Patients report mixed experience of Emergency Departments, as attendances soar.

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Today (17 October 2017) the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published the results of the Emergency Department Survey 2016; a nation-wide survey of more than 40,000 people who attended emergency and urgent care departments, which sought to understand their experiences. The results suggest that most patients have a positive experience when it comes to interactions with NHS doctors and nurses, despite a marked increase in the numbers attending NHS...

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New study in The BMJ: Weight Watchers Diabetes Prevention Programme significantly reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

 A new, 1 year UK-based study published today (Tuesday 17th October) in The BMJ, Open Diabetes and Research and Care indicates that overweight and obese adults at risk of developing type 2 diabetes who were referred to Weight Watchers®, the world’s leading community based weight management provider, lost significantly more weight and saw greater reductions in their blood sugar levels than the level defined as success recommended by Public...

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Think tank welcomes ‘common sense approach that will save lives this winter’

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Responding to NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement’s announcement that employers of social care workers will no longer need to pay to have their employees vaccinated against the flu, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) has praised the long-called for decision. Whilst NHS staff were already offered the vaccination for free to protect patients and the public, the Government recommended that...

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Now for some real politics

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Now the Labour Party’s objectives for the NHS are clearer, the real politics begins. If May’s government collapses, as looks increasingly possible, Labour will need to project its tactical policies for the NHS forcefully, both to rise above the din of Brexit and to see off Tory claims to be the party of the NHS. As always, the devil will be in the detail. The plausibility of how it plans to cope with the winter bed crisis will matter – what...

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Looking to the future, is it just too trendy?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

After decades of short term funding, reactive policy making and short planning cycles we should be delighted to finally see genuine moves to longer term thinking with things like the establishment of the Foresight projects in England and the Well-being of Future Generations Act in Wales. And these do seem to have helped to stimulate policy makers and public sector organisations to at least start to think and plan for the longer term. For...

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Barnsley is pioneering a multi agency initiative to tackle poor mental health among children.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Mental health practitioners are being embedded in secondary schools across Barnsley in a pioneering multi agency initiative to tackle poor mental health among children. The £1.3m scheme is being funded by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered in all 10 Barnsley secondary schools by Wellspring Academy Trust, an agenda-setting multi academy trust which operates schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Teams of mental health nurses...

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Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics. Up to two thirds of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience psychotic episodes, yet the distressing symptom is still widely under-recognised and is challenging to treat. Current antipsychotic treatments have little impact on alleviating symptoms, yet can have devastating side effects, leading...

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