NHS England

Accessing your patient records

Have you accessed your records yet? If you want to see how Dr Amir Hannan’s practice has enabled patients take a look at his website http://www.htmc.co.uk/pages/pv.asp?p=htmc0520

Follow him on Twitter @amirhannanDr Amir Hannan

Patients have had the right to read their paper records since the 1990s. However, few ever choose
to do so unless there is a problem or a complaint, perhaps in part due to procedural and physical
constraints. With the widespread use of electronic records, it is now much more feasible for
patients to access their own records directly. This presents new challenges and opportunities for
health professionals.

This document has been created primarily by the doctors who pioneered the work to enable
patients to access their own electronic health records. The doctors have explored the opportunities
for people not just to read their records but also to enable them to better look after their own
health, interacting positively with the healthcare system.

It is important that all health professionals understand that new ways of working with patients
become possible with electronic records. However, it is essential to apply these new ways safely
and effectively. This document offers sound principles, developed in conjunction with lessons
learnt, to underpin such changes in clinical practice.

Record Access provides most benefit if used as an integral part of the care process. If patients
access their records, particularly in the context of joint decision-making in partnership with their
health professionals, the result can lead to improvements in their care.

Record Access is a new development and this guidance is intended to be a dynamic document
that will evolve as more experience is gained.

Dr Libby Morris, Chair, RCGP Informatics Group
Dr Bob Milne, Deputy Chair, RCGP Informatics Group
1 September 2010

Check out this link Health Informatics Report (1)


Public Health England

The Neurological Alliance has heard from Public Health England that with effect from 1 June 2017 there will be a few changes within the organisation – the existing PHE intelligence networks (including the National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network) will now sit within a new Health Improvement Directorate within the PHE’s Knowledge & Intelligence Service.

According to PHE, these new arrangements are “intended to help PHE respond to the changes underway in the NHS and local government.”

They have also made some changes to their online presence – it might be useful to bookmark this page if you regularly refer to their resources:



10 brisk minutes

A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”

Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

It’s the easy way to improve your health and wellbeing. No gym memberships, no Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!

Read more https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#GOlmjcuOV2UE1rlw.97


Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View

17,500 forces veterans and service personnel to benefit from £9m investment in new and improved NHS mental health services

NHS England is set to launch (April 1) a brand new mental health service which has been specially tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge.

The newly commissioned £9m service, known officially as the NHS transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service, will act as a front door to a range of mental health services across the health and care system for 17,500 people over the next three years.

Different levels of specialist treatment, support and healthcare experts will be available and on hand – ensuring those who proudly serve and put their lives on the line for their country, get the care they deserve, as quickly as possible – all of the time.

Read more at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2017/04/next-steps-on-the-nhs-five-year-forward-view-veterans/

MPs say major reform of social care funding needed

MPs say major reform of social care funding needed: The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its report into social care funding and found that this funding is now so inadequate that only the minimum care needed to get through the day was being provided by councils. Sue Bott, Deputy Chief Executive DR UK said “I welcome the findings of this report which will come as no surprise to disabled people who are living with the inadequacies of the social care system unable to lead full and active lives as equal citizens.  I hope that the Government and politicians from all political parties will finally take note.” Read more


Patient and public expert advisers needed for mental health advisory group

:NHS England is looking for people with lived experience of a mental health problem, their relatives, carers and members of the public who would like to become expert advisers on its Mental Health Independent Advisory and Oversight group.

The group will help NHS England to improve mental health services for people of all ages and in all parts of the country. Other members include representatives from the voluntary sector, NHS trusts, commissioners and professional bodies. The closing date for applications is midnight on 27 April 2017. Find out how to apply


House of Lords – follow up to the January debate

Update from the Neurological Alliance

‘In following up the House of Lords debate on the progress the government has “made in improving neurological services in England”, called by Baroness Gale, we have secured a meeting with Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, on 4 April. We also have a pre-meeting with Baroness Gale and will be briefing her and some of the other peers who spoke at the debate in advance of the 4 April meeting.  We will update on the outcome of the meeting with the Minister in our next newsletter.

For those who may have missed the debate, the transcript is available online, as is our

briefing note.’

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme

The Neurological Alliance has submitted a bid to join the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

The bid was submitted jointly with the Neurological Alliance pan neurology member, Sue Ryder. This is a new programme to enable the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England to work together with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to “drive transformation of health and care systems to promote equality and address health inequalities and help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing.” The outcome will be reported at end of March.