UK Healthcare

The NHS: There Is Good News (Yes Really)

Chris Spencer | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Spencer

Maybe you know something innovative that your local GP or hospital is doing to make healthcare better. If you do, don't keep it to yourself - let the Academy know, and spread some seasonal cheer.

A Week In The Life Of The Recovery College - An Innovative Approach

Jeremy Coutinho | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Jeremy Coutinho

If you walked through our doors, you would think you had walked into a community college. People from varying backgrounds, of all ages are using compu...

Boosting Medical Morale By Caring For The Carers

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Barham-Brown

Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.

Evolving Design Thinking For Intelligent Medical Equipment

Bhoopathi Rapolu | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Bhoopathi Rapolu

Take healthcare for instance. The proliferation of connectivity among both medical and personal health tracking devices is leading to an explosion in the amount of data generated. This in turn is opening up new possibilities for device manufacturers to embed Artificial Intelligence into their equipment.

Data And AI - How Healthcare Should Use It (Or, Florence And The Machine)

Max Gadney | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Max Gadney

Austerity economies have squeezed public health services while private suppliers compete on ever tighter margins. But there are ways to improve. One aspect of modern technology is particularly useful to improving health - beyond hardware and devices, there is data.

Paolo Macchiarini: A Surgeon's Downfall - Could it Happen Here?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Ed Fletcher

The infamous case of Paolo Macchiarini has been making headlines around the world as the investigation continues into how one of the world's most resp...

Why Women Are Hurrying To Get The IUD

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In the hustle and bustle of women on the internet encouraging others to go and get an IUD before Trump's inauguration on the 20th of January in 2017, as a woman, it's still important to weigh up the pros and cons of this form of contraception...

Stressed Out? How The Right Tech Can Help Increase Your Wellbeing And Relieve Stress

David Plans | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Tech
David Plans

Many individuals are not aware they are under stress, let alone the precise level of their stress, the triggers of their stress, and the potential health problems caused by prolonged stress. In order to effectively combat stress and its ill effects on health, stress triggers and responses to stress must be recognised and managed in real time.

Health Economics - It's All About Supply And Demand

Samir Dawlatly | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Samir Dawlatly

This means that the balance between supply and demand will continue to be lopsided and will inevitably topple the whole system. Perhaps that may be the only way to put it back together from scratch, if any salvageable remnants remain.

Why Investing In Hospital IT Is About Patients Not Paperwork

Chris Spencer | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

Investing in IT is a vital route to improved patient care. And not just in terms of the patients able to go home promptly and with the precise medication they require. With an aging population and soaring admission rates, demand for beds has never been higher.

Personal Health Technology: A Decade Of Health Tech

Kathy Mason | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Tech
Kathy Mason

This progress has underpinned an ever more knowledgeable population; people are becoming more informed about their health conditions, chronic and acute, and about how to stay healthy in the first place. There are clear signs of a shift in the relationship between individuals and their health care professionals

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.