THE FITTEST CITIES IN THE UK. Liverpool named the fittest city in the UK – Sheffield named as the least fit

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

LIVERPOOL has been named the fittest city in the UK following new research into fitness levels across the country. A survey of 2,000 UK adults carried out by training and course provider Beabetteryou.com, found that scousers workout more than those in any other city in the UK with as 71% of locals claiming to exercise at least once per week. Manchester and London followed in second and third place with 66% and 65% of each cities residents...

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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Niche markets flourish in the NHS Marketisation has gone a long way in the health service. Some staff working for the NHS as agency workers or locums operate as a limited company to protect their income. Under new regulations, introduced on April 6th, all contractors to the public sector will be treated as employees and become subject to PAYE. The changes could lead to a substantial loss in earnings for some workers, with the Locum Doctors...

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A Public Health Election Manifesto

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has set out a manifesto of policy recommendations it believes political parties campaigning for next month’s UK general election should commit to, in order to improve and protect the public’s health. It’s challenging stuff, and you read it first on Health Matters! The basics: health everywhere The challenges facing the UK public’s health at a time of restricted public spending are too great to be met...

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New study in The Lancet: Weight Watchers is more effective than a brief intervention and self-help -Weight loss sustained two years down the line-

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

A new, two-year UK-based study published today (Thursday 4th May) in The Lancet indicates that overweight and obese adults referred to Weight Watchers®, the world’s leading community based weight management provider, for one year lost more weight for longer and had greater reductions in diabetes risk than those who were referred for a 12-week programme, and lost more than twice as much weight as those who received brief advice and self-help...

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The crisis in social care

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Former government policy adviser, Adam Pike, has laid out his wish list for politicians in the run up to the General Election. Adam co-founded the revolutionary online home care business, SuperCarers, having experienced first-hand the pain caused by the failing social care system. Building on the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on Funding Care in 2011 and the King’s Fund Barker Commission, Adam outlines his priorities below: 1....

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New report highlights severe lack of dermatology training and support within primary care, and reveals a third of psoriasis patients have given up on seeing their GP regularly

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

“It is a serious concern that there appears to be an ‘inverse training law’ in operation in dermatology, whereby in the area which is most routinely seen by GPs, the amount of training is the least.”  The British Association of Dermatologists Research shows nearly a quarter of the population have sought GP advice on skin matters in England and Wales,[1],[2] yet some doctors have received as little as five days of dermatological training[3] GPs...

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150 minutes of exercise a week could boost life span by more than three years

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Survey* of 6,600 people over 12 months found that sedentary people who increased activity levels to 150 minutes a week (21 minutes a day) – currently the government recommended level, saw life expectancy increase of 3.1 years People who increased their activity levels to 90 minutes saw an increase of almost three years (2.7 years) and exercising just 60 minutes a week saw an increase of more than two years (2.4 years) The research was...

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