Focused action is needed to arrest sizeable declines in 2015 Community Mental Health Survey Results

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 0 comments

The 2015 Community Mental Health Survey results, published today, reflect troubling and sizeable declines in service user experiences. The fact that many of these incidences are occurring in the areas that matter most to patients is even more so. The Care Quality Commission Survey, developed and co-ordinated by Picker Institute Europe, was completed by over 13,000 people and found delivering effective person-centred care to be a key concern,...

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The management of adult diabetes services in the NHS: progress review

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Blog, NHS, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 0 comments

Progress has been made in reducing the additional risk of death for people with diabetes and the additional risk of diabetes-related complications has been stable or has reduced for most complications, according to today’s report from the National Audit Office. However, there are still 22,000 people estimated to be dying each year from diabetes-related causes that could potentially be avoided. In 2013-14, an estimated 3.2 million people aged 16...

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Helping blind veterans discover life beyond sight loss

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Blog, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 0 comments

When someone loses their sight, it is vital that they are signposted to specialist support to ensure they are able to adjust and overcome the challenges of blindness. Currently in the UK, tens of thousands of ex-Service men and women are battling severe sight loss and could be eligible for help and support from Blind Veterans UK, but they don’t realise it. Blind Veterans UK has been providing vital sight services and support to veterans with...

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North East has biggest drop in smoking in the country “Model for the rest of the country” says Public Health England

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

NEW official figures show the North East has had the biggest drop in smokers nationwide –with fewer people smoking than ever before. The proportion of North East smokers fell from 22.3% of people smoking in 2013 down to 19.9% in 2014. The figures are from the Integrated Household Survey published by the Office for National Statistics. There are now 165,000 fewer smokers in the North East than there were in 2005, when 29% of people smoked. The...

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Reflections on a long nhs hospital inpatient experience

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog, Steps towards Health and Wellbeing | 1 comment

I have had the good fortune to have been a hospital inpatient only once – as a five year old when I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. The experience sticks in my memory because in those days – 1946 – no parental visiting was allowed and even for a relatively simple procedure such as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy inpatient stay was quite long. Since then I have been twice to accident and emergency departments but in both cases for...

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