Editorial by Sue Thomas

With a clinical background in nursing, Sue has held leading national roles since 1991. This has included 18 years as national policy and practice adviser for long term conditions at the Royal College of Nursing. Following this, Sue set up a unique commissioning support organisation for the voluntary sector, the Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) unit, taking this to NHS England niche provider status in 2014. Sue has been an expert advisor to numerous Department of Health work streams and NICE, as well as having a place on the Board of the Royal College of Physicians former National Council for Chronic Conditions. She has also give evidence to many national strategic reviews including All Party Parliamentary Groups, the Public Accounts Committee and the Royal College of Physicians. Sue has led numerous service transformation projects in both primary and secondary care as well as providing commissioning mentorship to numerous other voluntary sector organisations. Sue is a Florence Nightingale Scholar, A Winston Churchill fellow and is author of over 160 published articles and 12 book chapters. She frequently speaks both nationally and internationally and is a faculty member of the 2015 International Movement Disorders Conference which was recently held in San Diego.

NHiS Commissioning Excellence appoints Associate Director for mental health support service

August 1st 2016 Commissioning Excellence

NHiS Commissioning Excellence appoints Associate Director for mental health support service

NHiS Commissioning Excellence, which helps the NHS and related patient organisations to plan and commission services, has appointed Laurence Mascarenhas as an Associate Director for its mental health support service.

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July 12th 2016Commissioning Excellence

New report finds technology investment is key to vanguards’ vision for the future of the NHS

New report finds technology investment is key to vanguards’ vision for the future of the NHS

The NHS must invest in new technology if innovative models of care being trialled by its vanguards are to be rolled out, according to a report by NHiS Commissioning Excellence, which helps the NHS plan and commission patient services.

published by Sue Thomas


April 20th 2016Commissioning Excellence

Major breakthrough in understanding neurological conditions sparks rethink on improving care

Major breakthrough in understanding neurological conditions sparks rethink on improving care

Today a report is published which brings new insight into how people with various neurological conditions can be better supported to stay well.

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April 8th 2016Commissioning Excellence

New Parkinson’s pathway maps out referral process for non-oral treatments

New Parkinson’s pathway maps out referral process for non-oral treatments

A new best practice pathway for the use of non-oral treatments in Parkinson’s has been devised by clinicians to make the referral process for these therapies more explicit.

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December 16th 2015Commissioning Excellence

Ambulatory care sensitive conditions

Ambulatory care sensitive conditions

Ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC’s) are conditions where effective community care and case management can help prevent the need for hospital admission. There are 19 ACSC’s identified:

published by Sue Thomas


December 10th 2015Commissioning Excellence

Reduce costs: understand your population, risk stratify patients

Reduce costs: understand your population, risk stratify patients

In my previous blogs about our report on MS admissions, I highlighted the vast and costly scale of emergency admissions in MS, and that the most common reasons for these are largely avoidable ones.

published by Sue Thomas


December 8th 2015Commissioning Excellence

ACSCs: CCGs need to think MS

ACSCs: CCGs need to think MS

With emergency admissions for people with MS totalling a staggering £43 million in 2013-14, the burden this places on services is a problem CCGs simply cannot ignore. Amongst the reasons for admission, two are Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSC).

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