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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

BMJ Quality and Safety

Redesigning care: adapting new improvement methods to achieve person-centred care

“While the financial pressure to improve the user experience is less in healthcare than other service industries, the rise of value-based financing in many health systems creates an incentive to explore new models of care that offer a better patient experience and better health outcomes at lower cost.”

Compassion in Dying

Advance care planning in general practice: does policy match reality?

This report reveals the mismatch between clinical commissioning group policies concerning advance care planning and the reality faced by patients. Patients report doctors being ill-equipped to support them in planning ahead for their future care and treatment.

Daily Mail

NHS Volunteers

Sir Robert Francis, in his new role at Healthwatch England, has said more people should be offering their help for free to the health service. The article mentions the RCN’s response to NHS figures showing the number of vacancies for nurses and midwives.

FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation

Life Stories for Wellbeing at Garden House Hospice

The project team provided an opportunity for patients in this palliative care setting to be able to express and share their life stories, and to enable the people caring for them to understand the patient better.

National Cancer Patient Experience Survey - NHS Trust and CCG data

The survey is conducted on an annual basis and includes all adult patients (aged 16 and over), with a confirmed primary diagnosis of cancer, who have been admitted to hospital as inpatients for cancer related treatment, or who were seen as day case patients for cancer related treatment, and have been discharged between the months of April, May or June 2017.


UK doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis medicine next month

Sajid Javid says rules to allow cannabis-derived products come into force on 1 November. The changes come after a series of high-profile cases involving children being denied access to cannabis oil to control epileptic seizures.


NHS watchdog warns good healthcare is becoming more of a postcode lottery

CQC chief blames ‘geographical disparities’ in England for lack of access to quality care. “We cannot ignore the fact that not everyone is getting good care,” said Ian Trenholm, the care regulator’s chief executive. “It cannot be right that people’s care depends on where they live or the type of support they need.”

Huffington Post

Group GP Appointments to Be Rolled Out After 'Positive Feedback'

Shared appointments among up to 15 patients will be rolled out in GP surgeries after family doctors said they received “very positive” feedback. Some patients taking part in group appointments said they benefited from receiving support from other patients, the head of the Royal College of GPs said. Trials among patients with the same condition have taken place at surgeries in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Berkshire and Sheffield.

National Health Executive

Children’s mental health services will fail to meet demand, NAO warns

The NHS has been criticised by Whitehall’s spending watchdog for failing to meet a growing demand for mental health services for children and young people, with only a quarter able to access the support they need.

NHS England

NHS to provide long term screening service for Grenfell community

The NHS has today announced that it will provide up to £50 million to fund long term screening and treatment for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said that a new screening service would be in place imminently to provide long term support and treatment for people with physical and mental health issues following the tragic incident.

NIHR Signal

Women want a personalised birth experience, but safety is paramount

Most healthy women would like a natural birth if possible, but acknowledge the unpredictability and risks of childbirth. Women mainly want a supportive care environment where healthcare providers are competent, kind and respectful.

Public Health England

Meningitis: signs and symptoms leaflet for university students

This updated leaflet describes the signs and symptoms of meningitis so that freshers and young people know what to look out for and what to do if they see them in their fellow students.

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