What are healthcare professionals’ key priorities when referring patients to charities?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Feb 2018

Healthcare professionals are important gatekeepers in linking patients with the relevant charities for their needs. Our past research has shown that 69% of the public agree that they would be more likely to go to a charity for information about a health condition if a nurse, GP, or consultant recommended it[1]. This emphasises the essential role that healthcare professionals play in getting people to access key information and services from charities.

But what are healthcare professionals looking for when they refer to charities?

Words are not enough: why funding is key to transforming mental health support

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jan 2017

Theresa May recently announced new mental health pledges for schools and employers, with a focus on ensuring mental health is not secondary to physical health. However, her statement that "it is always wrong for people to assume that the only answer to these issues is about funding" is distinctly unnerving. This week's blog examines whether there is really anything more effective than funding to improve the UK's mental health outlook.

The Primary Healthcare Monitor: Helping your organisation understand local healthcare priorities

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Jan 2016

The landscape of the NHS has seen major changes over the past five years. The commissioning of services has been radically altered with the creation of local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which have unprecedented power to set their own priorities and greater control over their budgets than the Primary Care Trusts that preceded them. Now, with the devolution of the entire health budget to Greater Manchester from this year and other devolution pilot areas planned from 2017, it seems likely that even more spending power is likely to rest at the local level in future.

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