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Partnership for Patients Programme

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the Partnership for Patients Programme; and if he will make a statement. (245738)

National health service primary care trusts are working with local libraries as part of the Partnership for Patients Programme to help support patients in using information to make their choices when they are referred to hospital. Following successful pilots, librarians are now being trained, via e-learning, as information providers who can help patients access choice information from NHS Choices and make their hospital booking through Choose and Book.

The Partnership for Patients Programme is one of the levers the Department recommends primary care trusts use to make their local population aware of the range of choices open to them, currently around 500 of a possible 3,044 public libraries are currently offering this support. The 10 national health service strategic health authorities are now leading the implementation of the library project at a local level.