Blogging as therapy

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An interesting article in last week’s Health Services Journal on Blogging: patient led therapy in a digital world – it appears that blogging can be good for you!

 

Read some inspiring stories by clicking the link above.

“Blogging as a therapy can be life changing. Reading these stories is an education, an emotional experience, a journey. There are some very practical insights, some philosophical points and some clear messages for developing a great and relevant future healthcare system.” Roz Davies

 

News from NHS Networks

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has released a multimedia package of social media guidance for pharmacists.
Doctors and nurses are to get better information about patients so people get safer care thanks to a new £260 million NHS technology fund, announced by NHS England today.
Department of Health request to NHS England on long-term conditions.
This guide aims to enable people who want to die at home to do so while improving the quality of care they receive.

News update from NHS Networks

A survey commissioned by the all-party parliamentary group for continence care has vividly demonstrated a decline in the level of provision for continence care services in England.
Dementia is a major and growing challenge for both health and social care.
The Children and Young People’s Health Forum was asked by the secretary of state to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people.
The NHS Confederation has published a briefing for non-executive directors (NEDs) interested in improving their understanding of their organisations’ data.
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by stroke and has recently taken over running a fortnightly email bulletin from the now defunct Stroke Improvement Programme.
This narrative was developed with service users, by National Voices and partners and shows what coordinated care would look like from the perspective of patients, service users, families and carers.
NHS England has published its latest bulletin for CCGs.
This letter invites local areas to express an interest in becoming ‘pioneers’, demonstrating the use of ambitious and innovative approaches to delivering integrated care.
New recommendations, published by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers, have outlined improvements for patients by ensuring that timely and appropriate medical imaging services such as scans are provided to them and their referring doctors.
This report looks at the nature of employee voice and the impact of social media.
This case study is part of a series designed to share good practice and lessons learned by local NHS organisations involved in major reviews of local health services.
The Dementia Challenge report describes achievements in the three main areas of the challenge: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities and better research.
Bob Ricketts, director of commissioning support, strategy and market development for NHS England, will outline the vision for service transformation.
Health sector regulator Monitor and NHS England are working together to reform the way NHS services are paid for.
The government has announced plans for a more joined up health and social care system by 2018.
A new guide by the BMA will help doctors tackle some of the dilemmas that they face on a daily basis.
The direct specialised commissioning function of NHS England is supported by a devolved clinical leadership model.
This report was commissioned as part of a review of HIV services in London and the aim was to gather data from patients to better understand patterns of service use and what they value in HIV services.
This update has been released in response to the government’s consultation on safeguarding power of entry between 11 July 2012 and 12 October 2012.
New chair-elect for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
This briefing examines what the NHS mandate means for mental health services and the people who use them.
NHS England has published detailed data about the first four of the 14 hospitals involved in the review of mortality data.
Figures published by Public Health England (PHE) show that confirmed cases of whooping cough in England have continued to decrease in 2013 with 434 cases reported in March.
Report from NHS Change Day.
The Local Government Association and PHE have produced a guide for local councillors about the national child measurement programme (NCMP).
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is seeking to recruit the following professional members to the NICE accreditation advisory committee.
Plans to strengthen performance in urgent and emergency care are being put in place across the country to help hospital A&E departments meet demand and tackle waiting time pressures.
NHS England has written to NHS Trust medical directors and area team medical directors setting out interim arrangements for issuing healthcare professional alert notices.
This publication supports local authority health and wellbeing boards to develop and update pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs).
The Care Bill will modernise the law to put people’s wellbeing at the heart of the care and support system.

RCGP publishes social media ‘Highway Code’

New guidance has been published to help doctors and health professionals navigate the world of social media. The Royal College of GPs had produced the Social Media Highway Code, with advice to help and encourage health professionals to communicate effectively using social media.

The support is built around ten guidelines, which include recognising that the personal and the professional can’t always be separated, the need to engage with the public and show your human side, but maintain professional boundaries and respect the privacy of patients.

The guide was published in draft form last October, in collaboration with Doctors.net.uk and Lime Green Media. It has since been updated to include suggestions and information from a range of health expertise around the world.

Dr Ben Riley, lead-author of the Code and Curriculum Director for the RCGP said: “The interest and feedback we have received from healthcare professionals across the globe has been fantastic. There are many opportunities for GPs and other healthcare professionals to take the lead in developing how social media can be used to improve healthcare.

“At the same time healthcare professionals need to protect their patients and support each other with using these new ways of communicating. The Code has a practical focus and addresses a number of the challenging areas that GPs and other healthcare professionals have been asking about for some time.”

NHS Networks: HR and Social Media guidance

NHS Employers has published guidance to help the NHS realise the benefits of social media and implement a more permissive approach to its use.
‘HR and social media in the NHS’ explains that social media is increasingly becoming central to the ongoing effectiveness of the NHS. It argues that there is a need for a more open approach alongside greater clarity on professional behaviour and the importance of confidentiality.  The guidance provides examples to help human resources managers, leaders and communications staff use social media more effectively within their organisations.