I was commissioned (see what I did there?!) to do two infographics for the launch of the ‘new’ NHS, one on NHS Commissioning and one on how the NHS is monitored or safeguarded. While I’m not sure whether they were used, and regardless of my political feelings on the matter, understanding the changes is going to […]Read more "NHS England"
You know how you can sometimes get lost in Wikipedia? Well, all I really wanted to do was satisfy my curiosity about who on earth the Whigs were, and it really just snowballed from there. I present for your delectation the no doubt Slightly Inaccurate and Inclined Toward Hyperbole history of the British Government. Witness the interchangeability of […]Read more "Infographic: the history of the British government"
Not the mean kind of hacking. The good kind. I’m going to go to my very first Hack Weekend in May 2012, and it’s all about hacking the NHS. The aim of a hack day is to find quick and dirty solutions to problems that technology can fully or partially solve. They don’t have to be finished, […]Read more "Hacking the NHS"
Lately, I’ve been working on helping our Heart Voices team at the British Heart Foundation develop flowcharts to explain the current state of the NHS, and the changes we’re expecting under the new legislation. We’ve also outlined the health services in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We want to encourage heart patients all over the UK […]Read more "Explaining the NHS"
Actually did this last week, but haven’t had time to breathe, let alone post since then! Basically, the Government has released it’s own plain English guide to their big Bill on local government and how they’d like to see it change. I’m glad there are people out there attempting this sort of thing, but unfortunately their version […]Read more "Plain English guide to the Localism Bill"
The way (not to mention if) our government works here in the UK can be something of a mystery. And for all that you can watch pretty much everything that goes on in there on Parliament TV (it’s riveting stuff, I tell you), how you can help change things isn’t always clear. So following on from How to have […]Read more "How the law gets changed"
There’s always a lot of talk about the welfare state and how it makes people not want to work — benefit scroungers, fraud, stories of people swindling the system out of huge amounts of cash, sitting at home eating cheeseburgers which honest hardworking folk like you and I have paid for fill the newspapers, everyday. But the truth […]Read more "Universal Credit — the new welfare reform"
The government has put out a paper on what they want the NHS to look like in the future. Here’s a summary of things you might like to know about what they’re claiming will happen, from a patient’s point of view. It will still be free! That’s not going to change. You’ll be able to have any GP you want. But […]Read more "The new NHS: a patient’s point of view"