Making the most of WhatDoTheyKnow

The Independent recently got a great story from citizen FOI website about MPs running tabs in the bars at parliament. It just goes to show what a great resource is. If you haven’t used it yet, have a … Continue reading

Richard Vize on CCGs – notes from #reportinghealth

Carol Miers wrote up her notes on the speech by health expert Richard Vize at Help Me Investigate Health’s #reportinghealth event – we’ve reproduced them below with permission: “GPs tend to be self employed business people, they hate NHS bureaucracy and hate … Continue reading

Event – NUJ: Reporting on our health services

The NUJ is hosting an event on April 11 “for a practical, informative and interactive session on reporting on our health services.” Alongside myself representing Help Me Investigate, a panel of much more interesting speakers includes: BBC health correspondent Branwen Jeffreys … Continue reading

Liveblog and audio from #Reportinghealth event

Yesterday Help Me Investigate Health hosted an event: ‘GPs in Control? Reporting the New Health System‘. You can catch up on the talks through a liveblog by Duarte Romero. Audio clips of the opening talks by Richard Vize and Darren … Continue reading

NHS plans for offender commissioning outlined

As part of the restructuring of the health service, the NHS Commissioning Board (CB) will have national responsibility for healthcare in secure environments. These include: 120 prisons 16 Secure Children’s Homes 4 Secure Training Centres 12 Immigration Removal Centres Police Custody … Continue reading

NHS publishes list of commissioning support groups

The NHS Commissioning Board has published a complete list of Commissioning Support Units (CSUs). CSUs will support medical staff running CCGs whilst they acquire the business skills necessary to work independently as commissioners. The list is now final after the … Continue reading

Barnet, Enfield and Hillingdon refer less than 4% of depressed patients

Enfield, Barnet and Hillingdon PCT’s are the least likely primary care trusts to refer patients diagnosed with depression for therapy, a study has found. The findings comes in a report published by the London Civic Forum who compared how many … Continue reading

Link: Tips on getting started in data-driven health reporting have pulled together a list of tips from me on working with health data. It’s the third part in a series which has so far included: How the BMJ approaches investigative reporting How open data can be used to … Continue reading

NHS publishes social media guidance

NHS Employers, the health service’s human resources group, has published advice to managers encouraging staff use of social media. The publication acknowledges the pressures on human resources staff to control negative online coverage – but concludes that an “active and … Continue reading

Find out who will control your local NHS with this Map of CCG’s in England

Cross-posted from CCG Latest News: Find out about your local commissioning group by looking at this Map of CCG’s in England.   If you have information about a CCG’s budget, chairman or website then please feel free to leave it … Continue reading