UK Healthcare

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.

Care Is Anything But Menial Work, It's the Most Meaningful Work

Helen McEntire | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Helen McEntire

Working in homecare is an unloved, undervalued profession that people think is just about menial tasks, new research has revealed. It rocks me to the...

Why You Should Move to France for a Healthier Life

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Widdowson

It's no secret that the French are generally healthier than Brits and Americans. Our Gallic neighbours enjoy a diet packed with artery-blocking ingredients and yet somehow manage to avoid many adverse health effects.

Quality End-Of-Life Care Must Be Universal

Clare Periton | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Clare Periton

People die all the time, much as babies are born all the time. What lies at the centre of good palliative care is the ability to listen and shape treatment and care around the individual, thinking about their needs, not just their symptoms.

The Lone Wolf Now Runs In A Pack

Simon Fairweather | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Simon Fairweather

Perhaps the stolen camaraderie led me into my chosen profession - emergency medicine. The siege mentality, punishing rotas and huge reliance on teamwork made me feel like I belong somewhere. Sadly with the unrelenting workload and no sign of empathy from up high, I can feel myself drifting. For now, the search continues.

Missing Teeth and Other Failings

Wendy Jones | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

She knew who she was, who I and other relatives were, but not where she was exactly or why. Memories and knowledge laid down long ago remained. Current experiences were hard to fathom. Hospital was difficult. Her cognition got worse with each stay.

EU Governments Must Ramp Up Obesity Strategies or Face Fiscal Crisis

Martin Koehring | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

Europe is facing an obesity crisis of epidemic proportions, one that threatens to overwhelm the EU's already struggling economies and place a tremendous burden on its healthcare systems. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that the proportion of those who are overweight or obese will rise substantially in the EU over the next decade if the issue is not tackled.

NHS Chief Opens a Huge Can of Worms

Stephen Burke | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

Simon Stevens has opened a huge can of worms. Let's use the opportunity to create a much better care system that is fair, simple and sustainable and really meets the needs of all older people, now and throughout this century.

An Open Letter to All Healthcare Professionals

Naomi Barrow | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I want to let you know, that we appreciate you. We are so thankful for you and for the tireless work you put in, day in, day out. By 'we', I don't just mean patients, but patient's families and friends too.

Medical Schools Should Teach Students to Combat Disease, Not Terrorism

George Gillett | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

Perhaps the most startling aspect of the training was that we were being taught how to recognise traits of radicalisation before we'd learnt the first thing about diagnosing psychosis. I don't make this comparison flippantly or for rhetorical impact; its ramifications are clear.

Time for Bed: Why We Should Be Getting Serious About Sleep

Jeroen Tas | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

It's estimated that we'll all spend about 26 years of our lives asleep, but did you get enough shut-eye last night? No? It might not seem like a big problem but this behavior has a major impact on our health.

Women in Business Q&A: Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.12.2015 | UK
Laura Dunn

Sally learned a lot about health care from her 18-year career in the industry and from her personal experiences coming from a family of physicians and...

NHS Student Bursary Cuts

Abby Clark | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby Clark

The breadth of knowledge and clinical skills needed to be a safe and competent practitioner is very wide. As well as these taught skills, there are the hard-to-teach, intrinsic social skills and communication nuances that need to be honed.

Too Hot for Health: How Health Systems Will Cope With Climate Change

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

The United Nation's climate change summit, COP21 in Paris will be one of the most important opportunities to date to save global health. With one in e...

Government in the Dark Over the State of UK Eye Health

Mike Daw | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Daw

This autumn, a group of cross-party MPs posed questions to the Department of Health, in an attempt to gather information on the current state of the U...