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Help improve NHS 111 across North West London

The NHS in North West London are looking for people to join their 111 Patient Advisory Group, to work with them on improving the NHS 111 service, and integrating urgent care so it works better. You do not need experience in or for the NHS, and you will be fully supported by their trained team. …

CQC releases findings of national inpatient hospital survey

National survey shows some improvements in people’s hospital experiences but highlights concerns around discharge and inequalities for those with mental health conditions The majority of people who stayed as an inpatient in hospital were happy with the care they received, had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them and had a better overall experience, …

Become a member of the RCOG Women’s Network

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) Women’s Network is recruiting new lay members to serve a three year term beginning June 2018. The Network is a dynamic committee at the heart of the College’s work, ensuring the public perspective informs its activities. Membership of the Network is a substantial voluntary commitment, but a …

World Autism Awareness Week

In the week leading up to World Autism Day, March 26th to April 2nd is dedicated to raising money and awareness for people with autism.

Anyone can get involved this week:

  • Autism Speaks is asking people to wear blue in support of campaigning for autism awareness
  • Help fundraise
  • Get involved with campaigns to support work, benefits, education and health and social care of people with autism
  • Volunteer with the National Autistic Society or any local organisations in your area

To find out more on why it is important to dedicate a whole week to autism, visit Why we have World Autism Awareness Week

What is Autism?

As defined by the National Autistic Society,

“Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.”

More than 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with families and carers, autism is a part of the lives of 2.8 million people.

To find out more about Autism you can visit the NHS website.

Resources and Support Groups

For more information on autism and support groups in your local area, you can take a look at these resources for some help.

Autism Awareness Centre Resources

Autism Speaks Resources

Discussion forum for autistic people, their families and other wider networks to share thoughts and experiences.

Social and Support Groups in England

Social Steps is a relaxed and informal social group for adults (16+) with Asperger syndrome who live in either Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster or Hammersmith & Fulham, to come and relax, play games and socialise with one another.

The Autism Helpline provides confidential expert advice and support on all aspects of life with autism for autistic people, their families and friends.

About the National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading autism charity that aims to support people with autism, their families and friends to change society for the better for those on the autistic spectrum. With the support of their members, donors and volunteers, they provide information to help people with autism of all ages to be supported and appreciated.

Need to see a GP or nurse over the Easter holiday?

GP and nurse appointments are available over the Easter bank holiday weekend including Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. These extra appointments ensure that patients are seen in the right place, at the same time and close to home. Across North West London there are more than 6,000 extra appointments available a week. Appointments …

Diabetes App Trialled by North West London Patients

Patients living with Type 2 diabetes in North West London have seen significant improvements to their health thanks to new smartphone health apps. In partnership with Imperial College Health Partners, the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) offered more than 400 patients from 18 GP practices across North West London the opportunity …

Closed: Consultation on education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers

The General Pharmaceutical Council is consulting on the standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers.

Pharmacist independent prescribers are already playing a vital role in delivering high-quality care to people using the health services of Great Britain. To become an independent prescriber, pharmacists must complete education and training that gives them the necessary knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to successfully take on the role and provide safe and effective care.

Alongside an increase in the number of pharmacist independent prescribers, the prescribing role has developed significantly in recent years – often in direct response to government initiatives. In light of these changes, we are making improvements to the standards for training pharmacist independent prescribers to make sure courses are fir for purpose and that the learning outcomes in them are clearly focused on the current prescribing role.

To share your views on the proposed standard changes, take the survey. The consultation will be open until 6th June 2018

NHS delivers ‘all you need’ information booklet for new mums and families

The NHS in North West (NW) London are handing out a new information booklet ‘After your baby’s birth’ to women when they leave hospital after giving birth. The booklet, which has been welcomed and supported by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), was developed following feedback from mums, midwives, and maternity specialists that the information currently …