Angela Rylands, Patient Centred Outcome Consultant at pH Associates Ltd (An OPEN Health company) recently attended the NICE Conference 2017 in Liverpool, UK. Here Angela gives us her thoughts and key take-away message from the event.
The big bold message that struck me during the NICE 2017 conference in UK, Liverpool was "power is moving to the patient". In the opening session, the conference tag line: "Innovation Access Transformation" flashed in front of the audience, setting the scene for the meeting sessions to follow. NICE, true to form (as one of the first organisations to actively engage with patients) is setting standards for transforming healthcare delivery in the most patient-centred way possible.
"We need to 'harness' that power", we were told by NICE, who provided examples of how they are listening to patients, searching for innovative ways of incorporating the patient voice. We heard about how patients are paving the way for transforming healthcare delivery. At a recent Nesta Health Lab (May 2017) the ‘Future of People Powered Health’ event in central London, communities of patients came together, all with the aim of driving change in clinical research. They report to have access to a pool of 83 million patients for observational studies; an invaluable resource that should be harnessed by NICE and others. Another excellent example of putting patients at the centre of healthcare, is the Greater Manchester NHS Trust. During the conference, the Trust showcased several case examples of how they are proactively involving patients in their service design. These models of patient-centricity offer working examples of how patients are taking charge of their own health care.