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  • 25May

    PiF response to the Department of Health Information Strategy

    In the light of the publications of the Department of Health’s Information Strategy – The power of information Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need – PiF has drafted a response to some of the main points. The document focuses on the parts of the strategy that relate to the provision of information to patients and the public, and discusses how these might be implemented, where there is cause for concern, and where more detail about making information the essential services is should be is needed.

  • 25May

    No decision about me, without me – Further consultation on proposals to secure shared decision-making

    The Department of Health has opened a new consultation, Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me, which sets out detailed proposals to provide more choice all along the healthcare pathway, enabling patients and their representatives to share in decisions about their care in clinical areas such as mental health services, maternity care, long-term conditions and community services. It follows on from the earlier Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control consultation, which asked a number of open questions about how the commitments to give patients more say as set out in the White Paper could be implemented. The DH is seeking views on these proposals. The consultation period runs until 20 July 2012.

  • 25May

    The 15 Steps Challenge: What good care on the wards looks like for patients

    The 15 Steps Challenge from the Institute for Innovation and Improvement is part of the resources available for the Productive Care workstream. It is a toolkit that was co-produced with patients, relatives, volunteers, staff, governors and senior leaders, to help look at hospital care through the eyes of patients and relatives, helping to hear and see what good looks like. The toolkit provides a series of questions and prompts to guide patients, carers and NHS staff through their first impressions of a ward. The Challenge will help trusts to understand and identify the key components of high quality care that are important to patients and carers from their first contact with a ward.

  • 25May

    Report: Alive and clicking: information that benefits all

    This paper from the NHS Confederation explores the potential for using and sharing information in the NHS. It looks at the costs and benefits of informing and communicating with patients through web and social media platforms versus the costs of not doing so effectively. Managing information is an essential part of delivering good healthcare but historically difficult to get right. While the NHS drowns in information and spends more and more to gather it, it has struggled to use it to good effect for patients, often shying away from being transparent about how services are run and responding openly when things go wrong.

  • 25May

    Research: Perceived information needs and non-adherence

    The role of information on patients’ decision to non-adhere is important, yet not well explored. This research aims to identify differences between perceived information needs for hypertension and medication to treat it, to explore the information channels used by patients and to test what type of information is more important to adhere to medication. Patients reported feeling better informed about hypertension (90%) than medication to treat it (80%). The doctor remains the dominant information source, while the Media and magazines on health issues were reported more frequently than the family and the pharmacist. Feeling well informed about medication for hypertension was a predictor of better adherence. Other determinants of adherence were the use of the Internet and the Media.

  • 25May

    Event: Improving Health Information in 2012 and Beyond

    This free event, from the Information Standard is designed for attendees to hear more about the recently launched Information Strategy and the changing health and care landscape in 2012 and beyond. In addition, there will be practical advice on producing health and care information in this changing landscape as well as the opportunity to discuss these and other subjects with your peers and the speakers.

  • 21May

    DH Information Strategy says “Information is an essential service in its own right”

    This week saw the launch of the Department of Health’s long awaited Information Strategy; The power of information: putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need. The strategy sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for health and care and focuses on information in its broadest sense, including the support people need to navigate and understand the information available. One of the key ambitions of the Strategy is that information should be “regarded as a health and care service in its own right for us all – with appropriate support in using information available for those who need it, so that information benefits everyone and helps reduce inequalities.” Mark Duman, PiF’s Chair has broadly welcomed the Strategy, however, he highlights concerns about the current lack of integration of this ‘essential service’ within the NHS.

  • 18May

    Evaluating the MIND Info line

    Evaluating the MIND Info line

  • 18May

    Digital information service launched for new parents

    The NHS Information Service for Parents, launched today by the Prime Minister, will give new parents information and advice they can trust covering a wide range of issues related to staying healthy in pregnancy, preparing for birth and looking after their baby. By signing up to the service, parents-to-be and new parents will receive regular emails and text messages containing relevant and timely advice as their pregnancy develops and as their child grows. Links to videos showing midwives demonstrating practical advice such as bathing your baby, and parents discussing issues that affected them and how they supported each other, will also be sent at appropriate times.

  • 18May

    Shared Decision Making Skills Masterclass

    This workshop is for health care professionals (any discipline) and others, who want to learn how to develop and use Shared Decision Making skills. It would also be useful for those who want to go on and teach these skills to others. The learning objectives include developing Shared Decision Making skills, using group work methods, with a dedicated facilitator. The event takes place in Cardiff on 13 July 2012.

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