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  • 21May

    Investing in quality: the contribution of large charities to shaping future health and care

    The King’s Fund has published ‘Investing in quality: the contribution of large charities to shaping future health and care’. The report was commissioned by the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which distributes funding to health and care charities. By examining the work of six charities funded by NGS, the authors highlight the important and strategic role…

  • 21May

    24/7 text messaging services launched to support those in crisis

    A new text messaging service to support people in crisis has been launched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate…

  • 21May

    Take part in ‘What Matters to You’ Day – 6 June 2019

    ‘What Matters to You’ Day on 6 June 2019 aims to encourage and support more conversations between people who provide health and social care and the individuals, families and carers who receive it. The day will raise awareness and celebrate the positive impact that asking ‘what matters to you?’ can have on people’s lives. Posters,…

  • 21May

    Share4Rare toolkit for rare advocacy

    This practical toolkit shares best practices and tools that advocates have used to support innovation and offers practical advice on how to make a difference for rare disease patients. Patient advocates give a voice to a spectrum of healthcare stakeholders, which include patients, survivors of illness and caregivers. An advocate can be shaped as an…

  • 21May

    Facebook will allow patients in support groups to post questions anonymously

    Facebook has announced that it will let people post anonymously on health-related Facebook groups. The move is to encourage people to ask questions on sensitive topics and receive support without having to reveal their identity. It also separates groups that are dedicated to health issues with a special “health support” designation. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/30/facebook-adds-health-support-groups-with-anonymous-posting.html    

  • 21May

    Creating a toolkit for evaluating digital health products

    In this blog, Charlotte Fontaine, describes how Public Health England is developing a toolkit to ensure that digital health products are properly evaluated right from the start of their development. Public Health England uses their own experience of developing and evaluating the Couch to 5K app as a case study. https://digitalhealth.blog.gov.uk/2019/04/17/how-were-creating-a-toolkit-for-evaluating-digital-health-products/  

  • 21May

    Adult health screening

    A parliamentary report argues that national health bodies are not doing enough to make sure that everyone who is eligible to take part in screening is doing so. It also says they do not know if everyone who should be invited for screening has been. None of four national health screening programmes considered in the…

  • 21May

    Delivering digital health for all

    A report from the Social Market Foundation considers how technology could be adopted more quickly and more widely by the NHS to improve the care that patients receive and to drive better health outcomes. The report tracks the patient journey, from prevention and diagnosis in the community, into primary and secondary care, through into the…

  • 21May

    Tools for co-production in mental health commissioning

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published a new resource, commissioned by NHS England, to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the NHS Long Term Plan. The document aims to improve provision of mental health services for all ages. This includes people who are not in contact with mental health services,…

  • 13May

    Top tips for creating accessible and useful written content

    Writers and content editors want their work to be useful to their readers. Equally, organisations want their content to be read and understood by as many people as possible, including disabled people (nearly 14% of the UK population). Jack Garfinkel, Senior Content Designer at Scope, and Abi James, Senior Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet,…

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