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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Men’s health: a problem hiding in plain sight

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

World Cancer Day (4 February) provides a good opportunity to highlight the little-known fact that men are much more likely than women to develop and die from cancer – and by a considerable margin. The global male age-standardised cancer incidence rate is 205 per 100,000 and the male mortality rate is 126. The comparable respective figures for females are 165 and 83. The global data reveals very clearly just how badly men’s health is...

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Medical charity launches web-app to help refugees find healthcare

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

International medical charity Doctors of the World is today launching a website to help refugees find free healthcare. The ClinicFinder website is the first of its kind: a mobile-web application to provide simple and clear information about free primary healthcare and medical services for refugees and migrants across Europe. The website, designed by Daniel Yu, CEO of Reliefwatch, uses GPS location to show on a map the nearest free health...

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Commission calls for radical rethink of care for older people

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Care must be driven by the needs of individuals rather than rigid institutions and structures. That is the main message from an independent report published today. The Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older people is calling for a fundamental change to the way care for older people is designed and delivered. Experts, drawn from across the health and care sector, have called for a radical new approach to urgent care for older people....

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