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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

All Party Pharmacy Group

In good health: a report following the All Party Pharmacy Group's 2018 inquiry into long term conditions

This report highlights the opportunities for community pharmacies to deliver and improve care for patients with long-term conditions. It outlines four key actions that would enable long-term conditions to be managed in a community setting.

Centre for Ageing Better

Homes that help: a personal and professional perspective on home adaptations

This report summarises the findings of a primary research project exploring the lived experiences of individuals who use home adaptations, and practitioners who work alongside them. It shows that people are delaying making vital changes to homes because of the clinical and stigmatising appearance of products like handrails and ramps.


NHS operation waiting lists reach 10-year high at 4.3m patients

The latest figures from NHS England show the number of patients waiting for an operation on the NHS has reached 4.3 million, the highest total for 10 years. The number of NHS patients waiting more than a year for routine treatment has ¬doubled in the past year.


Over 2 million Britons risk dying early from multiple illnesses

More than 2 million Britons are at risk of dying early because they have at least one potentially fatal illness, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as coronary heart disease.

Health Foundation

Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice

The Health Foundation is excited to launch a new funding programme to help improve patient care and outcomes by exploring how to increase continuity of care within general practice. This programme is inspired by recent Health Foundation research which demonstrated that patients with ambulatory care sensitive conditions who see the same GP a greater proportion of the time have fewer unplanned hospital admissions.


Imperial showcases work to improve patients’ experience of NHS services

The St Mary’s Patient Experience Hub is an initiative designed to use medical simulation and tools to improve the experience of patients and families at St Mary’s Hospital.First year medical students also presented their work to develop a simulation that looks at how medical students with depression access mental health services.

Nuffield Trust

Improving care for people with MS: the potential of data and technology

The MS society have released a report mapping out what technology is already available for people with MS, what more could be done with what is available and how data and technology could be better exploited in future to improve MS health care.

Royal College of Surgeons

A dangerous waiting game?

A review of patient access to inguinal hernia surgery in England. This report argues that thousands of predominately-male patients are being made to suffer in pain and, in rare cases, are at risk of death due to the NHS restricting access to groin hernia operations. The research findings reveal that 57 per cent of clinical commissioning groups are denying patients quick access to the procedure.

Welsh Assembly Cross Party Group on Hospices and Palliative Care

Inequalities in access to hospice and palliative care

This report finds that people with terminal illnesses and life-limiting conditions in Wales – especially dementia, heart failure and neurological conditions – face a range of barriers in accessing hospice and palliative care.

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