Armchair Involvement


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Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Facebook Page
Project Description:
As the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals moved towards becoming a Foundation Trust, a recruitment drive for members got underway. The recruitment drive used the social networking site, Facebook, as one of the ways it set out to reach and involve new people. The Facebook page features information about the Trust, highlighting opportunities to take part.

Once people have registered as members of the Facebook group, they are kept up to date about opportunities to have their say in the way that the Trust is developed and delivered. Members can receive messages and updates directly to their facebook account as well as invitations to relevant events and meetings.

Photos are featured on the page to give the information more visual appeal, and a number of links are featured to other useful resources. There is also the facility for group members to post comments directly onto the page.

http://www.facebook.com

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Commissioning Handbook wiki
Project Description:
A group of information professionals in the NHS are developing a handbook on commissioning. The resource is located on a wiki and open for anyone to access and comment on. It is felt that by pooling resources and links, librarians will be better able to understand how to provide information on commissioning to NHS staff. The wiki is a tool which allows users to collaborate on a document.

http://commissioning.pbwiki.com/

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Community Fix : Local surroundings
Project Description:
This website is an interactive and collaborative tool to help people have greater control over their local surroundings. The site uses a web mapping service to allow users to select their area and pin-point a problem that needs to be fixed. The aim of the site is to promote a partnership between communities and statutory services such as their local council and police. Residents report things which might impact on the safety and cleanliness of their area, such as vandalism, fly tipping and abandoned vehicles. Community fix will then send a direct message to the relevant service with an exact location of the problem.

The model used by the service could be adapted for various healthcare involvement needs.

http://www.communityfix.co.uk/

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Emotional First Aid training, use of DVD
Project Description:
The Emotional First Aid training course is designed for practitioners who come into contact with young people who may need to spot the signs of emotional stress in a youngster.
The course includes a DVD featuring writing, poetry and artwork by young people.
Emotional First Aid

Added: Wednesday 23 September 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Engaging Carers through Skype
Project Description:
This is a joint initiative between Surrey County Council, Action for Carers and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The project aims to engage carers through using Skype, an online telephone service. A pilot meeting for cares took place in the evening, it was felt that through Skype, carers could participate from their own homes, as the nature of caring for someone means it can be difficult to leave the house to attend traditional face to face meetings. The structure of the meeting needed to be fairly rigid, a chair had to indicate a person’s turn to speak so as not to cause confusion and to avoid everybody talking at the same time. It is envisaged that the group’s feedback will be used alongside the responses from traditional meetings and influence the Carers Charter/ Strategy. The group is also looking into setting up a space on Facebook.

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Florid : Information on mental health
Project Description:
This is a website funded by East London NHS Foundation Trust but full editorial control is owned by a group of mental health service users. The site provides an educational yet informal platform for service users and carers. Visitors to the site can download factsheets on many issues such as mental health law, treatments and the benefit system. There is a wealth of information on the site and it is presented in an accessible and friendly way. Users are also able to share information, support and jokes via an online forum. http://www.florid.org.uk

Added: Thursday 24 September 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Great Yarmouth and Waverley PCT RSS Feed
Project Description:
This PCT’s website, like many others has an RSS feed that members of the public can subscribe to keep up to date with the latest PCT news, including opportunities to get involved. RSS feeds mean that people do not have to keep checking a website they are interested in, as the updates go straight to them via a “feedreader” such as Netvibes or Google Reader which can be set as a home page or on your desktop.

For a list of RSS readers see: http://blogspace.com/rss/readers

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Gurgle
Project Description:
Similar to netmums (see netmums case study for more info) but run by a private retailer, this popular website run by mothercare provides a social platform for mothers and families to interact with one another, provide mutual support and guidance and comment on policy.

The site is also used as an information source, with articles offering advice on childcare and the opportunity for members to comment.

See: www.gurgle.co.uk

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
Health talk online www.healthtalkonline.org
Project Description:
This website provides a way of sharing people’s experiences of health management and illness through using short videos. The information is powerful as it comes first hand from those with experience of a variety of different health issues. The information, videos and transcripts are grouped by subject matter relating to types of health concern, illness or condition. People can then watch, listen to and read the stories of other people who have experience of living with a variety of different health related issues.

The website is hosted by the Dipex research group at the University of Oxford who carry out interviews with patients, carers and families about their experiences of health and illness. The website also includes messages from the public to policy makers and health professionals. The sister website http://www.youthhealthtalk.org provides health information and videos for young people, about young people.

Added: Tuesday 16 June 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement
I want Great Care
Project Description:
I Want Great Care is a website run independently of the NHS. Users can search for doctors and nursing homes by location and also search and submit reviews of their local care services.
Users are also able to post and search reviews of medicines.
I want great care

Added: Wednesday 23 September 2009
Status: Complete
Category: Armchair Involvement

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Armchair Involvement Guide 2009