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  • 27Jul

    Conference: Patient Experience: Quality Standard and Beyond

    The NICE quality standard for patient experience was published in February 2012. Patient experience in adult NHS services: improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS services focuses on generic patient experiences and is relevant for all people using adult NHS services. Chaired by Sophie Staniszewska Chair, Guideline Development Group The NICE Quality Standard for Patient Experience in Adult NHS Services, this conference provides an important update on patient experience with a focus on the new NICE quality standard including how it was developed and how progress will be monitored. PiF members benefit from a 15% discount on the cost of attending.

  • 27Jul

    Health literacy project highly commended in GP Enterprise Awards

    Blithehale Health Centre in Tower Hamlets, in a deprived area of east London, started an after-school club to help improve health literacy levels. The premise behind the project is that health literacy levels are low within the community and that by informing and educating children the practice could potentially have an impact on their future lives but also create a ripple effect which may benefit their families and the wider community. Children from years 5 and 6 visit the surgery for an hour, once a week during term times, for sessions led by members of the healthcare team. Topics include basic first aid, hygiene, food, family health and lifestyle.

  • 27Jul

    Report: When doctors and patients talk: making sense of the consultation

    The Health Foundation has published a report When doctors and patients talk: making sense of the consultation, which explores the main form of interaction between a patient and a clinician – the consultation. It uncovers the anxieties that both parties may feel, with doctors and patients each having their own concerns. The report offers a powerful analysis of the current relationship, identifying the mutual fears that drive doctors and patients and the invisible structures that are natural to the doctor but hidden from the patient. It also describes the potential for a more nuanced model for the consultation.

  • 27Jul

    UK Clinical Trials Gateway seeks your help to improve information on clinical trials for patients

    The UK Clinical Trials Gateway provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK, and gives the public access to a large range of information about these trials. It is designed to enable patients and their clinicians to locate and contact trials of interest. There is much scope to improve and strengthen the website and the information it provides, and this is possible based on the feedback you and others can provide. The NIHR have asked for your feedback using a survey and by sending the survey link to patients, your members and colleagues to complete as well. The survey will close at the end of Tuesday 31st July 2012.

  • 27Jul

    New resource to support end of life care discussions with people with dementia

    A leaflet on starting end of life care conversations with people affected by dementia been published by Dying Matters.Time to Talk highlights the importance of discussing end of life care as early as possible, and covers topics such as what to talk about, when to talk and what might happen if you don’t talk. End of life care for people with dementia is a key part of delivering good quality care but many people put things off until it’s too late. It’s not always easy to begin conversations but speaking openly about the future can improve quality of life throughout the dementia ‘journey’. However conversations must be started early to avoid missing opportunities.

  • 27Jul

    £8 million invested to tackle HIV and improve sexual health

    Almost £8 million is being invested in driving down HIV infections and providing information to improve people’s sexual health. The money will go to the Terrence Higgins Trust and FPA (Family Planning Association) over three years. The Terrence Higgins Trust and their partners receive £6.7 million to prevent HIV in men who have sex with men and people from African communities, the groups most affected by HIV in England; and FPA will receive £1.13 million for their comprehensive specialist sexual health information service for the public and health workers.

  • 27Jul

    Research: Visually impaired need help with medicines

    In a study, in the British Journal of General Practice, researchers found that visually impaired patients needed significantly more support than others in medication self-management. Almost all of the group with visual impairment found it difficult to read medication information even with visual aids, and almost a quarter had difficulty distinguishing different tablets, particularly in differentiating colours. Although more than a quarter of patients with visual impairment said they needed help with their medication, the majority were nevertheless not using compliance aids.

  • 20Jul

    Research: Socioeconomic and geographic disparities in health information seeking and Internet use

    Geographically isolated Hispanic populations may face unique barriers to health information access. The objective of this research was to examine differences in health and cancer information seeking among survey respondents who ever used the Internet and those who did not, and to explore sociodemographic and geographic trends. Results showed that, compared with individuals who did not seek health or cancer information, those who did were over 5 times as likely to have used the Internet. Those who sought cancer information were over twice as likely to have used the Internet. The frequency of Internet use and health and cancer information seeking was higher in an urban region than in more rural areas.

  • 20Jul

    2013-14 Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund (IESD) now open for applications

    The Department of Health’s 2013-14 Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund (IESD) is now open for applications from the voluntary sector. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to develop new, innovative approaches to health and care, actively share excellent practice or improve integrated care and efficiency. In the 2012-13 round, 74 projects benefited from funding under the scheme each receiving a share of £6.9 million. Organisations can apply individually, or in partnership with others.Registration for the fund must be completed by 7th September 2012 and the application form must be completed and submitted by 21st September 2012.

  • 19Jul

    Research: Quality and use of consumer information provided with home test kits

    Diagnostic self-tests (tests on body materials that are initiated by consumers with the aim of diagnosing a disorder or risk factor) are becoming increasingly available. Although the pros and cons of self-testing are currently not clear, it is an existing phenomenon that is likely to gain further popularity. The objective of this research was to examine consumers’ use of and needs for information about self-testing, and to assess the quality of consumer information provided with home test kits, as perceived by consumers and as assessed using a checklist of quality criteria. Although generally of moderate to good quality, some aspects of the information provided were in many cases insufficient. European legislation concerning self-tests and accompanying information needs to be adapted and adhered to more closely.

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