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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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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