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  • 9Feb

    Campaign on alcohol units for consumers launches this week

    As part of their commitment to the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, retailers have this week launched a national campaign to raise consumer understanding about the number of alcohol units in their drinks. The ‘How many units in your drink?’ messages are currently being rolled out in stores across the UK. The messages will be displayed on posters, shelf adverts and till-screen adverts in stores, to encourage consumers to understand how much alcohol is in their drinks. The launch coincides with the launch of a new Change4Life alcohol campaign.

  • 3Feb

    Shared decision making: really putting patients at the centre of healthcare

    This article in this weeks BMJ, discusses why shared decision making is important and highlights some examples of best practice. The authors explore best practices for implementation, including patient decision aids and short decision support tools, and simple strategies for individual clinicians and debate what the medical profession can do.

  • 3Feb

    Macmillan Cancer Voices Network connects people affected by cancer with opportunities to get involved

    The Cancer Voices Network is a matching service that puts in contact people affected by cancer with projects and ‘opportunities’ to get involved in cancer services and organisations. An opportunity can range from completing a survey about their cancer care, to joining a local NHS representative patient group or contributing to a national campaign. The Cancer Voices Network is a bit like a job or dating website where people are matched by preference, experience and location. As a professional, group or organisation you can receive email alerts of opportunities and add an opportunity for people affected by cancer.

  • 3Feb

    International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations 5th Global Patients Congress, London, 17-19 March 2012

    The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – the 5th Global Patients Congress: Achieving Patient-Centred Healthcare: Indicators of Progress and Success – will be held at the Renaissance, London Heathrow Hotel from 17–19 of March 2012. The Congress will examine how we measure the extent to which patient-centred healthcare is achieved around the world. The Congress will not only highlight examples of best practice but examine how meaningful indicators can be developed to measure patient involvement within healthcare systems.

  • 3Feb

    Member’s experiences: One mental health Trust’s journey towards achieving NHSLA Level 3 in information for patients

    In December 2011, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), a mental health service provider, passed the NHS Litigation Authority assessment at Level 3, with ‘a very good score’. SLaM is the only mental health trust to currently hold Level 3, which is the highest possible standard. PiF member Roslyn Byfield is Patient Information Manager at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and has documented her experience of achieving level 3 NHSLA and getting patient information integrated into the patient journey and is sharing it with other PiF members. Roslyn has also shared her information policy, which you can find on the web site.

  • 3Feb

    Youthhealthtalk launches information about patient and parent experience of medicines trials in young people

    Insight into the experience of being a child taking part in a clinical trial designed to test new medication or vaccines – as well as the experience of deciding whether to allow your son or daughter to participate in such a study – is provided in two online resources launched this week. Two new sections of the experiential health websites, www.healthtalkonline.org and www.youthhealthtalk.org, carry interviews with parents and children talking about how they found out about trials, why they decided to take part or, in some cases, decline an invitation to participate, as well as what information they needed and were given and how they felt about the experience.

  • 3Feb

    New patient.co.uk website and app launched this week

    EMIS has re-launched its patient information website with a new look and plans for a a series of apps; including one that will let patients book an appointment from their smartphone. Patient.co.uk receives 5m unique visits a month. The number of people viewing it on a mobile device rose from 8.6% to around 21% between January and December last year. The re-launched site has a more modern look and simpler navigation.

  • 3Feb

    PiF voluntary sector members event: Evaluating the impact of information – only two places left!

    This half day event focuses on the topic of evaluating the impact of information and explores, through presentations and group discussion, what this means for organisations in the voluntary sector. Evaluation of information resources and services is an area that is sometimes overlooked and often a challenge to get right. Finding out whether your information meets the needs of your users, discovering how it is used or what happens to it once it has left your organisation, and exploring the impact it has on an individual’s decision making are all important aspects of providing high quality information. This event allows participants to discuss these important issues with other voluntary sector information producers and learn from organisations that are already undertaking, or planning, this type of work. The event is held in London on February 24 2012 but is open to voluntary sector organisations from outside London as well. Places are limited so you are advised to book your place early. The event is free to attend.

  • 1Feb

    First ever national campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer launches

    The Government’s first ever national cancer campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer is launched this week. Public awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer is low. But spotting the signs early and getting medical advice could save people’s lives. The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ bowel cancer campaign encourages people who have had blood in their stool or loose stools for more than 3 weeks to see their doctor. The new adverts aim to make people aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and make it easier for them to discuss this with their GP. The Be Clear on Cancer campaign adverts will appear on TV, radio, online and in newspapers in England for 9 weeks from today until the end of March.

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