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Bite-sized films, easy to understand, easy to watch.

Bite-sized films, easy to understand, easy to watch, easy to access.

World class patient education

The Sound Doctor has a library of around 300 films aimed at encouraging effective self-management. 

The films are short and easy to understand but crucially they form a structured and coherent approach to education about long-term conditions which is unique.

Use The Sound Doctor as part of your self-management toolkit.

 

Why use it? Because it works!

Evaluations have shown the films to be highly effective in changing behaviour.

Users find The Sound Doctor films easy to use, easy to understand and highly effective as part of their treatment.

They also report that it reduces visits to their GP and hospital admissions.

“The quality of the product is, in my experience, unmatched anywhere in the world.”
Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor Public Health England
 

No hassle, no fuss

  • Easy to use in multiple digital formats
  • No logging in!
  • Easy access via a unique text or email link
  • Regular updates on useage in your area
  • Use our own portal or embed material in yours
  • Use as part of other digital solutions in your area
  • Immediate access to films

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Who's it for?

The Sound Doctor offers a solution for any public or private body with responsibility for maintaining and improving health and well-being.


CCGs and STPs can benefit by offering the material free to all patients registered within their area giving practice nurses and GPs more time to devote to other patients or to other tasks.

Hospitals can benefit by distributing tailored material on admission and/or discharge leading to a reduction in re-admissions and more effective recovery from illness.

Local Authorities can improve their public health impact by embedding material in their own websites and/or sharing material with their local CCGs or STP.

Employers can benefit by keeping their staff healthy and in work, reducing absences.

Health insurers can benefit through reduced claims and better engagement with policyholders leading to improved retention rates.

 

How can you benefit?

Healthcare professionals are busy people. We make it easy for you to deliver information to your patients when you don't have the time.


Our aims are:

1. To free up clinical staff by giving them a tool that can reach and help people 24/7, reducing the need for face-to-face contact and improving the contacts that do take place.

2. To reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and re-admissions by equipping people to self-manage effectively, reducing the likelihood of flare-ups and complications.

3. To reduce the pressure on social care by helping people to live independently for longer.

 

Benefits for users

By offering people with long-term conditions a comprehensive and structured programme of education we improve people’s knowledge of their conditions and help them make the right lifestyle changes.

  • A lifelong companion
  • 20 – 60 short films on each condition
  • A mix of interviews, lively graphics and animations
  • Motivational, practical and reassuring in tone
  • Authoritative and exceptionally well-reviewed by both experts and users
  • Adheres to NICE guidelines and regularly updated
  • Shown to change behaviour

     

Does it work?

The Sound Doctor has been shown to improve knowledge and confidence and change self-management behaviour. Two evaluations have shown:

 
  • 96% understood their condition better
  • 98% learned new information about their condition
  • 96% felt more confident about managing their condition effectively
  • 88% had a better understanding of their medicines (10% not applicable)
  • 72% have become more physically active
  • 96% felt more confident about what to do when their condition gets worse
  • 93% have changed their self-management technique
  • 93% reported fewer visits to their GP practice
  • 62% reported fewer admissions to hospital
  • 99% found The Sound Doctor a useful addition to their healthcare

* Survey of 121 long-term users in Leicestershire

 

Why we’re different

Unlike all other video information

At The Sound Doctor we don’t produce dozens of ad hoc films covering subjects thinly and cheaply. We provide a structured journey through each condition.

We interview real clinicians and real patients to deliver the most important information.

We don’t just use local clinicians, we don’t just use senior clinicians. We trawl the UK to find the clinicians who communicate most clearly and effectively.

Our background in national radio and television has taught us how to tell a story simply and effectively with imaginative treatments, animations and graphics.

We don’t just ask questions and record the answers. We research each subject thoroughly and harvest the answers.

We don’t just offer a couple of films which may or may not be relevant. We offer courses of up to sixty films that are as relevant to people who’ve had a condition for ten years as they are to the newly-diagnosed.

We’re exceptionally well-reviewed by healthcare professionals and third sector organisations.

Dementia

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Our aim is to help people with dementia live independently for longer, reducing the strain on carers and the care system. A comprehensive library of 40 films (produced with Newcastle Institute for Ageing) that will improve understanding and coping strategies. These practical films will benefit professional staff as well as family carers.

COPD

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The Sound Doctor library of films on COPD is focused on preventing exacerbations, improving medicines management and inhaler techniques and reducing the number of hospital admissions and re-admissions. More than sixty films provide a step-by-step guide to living well with COPD.

Diabetes

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The Sound Doctor library of films on diabetes enables people to understand and delay or prevent the complications of diabetes by making better lifestyle choices and understanding their medication better. These sixty films provide the basis on which to live well with diabetes and maintain good control.

Heart Failure

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The Sound Doctor library of films on heart failure (produced in collaboration with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital Trust) give people all the information they need to understand and live well with heart failure. Reassuring stories from people living with the conditions help give people confidence to manage the condition.

Back Pain

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The Sound Doctor library of films on back pain aims to prevent acute back pain becoming chronic, speeding up return to, and reducing absence from, work. The series also focuses on self-management techniques that will prevent back pain occurring in the first places. Includes simple exercises to strengthen your back.

Weight Loss Surgery

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The Sound Doctor library of films on bariatric surgery offers a step by step guide to help people make the right choice about surgery. These films will improve outcomes by helping people decide whether they are suitable for surgery, preparing them for it and explaining the likely impact on their lives afterwards.

Lifestyle Choices

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The Sound Doctor collection of short, stylised animations explains how making simple lifestyle choices can improve quality of life and prevent ill health. Beautifully drawn and engaging to watch, they nudge people into becoming more active and eating more healthily. These are silent movies which can be used effectively on public screens.

 

 

For all enquiries, please email: info@thesounddoctor.org or telephone: +44 1285 850 887