Confed17 opening speech by NHS Confederation chairman Stephen Dorrell

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Stephen Dorrell, chairman of the NHS Confederation, gave the opening speech at Confed17 today and told the audience of more than 1,000 NHS leaders that a thorough review of long term demand patterns in health and care is needed. His speech follows. “Wonderful professional care …. on a daily basis”. The words of Alex on the film you have just seen. Alex expressed far more eloquently than I ever could the reason why we are here. We shall talk...

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Brexit Health Alliance to be voice of health sector as UK leaves EU​

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

As the UK moves into negotiations with the EU, a new alliance has been formed to safeguard the interests of patients and the healthcare and research they rely on. The Brexit Health Alliance brings together the NHS, medical research, industry, patients and public health organisations. It will be co-chaired by Sir Hugh Taylor, the former permanent secretary of the Department of Health, and Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the NHS...

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Unhealthy employees costing British firms more than one month a year in lost productivity:

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

British employers are losing on average 27.5 days of productive time per employee each year as staff take time off sick and underperform in the office as a result of ill-health (otherwise known as presenteeism) This is equivalent to each worker losing more than an entire working month of productive time annually When translated into monetary terms the combination of this absence and presenteeism is costing the UK economy £73 billion a year in...

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The Queen’s Birthday: what’s her health secret?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Be an optimist A 2017 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a clear link between optimism and a longer life. The study looked at 70,000 women aged between 58 and 83 and found that the more positive participants were less likely to die from heart disease, cancer or lung problems. 2.Don’t worry – be happy! A study from researchers at University College London and the University of Edinburgh analysed subjects from 1994 until 2004 and...

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Half of unpaid carers are providing care out of guilt

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

75% of adults would feel guilty if they couldn’t provide care for a family member  42% of those who expect to need care within the next ten years would in fact be happy if a family member refused to provide care and left them needing professional help. One in four people receiving care felt the decision-making process sowed seeds of resentment in their family Half felt they would have made a better care choice if they fully understood the...

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