NHSX publishes new data strategy

NHSX has published a new draft data strategy which aims to transform how data is used and shared throughout the healthcare system.

Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data was published on 22 June.

Three key priorities underpin the strategy:

  • Building understanding on how data is used and the potential for data-driven innovation and improving transparency so the public has control over how their data is used
  • Making appropriate data sharing the norm across health, adult social care and public health
  • Building the right technical, legal and regulatory foundations  to make that possible

The full draft strategy can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Department of Health and Social Care

Five principles for post-COVID-19 digital healthcare

A new report by Healthwatch England explores people's experiences of digital and remote healthcare and sets out five principles for post-COVID19 care to ensure no one is left behind.

Locked out: Digitally excluded people’s experiences of remote GP appointments investigates the barriers to accessing digital and remote care and sets out a series of recommendations.

In order, the most common reasons for participants feeling digitally excluded were: lack of interest in technology and going online; lack of digital skills; age and disability; lack of trust; language barriers and affordability of technology.

The report calls for investment in digital literacy and emphasises the importance of maintaining face-to-face methods. 

Healthwatch England

New guide to help people understand digital health tools

PIF member ALLIANCE has published a new guide to help people understand the digital health and wellbeing tools available to them.

The Discover Digital Guide can be used by those who want to use technology in their self management, by carers or by support workers who can help others build up their skills and confidence.

The current guide is a first draft and the Discover Digital team would welcome feedback on how it can be improved.

Click on the link below to learn more about the project and for details of how to give feedback.


Tips to improve digital inclusion

NHS Providers has published a briefing document to help increase understanding of digital inclusion and provide clarity on priorities for action.

While the briefing is aimed at board leaders, it includes definitions and practical tips which may be useful across healthcare settings.

NHS Providers

Study: Health literacy of parents and carers

A new study aiming to assess the health literacy of parents and carers says further work is needed to understand the differential effect of parental health literacy on child health outcomes.

Authors say a child’s healthy development is determined, in part, by a parent’s ability to seek, access, interpret and effectively use health information.

They found modest levels of health literacy among parents and carers.

They conclude further work is needed to understand the types of strategies that may mitigate the impact of health literacy barriers on a child’s healthy development.

Sage Journals

Survey: NHS waiting list patient experience

The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) has launched its first survey of patients' experiences of being on the NHS waiting list for elective surgery.  

More than 5 million people are now on the NHS waiting list in England. The survey aims to understand how they can be supported.

The survey asks what patients most want and need to turn ‘waiting lists’ for surgery into ‘preparation lists.’ 

CPOC will be using the results to help shape the UK’s first perioperative care policy Green Paper, which will be published in Autumn 2021. 

The survey closes on 18 July.


NHS to invest £52 million to fast track online maternity records

The NHS is investing £52 million to fast track its Long Term Plan commitment to ensure all women have access to their maternity notes and information through a smart phone or other device by 2023/24.

NHS England and NHSX will work with maternity service providers, local maternity and neonatal systems and integrated care systems, as well as suppliers, to develop the best platform for clinicians and women.

Healthcare providers will be supported to upgrade their maternity information systems so records kept by different services are fully interoperable.


Study: Patient education in nursing

A new discussion paper examines the important role of cognitive learning within nurses’ patient-and-family-education practice. 

The authors say nurses often support patients and their families in developing health promotional or management strategies.

However, how nurses facilitate this using cognitive learning principles seems 'invisible' in nursing literature.

They call for a significant rethink about the role of learning practice and say nurses, patients and their families need to be involved to identify how nurses are perceiving and using learning principles.


Social media platforms unite to support COVID-19 vaccine drive

Leading social media platforms popular with young people including Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok, and YouTube are supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The partnerships come as all adults aged 18 and over are invited to receive a vaccine in England.

Snapchat users can use NHS stickers, a filter, and later this month, an augmented reality lens that will read: ‘I’ve had my vaccine’ for UK users to share on their accounts.

The platform is also hosting a series of question and answers with medical experts on the Prime Minister’s snapchat account. 


Long Covid and Post Covid Syndrome factsheet published

The Self Care Forum has published a new Long Covid/Post Covid Syndrome factsheet.

The resource is intended for use during a self-care-aware consultation as an aid to support patients about what to do when experiencing Long COVID or Post COVID Syndrome.

It includes recommendations by NICE, SIGN and the NHS along with useful links to advocacy groups. 

Self Care Forum

Consultation on palliative and end of life care

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) is seeking views, feedback and comments on a draft position paper which sets out the major issues affecting care and support of people living with serious illness, dying and bereavement in Scotland.

Every Story's Ending: Proposals to improve people's experiences of living with serious illness, death, dying and bereavement in Scotland proposes a practical agenda for progress over the next three to 10 years.

The consultation closes on 16 July. Click on link below to review the paper and for details of how to give feedback.