What patients want

At Macmillan, we have for several years had an ambition statement which said we want to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. We know now (though we did not when we wrote the ...

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Shared decision making: a common understanding

There is an emerging consensus amongst professionals, patients and politicians that patients have a central role in the decision making process about their health. But scratch the surface of tha...

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Adrian Sieff

Bullying, healthcare and human factors

Bullying is very topical. Every time it’s discussed on TV or the radio, people queue up to say ‘yes, it happened to me’. But surely it’s something we grow out of as we enter the world of work? I’m ...

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So, what does quality improvement mean for me?

I’ve been working in mental health for 20 years and, in all this time, I can’t remember hearing as much about quality of the care we provide as I have in the last five years. Early in my career,...

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The funding formula: age vs deprivation

Recent press reports (such as in The Independent and the HSJ) float the suggestion that NHS funds in England should be distributed to local areas solely on the basis of the age of the local populat...

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A week is a long time in shared decision making

Last week was a week worthy of reflection. Monday saw the publication of the information strategy – The power of information – which sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for th...

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Adrian Sieff

Patient safety: learning from Europe

Last week the European Union launched its joint action on patient safety. The three year programme will share knowledge on approaches to improving patient safety across the community and support im...

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Jo Bibby

Let's talk about palliative care

This month’s Health Affairs contains a touching narrative by Amy Berman, a US health foundation executive who, with the help of a doctor that respected her goals, chose palliative care over aggress...

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Darshan Patel

The power of story telling

Last week saw the 2012 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris, and day two started with an inspiring keynote from the President of the International Health Institute (IHI)...

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