Minervation

Evidence based healthcare consultancy

Minervation launches National Elf Service for mental health

Join-the-elvesToday we are announcing the launch of our National Elf Service, designed to help busy health and social care professionals easily stay up to date with today’s huge volumes of significant research developments in their fields, improve their knowledge, and reduce error. For entry-level users, the service is free.

The National Elf Service is the brainchild of our Founders André Tomlin and Douglas Badenoch, humorously branded with the idea of Elves who ‘dig and delve’ (1).  This service, where basic membership is free to users, is designed to benefit practitioners and patients alike by providing user-friendly updates on the most significant new evidence selected from today’s avalanche of high quality research.

Health and social care professionals are inundated with new evidence.  They can’t keep up to date, yet they are required to for professional development and audit purposes.

The National Elf Service tackles this problem in a unique way. Created by professionals for professionals, it summarises high quality new evidence that is relevant to practice using industry-standard appraisal criteria and an accessible and user-friendly front-end.

The service also features open and transparent discussion of the evidence, bringing together clinicians, patients and researchers.  And users can track their learning as they engage with the evidence using the service’s curated content and continuing professional development tools.

No other service works in this way.  The mantra is:

  • No bias
  • No misinformation
  • No spin
  • Just what you need!

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Today is International Clinical Trials Day! What better day to sign the #AllTrials petition?

Ben-quote-alltrialsInternational Clinical Trials Day is on Tuesday May 20th but half of all clinical trials have never been published and some have not even been registered.

Help the AllTrials.net petition get to 100,000 signatures by International Clinical Trials Day and end the era of secrecy.

Hundreds of thousands of people participated in these trials. If action is not taken urgently, information on what was done and what was found in trials could be lost forever, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine and trials being repeated unnecessarily.

Sign and share the petition at AllTrials.net.
Tweet #AllTrials.

Find high quality health apps at myhealthapps.net

shutterstock_98943296Anyone who has spent any time browsing the Apple App Store or the Android Apps on Google Play will be familiar with the problems that face people looking for health or medical apps:

  • There are thousands of apps and most of them are poor quality
  • There are no recommendations from trusted individuals or organisations
  • It’s hard to find what you want amongst all of the sex therapy, yoga and diet fad apps!

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Look After Your Eyes wins award

Cool kidLook After Your Eyes, the consumer-facing website we designed and built last year for the College of Optometrists, has been named website of the year by MemCom, an industry body for membership marketing professionals.

The site was produced for members of the public who are interested in their eyes and eye health, and provides information on how the eye works, eye conditions, how to care for eyes and the role of the optometrist. The site also encourages the public to find their local optometrist using a postcode search feature.

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Quality Practice: a new national federation of the UK’s best General Practices

QP_logoThe primary care landscape has changed beyond all recognition over the last few years. Running a successful general practice requires not just excellent clinical practice skills, but increasingly high quality commissioning, business development, workforce and organisational development skills.

Quality Practice is a new national federation of high quality practices whose members are drawn from the UK’s best General Practices.

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