As Help Me Investigate starts to plan new investigations in 2014, it’s a good time to look back at what we’ve been up to over the last year across the four sites (not including this blog). It’s easy to forget how much you do in a year – thanks to the many contributors who made everything below happen. As always, we’ve learned a lot and hit the new year wiser. HMI Health
kicked off the year by organising an Help Me Investigate Health event on reporting the new health system with the BBC College of Journalism . In April we took part in and reported on a masterclass on health reporting organised by the National Union of Journalists and in May we spoke at and liveblogged a Medical Journalists Association event on the reorganised NHS.
HMI Health editor
Tom Warren and HMI Education editor Matt Burgess worked with the Health Service Journal to compile a list of FOI emails for clinical commissioning groups – the new bodies controlling health spending.
And we scraped the data that helped Scotland’s
Sunday Post report on councils abandoning elderly people because they couldn’t afford the care at home and a 7% increase in absenteeism in Scottish authorities.
We also reported on
Barnet, Enfield and Hillingdon referring fewer than 4% of depressed patients, NHS Merseyside spending £65,000 on re-hiring staff who worked for its predecessor, and the worst times to go to A&E in the Midlands. Continue reading
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Over on Help Me Investigate Health, we’ve published
a list of – the new bodies controlling local health spending in England. Freedom of Information emails for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
The list was compiled two months ago for
by Health Service Journal Tom Warren and Matt Burgess, shortly after the new bodies took control, but is only now being published by HMI.
As part of the process, Matt and Tom also compiled a
spreadsheet of CCG websites and FOI webpages.
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Over on Help Me Investigate Health,
Tom Warren has written a guide to using the Freedom of Informatio n tool WhatDoTheyKnow. Key tips include:
Consider sending an FOI directly to the authority if you want to keep it private – but also remember that doing so publicly can be a great way to find contacts and ideas You can use the site to
find out an authority’s FOI email address Use
advanced search techniques in Google to search just that site
Read the post in full here.