How have public attitudes to the NHS changed over the past three decades?

The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey began in 1983 and through this the British public has shared its views on the NHS, this covers almost half of the NHS’s 70-year history. The Kings Fund has published a piece looking at how attitudes have changed over this time period. On the whole, the belief that the NHS should be available to all and free at the point of use has remained the same. However, there has been some differences in how satisfied the public are with the NHS over the same period.

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Long awaited merger pushed to April 2019

Long awaited merger pushed to April 2019

Local NHS leaders have amended the estimated finish date of a long awaited merger in the South West, which they say will make it easier to achieve major service reconfiguration.

Commissioners in Dorset are anticipating Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital FT will merge by April next year, according to the latest governing body papers of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

To read the article by Nick Carding, contact the library and request the HSJ user name and password,


then click here for the full article  HSJ

Education and training survey

Education and training survey

Health Education England’s Technology Enhanced Learning team has launched a survey to discover the views of NHS staff on education and training, The survey aims to find out how staff currently learn, preferences for future learning and the role that technology and digital may play in enhancing learning. The survey closes on 30 September 2017.


Health Information Week 3rd – 9th July #HIW2017

During Health Information Week, events are taking place across the country to encourage patients and the public to find and use good quality health information.  The NHS East Dorset Library and Knowledge Services Team have got involved in several ways.

We have held a team training event to consider how we can signpost good quality health information to members of the public.  We have produced some publicity materials including a Guide to Finding Good Quality Health Information on the Internet and a Guide to Using NHS Choices which we have shared with our colleagues in public libraries across Dorset; Bournemouth and Poole College; local school libraries and the library at Bournemouth University as well as with the Patient Experience Teams at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

To spread the word more widely we are popping up at various locations throughout the week including the Atrium at Royal Bournemouth Hospital on Tuesday 4th July, The Dome at Poole Hospital on the 5th July and the Outpatient Waiting area at Christchurch Hospital on the 5th July.  If you would like us to visit your department please get in touch.

Find out more about Health Information Week.

National Apprenticeship Week 6 – 10 March 2017

This year is the 10th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Week.

The library team will be supporting the event at Poole Hospital on the 7th of March 2017.



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