Patients

Charity Partnerships, Empowered Patients and the Future of the NHS

Chris Spencer | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

"The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". It's a statement clear in its message and blunt in its truth.

Seven-Day NHS Pledge Faces Age-Old Issue

Chris Spencer | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

There is one story dominating healthcare headlines right now - the government's pledge to deliver "a truly seven-day NHS". It's a commitment we all welcome in principle, but with dwindling GP numbers, tight budgets and concerns over existing primary and secondary care workloads, it has prompted a collective eyebrow raise and the question, 'how'?

'Me? I'm Just a GP...'

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Being a GP isn't about glamour. It's not about high tech equipment. It's not about cutting edge research, or shouting "Get me some paracetamol, stat!". There is very little drama. It's about the challenge of dealing with everything in a tiny amount of time. Of having the skills to develop an instant rapport with a patient you may have never met before...

You Made Me a Better Doctor

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

When a photograph of an emergency room doctor grieving for a 19-year-old patient was posted online recently, it went viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments. Most of this stemmed from the fact that doctors are not known for showing personal emotions. Like all healthcare staff we deal with difficult, sometimes hugely distressing scenarios every day. We have all had moments like that doctor. Where a patient has affected us so profoundly, we cannot hold it together and need some space. This is a tribute to just five of the patients that have taught me to be a better doctor. Identifying details have been changed to preserve patient anonymity.

Language Matters! Maternity Experience and NHS Change Day

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Being in any healthcare environment for any reason can feel disempowering for a patient. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients can help build trusting relationships, improve patient outcomes and patients' experiences.

Listening to London GPs

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.

Patient-centric Policy Means Better Healthcare

Chris Spencer | Posted 14.04.2015 | 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 31.03.2015 | 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.

Reforming the Interactions Between Doctors and the Healthcare Industry

James Shannon | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Have you ever wondered how your doctor chooses which medicine to prescribe? For some diseases they might have two, three or even 10 medicines to choose from, each of which has been approved as safe and effective by regulators.

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.