NSPCC calls for more mental health support of babies and young children in care

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

Today, the NSPCC launches its ‘Case for Change’ to highlight the importance of infant mental health and the need to do more to support that of babies and young children in care. The charity has revealed that the impact of infant mental health has been vastly under-estimated across the wider care system, despite the fact that children in care are four times more likely than their peers to experience mental health problems and behavioural issues...

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Building healthy communities

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

Providers within the U.S. healthcare system continually work to improve the quality of community health, but nurses can often be relegated to support roles. The newly revised Healthy Places, Healthy People, Third Edition, published by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), builds a compelling case that nurses can lead the change to providing the highest quality of patient care by working with their communities to...

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Urgent action needed for people with a learning disability

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

To mark the five-year anniversary of the BBC documentary which exposed the abuse suffered by people with a learning disability at Winterbourne View Hospital on Tuesday May 31st, the families of those abused along with charities have signed an open letter outlining their anger at the ‘painfully slow’ rate of change in improving care for people with a learning disability. There has been little change since the Panorama, with 3,500 people with a...

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Food, work and health

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

Absenteeism and presenteeism* is costing UK employers up to £23 billion per year, according to the British Dietetic Association’s Work Ready Programme Whitepaper. The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. To emphasise the...

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Deficit of small hospitals in England more than doubles in a year, EY research finds

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The combined year end deficit of small hospitals in England has more than doubled from £114.6m in 2014/15 to £301.3 in 2015/16, an increase of 161% (£186.7m), according to analysis published by EY today. Only one trust has seen an improvement in its finances since last year and has broken even with a small surplus of £0.02m. 95% of hospitals with a turnover of less than £200m running a deficit in 15/16  Small hospitals now account for 12% of...

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Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The Q initiative is led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement, that aims to connect people working in quality improvement across the healthcare system throughout the UK. During 2015, the first year of Q, the Health Foundation recruited 231 members to join a founding cohort to help design, refine and test the initiative before the wider recruitment process commenced in 2016. As part of this, the Health...

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