Self Care Week survey

Organisations and individuals who took part in Self Care Week 2019 are being asked to take part in a short survey.

This year, more than 900 organisations and individuals took part in events to raise awareness of the benefits of self care.

The results of the survey will help inform a review of Self Care Week.

You can complete the survey here.

Self Care Forum

Patient Experience Network National Awards

There are only a few weeks left to submit your entry for the Patient Experience Network National Awards.

The awards celebrate projects and initiatives that have helped improve patient experience.

Deadline for entries is 5pm on 8 January 2020.

The conference and ceremony will take place on 18 March 2020 at The REP, Birmingham.

Patient Experience Network

Multiple long-term conditions workshop

National Voices has published a report from its workshop, Multiple long-term conditions: exploring the priorities of working age people.

The workshop was commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a wider project to understand how people living with multiple long-term conditions and their carers think about research in the field of multimorbidity.

Findings included that some people experience a lack of communication or information beyond the basic clinical explanation.

This means they are unprepared for the impact on their emotional and social lives, leading to isolation and poor self management.

National Voices

RCOG launches Better for Women report

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has launched a report calling for better, joined-up services for women.

Its Better for Women report says UK women face widespread barriers to essential healthcare services.

A survey of more than 3,000 women, commissioned by the RCOG, found many are struggling to access basic healthcare services locally.

This includes contraception, abortion care and menopause support.

The report calls for one-stop women's health clinics to provide healthcare needs for women in one location at the same time.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

How artificial intelligence is empowering healthcare

This article discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) is empowering improvements in diagnosis and patient care.

It says smartphone apps, like Your.MD, have already given a whole new level information access to patients and healthcare professionals.


Video: Supporting effective engagement

A new video aims to support effective engagement when redesigning health and social care services.

Created by the Scottish Health Council, the video focuses on four key areas health care providers should focus on when proposing changes to services.

They include: involving people early, making information readily available, giving people enough time to participate and explaining the decision-making process.

Scottish Health Council

How IoT is improving patient care

This article looks at how the Internet of Things (IoT) is making breakthroughs in healthcare and examines what the future holds.

Jonathan Palmer, from Oracle, argues IoT is gradually transforming the healthcare sector, in the same way it has opened up possibilities in industries such as manufacturing, marketing and financial services.

Digital Health

Practical solutions to improve care

A new practical guide to help healthcare professionals improve services for and with people living with mental and physical health problems has been published.

The guide was published by the Q Improvement Lab following a 12-month partnership with mental health charity Mind.

It has been designed to be accessible to a range of people and is free to download.

Q Improvement Lab

Writing in ways others can understand

In her latest advice column, Helen Osborne, discusses the use of plain English in health information.

She offers tips on organisation, length of words and sentences, tone and format.

Health Literacy Consulting