Health and Social Care

Now Comes The Hard Part - Where Do We Go Next on the Integration of Health and Social Care?

Ewan King | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Ewan King

The integration of health and social care, the defining ambition at the heart of recent health and care reforms, was never going to be straightforward...

Making a Change: How Technology Is Helping the Elderly Population in the UK

Louise Rogerson | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Tech
Louise Rogerson

For my parents, it gives me great hope that they will be able to stay at home as they age without feeling like a burden. For me, as a potential carer, I see that technology could make a huge difference on a daily basis.

It's Time We All Benefit From Demographic Change

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

"We're all living longer". You'll have heard the phrase trotted out to explain everything from the rise in the state pension age to the challenges facing the NHS.

We Need to Reduce Barriers Not Benefits

Richard Kramer | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We know that it costs more to live in our society if you're disabled but all too often the most vulnerable people are the ones hit hardest by the Government's spending cuts.

Looking at a Better Solution for Older People in Hospitals

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.

The Big Issue - Why People OFF the Streets Are Freezing to Death

Sian Welby | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK
Sian Welby

Ever since I became Channel 5 weather presenter in 2010, I've been aware of this growing problem. In that year, we had one of the coldest winters on record - 'Snowmageddon', the tabloids coined it. But this movie-like scenario had no happy Hollywood ending. Thousands of 'excess' deaths were caused by the extreme conditions five years ago, and the death toll has been rising ever since. So, you're probably thinking, how can this be possible in a first world, affluent country? Surely we're all used to the British weather by now?

Why the Autumn Statement Must Save the Social Care System From Collapse

Rhidian Hughes | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Politics
Rhidian Hughes

There are 9.9m disabled people living in England. This includes adults with mental health issues, or those who have learning or physical disabilities ...

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Local Authorities Need a Joined-Up Approach to Better Support Young Carers

Javed Khan | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Last week was National Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the great work of carers that also highlights the very real challenges these people face on a daily basis.

Failing to Care? Assessment of Need in Long Term Care

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK
Michelle Mitchell

Every person with a long term condition should access the care they need when they need it - it is not acceptable for people with very serious conditions like MS to face a merry go-round of decision-making where no service will take responsibility for the care they need. Or for the assessments they receive to be used an opportunity to reduce their care, telling them that they are simply someone else's responsibility.

Housing Is the Missing Piece in the Health and Care Puzzle

Paul Burstow | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Home matters, it can be an expression of independence, important to our sense of wellbeing and critical to our health. Where we live should be a choice at every stage in our lives. But for those who have complex care and support needs that choice is all too often denied, confused with the package of care, and loss of control.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

Home Care Is Nearing Crisis - Let's Act Now

Paul Burstow | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We should all welcome the extra £2 billion for health care services announced by the Government ahead of the Autumn Statement, but social care needs to get a slice too. Some of this new funding must be spent avoiding new crises.

We Must Stop Condemning Blind People to a Life of Isolation

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

For every blind or partially sighted person you see getting on with their lives, there are many more who are trapped inside their own home, afraid to leave the house and reliant on friends, family and carers to carry out the most basic of day-to-day tasks.

End Tick Box Culture of Care, Break the Mould and Put Customers First

Sara McKee | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

This weekend saw The Observer put the spotlight on the role of private equity firms in funding organisations that deliver health and social care servi...

Consulting the Public Has to Be More Than Just a Box-Ticking Exercise

Anna Bradley | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bradley

The problem with public consultations is that they so rarely involve the public! More often than not they are a mere PR exercise in securing a consensus among policy makers and professionals with little effort expended to find out what the rest of us really think.

Honesty Is Always the Best Policy

Anna Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

It's been a long nine months for the NHS since the Francis report was published. As if the terrible and unnecessary suffering at Mid-staffs wasn't enough, numerous other scandals have come to light all across the country, continuing to damage the reputation of what we like to think of as a national treasure.

More Than 5,000 NHS Nurses Cut In Three Years

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals there were 348,311 qualified sta...

Improving Care for Older Cancer Patients

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

The moral imperative to root out ageism in the NHS now has legal backing, following the recent expansion of the age-related provisions of the 2010 Equality Act to include services. All public sector organisations must eliminate unequal treatment on the grounds of age. But where do we start in cancer care?

5.8 Million Carers - And They Still Need a Break

Moira Fraser | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Caring should matter to all of us. One in 10 of us is a carer. Carers often have to give up work to care, or end up with health problems of their own. If carers reach the point of exhaustion and being unable to cope, this helps no-one.

Quarter Of Care Centres 'Failing'

PA | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK

More than one in four health and social care providers are failing to meet essential standards of quality and safety, the health watchdog found. Th...

The Mental Health Cuts Being Made Behind Closed Doors

Paul I. Jenkins | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Politics
Paul I. Jenkins

What we're asking for is simple. Once budgets are set, we want local authorities to clearly spell out how much money they're planning to spend on mental health, and every other aspect of social are in their area. We want them to present this information in a way which ordinary people can understand, and we want them to make it easy for people to access.

NHS At 'Breaking Point' Warn Nurses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

The NHS is at breaking point, the Royal College of Nursing has warned on Monday. With nursing positions at risk of being axed, the union said the ...

Tackling Vested Interests in the NHS

Margot James | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

If the public knew how self-serving some elements of the NHS were they would have a great deal more sympathy for the government's efforts to reform the service.

Nick Clegg 'On Board' With Attempts To Amend NHS Bill

PA | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Politics

Attempts by Liberal Democrat peers to re-write key elements of Andrew Lansley's health reforms have the support of Nick Clegg, it has been claimed. ...