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  • 30Nov

    Guidance for improving health literacy

    Making it Easier – a health literacy plan for Scotland 2017-25, published by the Scottish Government, builds on the current learning about health literacy and aims to remove and prevent barriers.  Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. The new guidance…

  • 30Nov

    Impact of patient involvement: Patient involvement at Cancer Research UK

    This booklet, produced by Cancer Research UK, highlights inspiring stories that show the impact of people affected by cancer and Cancer Research UK working together. Each example included in the booklet has been carefully selected to show how we are prioritising areas and developing the most meaningful ways of engaging with people affected by cancer.  …

  • 30Nov

    Tech revolution is coming to healthcare

    This article, in the Guardian by Richard Vize, explores how smartphone techology provides the best opportunity to get healthcare information, support and access into the hands of the people who need it most. It argues that instead of signing up those who wear a Fitbit to their pilates class, GP apps should be turned into…

  • 30Nov

    Podcast: Clinical research – ‘Better if it’s done with patients rather than to them’

    “We see patients as a partner that holds our hand throughout the process and actually makes us a better research funder and a better research organisation as a result” says Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public in Research in the latest Business of Discovery podcast. https://soundcloud.com/allangaw/podcast-15-patient-and-public-involvement-with-mr-simon-denegri    

  • 30Nov

    Blog: What are we learning about co-production through self management?

    This blog by Sara Redmond, Programme Manager (Self Management and Co-production Hub), the ALLIANCE, looks at co-production as a key determinant of a culture favourable to self management. Sara explains that self management is about recognising that everyone has strengths, resources, skills and experience that support their health and wellbeing and which enables them to manage…

  • 30Nov

    New Guide: Working with Cancer Haynes Manual  

    The ‘Working With Cancer’ Haynes Manual, published by the European Men’s Health Forum, is a short 12-page booklet that answers all the questions that working men, whether employed, self-employed or freelance, have when cancer strikes. The Guide, which is free, was written by a working man with cancer, developed with a steering group including working men with cancer…

  • 30Nov

    Patient and public voice survey report

    This report outlines the findings of a 2016 survey of patient and public voice partners and chairs on their views and experiences. It finds that whilst most respondents feel that their input is valued, some are unsure of the impact of their role. The results also highlight areas in which improvements could be made in…

  • 30Nov

    Personalised care for people with long term conditions: A changing GP approach

    People with multiple long-term conditions account for about 50% of all GP appointments but it has long been recognised that the current 10-minute GP consultation just doesn’t allow enough time to effectively address all their health and wellbeing needs. To address this problem, the RCGP has been working with C4CC and NHS England to support…

  • 30Nov

    What Now? Questions to ask after a terminal diagnosis

    Following research with more than 600 people living with a terminal illness or caring for someone at the end of life, Compassion in Dying has published an innovative new booklet: What now? Questions to ask after a terminal diagnosis. What now? is designed to help people ask questions and find the information they need, so that they can make…

  • 30Nov

    Suicide and self-harm prevention app launches in Bristol

    A new app to help people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts launched in Bristol on 30 November. The distrACT app is designed to give easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm. Nationally there are around 200,000 hospital emergency department cases of self-harm reported every year. The…

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