40 per cent of care homes for older people are below standard

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

On November 9th the CQC (Care Quality Commission) warned that 40 per cent of care homes for older people are below standard. Andrea Sutcliffe, the CQC’s chief inspector for adult social care, said that a third of social care facilities required improvement, with as many as seven per cent providing “inadequate” services. Stephen Burke, Director of ‘Good Care Guide’, the TripAdvisor style website for the care industry, argues that the government...

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MOUTH CANCER NOW THE TENTH MOST COMMON CANCER IN MEN

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

ORAL CANCER is now the tenth most common cancer in men according to new figures* released by Cancer Research UK today (Tuesday). This latest data shows around 7,300 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in the UK in 2012** and twice as many men than women diagnosed with the disease –around 4,900 males and 2,400 females. It is the fifteenth most common cancer in women. Over the last decade, cases of oral cancer have risen from around 4,500 back...

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NHS funding: The healthcare gap in England by 2020

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

As a recent user of the NHS at one step removed, the inadequacy of current funding is all too apparent. Now the NHS Confederation has done the sums and worked out that by 2020 the Service will require £30 billions more than at present because of changes in medical technology, the growing population base, and the ageing of that population. The attached info-graphic from the NHS confederation sets out visually the strategic impact this NHS...

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Tighter local alcohol licensing curbs linked to fewer drink-related hospital admissions

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Annual admission rates 2% lower than expected in areas with more restrictive policies. Tighter local alcohol licensing curbs are linked to fewer drink-related hospital admissions in these areas, reveals research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. In areas with the most restrictive licensing policies, annual drink-related admissions were 2% lower than would have been expected if no active policies had been...

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Dementia and Ethnicity Deepen Housing Needs

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The increasing numbers of older people with dementia and older people from minority ethnic groups in the UK present new challenges for many housing services according to Gearing Up: Housing, Ethnicity and Dementia, a report jointly published today by Age UK. Researchers, Valerie Lipman and Jill Manthorpe from the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at the Policy Institute at King’s examined the ways in which Housing Associations in England and...

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