Issue : 25 September 2008
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Are we killing psychiatric patients with food? Subscription
High-calorie meals and little exercise mean psychiatric inpatients often put on weight and damage their health. Sharmila Menon looks at how hospitals can manage the problem without violating patients' rights
Developing user-led standards in mental healthSubscription
Developing user-led standards has increased patient involvement and improved the quality of care at one mental health trust. Tony Leiba and Caroline Mathiason explain
The future of patient and public involvementSubscription
Lord Darzi's review and the new local involvement networks have pushed public engagement to the top of the health policy agenda. Robina Shah speaks to national patient and public affairs director Joan Saddler about her plans for increasing public involvement
Kotter's theory of urgency in useSubscription
I see John Kotter's new book, A Sense of Urgency, has surfaced as number one on the bookshelf.
Naomi Chambers on health and educationSubscription
With all the emphasis on world class commissioning, it is important to remember that primary care trust boards are tasked with improving the health of the population they serve, not just with the delivery of healthcare.
Equitable access to primary careSubscription
Andrew Daly explains how the Department of Health's equitable access to primary medical care programme is working to improve patient care
The potential of integrated dataSubscription
As data quality improves, GP extraction services become available and doctors become more adept at commissioning, it is likely more commissioning decisions will rely on the integration of primary and secondary care datasets.
Hatching a new breed of NHS executiveSubscription
Despite signs the NHS is now taking leadership development seriously in the wake of the next stage review, SHAs will have to challenge current thinking if they are to create a cultural change
Emma Dent on finding yet another GPSubscription
Having undergone the physical and mental strain of moving I have my reward - not only living in my very own flat but a GP practice with more than one doctor, operating out of a purpose-built surgery.
Andrew Lansley has won respect from managers for his detailed knowledge of the health service. Can he transfer this to the Cabinet if the Conservatives win power? Rebecca Evans asks him