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Imperial College Health Partners has appointed Sir Peter Dixon as its Chair with immediate effect. Sir Peter takes up the post after Lord Ara Darzi stepped down from chairing the Partnership in October last year to lead the London Health Commission. Imperial College Health Partners brings together some of the world’s most respected health and...
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Authored by: Dr Adrian Bull and Dr Axel Heitmueller “When you have Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, everything, everything changes – As it gets worse, you seem to be able to do less and less of the things you have always done […] you feel like you are dying, you just cannot breathe” Chronic obstructive pulmonary...
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Sir David Nicholson has recently announced that, if NHS spending is not increased in real terms over the next few years, the NHS will have a spending gap of some £30bn by 2020/21.  The system has now embarked on a wide debate about the action that is required in response to this challenge. The language...
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I have just started working at Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) as Head of Project Development. Previously, I have worked as a management consultant working with acute NHS trusts. Immediately the translational role of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) appealed to me, and the opportunity to promote innovation and change ‘from within’ rather than as...
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Context The term “wealth creation” has found its way into the NHS language over the past three years. It is one of those terms that is easily and frequently used by politicians and the media but quite difficult to define. This is certainly true for many public policy buzzwords, and would not be a concern...
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In December last year, Adrian Bull and I had the privilege of attending the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Qatar. Around 1,000 delegates attended and the agenda was simply too long and rich to give it justice here in a few lines but there are some videos and the eight conference papers...
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The NHS is said to be one of our most cherished institutions.  At the same time, it has become one of our most popular punch bags.  Newspaper campaigns and populist headlines shout repeated criticism.  Politicians cite ‘declining standards’ to accuse their opponents of failed stewardship.  Selective quotes from regulatory bodies and international reports (such as...
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Fancy a wee sweating with your boss? This could be something that employees in Germany will have to add to the “interests” section on their CV according to the weekly magazine Die Zeit. At the local branch of Sparkasse a regional bank in Bad Kreuznach employees are encouraged to participate in a kind of hopscotch...
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Isn’t it? After all, breastfeeding for six months is what NHS Choices, the WHO and UNICEF are recommending as “best practice”. So are pretty much all the midwives and health visitors I have come across not to mention the NCT. But it isn’t, or at best we don’t know whether it actually is. It’s not...
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