Information as Therapy

Captive Health, February 2016

This paper sets out sets out a 5 point plan for healthcare providers focusing on ensuring high quality health information is integrated into healthcare delivery. The paper positions good health information and the health care professional’s ability to support this as central to the two pillars of the House of Care. It highlights evidence showing that information and support improve outcomes and patient experience, and argues that not providing such ‘therapy’ must be considered sub-standard care.

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Diabetes 2015 – Care in Crisis survey

InDependent Diabetes Trust, October 2015

The InDependent Diabetes Trust’s (IDDT) report, ‘Diabetes 2015: Care in Crisis’ based on a survey of more than 15,000 people, shows that almost 40 per cent of people with diabetes believe the NHS has “worsened” since the £1.1bn health service reforms.  The results of the survey also show that nearly 40 percent feel they were not given appropriate advice and information about diet and exercise at the time of their diagnosis. The report calls on the government to introduce a specialist diabetes organisation which would work with the clinical community to drive improvements in care and stresses that CCGs should be more strongly encouraged to follow NICE commissioning guidance for diabetes education courses.

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Who Are You Now? Life stories of brain injury survivors

Headway, May 2015

Headway East London have created a blog site, Who Are You Now, which gives brain injury survivors a voice and allows them to tell their stories in their own words: who they were, what happened to them and who they are now.

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Formal launch of MyNHS

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health have formally launched MyNHS. This is a new site on NHS Choices where people can compare the performance of their local NHS hospital, their care services and their local authority with up-to-date information.

Data has been added to MyNHS since September and allows the NHS and patients to better see and measure progress in health outcomes and will become an increasingly powerful resource for patients, doctors and local NHS commissioners of these services.

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4PI: A Framework for Involvement

National Voices, 8 December 2014

4PI stands for ‘Principles; Purpose; Presence; Process; Impact’.  It is a framework to help create meaningful involvement with service users and carers.  Developed within a mental health context, these standards are universally relevant to involvement and co-production in all areas of health and social care.

Click here for further information and to download the framework.

Smoking ban is upheld at Scotlands State Hospital despite patients earlier victory

BMJ, 14 August 2014

A patient at the State Hospital in Carstairs, Scotland, has failed in his bid to overturn a ban on smoking at the secure psychiatric establishment. Charles McCann, who has schizophrenia and has been…

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