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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

What personalised medicine could mean for your health

Medicine has always been personal to some extent - a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics - our genomes - to tailor treatments for individuals.

BBC News

'Living drug' offers hope to terminal blood cancer patients

NHS patients with lymphoma have for the first time been given a pioneering treatment that genetically reprogrammes their immune system to fight cancer. Mike Simpson, 62, from Durham, says his cancer is now "on the run". The therapy, called CAR-T, is a "living drug" that is tailor-made for each patient using their body's own cells.


NHS inpatient satisfaction falls for first time in six years

Chief inspector of hospitals says mounting pressure on system is having ‘direct impact’. Hospital patients are facing growing delays in getting a bed, help from staff or relief from their pain because surging demand for care is undermining how well they are looked after, the NHS care regulator has said.

Lets talk loneliness

Lets talk loneliness campaign

The 'Lets talk loneliness' campaign aims to tackle the stigma of loneliness. This website brings together organisations, resources and inspirational stories that are united in a shared aim, to get more people talking about loneliness. The government has also announced it is partnering with the Co-op Foundation to match-fund a new £1.6 million initiative that supports activity in community spaces to promote social connections.

NHS England

Nearly three quarters of a million patients set to benefit from world-leading innovations on the NHS

3D heart modelling to rapidly diagnose coronary disease and an advanced blood test which can cut the time it takes to rule-out a heart attack by 75% are among a raft of technological innovations being introduced for patients across the NHS.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Integrated care research and practice

This resource aims to support the planning, commissioning and delivery of coordinated person-centred care. Based on the integration logic model, it brings together the evidence base and practice guidance on what good integrated care looks like.

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