Conference: Reaching for Gold
The Patients Association and Waltham Forest CCG held a conference on the Gold Standard at Waltham Forest Town Hall on Monday 6th July, Over 100 were in attendance and the experience has been inspiring.
Many different health & Social Care organisations were in attendance to support our work. We were delighted with the turn out.
Attendees were pleased with the event overall, some were quoted as saying:
“The opening session by Angela (Rippon) and then Helen (Davenport) – Really motivated and demonstrated passion to ensure delivery and good care.”
“Thanks to you and your team – we all found it useful and inspiring!”
Students from Leyton Sixth Form were also present, and gave their thoughts on the importance of the Gold Standard Project and its impact.
We’d like to give a big thank you to all who attended, we were pleased to have you with us and hope to hold many more events such as this in the future.
Patients Association's response to the Charges for missed appointments
UK lags behind other countries for survival from breast, bowel and cervical cancer and survival after a heart attack new comparative study finds The idea of charging patients for missing a doctor’s appointment which is being considered by the Secretary of State for Health was questioned by The Patients’ Association today. We acknowledge the cost to the tax payer of wasted appointments – instead of introducing more bureaucracy we should work together to let the public know the true cost of not attending your appointment and the missed opportunity for this appointment time to be offered to someone in need.
Katherine Murphy, the Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said:
“Patients do have a responsibility and this includes cancelling appointments that they are unable to attend or no longer need. Such a charge would be difficult to administer in terms of proving the cancellation was not for a true and justified reason and then putting in place an effective payment system. Who would administer the fine – the NHS is ripe with bureaucracy – let’s try and ask the public to act more responsibly and put systems in place so it is easier for them to cancel unwanted appointments. Fining a patient for not turning up for an appointment has no apparent benefits, it would not stop it happening again and moreover the concept runs contrary to the principles of the NHS constitution.”
On the Secretary of State for Health other suggestion of putting a price tag on NHS prescriptions, Mrs Murphy said:
“This idea has merit because it would help to educate patients on the cost of drugs and how much taxpayers’ money would be saved by unnecessary stocking them up when they are not needed.”
The Patients Association support any concept that looks.
Patients Association Backs New Student Nurse-Patient Initiative
Plymouth University’s adult nursing degree programme is piloting a scheme that allows student nurses to work with patient participation groups (PPGs) at GP surgeries.
The project is the first of its kind and will initially involve 23 GP surgeries in the South West. Student nurses are participating in non-clinical activities and have lead social media campaigns, run communication sessions on issues such as sexual health, and raised awareness of vaccination programmes for young mothers.
The Patients Association, in collaboration with NHS England, have organised a conference at the university on 16th July where the findings of this trial will be presented. It is hoped that having the experience of working in a PPG will provide nurses with an insight into patient concerns and better their communication skills, which will aid them when they start their career in a clinical care setting. Their work will also hopefully provide an important contribution to the communities in which they are working.
Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said:
“We are delighted to work with Plymouth University on this exciting new initiative. The commitment of students and staff to real patient engagement has been impressive and we hope this will be the start of a long term relationship that will go from strength to strength and include all GP Practice Patient Participation Groups.”