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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

Proof of ID may be needed for NHS care, says health chief

Patients may have to show two forms of identification to get some NHS care, the senior civil servant at the Department of Health has said.

BBC News

Obese patients and smokers face surgery delays in York

Health bosses have approved plans to delay routine surgery for smokers and obese people. The restrictions mean overweight patients will have to lose 10 per cent of their weight before surgery.

BMC Medical Education

Perspectives on death and dying: a study of resident comfort with End-of-life care

Despite the benefits to early palliative care in the treatment of terminal illness, barriers to timely hospice referrals exist. Physicians who are more comfortable having end-of-life (EOL) conversations are more likely to refer to hospice.

Care Quality Commission

Community mental health survey 2016

This report found that overall the majority of respondents reported a positive experience of care, but that areas for improvement include patient involvement in their care decisions, provision of crisis care, named contacts for care planning and regularity of care reviews.

Centre for Health Economics

Market structure, patient choice and hospital quality for elective patients

This study examines the change in the effect of market structure on hospital quality for elective procedures (hip and knee replacements, and coronary artery bypass grafts) following the 2006 loosening of restrictions on patient choice of hospital in England.

Commonwealth Fund

2016 international health policy survey of adults

This survey of eleven countries compares patients' experiences with their country's health care system - comparing access to care, quality and affordability - as well as their self-reported health and wellbeing.

Health Foundation

10 key actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing

This month, the Health Foundation has launched a set of practical resources to show how person- and community- centred approaches can help to shift power to people and communities.

Health Foundation

The benefits of person- and community-centred approaches

Watch the animation setting out what person- and community-centred approaches to health and care are and some of the many benefits they bring. The video draws on the real-life experiences of the people they work with.

Health Foundation

‘We are positive’ – peer support for people living with HIV

Positively UK aims to ensure that all people living with HIV in the UK have access to a trained peer mentor. Here we explore why peer support can be so transformative for someone newly diagnosed with HIV.

Independent Age

Shining a light on care: helping people make better care home choices

This research project has developed 10 care home quality indicators to provide everyone looking for information on care homes with the help they need to make more confident choices about where to live.

NHS England

Overall Patient Experience Scores: Supporting Information

NHS England has produced a Diagnostic Tool to help NHS managers and the general public understand what feeds in to the Overall Patient Experience Scores and to see how scores vary across individual NHS provider organisations.

PAGB (Proprietary Association of Great Britain)

Self Care Nation: Self Care Attitudes and Behaviours in the UK

New research exploring how people use GP and A&E services shows that if they understood their own NHS ‘footprint’, 80 per cent would be more likely to seek advice from pharmacists and use over-the-counter remedies for coughs, colds and other self-treatable conditions.

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