Will “optimisation” make things better: Brent’s new referrals service

In the real world “optimisation” means making things better. In “NHS speak” you can’t be too sure.

Brent CCG has contracted Bexley Health Ltd (BHL) to provide a Brent ‘Referral Optimisation Service’ (BROS). This will start on 1 September 2016. Brent Patient Voice has followed this development for several months. We think it could have some advantages for patients and GPs but these now appear … Continue reading

NHS NW London reveals all – STP The Full Monty

Brent Patient Voice was among the noisier patient groups pressing the NW London NHS to put the STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) submission of 30 June into the public domain. We had the clear impression that they would not agree to do this until the autumn, by which time the document would be “final”.

Imagine our pleasant surprise when they suddenly told us that they … Continue reading

All that fall

Brent CCG is setting up a small new Consultant Geriatrician led Community Falls Prevention Service starting in November 2016. There will be a 3 year contract costing around £340,000 per year. The staff of 5 to 7 is to include an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Fracture Liaison Nurse.

Brent Patient Voice welcomes this new initiative. It appears to us to be just the type of … Continue reading

NHS Kill or Cure? Episode 3: More about STPs

Information about “Sustainability and Transformation Plans” continues to filter out, though in a most unsatisfactory way – see our Episodes One and Two and the outline version of the NW London “Footprint” Plan submitted in April, all on this website.

Brent CCG have now published in the Governing Body papers for 6 July an ‘Executive Summary’ of the NW London Collaboration of 8 NHS CCGs … Continue reading

NHS Kill or cure?: STP knowns and unknowns Episode 2

Since we posted our story about “Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs): knowns and unknowns” at the beginning of June we do know a little more.

None of it is re-assuring and the questions and concerns we set out then remain entirely valid. When you appreciate that these plans are designed to cut local NHS budgets, fundamentally change the way GP services are delivered and bypass … Continue reading

CCG asked to review decision to discontinue promising pilot project for Sickle Cell patients

Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells. The most serious type is called sickle cell anaemia. It has a higher presence among people of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Last year, following a high-level meeting involving councillors, the Clinical Commissioning Group, acute trusts and the Sickle Cell community in Brent – one of the largest … Continue reading

Your rights in the NHS

BPV does not usually publish NHS information or publicity documents, partly because there are too many. Some contain too much spin.

Occasionally we come across something really useful. An example recently sent to us by NHS England lists the rights we have as NHS patients and explains their basis. This begs the question as to whether the people and the money are there to deliver … Continue reading

NW London Sustainability & Transformation Plan 15 April

BPV has received a copy of the NW London NHS “Footprint” Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Since we believe that it is in the public interest that this far-reaching document should be in the public domain and properly debated we attach a copy at the link below.

We hope to produce an analysis as soon as we can but it is even more important that those … Continue reading

Brent Community Cardiology Service: not out of the wood

We need to alert Brent NHS patients and their doctors to the serious continuing defects in Brent Community Cardiology Service.

We have followed the start of this service as one of the first of the NHS Brent large ‘out-of -hospital’ services under the ‘Better Care: Closer to Home’ model proposed for both the NW London NHS ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ project, and the new ‘Sustainability … Continue reading