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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

BBC Health

Singing 'speeds up' recovery from post-natal depression

Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests.

BMC Nursing

Communication skills intervention between nurses and mechanically ventilated patients

The purpose of this study is to describe nurses’ experience of a communication skills training intervention.


The association between patient experience factors and likelihood of 30-day readmission

The objective of this study was to examine associations between patient perceptions of care during index hospital admission and 30-day readmission.


The problem with using patient complaints for improvement

Healthcare providers and managers are committed, and ethically obliged, to continuously improve healthcare, as well as to listen and act on their patients’ concerns.


A good retirement: public attitudes to the role of the state and the individual in achieving financial security in later life

More than 57 per cent of the public believe that the individual has greater responsibility than the government in meeting the costs of their care.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Seen through the patients’ eyes: Safety of chronic illness care

This present study sought to explore patients’ perceptions and experiences of the safety of primary chronic care.

Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time: a call to action

This report outlines the findings of the Commission and how loneliness affects different groups of people within society. The report highlights the range of people affected by loneliness and shows how tackling loneliness can benefit individuals and communities.

King’s Fund

The compact between the public and the NHS

Even after a decade of austerity, public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, although there are increasing concerns about the future. Chris Ham explores how the public's expectations of and obligations towards the NHS have changed over time.

Macmillan Cancer Care

The final injustice: variation in end of life care in England

This report provides an insight into the experience of cancer patients' final months and years. It finds that cancer patients approaching the end of their life face repeat emergency visits and the situation is worse for patients who are most socioeconomically disadvantaged.

National Data Guardian

National Data Guardian for Health and Care 2017 report: impact and influence for patients and service users

This report sets out a case for the independent advice and challenges that the role provides to ensure that confidential data collected by the NHS and social care services is safeguarded and used appropriately to improve care.

NHS England

Framework to support winter pressures 2017-18

The Chief Nursing Officer for England has today issued a new winter framework that will help nursing staff to ensure patients do not spend any time longer than they need to in hospital, particularly over the busy winter period.

NHS England

New specialised treatments for patients

NHS England has announced the results of the first of two prioritisation rounds to decide which new specialised commissioning treatments and services will be made available for patients for the 2018/19 financial year.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are failing patients

This report reviews complaints about the care of patients with eating disorders and concludes that inadequate care coordination and planning have led to failures in patient care.

Welsh Government

Wales leading the way for End of Life Care

This report details the achievements made against the End of Life Care Delivery Plan and the Welsh Government’s continued commitment to improving the services for those who need it in Wales.

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