Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Today the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released their estimates of personal wellbeing in the UK, with analysis by country, age and sex. David Tabor, from the ONS shares the key messages and calls for readers to take part in a survey on wellbeing inequalities. Since 2011, we have asked personal well-being questions to adults in the UK. They provide insight into people’s feelings about their lives and surroundings which economic...

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Last week, the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World launched Secrets of Happiness, a national survey to gather data on wellbeing. Here, the former President of the British Psychological Society and the Centre’s community lead Peter Kinderman, who is involved in the ‘citizen science’ research project, sets out how the results might help us better understand the relationship between mental health and wellbeing. The relationship between mental health and...

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Small steps: why patient flow could help to reduce bed-blocking

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

During this winter period, it has become clear that the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is under even more than the usual additional strain. With routine operations already being cancelled to manage emergency treatment, hospitals cannot afford any delayed discharge of patients because of the knock-on impact on available beds. However, evidence suggests that delayed discharge is once again on the rise.   The rise of delayed...

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Unhealthy employees now cost British firms six working weeks a year in lost productivity

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Research from the 2017 Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey (BHW) has revealed that employees lose, on average, the equivalent of 30.4* days of productive time each year as they 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 six working weeks of productive time annually Productivity loss due to physical and mental health issues is costing...

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Emotional strains, financial pressures and family feuds: new study reveals the plight of UK’s informal carers

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

New research among more than 2,000 UK adults commissioned by HealthTech start-up WeMa Life has revealed the struggles informal carers face. The independent, nationally representative survey found: 15% of UK adults currently consider themselves to be informal carers – equating to 7.85 million people On average, an informal carer spends 13 hours a week taking on duties such as cooking, cleaning and caring for someone close to them 53% of informal...

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