British public unprepared for financial cost of care crisis

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Financial pressures threaten to block a majority of UK adults from a choice of social care services to suit their individual needs, according to new research from national homecare provider Prestige Nursing + Care which sheds new light on the extent of the escalating funding care crisis in the UK. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of people who expect to need social care will have to make do with whatever they can afford, with just 27% expecting to...

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Mental health issues responsible for workplace absence over the festive period

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

FirstCare, the absence management specialists, predict that this December will see UK workplace absence hit a new high. Across the UK, the company predicts, a total of 23 million working days will be lost in December, delivering a huge knock-on effect to both UK productivity and increased pressure on the NHS. Increase will result in 4.6 million days lost in December Coughs, colds and flu remain at the same level as 2009 Importantly, this...

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Money worries biggest cause of stress as Christmas beckons

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

With Christmas just under weeks away, money worries has been revealed as the single biggest cause of stress for UK adults, according to new research.   Worrying about money causes 33% fall in wellbeing scores 52% wellbeing divide between society’s most and least financially confident   Money worries were found to cause the biggest swing in wellbeing scores – creating a 52% divide between the most and least financially-confident people...

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New research emphasises medical professionals’ role in helping those with hearing loss

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

New research produced by an audiologist at charity Action on Hearing Loss has highlighted the important role medical professionals can play in encouraging people with hearing loss to take action and get hearing aids. The research, Experiences of hearing loss and views towards interventions to promote uptake of rehabilitation support among UK adults, sought to identify interventions that would successfully encourage the three fifths of those...

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A tale of three disputes: junior doctors against the government 2015-2016

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

In November 2015 junior doctors in the National Health Service in England voted to take strike action if the government did not change its mind about a new contract, which had been debated for the previous two years. Just over 37,000 junior doctor members of the British Medical Association (from a workforce of around 55,000) were balloted, 76% responded and 98% of responders voted to strike, an expression of militancy on an unprecedented scale...

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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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