It happens more regularly than the startled headlines suggest. An earthquake somewhere in England rattles the crockery and wakes up citizens in the middle of the night. Later, many miles away, we read our newspapers, shake our heads in that 'well I never' sort of way, and get on with our day. But something truly seismic … Continue reading Blog: £6bn health tremors in Greater Manchester shake up national debate
This morning I listened with interest to the news item about today's Court of Appeal proceedings on whether wheelchairs users have precedence over parents with pushchairs on buses. I know where my sympathies lie. With the wheelchair user. On balance, the consequences of denying them access are likely to be more serious and difficult to … Continue reading Who’s making way for who in public involvement?
The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, spoke at the King's Fund annual conference today. By all accounts it was impassioned and well-received. There then followed what sounded like a lively panel discussion about patient experience (see their twitter feed). Hunt's announcement of a review into the idea of establishing an 'Ofsted' rating system for hospitals … Continue reading In the Hunt for a health Ofsted
So sang The Beach Boys who were on Radio 2's 'In Concert' this week. Not that I'm a great fan but it seemed apposite given my week. This has involved visits to TrialReach, Oxford (well, virtually!) to discuss plans for public involvement in the Biomedical Research Centre there, my good colleagues at BioMedCentral and, tomorrow, … Continue reading Round round get around I get around – Caldicott2, patient data, dementia portal and more!
This article (entitled 'The Rise of the Patient Leader') written by David Gilbert at InHealth Associates appeared in HSJ earlier this year. I didn't send round a link at the time because of HSJ's paywall. But now you can find it on InHealth Associates' website free of charge...which seems a very good excuse to send it round and … Continue reading Two articles worthy of a repeat airing….on ‘The Rise of the Patient Leader’ and the need for a ‘Patient Experience Framework.’
As a self-confessed member of the worried well, I ask that people think carefully before they throw strange words at me. Particularly on the day of a regular visit to my 'prescription-happy' doctor. A colleague asked me this morning how my interregnum was going. It sent me into a momentary panic. Is it treatable I … Continue reading Flying in the face of an interregnum