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Major conditions strategy: case for change and our strategic framework

Good health should be fundamental to all our lives. But that is not the case for too many people living in England. In most instances, poor health arises from living with a least one of 6 major health conditions. That is why we have taken the decision to develop a major conditions strategy - a blueprint for improving outcomes over the next 5 years covering cancer, heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders, mental ill-health, dementia and respiratory diseases.


The Personalised Care Team and Co-production Working Group have produced this guide to support all those in Tameside and Glossop who want to implement co-production into their health and social care services.

Please join us in welcoming new C4PC Partner: South Asian Health Action (SAHA UK)

South Asian Health Action is a national charity that supports the physical and mental health needs of the local South Asian community. SAHA is a patient, carer and community led charity based in Leicester with reach in Leeds and London. They aim to address the lack of South Asian voices to address health inequalities, diversity and inclusion and also to work with other members in collaboration. Their main partners are the NHS, racialised minoritized, patients, community organisations, faith organisations, research and medical institutions.

Welcome to Empowerment Passport Ltd 

Empowerment Passport is a digital platform enabling individuals with long term health conditions or disabilities to think about and communicate their unique adjustment needs in any of the following settings • Education (school/college/university • Employment (part time/fulltime, temporary and permanent • Any transition (between education to employment, or one job to another)

The NHS in crisis – evaluating the radical alternatives

Health and care services are facing challenges on many fronts. Record numbers of people on waiting lists, stubbornly high staff vacancy rates, outdated buildings and equipment are all contributing to a system in crisis with too many people struggling to access the care they need. In this context, public satisfaction with the NHS has hit its lowest on record as measured by the British Social Attitudes survey.

Carers’ assessments: developments, digital, diversity, co-production and good practice

Carers UK recently published a new report which looks at "what good looks like", as well as areas for improvement, regarding carers' assessments, with a particular focus on the experiences of carers from communities who face additional barriers and other health inequalities. The report's aim is to stimulate conversation around the unique challenges faced by carers from underrepresented backgrounds and make recommendations on how to best support them – especially Black, Asian and minority ethnic carers and LGBTQ+ carers.

How care providers can excel in leadership

Why good leadership is crucial to creating the right culture in a care setting In this month’s podcast episode, Co-host Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, explains the difference between leadership and management and highlights why it’s essential that every member of the workforce has a clear vision to work to. With regards to the regulator, he says that the CQC will look for a sense of devolution in terms of power and autonomy within the workforce. Professor Martin Green OBE says it’s about saying: ‘How do leaders enable people to give their best?’

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