The funding formula: age vs deprivation

Recent press reports (such as in The Independent and the HSJ) float the suggestion that NHS funds in England should be distributed to local areas solely on the basis of the age of the local populat...

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A week is a long time in shared decision making

Last week was a week worthy of reflection. Monday saw the publication of the information strategy – The power of information – which sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for th...

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Adrian Sieff

Patient safety: learning from Europe

Last week the European Union launched its joint action on patient safety. The three year programme will share knowledge on approaches to improving patient safety across the community and support im...

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Jo Bibby

Let's talk about palliative care

This month’s Health Affairs contains a touching narrative by Amy Berman, a US health foundation executive who, with the help of a doctor that respected her goals, chose palliative care over aggress...

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Darshan Patel

The power of story telling

Last week saw the 2012 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris, and day two started with an inspiring keynote from the President of the International Health Institute (IHI)...

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‘No decision about me, without me?’

I was seeing an older patient with early Alzheimer’s dementia in outpatients and, as is my usual practice, gave the patient feedback on the diagnosis, answered their questions and talked about trea...

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Common challenges to improving quality

Today we’re launching a new report that gives a cogent and engaging analysis of what we’ve learnt from funding improvement leaders and projects over the last 10 years. Overcoming challenges to impr...

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Penny Pereira

Can the NHS learn from Mary Queen of Shops?

Mary Portas: ‘queen of shops’, government advisor on the high street and TV presenter. In Channel 4’s Secret Shopper, the no-nonsense retail guru took some of the nation’s biggest retailers to task...

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Adrian Sieff

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