UK Healthcare

Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.

How The IoT Can Make The World Of Healthcare Smaller - And Fairer

Roger Bou | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Bou

Of all the areas in which the Internet of Things can revolutionise the world, in my eyes one of the most exciting - with the potential to help some of the most vulnerable people on a massive scale - is healthcare.

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

Can Brexit Make Social Care Great Again?

Marek Sacha | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Marek Sacha

It's a fact that the EU referendum result has divided Britain and caused political chaos and economic turmoil. As a result, the impact of the UK's vote to leave is most likely to have a major impact for the health and social care, especially as the sector is already facing huge operational and financial pressures.

How Baby Boomers Will Change Our Healthcare System

Marek Sacha | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Marek Sacha

As members of the baby boom generation get older and reach retirement age, they present an increasing challenge for our health care system. Higher dem...

Community Pharmacy Has The Potential To Do So Much More

Elizabeth Wade | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Elizabeth Wade

But don't take my word for it, ask the Blair Government, or Gordon Brown's...or even David Cameron's for that matter. You see, community pharmacy owners have heard this phrase repeated for a very, very long time now. And, of course, they're absolutely right.

Corbyn, Smith, And The Mental Health Crisis

Arthur Peirce | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The UK is in a mental health crisis. Millions of people all across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues. In treatment they face long waits and insufficient care. Many regions are without the correct services to treat people. People are misdiagnosed and ignored.

The Contradictions Of Big Data In Healthcare

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Tech
Amitava Banerjee

Whether in terms of regulation, research or public expectation, there appear to be differences in the way commercial, research and clinical sectors are operating with health data...if researchers, health professionals and technology companies continue to work in silos, then application of big data to healthcare will remain as potential rather than reality.

The Legacy of Kate Granger, Campaigner for #hellomynameis

Karin Sieger | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

The terminally ill hospital consultant had spoken out against treatment by hospital staff, which had made her feel not like a person but "like a diseased body". In response Kate Granger launched the #hellomynameis campaign for health care staff to introduce themselves to patients by name.

Health, Innovation and Taking Time to Admire 'the Norm'

Chris Spencer | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

The most important innovations, the ones that change the way businesses, sectors and people operate, always share the same starting point: simplicity ...

Big Data in Health: Good for Anything Yet?

Lucy Knight | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech
Lucy Knight

While the obstacles seem high right now the payoff is as well, and it's good to remember that never did technological disruption come without its challenges.

Policymakers Must Rethink Their Approaches to Tacking Stroke

Martin Koehring | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

In order to meet global stroke-reduction targets, policymakers must rethink their approaches. One of the key areas identified in a recent EIU report o...

Stepping Out of the 9 to 5: Three Stressful Careers That You Can Turn Around

Tayana Simons | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...

Early Intervention: What's Holding Us Back?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

I am optimistic about what early intervention can achieve for people with eating disorders, but early intervention needs to take place earlier.

From Bored to Entrepreneurial Pharmacist in Under 800 Words

Murtada Alsaif | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Tech
Murtada Alsaif

There would always be that one patient who seemed really nice (positive attitude to healthcare professionals) and asking about their medicines (engaging with therapy) but who I didn't share a common language with. I had to use crappy broken English, mime, rely on that patient's children or, in a worst case scenario, send them away without giving them any medication counselling.

How Technology for Good Can Give Kids With Limited Lives Unlimited Possibilities

Simone Enefer-Doy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Simone Enefer-Doy

The hospices themselves simply could not afford to do what we do. Without Lifelites these children, for whom every second counts, would miss out on the opportunities which new technology can bring. Because we look after the equipment, hospice staff can concentrate on doing what they do best; caring for the children and their families.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

Real Healthcare Innovation Always Answers a Simple Question

Chris Spencer | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

Healthcare has always been synonymous with innovation. From ground-breaking pharmaceutical treatments and surgical procedures, to cutting edge technology and software designed to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health - the opportunity to create something that truly helps people is a driving force that has attracted leading thinkers, scientists and inventors - many of them here in the UK.

How the UK Is Driving a Global Revolution of 21st Century Healthcare Innovation

George Freeman | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
George Freeman

Technology is transforming healthcare. The pace of biomedical science and genetics is leading to the discovery of new diagnostics and new drugs at an extraordinary pace. Cancer for example is now becoming a treatable and in some cases curable and preventable disease.

Pharmacists Save Lives Too!

Ian Strachan | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

I wrote in my article earlier this week that pharmacists save lives, and was asked on this very page to back up my claim. This article is for the GP w...

How Can We Improve Access to Services for Children and Young People's Mental Health?

Andrew Graley | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Graley

The therapists working with our children and young adults do a fantastic job, often in difficult conditions. They are known as the Cinderella Service in the UK NHS because of the low budget they receive. Sharing the therapist expertise and giving them the tools to reach more of those in need will undoubtedly help to intervene earlier.

Where Are Wearables Heading?

Jeroen Tas | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

These wearables will also help us determine what is "normal" for an individual. In the case of elderly at-risk people at home, this might be spotting when they haven't got up in the morning, or are getting up too frequently at night, and flagging the discrepancy to a care-giver.

The NHS Bill: What Is It and Is It Important?

Lucy Maddox | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Maddox

This week has seen a flurry of pro-NHS activity, in advance of the proposed second reading of the NHS Bill on Friday. The number of threats to the NHS as we know it are so great that it has become quite complex to understand what the legislation is that is being debated. What is the NHS bill and should we be bothered about it?

How Digital Tech Is Improving Women's Health and Wellbeing in India

Vicki Hearn | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

India is at a pivotal point in its history. As the world's fastest-growing economy, internet access across India is rapidly increasing and, by 2017, it's expected to become the second largest smartphone market on the planet.

Are Wearables Helping the Right People?

Chris Spencer | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

Patients with heart conditions, diabetes, or asthma, for example, would all benefit from being able to track their own health data and share this with their GP to improve care - particularly from a preventative perspective.