What does the Elective Recovery Plan mean for people with neurological conditions?
This week, NHS England and NHS Improvement published their blueprint for tackling the backlog of elective care and reducing waiting times. This week also saw publication of NHS waiting times data for December 2021. Neurosurgery saw 51,195 people waiting for an appointment, 7% (3,584) of whom had been waiting for more than a year. In […]
Shared goals, shared knowledge: raising the profile of neurorehabilitation
The Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers’ Alliance (INPA) recently joined The Neurological Alliance. Chloë Hayward from INPA writes: INPA is a collation of independent organisations providing rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. Some INPA members are large companies with multiple specialist units, others have one dedicated service. There are also […]
Unwavering focus: pushing for improvement in neurological services
Dr Arani Nitkunan, consultant neurologist and Neurological Alliance Trustee, writes: As a consultant neurologist working mainly in a district general hospital in Southwest London (Croydon University Hospital), there are several reasons why I very much appreciate all the work of The Neurological Alliance. Firstly, the Alliance’s surveys (including My Neuro Survey), have informed us that […]
New Year, Same Challenges: Latest NHS Operational Planning Guidance Sets Out Priorities for The Year Ahead
The latest iteration of NHS improvement priorities and operational planning guidance follows the most challenging two-years in its history. The health service remains under significant pressure with the Omicron variant of coronavirus leading to a Level 4 National Incident being declared. Our full briefing is available below. Ongoing impact of the pandemic The ongoing impact […]
Getting It Right First Time in Neurology: a watershed moment in improving services?
The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) in Neurology report makes 26 clear and well-evidenced recommendations aimed at reducing the unwarranted variation in neurology practice and processes throughout England. The question now is how can we use this evidence to deliver the best possible care to people with neurological conditions? Recommendations in the GIRFT national report for neurology focus on: Access to care: the review found significant variation in the range […]
Alliance Member Epilepsy Action campaigning for change
Alliance member Epilepsy Action shows how they are supporting the Alliance’s goals and placing the experiences of people with living with a neurological condition front and centre as they campaign for change. Daniel Jennings, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer and Claudia Christie, Media Officer at Epilepsy Action, write: Since Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were introduced […]