The NHS Right Care shared decision making programme has announced the new contractors for the forthcoming Shared Decision Making Programme delivery. It is hoped that delivery of the elements required within these contracts should result in a step change in the delivery of shared decision making. The work includes the development of patient decision aids and embedding shared decision making in routine NHS systems. Right Care have also published an Essential Reading series on shared decision making.
The Government has accepted the latest recommendations from the independent NHS Future Forum including the recommendations relating to information. These include that information is an integral part of the service to patients and service users and the Government’s information strategy must clearly set out the responsibilities of commissioners and providers in affirming this principle. There are further more detailed recommendations and findings contained in the Future Forum’s Information report. The Patient Information Forum is mentioned in relation to a case study co-developed with Macmillan Cancer Support for a National Voices event last year. Information Prescriptions, the Information Standard, Care planning and care navigation also feature.
This research explores the patients’ perspectives on the use of humour in health care. The research found that patients hold a broad appreciation of humour and recognize it as being evident in subtle and nuanced forms. Patients wish health-care staff to initiate and reciprocate humour. A chasm exists between what patients apparently want with regard to humour use in health-care interactions and what actually transpires. Initiating humour involves risk, and risk-taking requires a degree of self-esteem and confidence.
This pilot programme aims to make it easier for commuters in the pilot areas, who are often away from their local area during the working day, to see their doctor where it suits them. The one year pilot will begin in April 2012 and will be subject to an independent evaluation. It allows patients for the first time to choose whether to register with a practice close to their workplace or home, without worrying about practice boundaries.
A new report from NHS Health Scotland shows that there continues to be a gap between people’s perceptions of their lifestyle and how healthy they report they are. The Knowledge, Attitudes and Motivations to Health report shows that many people know and understand the messages around good health but far fewer are changing their behaviour to lead a healthier lifestyle. Researchers found large differences between knowledge and behaviours.
Macmillan Cancer Support publishes 2012 directory of information materials for people affected by cancer
Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘A directory of information materials for people affected by cancer’ is a single source of reference to leaflets and booklets written for people affected by cancer. It covers cancer in general, specific cancers, cancer treatments, and living with cancer. It is arranged by cancer type and detailed indices allow users to identify resources by title, subject, language and format. This edition has details of 1165 booklets and leaflets published in the UK in the last five years by a wide range of organisations, such as national cancer charities and support groups and government departments.
Department of Health launches national TV and radio advertising campaign to encourage smokers to quit
A national TV and radio advertising campaign has been launched to encourage smokers to quit. Smokers can pick up a new and improved NHS Quit Kit from thousands of pharmacies across England to help them stop smoking. The NHS Quit Kit has been developed by experts, smokers and ex-smokers, and contains practical tools and advice to help smokers quit smoking for good. The kit includes a health/wealth wheel, which helps quitters calculate how much they are saving and the improvements they will see to their health and a ‘tangle’ toy to help keep hands busy.
Kings Fund Report: Integrated care for patients and populations: Improving outcomes by working together
This report from the Kings Fund is a contribution to the work of the NHS Future Forum. Integrated care is essential to meet the needs of the ageing population, transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and enable people with complex needs to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives. The aims of integrated care are widely supported by NHS staff as well as patient groups. The Kings Fund sees the three main priorities as setting a clear, ambitious and measurable goal to improve the experience of patients and service users, offering guarantees to patients with complex needs and implementing change at scale and pace.