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  • 19Jan

    New smart pills that monitor when drugs are taken and how much

    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.

  • 19Jan

    New resources give practical, culturally sensitive dietary advice for South Asian population

    Nutrition and Diet Resources UK (NDR-UK) this week launched South Asian Nutrition’s (SAN) resources which give practical culturally sensitive dietary advice for South Asian populations. This range of 13 different titles is available in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu language versions. It includes topics such as healthy eating, heart health and diabetes, with advice for specific dietary concerns such as meal and snack ideas, calcium and iron intake.

  • 19Jan

    Entries now open for the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award 2012

    The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Libraries Change Lives Award is established as one of the leading accolades in the library and information world. The Award highlights and rewards good practice in any innovative library and information projects. They welcome entries from any sector of the library and information world. They could be reading projects, learning projects, or projects that promote information. They must be shown to have affected people’s lives for the better, whoever those people might be. The overall winner will receive a trophy and prize money of £4,000. Entries for the 2012 awards close on Monday 13 February 2012.

  • 19Jan

    Pfizer UK Foundation: Funding for Health Inequality projects

    The Pfizer UK Foundation supports healthcare organisations in the UK working at a local level to address health inequalities resulting from social, economic, cultural and demographic factors. The community-based projects supported tackle those health inequalities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales that fall outside core NHS statutory funding. The Pfizer UK Foundation donates £1 million in grants each year and supports projects that clearly tackle a defined health inequality in a specific local area or marginalised community. Charities, community-led organisations, local authorities, academic bodies and NHS organisations are eligible.

  • 19Jan

    2012 BMJ Group Improving Health Awards now open for entries

    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.

  • 16Jan

    Research: Review of web-accessible tools for management of diabetes shows many are ineffective

    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.

  • 13Jan

    National Voices members call for the government to strengthen service user involvement

    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.

  • 13Jan

    NICE starts consultation for potential indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework

    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.

  • 13Jan

    Department of Health seeking views on how to support patient access to their GP records

    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.

  • 13Jan

    NHS Right Care announces the organisations contracted to drive forward shared decision making

    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.

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