Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, was recently described by the Guardian as ‘trickier to pin down than his predecessors’. Last week Mr Stevens met with National Voices members to discuss the future of the NHS and the role of voluntary organisations in health and care. So did we manage to ‘pin him down’?
At the end of the month, the Chancellor will set out spending limits for the rest of the Parliament, and it’s unlikely to say the least that there will be any big giveaways for public services. This sets a challenge for the National Voices annual conference later this week, which will discuss the future for person centred care, and ask whether it could be the solution in hard times?
Earlier this year we launched the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?with Nesta, which found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. Following up from this, we’ve been publishing a series of peer support case studies highlighting some of the ways in which charities are facilitating peer support, and the benefits peer support can offer for people living with long term health needs.
Sam Bennett, Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning and Personal Health Budgets has written this blog which highlights the importance of personal health budgets in improving wellbeing outcomes and making choice and control a reality for people. This blog also outlines the need to see people as active participants in their care, not as passive recipients of services.
As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we have decided to close this month with a blog from Danni Manzi, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care. In this blog, Danni talks about the importance of raising awareness of incurable cancer related diseases such as secondary breast cancer and how Breast Cancer Care are using their 'bucket list campaign' to achieve this.
The last blog in the series of blog posts following World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October is from Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, the mental health charity. In this blog, Paul Farmer talks about the importance of tackling mental health stigma, the launch of the #smallthings campaign and the royal visit to Mind in Harrow.