When doctors and patients talk

For most people who come into contact with the NHS, a key element of their experience of care will be their individual consultations with a clinician. Often these interactions are ones that happen ...

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The power of peer support

Peer-led support groups are proven to help people manage long-term conditions by reducing depression, building self-esteem and improving physical and mental health. We ask Mohammed Ijaz about the w...

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Have I been getting it wrong all along?

One evening last year, I was sitting with James discussing the NHS and our roles within it over a pint of Guinness. He was one of the hospital managers of the trust I was working at and, before lon...


Health literacy: let's think again

I don't really like the term ‘health literacy’. Not many people really understand what it means, which is a bit ironic when you think about it. My unofficial definition of health literacy is ‘the c...


Please stop trying to involve me in my healthcare

In 1948, the government introduced legislation which put a duty on estate agents to involve people in the purchase or rental of their houses, preventing the agent from entering into legally binding...


Adrian Sieff