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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

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Patient and Family Engagement in Primary Care

Research shows that when patients are engaged in their health care, it can lead to measurable improvements in safety and quality. This American guide aims to help patients, families, and health professionals in primary care settings work together as partners to promote improvements in care.

All-party parliamentary group on women’s health

Informed choice? Giving women control of their healthcare

The all-party parliamentary group on women’s health has found that across the country women are not being treated appropriately when it comes to their physical, mental and gynaecological health.

Alzheimer's Society

Dementia-friendly housing charter

This charter aims to help housing organisations better understand dementia and how housing, its design and supporting services can help improve and maintain the well being of people affected. Free registration is required in order to access the charter.


NHS confusing public by using 'gobbledygook'

The Plain English Campaign has said the health service is riddled with ‘jargon’ when it comes to explaining anything from the closure of hospital services to major incidents.

BMJ Quality and Safety

What is the potential of patient shadowing as a patient-centred method?

This study suggests that observational methods in healthcare could, building on recent work, be extended to include patient shadowing. Such an approach may have particular value as a patient-centred method, yet it has remained remarkably neglected.

Care Quality Commission

Care of older people: experiences

The CQC has published stories of older people who have recently accessed health and social care services, their personal experiences, and how they think care could improve.

Commonwealth Fund

Minding the gap: factors associated with primary care coordination of adults in 11 countries

This briefing summarises the findings of a study which surveyed patient experience of care coordination in eleven high-income countries. It found that the UK had the highest percentage of patients reporting no care coordination gaps within primary care.

Future Patient.

Why don’t you have a patient on your team?

An open letter to all health care organisations.


Quarter of adults in England 'exercise for less than half hour a week'

One in four adults in England get less than 30 minutes of exercise a week, with women more likely to be inactive, a report shows. NHS Digital’s annual review of obesity in England also found high levels of obesity among adults and children, with only around a quarter of adults eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Health Foundation

The impact of providing enhanced support for care home residents in Rushcliffe

This briefing looks at the impact of a package of enhanced support for older people living in care homes. It finds that care home residents who received the enhanced support were admitted to hospital as an emergency 23% less often than similar residents in other parts of the country.


What do people think of autism services for children and young people?

There are around half a million people in England on the autism spectrum. Healthwatch has reviewed peoples experiences and published a briefing on the common issues that families want to see improve when it comes to how young people are diagnosed and supported.

King’s Fund

Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2016

The latest British Social Attitudes survey, which asks members of the public for their views on the NHS. The survey finds that in 2016 public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, despite the current pressures. In her blog, Ruth Robertson explores why this might be the case.

King's Fund

Understanding NHS financial pressures: how are they affecting patient care?

This report finds that access to and quality of care are both being affected in different ways across the NHS. While public attention tends to focus on high-profile examples of rationing such as restricting access to some types of treatment, the report warns that financial and other pressures are also affecting patient care in ways that go unseen.

King’s Fund

What do cuts in sexual health services mean for patients?

The report Understanding NHS financial pressures looks at how the slowdown in funding growth since 2010/11 has affected four very different parts of the health system.

King’s Fund

Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2016

The King’s Fund summarise the headline results from the National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes survey.

NHS England

Veterans’ mental health

NHS England set to launch a mental health service for ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge.

National Association of Primary Care

Does primary care make a difference?

Key findings from an early analysis of three rapid test sites show significant reductions in A&E attendances, emergency hospital admissions and GP referrals to hospital.

Regional Voices

Self-care briefing

A paper from Regional Voices highlights the need to support patients to manage their own health better.

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