About the Map
- Who can use the Map?
- What costs and resources are involved?
- What support is available?
- What if we have Pathways already?
- What if our practice is different?
- Can I see pathways developed by other healthcare communities?
- Is the Map available in other languages?
- Removing NHS resources from the Map of Medicine
- How can I get more information?
The Map is licensed to healthcare communities. A healthcare community includes the broadest possible range of care providers. It should cover all settings, primary and secondary, in a region. If required, Map of Medicine can advise individual providers on assembling a healthcare community.
If your community is not yet licensed to use the Map, or you are a member of the public, you can access Map of Medicine Healthguides on NHS Choices.
There is an annual licensing fee for a healthcare community. You will also need to allow for human resource, training and technical set-up. The online and intuitive nature of the Map mean technical requirements are minimal. The biggest commitment will be the people and time required to locally adapt care maps, raise awareness and ensure usage of the Map in your healthcare community.
Along with technical support, Map of Medicine can provide a comprehensive implementation programme. The Map works alongside communities throughout the adoption process to ensure engagement and involvement at all levels.
Healthcare communities with existing pathways can benefit in several ways:
- Map of Medicine care maps are evidence-based, practice-informed and cognisant of national policy. Our maps are kept up to date through regular information scanning.
- The Map provides a robust and convenient way of delivering existing maps, one that is easily accessed and very easily used – and therefore more likely to be referred to – by everyone in your healthcare community.
If practice in your healthcare community varies from Map of Medicine care maps (perhaps because your local services are configured differently), you can easily adapt the Map. This customises your community's view of the Map to ensure it is locally appropriate.
Everyone with permission to to access your local View of the Map can see and use localised information.
As a user of the Map you will be able to see not only the 'international' care maps but also those developed within your own and other healthcare communities. You can do this by switching views at the top right of the screen.
British English is used throughout all of the Map's International maps. Translating the Map into languages other than English is possible. This is done in close collaboration with the healthcare community to ensure that the adaption and translation reflects local clinical practice and standards.
In early 2011, NHS Evidence informed the Map of Medicine that after April they are will longer update results in the NHS Resources indexing service that is used in the Map to provide additional information based on the SNOMED-coded terms in our care maps. As a result, the Map has decided that the best solution in the short term is to turn off the ability to search NHS Resources from within Map Display as of April 1, 2011.
As part of the 2011 product development process, the Map will gather feedback regarding how this functionality was used and how we can better meet that need in the future. If you have any questions about this change, feel free to contact Map of Medicine Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you represent a healthcare community, or you’d like to bring a community together that could benefit from the Map, we would appreciate the opportunity to talk with you.
Contact us for an information pack or to arrange an appointment.