Unhealthy lifestyles slashing UK average life expectancy by more than four years

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

VitalityHealth research reveals average life expectancy in the UK is reduced by more than four years as a result of poor lifestyle choices and other health risk factors 10% of employees can expect to have their life expectancy reduced by 10 or more years predominantly due to their lifestyle choices Premature death within the working age population is projected to cost the UK economy £125bn over the next decade. Research from VitalityHealth has...

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Why we need to pay more attention to student funding in social work education

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

There has been a large rise in the volume of social work research undertaken in the UK over the past 20 years but one topic remains stubbornly under researched: student funding in social work education. This is all the more surprising when we remember the attention given to tuition fees in the last three general elections. In June 2017, the Department of Health and Social Care Policy Research Programme commissioned the Social Care Workforce...

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Meltdown and Spectre – the newest vulnerabilities to affect the health industry

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

In January 2018, the cybersecurity world was hit by two Intel vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, affecting a substantial number of the world’s computer processors designed by Intel, AMD and ARM. From smartphones to PCs, supplied by any vendor and running almost any operating system, the vulnerabilities affected practically any modern computer. Despite some patches being issued for the devices affected by these vulnerabilities, there has not...

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Innovation: the key to fuelling positive change in the NHS

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Healthcare presents a major opportunity for start-ups aiming to transform industries using technological innovation. The NHS is a healthcare delivery system on a massive scale. Our system needs to adapt to meet coming challenges – an ageing population and increasingly complex health and care needs. As demand increases, finances and workforce capacity are not keeping up. Incremental change will not supply the necessary solutions. Instead...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Markets: we have been warned The privatisation of adult social care is a 30-year process that has grown unchecked, made worse by austerity politics. Should the private sector lose interest and leave the market, the consequences will be grave. Bob Hudson writes that, whilst it is not feasible to eliminate a model that has become so deeply embedded, improvement is possible. He explains how this would include a combination of better funding and...

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