Monday, January 30, 2017

Health-geekery February 2017

I can't always get the health and social care links I want, but sometimes if I try repeatedly, I can get the health and social care links that I need.

As ever, inclusion in the list doesn't signify agreement, merely that I've found something to be interesting.


Belatedly, here's a series of essays hosted by the Kings' Fund imagining What If scenarios for the future of the NHS.

Even further back into the past, here's a very handy briefing by the Neurological Alliance on issues affecting neurology services from April last year.

Returning to the present, things do seem to have gone (temporarily no doubt) quiet on sustainability and transformation plans in the English NHS. However, Health Campaigns Together have produced some activist resources in the meantime, which may be useful whether you agree with their take on STP's or not.

Social care

New research from Scope finds that fewer than one in five people with disabilities (18 per cent) get the right social care, which [editorial voice intruding] is frankly gobsmacking.

Most councils unconvinced that increasing social care precept to 3% will resolve care crisis (ITV)

Local services by local people

New report from Locality calls for locally-commissioned and delivered public services which would provide "substantially better outcomes and value than standardised, one-size-fits-all services."


Changes to staffing on Southern Trains risks affecting accessible transport for people with disabilities. (Guardian)

Northern Ireland

Scope NI interview with NICVA Chair Seamus McAleavey has some interesting comments on health and health reform in light on renewed political instability.


News from the Wales Rare Disease Implementation Group as Rare Disease Day approaches on 28 February.

And a link to Wales' Digital Health Strategy, just because.

It's that man again...

Theresa May doesn't rule health out of any trade deal agreed with the US (Independent)
Caroline Molloy of Our NHS fires back


Presentations and related resources from National Voices annual conference.

And finally

An American patient in London - comedian Rob Delaney talks about his contrasting experiences of UK and US healthcare.

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