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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

Care Quality Commission

Community mental health survey 2018

This survey looks at the experiences of people receiving community mental health services. It finds that people’s experiences of the care they receive from community-based mental health services have continued to deteriorate. It highlights concerns around access to care, care planning and support for people with mental health conditions in relation to physical health needs, financial advice or benefits.

FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation

What matters versus what’s the matter – exploring perceptions of person-centred practice in nursing and physiotherapy social media communities

Ensuring that healthcare is person-centred is an increasing priority internationally. This study explored perceptions of person-centred practice within nursing and physiotherapy in online social media communities to gain insight into differences and similarities in how it can be enacted professionally.

Housing Local Improvement Network

How do people access and experience home adaptations?

Perspectives from people in later life and practitioners. This report summarises the findings from recent research conducted on the lived experiences of home adaptations. It draws on the views of both people in later life and practitioners to explore the home adaptations journey, including triggers, access, installation and outcomes.

Institute of Cancer Research

From patent to patient: analysing access to innovative cancer drugs

This analysis of regulatory data reveals that NHS patients are waiting longer for new cancer drugs because of delays in taking them through clinical trials and getting them approved for use. The report also found differences in the rate of development of new cancer drugs for different tumour types – with 15 drugs licensed for breast cancer from 2000-16, but none at all for brain cancer.

NHS England

Partners of new mums with mental illness set to get targeted support on the NHS

Partners of pregnant women and new mothers who are themselves suffering from anxiety, depression or more severe disorders such as psychosis will be automatically offered a comprehensive mental health assessment and sign-posted to professional support if needed.


Dementia – discussing and planning support after diagnosis

NICE and SCIE have developed a new quick guide with the aim of informing people and their family and carers about the support that is available after a diagnosis of dementia. People with dementia should be offered support to help them make decisions about advance care planning and advance decision-making. Getting the right information and support after a diagnosis of dementia can really help people to maintain a good quality of life.

Queen's Nursing Institute

Nursing care for people experiencing homelessness: a survey of the QNI Homeless Health Network

This report gives a thematic analysis of comments from a survey of 206 homeless health nurses about issues facing their area of practice. Using this evidence, it explores the structural, contextual, environmental and practical changes needed to reduce, prevent and eliminate homelessness, and tackle the associated burden of disease.

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