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Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: Hope Is A Dangerous Thing

Andy Cowper shares his insights on the hot topics of the past week.

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NHS knowledge specialists have never been more vital

The vital role NHS Knowledge and Library Services play in informing key decision making was brought into a sharper focus than ever during the pandemic, writes Sue Lacey Bryant

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A comprehensive blueprint of psychological care is needed for teenagers and young adults

Dr Louise Soanes, chief nurse at Teenage Cancer Trust, discusses the launch of Teenage Cancer Trust’s new campaign, “#NotOk” and why mental health provision for young people with cancer is needed more than ever.

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Inclusiveness should be seen as a competence and not a virtue

To strengthen board diversity in the NHS, there must be commitment from the top, starting with national commitment and NHS boards, and public transparency is imperative, writes Joan Saddler


NHS leaders must be made accountable for reducing health inequalities

Work to address health inequalities, including ethnic health inequalities, should be elevated to a ‘must do’ rather than a ‘nice to have’, write Habib Naqvi and Richard Murray

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Spend big and go slow on re-organisation: the secret to fixing waiting times

As health and social care grapples with post-pandemic challenges, a look back at the effect of the original Wanless report released 20 years ago reveals some things are still the same and some radically different, writes Nicholas Timmins

Andrew Fenton

ICSs and the drive to improve health and reduce inequalities

Andrew Fenton reflects on a re-energised NHS focus on health inequalities, and the vital role of ICS and place-level partnerships

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Mental health staff are feeling the strain of the pandemic too

Mental healthcare staff reported moral injury besides widespread changes in the nature of their work during the pandemic. By Peter B. Jones and Natalie Richards

Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: Workforce matters

Andy Cowper shares his insights on the hot topics of the past week.

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‘University’ hospitals should be expected to raise their game on clinical trials

Matthew Swindells and Dr Harpreet Sood highlight four interventions that together could contribute in creating an innovative and progressive economic landscape for life sciences

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'Working with Stonewall is no longer compatible with NHS values'

Former NHS trust chief executive Kate Grimes shares her three-fold concerns over Stonewall.

Rob findlay

The NHS' five million plus elective waiting list analysed

The post covid recovery continues, and waiting time pressures are building.

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NHS Digital boss: Why our delayed patient data sharing plan must go on

Simon Bolton, interim chief executive of NHS Digital, explains why its controversial new GP data sharing scheme is the right thing to do, and why it has now been delayed by two months.

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Letter from Scotland: A more generous social care system

In his regular dispatch from north of the border Henry Anderson discusses the obstacles to the pledge of making social care free at the point of use in Scotland

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Let's create a NICE for workforce

Future proofing the workforce needs to go beyond regulating titles protected in law, writes Elaine Maxwell

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Commissioning of addiction services by councils has failed

Our analysis of data shows that commissioning of addictions services by cash starved local authorities has failed experiment, argue Daniel Poulter, Jonathon Foster and Emily Finch.

Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: Severed but not broken

Andy Cowper shares his insights on the hot topics of the past week.

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Ethnicity coding is poor across the NHS

New research reveals hospital datasets that show coding of ethnic groups is incomplete, with an excessive and growing proportion of patients having ethnicity recorded as “not known”, “not stated” or “other”, which impedes reliable analyses. By Sarah Scobie

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The covid vaccine approach could cut other race inequalities in health

If we can take the lessons from covid and apply them with the discipline and energy of the vaccination campaign, we can make rapid improvements in life expectancy and rapidly reduce inequalities, says Shahed Ahmad