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 A sector for all seasons A strong care sector has never been more needed. Unfortunately, we’re currently living in a time when the industry is shrinking. We all know that the NHS is underfunded, and we’re all aware that the…

Throughout my career, I have seen that leaps forward in technology and material prosperity haven’t benefited everyone in their daily lives. A growing frustration for many of us in health and social care has been that despite our best efforts…

The deadline for applications to study Action on Addiction’s foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling close on 30 June.   Franchised by the University of Bath and accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners, the degree gives students…

Integration seems a laudable goal for health and social care. In this blog I explore two senses of the word “cause” – etiology and advocacy. Let us advance the agenda of integration by understanding its nature, which in turn can…

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new test that can reliably predict the future course of inflammatory bowel disease in individuals, transforming treatments for patients and paving the way for a personalised approach. This new test could…

Recently, a picture emerged in the national media of residents from Wellingborough, Northants, seen queueing in the rain for over an hour, just to secure an appointment with their local GP. According to Dan Boddington, Systems Engineer at StarLeaf, these…

  A report by The King’s Fund commissioned by the National Garden Scheme On Wednesday 15th May, Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Care, will launch a new report into the contribution of large charities to shaping the future…

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability is a small charity and the lead strategic partner to the Scottish Government in the delivery of ‘The keys to life’ learning disability strategy. A key driver behind the strategy is improving the quality…

Nationalising General Practice Paul Williams MP, writing in the Guardian on May 8th, states (quite rightly) that some GPs are open to the idea of being salaried employees of the NHS. He may also be right that directing doctors to…

Responding to an Alzheimer’s Society report calling for the creation of a Dementia Fund which seeks to break the deadlock on social care reform, Nick Ville, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said: “This report rightly highlights the inherent…