“Participating in Practice” - Developing Patient Participation Groups (PPG) - Conference at Plymouth University on Thursday 16th July 2015.
The Patients Association and Plymouth University held a jointly organised conference to celebrate the success of a one year development project across 230 GP practices in Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly funded by NHS England. Over 130 participants took part with some excellent speakers and workshops. The conference was also an opportunity to evaluate the first stage of a student nurse pilot project linking 25 nursing students to PPGs. This is the start of an exciting new initiative which will have mutual benefits for PPGs and students. For further information see our website or contact email@example.com
“It has been a wonderful experience and the turnout was fantastic.”
Kim Young (Student Representative & Nursing Lecturer) along with student Nurses talk about an exciting project linking students with PPGs.
Kevin Holton from NHS England poses with Nikki Thomas (NHS England), Director of Development Heather Eardley (Patients Association), Chief Executive Katherine Murphy (Patients Association), and Dr Mike Dixon (Chairman of NHS Alliance).
House of Lords Consultation: Impact of the Equality Act 2010 on Disabled People
The House of Lords is investigating the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people, and the Patients Association invites anyone with a specific interest in this issue to get involved in the consultation. If you live with a disability, or care for someone who does, we would like to hear your views on how successful the Act has been for disabled people and whether you consider that it is an improvement on the previous law (the Disability Discrimination Act 1995). The Act places a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments to any elements of the job which place disabled employees at a significant disadvantage. We are specifically interested in how well health providers achieve this, and whether this obligation is actively enforced by the government. We would also like to hear about the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the role it plays in tackling disability discrimination, particularly in relation to compliance with the 2010 Act. Finally, we would be interested to hear how taxi accessibility can and should be improved, and whether you feel the Public Sector Equality Duty, introduced by the Act in 2010, has improved with recent changes.
If you have a specific interest in any of these issues, or more generally in how well Government policy on equality serves disabled people, and would like to share your views, we would be grateful to hear from you. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4th September 2015.
For more information about the consultation, visit: here
The Law Commission Consultation: Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
The Law Commission’s consultation paper, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty has been published. The consultation paper reviews the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the DoLS) in England and Wales. The goal is to replace the DoLS with a straightforward and accessible legal framework which provides appropriate safeguards for people who lack capacity whose care or treatment is becoming restrictive. This consultation paper is over 251 pages with 42 questions. The Patients Association is concerned that this consultation document has the potential to be ignored due to the size of the document and number of questions. However, if you wish to respond to specific questions the Patients Association will be happy to take your views. Please send your comments to email@example.com by Friday 30th October 2015
Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs: draft guideline consultation
Link to the Consultation here.
This guideline covers all adults with identified social care needs, including older people. It does not include children and young people. It covers transitions between general hospital and community or care home settings. It does not include inpatient mental health settings. A separate NICE guideline on transitions between inpatient mental health settings and community and care home settings is being developed.
The Patients Association is preparing a response and invites our readers to give their view. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 3rd August 2015.