Website aims to help people understand health research

Understanding Health Research is a tool designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. The tool guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading.

Click here to access the website.

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Accessible Information Standard comes in to force

NHS England, August 2016

The Accessible Information Standard came into force on 1st August 2016 to ensure that people with disabilities receive easily accessible information and support.

The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with services. Examples of the types of support that might be required include large print, braille or using a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

All organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices.

Click here for further information and to access guidance documents.

Healthy Caring Guide

NHS England, April 2016

NHS England, in partnership with Carers UK, Carers Trust Age UK, Public Health England, and older carers themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Caring.

The Guide provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.

While it is aimed at carers of any age, it is particularly relevant for carers aged around 65 years and those new to caring.

Click here for further information and to download the guide.

The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends & families

Mental Health Foundation, February 2016

This booklet aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.

Click here for further information and to download the booklet.

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.

Click here to read the paper.