It’s not all doom and gloom with NHS Networks!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Health service politics doesn’t generate much laughter, despite the gallows humour that swirls round hospitals and health centres. This is changing, as a look at NHS Networks will show. Its latest offering is ‘Build your own Forward View’, which it explains like this: Now you can build your own forward view in just 260 fun-to-collect parts. Build Your Own Forward View is from the same people who brought you Become a World Class Commissioner in...

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Developing community public health/community wellbeing.

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Williams and Innes Pearse developed a new approach to primary care in the 1930s which attained its apotheosis with the development of the Peckham Pioneer Health Centre. This relegated traditional healthcare to a subsidiary function in relation to what today we would call the wellbeing functions such as various physical activities, leisure pursuits, education and social interaction. Patient nutrition was seen as a key component of promoting...

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Digital Health – European insurance companies moving into preventive health services

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Leading European insurance companies are now helping their clients to reduce health risks with new Digital Health based services. Wellmo is emerging as a leading player in these flexible solutions. Wellmo’s customers have a combined base of 7 million clients.  In the near future, the preventive digital health service market will be worth several billion euros in Europe, according to Jaakko Olkkonen, the Managing Director of Wellmo. In Germany...

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Public Health & Well-being News – Reducing alcohol harm

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has welcomed a major new evidence review on the health impacts of alcohol, published by Public Health England (PHE) on 2nd December 2016). RSPH believes the findings should provide fresh impetus for the Government to take firm action to tackle alcohol harm, including the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). The latest review indicates that 10 million people in England are drinking at levels that...

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Well-being and gross national happiness for policy – the happy index

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

In the early years of the coalition government, David Cameron lauded the measurement of happiness and well-being as an indicator of national performance, the happy index. Data on life satisfaction have been collected and publishedby the Office for National Statistics every year since 2012. Despite this, very little is said about well-being. It is not discussed at spending or policy reviews and rarely in the media. Gross domestic product (GDP)...

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82% of older consumers are confused by government advice on healthy eating

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Understanding current advice on nutrition can be difficult: new figures show 82% of UK consumers aged over 55 are confused by government advice on healthy eating and nutrition, a higher level than amongst the general adult population (75%). At the same time, more than half of people in the UK say they are not influenced by the ‘traffic light’ nutritional labelling system. As Helen Willis, dietitian at apetito and Wiltshire Farm Foods, comments:...

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Fiction and delusions in the NHS

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

As the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) roll in they tell us something important and deeply worrying about the culture of our NHS.  That so many senior figures allow their names to be associated with works of fiction tells us they accept the top down bullying that pollutes the health service.  They have no fear of any accountability other than to those who instructed them in writing their fiction and who enforced secrecy until...

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