Feb 2008, Issue 4
Welcome to the fourth edition of our quarterly eNewsletter. In this, you can find out about the work we've been doing over the past few months.
It's okay to ask! launch
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, has unveiled a new leaflet for patients called 'It's okay to ask!'
The leaflet contains a series of useful tips and questions a patient can ask during an appointment with a doctor or nurse, allowing patients to play an active part in their care and treatment.
We played a key role in the development of this leaflet, and its usefulness was tested in a pilot study in which 200 members of the public took part. The findings from the pilot were extremely positive, indicating that the leaflet reassured people that it is okay to ask questions during health care consultations.
The 'It's okay to ask!' leaflet will be made available from GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals across Scotland over the next few weeks, and you'll also be able to download it from our website.>> Back to the top
DVD to be developed
There are many people in Scotland for whom English is a second language. This includes:
In some of these communities, particularly among older members of the black and ethnic minority community, there are also low levels of literacy in their own languages. For this reason, it has been suggested that it would be particularly useful to develop information resources about NHS services in an audio-visual format.
It is hoped that the DVD will be used in community settings and by health promotion workers to encourage access to, and appropriate use of, NHS services. We are setting up a small steering group to advise on this piece of work. The resulting DVD will be suitable for use throughout Scotland. We hope to have a product ready for use by the end of March 2009.
If you would like to know more about this project, or have a suggestion for a snappy title(!), please contact Liz Macdonald.>> Back to the top
New dental leaflet launched!
A new leaflet which explains how to register, and stay registered, with a dentist providing NHS services has been launched this month. The leaflet 'Registering with a dentist for NHS treatment' was produced by the Scottish Government with our help, and is currently being made available to NHS boards across Scotland.
This is the third in a series of leaflets that we have worked on with the Scottish Government to describe changes to primary care services across the NHS in Scotland. The other leaflets give information about the NHS minor ailment service, which is available from community pharmacies, and free NHS eye examinations, which are available in Scotland to UK residents.
All three leaflets are available to download from the patient information section of our website. We also hope you’ll find printed copies in your local pharmacy, optician, and dental surgery.>> Back to the top
Update: entitlements work
Following on from a request by the Scottish Government, we have been working on a series of leaflets to explain the circumstances under which particular groups of overseas visitors are entitled to NHS care in Scotland.
The Scottish Government recently revised their 'Overseas Visitors Shortened Guidance' - this includes a number of changes to the regulations, and we are updating our draft leaflets accordingly. Once we've done this, and the leaflets have been checked for legal accuracy, we will be asking relevant stakeholders for their views on the content. We will follow this with a series of focus groups to get feedback from members of the public.
Have your say!
You may remember that we've been working on a leaflet for young people, encouraging them to speak out about the health care they've received from the NHS.
Over the past few weeks, we've carried out a consultation with relevant stakeholders on an initial draft of the leaflet, which is provisionally called 'Have your say!'. The majority of people we've spoken to have been positive about its content and layout. Once we have considered all the comments in depth and made any necessary changes, the next step will be to take this out for consultation with young people.
We've commissioned an experienced research consultant to carry out a series of focus groups with young people on the content, language and tone of the leaflet. And we're working with our designer and illustrator to design the draft leaflet in line with our other information for young people, so that we can also get some feedback on the layout and illustrations. We hope to begin the consultation in late March, and should receive the report on the findings from the focus groups in early May.
Watch this space for further news on this...>> Back to the top
New work plan announced
Want to know more about our planned work for the current year?
You can download our work plan for this year (2008-2009). This sets out the work we have started or plan to get started within the year, gives our reason for doing the work, what the target outputs are, and when we hope to deliver.
We are always happy to consider suggestions for other work we could take on. Please contact us with any ideas you have.>> Back to the top
All change at HRIS!
Sarah is going on maternity leave on 14 March - we wish her all the very best in her new role as a mum. We're delighted to welcome Matthew Johnston as Sarah's replacement for the next 12 months - Matthew will be joining us on 10 March.
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