Following feedback from member organisations and consumers, The Information Standard website has been updated and is now live. The refreshed website has been designed to enhance the experience for visitors to the site. New features include a new searchbox on the homepage enabling visitors to the site to quickly find certified organisations and a new secured area for organisations that are going through certification – providing help and guidance for them.
In a briefing document PiF advisory group member, Ruth Carlyle summarizes the speech given by Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, at an event at the Royal Society of Public Health to launch the new public health outcomes framework on 23 January 2012. There is also a summary for PiF members on the opportunities and issues that this speech raises for consumer health information.
New professional and patient guidance for all women who have received a PIP breast implant has been released this week by the professional bodies representing surgeons. The new guidance provides patients with practical advice on what to expect and their rights, indicates to GPs where to refer different groups of patient and advises surgeons on treatment. The guidance goes beyond current government advice aimed at patients with symptoms to give additional practical advice for the majority of patients who do not.
Smart pills containing a microchip that can monitor a patient’s medication and condition will be sold in Lloyds pharmacies later this year. The pill helps monitor when patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart conditions have taken their medications, and also provides a range of other information on the patient. This allows the patient, carer or family member to follow progress and collaborate on maintaining the patient’s health and enable them to remain independent in their own homes.
NICE has begun the consultation process for the potential new indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).The QOF is a voluntary incentive scheme for GP practices in the UK, rewarding them for how well they care for patients. The QOF contains groups of indicators, against which GP practices score points according to their level of achievement. NICE would like to encourage patient and carer organisations, and members of the public to comment. The consultation ends on 6 February 2012.
This research explores the patients’ perspectives on the use of humour in health care. The research found that patients hold a broad appreciation of humour and recognize it as being evident in subtle and nuanced forms. Patients wish health-care staff to initiate and reciprocate humour. A chasm exists between what patients apparently want with regard to humour use in health-care interactions and what actually transpires. Initiating humour involves risk, and risk-taking requires a degree of self-esteem and confidence.
Kings Fund Report: Integrated care for patients and populations: Improving outcomes by working together
This report from the Kings Fund is a contribution to the work of the NHS Future Forum. Integrated care is essential to meet the needs of the ageing population, transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and enable people with complex needs to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives. The aims of integrated care are widely supported by NHS staff as well as patient groups. The Kings Fund sees the three main priorities as setting a clear, ambitious and measurable goal to improve the experience of patients and service users, offering guarantees to patients with complex needs and implementing change at scale and pace.
A new report from NHS Health Scotland shows that there continues to be a gap between people’s perceptions of their lifestyle and how healthy they report they are. The Knowledge, Attitudes and Motivations to Health report shows that many people know and understand the messages around good health but far fewer are changing their behaviour to lead a healthier lifestyle. Researchers found large differences between knowledge and behaviours.
This pilot programme aims to make it easier for commuters in the pilot areas, who are often away from their local area during the working day, to see their doctor where it suits them. The one year pilot will begin in April 2012 and will be subject to an independent evaluation. It allows patients for the first time to choose whether to register with a practice close to their workplace or home, without worrying about practice boundaries.