Alison Turner

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I'm Head of the Evidence Analysis team within the Strategy Unit at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. I'm interested in how knowledge management can support value based healthcare and evidence based decision making. I've previously worked in a range of different healthcare settings, including acute care, commissioning, health services research and medical education. More recently, I worked at NHS Evidence and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.


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Avoidable admissions: time to ask the patients?

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Alison Turner on a study that reports the views of older patients and practitioners on hospital admissions; providing insights into urgent care from an older person’s perspective.

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What does patient and public involvement feel like?

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Alison Turner explores a recent study of patient and public involvement in clinical commissioning, which found that PPI representatives are often uncertain about their role and how their contribution is used.

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Navigating the obstacles to health and care integration

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Alison Turner summarises a new learning report from the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC) programme, which aimed to overcome barriers to health and care integration. The report offers actionable insights that are informed by empirical evidence and experiential learning.

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Emergency general surgery: how can we manage increasing demand?


Alison Turner on a new Nuffield Trust report about emergency general surgery, which explores the challenges facing emergency general surgery and identifies some opportunities to overcome them.

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People, community and healthcare transformation


Alison Turner reviews a new report from the Health Foundation and Nesta, which investigates how people and communities can be mobilised to improve health and healthcare.

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What works to manage demand in planned care, in what circumstances?

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Alison Turner presents a realist synthesis, which aims to understand how demand management interventions work in different settings.

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Improved co-ordination is critical to improving care for older people


Alison Turner presents a new report from the NHS Confederation called ‘Growing old together: sharing new ways to support older people’, which has been produced by the independent Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People.

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Fundamental changes to commissioning needed to address current challenges


Alison Turner comments on a new report from the King’s Fund, which shares analysis on how health and care systems might develop joint approaches to planning.

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