Satisfaction with life: The UK government’s bid to measure happiness

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The UK government recently announced plans to “measure happiness” in the country, at an apparent cost of £2 million. The Prime Minister’s argument for this being that GDP is too crude a measure for the achievements of a nation or, more likely, a government dealing in deficit reduction. In the last couple of days the ONS announced what questions would be included in the ‘happiness survey’, with the key question being one of...

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Deterioration shown in today’s NHS performance report is ‘a tragedy’, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to NHS Improvement’s ‘Quarterly report on the performance of the NHS provider sector’, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, said: “This is a tragedy – the NHS had made huge strides to treat and care for patients promptly but the latest figures show a further deterioration – and behind those figures lie real suffering for...

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150 minutes of exercise a week could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Following today’s study from The University of Maryland, which found a one off 30 minute exercise session can ward of cardiovascular disease, Vitality has found that by going one step further and increasing your activity to the Government recommended 150 minutes a week, could prolong your life expectancy by more than three years. Key findings: Making small improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can improve life span by more than...

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NHS trusts applying “unacceptable rules” to delay or restrict ambulance access to hospitals

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

<h3>Ambulance handovers</h3> HS Improvement said some NHS trusts were applying “unacceptable rules” to delay or restrict ambulance access to hospital emergency departments. A letter from NHSI to Trusts has reached the Health Service Journal. It said that NHS Trust chief executives must really take the problem of delayed handovers from ambulances to A&E departments seriously, giving it “their immediate attention”. The letter also...

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NHS Trusts are investing in AI but still hand write patient records

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

New data – announced in February by Nuance Communications – has revealed that nearly half of NHS Trusts (43%) are investing in artificial intelligence ( AI ) enabling patients to ‘self-help’ when accessing services. The Trusts are harnessing technology such as virtual assistants, speech recognition technology and chat-bots to ease the pressure on healthcare workers across their organisations. This new insight – obtained from a...

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