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If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure

The COVID-19 pandemic saw many changes to people’s lifestyles. Some were able to increase their physical activity levels. For many, however, a decrease was the reality. The Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme seeks to build confidence and encourage people to move more each day, and build physical activity into their daily routines.

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Volunteering for the Samaritans

Kate Knight, Programme Director in Strategy and Transformation, shares her thoughts on being a volunteer for Samaritans.

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How to get the most from the ARRScheme

For our second PCN roundtable on 2 June, leads from across the country gathered to discuss how they use the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) and the challenges they’ve faced. Here are the key discussions from the session.

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Improving flu vaccination uptake: learnings from our COVID-19 experience

The dangers of flu and the risks of hospitalisation and being admitted to intensive care due to severe complications are not well-publicised. Nor are they as clearly understood as they are for COVID-19. 

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Three things all emerging ICSs need to know

Every area of England is now covered by an Integrated Care System, all at varying levels of maturity. The crux of this restructure is focused on bringing together key organisations in the health and care landscape, moving towards collaborative working at both place and system levels. 

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Celebrate life and connect with each other on Cancer Survivors Day

June 6th is Cancer Survivors Day worldwide. The overall aim of this day is to raise awareness of issues and challenges that cancer patients face along with an opportunity to celebrate life and connect with each other.

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ICSs and the drive to improve health and reduce inequalities

Andrew Fenton reflects on a re-energised NHS focus on health inequalities, a place-based approach, and the vital role of ICS partnerships.

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Celebrating nurses for International Nurses Day 2021

Liam Williams, Director of Quality and System Performance and registered nurse shares his appreciation for frontline staff and reflects on their support during the pandemic.

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Top tips to improve childhood vaccination uptake rates

During their work with primary care colleagues across the Thames Valley, SCW’s Improving Immunisation Uptake (IIU) Team have put together five 'Top Tips' for general practice to improve childhood vaccination uptake rates.