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  • 21Jan

    NICE guideline on Shared Decision Making – Draft scope open for consultation

    The draft scope for the NICE guideline on Shared Decision Making is now open for consultation. We hope that your organisation will submit comments on the draft scope; it is a valuable opportunity to ensure that the guideline considers issues important to your members. The consultation page contains the documents, background papers and instructions on how…

  • 21Jan

    Asking patients to draw their illnesses can be surprisingly revealing

    Published in The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, this article explores what happens when patients are asked to draw the parts of their body affected by illnesses and how this can provide insights into how they think about their illness, the seriousness of their condition, and how well they are likely to cope. For instance,…

  • 21Jan

    BMA Patient Information Awards 2019 – Entry now open

    Entries for the BMA Patient Information Awards 2019 are now open for high-quality patient information, whether printed leaflet, information sheet, web resource or multimedia campaign. Resources must have been published or revised in 2017, 2018 or before the end of February 2019 and must be in English. The closing date for entry is the end of…

  • 21Jan

    Rethinking medicine

    Rethinking Medicine is a collaborative initiative aiming to improve how medicine supports better health and healthcare in England. It is about: re-examining the relationship between medical science, medical practice, and the people they serve removing the barriers that prevent people and communities from taking control of their health reducing the risk and waste associated with inappropriate medical interventions…

  • 21Jan

    Handbook to the NHS Constitution

    This handbook is designed to give the public, patients, carers, families and NHS staff all the information they need about the NHS Constitution for England. The handbook covers: NHS values and the principles that guide the NHS explanations of the rights and pledges in the NHS Constitution legal sources of patient and staff rights the roles…

  • 20Jan

    Are patients benefitting from better integrated care?

    As QualityWatch publishes a scrolling data story investigating whether the drive in recent years to integrate services more closely has resulted in any tangible improvements for patients, the Nuffield Trust publishes a piece by Sarah Scobie putting the study in context and explains the findings. https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/news-item/are-patients-benefiting-from-better-integrated-care    

  • 20Jan

    Paying people who receive benefits – Co-production and participation

    This briefing looks at benefit changes that can make it easier for people who use services and carers to get involved in paid co-production/participation in health and social care. https://www.scie.org.uk/co-production/supporting/paying-people-who-receive-benefits        

  • 20Jan

    Web Accessibility Guidelines’ turn 10, but still less than 10% of sites are accessible

    In 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published an important update to their guidelines aimed at making the internet a more accessible place for people with disabilities. Ten years on, Robin Christopherson of AbilityNet (some of you may remember Robin speaking at a PIF event earlier in 2018) reports that this has not made much of…

  • 13Jan

    Accessible Information Standard – Interactive e-learning resource

    An interactive e-learning resource has been developed by NHS England, Health Education England and e-Learning for Healthcare to support all health and social care staff to effectively apply and follow the Accessible Information Standard. The first session aims to equip health and care professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively apply and follow the…

  • 13Jan

    PRSB publishes standards to make it easier to locate records

    New standards designed to ensure that health records are properly named and indexed have been published by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB). Developed in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Health Informatics Unit (HIU), the standards ensure that records can be easily found when needed, particularly in an emergency. At the moment…

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