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