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The Richmond Group tells ministers and NHS chiefs: act now to stop multiple health conditions levelling the country down

As the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions publishes its final report – You only had to ask: what people with multiple conditions say about health equity – we are calling on national decision-makers to act on its powerful and moving findings or face growing health inequality, worse outcomes for people and a growing bill for the Treasury.

The Richmond Group supports #NotTooMuchToMask

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, and we have come so far. Vaccinations are making life safer, but not everyone is protected and the threat of coronavirus is still here. As the remaining restrictions and legal requirements in England lift on Monday 19 July 2021, leading bodies are coming together to help the public stay safe and support people delivering frontline services. But we cannot do this alone. We can all help to stop the virus from spreading out of control by making sensible choices that reduce the risk of illness to ourselves and those around us.

Joint statement on GP data

Responding to the announcement today by Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Primary Care, on the Government’s plans around GP data, four leading patient groups – Healthwatch England, National Voices, the Patients Association and The Richmond Group of Charities – have released the following statement:

New guidance to help NHS Trusts help people on waiting lists

The Richmond Group is glad to have worked with National Voices. the Patients Association, Healthwatch England and our member Versus Arthritis to help NHS England shape updated guidance for hospital Trusts.

The jointly-branded documents set out core principles and practical guidance to help ensure that people facing long waits for elective care as a result of pandemic backlogs are supported with good communication and access to relevant information about sources of help.

Making every contact count

People living with multiple long-term conditions may be facing additional mental health difficulties during the pandemic. Calls to our member charities’ helplines strongly suggest that is the case. In our latest blog, GP Carolyn Chew-Graham, a member of the External Advisory Group for the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions, explores how behavioural activation techniques can be delivered by clinicians, practice nurses, voluntary sector practitioners and pharmacy staff via telephone and video consultations during the lockdown and beyond.

Richmond Group backs NCVO response to Government Covid-19 charity support

The Richmond Group of Charities is fully supporting NCVO's response to today's announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of a package of support for the voluntary sector.

NCVO, which represents charities, said today’s announcement was an important first step, though not enough to prevent good charities closing, and it would welcome a commitment from the government to review the support offered as the crisis continues.

Karl Wilding, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

Listen to people living with multiple health conditions and break down health inequalities

‘Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On’ – response from The Richmond Group of Charities

Responding to the Institute of Health Equity’s review of health equity, commissioned by The Health Foundation to mark 10 years since the landmark Marmot Review, and published on 25 February, The Richmond Group of 14 national charities has welcomed the review’s recommendations as a route to dealing with the growing challenge of multiple health conditions.

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