Patient and public involvement in health and social care has become a key element of government policy, and the need to listen and act on the views of patients and the public is an increasingly integral part of the planning and delivery of healthcare. This new edition has been completely revised and updated, providing practical information on the new responsibilities under clinical governance and Health Improvement Programmes, including useful website links and contact details. It offers clear and straightforward practical advice and provides an introduction to the new structures and processes being set up to enable patients and the public to be more influential in designing and delivering healthcare services. This book is essential reading for all healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and therapists, and those with management responsibilities, as well as policy shapers and patient organisations.
Achieving a meaningful dialogue with patient and the general public. Patients and public involvement in the new NHS. Working in groups, gauging public opinion, gaining consensus. Doing it right: boring but necessary. Choosing the right method for the right reasons. Giving patients and the public more information.