The Health Foundation is an independent charity whose target is to improve healthcare provision across the UK.
It does this by running programmes that aim to test new ideas in delivering better health care, by conducting research, providing resource centres, encouraging the implementation of better practice and providing a research scan database with relevant current studies promoting global health quality.
At first glance, the homepage is somewhat ‘busy’, but this is reflected in the amount of subject matter that is on offer.
The rest of the site is easier to navigate with drop down tabs for each subsection being clearly defined. There is also ample use of multimedia resources.
The programmes and research section has a list of completed and ongoing work that the Foundation is involved with, each with its own brief synopsis of the aims of the particular study.
The Foundation does provide a wealth of information on how to improve healthcare provision both on an individual basis and at regional or national levels.
The learning and networks subsection offers resources on how to implement self management support programmes and involve patients more effectively in shared decision making.
This website is a useful tool for anyone who is interested in improving healthcare provision and would also be beneficial for any senior trainees about to embark upon Consultant interviews.
The National Obesity Observatory is an interesting website dedicated to being a single point authoritative source providing current and evidence based information pertaining to obesity and obesity related illnesses.
It is a colourful, relevant and easy to navigate website provided by a non-profit NHS Public Health organisation whose aim is to highlight the importance of obesity in the health of children and adults across the nation, working in partnership with the Obesity Learning Centre.
The home page offers a short informative video, clearly stating the aims and objectives of the organisation.
The key information it supplies is easily accessible in varying pictoral forms, including slide-sets, data maps, factsheets, newsletters and interactive ‘E-atlases’.
The data provided includes the prevalence of obesity across varying demographics in England and also the prevalence of other obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension and the incidence of colorectal cancer.
There are also useful data about obesity and the percentage of the population who engage in physical activity, the various ethnic groups within a given population and the percentage of green space in a given local authority or primary care trust.
The site also has a comprehensive, well organised section regarding maternal health relating to obesity, complete with links to essential guidance for any MRCOG candidate – including joint CMACE/RCOG, UKOSS and NICE clinical guidelines.
It is unfortunate that the data sets provided do not include the whole of the UK.
This website could be an essential tool in educating the public and aiding the obstetric profession when planning healthcare needs of the future with the increasing role that obesity is playing in our working lives.
The Donor Conception Network Website is the shop window for a support network of 1600 UK families with children born conceived from donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering donor conception and donor conceived people.
The home page of the website is a good balance between not being clinical or commercial. The subject area is serious and covers a wide group of people from solo mums, same sex couples, friends and family to heterosexual couples. The home section has an up to date news area on the right hand side which is useful and current. It is a busy, practical, relevant and easy to navigate website provided by a non-profit based charity. There are sections open to non-members and other sections for members only where a password is required.
The crucial information it supplies is easily accessible in varying forms, including a library, useful links, personal stories, events/workshops and professionals.
When couples consider using donation to create a family, it is usually after many failed attempts of fertility treatment using their own eggs or sperm. The charity promotes openness in terms of telling a prospective child the truth about their origins and has a number of self-help guides as useful resources. This is an important website for couples in the category of considering donation. The website brings reality and a sense of the critical importance to this family building option. For many couples, the use of donated eggs, sperm or embryos may be seen as another part of a long medical journey to have a longed for baby. However, this website makes them sit and up think about the reality of donation and the important ethical and moral issues for the prospective child. In particular the section on the ‘letter leaflets’ which helps would-be parents come to a decision about donor conception. The section for professionals highlights the importance of understanding the issues about donation for clinicians, embryologists and others in this field. It also highlights the potential influence they have on the many couples and individuals they come across when undergoing fertility procedures.
Couples who are considering family building with donated gametes need to have “implications counselling” (HFEA requirement) and this site is a must read for them before they undergo counselling.
This website has recently been relaunched and will continue to be updated with new content over the coming months.