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How can we support community pharmacies to be able to speed up leukaemia diagnosis?

Leukaemia claims more lives than breast and prostate cancer every year, and blood cancers have a higher rate of emergency diagnosis than other cancer types, but the awareness of its symptoms amongst the public and community pharmacy teams remains low. 

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Why I decided to bring my pharmacy experience to SCW

Tamer Latif, Clinical Services Programme Lead, Medicines Optimisation at NHS South, Central and West (SCW), shares why he decided to bring his pharmacy experience to SCW.

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How can we standardise pharmacy services in secure environments?

More than ever, there is a greater emphasis on the ‘equivalence’ of care for detained individuals in secure environments. This includes the need for detained individuals to have access to community-equivalent healthcare services. One of these is the pharmacy service. 

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Diversity in the NHS - what steps can your organisations take to improve representation?

Ayo Barley, Programme Director, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing at NHS South, Central and West (SCW), was recently invited to speak on the Evolution Exchange NHS Podcast which brings together NHS leaders in the technology space to discuss the challenges they’re facing and the solutions they’re delivering.

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Why Fika? - Thought-provoking conversations with game-changing leaders

Using the 'Fika' concept, our podcast series seeks to engage with people carrying out interesting and innovative work within the health and care ecosystem, through a relaxed informal chat. This week John O'Connell is joined by Anthony Ehimare, Clinical Data Analyst, HIC, University of Dundee and Jadene Lewis, STP Health Informatics trainee, NHS England.

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How to balance demand and capacity through CReST

We’re pleased to announce that the CReST children and young people mental health referral system management tool has been updated to increase its functionality and build on the success of the existing tool. 

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Acting now on equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing to bring about sustained change

National Inclusion Week runs from 26 September - 2 October 2022, with this year’s theme being ‘Time to Act: The Power of Now’. At SCW, we are prioritising the development of a high-quality service offer to our partners that meets Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) & Wellbeing challenges faced by organisations and their workforces and we'd like your help.

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Being awake to equality issues is vital in improving the lives of staff and patients

Our ageing population, coupled with the increased demand for a range of services including mental health provision requires an NHS that attracts the best people, from all backgrounds, and that keeps them by providing an environment where they can be safe and thrive at work. The NHS and health and social care system are, however, facing a recruitment crisis.

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Accessibility: So much more than assistive technology, procurement processes or engagement

Taking positive action towards improving accessibility in the workplace does not wait for a strategy in development. The needs of people are often clear, here today, and need support now. For me, accessibility is a committed mindset that from the outset asks the question of us all and within our everyday interactions in the workplace and society, ‘just how inclusive and accessible are we being in our approach?’