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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BBC News, 25 September 2015
Many smartphone health apps vetted and promoted by the NHS leak data that could be used for ID theft and fraud, a study finds…
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BMC Medicine 2015, 13:205
Authors: Paul Wicks and Emil Chiauzzi
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House of Commons, September 2015
This briefing describes how patients may request access to their records, and the circumstances in which access to the records of others may be allowed. The briefing also describes statutory and public interest disclosures of patient information; information sharing rules for people who lack mental capacity; and access to information on hereditary conditions for relatives.
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NHS England, June 2015
The Accessible Information Standard will be implemented on 31 July 2016 and aims to provide people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss with information that they can easily read or understand. This means informing organisations how to make sure people get information in different formats, for example in large print, braille or via a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices.
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Public Health England, March 2015
Public Health England has launched a new website, Rise Above, which offers help for young people on how to deal with personal and societal issues.
Created by young people for young people, Rise Above aims to build emotional resilience in people between 11 and 16 years old, by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up.
The site covers topics such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health and encourages conversations in a safe environment.
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Mind, January 2015
Mind have launched a range of new online legal publications aiming to explain in a simple and practical way what a person’s legal rights are, and what they can do to assert them. The publications should enable everyone to better understand complex subjects such as the Mental Capacity Act and employment discrimination.
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