The BMJ Group have launched the 2012 BMJ Group Improving Health Awards. The Awards are run by doctors to recognise the hard work of fellow doctors who are making a difference to the lives of their patients. One of the categories for 2012 is Healthcare Communication Campaign, which recognises a campaign or a communication to educate patients on health. The award is open to UK health campaigners, journalists, broadcasters and healthcare communications agencies, patient groups, commercial organisations, charities, and government agencies. The closing date for entries is 28 February 2012.
The objective of this research was to identify and evaluate the effectiveness, clinical usefulness, sustainability, and usability of web-compatible diabetes-related tools. Studies were included if they described an electronic audiovisual tool used as a means to educate patients, care givers, or clinicians about diabetes management and assessed a psychological, behavioral, or clinical outcome. Researchers found that most web based management tools were ineffective with a high prevalence of usability error.
More than 40 National Voices members were featured in The Times this week calling for the government to strengthen the Health & Social Care Bill on service user involvement. The letter to the Times highlighted the importance to patients of direct patient involvement in their care – shared decisions about the most appropriate treatments, personalised care planning and support for people to manage chronic conditions. You can read the full text of the letter in the web site.
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.
The Department of Health in England want to ensure that patients, carers, GPs and primary health care teams and staff providing Informatics services for them get the support that they need for online access to GP Records to be of real benefit to them in their practice or care. Over the next week they would like to invite you to share your initial views and ideas on what support you believe is most needed. You can share your views by taking part in a webinar, an online survey or by emailing them direct.
The NHS Right Care shared decision making programme has announced the new contractors for the forthcoming Shared Decision Making Programme delivery. It is hoped that delivery of the elements required within these contracts should result in a step change in the delivery of shared decision making. The work includes the development of patient decision aids and embedding shared decision making in routine NHS systems. Right Care have also published an Essential Reading series on shared decision making.
The Government has accepted the latest recommendations from the independent NHS Future Forum including the recommendations relating to information. These include that information is an integral part of the service to patients and service users and the Government’s information strategy must clearly set out the responsibilities of commissioners and providers in affirming this principle. There are further more detailed recommendations and findings contained in the Future Forum’s Information report. The Patient Information Forum is mentioned in relation to a case study co-developed with Macmillan Cancer Support for a National Voices event last year. Information Prescriptions, the Information Standard, Care planning and care navigation also feature.
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.
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.
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.