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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


Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows

Half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend each day alone, with no interaction with others, and nearly half a million more commonly do not see or speak to anyone for five or six days a week, a poll suggests. Age UK, which commissioned the research, said the results highlighted a growing number of chronically lonely older people, which was placing increasing demand on health services.


Every voice matters: Newcastle residents help transform local home care services

When home care services were due to be recommissioned in Newcastle, local Healthwatch went out to speak to people being looked after in their own homes to find out what they wanted.

Implementation Science

Enablers and barriers to implementing collaborative care for anxiety and depression: a systematic qualitative review

Collaborative care is an increasingly popular approach for improving quality of care for people with mental health problems through an intensified and structured collaboration between primary care providers and health professionals with specialized psychiatric expertise. Trials have shown significant positive effects for patients suffering from depression, but since collaborative care is a complex intervention, it is important to understand the factors which affect its implementation.

National Audit Office

Improving patient access to general practice

The National Audit Office has found that the Department of Health and NHS England have a high-level vision for improving patient access to general practice and have increased the funding available, but are seeking to extend access despite failing to provide consistent value for money from existing services.

NHS England

What do we mean by ‘variation’ and when is it ‘unwarranted’? – Professor Matthew Cripps

“In the UK media, the occurrence of variation is often referred to as the “postcode lottery”. This means that in some parts of the country more people may receive a certain intervention, such as cataract surgery, than people living in another part of the country. But there are several types of variation: in some cases, there are good reasons for variation, but in other cases the reasons for variation can be more difficult to justify – and it is this type of variation that offers opportunities for improvement.”

Patient Information Forum

Personal Health Records: Learning from voices of experience

This guide is for anyone who would like to find out about Personal Health Records (PHRs). It explores the types of PHRs that are available and who might want them. It also discusses aspects of PHRs that people highlighted as being the most important, and concludes with a checklist of key things to consider.

Patients Association

Care Home Charter for Swallowing and Medicines

This Charter identifies key pledges that both patients and health and care professionals will abide by whilst in care settings, focusing on patients who experience swallowing difficulties.

Public Health England (PHE)

New Change4Life campaign encourages parents to ‘Be Food Smart’

Children consume half the daily recommended sugar intake before the morning school bell rings, according to PHE. Children in England consume more than 11g of sugar at breakfast time alone, almost 3 sugar cubes. The recommended daily maximum is no more than 5 cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds and no more than 6 cubes for 7 to 10 year olds per day. By the end of the day children have consumed more than 3 times these recommendations.

Welsh Government

£10m-a-year more for social care

An extra £10 million a year of new funding will help ensure the social care sector is strong and sustainable for the future, Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans has said.

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