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  • 17Nov

    Care and support of older people with learning disabilities

    NICE are drafting guidance for the care and support of older people with learning disabilities, and the draft documents are currently open for consultation until 15 December. This draft guideline covers care and support of older people with learning disabilities. It covers identifying and assessing people’s changing needs as they grow older, making information and…

  • 17Nov

    Engaging the public in the CQC

    Making better use of people’s views, working closely with representative organisations and publishing simple, clear information are at the centre of the CQC’s plans for engaging the public over the next four years. They have published a new strategy for how they will engage with the public to help make us an even stronger regulator…

  • 17Nov

    Cancer decision making and patient involvement

    Following the ‘cancer drugs scandal’ last month, the BMJ have published an essay by Tessa Richards (senior editor at the BMJ) reflecting on her cancer journey, and how decision making in cancer must improve, to involve patients at every level The essay highlights the importance of patient preference for informing decision making, but also the…

  • 17Nov

    Improving patient information for EU medicines

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) as published an action plan to improve the product information (PI) for EU medicines, an information package for patients and healthcare professionals that accompanies every single medicine authorised in the EU and explains how it should be used and prescribed. This action plan follows a report published by the European…

  • 17Nov

    Digital initiatives to address diabetes and obesity

    NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with leading companies from the tech sector as the battle against obesity and Type 2 diabetes goes digital. More than 5,000 people are expected to benefit from a pilot project which will see five companies and eight areas of the country test drive a…

  • 17Nov

    Patient experience of choice in mental health

    NHS England have published the latest statistical information on patients’ experience of mental health services in the NHS. This is an update to include results from the 2017 Community Mental Health Survey. The 2017 survey included 57 NHS trusts in England, including combined mental health and social care trusts, Foundation Trusts and community healthcare social…

  • 17Nov

    Developing digital literacy in health and care

    Health Education England have published a guide to support the development of digital literacy by people working in health and care. The guide maps existing resources that areavailable to individuals, line managers and organisations. It includes a  wide range of resources that can help you in developing your own skills, and tools to support education…

  • 16Nov

    Using videos to provide health information

    The All Party Parliamentary Group for Health (APPGH) have published a blog on their website by Alison Tavare, a Bristol GP, about using videos to provide health information. The blog discusses a project Alison is working on with Dan MacClean of Crohns and Colitis UK, Dr Kevin Barrett of the Royal College of General Practitioners…

  • 9Nov

    How good is our care? CQC 2016/17 report

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published their 2016/17 State of the Nation report looking at the quality of health and social care provision in England. The report looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care. Overall it finds that the quality of health and…

  • 9Nov

    Communicating with parents and involving children in taking their medicines

    The Pharmaceutical Journal have published an article on the importance of good communicating with parents and their children about their medications, and the role of the pharmacist in ensuring this. The article explores: What do we mean by good communication? Whose responsibility is medication taking? The role of the pharmacist It also discusses applying the…

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