Content warning: discussion of surgery, discrimination (specifically transphobia) and suicide.
‘Elective surgery’ is a term irrelevant to many people’s experiences. Few would argue that their surgical needs are a choice. For trans and non-binary communities, the term may be especially marginalising, and contribute to negative perceptions of those seeking gender-affirming healthcare.
We’re all familiar with the rhetoric that diverse boards make better decisions. And most boards have made some sort of progress on gender diversity by now. But when we at National Voices took a good hard look at ourselves ahead of recruiting new trustees earlier this year, we realised that if we were serious about having a truly diverse board we needed to do something different. As the saying goes, ‘if you always do what you’ve always done; you’ll always get what you’ve always got’.
covid:aid is the UK’s charity for all those significantly affected by Covid-19, and has been uniquely set up to act as an open and collaborative partner and platform for healthcare providers, charities, and other groups – ensuring people and organisations can find and access support tailored to their needs, wherever that may be.
Why are public bodies not routinely using the wealth of data and intelligence that voluntary organisations hold to inform service design and planning?
Improving the use of data and intelligence gathered by the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, can lead to better identification of community needs, which in turn facilitates more effective and efficient planning, and this leads to greater inclusion, particularly for marginalised groups.
By its very nature, social prescribing is a mechanism meant to empower and enable. The main driver of the social prescribing link worker model is the acknowledgment that the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities are often dictated by a range of environmental and socio-economic factors. Social prescribing is all about holistic wellbeing and placing control of health with individuals, so they can save themselves.
Social prescribing link workers play a critical role in helping to reduce inequalities.
The Wren Project is a registered UK charity providing free, ongoing, 1-1 listening support for adults diagnosed with one or more autoimmune disease. Responding to increasing evidence of the autoimmune component to Long Covid, The Wren Project now extends its support to people with Long Covid.
Three slightly worrying things happened to me this week: my energy supplier went bust, I found the fresh fruit shelves at my local Co-op half empty, and the menu prices at my favourite takeaway skyrocketed. It all felt a bit odd and unsettling. But I am lucky enough – for now at least – to be able to leave it at that. Slightly worrying. A bit unsettling. Nothing more.
A new training programme, developed by the Academic Health Science Network for South London Health Innovation Network has been unveiled to improve consultations with the millions of UK adults living with pain. Psychologically Informed Collaborative Conversations (PIC-C) has been co-produced with patients and one of the patient representatives who fed into the programme was Carole Robinson, who is a volunteer at Kingston Hospital and is a patient rep on many of the hospital’s committees.