A radical new vision for social care

Monday, 1 November, 2021

How should we care for one another? And what might it take to turn our current thinking about care and the care system on its head? How might we tell a new story in which care is not seen as a cost but as an investment in social flourishing? Read the report....

How do we get the best out of automation and AI in health care?

Thursday, 1 July, 2021

This report offers in-depth analysis into the challenges and potential presented by automation and AI in health care and highlights wider implications for the future, setting out considerations for policymakers and the NHS. As well as describing some of the most promising areas of application of automation and AI to health care, the report also explores the challenges, constraints and practical considerations for making the most of automation and AI. The report goes beyond simply considering their potential, to engaging with what it will take to realise the long-term benefits for patients, the public and NHS staff.

Race and Ethnic Disparities

Friday, 4 June, 2021

National Voices statement on the Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities 

Thu, 1 April 2021

As the leading coalition of health and care charities, it is the work of our 170 members that connects us to the experiences of millions of people, covering a diverse range of health conditions and communities. We are deeply troubled by the approach the Commission has adopted and the conclusions it has reached. Like some of our members have done already, we reject the report’s assertion that structural racism isn’t a major driving factor behind racialised disparities blighting health and wellbeing in this country. 

Collectively, we have ample evidence about the poorer health status of many Black and Brown communities, and the worse outcomes they often derive from health and care services. The data ranges from maternity services to mental health, and from COVID-19 to pain management. The health service itself has acknowledged that as an employer and service provider it falls short of the standards of equity and inclusion it needs to abide by. The same is far too often true for the sector we work in. Of course, race and other inequalities (such as poverty) intersect - sometimes in toxic ways – but it is simply disingenuous to use this insight to deny the existence of racism. 

We need to take the evidence as read, and we need to move on from describing the problem to deploying solutions. In doing so, we need to listen to the experiences of people whose lives are made harder by racism and other inequalities. We do not need to agree on everything, and we can constructively argue about the best strategies for inclusion and equality. But we cannot in good faith deny the facts. National Voices commits to playing our role in leading voluntary and community groups to advocate for and support better health for all.  

Safeguarding Children presentation

Friday, 28 May, 2021

Following Paul Osman's presentation on Safeguarding Adults, he has also produced this Safeguarding Children presentation.

National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH)

Friday, 14 May, 2021


Patient and general population data 2008-2018, and NCISH COVID-19 related work.

The NCISH database includes a national case series of suicide by patients under the care of mental health services over more than 20 years. The current suicide database stands at over 144,000 deaths by suicide in the general population, including over 36,000 patients. This internationally unique database allows NCISH to make recommendations for clinical practice and policy that will improve safety locally, nationally and internationally - read the report

Children and young people asthma clinical and organisational audits 2019/20

Friday, 14 May, 2021

The National Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme (NACAP) is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

The children and young people (CYP) asthma audit, a component of the National Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme (NACAP), launched in June 2019.  It comprises two parts: a continuous clinical audit of CYP admitted to hospital with asthma attacks in England, Scotland (until 13 March 2020) and Wales, and a snapshot organisational audit of the structure and resourcing of CYP services.