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ur first article for the Yes to Life Show in this
edition comes from James Sanderson, who
is responsible for an area of change within the
NHS destined to have a fundamental effect on the
experience of a large group of people with long-term
chronic conditions. As Director of Personalisation,
James is ushering in a new era in which the long-
awaited policies of patient choice and patient-centred
care finally become a reality, a change that is sufficiently
radical to warrant being described as the biggest single
development since the inception of the NHS.
Our second contributor, Miriam Kalamian,
has a new book on what can justifiably be called a `hot
topic' - it's called `Keto for Cancer'. The whole arena of
diet and cancer is a long-running focus for controversy,
but within this, the ketogenic diet is currently taking the
lion's share of the limelight at present, as a consequence
of the amount of attention it's receiving from researchers
and the public. While there is still much to learn about
the diet, it's certainly seems like a low-cost, low-risk
intervention worthy of the consideration of many
people with cancer.
James Sanderson, NHS England's Director of
Personalisation and Choice, makes the case for giving
people more choice and control over their health
and wellbeing not only giving them better health
outcomes but also addressing some of the critical issues
facing the wider NHS system.
It is well known that people are now living longer
and with more complex health needs. Seventy per cent
of the health service budget is now spent on people
with long-term conditions and it has been shown that
population-based approaches do not always address
individual needs: one size most definitely does not fit all.
People have also long been calling for more choice and
control over their care and support.
Empowering people to make choices and tailor
their healthcare is fundamental to the changes the NHS
is seeking to make over the next few years, as outlined in
the recently published
Next Steps on the NHS
Five Year Forward View.
Integrated Personal
Personal Health Budgets can provide this more
personalised approach and deliver empowerment.
They enable the NHS to better respond to people for
whom traditional healthcare services do not work
well particularly for people with high, ongoing care
and support needs. They also can help commissioners
and providers unlock more creative and effective care
solutions that deliver better health outcomes, as well as
more sustainable health services which effectively join
up to other supporting services.
Ultimately, embedding these approaches at
scale will encourage a shift in the relationship between
the NHS and the people it supports. It is about moving
towards a more
equal relationship
between services
and people in
all of our local
Calendar of Upcoming Yes to Life Events
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which Integrating conventional and complementary cancer care can improve outcomes'
"Empowering people
to make choices
and tailor their
"moving towards a
more equal relation-
ship between services
and people"
James Sanderson,
Director of Personalisation, NHS England