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Hope for the Future: what do College members aspire for in healthcare in 2021?

A new year is upon us, and despite the extraordinary challenges that we’ve faced in 2020, we remain hugely optimistic for the year ahead.

To mark the dawn of 2021, the College asked our friends and members – many of whom are healthcare practitioners who’ve worked on the frontline during the pandemic – to share their hopes for the coming months.

In January, the College of Medicine launches our own ten-year plan for healthcare, ‘Hope for the Future’, a detailed manifesto written by some of the most influential names in UK health, which lays out how to put patients, people and communities first.

We look forward to your support, and wish you all a very happy new year…

Hope for the Future: The College asked members and friends to share
their thoughts on how healthcare could be improved in the coming year
Dr William Bird, a GP and CEO of Intelligent Health, says
health is going to be focused on public health, social care
and communities in 2021
John Miller, a Qigong Practitioner, says listening and collaboration can help healthcare in the coming months
NHS GP Anton Borg appeals to people to help those more vulnerable saying ‘there’s abundant evidence mental health improves best when we help others’
Heather Richards, the College of Medicine’s
nutrition lead, says ‘eat well, live more’ is her message for 2021
Malcom Bray, Director of The Health and Wellbeing Connection,
says 2021 will be about community, as social prescribing

continues to come of age
GP, medical acupuncturist and Lu Jong yoga teacher Dr Deniah Pachai says
we should look after our own health so we have the energy to look after
others who may need us
Julia Outlaw, a member of the Harmony in Health team for
the College of Medicine, says healthcare could be improved by
‘looking at the whole person – and integrated, compassionate healthcare
Alex Laird, of Living Medicine, believes using foods, herbs and spices
as medicine can build resilience and help better manage chronic disease
Mindfulness coach Jenny Thornton’s tip for 2021 is
to ‘keep the mind and the body beautifully connected’
Dr Eleni Tsiompanou, a consultant medical lead at Woking Hospital,
hopes that in the year ahead we’ll realise that mind, body, emotions
and environment are all interconnected
Medical journalist Jerome Burne says his hope for 2021 is that doctors continue to get more up-to-date education on nutrition
Therapeutic arts counsellor and Catriona Alderton says she’d love to bring art therapy to a wider audience in 2021