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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November 26th 2015Commissioning Excellence

Highlights from North West neuro event

Highlights from North West neuro event

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about our fifth Neurology Network Commissioning Event held near Manchester. All in all it was a great day and here a few of the highlights for me.

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November 25th 2015Commissioning Excellence

The burden of MS: the scale and cost of admissions

The burden of MS: the scale and cost of admissions

Our new report on the burden of MS, written in conjunction with the MS Trust, reveals what an enormous strain the hospitalisation of people with MS puts on the NHS. In 2013/14 emergency admissions alone cost £43 million.

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November 17th 2015Healthcare News

Report published by NHiS and the MS Trust highlights the cost of emergency hospital care for people with MS

Report published by NHiS and the MS Trust highlights the cost of emergency hospital care for people with MS

A new report has been published today about the number of people with MS who are admitted to hospital each year.

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November 13th 2015Commissioning Excellence

Neuro network events gather steam

Neuro network events gather steam

Our next Neurology Network Event sees us in Haydock outside Manchester next Thursday the 19 November. Run in conjunction with the local Strategic Clinical Networks, the inaugural North West Neurological Commissioning Network event is extra special for a number of reasons.

published by Sue Thomas


October 26th 2015Commissioning Excellence

Neurology network events on tour

Neurology network events on tour

NHiS Commissioning Excellence continues its tour around the country and last week it was the turn of South West Neurology Commissioning Network in Taunton.

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October 9th 2015Commissioning Excellence

Hidden patients, hidden palliative care needs

Hidden patients, hidden palliative care needs

Again and again we find there is not enough focus on long-term conditions. And after all, following diagnosis all care for long-term conditions, where there is no cure, is essentially palliative.

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