Blog Archive

June 2016

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    THE EFFECT OF NEW JOB TITLES ON HEALTH AND CARE INTEGRATION

    The supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries review found the following:Helen Gilburt, Lead author and King's Fund fellow said:"Our analysis found new roles are not always the most effective way of delivering integrated care- and can, in fact, lead to solutions which are unsustainable."...while the aim of creating a more flexible and multi-skilled workforce to...

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    KEY CONCERNS WITHIN THE CHILDREN CARE SYSTEM IN WALES

    The Children's commissioner's report further highlighted the following issues according to ITV News:Sally Holland said:"It has been enlightening to hear young people's experiences through our fieldwork, including young people who have been able to make positive changes to their lives as a result of good support from staff in children's homes."...I encourage all those who work with children in...

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    BREXIT AND HEALTHCARE

    The campaign claimed that membership in the EU cost the UK £350 million a week, "enough to build a brand new, fully staffed ... hospital every week", reports CNNMoney.Pro-Brexit politicians continued to make the claim, despite been repeatedly admonished by the Independent Statistics Watchdog, for misleading voters. The slogan was also painted on the side of the campaign's bus. According to...

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    HOUSE PRICES MAY FALL AFTER BREXIT

    Property experts also made the following findings:Richard Donnell, insight director at property consultancy, Hometrack said:"As a result of the vote, the near-term prospects for the UK housing market looked very uncertain,"The immediate impact is likely to be a fall in housing turnover and a rapid deceleration in house price growth as buyers adopt a wait and see the short-term impact on financial...

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    HEALTHY DIETS FOR CARE HOMES

    Joanna Cox, a manager of Chandos Lodge, said:"Food is a huge factor in our residents' lives and we want to ensure the meals we provide not only satisfy their tastes but benefit their health."Healthy eating is vital to keeping well in later life. The right spices are proven to improve longevity and well-being, while meals that are high in nutritional value help to protect cognitive functions as we...

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    BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL TO BUY EMPTY HOUSES

    The Birmingham city council is seeking to provide much-needed housing and to remove the negative impact empty houses are having on the local communities and neighbourhoods.The cabinet member for housing and homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths said:"In the last three years, we have brought around 1,000 empty properties back into use."We offer homeowners advice, guidance and support in bringing their...

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    HOSPITAL INCIDENTS IN ENGLAND

    The RCN which is holding its annual congress in Glasgow said that across England, "the hospital sector is feeling the strain of financial pressures and increased demand", reports the Guardian. According to them, the following are some issues facing local hospitals in England:Janet Davies, the RCN's Chief executive and general secretary said:"Having once been the preserve of the worst weeks of...

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    PRECAUTIONARY CARE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WITH EPILEPSY

    "Between 2009 and 2013, 21 women died during pregnancy as a result of epilepsy and in most of those cases, their seizures were found to be poorly controlled."Experts also say, "the risk of death is ten times greater in pregnant women with epilepsy than those without the condition."Nevertheless, "around 2,500 infants are estimated to be born to women with epilepsy every year in the UK", reports...

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    FREE DEVICES AND APPS FOR BETTER HEALTH

    Some of such devices and apps which will be available in April 2017 are:AliveCor- A mobile heart monitor (strapped to the back of a smartphone) which will also save NHS money, reducing need for expensive treatment.MyCOPD- Helps those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to manage their conditions.Simon Stevens, NHS England's Chief executive "has backed the move as a significant expansion...

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    DO HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SERVICES NEED INTEGRATION?

    Although, many integration initiatives have been introduced across the NHS; For example, vanguard sites to the prime minister's Challenge Fund and integrated care pioneers- many involving GP practices.The report accepts that evidence on the success of health and social care integration is still being produced, but it says 'all the signs' are that integrated care can better meet the needs of an...

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    LANDLORDS DIVIDED ON HOW TO VOTE IN EU REFERENDUM

    The findings show that landlords are evenly split, with 35% intending to vote leave and 35% intending to vote to remain, reports Housing Excellence.According to Richard Lambert, the NLA's Chief Executive:"Landlords, much like the rest of the British public, are divided on how they will vote in the EU referendum which means the decision looks to go down the wire."The Remain and Leave campaigns...

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    INCREASE IN THREATS OF EVICTIONS FROM HOMES

    After analysing statistics from the Ministry of Justice, the housing charity (Shelter) found the following:In the past year, the number of people seeking advice from 'Shelter' on their eviction issues is on the increase - 9,800 people facing eviction have called the Shelter helpline, and 500,000 people have visited their website eviction advice pages.The helpline director for shelter, Nadeem Khan...

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    CHILDREN'S SOCIAL CARE AT RISK

    "Under "Power to test different ways of working", Clauses 15 to 19 of the children and social work bill introduce a fast-track process for the removal of any hundreds of local authority duties to children, young people and families."After a request from a local authority or a specified person sent by ministers into a local area to oversee the improvement of children's services, regulations can...

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    QUEEN RECOGNISES HOUSING INDUSTRY MEMBERS

    Below are those who were awarded an OBE for their services to the housing industry, reports 24Dash:"Roger Victor John Cadbury for services to the Bournville Village Trust in Birmingham and to charity in Warwickshire."David Ewan Cameron- Director, Community Land Scotland for Services to community land ownership in Scotland."Paul Doe, Chief Executive, Shepherds Bush Housing Group (SBHG) for...

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    INCREASED USE OF LOCUM GP'S IN ENGLAND "LINKED TO DEPRIVATION"

    BBC News also found after analysing data that in some parts of England, "18% of the GP workforce was made of locums (doctors that stand for and/or temporarily cover a vacancy for an absent doctor) compared to a national average of 3.4%.The data above which was initially collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows the following:According to the clinical chair of NHS Bradford...

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    WHY HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS MUST SPEAK OUT

    The shadow housing minister also expressed his worry:"The sector went quiet after doing the deal on the Right to Buy. I think it's disappointing that they made such little contribution to the public and policy debate around the Housing and Planning Bill... I want to see housing associations find their voice again."Mr Healey also gave a warning that with upcoming debates on housing benefit cuts...

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    REDUCTION IN SCOTTISH HOUSING DEMAND

    There has been a "sharp decline in demand from buyers, with a drop in sales in May" according to surveyors in Scotland, reports the BBCRics Scotland, a professional body, reported this fall in demand and said: "supply had now failed to keep up with demand for much of the past three years".They also found that:Rics Scotland director, Sarah Speirs said:"Across the UK, it appears that we are...

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    #UKHousingFast

    The #UKHousingFast is a social media campaign which is led by people living and working in social housing to support the activities of Trussell Trust.This fast is in its third year and will take place on the 23rd of June.Here are the ways to get involved, according to 24 Dash:Nazrin Fazal, who is the organiser of this year's event, said:"I was sad to read a recent report by the Trussell Trust...

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    10 MILLION POUNDS TO BE INVESTED IN NEW DUNDEE HOMES

    Councillor John Alexander, in recognising the need for more affordable housing said the following:"... with the best will in the world, it is not at all easy creating safe, energy-efficient homes from scratch in the places people want to live."That's why we are discussing such projects with social landlords across the city now and being as flexible and adaptable as we can in our approach."In...

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    CHARITIES, THEIR BRANDS, BENEFICIARIES AND HOW TO EFFECT CHANGE

    "Most charities exist because their founders believed the future could be different if they mobilised supporters", but Mandy Johnson of the Guardian believes"This vision is being lost."Charities are reluctant to create change if the method of doing so does not shine a light on their organisation and comply with brand guidelines."Branding is important, but surely, if you have the opportunity to...

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    HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS INTENSIFY EFFORTS ON EFFICIENCY

    "Associations have reduced operating costs and cut rent arrears, whilst still improving services" according to a report by Housemark for National Housing Federation, 24 Dash reports.Benchmarking data submitted by over 250 English housing associations to analyse customer satisfaction, overheads, housing management, repairs and maintenance, and energy efficiency 2008/2009 were analysed by the...

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    HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DETECTION

    Ms Theresa May, the Home secretary told the Police Federation Annual Conference that domestic violence victims:"...were being let down by the police.""Victims of abuse are still being let down, and reports are not being taken seriously enough." and"The right skills, training and commitment to protect the vulnerable are still not held by every single police officer." Sky News reports.Gudrun...

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    INSUFFICIENT HELP FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN

    According to a survey by Women's Aid,The figures above are a fraction of how prevalent these issues are among vulnerable women, which has made some of them evade support.Women with very complex needs and experiences of violence are usually in very traumatising situations which requires utmost care and attention.These women, therefore, turn to drugs and alcohol in order to cope with their...

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    SOLUTION TO NHS 'BED BLOCKING' CRISIS

    In February, Lord Carter's review of English Acute Hospitals revealed that "8,500 hospital beds were taken each year by medically fit patients". Care Industry News, reports.This, in turn, affects the whole NHS regarding admissions and elective procedure rates: Bed-blocking or delayed transfer of care is drastically affecting some aspects of hospital care, According to a report by the...

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    LONDON BOROUGHS FAIL TO ENSURE DEVELOPERS PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    Due to the findings above, there now exist thousands of homeless families which have led to the following vices:Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has promised "thousands of new affordable homes to buy and rent", BBC reportsWhat doyou think? Tweet comments @suppsolutionsFor more details, visit BBC...

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