Three words could save a life, says Samaritans

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Features, Public Health, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 0 comments

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2015), Samaritans is encouraging anyone worried about a friend, colleague or family member who may be struggling to cope to ask, ‘Are you OK?’. In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, more than 6,000 people die by suicide each year – an average of 18 people every single day. Every 6 seconds Samaritans responds to a call for help, by phone, email, text or face to face in its 201 branches. Not...

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Researchers develop novel test which can tell how well a person is ageing

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog, Features, News, Public Health | 0 comments

A new molecular test, which can indicate how well a person is ageing, could transform the way ageing is approached in medical research by assessing a person’s ‘biological age’ rather than the number of years they have lived. The findings, published today in Genome Biology, could help improve management of age-related disease by identifying people most at risk of diseases affected by age, as well as improve the way anti-ageing treatments are...

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News from nowhere – NHS patient complaints

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Features, News, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The Health & Social Care Information Centre’s recent report on Written Complaints in the NHS – 2014-15 makes interesting reading apart from the repeated disclaimer: ” We are unable to provide comparisons with previous years”. In response to the report the NHS Federation (representing senior managers) said: “A higher number of patient complaints may be received by Trusts as we see an even greater open dialogue between the...

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Why public health is good for the health of the public

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Blog, Features, Public Health | 0 comments

It is often said, probably correctly, that the biggest health gains have come through public health not through medicine. Things like immunization, clean water, adequate sewerage, decent housing and even decent education all contribute to improving health and increasing life expectancy. Increasingly we learn from political geographers like Danny Dowling that life expectancy and poor health can be predicted from post code at birth just as...

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Independent contractor status model for GPs has had its day says Gerada

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Features, News, Public Health, Recent Work | 0 comments

The small business model of general practice in the UK has “served its time” and should be remoulded, with primary, secondary and community care integrated in single local organisations, the outgoing chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners has said. In a recent interview Dr Clare Gerada questioned whether GPs’ independent contractor status was still fit for purpose and challenged the profession to adapt to new ways of working....

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