News from National Voices

Ask 3 Questions is a new campaign to help patients and service users get the right support they need to make decisions about their health and care.

Ask 3 Questions is launched today by AQuA, the quality improvement partnership and based on research from Cardiff University and the Health Foundation.

Patients will be encouraged to ask the following three key questions when they are asked to make a decision about their healthcare:
1. What are my options?
2. What are the pros and cons of each option for me?

At the end of our lives need the right care. This new toolkit will help.

It was developed by The National Council for Palliative Care with help from National Voices, Regional Voices and the National End of Life Care Programme....

National Voices has signed up to a statement of support for the revalidation of doctors, welcoming the additional assurance it will provide patients about the doctors who treat them. Many patients believe this happens already and are surprised to learn that this is not yet the case across the UK.

National Voices signed the statement along side the National Association of LINks Members, AvMA, Lay/Patient Reps-Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NAPP and the Patients' Association. 

The Care and Support White Paper has been published. Here is the news release of the Care and Support Alliance, of which National Voices is a member....

National Voices welcomes parts of the draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board but says it must be strengthened to deliver on: ‘no decision about me without me’ – the patient involvement mantra that has been adopted by the government.

The leading coalition of patient organisations says the mandate is good on some important issues such as joined-up care and mental health. National Voices is also pleased that the draft is shaping into a clear document which will help the public to understand the aims of the Commissioning Board.