NHS England

Brexit – medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin inquiry

The Health Committee has launched an inquiry into regulatory arrangements needed to guarantee safe and effective supply of medicines, medical devices and products post-Brexit. Closes Thursday 26 October 2017. Find out more


Small health grants for participation in community

Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services?  If so, NHS England want you to tell them about it and will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 for projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare. Closing date for applications is 31st October. Find out more

New volunteering guidance from the NHS

The guidance offers practical support and information for NHS providers and VCSE partners to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS.

Web link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/NHSE-Guidance-on-Recruitment-and-Management-of-Volunteers-Sept17.pdf

Collaboration and a culture of partnership
This guidance encourages day-to-day collaboration between volunteers and staff. It recognises volunteers
as part of the wider NHS family and the value of their contribution alongside paid professionals. It aims to support an asset-based approach and culture of partnership. Asset-based approaches are place-based approaches that develop local solutions, drawing on all the assets and resources of an area; integrating public services and also building the resilience of communities. It also provides support to organisations who are already working in partnership with NHS providers to effectively recruit and manage volunteers.

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) dashboard

At the end of last month NHS England published an STP “dashboard”. According to their announcement, this should give “an initial baseline assessment of the new sustainability and transformation partnership areas – set up across the country to improve care through collaboration between services.”  It is a prototype “progress dashboard – which will continue to evolve – indicates the starting point from which STPs will drive improvements in care”. The full data is available on the NHS England web site: www.england.nhs.uk/stpdashboard


The rating is driven by indicators in three broad areas: hospital performance, patient-focused change, and transformation. These are measured in nine domains: emergency care; elective care; safety; general practice; mental health; cancer; prevention; finance and system leadership. It will be interesting to examine these against the responses we get from STP leaders following our exercise to contact them all earlier this year about their plans for neurology services.


It was also confirmed that there will be local capital investment schemes in 15 areas of the country, with the largest sums being used for urgent care in Dorset, surgery in Greater Manchester and cancer care in Cumbria. According to NHS England, this initial funding has been targeted at the “strongest and most advanced plans put forward by local health and social care leaders.”

Suspected neurological conditions: Draft guidance consultation


You can now review and comment on this draft guideline.

The consultation closes on 19 September 2017 at 5pm

How to comment

1. Register your organisation

Your organisation needs to be registered as a stakeholder before we can accept comments.

Not eligible? Contact the stakeholder organisation that most closely represents your interests and pass your comments to them.

2. Read the consultation documents

Documents to comment on:

Other information about the consultation

3. Add your comments

  • You must use this comments form.
  • You must declare any links with, or funding from, the tobacco industry

If you share similar views with another organisation, send a joint response.

Make sure you consider:

  • The areas that will have the biggest impact on practice and be challenging to implement
  • How to help users overcome challenges

Developing NICE guidelines: how to get involved suggests some other areas to comment on.

4. Email the form to us

Email: NeurologicalProblems@nice.org.uk

Deadline: 19 September 2017, 5pm

Accessing your patient records

Have you accessed your records yet? If you want to see how Dr Amir Hannan’s practice has enabled patients take a look at his website http://www.htmc.co.uk/pages/pv.asp?p=htmc0520

Follow him on Twitter @amirhannanDr Amir Hannan

Patients have had the right to read their paper records since the 1990s. However, few ever choose
to do so unless there is a problem or a complaint, perhaps in part due to procedural and physical
constraints. With the widespread use of electronic records, it is now much more feasible for
patients to access their own records directly. This presents new challenges and opportunities for
health professionals.

This document has been created primarily by the doctors who pioneered the work to enable
patients to access their own electronic health records. The doctors have explored the opportunities
for people not just to read their records but also to enable them to better look after their own
health, interacting positively with the healthcare system.

It is important that all health professionals understand that new ways of working with patients
become possible with electronic records. However, it is essential to apply these new ways safely
and effectively. This document offers sound principles, developed in conjunction with lessons
learnt, to underpin such changes in clinical practice.

Record Access provides most benefit if used as an integral part of the care process. If patients
access their records, particularly in the context of joint decision-making in partnership with their
health professionals, the result can lead to improvements in their care.

Record Access is a new development and this guidance is intended to be a dynamic document
that will evolve as more experience is gained.

Dr Libby Morris, Chair, RCGP Informatics Group
Dr Bob Milne, Deputy Chair, RCGP Informatics Group
1 September 2010

Check out this link Health Informatics Report (1)


Public Health England

The Neurological Alliance has heard from Public Health England that with effect from 1 June 2017 there will be a few changes within the organisation – the existing PHE intelligence networks (including the National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network) will now sit within a new Health Improvement Directorate within the PHE’s Knowledge & Intelligence Service.

According to PHE, these new arrangements are “intended to help PHE respond to the changes underway in the NHS and local government.”

They have also made some changes to their online presence – it might be useful to bookmark this page if you regularly refer to their resources:



10 brisk minutes

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!

Read more https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#GOlmjcuOV2UE1rlw.97