The Labour Party’s NHS policy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Labour promised much for the NHS at its’ recent Conference. Here are some reactions. The NHS faces one of the toughest winters in its history. Last year hospitals were already stretched far beyond their capacity, with more than four thousand extra beds having to be opened. Financially, trusts face a £6bn hole in their budgets this year. Add a bad outbreak of flu into the picture, and the outlook is truly grim.  A one-off financial bung (Labour...

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Measurement really matters: academic perspecitve

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Felicia Huppert, Director of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, takes us through her perspective, grounded in academia and practice, to underscore the importance of good wellbeing measures. If something is worth measuring, it’s worth measuring well. Easy enough to agree; harder to put into practice when we look at subjective wellbeing. Yet, even as governments around the world shift...

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Winter crisis is now “an all year crisis”, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to the call for a £500m winter bail-out for the NHS, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the entire health and care system, said: “In many ways the winter crisis is actually now an all year round crisis with hospitals and Emergency Departments struggling to meet demand and with bed occupancy at unsustainable and unsafe levels. Although additional money is always welcome, in...

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The Loneliness Epidemic: research reveals loneliness in older age ‘more likely than ever’

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

9 in 10 people (89%) believe loneliness in older age is now more likely than ever – rising to 93% when asking those aged 65+ More than half of British adults (56%) say admitting to loneliness is difficult The Campaign to End Loneliness says that the stigma of loneliness is isolating millions of older people Three quarters of over-65s (76%) say they would find it hard to admit to feeling lonely because they do not want to be a burden But...

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Just one in five people are confident they won’t need residential care in old age – Aegon reports

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Just one in five (21%) people don’t expect to need residential social care in their old age. Of those who believe they may, two-thirds (67%) thought it most likely they would need it from age 80 or older. 80% of people think average time needing care is over three years and 30% believe the average is more than five years. With a growing elderly population in the UK, social care is a key subject on the political agenda. As highlighted in the...

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