NHS Confederation chief exec and Brexit Health Alliance co-chair Niall Dickson comments on life sciences strategy

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Life sciences, the development of cutting-edge medical innovations in exciting areas like biotech and genomics, is one of the most successful sectors of the UK economy. The industry generates around £66 billion each year, is twice as productive as America’s equivalent and three times more productive than Germany’s. But we can do better still, and the NHS can play a vital role in driving Britain’s future prosperity in this area. With the aim of...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

People in the UK are underestimating the cost of elderly care by £7bn[i] every year, according to research from Scottish Widows’ independent think tank, the Centre for the Modern Family. On average, UK adults estimate that residential care would cost £549 a week – when in reality it costs on average £866 for a place in a nursing home – leaving a shortfall of £317 every week[ii]. More worryingly, the deficit could be significantly higher in...

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Call for 71,000 extra care home places to meet rapid rise in care needs

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

A Newcastle University study claims that rapidly rising numbers of older people with substantial care needs will create a requirement for 71,000 extra care home places by 2025. The research – Is late-life dependency increasing or not?- was published in the Lancet on 15th August 2017 The study raises concerns about how the new places will be paid for and estimates that within four years £940 million will be required for social care in...

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Why Artificial Intelligence could form the building blocks of tomorrow’s digital healthcare agenda

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s been a tough few weeks for the NHS, criticised over its legacy IT systems, alleged weakness to cyber-attacks and constantly under scrutiny for its spending and investment decisions. Yet, even with these high profile challenges in mind, no-one can deny it’s one of the UK’s most treasured and relied-on organisations. Our National Health Service plays a vital role in the nation’s health by providing free critical care to all regardless of...

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The future of care homes in the UK.?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Due to people beginning to live longer in Britain, their health needs become more specific, meaning they need a certain type of care that will guarantee they live the best life possible. What this means, is that care homes need to use greater amounts of, and more intelligent, assistive technologies. Greater living environments will need to be created for patients who need long-term care. This will ensure that patients are cared for...

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The midwifery crisis

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 2 comments

For many midwives working on the front line, the latest figures revealing that maternity wards in England were forced to close 382 times in 2016 will come as no surprise. During the 33 years that I was a midwife, sadly, I also saw many maternity units close and it’s extremely worrying to see that it’s still happening. A closed unit is a very busy unit and for both the pregnant women in the ward and the nurses, it can be an extremely stressful...

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State Health Care in Britain 2017-2042

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Features | 2 comments

The state health service (NHS) in Britain has been a huge success fulfilling the vision of its founders; it has freed the poor from the fear of illness, provided assured careers for its staff, coped with demographic change, an information revolution, the rise of new and professional management and technological innovation. It remains free at the point of use, funded from general taxation, free from market imperatives and part of the fabric of...

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