UK Healthcare

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.

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.