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Government reforms seek to build a new system upon the foundations of co-production, shared decision making and the ethos of “no decision about me without me”. However, if these concepts are to become more than just words, they will need to be supported by a knowledgeable and empowered patient able to understand and properly access the new NHS system.
Following on from our initial investigation, this report looked at how easy it is within the current system to access and understands the services available to patients under the current system, and highlights areas in need of review.
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A new report published today by The Patients Association is calling for a renewed focus on infection prevention and control services (IPS) across the NHS.
The survey of NHS staff found that almost all felt improvements in safety and outcomes had been delivered in recent years as a result of the high profile rise in infections such as MRSA but that more needs to be done to address new risks.
Involving patients in the design and evaluation of the operation of Clinical Commissioning Groups is essential in ensuring that they are fit for purpose and properly reflect the needs of the communities they serve.Bringing together expertise from over 20 Clinical Commissioning Groups from across the country, the Patients Association published a Blueprint for patient and public involvement in Clinical Commissioning Groups.
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This piece of research showed a dramatic increase in waiting times for surgical procedures and a decline in the number of operations being carried out.
The figures cast serious doubt onclaims by NHS decision makers that waiting times are falling, and haslead to the organisation calling for more transparency about waitingtimes in individual clinical areas.
The Patients Association sent aFreedom of Information request to NHS Acute Trusts in England, askingthem to provide waiting time figures in nine key areas-
Patients Association report on the issue of information provision within the context of shared decision making between patients and healthcare professionals.
Despiteover 3 million people being either malnourished or at risk ofmalnutrition in the UK, a report published today by the PatientsAssociation uncovers shocking statistics when it comes to patientunderstanding of the issue.
The report entitled ‘Malnutrition in the community and hospitalsetting’, based on a YouGov survey, is the largest of its kind in theUK on the issue of malnutrition in the community and hospital setting (5,018 respondents). The survey shows there is a lack of awarenessamongst patients as to the issue of malnutrition, whether they are atrisk, how they can prevent malnutrition from developing and where toseek help and advice.
First time research reveals appalling new data on the carer’s perspective of looking after older people in pain. Commissioned by The Patients Association, 3,000 carers of those aged 65+ living with chronic pain were surveyed across Great Britain.
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