Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

FORTY PER CENT of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors’ receptionists could put them off going to their GP, according to an analysis of the Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM)* published today (Tuesday) in the Journal of Public Health. In a survey of almost 2,000 people** in Great Britain, the most commonly perceived barriers to seeing a GP were finding it difficult to get an appointment with a particular doctor (42 per...

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to Carers UK’s report Pressure Points

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to Carers UK’s report Pressure Points, Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “This report highlights the urgent need to support carers in the community and ensure they are included and consulted at every stage and through every process of their loved one’s care. Our new research shows that a quarter (25%) of cancer carers say they were not involved when planning how and when the person...

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Research priorities need to be set in order to improve social work with adults

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

The adult social work sector in England needs to urgently identify its key research priorities, in an inclusive and rigorous way, if it is to generate the ideas and evidence needed to ensure that people receive the best possible support, according to researchers at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. In a discussion paper on the state of social work research with adults in England, the researchers stress that the profession needs to be...

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Planning blight?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The NHS is a planned health service, right? Command and control is rife, isn’t it? There’s no planning blight? No, of course not, but once there was an annual planning cycle with plans traditionally launched at Christmas, when we are at our most attentive. No longer! NHS England and NHS Improvement have published planning guidance, for a two-year period from April 2017 to March 2019, setting out new orders and priorities for...

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The weekend effect on death rates

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

Health Economics is not exactly light entertainment, but there are writers at the Academic Health Economists blog who write clearly and simply about it, well enough for News from Nowhere moles to grasp a point or two. Sam Watson, blogging on September 22nd, is a good example. Pondering on the debate about whether there is a weekend effect on death rates of people admitted to hospital, he says: “I think part of the problem lies with the mindset...

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