help co-ordinate their actions) they are very effective.  But just sometimes, when we get together, we can be collectively incompetent.

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Can the parties’ policies fix our health?

Can the political parties’ auction of promises make the difference that’s needed for our health and wellbeing?  (That’s the UK 2015 general election, by the way, in case you’re reading this some time later and/or from elsewhere in the world.  And it’s the May election

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Rocket Boosters for Health and Wellbeing Boards

Will Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) survive? There are divergent views. They still seem to be very popular in national policy circles, but more locally there are questions as to whether they are achieving very much. At a recent meeting with representatives across a region,