I’ve been having increasing difficulty making sense of the NHS Citizen project as I’ve followed it over the last year and a half, and I’ve been putting off reviewing the enormous and labyrinthine “microsite” that it has published to mark the end of its design phase. So today I’m just going to jump in and see what thoughts occur.
The NHS Citizen project is nearing the end of its design phase, and on February 24th it published a discussion paper on technology platforms and standards, inviting comments. In this post I’ve mostly worked through the discussion paper randomly nit-picking as I go, so unfortunately the result probably isn’t very coherent or readable on its own.
On February 12th I attended a public event in Worcester entitled Self-Help not Self-Harm. As usual for Worcestershire’s events, it was well organized and well attended by both the public and professionals of all kinds.
February 5th, it seems, was Time to Talk Day — part of the long-running Time to Change campaign led by mental health charities Mind and Rethink. The idea of the day was that everyone should take 5 minutes to have a conversation about mental health.
On January 23rd the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) published its latest monthly data on NHS Sickness Absence Rates, covering the period up to September 2014. This provided an opportunity for me to update my previous analysis of sickness absence in the 2gether Trust.
Back in October 2014, an audacious NHS initiative was launched at a meeting in Exeter, aiming:
“to reduce suicide to zero across the south west by October 2018”
Although I wasn’t at the meeting, it’s aim appears to be covered by the old saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” I’ve been wondering why anyone would support such a too-good-to-be-true cause, let alone allocate scarce NHS funding to it. The reasons turn out to be complicated.