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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


Every voice matters

Over half a million people engaged with the Healthwatch network during the last year to seek advice about health and social care services, and share their experiences of using them. This report outlines how together Healthwatch is putting people at the heart of care.

King’s Fund

Overcoming the challenges to improve health and wellbeing in care homes

David Oliver considers the role of care homes in the social care sector, and the challenges that need to be tackled while seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of care home residents.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Parents advised not to use unlicensed homeopathic teething products in infants and children

Parents of infants and young children should not use unlicensed homeopathic teething tablets or gels which are available to buy online due to the risk of side effects, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said today.

Nuffield Trust

Understanding patient flow in hospitals

This briefing warns that the NHS can no longer find enough bed space to move patients through hospitals quickly and meet key A&E targets - and that its practice of counting patients at midnight means that the true scale of the squeeze is being missed. It estimates that 5.5 per cent of beds need to be free for cleaning and preparation if patients are to be moved through quickly enough to meet the commitment to admit or transfer emergency patients within four hours.

West England Academic Health Science Network.

Working together: a toolkit for involving the public

West of England Academic Health Science Network have developed an easy-to-use toolkit for health professionals on how to involve members of the public. The toolkit has been created with the busy, front line clinician in mind but will also act as a beginner’s guide to understanding public involvement.

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