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  • 13Sep

    BMA Information Fund

    The BMA Information Fund provides health information and educational materials to health-focused organisations in developing countries. Materials available include books, practical guides and tools, DVDs, and CDs. Applications are welcomed from a wide range of not-for-profit organisations. Applicants must show that the requested resources are tailored to their needs, will be used by a significant number of…

  • 13Sep

    NICE’s Shared Decision Making guideline committee

    NICE are identifying potential early committee members to join NICE’s Shared Decision Making guideline committee. They are seeking committee members to work in collaboration with the NICE Guideline Updates Team (GUT) project team and other guideline committee members in the scoping and development of this new guideline. They are seeking the following applicants: a GP with a specialist interest in shared decision…

  • 12Sep

    Contribute to the NHS long term plan

    With the recent Government announcement of additional funding the NHS is now working on a plan setting out its ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.  The information below provides details of how PIF members can contribute to the development of the…

  • 10Sep

    Job advert: Medical Copywriter, Ctrl Group

    Post title: Medical Copywriter Location: London Ctrl Group, a healthcare consultancy firm, is looking for a freelance Medical Copywriter to join their team of designers, developers and researchers in London and enhance the communication of their products with patients and clinicians. Ctrl Group builds products that make the experience of participating in medical research simple and transparent. When more people are…

  • 6Sep

    Please, write to me. Writing outpatient clinic letters to patients.

    Guidance suggests specialists should avoid Latin terms, acronyms and convoluted language. Doctors are being told to adopt a new policy of writing letters that are easier for patients to understand. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges says too often correspondence contains complex medical jargon rather than plain and simple English. Patients should ask their local hospital to…

  • 6Sep

    Highlights from the NHS Expo 2018

    Getting patients involved in developing patient information, self-management tools and the transformation of care were common themes at this year’s NHS Expo in Manchester, where PIF exhibited with the support of our partners TextHelp. A showcase for innovation, Expo’s gaze was on digital change and the use of patient data, but the focus was also on two major…

  • 6Sep

    New animation to highlight the importance of improving health and care information sharing

    The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has launched a brand new animation to highlight the importance of improving health and care information sharing, in collaboration with Understanding Patient Data (UPD), based at the Wellcome Trust. This short video shows how good information sharing can benefit patients and citizens, enabling safer care and allowing people to play a…

  • 6Sep

    Patient and Consumer Safety Risks When Using Conversational Assistants for Medical Information

    Patient and Consumer Safety Risks When Using Conversational Assistants for Medical Information: An Observational Study of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant (from JMIR): Conversational assistants, such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, are ubiquitous and are beginning to be used as portals for medical services. However, the potential safety issues of using conversational assistants for…

  • 6Sep

    Ensuring people have equal access to digital health information

    Excerpts from an article for pharmaphorum: The internet’s democratisation of health information has played a huge role in the rise of the expert patient. But does everyone have equal access to the digital information they need to manage their health? And are the very people digital health is seeking to empower the ones who are getting…

  • 6Sep

    Blog: The power of health coaching

    Excerpts from a blog for the Health Foundation: On the day of John’s consultation, our new GP trainee sat in with me for the first time. Before clinic, we had been chatting about each other’s interests, and I told him my career had been transformed by using health coaching. I explained how it had enabled…

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