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  • 16Feb

    Talking about cancer – free online course

    1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. Cancer Research UK are offering a free online cancer awareness course Talking About Cancer, that has proved a huge success in helping build confidence and “know-how” to separate myths from facts and encourage healthy lifestyle changes and spotting cancer early. Talking About Cancer has been…

  • 15Feb

    Index for wellbeing in later life

    Age UK has published an index and report to help improve understanding how well older people in the UK are doing. Based on the literature, focus groups with older people, and discussions with experts, the Age UK definition of wellbeing is: “Wellbeing encapsulates how we are faring, in all domains of life, including financial, health,…

  • 15Feb

    Actions for accelerating adoption of person centred care

    The People and Communities Board have published a report on high impact actions for accelerating the adoption of person and community-centred approaches to health and care. This project has arisen from the board’s work to champion and support the delivery of Chapter 2 of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. Chapter 2 sets out the…

  • 15Feb

    Tool helps evaluate mental health apps

    The American Psychiatric Association (APA) have launched a tool to help its members and their patients evaluate mental health apps. Their approach to rating mental health apps is grounded in the belief that any decision between a clinician and patient is a personal decision based on many factors, for which there is rarely a binary…

  • 15Feb

    Personal Health Records: user insights

    The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a study exploring the needs of service users in relation to personal health records (PHRs) and the implications of these findings for providers, health and care professionals and commissioners. Views were sought from people with various long-term conditions including diabetes, younger-onset dementia, depression, cancer, ulcerative colitis, renal…

  • 14Feb

    Social media for health: toolkit launched

    Skills for Health has today launched a comprehensive social media toolkit for the UK healthcare sector, providing healthcare organisations and professionals with sector-specific insight, advice and best practice on using social media effectively. The free toolkit, created with support from Public Health Wales, key industry experts and employers, has been written with healthcare organisations of…

  • 14Feb

    Improving the quality of outpatient letters – have your say!

    The PRSB (Professional Records Standards Body) has launched a project to improve the content and standardise outpatient letters so that professionals, patients and carers receive consistent and reliable, high quality information. As more care and a wider range of specialist services are delivered out of hospital, the importance of well-structured outpatient letters is essential to…

  • 10Feb

    Better patient information needed on placebo effect

    An article published in the BMJ (subscription required) has identified that information provided to participants does not adequately address the role of placebos, and that this lack of knowledge about placebos affects participants’ understanding of trials and breaches the ethical obligations of research. Informed consent requires researchers to provide participants with information about research that…

  • 10Feb

    Frameworks for patient and public participation in commissioning

    NHS England have published guides to support the strengthening of patient and public participation in commissioning. These include a framework for primary care, public health and specialised commissioning. All frameworks stress the importance of Planning for participation Involving people early on Supporting people to enable participation Feeding back to those you’ve involved Working with other…

  • 10Feb

    Useful introduction to social prescribing

    The King’s Fund have launched a guide to social prescribing, looking at whether social prescribing works and how it fits in with wider health and care policy. Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. It is designed to support people with a…

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