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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 News

Organ transplants: Ethnic minorities urged to discuss donations

A shortage of transplant organs for black people and Asians in the UK is being caused by a lack of donations from within those communities, NHS Blood and Transplant has said. Fewer than a third of black and Asian families allow a dead relative's organs to be used, compared with two-thirds of white families.

Commonwealth Fund

High-need, high-cost patients: who are they and how do they use health care? A population-based comparison of demographics, health care use, and expenditures

This report presents an analysis of the health care needs of patients in the U.S. with long-term conditions and argues that health care improvement efforts should focus on the needs of those with multiple chronic illnesses and limited ability to care for themselves.

Commonwealth Fund

Health system performance for the high-need patient: a look at access to care and patient care experiences

This report compared the health care experience of U.S. patients with co-morbidities and a functional limitation in the ability to care for themselves to those with multiple conditions but no functional limitations. The findings of this study highlights the importance of tailoring interventions to meet the needs of the highest-need, most complex patients.

Commonwealth Fund

The Hospital at Home Model: Bringing Hospital-Level Care to the Patient

This case study is one in an ongoing series examining programmes that aim to improve outcomes and reduce costs of care for patients with complex needs, who account for a large share of U.S. health care spending.

Health Education England

Finding Patience

Finding Patience supports a culturally appropriate approach to the dementia pathway. It aims to improve early diagnosis and support for people within African Caribbean communities by improving awareness amongst both health and care professionals, and those within the community.

Health Education England

Finding Patience – The Later Years

Focusing on dementia in care homes, this film raises awareness of how dementia can affect people differently. It encourages health and care professionals to reflect on the care they provide and calls for person-centred care that focuses on the individual, not the condition.

Health Foundation

New films showcase healthcare innovation

The Health Foundation has published a series of films that demonstrate what can be achieved when people working in the health service are given the time and support to innovate.

Healthwatch England

Great Manchester service change engagement

. This report is the result of research conducted in conjunction with ten local Healthwatch organisations in Greater Manchester which examined public and patient opinion on how health and care needs should be met in future.


Are patients being told about getting involved in research

Cancer Research UK want every patient to be made aware of the opportunity to participate in research and what studies are available to them. Taking part in research can be an important step in a cancer patient’s own pathway as well as helping other cancer patients in the future.

NHS England

Shortlist of nine inspirational nominations for Kate Granger Awards

Nine nominees make up the final shortlist for this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards. Now in their third year the awards were set up by Kate Granger, the terminally ill doctor who worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign.

National Institute for Health Research

Improving the use of antibiotics in children with respiratory tract infections

Researchers at the University of Bristol funded by an NIHR Programme Grant have developed a technique to help GPs identify which children with coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are most at risk of future hospitalisation.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Community pharmacy forward view

Written jointly with Pharmacy Voice, this document sets out the ambitions for community pharmacies to enhance and expand personalised care, support and wellbeing services offered by the sector.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Community pharmacy: good practice examples

These examples of good practice aim to illustrate how community pharmacy can be integrated in the wider primary care and community health system.

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