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Patient focus

The latest news from the patient's perspective

Looking at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making.

This theme looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.

Patient focus


NHS outpatient model is no longer fit for purpose, says RCP

The current model of outpatient care in the NHS requires wholesale redesign to meet growing demand and patient need, the Royal College of Physicians has argued. A new report from the college says the traditional model of outpatient care, based on specialty opinion, diagnosis, and disease monitoring is “no longer fit for purpose,” and places “unnecessary financial and time costs on patients, clinicians, the NHS, and the public purse.”

Department of Health and Social Care

Prevention is better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer

The goal is to improve healthy life expectancy by at least 5 extra years, by 2035, and to close the gap between the richest and poorest. A collection of case studies has been published, showing examples of good practice in preventing health problems from happening.


People must take responsibility for own health, says Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock has triggered a row after urging people to take greater responsibility for their own health to tackle the rising toll of illness from diseases such as cancer and obesity.


NHS cancer treatment wait statistics 'set to be worst on record'

Lowest percentage of patients treated since new standards introduced, figures show. In eight out of nine published cancer targets, between April and September, the health service treated the lowest or joint lowest percentage of patients since the standards were introduced, according to official figures published on Thursday.

Institute of Health Equity

A fair, supportive society: summary report

This report highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population. The report recommends that action should focus on the ‘social determinants of health’, particularly addressing poverty, poor housing, discrimination and bullying.


Quarter of LGBT+ people have witnessed discrimination from NHS staff while seeking treatment, poll finds

The majority of LGBT+ respondents have experienced depression in the past year, with negative attitudes and lack of awareness particularly harmful to trans people. The research, commissioned by the charity Stonewall, found that the majority (52 per cent) of LGBT+ people had experienced depression in the past year, while three in five had experienced an anxiety disorder.

NHS England

Advice line for GPs saves hours of travel for patients

A neurology hotline for GPs in the north west has spared patients unnecessary worry and travel time, while £100,000 a year has been reinvested back into the NHS. The advice line means GPs in the Cheshire and Merseyside area can call neuro consultants for fast advice any weekday reducing extra patient appointments.


Patients to be offered choice over setting and type of dialysis treatment, NICE says

People being treated with dialysis after kidney failure are to be offered a choice over where and what type of treatment they have. New recommendations say patients, in discussion with their clinician, can choose which type of dialysis is right for them and where they can have their treatment.


A data-driven approach to personalised cancer care

Cancer survival could significantly improve if the NHS collects and uses its data more intelligently. This report advocates that NHS leaders collect much more data on cancer patients including survival, treatment, patient experience and medical history. It argues that, with better analysis, there could be improvements in the prevention of cancer, earlier diagnosis and effectiveness of treatment.

What Works Centre for Wellbeing

What do we know about tackling loneliness?

This review is the first of its kind to establish what we know about loneliness and effective ways to tackle it. It is a first step to develop the evidence, revealing big gaps in the current evidence base. It is important to remember that these findings only cover the interventions included in the studies looked at by the review.

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