Poverty and health costs the UK £78bn

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78bn a year, or £1,200 for every person in the country, according to a wide-ranging report on the impact of deprivation on Britain’s economy. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) estimates that poverty accounts for £1 in every £5 spent on public services. The biggest chunk of the £78bn figure – £29bn – comes from treating illnesses associated with poverty. A further £9bn is linked to...

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New smart-phone app could prevent emergency hospital readmissions

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in NHS | 1 comment

International leaders in patient experience measurement and data capture for healthcare improvement, umotif and the Picker Institute, have partnered to create an innovative new healthcare product. The digital platform supports patients to better manage their own care – used effectively it has the potential for reducing hospital readmissions rates and improving emergency services in the process. The light-touch tool, has been designed for...

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Loss of research funding is top Brexit fear for dementia scientists

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling for access to EU funding programmes to be made a priority in Brexit negotiations, as a poll of dementia scientists highlights fears that Britain’s exit from the EU will lead to a loss of funding for research. The survey, carried out by the UK’s leading dementia research charity, highlights a range of concerns about the impact of the EU referendum result – including a loss of funding, a drop in the UK’s...

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Everyone should learn First Aid

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Up to 59% of deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if public knew first aid, says British Red Cross. New research commissioned by the British Red Cross and conducted by the University of Manchester reveals over half of bystanders are failing to intervene in an emergency. eople are calling 999 then doing nothing. The British Red Cross is calling for everyone in UK to learn two simple first aid skills to help save lives. Whilst 93%...

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Improving Hospital Care

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

Barnsley Hospital is only the second in the country to implement the Perfect Ward app, an easy-to-use app which has a big impact on quality by simplifying ward assessments as part of hospital care. Perfect Ward is an app designed for nurses, which aims to improve organisation, precision and diligence and, ultimately, care of patients in their wards. The app allows users to log checklists of jobs that need to be completed, as well as provide...

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Further industrial action as government refuses to address junior doctors contract concerns

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The BMA has confirmed that junior doctors in England will take further industrial action, from September. Junior doctors will stage a full withdrawal of labour for five days, between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday 12 September – Friday 16 September inclusive, followed by further dates to be confirmed. This follows a vote by junior doctors in July to reject the proposed contract, and repeated attempts by the BMA over the past two months to...

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The Cost of Decency – The NHS 5 Year Forward View

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

The NHS 5 Year Forward View was based on an assumption that the NHS would need an additional £30bn of funding by 2020/21 and that £22bn of that would come through efficiency savings. In its spending review the government “promised” £8bn to fill the gap. It is time to revisit the figures and to look again at what the gap might be in 2020/21. (Some informed guesses are all that is provided.) What is attempted here is to cost what restoring the...

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