Simon Williams, for ten years a key figure at top campaigning body the Patients Association, has just announced the launch of a new venture that will take patient and health services communication to a new level.
Together4Health will offer a range of intelligent solutions to help the healthcare industry meet the needs of patients and carers. The organisation will work with patients, Primary Care Trusts, the healthcare industry, employees and employers to bring together knowledge and understanding across the board. 'By improving understanding, we can help to improve services, products and perceptions,' said Simon this week.
Of his time at the Patients Association – for the last four years he was policy director – Simon said: 'I'm proud to have been associated with the PA, and enjoyed my time there immensely. It was a rewarding role to have taken, and I hope that all the experience and knowledge I gained while I was there will benefit patients on a new level with this new organisation.'
How Together4Health will work:
• It will organise tightly focused seminars and forums to generate debate between opinion leaders, decision makers, the deliverers of products and services, and the end users. Small and exclusive, or wide-ranging and open – always tailored to achieving informed and decisive debate. The company will soon announce its seminar programme for 2006/7.
• The organisation will also work with PCTs to take statutory engagement and consultation with local populations beyond duty and into a process where better information means better outcomes from better decisions. Simon added: 'We use key communication and research techniques, to develop a full range of tools for PCTs to use in engaging effectively with their public'
• Together4Health will offer support to employers in organisations of all sizes, to promote practical measures that enhance health and wellbeing at work, as research has shown that a happy, healthy workforce is more loyal and more productive. Communication, interaction, and innovative programmes – so much more effective than a 'how to stop smoking' poster.
• Together4Health will provide expert research among the end users of healthcare, finding out their needs, how THEY see their health and health issues. The healthcare landscape is changing all the time; the patient's and carer's voice is better informed and louder than it used to be.
Together4 Health will offer intelligent solutions to help the healthcare industry meet those needs and develop relationships.