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  • 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

    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…

  • 28Nov

    UKMi information resources

    Medicines Information Services in the NHS support the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines by the provision of evidence‐based information and advice. The service has two broad functions: to support medicines optimisation for individual patients to support medicines management within NHS organisations UKMi have put together a presentation describing the wide range and variety…

  • 28Nov

    Developing quality criteria for patient‐directed knowledge tools related to clinical practice guidelines.

    A development and consensus study: Patient‐directed knowledge tools such as patient versions of guidelines and patient decision aids are increasingly developed to facilitate shared decision making. In this paper, we report how consensus was reached within the Netherlands on quality criteria for development, content and governance of these tools. This was a 12‐month development and…

  • 22Nov

    Some GP surgeries are now offering group appointments

    Around 29 surgeries in Greater Manchester have been piloting the Weight Watchers-style sessions over the past six months. They are aimed at patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, chronic pain, COPD or diabetes, and see them take part in hour-and-a-half-long sessions with nurses, rather than a quick non-urgent 15-minute check up. Greater Manchester is the…

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