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  • 18Dec

    Job advert: Communications and Education Coordinator, European Lung Foundation

    Job title: Communications and Education Coordinator, European Lung Foundation Location:  ELF Office, Sheffield Salary:   £25,000-£30,000 Full Time: Permanent Closing Date: 11 January 2019 The European Lung Foundation are looking for a dynamic and motivated Communications and Education Coordinator to manage and develop the production of educational material and other resources with the aim of engaging and…

  • 13Dec

    Evidence standards framework for digital health technologies

    NICE has worked with partners to develop standards that ensure new technologies are clinically effective and offer economic value. The aim of these standards is to make it easier for innovators and commissioners to understand what good levels of evidence for digital healthcare technologies look like, while meeting the needs of the health and care…

  • 13Dec

    7 steps to digital accessibility

    Over 20% of the world’s population has a disability and in the UK the combined spending power of people with disabilites and their families, also called the Purple Pound, is £249 billion a year. For this reason, ensuring your products and services are accessible and able to be used by people with disabilities makes good…

  • 13Dec

    Plain language: It’s about smartening up, not dumbing down

    This podcast, featured in Health Literacy Out Loud, hears Dr Karen Schriver talk with Helen Osborne about: Plain language. Includes not only simpler words but also sentence structure, design, and many other ways to help readers find, understand, and use information. Reluctance and skepticism about plain language (sometimes expressed as concerns about “dumbing down”) from…

  • 13Dec

    The patient advocates will see you now: Model for interacting with industry

    This article featured in Cancer World, explores how Ananda Plate, Chief Executive of Myeloma Patients Europe, makes the case for changing the way patients interact with industry in favour of a model developed by the HIV/AIDS community. The traditional pharma advisory boards she refers to are meetings convened by companies, typically at the instigation of marketing departments,…

  • 13Dec

    The role of volunteers in the NHS: Views from the front line

    This report published by the King’s Fund, is intended to ascertain the perceptions of frontline NHS staff working in acute care about the operational pressures they face, how they understand the roles and value of volunteers and what gaps there are that volunteers could help fill. The report sets out the findings from a survey,…

  • 13Dec

    Patient activation is more than just a measure for Sheffield GP tackling long term conditions

    Sheffield GP, Ollie Hart, is disarmingly frank in acknowledging the potential shortcomings in his own attempts to personalise the care of patients with long term conditions. However, two years after he and colleagues at the Sloan practice started assessing and segmenting patients with diabetes – and offering many of them a range of community support…

  • 13Dec

    The overwhelming nature of patient feedback

    A report featured in the Patient Experience Library looks at the overwhelming nature of patient feedback.   It describes how hospital staff struggle with a mass of feedback from multiple sources.  They reported “feeling overwhelmed and fatigued by the volume and variety of data that the Trust collected”. Formal complaints are one of the sources of…

  • 13Dec

    Review into over prescribing in the NHS

    The Health and Care Secretary has announced a review into over-prescribing in the NHS. The review will focus on patients who take multiple medicines, to ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs. The review will be led by Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Keith Ridge. The review will look at how doctors…

  • 13Dec

    PIF membership price increase

    Like all organisations, PIF has felt the financial pressures of the current economic uncertainty for sometime.  For 7 years, we have tried to shield the impact of this from the PIF membership. Unfortunately, from 1 January 2019 we will have to increase the price of PIF membership as follows: Individual membership will increase to £85+VAT…

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