Our blogs highlight the voices of people working across the health and social care sector, talking about a range of timely issues.
In recognition of Sign Language Week, set up to commemorate the first time British Sign Language was acknowledged as a language on 18 March 2003, SignHealth highlights the importance of why we need to do more to achieve health equity for deaf people on its 20th anniversary.
Dr Iain Hartnell
More women are affected by dementia than men. Worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1. Here we discuss the science behind why this might be.
Birthrights champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights. International Women’s Day 2023 falls on Birthrights’ 10th anniversary. Ten years ago, our founders were determined to address the lack of awareness of women and birthing people’s rights through pregnancy and childbirth.
Hazel Acland, Founder and Co-Director of The Nest Southwest CIC, explores why International Women’s Day is important for their community. She highlights the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women whilst equally acknowledging the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the many challenges that women still face, discussing steps The Nest are taking to overcome stigma and shame surrounding menstruation.
Stewart O'Callaghan (they/them)
Best for My Chest is an inclusive cancer screening campaign delivered by OUTpatients in partnership with the NHS North East London Cancer Alliance. By embracing co-production, it is able to bring something new to the cancer space for both patients and professionals.
If you were a victim of crime, what would you do?
For many people, that answer might be going to the police, and placing their trust in our criminal justice system. They might reach out to their support networks, lean on friends and family, and hope that the harms they’ve faced will be righted.
But what if the police refuse to help you?
Our Time launches an online training course to support professionals in understanding how parental mental illness impacts children’s development, learning skills and strategies to help these young people.
Last month Patient Safety Learning published an independent report written by risk expert Tim Edwards. The report highlights serious and widespread safety concerns around the misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism.
In this blog, Patient Safety Learning’s Chief Executive Helen Hughes discusses how the charity is now working with Tim to raise awareness of his findings and to help improve pulmonary embolism outcomes.
Sophie Randall and Dr Alice Wood
1 million people in the UK cannot speak English well. They have less ‘good’ health than English speakers. Yet translated health information is largely absent from strategies to tackle health inequality. NHS.uk and the NHS App are provided in English only. PIF’s new guidance on health information translation calls for a new approach.
We know that mental health and homelessness are complexly linked, that’s why we worked with #HealthNow peers from across Newcastle, Birmingham and Greater Manchester to explore barriers to accessing mental healthcare for people who are homeless.