Patient-centric Policy Means Better Healthcare

Chris Spencer | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

I'm not saying it is simple. But it is what is needed and, in my view, it is the fastest way to making sure joined-up care becomes a reality and doesn't remain a theoretical aspiration.

Paying for Healthcare - The Future of the NHS?

Beth Britton | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Paying for healthcare is something I'd had no experience of until my recent trip to South Africa. I became unwell and needed to see a doctor, and whilst as a tourist I had travel insurance, the process meant that I still came face-to-face with the reality of paying for healthcare.

Give Doctors the Confidence to Deliver Joined-up Care

Chris Spencer | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

Joined-up healthcare is something we all want and the NHS needs. Enabling the disparate elements of our healthcare system to work together and share information will save time and money and ultimately benefit patient care.

How Come Patients Sometimes Stop Treatment?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lykke Scheel Lyons

How come we don't know when to give up and when to keep going? What price are we willing to pay for life? Would we do whatever it takes to prolong it? Should we be allowed to determine when to stop treatment, when we or a relative become seriously ill?

The Kashmir Healthcare Crisis - 'Patients Have Been Dying' Says Doctor

Rita Pal | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

With time racing forward to a severe winter of discontent, the doctors of Kashmir have requested international assistance from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.

HealthKit Makes Citizen Health a Reality

Chris Spencer | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Spencer

I am, and always have been, a strong advocate of personalised health - an approach that empowers patients to be part of their healthcare program, not simply a recipient of treatment. It's why I'm incredibly proud to be part of an initiative that takes this ethos to a new level.

Surgical Selfies: A Tasteless Symbol of a Modern Era?

Antonia Mariconda | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Antonia Mariconda

So pervasive is the selfie trend, that it seems that nothing is sacred - not even patients undergoing surgery. Recently, a photograph was posted and spread widely on social media, depicting a surgeon holding a large piece of skin he had removed from a patient's abdomen.

How Data Can Reduce Visits to A&E

Chris Spencer | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

The concept is welcome, but it has its doubters. Can such patients really be identified? Won't identifying them and paying more attention to their care just highlight more reasons they need to go to A&E? Won't this simply shift pressure from A&E departments to GP practices?

Technology lifeline for patient safety

Chris Spencer | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

I look forward to a time where examples such as this are the norm, rather than best-practice case studies. I firmly believe that day will come, and when it does I have no doubt that we will not only have witnessed significant improvements in patient safety but also significant cost reductions for the NHS.

'Think Like a Patient' - Is This the Right Prescription for the NHS?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Ed Fletcher

Simon Stevens, the new head of NHS England, kick-started his leadership of a million-plus strong workforce this week by giving them a simple mantra to follow - "think like a patient, act like a taxpayer."

Healthcare Needs a Personal Touch

Chris Spencer | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

Healthcare should be "predictive, preventative, precise and personal" - so says Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow and general manager of Intel's Health and L...

Capital Punishment for Patients In London

Ed Fletcher | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK
Ed Fletcher

London. Love it or hate it, there's no denying that it's a magnet which draws people towards it whether they're tourists, students, jobseekers or immigrants looking for a better way of life.

Innovations in Healthcare - How the NHS Is Improving Patient Care With Telemedicine

Andrew Graley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Graley

Developments in telemedicine are benefitting patients with a broad range of needs as well as improving hospital services and improving resource allocation across the NHS. Significant progress has been made towards three million people being able to benefit from telehealth by 2017 in the UK, so these programmes could be coming to hospital near you soon.

Is the NHS Even Listening?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Ed Fletcher

We'd all like to see the NHS take action and positively tackle the problems that exist within the organisation. Ideally, if there's an issue that was causing concern, it'd be raised, examined and appropriately addressed.

Hello, My Name Is...

Beth Britton | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Anyone adverse to blogging and social media might be rather cynical about any initiative linked to improving frontline health and social care that has grown out of a blog post and numerous 140 character interactions between total strangers.

Be a Change Maker

Beth Britton | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Another significant barrier to being more inclusive comes from the lack of capacity in the system, with NICE Deputy Chief Executive and Health and Social Care Director, Professor Gillian Leng admitting at the recent Westminster Social Policy Forum that they are hugely over-subscribed with would-be 'Experts by Experience' who are interested in working with them.

Break It to Me Gently, Doctor, How Long Have I Got?

David Bradford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bradford

"This is a 10-minute appointment," the GP said firmly. The implication was clear: he didn't have time to look at the growth on my dad's head. Three months later, Dad was dead. The lumps were cancer that had spread from his lungs...

From Crisis to Quality - How Care Must Now Evolve

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Our own health secretary has admitted he cannot guarantee that his fellow citizens will receive safe care in the hospitals he is responsible for, which makes you wonder just how much further the system must fall before we reach a point where things start to improve.

Quit Scaremongering Over My NHS

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

We're all aware of the challenges faced by the NHS and its staff, and how savings have made life difficult for a lot of people working in Trusts across the UK, but what doesn't really help patients and their families - which is what the NHS is there to do - is flaming, berating, scaremongering and being straight-up inappropriate on places like Twitter.

Could This Help Lower Your Blood Pressure?

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Giving patients responsibility for checking their own blood pressure has been shown to improve their condition. The blood pressure of those who use...

NHS 111 Telephone Service Must Be Strengthened, Not Attacked

Rachel Carrell | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
Rachel Carrell

If the NHS is going to survive for the next generation, it simply must evolve new models of provision. NHS 111 is moving in exactly the right direction. In fact, it should be going further. It is just a shame it was sent off prematurely, an unfinished car with a new driver on a half-built road.

Patient Banned From GP Clinic After Twitter Comment

Holly Alsop | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Alsop

The use of social media in the healthcare industry has taken an interesting turn this week with a patient tweeting about his experience with a local GP clinic. The disgruntled man tweeted that the staff were a bunch of 'incompetent tw*ts' and was subsequently removed from the clinic's list of patients.

Big Pharma Harms Patients for Profit but Doctors Must Also Share the Blame

Dr Aseem Malhotra | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Dr Aseem Malhotra

I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of doctors in the NHS when I say I went into medicine to practice evidence based, not corporate-influenced medicine.

Patient Safety at Mid Staffordshire and North Staffordshire

Rita Pal | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

A long overdue public inquiry into the appalling standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is complete. The findings are not unexpected.

Baby Found With Dummy Taped To Its Face At Scandal-Hit NHS Trust

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has been forced to apologise after a baby had a dummy taped to its face while its care. The Trust, which is already is ...