NHS Confederation calls on Government to admit NHS funding is too low

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Ahead of Wednesday’s budget, the NHS Confederation, which among others includes NHS Clinical Commissioners and the Mental Health Network, has called on the government to admit that the health service cannot provide everything for everybody with current levels of funding. The Confederation and its networked organisations have also called for immediate extra funding for social care and a commitment to deal with longer term funding issues for both...

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Brexit 1, Brexit 2, Organ donation. Prophetic combination?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Brexit 1 The NHS European Office used Rare Disease Day (28 February) to warn that UK patients with rare diseases could soon be pushed to the back of a queue if the UK is ejected from important European networks that combat these illnesses. It called on the Government to defend the UK’s major role in these 24 ‘European Reference Networks’ (ERNs) during Brexit negotiations and to try to prevent its ejection. ERNs are the most tangible and...

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Cannabidiol Gummy Bears, frosty relations and NHS money worries

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Not just an ordinary bear For the first time, plant-based Cannabidiol (a legal extract of Cannabis, also known as CBD) is available in gummy bear form. London based Love Hemp sold through their initial stock of over 2,000 bears in under 48 hours of trading, seemingly to the surprise of their manufacturer. Designed as a food supplement, each fruit-flavoured bear contains 10mg Cannabidiol and is enriched with Vitamins B12 & D3. The CBD...

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City life and noise pollution is damaging our hearing

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

This Friday is World Hearing Day. To raise awareness about the damage that noise pollution is doing to our hearing, Mimi conducted a study and produced the World Hearing Index. The study shows an alarming 64% correlation between noise pollution and hearing loss. People in cities can expect their hearing age to be at least 10 years their actual age. Women in London have a hearing age of 15.5 years older than their actual age, and for men it is...

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Workplace absence costs UK economy £18bn per year

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Public Health | 0 comments

A new report launched today shows that workplace absence is costing the UK economy £18bn in lost productivity. This is part of an increasing trend that has seen workplace absence increase year-on-year since 2011 – having previously been on a downward trend since 1993. As a result, the report predicts that the cost of absence will increase to £21bn in 2020, and increase to £26bn in 2030. Cost of absence expected to reach £26bn in 2030  Mental...

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Two thirds of people support a ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation system

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in NHS | 0 comments

A new survey by the British Medical Association has found that two thirds of people across the UK1 (65 per cent) support a ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation system2. The survey, which questioned 2011 members of the public, also found that while two out of three people (66%) want to donate their organs at death only a third (39%) are signed up to the organ donation register. Currently England, Northern Ireland and Scotland have an opt-in organ...

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How Can eLearning be Used in Social Care?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Tackling the issue of how best to keep on top of staff training and development has been discussed for a long time — and perhaps technology is finally creating solutions. Is eLearning a way forward in staff development in the social care sector? The demand for health and social care services has grown faster than resources can manage, causing increasing pressure on staff. Now more than ever, in order to maintain a high standard of care for...

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