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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

Hepatitis B added to routine baby injections

All babies across the UK will now have an anti-hepatitis B injection added to the other routine vaccinations they are given in their early life. The jab protects against viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer.

British Medical Journal

The use of patient feedback by hospital boards of directors

Although previous research suggests that different kinds of patient feedback are used in different ways to help improve the quality of hospital care, there have been no studies of the ways in which hospital boards of directors use feedback for this purpose.

Critical Care Nurse

Patients’ hand washing and reducing hospital-acquired infection

Hand hygiene is important to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Patients’ hand hygiene is just as important as hospital workers’ hand hygiene. Hospital-acquired infection rates remain a concern across health centres.

Health Education England

Person-centred framework

Health education England has released a new framework to support person-centred approaches, building on recommendation in the Five Year Forward View.

National Voices

Member briefing: Brexit

This briefing explains the priority areas of concern for the health and care sector as Britain leaves the European Union, and explains the role the Brexit Health Alliance is seeking to play.

NHS England

Improving Access for all: reducing inequalities in access to general practice services

NHS England has produced a practical resource which aims to promote understanding of groups in the community who are experiencing barriers in accessing services.

Patient Experience Journal

A special issue of the Patient Experience Journal (PXJ) has been published

This special issue focused on Patient Involvement. The editors state that “By including the voices of patients, practitioners and researchers in the publication, this special issue is focused on how involving patients and families as partners drives better healthcare outcomes overall.”

Patient Experience Journal

The paradigm of patient must involve

This essay reviews the role of paradigms in moulding the thoughts of a scientific field and looks rigorously at what two key terms mean – empowered and engaged – and how their interaction points to a new way forward, requiring a re-examination of our “paradigm of patient.”

Public Health England

Public Health England urges people to get free testing for hepatitis C

A substantial number of the 200,000 people living with hepatitis C (hep C) infection may be unaware they have the virus. Public Health England is encouraging people to get tested and have included a list of criteria for anyone who is concerned.

Public Health England

Falls and fractures: consensus statement

This document outlines approaches to interventions and activities helping prevent falls and fractures to improve health outcomes for older people. The RCN is a member organisation of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group.

Welsh Government

Additional £1m for End of Life Care

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has announced an additional £1m to further enhance End of Life Care services in Wales. The fund will go towards supporting the delivery of the End of Life Care Delivery Plan 2017-2020.

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