Fit for Life tackling adult obesity health challenges in Tower Hamlets

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Public Health | 1 comment

The adult weight management service is funded by Tower Hamlets Public Health and is available on referral from a health care professional.  It focuses on tackling long term health conditions associated with adult obesity, including type 2 diabetes.   With one of the highest prescribing rates in the UK for the condition, it is expected the scheme’s broad approach to addressing adult weight issues will be modelled in other areas across the...

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Sounding the alarm about the NHS budget

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Pressure is rising to force the Chancellor to announce an increase in the NHS budget in the Autumn Statement. According to a new TUC poll published in October, seven in 10 (69%) NHS workers say that reductions in staffing and resources are putting the quality of patient care and clinical standards at risk. The YouGov/TUC poll of 500 NHS workers also reveals their view that: Services are under greater pressure than ever before: 9 in 10 (88%) NHS...

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Life shouldn’t be ugly just because you’re poor

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Life shouldn’t be ugly just because you’re poor was the arresting title of a piece in today’s Times newspaper by Clare Foges. It caught my eye because I have long held the view that one’s living environment is a very important determinant of one’s wellbeing. There are of course many determinants of wellbeing and in the policy makers’ minds such things as health, education and material wealth seem to dominate...

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Paperless GP practice?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Three quarters of general practice teams (76%) spend over half their time doing patient documentation according to research commissioned by Nuance Communications (www.nuance.co.uk). The volume, the backlog, and the quality (completeness and accuracy) of patient and administrative documentation were all cited as key challenges by GP managers with regard to the practice workload and management of patient records (87%, 43% and 46% respectively)....

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75% of over 45s are not putting money aside for elderly care

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

Three quarters (75%) of people aged 45 or over are not putting any money aside for their elderly care while one in ten (9%) are saving less than £50 a month. 31% of over 45’s believe they will live until they are at least 81 years of age 34% believe the state will pay but the reality is that most of us will have to pay for our own care, as those with over £23,250 of assets will not get support from the state 75% of people aged 45 or over are...

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NHS NW London STP slammed in response to publication

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Sustainability and transformation plans ( STP ) for local health and social care services are provoking strong feelings inside and outside the NHS. One of the first STPs to be published was in NW London, and here is a critique of it by local campaigners”.   CONCLUSION The STP was produced under enormous time pressure at the behest of NHS England to cut an enormous amount of money from the budget. The STP offers NO evidence that £1.3bn can...

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Eight in 10 healthcare professionals preparing to change how they deliver patient value

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

Research has revealed that improving the quality and outcomes for patients at reduced costs (value-based healthcare) is dominating the NHS leadership agenda. More than eight in 10 (82 per cent) of NHS professionals are already looking to make changes in how they work to achieve this.  A tenth of NHS workers can’t measure patient outcomes; vast majority only have a very limited ability to do so. However, a meaningful rollout of value-based...

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