National Health Service’s (NHS’s) approach to the treatment of obesity is failing patients

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

New case study highlights need to rebalance prevention vs. treatment strategies A new case study entitled Confronting Obesity in the UK: The need for greater coherence has been published today by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), with experts calling for a coherent strategy to tackle obesity1. The study explores the UK’s approach to obesity management and interviews experts, highlighting that the fragmentation of the NHS’s obesity...

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In Sickness and in Wealth – Unison event

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Features, News | 0 comments

Sir Michael Marmot in conversation with Professors Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett Introduced by Christina McAnea (UNISON, Head of Health) Tuesday 1 March, 6.15pm – 8pm UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY   In every country in the world, the higher you are on the social scale, the longer and healthier your life will be. In Britain, the average person would have eight extra years of healthy life if they had the same...

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Crisis in Care: Homecare services at a four year low

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Over half (51%) of homecare agencies in the UK provide a bad or poor quality service according to reviewers One in four care homes criticised for their poor facilities and cleanliness, value for money and quality of care Professional care for children consistently better than care for elderly Homecare services are in a dire state according to the latest evaluation of reviews on Good Care Guide, the independent TripAdvisor style website for the...

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Rehousing the homeless helps rebuild lives

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Homeless people benefit from resettlement programmes with many rebuilding their lives once they have their own accommodation, but individuals still need long term support, according to NIHR researchers at the Policy Institute at King’s College London. Tracking a group of 297 homeless people for five years after they were rehoused, the Rebuilding Lives project examines their experiences and is the largest and only UK study of its kind. The...

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News from Nowhere February 1st 2016

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

Desperate times: The Guardian exposed new guidance about shrinking the NHS workforce on January 30th. NHS Hospitals are being told to shed staff to rescue the health service from an acute funding crisis, despite intense concern that reducing staff will hit quality of care, patient safety and staff morale, whilst also increasing waiting times. Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) have issued the instruction to reduce staffing...

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