National Clinical Director
NHS England and NHS Improvement publish roadmap for delegation of specialised services
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) have set out their plans to delegate responsibility for a range of services to an ‘Integrated Care System’ (ICS) level. This means that many services that are currently planned and commissioned at a national level (i.e. specialised) will now be planned and commissioned at a regional level. The ‘Roadmap […]
NHS England and NHS Improvement to appoint new National Clinical Directors for neuroscience
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) have confirmed they will appoint new National Clinical Directors (NCDs) for neurology, and neurosurgery and spinal surgery. A long time coming The roles are an important step in tackling the significant unwarranted variation in treatment, care and support for the 1 in 6 living with a neurological condition in […]
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 […]
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 urges NHS England and NHS Improvement to appoint a national clinical director for neurology
The Neurological Alliance has written an urgent letter – backed by over 30 groups supporting people with neurological conditions – to the NHS England and NHS Improvement Medical Director, Professor Steven Powis, calling for the appointment of a National Clinical Director (NCD) for neurology. The call comes as the NHS in England is undergoing substantial […]