It didn’t escape my attention today that Ed Milliband visited my local NHS hospital in Cheshire and made some bold statements about what Labour would do to reduce GP waiting times so that no patient need wait more than 48 hours for an appointment. Continue reading
Recent research we conducted into news sentiment for the NHS suggests 2/3 of news is negative, and this is particularly prevalent around performance and patient care. It should be no surprise to anyone that negative press impacts on how staff feel and perform, but what can be done about this? Continue reading
We recently got involved in NHS Change Day. It’s a movement that aims to change the NHS at a grass roots level, involving staff, patients and members of the general public to make pledges that will improve health provision and wellbeing. Here’s what we got up to.
I attended a regional NHS networking event earlier this week and it got me thinking about the language used in health research.
In short, there appear to be two schools of thought: those who talk about ‘patients’, and those whose interest lies with the ‘public’. Continue reading
It’s hard to miss the headlines informing us that obese people could have their benefits cut unless they start exercising. This is bound to spark considerable debate over why only overweight people are being punished and not smokers or drug addicts or why overweight people should be allowed to put a strain on the healthcare system. Continue reading
I attended the NHS Confederation’s Delivering Better Health Services conference last week in Manchester. There was a lot of noise around public involvement in research and adopting a participatory approach, and it did make me question the extent to which this happens in research. I outline below what I see as some of the key elements to conducting good participatory, people-centred research. Continue reading