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"04.12.2016 11:26:01" theguardian.com The game improving a community's health without them noticing Beat the Street, designed by a GP, turns a town into a game where participants walk, cycle or run between sensors It's called “going fobbing” in Salford – walking or cycling to sensors on lampposts all round the city and swiping them to get points.
"03.12.2016 11:22:00" theguardian.com Why would doctors and nurses put themselves through the ordeal of NHS management? Jeremy Hunt wants to encourage more clinicians to take leadership roles, but his proposals won't fix the problem At its worst, NHS management is a reputational meat grinder. A combination of extreme financial stress, dysfunctional local systems and a tough inspection regime that can come to simplistic judgments means that a doctor or nurse who had been secure in
"03.12.2016 07:57:45" theguardian.com Prison violence is the worst I have seen in my 30-year career Cuts and overcrowding are making this a dangerous time, and we prison governors are being squeezed by both sides. Liz Truss must make changes fast "I am a national officer for the Prison Governors' Association, the union that represents prison governors, and it is my duty to say that the prison service is in spiralling decline, brought about through savage staff cuts over the past four years,
"02.12.2016 12:15:50" theguardian.com We could all be Daniel Blake: social workers stand with disabled adults A new charter, written by disabled adults and social workers, calls for collaboration to tackle pressure on welfare services "We want people to use the charter to lobby for change and improvement at national and local level, and to get involved in joint action to improve disabled people's rights and lives."
"02.12.2016 10:41:00" theguardian.com Minimum alcohol pricing gets backing of UK government's health advisers Policy rejected by Westminster but backed by SNP in Scotland seen as vital to tackling medical and economic toll of drinking New evidence commissioned by the government from its own health advisers has concluded that ministers should introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol to tackle the grim medical, economic and social toll of drink-related harm.
"02.12.2016 09:13:00" theguardian.com Losing my husband inspired me to tackle farming's suicide problem After the tragic death of my husband, I launched a foundation to improve mental health awareness among farmers in Wales "On 5 July this year my world was turned upside down. Until then I was an average 28-year-old, married with two children and a full-time job, juggling the stresses of everyday life.But that morning I woke up to find my husband missing."
"02.12.2016 08:35:19" theguardian.com Run the NHS and social care like John Lewis, says Frank Field Ex-Labour welfare minister says new integrated service run on a mutual basis should be funded exclusively by national insurance contributions Frank Field: “The funding of the NHS for the remainder of this parliament is built upon extremely shaky foundations. It is therefore likely that, at some stage in this parliament, the government will be made by public opinion to increase the NHS budget.
"01.12.2016 11:54:52" theguardian.com Savour not 'slop': the revolution transforming care home catering A new training scheme for chefs aims to tackle outdated perceptions of care home food and provide a platform for excellence “Food needs to be pureed, but it also has to look attractive and appetising. Nobody wants to eat mush every day.”
"01.12.2016 10:15:00" theguardian.com MPs damn US firm over 'cut first, think later' approach to tax credit claimants Concentrix and HMRC castigated by Commons committee after fraud reduction strategy saw thousands wrongly stripped of benefits MPs have questioned whether private companies should be barred from providing core welfare services after an aggressive attempt to reduce tax credit fraud by US firm Concentrix saw thousands of low-income families wrongly stripped of benefits.
"01.12.2016 09:06:10" theguardian.com More than 250,000 people in England are homeless, says Shelter Charity marks 50th anniversary by revealing homelessness hotspots including Birmingham, Bristol, Luton and Slough More than 250,000 people in England are homeless or lack a permanent place to live, according to Shelter.
"30.11.2016 21:55:01" theguardian.com Growing crisis in children and young people's mental health demands action Young people face unprecedented social pressures, leading to serious psychological distress. Society's response has been inadequate "Channel 4's documentary Kids on the Edge, screened over the last month ... has captured, with great sensitivity, the challenges faced by young people and their families, and which our services are working through on a daily basis." #kidsontheedge
"30.11.2016 13:25:34" theguardian.com Government inaction on social care funding needs a radical response Re-stating the case for better funding is not enough, the sector needs a grassroots social movement to press for reform "The sense of disappointment bordering on despair about the autumn statement's silence on social care is palpable throughout local government and the social care sector."
"30.11.2016 12:06:06" theguardian.com The game improving a community's health without them noticing Beat the Street, designed by a GP, turns a town into a game where participants walk, cycle or run between sensors “I've never known anything like it – children are going out walking every evening and weekend. Teaching assistants take the children out at lunchtime three times a week and take whole classes out twice a week. I've had parents telling me how happy they
"30.11.2016 09:27:00" theguardian.com No evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office Government has failed to measure whether sanctions represent value for money, while application varies widely, find auditors Sanctions on welfare payments which have allegedly caused thousands of claimants to fall into hardship and depression are being handed out without evidence that they actually work, Whitehall's official spending watchdog has found.
"30.11.2016 07:47:01" theguardian.com Apprentice nurses could treat hospital patients in bid to tackle shortages Health secretary Jeremy Hunt to announce plan to allow student nurses to train on the job rather than having to complete a university degree Hospital patients could be treated by apprentice nurses under plans to be announced by Jeremy Hunt, sparking a new row about how the government is tackling shortages of health professionals.
"29.11.2016 08:29:49" theguardian.com Tory MPs press Philip Hammond over NHS and social care Conservatives warn privately that government may face unrest like tax credit rebellion unless cash brought forward to counteract budget cuts Philip Hammond, the chancellor, is coming under mounting pressure from Tory MPs to bring forward help for the NHS and social care services, amid dire warnings that council budget cuts are causing unsustainable problems.
"28.11.2016 18:16:13" theguardian.com After Black Friday, #givingtuesday is a day for giving, not shopping Our tiny UK team works with more than 1,500 partners to get people excited about helping charities, from MPs singing to celebs on social media 'The #givingtuesday movement started in the US in 2012 as a very simple idea: to add a day to the calendar directly after the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday that focused on giving, not
"28.11.2016 12:15:01" theguardian.com What does it take to make digital technology work in children's services? Social workers' use of tech to engage young people is woefully behind the times but it doesn't have to be this way "Commercial software needs to be accessible – otherwise people won't use it. In the social care world, exactly the same standards should apply. If your product isn't accessible it's a non-starter."
"28.11.2016 10:19:00" theguardian.com Being an anaesthetist has taught me the power of patients' last words I'm sometimes the last person a patient speaks to. Their final words can be deeply profound or revealing 'A person's last words can be a defining moment. You speak to families and you tell them there was a smile, even a giggle. The fact that this was their last conscious, communicated thought will hold in the memory of anyone who cared for them. “Yep, that
"28.11.2016 08:07:21" theguardian.com Brexit means 'only major crisis will focus ministers on to NHS' Former health boss Nigel Crisp says government will be distracted by leaving EU and there is no sign of mitigating action The NHS and social care are at risk of being downgraded as a priority by a government distracted by Brexit unless there is a major public health crisis, the former chief executive of the NHS has warned.
"26.11.2016 11:18:00" theguardian.com What is your experience of working with child mental health services? We want to hear from health and social care professionals and teachers about the state of child and adolescent mental health services We want to hear from healthcare professionals, both those working in Camhs and in other areas of the health service, about what the situation is really like. What challenges are you faced with? How does it have an effect on you personally?
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"25.11.2016 16:45:20" theguardian.com Citizens must get a say in NHS sustainability and transformation plans The public has been locked out of the plans so far, but it's not too late to increase engagement in the design, commissioning and delivery of care 'We have been here before. Earlier in the decade, in an attempt to shift costs out of hospitals and into communities, the NHS ran what were called “acute service reconfigurations”. This involved reshaping services at a sub-regional level.'
"25.11.2016 12:12:26" theguardian.com Care workers aren't 'just about managing' – it's far worse than that In an open letter to the prime minister, a care worker says year after year of cuts have left staff 'not always managing' "For my colleagues not always managing means always being on the brink of financial disaster where an unexpected bill or an unforeseen expense is likely to push them over the edge."
"25.11.2016 10:17:00" theguardian.com London tops cost-of-housing survey at 14 times average earnings Cambridge and Oxford follow the capital at over 13 times earnings while Glasgow and Liverpool have lowest income-to-price ratio The average cost of a home in London is more than 14 times average earnings – the highest level on record, according to figures from property consultancy Hometrack. Oxford and Cambridge are not far behind, the company's latest index of city prices
"25.11.2016 08:57:08" theguardian.com NHS hospitals suffer from chronic bed shortage, surgeons say Royal College of Surgeons calls for rethink after figures show 89% of beds are full overnight for fourth quarter in a row The Royal College of Surgeons has warned of a chronic shortage of NHS hospital beds in England, after occupancy rates for overnight stays topped 89% for a fourth successive quarter.
"24.11.2016 13:45:36" theguardian.com Social workers help Romania's abandoned children off the streets More than 25 years have passed since Ceaușescu's rule ended but children are still fleeing orphanages for a life of homelessness. Now social workers are helping them access healthcare, education and citizenship “Romania can only move forward when we understand that inclusion is not achieved just by giving money away. A society cannot progress economically when an important part of the country lives in social exclusion. Without social workers and their skills, a
"24.11.2016 11:26:00" theguardian.com The woman who showed me how difficult it is to be pregnant and poor She was homeless, isolated, vulnerable and completely alone. Every day people walked past her and ignored her All too often, people stigmatise pregnancy for women living in poverty. They make assumptions about them, judging them as selfish or irresponsible. Pregnancy for them is not seen as the beautiful blessing that it is for women who are comfortably off; when
"24.11.2016 10:26:01" theguardian.com Housing gets £4bn boost to increase number of new homes Government aims to build 40,000 additional affordable homes by 2021 – but OBR says it expects 13,000 fewer homes to be built over next five years The chancellor committed almost £4bn to housing in Wednesday's autumn statement, in a move he said represented a step-change in the government's ambition to increase the supply of homes for sale and rent.
"24.11.2016 09:04:38" theguardian.com Scottish homelessness charity plans village of low-cost eco homes Social Bite, whose supporters include Leonardo DiCaprio, wants to build 10 houses as model for ending homelessness “The Social Bite Village plan hopes to create a full-circle solution to the issue of homelessness – from housing to support to employment. I'm not for a minute saying that Social Bite alone will eradicate homelessness or anywhere close to that. But we can
"24.11.2016 08:25:53" theguardian.com Local government: autumn statement fails to deliver on social care The autumn statement focused on devolution and housing at the expense of health and social care. We round up local government reactions Local government reactions to yesterday's autumn statement: Jo Miller, president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers and chief executive of Doncaster council, said Hammond had failed to address “the elephant in the
"23.11.2016 16:04:01" theguardian.com How will the autumn statement change Britain? Our panel's views Our writers give their reaction to chancellor Philip Hammond's first autumn statement "Austerity may have been ditched, with the increasingly mythical goal of a budget surplus booted into the distant future, but the pain associated with it may simply be moving elsewhere."
"23.11.2016 14:15:30" theguardian.com Time for social workers to rediscover their counselling skills Most social workers went into the job 'to help people'. Now they should push aside paperwork and political agendas and reclaim their role as counsellors "If we are aware of our emotions, thoughts, responses and behaviours we can better empathise with those whose lives we pass through. As a social worker I had many roles in my day-to-day practice (not forgetting tea maker, chauffeur and IT expert – turn it
"23.11.2016 11:38:23" theguardian.com Leprosy – a disease of the past? – In pictures As India rolls out the world's first leprosy vaccine, Dr Alex Kumar visits Anandaban hospital and outpatient clinic in Nepal to document the journey from diagnosis to rehabilitation A lack of awareness and support have carried leprosy into the 21st century as one of the World Health Organisation's official list of neglected tropical diseases.
"23.11.2016 10:20:00" theguardian.com A luxury care home for people with dementia – but at what price? Chelsea Court Place feels like a five-star hotel. But at up to £3,000 a week, it is beyond the reach of most people Chelsea Court Place describes itself as the UK's first luxury purpose-built and designed residential and daycare home for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. Inside the building on the exclusive King's Road in London, it feels more like a private
"23.11.2016 08:54:52" theguardian.com Government scolded by watchdog over NHS funding claims Watchdog investigating Theresa May's claim of £10bn for NHS tells government to be clearer when presenting statistics The watchdog overseeing how ministers use official statistics has told the government to be clearer and more exact in its claims about NHS funding after it investigated Theresa May's contentious claim that she was giving the health service a £10bn boost.
"22.11.2016 15:55:01" theguardian.com Doctors threaten to boycott plan for patients to show ID for NHS care Proposal aimed at combating health tourism has been described as 'disgusting', with one surgeon saying it will not solve funding crisis Doctors have said they will boycott attempts to introduce identification checks as part of government plans to combat “health tourism”.
"22.11.2016 14:33:02" theguardian.com Labour's Teresa Pearce: 'The social care crisis can no longer be ignored' The shadow communities secretary says Labour's vision is we all chip in to pay for tax-funded services so nobody falls behind “People were thinking that this [austerity cuts] was a wave we would ride and a better day would come, but it hasn't, and it has just got worse.”
"22.11.2016 11:36:49" theguardian.com Social care isn't just about looking after an ageing population My job is about helping people of all ages have independence and live their lives to the fullest "Often people forget that young people with learning disabilities and autism want the same things as anyone else their age – to be able to exercise independence and do what they enjoy. Ensuring that these freedoms are achieved is what good quality social
"22.11.2016 09:58:00" theguardian.com Bathtub of sugary drinks a year: cancer warning over teenage intake Cancer Research UK backs government plans for sugar tax, saying childhood consumption equivalent to hundreds of cans a year represents 'epidemic' British teenagers drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks each year, Cancer Research UK has said, urging the government to do more to improve children's diets.
"22.11.2016 08:44:29" theguardian.com Hospitals may require patients to show passports for NHS treatment Those seeking medical care could be assessed to see if they qualify for free treatment in bid to tackle health tourism Patients could be told to bring two forms of identification including a passport to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment under new rules to stop so-called health tourism.
"21.11.2016 13:35:01" theguardian.com Management training essential to improve social work performance In the wake of two inquiries into social services, a new book highlights a critical vacuum: lack of training in leadership skills "Social workers are being asked to lead teams without training on the demands of the job."
"21.11.2016 11:09:36" theguardian.com I had to quit NHS admin – I felt like a workhorse flogged too hard Time-saving technological advancements have bypassed the health service. I was so overworked and stressed that I left I felt like I didn't have time to breathe, let alone take a lunch break, and inevitably, when people are stressed, they take it out on each other. In my experience, the consultants, registrars and junior doctors were polite and considerate to the admin
"21.11.2016 09:12:00" theguardian.com New GP leader calls for end to 'expensive' five-a-day goal Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard says fruit and veg guidance is unaffordable for many families The new leader of Britain's 50,000 family doctors says the “five-a-day” target for fruit and vegetable consumption should be revised because it is unaffordable for many Britons.
"21.11.2016 07:51:00" theguardian.com Four in five UK councils struggle to provide older people's care – survey More than 6.4 million people aged 65 and over live in areas without enough care to meet demand – especially specialist dementia care, says research Four in five UK local authorities have insufficient care for older people in their area, with the shortage most acute for some of the most vulnerable in society, research suggests.
"20.11.2016 12:55:00" theguardian.com Construction project rebuilds lives after brain injury and mental illness Down to Earth aims to engage hard to reach and vulnerable people through participation in practical activity in Wales This isn't your average building site and these are no regular builders. They're patients on day release from three low secure mental health facilities within the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) health board in Wales.
"19.11.2016 11:53:00" theguardian.com My colleague's suicide showed how vulnerable medical professionals can be I knew afterwards that my days working as a nurse in the emergency department were numbered I knew after my colleague's suicide that my days working as a nurse in the emergency department were numbered.
"18.11.2016 15:20:00" theguardian.com The NHS cannot afford to get another workforce initiative wrong Rushing through the new nursing associate role during a financial panic risks serious mistakes Once upskilling was in vogue; now the latest convulsion in the nursing profession is downskilling, with the introduction of the post of nursing associate as trusts across the country struggle to fill thousands of vacancies.
"18.11.2016 14:18:49" theguardian.com Fostering in Scotland: it's time carers had a minimum allowance The Scottish government must live up to its decade-long promise to introduce minimum fostering allowances, so carers like me can provide more for children "It's nice to be told by the first minister that we're doing a good job, but even nicer would be to see the government live up to its financial responsibility to looked-after children in the new financial year."
"18.11.2016 09:45:55" theguardian.com Alcohol-related cancer to kill 135,000 in England by 2035 – study Cancer Research UK calls for 50p minimum unit price to help prevent more than 1.2m hospital admissions by 2035 Alcohol-related cancers will cause about 135,000 deaths and cost the NHS £2bn over the next 20 years in England, unless concerted action is taken to highlight the dangers of drinking, health campaigners have warned.
"18.11.2016 09:09:24" theguardian.com Top charity chief executives on social media I Zoe Amar The 30 charity leaders who excel in social media have been named. Here are some key pointers on how, like them, to create a distinctive voice online 'Here are some of the key pointers every charity leader aspiring to develop a better social media presence should think about – and how some of the top 30 social CEOs already put them into
"18.11.2016 08:34:49" theguardian.com Promised £8bn extra for NHS is not enough, says hospitals boss Chris Hopson says health service simply cannot do all it is being asked to do on current funding levels Chris Hopson: "There is now a clear and widening gap between what is being asked of the NHS and the funding available to deliver it. The NHS simply cannot do all that it is currently doing and is being asked to do in future on these funding levels.”
"17.11.2016 16:57:00" theguardian.com 'I've returned older and wiser': the social workers coming back to practice Councils are running courses to encourage and support experienced professionals back into employment to stem nationwide shortage "Best move I ever made."
"17.11.2016 14:59:01" theguardian.com Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven The latest in a series on the increasingly precarious world of work finds accusations of 'endemic' abuse of minimum wage laws Dave Prentis: “The abuse of minimum wage laws is endemic across the homecare sector because the non-payment of travel time drags already low wages below legal minimums.”
"17.11.2016 13:27:01" theguardian.com New York's deputy mayor: After the US election we just have to get up and work harder every day After the shock of Trump's victory, Alicia Glen still believes New York and London – each facing a housing crisis – have much to learn from one another “I can guarantee Trump doesn't wake up in the middle of the night worrying about whether there is enough affordable housing for New Yorkers,” Alicia Glen, deputy mayor of New York City talks housing post US-election result and why London and New York City
"17.11.2016 12:43:15" theguardian.com My colleague's suicide showed how vulnerable medical professionals can be I knew afterwards that my days working as a nurse in the emergency department were numbered 'Now I realise how human each of us really is, there are no superheroes among us.'
"17.11.2016 09:30:07" theguardian.com Psychiatrists attack 'scandal' of child mental health spending Royal college analysis says NHS bodies in some areas are spending little more than £2 per child despite surge in illness NHS bodies are spending as little as £2.01 per child on mental health care for young people, despite the big spike in anxiety, depression and other serious problems among under-18s.
"17.11.2016 07:59:01" theguardian.com Justice secretary under pressure from Gove to cut prison population Liz Truss's predecessor says she should use her powers to release 500 prisoners serving sentences for public protection The UK justice secretary, Liz Truss, has come under severe pressure from her predecessor, Michael Gove, and the chief inspector of prisons to take urgent action to cut the prison population.
"16.11.2016 15:53:01" theguardian.com 'Jack's childhood is slipping away': social workers must advocate for child refugees Last week I met a traumatised six-year-old boy, but despite everything I know about child development, abuse and neglect, there is little I can do to help him – because he is a child refugee "Amber Rudd's inbox needs to be full of letters from social workers asking her to speed up the asylum process, accept more children and families, and support them properly when they get here. There will be no serious case reviews for children like Jack,
"16.11.2016 12:58:01" theguardian.com 'Being alive is just fantastic': how ageing Londoners view their city – and life Inspired by Humans of New York, photographer Cathy Teesdale recorded the stories of strangers across London to understand humanity in the capital city. Here she shares some powerful thoughts from its older generation “In India not many people exceed 60 or 65. At that age, you're really an old person. That's why I look at myself now and think, what have I done to deserve still being here? I'm 86 and I'm still ticking over, still walking about. Every morning when I wake
"16.11.2016 11:20:01" theguardian.com Construction project rebuilds lives after brain injury and mental illness Down to Earth aims to engage hard to reach and vulnerable people through participation in practical activity in Wales “This shouldn't be seen as alternative; it's the future. It has to be. Medication is fantastic and it has a time and a place, but it doesn't create the future.”
"16.11.2016 09:59:00" theguardian.com Language barrier leaves refugees facing struggle to rebuild their lives Lack of tailored English classes and job opportunities prevent people fleeing to the UK from integrating for many years, a new study shows More needs to be done to ease the difficulties facing refugees if they are to reach their potential in the UK, according to the first major piece of research into the government's resettlement scheme.
"16.11.2016 08:42:42" theguardian.com NHS nursing assistants could raise risk of death for patients, says study Research finds swapping fully qualified nurse for assistant increases risk of dying but government says new staff will complement, not replace, nurses Government plans to tackle NHS understaffing by putting thousands of “nursing assistants” on to wards are under scrutiny after research found deploying them could raise patients' risk of dying.
"15.11.2016 13:37:00" theguardian.com Shared ownership: only way to buy or worst of both worlds? - readers' views Mixing rent and a mortgage gives tenant-owners mixed feelings. Equity gains are welcome, but there are fears about high rents and affordability 'Appetite is growing for shared ownership schemes in areas where many people are priced out of the housing market. But what's it really like?
Readers report mixed feelings about shared ownership: often it gave them much cheaper accommodation costs, but
"15.11.2016 12:36:00" theguardian.com Which charities will benefit from this year's Christmas TV ads? With retail giants such as John Lewis and Sainsbury's jostling for impact with their TV adverts, we look at how charities are set to gain 'Retailers and charities tend to be equally tight-lipped about how much charities actually get as a result of Christmas TV advertising.
But this isn't just about money. Age UK reported a huge boost in inquiries about volunteering as a result of the 2015
"15.11.2016 11:57:01" theguardian.com Justine Greening should withdraw the disastrous children and social work bill Concerns about conflicts of interest and inexpert regulators should halt the bill before children's social services and families who depend on them are damaged "It would be wise for Greening to withdraw the badly drafted bill she has inherited, currently barely held together by a series of knee-jerk amendments forced on the government."
"15.11.2016 10:27:42" theguardian.com Expedition medicine: save lives ... and go places From minor fractures to major earthquakes, extreme medicine is attracting early-career doctors – and can boost their prospects Expedition medicine offers an exciting combination of medical practice and the outdoors. I have worked all over the world in some incredible places, from Iceland to Belize, the Philippines to Tanzania, Nepal and the Arctic. But it can be challenging
"15.11.2016 07:55:00" theguardian.com Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support Bureaucratic delays have left hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants struggling without income for weeks after being made jobless, forcing many to turn to food banks, according to the chair of an all-party MPs' group on hunger.
"14.11.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com Social workers: tell us about work-life balance and job satisfaction Our new survey aims to gain insights into the issues affecting frontline professionals and their managers To better understand the issues affecting social workers and their managers, the Guardian, in partnership with the British Association of Social Workers, has launched its latest Social Lives survey.
"14.11.2016 16:29:00" theguardian.com The fall-less city and other innovations for a healthier old age Rapid urbanisation and ageing populations mean that cities must become better for older people to live in. We have the technology to make this happen Liverpool is aiming to become a “fall-less” city – so that all older adults with limited or reduced mobility can venture forth into the streets, parks and other public places knowing that their chances of falling have been significantly reduced.
"14.11.2016 14:35:01" theguardian.com In NHS management being fired means you continue working for more money The health service is so short of experienced leaders, it ends up paying some £1,000 a day to plug management gaps "In the private sector, I'd have been given a fat pay-off and sent on my way. But in UK public healthcare it's not acceptable to spend taxpayers' money that way, and departing managers have nowhere else to go: the NHS is the only game in town. So I was
"14.11.2016 13:09:15" theguardian.com '186m needless emails': NHS-wide test message and replies-to-all crash system Email was sent by an IT contractor at Croydon NHS to everyone in the national organisation, which employs 1.2 million staff On Monday, NHS staff complained on Twitter about a “test email” sent by an IT contractor at Croydon NHS to everyone in the organisation, as well as replies to all in response to the message, leading to claims that the entire email system had crashed.
"14.11.2016 08:35:57" theguardian.com Patients and staff shut out of NHS transformation plans, says thinktank King's Fund says local health leaders have been told not to reveal plans until they are finalised and have been approved NHS plans that could lead to hospital and A&E closures have been kept secret from the public and barely involved frontline staff, a thinktank has said.
"12.11.2016 11:13:22" theguardian.com I assess if you are fit for work. I hate having to score your life this way As the person who hurriedly judges your medical condition for the DWP, I have to decide if you score highly enough for disability benefits "I'm the person who assesses whether or not your medical condition is stopping you from being able to work – and I have never felt so dejected by a job."
"11.11.2016 13:55:00" theguardian.com Training and career opportunities vital to tackle care recruitment crisis Research shows many care staff have a negative perception of their work but the chance to gain skills and qualifications would make it more attractive "Care workers mentioned some positives about their roles, such as the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others, and the social aspects of the role. These benefits kept them working in the sector.
However, the negative perceptions of care
"11.11.2016 11:06:00" theguardian.com A day in the life of local government – share your pictures To celebrate the 24-hour council tweetathon #OurDay on 15 November, we want to see your pictures of working in local public services Local government may be shrinking as a result of savage cuts, with job losses, reduced services and social care funding in existential crisis, but everyday, council staff are working to provide a wide array of local services, and that is something the
"11.11.2016 10:12:09" theguardian.com Childhood obesity linked to irregular sleep and skipping breakfast Study challenges view that soaring childhood obesity rates are caused solely by eating too much Skipping breakfast and irregular sleep patterns have been identified as key reasons why children may become dangerously overweight in research that sheds new light on the obesity epidemic.
"11.11.2016 08:25:46" theguardian.com Liverpool plans citizens' poll on proposed 10% council tax rise 'Desperate' council facing £90m three-year bill amid cuts to put budget simulator online and seek agreement for referendum The people of Liverpool could be asked to vote on whether they should pay up to 10% more council tax to help their “desperate” local authority maintain public services in the face of government cuts.
"10.11.2016 13:40:01" theguardian.com I almost quit as an occupational therapist when the NHS failed me When someone close to me was permanently damaged after being admitted to a mental health ward, I thought my career was over "My situation gives insight that you wish you never had. It's tough but you continue to fight for your patients' recovery as you would fight for your own friend or family member. You learn to use this insight as a positive to help others."
"10.11.2016 11:54:00" theguardian.com Lessons from Europe: how projects supporting care leavers are transforming lives In France and Spain support programmes are helping vulnerable young people access employment and secure housing, or continue with education "In every model, a key element for success is not only to prepare the young person for their transition into adulthood, but to support them throughout the process. This all shows that with a well-planned and coordinated effort, the lives and opportunities
"10.11.2016 09:33:01" theguardian.com Families win supreme court appeals over 'unfair' bedroom tax Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law Two families who claimed that the bedroom tax, which restricts housing subsidies, was unfair have won their appeals against the UK government at the supreme court.
"10.11.2016 08:24:00" theguardian.com NHS trusts on course to overshoot budgets by £850m, figures suggest Overspend is projected to be more than three times the sum health bosses have deemed acceptable, according to the Health Service Journal NHS hospital trusts are on course to overshoot their budgets by £850m this year, more than three times the deficit health service bosses said was acceptable, research has shown.
"09.11.2016 14:55:00" theguardian.com Has hotdesking had its day for social workers? Many frontline professionals feel social work and hotdesking are incompatible, and councils are now introducing other models “If you got shouted at in the street and insulted, most people would want to go home because it's a safe space, and people will be there to show sympathy and support. Your workspace is a bit like that and social workers are being yelled at or dealing with
"09.11.2016 13:13:09" theguardian.com Equal pay day sounds great - but women will work for free to the end of 2016 Equality isn't just about equal pay. This November, we must fight for the real value of women's work, in both the public and private sectors 'In our highly gender segregated labour market the concept of equal value goes to the heart of the fight for gender equality. While 80% of care workers are women, 90% of the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing sector workforces are male.
"09.11.2016 10:44:00" theguardian.com Five questions that will make you a smarter trustee of your charity Get under the bonnet of being a charity trustee with this guide to finding out what's going on, where the money is going and how to measure success 'If you've ever sat in a meeting of a local charity or voluntary group and wondered what you should be asking, you're not alone. Many trustees, especially when new to the role, want to ask questions, but are worried about looking stupid or naive.
"09.11.2016 10:14:01" theguardian.com Liz Truss, take note: all women's prisons could be like this The justice secretary need only look to Scotland to see a pioneering approach to women in custody that focuses on wellbeing and education "For inspiration on how to deliver her vision, Truss need not travel far. On a recent visit to Scotland, I caught a glimpse of how a modern, progressive country should be treating women who break the law."
"09.11.2016 09:55:00" theguardian.com NHS England proposes hospital ban on sugar-sweetened drinks Chief executive calls for ban on sugar-sweetened drinks or vendor levy on sales to protect patients and staff NHS England is proposing to ban sugar-sweetened drinks from hospital vending machines and restaurants, in a dramatic attempt to curb obesity that goes beyond the government's plans for a sugar levy.
"09.11.2016 08:52:28" theguardian.com Lords defeat government over child protection proposals Plan to deregulate council social workers is a bad idea that has not been properly evaluated, says Lord Ramsbotham The government has suffered a defeat in the House of Lords over plans to allow councils to opt out of legal obligations to vulnerable children.
"08.11.2016 16:19:01" theguardian.com Why is heart disease still killing millions every year? Better policymaking could significantly reduce premature deaths from cardiovascular disease, the UK's biggest killer There were 12.3m cardiovascular disease deaths worldwide in 1990 – this had risen to 17.3 million by 2013. That's over three times the number caused by Aids, TB and malaria combined.
"08.11.2016 14:53:51" theguardian.com Let's hope 'buy as you go' isn't just another chancers' lottery Housing associations are keen to build more houses, but locking low-income renters into inflexible, expensive mortgages isn't the answer 'The building of many more houses by housing associations over the next four years has to be welcomed but should the 1.25 million on social housing waiting lists not be first priority?
As it stands, this scheme looks to me like a tenure transfer from the
"08.11.2016 14:50:06" theguardian.com Meals on wheels under threat as more councils drop service due to cuts Fewer than half of councils now provide a hot meal each day for vulnerable older people, and campaigners say their health and independence are suffering Fewer than half of councils are still providing a meals on wheels service after six years of spending cuts, new figures have revealed.
"08.11.2016 09:43:01" theguardian.com Lack of NHS radiologists 'could cause delays to breast cancer diagnoses' Experts fear service will not cope with demand for mammograms, with 8% of breast radiology consultant posts unfilled Women may suffer a delay in finding out that they have breast cancer because the NHS is struggling with a serious and worsening lack of radiologists and radiographers, according to health experts.
"08.11.2016 08:35:58" theguardian.com UK austerity policies 'amount to violations of disabled people's rights' UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately Austerity policies introduced into welfare and social care by the UK government amount to “systematic violations” of the rights of people with disabilities, a UN inquiry has concluded.
"07.11.2016 16:34:40" theguardian.com Are charities doing as much good as they say or are they telling tales? As charities, we need to be honest about our impact. Three simple rules would help to provide greater transparency about true long-term change 'Many charities think they are measuring their impact by reporting that they have helped huge numbers of people. But what does this actually mean? Are they just saying a couple of kind words to somebody, or are they truly making a change in their life?
"07.11.2016 10:39:10" theguardian.com After an expensive and lengthy medical degree, I won't become a doctor I feel I could have a bigger impact on healthcare working outside the NHS rather than for it, which is why I am pursuing a career as a doctorpreneur Along the way, my drive to become a doctor has diminished by increasing disillusionment of working for the NHS.
"07.11.2016 08:53:00" theguardian.com Over 130,000 patients a year are not receiving vital NHS cancer care on time Hospitals struggling with growing number of people suspected of having the disease as doctors warn it may even harm chances of survival More than 130,000 patients a year are not receiving vital NHS cancer care on time because hospitals are struggling to look after the growing number of people suspected of having the disease.
"07.11.2016 07:45:00" theguardian.com Brutal reality of lower benefit cap hits home for struggling families Tens of thousands more UK households will see their benefits capped on Monday despite little proof it grows employment “They are out of touch with reality. They expect people to live on a tiny amount of money. It's not like benefits are generous. It's completely misleading, this idea that people live comfortably on benefits, a fallacy.”
"05.11.2016 11:49:00" theguardian.com 'You see tough things as a police officer. I felt sick as memories flooded back' After 20 years as an officer, my mental health crashed. Talking about my feelings to Mind's Blue Light support line has helped me cope When people used to ask me, a serving police officer, how I was feeling, “OK” became an easy phrase to use. It didn't show how much I was hiding.
I have worked for Essex police for more than 30 years. After 20 years of service, in 2013 my mental health
"05.11.2016 09:54:16" theguardian.com My fire crew runs on adrenaline during bonfire night We want people to enjoy their fireworks and be safe - for our firefighters it's all about tons of planning and extreme caution as we tackle a doubled workload "I admit that at the start of my career bonfire night worried me a little, as I wasn't sure what to expect. But, after being with the service for six and a half years, I now approach this period raring to go."
"04.11.2016 15:34:38" theguardian.com Compulsory reporting of child abuse concerns 'could deluge social workers' Eileen Munro, who conducted child protection review in wake of Baby P case, warns against government plans “The reasons people don't report are more complicated than the threat of imprisonment.”
"04.11.2016 13:03:01" theguardian.com Liz Truss must turn to the voluntary sector if she wants to reform prisons Charities are passionate about improving prisons and can help the 2,500 new officers think beyond their walls. It would be a mistake not to use our expertise "These prison reforms provide an opportunity for change that we need to grab with both hands," says Anne Fox, chief exec of Clinks.
"04.11.2016 11:01:00" theguardian.com Health chief: obesity warning letters to parents must not be watered down Chief medical officer said parents' anger should be ignored as new figures show children's obesity levels getting worse “In my generation it was normal to see [children's] ribs on the beach. That was healthy. How have we lost this national understanding of what is healthy and what is unhealthy?”
"04.11.2016 09:57:00" theguardian.com Baby adoption practices of past demand inquiry, say law firms Call for public inquiry over church-led adoptions up til 70s accused of coercing young single mothers into giving up their babies Pressure is mounting for a public inquiry into the adoption of hundreds of thousands of babies born to unmarried women over a 30-year period amid claims from some mothers who say they were coerced into handing over their children.
"04.11.2016 08:42:27" theguardian.com Theresa May 'in denial' over NHS financial woes Meg Hillier, chair of Commons spending watchdog, says evidence disproves PM's claim the service is getting enough money Theresa May was in denial about the extent of the NHS's financial problems and should accept that its sums “just do not add up”, the government spending watchdog has claimed.
"03.11.2016 10:30:00" theguardian.com Working for the NHS was miserable so I started dance classes on my ward After we'd all hip-hopped in front ot the patients things changed – boundaries between doctors and nurses were gone and people smiled more 'On its own this will not fix the NHS. But it is a way for us, in our local general hospital, to take matters back into our own hands, to resist the destruction of our health service and try to offer the best care we can to our patients.'
"03.11.2016 09:53:01" theguardian.com Child homelessness this Christmas will hit eight-year high, says Shelter Analysis of official data suggests more than 120,000 children in England, Scotland and Wales will be in temporary accommodation The number of children who are homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas will hit an eight-year year high of more than 120,000, according to analysis by a leading housing charity.
"03.11.2016 08:41:08" theguardian.com Theresa May approves £20m funding boost for women's refuges Fund to be officially announced along with new guidance requiring councils to house women outside local area fleeing domestic violence Theresa May has approved a £20m funding boost for women's refuges and new guidance that obliges councils to accommodate women from outside their local area who are fleeing violent partners.
"02.11.2016 14:41:01" theguardian.com 'Just say death!' Plays teach healthcare workers about end-of-life care Dying is taboo among health and care professionals who sometimes prioritise medical initiatives over individuals and families There is an ongoing conversation in the medical profession about how to care for terminally ill patients, given that the instinct is to preserve life. The issue is just one of many being address by Brian Daniels, a playwright commissioned by the National
"02.11.2016 11:32:00" theguardian.com Social care threat level reaches new high We've heard it all before: social care can't suffer any more cuts. But with even the Tory shires calling for help, is the government about to start listening? 'All the talk this autumn is of social care being at a tipping point. Inspections, market analysis and a battery of data from regulator the Care Quality Commission suggests that the adult sector in England is “approaching” the point at which it will fall
"02.11.2016 11:31:48" theguardian.com I know getting cold once a year won't solve homelessness. But it may just help It's not just animals who suffer cruelty. My one night sleeping rough with other leaders may spur action on the crisis many prefer to ignore "One night a year, chief executives from many different organisations swap their briefcases for a sleeping bag. So, on Monday night, I left a parliamentary debate on banning grouse-shooting to join 200 other leaders, including business chiefs, MPs and
"02.11.2016 10:01:00" theguardian.com Call for action to tackle growing ethnic segregation across UK Prof Ted Cantle, an expert on community cohesion, reveals figures that show rapid decline of white population in some areas Politicians must urgently tackle the increasing ethnic polarisation of many of Britain's towns and cities, according to a senior academic, as he revealed figures showing how rapidly the white British population had dwindled in urban “pockets” across
"02.11.2016 08:48:53" theguardian.com Social care services 'facing existential crisis', say council leaders Rising costs, ageing population, staff recruitment difficulties and years of cuts have left service in crisis, LGA report claims Social care services that support elderly and disabled people are facing “an existential crisis” despite being as important to national wellbeing as the NHS, council leaders claim
"01.11.2016 10:52:00" theguardian.com Government aims to halve disability employment gap in UK Green paper proposing to help 1m disabled people into work includes overhaul of fit-to-work assessment – but leaves critics sceptical Ministers have promised to overhaul the despised work capability assessment used to diagnose whether someone is fit for work, as part of a range of new proposals aimed at helping ill and disabled people find employment.
"01.11.2016 09:46:00" theguardian.com One in four care home beds at risk without funding increase, providers say Care home companies pressing health department for bailout of sector in chancellor's autumn statement As many as 100,000 care home beds – one in four of the total – in England will be at risk of closure unless the government bails out the social care sector in the chancellor's autumn statement this month, leading care sector companies have told the
"01.11.2016 08:34:30" theguardian.com Benefit cap will hit 116,000 of poorest families, say experts Households facing loss of income include nearly 320,000 children, according to housing body More than 116,000 of the poorest households in the UK will be hit by the extended benefit cap, putting many at risk of homelessness, housing experts have predicted.
"31.10.2016 19:22:37" theguardian.com I used my negative mental health experience to give hope to others By talking about my borderline personality disorder to a roomful of people, I could see I had made a difference to those with mental ill health The day I made a difference: "By the end of the talk I felt drained, but I could see that I had made a difference to those listeners who had also struggled with mental ill health. They – and I – had realised that honesty is not always something to be
"31.10.2016 14:55:20" theguardian.com Will the autumn statement offer any hope for social care? This week's NCAS conference is likely to be a glum affair – chronic underfunding has further hollowed out an already fragile sector Paul Burstow: "Starved of funds, the shortage of social care is undermining the NHS and driving families to breaking point as they try to juggle caring responsibilities with work."
"31.10.2016 11:20:00" theguardian.com Health visitors aren't valued but we do more than just weigh babies Amid drastic cuts to health visiting services, I'm struggling to help the vulnerable families I see every day 'It's hard to describe a typical day because the one predictable thing is that it is completely unpredictable. I'm never quite sure when I stand at a front door what is going to be behind it.'
"31.10.2016 09:15:01" theguardian.com Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed, Jeremy Hunt reveals Consultation to be carried out as cost of treating long-term health conditions that prevent people from working reaches £7bn The system of sick pay and GP “fit notes” is to be reviewed by the government, as Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, highlighted the growing cost of long-term sickness to the NHS and suggested getting people back to work had major benefits for health.
"31.10.2016 07:39:45" theguardian.com Theresa May's claim on health funding not true, say MPs Two Tories among signatories of letter pointing out that prime minister's statement about £10bn extra cash for NHS are untrue Theresa May's claims that the government is putting £10bn extra into the NHS are untrue and the underfunding of the health service is so severe that it may soon trigger rationing of treatment and hospital unit closures, a group of influential MPs have
"29.10.2016 09:47:34" theguardian.com I worked in local government – show me a robot that could do my job better Some public sector jobs seem like they can be automated, but they need the personal touch. Which robot would know the names of everyone's children? Work for the council? Could a robot do your job better than you? By 2030 850k public sector jobs could be automated.
"You might trust a robot to vacuum your house while you're out, but would you trust one to pick up early signs of mental health problems,
"27.10.2016 15:32:00" theguardian.com Emily wanted to die when her son was taken. Nurses gave her a future Every day mental health nurses help people like Emily, who feel they have nothing to live for. Every day mental health nurses save lives.
"27.10.2016 14:05:23" theguardian.com What you can do to help rough sleepers this winter Cold weather can be fatal for homeless people but there are practical steps you can take, such as volunteering or using an app to alert professionals Cold weather can be fatal for homeless people but there are practical steps you can take, such as volunteering or using an app to alert professionals
"27.10.2016 09:43:17" theguardian.com 'Offers of help flooded in': how Bristol and Cheltenham are helping refugees Labour-controlled Bristol has given 35 Syrian refugees homes. Getting to this point has not been easy, but the city has made them welcome "Yes, this is a story about civic leadership. But it is also, importantly, a story about love." How Bristol and Cheltenham local authorities are helping refugees.
"26.10.2016 10:33:00" theguardian.com 'It's ruined my career': accounts of bullying in the NHS Midwives, nurses, doctors, managers and other healthcare professionals speak out about the bullying they suffered and the effect on their health and wellbeing 'It's changed me for life. I'm no longer confident of getting anywhere in my career, the one I have been working at since I was 16; and all because of a group of people who turned my workplace into the film Mean Girls.'
"26.10.2016 09:10:28" theguardian.com NHS staff lay bare a bullying culture | Sarah Johnson A shocking four-fifths of respondents to a Guardian survey reveal they have been bullied, and a third have lost jobs as result The devastating impact of bullying is all too apparent. A third of victims said they had been pushed out of their jobs, with many developing serious mental health problems as a result, while almost three-quarters reported increased stress and panic
"25.10.2016 11:49:00" theguardian.com The mental health college that's a lifeline in 'a sea of being alone' A scheme in south London pairs healthcare professionals with former service users to provide courses and advice to those with mental health problems “If I had my way, I'd be at home in my bedroom with the curtains drawn and the door closed. But I make myself come because it gives me the feeling of not being alone and that helps."
"25.10.2016 10:02:00" theguardian.com Sport and extremism: 'If young people are excluded, they're easier to radicalise' How boxing and football clubs are helping young Muslims in the poorer neighbourhoods of Brussels find a positive place in society “If you have young people who are completely excluded from society, it's very easy to radicalise them.”
How boxing and football clubs are helping young Muslims in the poorer neighbourhoods of Brussels find a positive place in society
"25.10.2016 08:13:53" theguardian.com We governors warned of the danger of more prison deaths, but no-one listened The £14m pledged by the justice secretary won't go far enough in stopping violence such as the killing of Jamal Mahmoud in Pentonville prison "The recent stabbing to death of Jamal Mahmoud, a prisoner at HMP Pentonville, shone a light into a dark world," says John Attard from the Prison Governors Association.
"22.10.2016 10:03:01" theguardian.com With winter coming, would my homeless clients be better off back in prison? I sometimes question why I chose a career trying to house rough sleepers, especially those like Bob, a convicted arsonist with nowhere to go The person who wrote this works at a homeless charity and struggles to find housing for the most vulnerable clients. Like Bob, a convicted arsonist who ultimately needs mental health support. "Imagine the media storm if the council housed a convicted
"21.10.2016 15:03:04" theguardian.com Sustainability and transformation plans are 'least bad option' for NHS Chief executive of the King's Fund believes STP process is helping deliver the Five Year Forward View “STPs are not perfect; they are the least bad option for trying to plan in a more coherent way in an NHS that is more complex than at any time in my 40-year career. STPs are a workaround of the Lansley legacy. Nobody wants another top-down reorganisation,
"21.10.2016 12:35:30" theguardian.com Refugee children arriving in the UK need support – not bureaucracy As a handful of unaccompanied refugee children enter the UK, good social work practice – not rushed decisions about where to place them – will help "Simply placing two children in each local authority throughout England and Wales is a bureaucratic decision that fails the test of meeting needs, managing risk, and balancing competing human rights."
"21.10.2016 10:18:00" theguardian.com 'Social media can be a pretty ugly place if you're a woman in politics' Despite its pitfalls, 86% of women politicians use social media. A new report is taking on the trolls and looking at how to empower women in the digital age. "While men tend to view messages about their private lives as a way to demonstrate their softer side, women tend to worry such exposure will activate gender stereotypes that counter an image of strong leadership."
"21.10.2016 07:42:42" theguardian.com Jeremy Hunt says child mental health services are NHS's biggest failing Health secretary pledges to improve diagnosis and treatment of childhood psychiatric conditions and put specialists in schools Jeremy Hunt: “I think we are letting down too many families and not intervening early enough when there is a curable mental health condition, which we can do something about when a child is eight or nine, but if you leave it until they are 15 or 16, it's
"20.10.2016 12:55:00" theguardian.com Third of maternity units have shut doors to labouring women because they could not cope Two in five midwives surveyed said they did not have enough midwives to cope with demands on the service More than a third of maternity units have been forced to shut their doors to women in labour because they could not cope with demand, leading midwives have warned.
"20.10.2016 11:26:01" theguardian.com Ministers' claims about troubled families scheme 'grandiose', MPs told Public accounts committee members accuse ministers of 'overselling and under-delivering' the controversial programme Members of the Commons public accounts committee accused ministers of “overselling and under-delivering” the controversial programme, which was introduced in 2011 following the August riots in an attempt to tackle antisocial behaviour in supposedly
"20.10.2016 10:19:00" theguardian.com After prison I arrived in a new city – now I help families in need I wanted to use my troubled background to help others and a chance encounter with a manager of a charity helped me do just that "Home-Start pairs volunteers with families who are struggling to cope. Every week, for just a couple of hours, you visit that family in their home, offering a mix of emotional and practical support – essentially walking alongside them until they are ready
"20.10.2016 08:39:22" theguardian.com The night shift in A&E: a hellish blur where my best is never enough Working overnight in a hospital is lonely and stressful, with not enough staff or beds for the queues of patients 'It's going to be a long night. I see the exasperated paramedics in a queue; they can't drop patients off. My juniors, just two of them for 150 patients, get to work, but it is hard. There is nowhere private to see people. They are reduced to clerking
"20.10.2016 07:31:02" theguardian.com Care home residents paying for council shortfall, says Age UK Self-funders are unfairly asked to subsidise lower rates paid by councils for older people who cannot pay, says charity Growing numbers of older people face increasingly high care home fees to subsidise the lower fees paid by councils for those who cannot afford to pay, a leading charity has warned.
"19.10.2016 14:51:01" theguardian.com How virtual reality is changing the game in healthcare UK hospitals are turning to simulation and the virtual world to train healthcare professionals in medical procedures In a small operating theatre underneath University College London hospital, a team of cardiologists are in a race against time ...
"19.10.2016 13:05:00" theguardian.com Homeless people with brain injuries are still invisible to the NHS Being homeless is linked to much higher rates of traumatic head injury. But professionals are still misdiagnosing and mistreating people Sheffield's head injury and homelessness research group carried out research to explore the interaction between homelessness and brain injury. It was led by someone who had suffered a brain injury and been homeless.
The research focused on the
"19.10.2016 12:33:01" theguardian.com We social workers are more than just cogs in the system Our code of ethics states we have an 'obligation to challenge social conditions that contribute to social exclusion'. Here's how we can do that "Above all, we social workers need to recognise that any argument for good working conditions and resources starts and finishes with what we need to serve people well. Many social workers feel tired and despondent. But we do have a lot of power to
"19.10.2016 10:50:00" theguardian.com Theresa May must wake up to the crisis facing the NHS The prime minister says she loves the NHS – but there's a stark gap between rhetoric and policy 'The gap between policy rhetoric and reality has never been starker. The British public deserves nothing less than a well-financed and functional health service with happy and productive staff. I call on Theresa May to provide clarity on the fiscal health
"19.10.2016 09:59:00" theguardian.com Social workers row over children's bill Government plans to allow councils to suspend child protection laws bitterly divides profession and fuels privatisation fears There is a ferocious battle going on among individuals who have dedicated their professional lives to protecting children. On one side are well-performing children's services departments, which believe the law can be an impediment to more effective and
"19.10.2016 08:40:00" theguardian.com NHS head disputes Theresa May claims over health funding The NHS is getting £2bn less than the government promised, chief executive of the health service Simon Stevens tells MPs Simon Stevens told MPs that the NHS would receive an additional £8bn between now and 2020-21, not the “£10bn extra” the prime minister said. Moreover, it would get less money than it needed between 2017 and 2020, meaning it would be “more challenging”
"19.10.2016 07:13:24" theguardian.com Council house wait is 50 years, says Barking and Dagenham councillor Candid admission appears in documentary on housing officials and people they are trying to help in deprived London borough People in a deprived east London borough now face a 50-year wait for a council house, a senior councillor from the area says in BBC documentary.
"18.10.2016 11:33:00" theguardian.com Express yourself: how a charity is using dance to improve mental health A charity is investing in the arts to provide 'wrap-around support' for young people “There is nothing fluffy about this. Dance work like this should be recognised as a pre-crisis intervention, because it has such a positive impact on some young people.”
"18.10.2016 09:32:54" theguardian.com Hospital deficits could force NHS to divert money meant for improving care Trusts in England will have £5.4bn made available to them until 2019 to help wipe out deficits, threatening plans to overhaul delivery of care, says thinktank The NHS expects hospitals to go on racking up such large deficits in the next few years that it will have to divert £5.4bn earmarked for improving patient care to prop them up, experts claim.
"18.10.2016 07:30:46" theguardian.com Government's £448m troubled families scheme has had little impact – thinktank Reports says data from initiative launched in 2012 shows 'very small number of positive or negative results' in tackling issues such as addiction and truancy The government's flagship social policy, announced after the 2011 riots and intended to correct the anti-social behaviour of “troubled families”, has failed to achieve any significant impact, an official evaluation has found.
"17.10.2016 18:06:00" theguardian.com My patients taught me how to heal after losing my mother One thing I learned was that no amount of verbal consolation can lighten people's suffering 'I had to break the news to a teenage girl that her mum was dying and was unlikely to make it through the weekend. I watched helplessly as she broke down and kept screaming for her mum. I struggled to hold back tears as the young girl inside me started
"17.10.2016 12:17:31" theguardian.com Throwing more money at social care is not the answer Change is hard, but innovative models of care for older people being delivered worldwide could revolutionise social care in the UK "There are great, appealing, scalable models of older age care and support being delivered around the world every day. The Green House Project in the US has replaced nursing homes with small households where older people live in a real home environment
"17.10.2016 09:22:09" theguardian.com Britain's housing crisis is about more than bricks and mortar. People need homes Money worries are top of the list, but people have also told us they need security, peace - and pets - to thrive. We want all homes to meet our new standard 'Time and time again when we talked to the public, it was the things that prevented a house from really feeling like a home that played on their minds. Our research showed one in eight people, for example, lived in homes where they weren't allowed to have
"17.10.2016 08:14:00" theguardian.com Maternity wards in England to be rated by safety record Jeremy Hunt announces measures to reduce medical errors, alongside faster NHS compensation for injured babies The government is to release new ratings for maternity wards across England to allow prospective parents to compare and contrast services in NHS hospitals, as part of a drive to reduce instances of stillbirth and brain injuries during labour.
"17.10.2016 07:01:42" theguardian.com Four in 10 British homes not up to standard, says Shelter The housing charity's 'living home standard' aims to be a kind of living wage for housing, as survey finds 73% of inadequate dwellings are in London A new standard for housing designed to be the equivalent of the living wage has been launched by the charity Shelter – and it said four out of 10 homes in Britain were failing to meet it.
"15.10.2016 10:07:30" theguardian.com My police force is struggling to conceal the fact that it's sinking It's been a long time since I was excited or proud of my job. I wish I could provide the service the public deserves, but I can't "I walk past the fresh young faces of the probationers coming on for the late shift. How long until they are jaded like me? It's been a long time since I was excited or proud of my job. I wish I could provide the service the public deserves, but I can't."
"14.10.2016 13:50:00" theguardian.com Clock turned back on rights for people with a learning disability Policies to give people more control over where they live are being reversed in a shift back to residential care to cut costs "In residential care, people have no right to stay in that house – care managers and providers can require them to move for service management or budgetary reasons. People have no right to control who they live with, who supports them, who enters their
"14.10.2016 12:18:46" theguardian.com Frank's first day out of prison was long and stressful, but I stuck by him As a mentor, I shepherded him through a myriad of benefit claims and appointments to help him get back on his feet "Before we part, he tells me he couldn't think of anyone else who would stick by him for a whole day, going through what we have been through. Frank tells me I've done more for him than any probation officer or key worker has ever done. He turns and heads
"14.10.2016 09:59:00" theguardian.com Car parking charges at hospitals in England rises average 15% since 2014 Figures show a third of hospital trusts have increased car parking charges in past 12 months, with some charging £4 for an hour A third of hospital trusts in England have increased their car parking charges in the last year, figures show.
Some are now charging as much as £4 for a one-hour stay, with a third increasing their average charge over a three-hour period.
"14.10.2016 08:55:00" theguardian.com Clown craze prompts surge in calls to Childline Children in the UK are reporting being frightened by people dressed up as clowns, says charity “We need to get parents to say to older children: 'If you decide to dress up like that at Halloween, remember you have a responsibility when you're running around the streets – to have fun but don't be threatening and intimidating.'”
"14.10.2016 07:29:01" theguardian.com Areas of NHS will implode this winter, expert warns Dr Mark Holland of Society for Acute Medicine says service is on its knees as A&E performance in England shows fall Dr Mark Holland, the president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the days when summer used to provide a respite for busy emergency departments had gone, and instead the NHS faced an “eternal winter”.
"13.10.2016 12:48:58" theguardian.com My patient told me he is going to stab someone. There's nothing I can do He was treated in hospital for mental health problems but will be discharged. Anything he does is on my head “I'm going to go home and I'm going to stab someone.”
Alan is in the weekly ward review meeting with a group of doctors, nurses, and students. We've told him we think he is well enough to leave the ward; he disagrees.
"13.10.2016 11:51:58" theguardian.com My 10-point plan for better social work Social workers would love the opportunity to offer their ideas for sector reforms, from increased emotional support to more accountability "Senior management (including directors) should be working on at least one case at all times, so they fully understand the system they are accountable for.
If managers were able to directly experience the IT system, the duplication of work and the admin
"13.10.2016 08:38:01" theguardian.com David Cameron to chair National Citizen Service in first post-politics role Former PM's first job after quitting as MP is to chair organisation whose aim is to instil social responsibility in young people A month after stepping down as an MP, David Cameron has announced that he is to chair a panel of patrons on the expanded National Citizen Service – a summer camp initiative he set up in his first months in office designed to instil social responsibility
"13.10.2016 07:16:40" theguardian.com Social care cuts take English service to tipping point, regulator warns Care Quality Commission says level of cuts to service is affecting A&E units, causing bedblocking and failing elderly at-home patients Hospitals are ending up dangerously full and have seen “bedblocking” hit record levels because of a widespread failure to give elderly people enough support to keep them healthy at home, says the Care Quality Commission.
"12.10.2016 16:47:28" theguardian.com Dragon's Den rejected me but my invention saves lives across the NHS Nurses describe their innovations, from a deep vein thrombosis preventative aid to a telehealth service for MS patients Neomi Bennett is the inventor of Neo-slip, a pouch-like contraption that makes it easier for patients to wear their anti-embolism stockings, known to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) clots. Although it was rejected on Dragons' Den, Bennett
"12.10.2016 11:05:00" theguardian.com Times are tough, so voluntary sector leaders need to learn to collaborate Pressure on sector leaders is intense. New courses from the Open University aim to encourage smaller organisations to work together to get results "Leaders are grappling with a perfect storm of risks: fewer resources, rising needs and a difficult policy and post-EU referendum environment. A crucial part of the response, and the focus of the new courses, is to understand how leaders can work
"12.10.2016 09:55:00" theguardian.com Bristol's Marvin Rees: 'local government is where it's at right now' The recently elected mayor argues that cities, not the Westminster bubble, are where real power lies "Our case on diversity doesn't start with the idea that it's a nice thing to have for fluffy liberals. This is an essential part of getting a competent leadership that understands its city and can design services right first
"12.10.2016 08:55:00" theguardian.com Will disability benefits appeals become less fair? Plans to scrap in-person tribunals and remove expert panel members risk skewing the system further against disabled claimants The government could bring in radical changes to the benefit appeal process, including a shift away from “in-person” hearings, with judges instead making many decisions based solely on written evidence, telephone calls or video conference. The proposed
"12.10.2016 07:52:56" theguardian.com Elderly and disabled people put 'at risk' by care homes closures Care homes are shutting because of rising costs and cuts to council budgets, says watchdog, raising concerns about effect on England's ageing population The quality and safety of social care services received by elderly and disabled people in England are in danger, as care homes close and providers pull out because they can no longer make enough money, the care watchdog has warned.
"11.10.2016 15:03:18" theguardian.com Neil Heslop: Loud and clear on protecting disability rights The new chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability welcomes the U-turn on benefits assessment, but is ready to talk tough on the government's record “We need to modernise our organisation in a way and at a speed that takes the people who work for us and the people who use our services with us."
"11.10.2016 10:18:01" theguardian.com Bad IT, grazed knees and bureaucracy: NHS staff share their frustrations From GPs treating urgent sore throats to hospital doctors changing an aerial on a TV set, healthcare workers reveal what they wish they could do less of 'A doctor colleague was once woken up in the middle of the night to attend to a private patient. The request was to change the aerial on the patient's TV set.'
"11.10.2016 08:38:00" theguardian.com UK nurses lacking skills to treat transgender patients, says research RCN survey of nurses points to inadequate training, with only a fifth saying workforce has relevant training and experience UK nurses are failing to meet the needs of transgender patients and feel they lack training and experience to treat the growing number of trans people seeking medical treatment in relation to their gender identity, according to research.
"11.10.2016 07:26:10" theguardian.com Obesity set to soar for boys, but not girls, from poorer homes Most boys from deprived backgrounds in England will be overweight by 2020 while better-off boys grow slimmer, says study Childhood obesity is set to increase so sharply among boys from poorer homes in England that three in five of them will be dangerously overweight by 2020, research shows.
"10.10.2016 12:39:22" theguardian.com Workforce reform is vital to ensure change in children's services As countries across Europe look at how to innovate, new policies must go hand in hand with staff training and development "To deliver this change, and to ensure the highest possible standards, we need to bring the best and brightest into child protection and childcare and be innovative in how they are supported to develop the skills they need."
"10.10.2016 10:10:00" theguardian.com I changed career to do mental health nursing but now I'm drowning My job can be wonderful, but the reality is so much harder than I expected. It feels like it's not safe sometimes I had visions of helping vulnerable people and making a difference – supporting challenging patients who are hard to care for and who no one else wants to look after. I knew I was entering a challenging yet rewarding career; I just never anticipated how
"10.10.2016 08:22:01" theguardian.com Radical plan for old age as leak reveals care crisis People likely to be urged to put money aside to cover their own costs Senior sources said the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is among those who favour motivating people to put money aside for social care, as they do for pensions. A former minister with knowledge of discussions in government said the idea would be that
"10.10.2016 07:16:00" theguardian.com NHS is most widely held concern of UK adults, survey finds Research for Ipsos Mori's latest 'issues index' indicates worries about Britain's health service are growing The NHS has narrowly replaced immigration and Brexit as a key issue facing Britain in the minds of most voters, according to a new survey of public opinion by pollsters Ipsos Mori.
"08.10.2016 14:02:01" theguardian.com Probation service cuts mean I often leave work unsure if my female clients are safe Intense pressure, terrible IT, less time to do basic safeguarding checks, and dealing with damaged people are taking their toll of us probation staff "My job is to help women understand how to live their lives differently, by understanding what has gone so wrong for them. But in a climate of cuts this is proving harder to do. Women's needs are effectively being ignored because of limited resources and
"08.10.2016 11:40:00" theguardian.com NHS leadership needs to give staff a powerful voice in any system change Sustainability and transformation plans are focused on structures and process but they are ultimately worthless without clinical buy-in and leadership Clinicians as well as politicians are becoming increasingly vocal on the current round of reform. The Royal College of GPs is getting angry over the obsessive focus on sorting out hospital deficits rather than transforming care. At their annual conference
"08.10.2016 10:22:00" theguardian.com Westminster: wealth, opulence and socially isolated new mothers In an area where wealth and poverty sit side by side, a maternity project is tackling loneliness and mental health problems When Anne Watson, a new mother in her 30s, first came to the drop in, she was sleep-deprived and emotional. Her baby, Oscar, was nearly six months old and having problems sleeping. “I hadn't slept properly for weeks and I was beyond exhausted,” she says.
"07.10.2016 14:53:00" theguardian.com We're helping charity trustees to embrace tech and spark a digital journey Digital tech offers real benefits to charities; our new tool aims to help trustees gain skills, share expertise and start using it "As a regulator, the Charity Commission needs trustees and their representatives to engage with us online – whether its filing accounts, registering a charity or changing their name – because it's more efficient and timely, for both us and them. But
"07.10.2016 12:41:09" theguardian.com Outsourcing children's services is not a quick fix Sandwell council is the latest local authority ordered to outsource services. The process raises a number of concering issues 'As more councils struggle to deliver statutory children's social work services, the government may well use this as an opportunity to promote the market place of “newcos” and “market insurgents”.'
"07.10.2016 08:01:01" theguardian.com GPs offered thousands of pounds to give private consultations via app Medics attending Royal College of GP conference in Harrogate told by Babylon they can earn up to £90,000 a year GPs attending the UK's biggest family doctor conference are being urged to accept thousands of pounds to treat private patients.
"07.10.2016 06:53:01" theguardian.com May urged to roll back policies hitting under-25s to end generational inequality Campaign groups argue prime minister should act to end division between prosperous older generation and struggling younger people “At the very least, she should roll back the exclusion of under-25s from the national living wage and housing benefit; protect young people from being excluded from in-work protections and benefits enjoyed by older colleagues; say goodbye to high interest
"06.10.2016 09:57:00" theguardian.com My patient ended her life at Dignitas to avoid a slow, undignified death Her courage showed me assisted dying should be legal in the UK so the terminally ill can have some control 'The point of telling this story is that I gained great insight into the courage and tenacity it takes to go to Dignitas and that there should be a way of assisting someone who is of firm mind to take their own life in these circumstances.'
"06.10.2016 08:08:00" theguardian.com 'They're insane': your views on plans to end NHS reliance on overseas doctors By 2026 the NHS will not have to rely on foreign-trained medics, according to Jeremy Hunt. Here's what some health professionals think of his proposals "1500 extra medical students a year will not replace 100,000 doctors, particularly in a service that is spectacularly under-staffed as it is. The NHS needs those extra 100,000 medics, regardless of what Jeremy Hunt says or believes."
"06.10.2016 06:56:12" theguardian.com Mother of teenager who killed himself appeals for kindness online Lucy Alexander says her son Felix, 17, from Worcester, was bullied from the age of 10 after he was teased over video game “Be that one person prepared to stand up to unkindness. You will never regret being a good friend. I have been told that 'everyone says things they don't mean on social media'. Unkindness is dismissed as 'banter' and because they cannot see the effect of
"05.10.2016 14:55:00" theguardian.com Is this mobile home the answer to middle England's housing crisis? Faced with huge bed and breakfast bills to house homeless families, Tory councils are seeking radical alternatives Peterborough's problem is not one of rough sleeping. This exists, but official numbers are stable. What is pushing up homelessness rates in a growing, relatively affluent city, is the emergence of people with jobs who are evicted because they cannot
"05.10.2016 13:17:00" theguardian.com What not to look for when hiring a fundraiser Charities focus on certain attributes they think fundraisers should have – in fact, they can do away with glitzy contact lists or even passion for the cause "There are some characteristics and competencies commonly sought by charities, though, that in fact most fundraisers should not be expected to bring to the table. I have needed to steer many clients away from obsessing about these qualities when building
"05.10.2016 11:11:00" theguardian.com Mental health social workers aren't giving up hope, nor are their service users I've just started on a psychosis team, and despite the warnings of dire straits from friends and the media, I've witnessed very good practice "The social work I have observed is therapeutic input at its best. Despite the challenges ahead – inevitable in every job – I am so grateful that the negative attitudes towards the field of mental healthcare are being challenged and contradicted in daily
"05.10.2016 09:45:00" theguardian.com Westminster: wealth, opulence and socially isolated new mothers In an area where wealth and poverty sit side by side, a maternity project is tackling loneliness and mental health problems “Women often have very specific and personal needs; in some cases it might be around domestic violence or mental health, it's very individual.” says Sarah McMullen who was involved in the design of the project. Maternity champions are trained to deal with
"05.10.2016 08:43:00" theguardian.com Nine out of 10 NHS groups failing on cancer care, ratings show NHS England data reveals most clinical commissioning groups are performing poorly, with only 14% doing 'well' or better Almost nine out of 10 NHS groups are failing cancer patients, with low rates of diagnosis and treatment, new ratings show.
"05.10.2016 07:32:22" theguardian.com Jeremy Hunt accused of devaluing contribution of foreign doctors to UK Health secretary's plan to produce more homegrown doctors by increasing places at medical schools has drawn criticism Theresa May has come under fire for suggesting foreign doctors will only be working in the NHS for an “interim period” until more UK-trained physicians are available.
"04.10.2016 12:05:40" theguardian.com Charities have a key role to play making Brexit work The EU referendum result offers opportunities – and poses challenges – for charities "To be sure, 23 June was a watershed moment. The referendum has had a profound effect on how people view their communities and society as whole. Perceptions and expectations have changed dramatically in a very short space of time.
This has significant
"04.10.2016 10:48:00" theguardian.com Street theatre show highlights modern loneliness epidemic Performance based on anecdotes, opinions and experiences of older people in south London aims to prompt conversations “As people get older, they don't choose to be isolated but their circumstances change with age. Their circle of friends gets smaller and many would rather not turn up at an event without a friend, so people just don't go out.”
"04.10.2016 09:49:57" theguardian.com Think libraries are obsolete? Think again Kindles and the internet cannot replace libraries - they are part of the social glue that binds us. The fight is on throughout the country to save them 'In the past six years 8,000 library staff have been lost and 343 libraries have closed. Add to this a huge increase in the use of volunteers and a picture emerges of a severely hollowed-out, fragmented and de-professionalised
"04.10.2016 08:14:00" theguardian.com Seven in 10 nurses say young people's mental healthcare is inadequate Poll of specialist workers finds that 20% believe services are seriously lacking, with potentially dangerous consequences Half of all mental health nurses working with troubled young people say child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) are inadequate and another 20% say they are highly inadequate, according to a poll undertaken by the Royal College of Nursing for
"04.10.2016 07:11:07" theguardian.com Hunt promises to end NHS reliance on overseas doctors after Britain leaves EU Health secretary to outline plans in Tory conference speech for up to 1,500 additional training places every year in UK medical schools Jeremy Hunt is to pledge that the NHS in England will be “self sufficient” in doctors after Britain leaves the European Union as he sets out a package of measures aimed at reducing its reliance on foreign-trained medics.
"03.10.2016 18:19:33" theguardian.com Can a digital revolution save the NHS? Embracing advances in technology could be the answer to the health service's financial crisis but things won't magically change overnight As the NHS sinks ever deeper into financial crisis, and the search for efficiencies intensifies, it is unsurprising that the idea of harnessing the digital revolution to the way healthcare is delivered is gathering policy steam.
"03.10.2016 10:51:00" theguardian.com How interviewing successful care leavers taught young people to dream big A video project created by members of York's children in care council aims to challenge the negative stigma they experience “When I was younger I used to actually think that I was going to be a massive failure because people made it sound like being in care was the worst thing that could happen to you. But since we've interviewed [inspiring care leavers], it's amazing how
"03.10.2016 09:09:00" theguardian.com Sally Phillips: Do we really want a world without Down's syndrome? A new prenatal test could eradicate Down's syndrome. Actress Sally Phillips, who has a child with the condition, explains why that would make the world a poorer place “There were lots of moments during Olly's babyhood where I would think to myself, 'Wait a minute, I am not experiencing this as a disaster.' But you are so bought into the narrative. All the pregnancy books refer to Down's syndrome as a 'defect'. All you
"03.10.2016 07:52:00" theguardian.com 'We had no choice': number of elderly filial carers on the rise in UK Many very old people are being cared for by their children, themselves at an age at which they might have expected care Elderly filial carers are an under-researched group, but academics at University College London studying the over-50 population of England have found evidence that about one in 20 of those aged over 50 are caring for a grandparent, parent or
"03.10.2016 06:42:52" theguardian.com Quarter of a million children receiving mental health care in England Data covering 60% of mental health trusts shows 11,849 boys and girls aged five and under among those getting help The scale of the growing crisis in young people's mental wellbeing is laid bare with the disclosure that 235,189 people aged 18 and under get specialist care, according to data covering 60% of mental health trusts in England.
"01.10.2016 10:01:01" theguardian.com Firefighters are by your side through fire and flood. Our thanks? The threat of being sacked Cuts loom large for firefighters across the country, who are fighting a losing battle to keep you safe Firefighters in Greater Manchester have narrowly avoided plans to sack the workforce and only re-employ those who agree to new terms. But £14.4m worth of savings still need to be found.
"30.09.2016 11:36:09" theguardian.com Our new network helps adult siblings of disabled brothers and sisters Peer support groups are crucial for sharing experience and tackling isolation "With cuts to welfare and support services, this kind of support is vital; siblings might be concerned about the impact of cuts to provision on their own life or on that of their brother or sister. Many struggle to cope with emotional issues such as
"30.09.2016 08:53:00" theguardian.com Hundreds of thousands call for legal protection of UK parks Threat of budget cuts and developers prompts 180,000 submissions to government consultation and 220,000-strong petition More than 180,000 people submitted evidence to the communities and local government committee's parliamentary consultation, which closes on Friday, calling on the government to make it a statutory duty for councils to protect and maintain the country's
"30.09.2016 07:40:47" theguardian.com Adoption numbers drop steeply as government's flagship policy falters Fall of 12% put down to local authorities misinterpreting a 2013 family court ruling that adoption should be a last resort The government's flagship adoption policy is showing signs of faltering, with the latest figures showing a 12% drop in the number of vulnerable children matched with adoptive parents over the past year.
"29.09.2016 13:34:00" theguardian.com Self-harm, PTSD and mental illness soaring among young women in England – survey NHS survey finds 12.6% of woman aged 16-24 have PTSD, 19.7% self-harm and 28.2% have mental health condition Rates of self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic mental illness are soaring among young women in England, according to the biggest NHS survey of mental ill-health and treatment since 2007.
"29.09.2016 11:39:26" theguardian.com My clients assumed I had a new job – I couldn't say I had cancer As a therapist, personal boundaries are essential but when my own counsellor died of the disease I wished I'd been more open "I believe that there are moments in therapy when not shying away from our own truth and our very human story can be of real value. It is therapeutic for all of us not to lose sight of our humanity, vulnerability and mortality, therapist or no therapist."
"29.09.2016 09:44:01" theguardian.com From biryanis to caterpillars: the Midlands town with everything on the menu More than 100 nationalities make their home in Smethwick. Photographer Liz Hingley set out to capture their daily lives – and dishes “The thread of food became more important as I realised that people didn't always have the resources they wanted to decorate their homes, or even for a proper dinner table. An Afghan family of about eight only had three chairs, but they cooked me the most
"29.09.2016 08:17:47" theguardian.com Record numbers left homeless after eviction by private landlords in England End of an assured shorthold tenancy cited by nearly a third of newly homeless households, figures show “It is a national disgrace when we have the highest number of people in employment ever, we have a low rate of unemployment, that we still have people sleeping rough. Goodness knows what will happen if there is a recession.”
"28.09.2016 14:49:00" theguardian.com Both foster carers and children deserve more than unionisation offers As a care experienced person, I believe more should be done to truly value foster carers – but vulnerable children need parents not professionals "The key point here is this: as a looked after young person with a deeply traumatic past, I didn't need highly trained professional carers or those who were in it for the money. I needed parents, and this is the one universal theme for all young looked
"28.09.2016 12:31:57" theguardian.com Social workers' verdict on Jo Brand's new sitcom, Damned The Channel 4 comedy received a mixed reception from social workers, students and those with experience of social work The series created by Jo Brand, whose mother was a social worker, follows the lives of a team of social workers as they juggle case loads and messy personal lives. Brand's aim was to portray social workers as real people as she believes that all too
"28.09.2016 09:50:00" theguardian.com How Scottish villagers bought their harbour – and saved their future Residents who raised money to buy Portpatrick harbour are at the vanguard of poor, coastal communities taking control of their future In Portpatrick, a local seaside village, tiers of pastel houses stretch down to a small harbour where boats are moored. The place is so picture-postcard pretty, it's hard to imagine that the harbour was almost left to rot – and with it, the future of the
"28.09.2016 08:46:48" theguardian.com Linda turned up at A&E twice a day. A dedicated team now stops that In Sunderland, where 6% of the population accounts for half the health spend, a new partnership is cutting hospital admissions “My life was driven by fear. I was terrified of being unwell and not being able to get the care I needed to control my pain. I don't need to worry any more. It's like a weight has been lifted.”
"28.09.2016 07:30:11" theguardian.com Hospital overcrowding caused by 'political maladministration', say MPs Governments' failure to link health and social care means 'bed-blocking' patients are stuck on full wards or are sent home too soon, report warns Hospitals have become dangerously full and discharge patients too soon as a direct result of “political maladministration” by successive governments, according to a committee of MPs.
"27.09.2016 21:05:00" theguardian.com Damned: Jo Brand's new sitcom finds the humour in social work Channel 4 show aims to portray social workers in a refreshing and realistic way, although the writers admit some scenarios had to be toned down “Psychiatrists have a similar job to do; they have to predict how much harm someone is going to cause themselves or other people. But when they make a mistake ... they aren't castigated in the same way,” says Brand. “When a social worker does a good
"27.09.2016 14:16:30" theguardian.com Healthcare staff: tell us about the inappropriate demands on your time We want to hear from nurses, paramedics, doctors and other professionals about the times you feel you shouldn't be seeing the patient in front of you Do you work in healthcare? Please click through and fill in our form about what you feel might be inappropriate demands on your time
"27.09.2016 11:51:03" theguardian.com Will charities be able to deliver on plans to tighten fundraising rules? New proposals endorsed by the NCVO board aim to 'put donors in control' – but these big commitments could prove costly hostages to fortune 'Under the recommendations, a charity that bought people's contact details would contact them only if they had given specific consent to be approached by that organisation. Having agreed to receive marketing from “selected third parties” would no longer
"27.09.2016 09:39:00" theguardian.com Why class won't go away The vote to leave the EU was said to be a protest by a despairing working class that had been 'left behind'. But was anyone really listening? 'For two generations now, the state has presented ever more forcefully the idea that working-class individuals need to change in order to qualify as full citizens. In the words of the sociologist Val Gillies, the education strategy of recent governments
"27.09.2016 07:26:05" theguardian.com BMA facing backlash from members over handling of contract dispute Junior doctors cancelling membership in protest over union's 'appalling' handling of campaign against imposition of new working arrangements The British Medical Association is facing a major backlash from angry members and an exodus by medics disillusioned with its “appalling” handling of the bitter junior doctors' dispute.
"26.09.2016 14:19:53" theguardian.com How can troubled social care organisations learn from failure? While bad practice should always be addressed, creating a blame-free culture can help to protect against future mistakes "When hospitals fail, a team of experts turn up to help, funded by the government. This is not the case in social care where providers are largely left to sink or swim when they are in trouble. We need solid investment in support to help troubled social
"26.09.2016 10:30:00" theguardian.com I've worked as a GP receptionist under a year and I'm already burnt out I came into the job to help patients but there are just so many. Neither I nor the NHS can keep this up 'I've been in the role for less than a year and I'm already burnt out. I'm exhausted all the time and the stress from the job has affected my personal life, making it difficult to sleep and giving me a constant sense of worry. I've even been referred to
"26.09.2016 08:12:00" theguardian.com Environmental health officers call for smoking ban in playgrounds Zoos and anywhere children play should become no-smoking zones, says Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Smoking should be banned in all parks and playgrounds to reduce the chances of children growing up thinking that using cigarettes is normal, environmental health officers have told ministers.
"26.09.2016 07:01:02" theguardian.com Hospitals and care homes fail food safety inspections Data shows more than 500 places caring for vulnerable people, including nurseries and playgroups, require improvement Food Standards Agency data shows that care homes fail to meet food hygiene standards more than any other type of care provider, with more than 200 residential, nursing and care homes receiving low grades at their latest food safety inspections.
"24.09.2016 10:03:02" theguardian.com As public cuts leave people destitute, it's charity workers like me who pick up the pieces When I became an outreach worker ten years ago there was still some vestige of a welfare state. The indignity and devastation I see now is astonishing "I work with people who are destitute – and just how mainstream that destitution has become is astonishing. Nothing to eat. No cash for heating, cooking or lighting. Threatened with eviction. Homeless. Nowhere to turn."
"23.09.2016 09:40:00" theguardian.com Right to buy: one-for-one replacement pledge not being met, data suggests National Audit Office says fivefold increase in number of new homes created is needed to keep pace with 2014-15 sales The number of new homes created under the government's flagship right-to-buy scheme is nowhere near the amount needed to deliver its headline “one for one” promise, the latest figures suggest.
"23.09.2016 08:31:31" theguardian.com Damned: Jo Brand's new sitcom finds the humour in social work Channel 4 show aims to portray social workers in a refreshing and realistic way, although the writers admit some scenarios had to be toned down “We spoke to social workers and asked: 'So, would this happen or would that happen?' and they would come up with five things that were way more extreme,” says Banks.
“We've made it nicer,” says Brand.
"23.09.2016 07:48:48" theguardian.com Proportion of under-twos receiving first MMR jab falls again Coverage for most routine childhood vaccinations at one and two years of age fell in 2015-16 for third consecutive year The proportion of children given the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab by their second birthday has fallen for the third consecutive year, figures show.
"22.09.2016 16:18:00" theguardian.com One dying patient taught me that doing nothing can be brave The patient who loved chicken wings showed me that healthcare professionals fail to hear what really matters in end-of-life care 'After six years of medical school, death is a certainty that I must admit I shrank away from. But a picture of Annette and her bucket of KFC is now etched in my memory. I thank her for the lesson she taught me: that sometimes, doing nothing is the
"22.09.2016 11:45:00" theguardian.com Stuck in the country: it's not just cities that need decent transport With council funding for rural transport in crisis, we look at the impact on buses, trains and cycling – and some ways to help John Disney, a transport researcher from Nottingham Business School, warns that funding for rural transport is in crisis across the country. Massive cuts to rural bus services since 2010, when councils began to reduce or entirely withdraw their subsidy
"22.09.2016 10:29:00" theguardian.com What I wish I'd known at the start of my social work career Be patient with yourself, get emotional support, and stay faithful to your ethics: senior social workers share advice for those starting out in their careers "You have to own your responsibility as a social worker. It feels frightening to take responsibility for what you do, but it's also empowering because it makes you accept who you are and the impact and power you have. It's also important to remain calm
"22.09.2016 09:01:01" theguardian.com Young people living in a 'suspended adulthood', finds research Significant numbers of under 30s lack self-confidence and are at risk of mental health problems, with women worst affected, says report Despair, worries about the future and financial pressures are taking a toll on millions of young Britons, according to a major new poll that also found young women were suffering in particular.
"22.09.2016 07:49:39" theguardian.com NHS will remain free to use and funded by general taxation, government says Reaffirmation comes in response to OBR projections laying out ever larger sums service will need in coming decades The NHS will remain funded from general taxation and free for patients to use, the government has pledged, in a statement that appears to rule out the introduction of charges to access care.
"21.09.2016 13:43:01" theguardian.com Parents need support to end the cycle of having babies taken into care Even in this age of austerity, we must protect early intervention projects and additional children's services by enacting them into law "Until recently, I was a child protection social worker in a hospital team and the majority of my work was related to assessing families during pregnancy, so this was a challenge I have faced far too often. I initiated far more care proceedings in recent
"21.09.2016 10:30:00" theguardian.com Debt, homelessness, domestic violence: the GP practice acting as a one-stop shop In Oldham, specialist nurses work with GPs to help tackle poor health, social isolation and deprivation “I don't know what I would have done without Ruth. Without her, I think I would have had my children taken off me. I would not have been able to cope with social services. Before I started seeing her, I was just being seen by the doctor, given tablets and
"21.09.2016 09:51:00" theguardian.com Foster carers vote to unionise in fight for pay and working rights Families who look after vulnerable children are joining trade unions in a battle to improve their terms and conditions “Foster carers should not have to continue working without any rights or protections. Carrying out the vital, often difficult, work we do on behalf of the state, and the communities in which we live, all foster carers deserve to be working under fair
"21.09.2016 08:45:00" theguardian.com RNIB report: Patients in England face 15-month wait for cataract surgery Long delays caused by NHS drive for 'efficiency savings' causing misery for mainly elderly patients, charity says “Shockingly, the longest average waiting time for cataract treatment has more than doubled in the last three years. This is unacceptable and decisions about access to treatment must always be based on clinical need and in the best interests of patients."
"21.09.2016 07:28:53" theguardian.com Brexit could trigger crisis in care for older and disabled people UK care sector's reliance on European workers means it is vital they are given right to remain in any future arrangements, charities say “Every minute of every day, millions of people are receiving a service from adult social care thanks to the contribution of staff from all over the world – from the UK, the EU and further afield. The loss of any of this valuable workforce, in a sector
"20.09.2016 11:01:01" theguardian.com We need to inspire and train the next generation of charity leaders The days of the heroic leader are over; the voluntary sector must develop a leadership model based on collaboration "This need for effective leadership is imperative, regardless of whether you are running the country or an organisation. Recent political events illustrate this point perfectly. Our sector has had its fair share of knocks, resulting in a widespread
"20.09.2016 09:54:00" theguardian.com The austerity agenda isn't over. More people will sink further into poverty Damian Green may pledge the end of 'benefit raids' but the living standards of millions will continue to suffer without an overhaul of the social security system "The language of welfare may well be less abrasive under Damian Green, and his compassionate conservative presentation of welfare reform may aspire to be softer, but without material change, the net effect of the cuts will be the same as it would have
"20.09.2016 08:56:00" theguardian.com Number of smokers in England drops to all-time low Just one in six adults now smokes, according to figures from Public Health England, with record numbers giving up last year “Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. By giving up smoking you'll be dramatically reducing your chances of having a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke.”
"20.09.2016 07:37:38" theguardian.com NHS plans to make senior doctors reveal outside earnings About half of hospital consultants are believed to undertake private work, risking conflicts of interests, says NHS England It's not an attempt to curb private work by consultants. Let's just have some transparency here. Much of what goes on in these communities is almost under the radar.”
"19.09.2016 14:45:00" theguardian.com I'm a hospital consultant and I worry about five-day junior doctor strikes Many of my junior colleagues are starting to lose faith in the BMA but fear repercussions if they speak out 'In every strand of this I worry about the patients who will be unduly affected by this strike. They did not ask for this, they have no contract of employment to negotiate; they simply want to be cared for by the NHS.'
"19.09.2016 13:53:01" theguardian.com What makes a care home outstanding? Less than 1% of homes are rated as outstanding – all share three common attributes "Inspection on its own will not improve the quality of care homes consistently across the sector. Yes it can provide the impetus for an individual service to improve but it doesn't stop the previously good care home slipping into trouble. Inspection only
"19.09.2016 11:52:01" theguardian.com The ousted doctor: 'My patients' souls matter most' Dr David Zigmond had plenty of time for his patients – but not for bureaucracy. Now the plug has been pulled on his surgery. Angela Neustatter hears his story “I know the argument that the institutional world is acting on behalf of patients, but it has proved far from failsafe. I remain convinced that giving patients enough time to let me know what is going on with them is part of protecting their wellbeing.”
"19.09.2016 10:30:00" theguardian.com What is it like to apply for the civil service fast stream? Here's what you said 'Very, very long-winded': Guardian readers share their experience of getting on to the civil service fast stream programme "It took a full seven months" - what Guardian readers told us about applying for the civil service fast stream graduate programme, which opens in late
"19.09.2016 08:45:00" theguardian.com The social housing sector has become dangerously divided The only hope of reuniting the sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership and invests in genuinely affordable homes National Housing Day:
"The only hope of reuniting the social housing sector is if the government ditches its obsession with home ownership"
"19.09.2016 08:02:00" theguardian.com Doc Martin? Being a GP 'is much more fun than that' General practitioners have just as much drama at work as the staff of Holby City, says a new campaign to end the shortage of family medics “We're grateful to our colleagues who take part in programmes such as GPs Behind Closed Doors that attempt to showcase the diversity of our profession, but with the scale of the challenge ahead, more needs to be done.”
"19.09.2016 06:43:00" theguardian.com Housing crisis 'driving younger and older generations apart' Soaring property prices are making more neighbourhoods inaccessible to the under 50s, report reveals “Just 5% of the people living in the same neighbourhood as someone under 18 are over 65, compared with 15% in 1991. This is hugely damaging to intergenerational relations. It weakens the bonds between the generations and leads to a lack of understanding
"17.09.2016 10:44:00" theguardian.com It's getting harder for us health inspectors to protect you from bad landlords Many landlords seem shocked when we ask them to spend money making their property safe, warm and dry for tenants. Cuts mean we have tough decisions to make about when to step in "There are now many new landlords in the private rented sector who have been tempted by the “easy” money to be made, but who have little or no knowledge or understanding of their legal responsibilities."
"17.09.2016 10:05:00" theguardian.com 'Back on my feet': how artificial limbs can have a second life in Africa In Gambia and Tanzania, where prosthetics aren't readily available, losing a limb can lead to people living on the streets “There's no market [for used limbs] in the UK and if we don't collect them they'll be destroyed,” explains Tom Williams whose charity collects from nearly a dozen hospitals and clinics.
"16.09.2016 14:23:00" theguardian.com Foster carers' secrets need to be shared I hear the stories of foster carers and the young people they look after – the tears, joy and love. The public should hear them too "Without foster carers, what would happen to our most fragile children and young people? The general public needs to know what carers do. Would they believe us? We have a secret; it needs to be shared."
"16.09.2016 13:44:00" theguardian.com Jeremy Hunt has won a battle against junior doctors, but not the war The health secretary will have to win the hearts and minds of young doctors if he wants to provide a safe, high-quality, seven-day NHS Jeremy Hunt should have no illusions. This is a hollow victory. Juniors are now a disaffected, angry, disillusioned and frustrated lot. These are the consultants and GPs of tomorrow, the very doctors the government needs to fulfil its plans for a
"16.09.2016 10:37:00" theguardian.com Full uptake of cervical cancer screening could save hundreds of lives Almost 350 more women's lives could be saved if all invited for NHS screening attended, says new study Hundreds more women's lives could be saved every year if every woman invited to come for NHS cervical cancer screening turned up at their appointment, experts in the disease have revealed.
"16.09.2016 09:29:00" theguardian.com Sir Howard Bernstein to stand down from Manchester council George Osborne leads tributes to veteran chief executive who helped restore city's swagger “Do I wish I was 55 again? Yes, I do. Would I look forward to another eight years? Yes. But the platform we have got in Manchester for change and growth is unprecedented in generations. Whoever takes over from me, the long term future of this city is
"16.09.2016 07:58:12" theguardian.com Doctors urge inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's NHS 'weekend effect' claims Letter signed by doctors and scientists including Stephen Hawking accuses health secretary of misrepresenting evidence “Hunt has cherrypicked research, causing a devastating breakdown of trust between government and the medical profession. In making these claims without faithfully representing the evidence, he has obstructed fact and misled parliament and the public.”
"15.09.2016 18:19:42" theguardian.com Stop calling disabled people superhuman - just treat them as human Disability discrimination is alive and well, especially among UK policymakers, as the end of the Independent Living Fund proves "It's time for English policymakers to forget about calling disabled people “superhuman” and instead to start making it possible for them to be treated as human, with equal civil and human rights."
"15.09.2016 11:15:00" theguardian.com For the first time in my nursing career, I think: I can't do this any more As a mental health nurse, trying to help a homicidal and suicidal patient while his mother screamed at me was too much Tears are in my eyes on the way to the hospital. Sat in front of Adam, still cuffed and surrounded by police, I can't turn to look at him. I don't want him to see me crying. I can't mutter a word. The echoing words of his mother haunt me: “Look what
"15.09.2016 10:26:00" theguardian.com Shared ownership comes with risks – here's what to watch out for Shared ownership can work, but the small print can catch people out financially and legally. Here's what you need to know As shared ownership week gets under way in the UK, here are some of the issues that people considering shared ownership should be aware of:
"15.09.2016 08:43:00" theguardian.com BMA rejects calls to shorten or call off strikes by junior doctors Doctors' union continues to back plans for three five-day strikes in England despite concerns over risks to patient safety Five-day strikes by junior doctors in England are set to go ahead after the British Medical Association rejected calls to shorten them or call them off altogether.
"15.09.2016 07:22:54" theguardian.com Elderly Britons bearing brunt of cuts to social care, report warns King's Fund and Nuffield Trust finds widening gap between standards received by rich and poor and says many firms may go bust “There is no more burning injustice in Britain today than older people being denied the care they need to live with independence and dignity.”
"14.09.2016 16:31:00" theguardian.com 'Back on my feet': how artificial limbs can have a second life in Africa In Gambia and Tanzania, where prosthetics aren't readily available, losing a limb can lead to people living on the streets Limbcare and Legs4Africa obtain second-hand legs from the NHS, private clinics and funeral firms. Under EU laws, prosthetics are classed as medical waste so the NHS cannot reuse them once a patient has outgrown or stopped using them because of a change in
"14.09.2016 10:22:01" theguardian.com David Simmonds: who's going to pay to help child refugees? The chair of the LGA's asylum, refugee and migration task group says councils need more funding if they are to house unaccompanied children “No one has argued that we shouldn't be doing this. There are no protests saying they shouldn't be here. Even Ukip has been quite balanced about it. Immigration is a hugely polarising debate. Opinion polls show the country is pretty divided, but I've been
"14.09.2016 09:19:01" theguardian.com Scotland facing billions of pounds of budget cuts, say economists Issues at Holyrood include costly spending pledges, a slowing local economy and a fall in UK government funding Scottish ministers will have to make billions of pounds of cuts to pay for costly new policies being planned at the same time as a sharp fall in UK government funding, economists have warned.
"14.09.2016 08:08:24" theguardian.com Rise in prisoners moved to mental health hospitals Transfers increase by 20% in England and Wales, amid concerns over increase in prison suicides and self-harm More prisoners are being diagnosed with mental health problems requiring hospital treatment, official figures obtained by the Guardian show.
"13.09.2016 09:53:01" theguardian.com Social care apprentices: 'It's a myth young people don't want to work in the sector' There will be up to 2.4m jobs in social care by 2025, so it is essential the sector attracts school-leavers and graduates to ensure it can meet the demands of an ageing workforce “Going into schools with apprentices who can talk about the care they have given and the impact that has had is really powerful. It's a myth that young people don't want to work in the sector, as long as you give them the right opportunity.”
"13.09.2016 08:49:00" theguardian.com NHS facing 'pockets of meltdown' this winter Mark Holland, an expert in acute medicine, warns of a national emergency as bed-blocking reaches record levels The NHS will experience “pockets of meltdown” this winter as the service comes under increasing pressure, a leading doctor has warned. Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the resilience of medical units was being “put to the
"13.09.2016 07:33:31" theguardian.com Jamie Oliver says PM's obesity strategy has let down every UK child Campaigning chef describes government decision to step back from regulation in plans to tackle child obesity as a 'travesty' “Everything about the childhood obesity strategy that's just come out is a complete stinking herring. It's a terrible job Theresa May's done there … She's completely let every child in Britain down, let parents down, everyone has been let down. The stuff
"12.09.2016 13:52:00" theguardian.com I used to fear working NHS night shifts would kill me The ideal of a doctor as a tower of strength, indefatigable and resourceful is one that most are happy to embody to the detriment of their lives and patient safety I was obliged to alternate so frequently and jarringly between day and night work that after three months my life had blurred into a homogeneous grey fog in which I took pills to go to sleep and pills to wake up again. Driving was hazardous but working
"11.09.2016 18:22:00" theguardian.com My donation page inspired by The Archers has raised over £135,000 The JustGiving page motivated by the radio soap's storyline of Helen Titchener's abuse will help thousands of families 'There was the single line, left anonymously, that simply read “For our daughter” that hit me like a train one morning at work when I read it on my phone.
Or the time I was in the pub with a friend as a donation came in on Mother's Day, and we both tried
"10.09.2016 11:01:00" theguardian.com I joined the police to make a difference, but now I'm stuck in a call centre With desperate staff shortages, officers on the streets and answering calls are all feeling the pressure. I'm worried mistakes will be made "I am one of more than 60 frontline police officers in the capital who have been taken off the streets and reassigned for half the year to handle the flood of 999 and 101 calls that police call centres can no longer deal with."
"10.09.2016 10:25:00" theguardian.com A lethal combination of secrecy and jargon has overshadowed NHS plans There has been a lack of communication over sustainability and transformation plans so they are now seen through the lens of cuts The lethal combination of unnecessary secrecy and impenetrable management jargon has obscured the most important part of the story – that the health and care system would still need drastic reform even if it was awash with money.
"09.09.2016 18:14:00" theguardian.com My donation page inspired by The Archers has raised over £135,000 The JustGiving page motivated by the radio soap's storyline of Helen Titchener's abuse will help thousands of families 'So many donations to the memory of friends, daughters and mothers who were in these kind of relationships. The real Helens. The real Henrys. Those who got out “in time” and those who didn't. Those who realised and those who didn't. Those who could help,
"09.09.2016 13:59:09" theguardian.com I thrived during my eight years in a children's home The Caldecott Foundation pioneered a therapeutic approach and a sense of community for distressed children like me "During my eight years at Caldecott I thrived on the environment, the opportunities for self-expression, especially through music and drama, and learned how to manage my uncontrollable temper, night fears and dreams, and attempted self-destruction. I
"09.09.2016 12:36:05" theguardian.com 'Every firefighter in the world will think it could have been one of us': fire choir marks 9/11 On the 15th anniversary of the twin tower attack, members of Cheshire's Fire Choir are singing their hearts out on a charity single “When you hear of a firefighter's death, every firefighter in the world will think it could have been any one of us – there but for the grace of God.”
"09.09.2016 08:08:01" theguardian.com Statins prevent 80,000 heart attacks and strokes a year in UK, study finds Study in Lancet says risk of side-effects has been exaggerated and controversy will cause 2,000 extra heart attacks and strokes over next decade Statins to lower cholesterol prevent 80,000 heart attacks and strokes every year in the UK, far outweighing the harm from rare side-effects, according to a review of the evidence which aims to put a heated controversy to rest and reassure the public that
"09.09.2016 06:55:58" theguardian.com NHS 'in perpetual winter' as waiting list reaches record 3.9m patients Waiting time targets missed, and medical leaders say system is close to breaking down “It feels as if the NHS has stepped through the wardrobe and into the perpetual winter of Narnia. We cannot forget that behind these statistics are potentially very ill and anxious patients who are being made to wait far too long for treatment. This is
"08.09.2016 16:17:00" theguardian.com Giving power over social work to a cuts-obsessed government is a mistake The children and social work bill will hand control of the profession to politicians and could result in a legal patchwork quilt of statutory powers and rights "Beware those who say that giving exceptional powers over the social work profession to one politician is about generating creativity and innovation. Instead, recognise that the rewriting of legislation and resetting of rights and responsibilities without
"08.09.2016 13:58:00" theguardian.com Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth? The Tories' flagship welfare reform has been bedevilled by their determination to make the poor suffer "Universal credit will (it is hoped) finally be delivered nearly a decade after it was first promised, at considerably smaller scale. It will not only have cost billions to implement but will also... leave in place huge disincentives for claimants to get
"08.09.2016 13:34:00" theguardian.com Sam is a convicted paedophile … and a teenage girl She is also a survivor of child abuse rather than an evil person or the product of wonky genetics. It's my privilege as a psychiatrist to help her 'Sam is not simply defined by her behaviour. She is a frightened, fragmented and traumatised little girl who finds praise terrifying, because in the past it was so often associated with abuse of her trust.'
"08.09.2016 10:04:42" theguardian.com My donation page inspired by The Archers has raised over £135,000 The JustGiving page motivated by the radio soap's storyline of Helen Titchener's abuse will help thousands of families "Before this I had no real knowledge of domestic abuse. Not really. I was woefully ignorant about the damage being done to so many lives by coercive control, for example. But the comments left with each donation have helped educate me. From heart-stopping
"08.09.2016 08:42:00" theguardian.com Grammar schools expansion would be a disaster, says social mobility tsar Alan Milburn says plan risks creating 'us and them divide', and warns of 'festering resentment' “The prime minister talks about social inclusion while at the same time advocating social segregation through grammar school selection. No child's life chances should be defined by a test they sit at the age of 11. The priority for our education system
"08.09.2016 07:27:44" theguardian.com 'Postcode lottery' revealed in NHS care Differences in quality of treatment for patients with dementia, diabetes and learning disabilities revealed in NHS England figures “People with dementia in York should be getting the same support as those in Bradford – but with diagnosis rates varying by as much as 46.1% across the country, too many people remain in the dark, unable to access the vital information, treatments and
"07.09.2016 13:04:01" theguardian.com Social workers are quick to gripe but what we really need are solutions Navel-gazing will not get us anywhere; the profession needs trailblazers who will move beyond criticism and propose new ways of working "Navel gazing will not get us anywhere. Twitter exchanges and sharing views in the comments section of news stories are not going to change the world. These actions, taken from the comfort of our homes or typed out on the commute home, can give us a
"07.09.2016 11:43:00" theguardian.com My awareness campaign helped get 40 people to sign up as organ donors After donating a kidney to my dying mum, I took part in a project to encourage more people to join the organ donor register "The transplant changed our lives – we don't have that constant worry any more. We spent two years visiting the renal ward in hospital and met other patients, their families and friends. I spent time in recovery with some patients who had received an
"07.09.2016 09:59:00" theguardian.com STPs: Radical local modernisation plans or the end of the NHS as we know it? Controversial Sustainability and Transformation Plans are set to determine the future of England's health service over the next four years To some, they are bold, painful, inevitably controversial but nevertheless necessary local blueprints designed to save the NHS in England, area by area, by making it fit for the clinical, financial and organisational challenges it is facing. To others,
"07.09.2016 08:59:00" theguardian.com Four out of seven north-east councils vote against devolution Sunderland, Durham, South Tyneside and Gateshead reject proposals including election of north-eastern mayor The future of devolution in the north-east of England has been thrown into doubt after council leaders voted against the multimillion-pound plans.
"07.09.2016 07:46:08" theguardian.com NHS to have one website for appointments, prescriptions and advice The NHS.uk website is intended to be ready by the end of next year and will allow patients to compare their NHS trust's performance with that of others "We live in the age of the smartphone and we want the NHS to reflect that. Our new plans will make it easier for patients to get the medical support and information they need, and should encourage more of us to use the growing range of online NHS services
"06.09.2016 16:21:01" theguardian.com What can the voluntary sector learn from 4Children's closure? The children's charity was forced to close despite heroic efforts. So what went wrong and how can other charities avoid the same fate? Facing the loss of two big contracts – one of which could probably have been tolerated, but not both – the decision was taken to give up the fight and focus instead on an orderly rundown of the charity to ensure that remaining services for children and
"06.09.2016 14:38:42" theguardian.com How can social work find a sustainable solution to its recruitment crisis? The profession is expanding at a time when other public services are being stripped back – but concerted action is need to make the role more attractive to young people “The thing that really worries me is that no one is giving any sensible thought to workforce planning,” says Ruth Allen, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers. “This is a big workforce and it's growing. I just don't think there is
"06.09.2016 09:36:00" theguardian.com Life savers: behind the scenes with the RNLI – a photo essay Guardian photographer Graeme Robertson spent several days with the charity There have been a string of high-profile seaside deaths this summer including the tragedy at Camber Sands in East Sussex. But without the RNLI there would be many more sea fatalities than the 170 or so that take place around the UK every year
"06.09.2016 08:24:00" theguardian.com Violent crimes against women in England and Wales reach record high Director of public prosecutions says use of social media to threaten and control is driving factor behind 10% rise in number of cases to 117,568 in 2015-16 The number of prosecutions relating to violence against women and girls in England and Wales reached a record level last year, the director of public prosecutions said, as she warned of the increasing use of social media to threaten and control.
"06.09.2016 07:18:09" theguardian.com BMA calls off September junior doctors' strike after 'scores' of protests British Medical Association suspends five-day strike in September after junior doctors demand 'urgent rethink of union's position' A revolt by rank-and-file junior doctors forced the British Medical Association to call off a five-day strike scheduled for next week on Monday, amid worries about the impact it would have on patients and the health service.
"05.09.2016 12:59:52" theguardian.com Passion, honesty and cleaning loos: what makes a social care leader Interaction with vulnerable people means those at the top require particular skills – these are the five essentials "A can-do attitude means you're prepared to set an example by tackling whatever needs doing, including the less pleasant parts of a job. It's much more effective than harsh criticism: when your actions communicate to colleagues that you're in active
"05.09.2016 09:26:00" theguardian.com I'm a better doctor for accepting that I have a mental health problem I denied I was struggling with my workload as a GP until depression hit and I resigned 'I didn't realise I had a mental health problem. I'm a GP and it's a common misconception that we don't get them. We get stressed, of course. We get burnout – yes. But we don't get mental health problems.'
"05.09.2016 08:29:01" theguardian.com Housing benefit cap may force 67% of women's refuges to close – report Women's Aid says planned government cuts risk destroying finances of refuges for victims of domestic violence Two-thirds of women's refuges in England are facing closure due to a change in the way housing benefit is paid to supported and sheltered housing, according to the national domestic abuse charity Women's Aid.
"05.09.2016 07:17:34" theguardian.com Junior doctors could be struck off over industrial action, warns GMC Medical regulator urges cancellation of five-day strikes planned for September because of fears about patient safety Junior doctors have been told by the General Medical Council that they should call off their planned five-day strike for later this month and that putting patients at risk of significant harm could lead to them being struck off.
"03.09.2016 11:24:59" theguardian.com How Manchester plans to be the best place for people with dementia Dementia United aims to improve care of area's 30,000 residents with the condition With 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK (1.3% of the population), according to Alzheimer's Society figures, the eyes of the UK are focused on Dementia United.
"03.09.2016 10:02:00" theguardian.com I want to help you get the right benefits, but your landlord is taking up all my time Council benefits officers like me want to have a clear way to avoid endless miscalculations. But much of our time is being wasted by private landlords "Over the past 10 years, the amount of money paid in housing benefit to private landlords like Mr X has nearly doubled. A national shortage of affordable housing has allowed people like him to line their pockets with housing benefit payments, and take up
"03.09.2016 09:06:09" theguardian.com The NHS has banned cigarettes and should ban meat too – both cause cancer Patient menus offer a wide selection of meats every day, some of which are in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos, alcohol and arsenic 'How can the NHS sensibly ban cigarettes as a known health hazard while simultaneously promoting meat? To endorse one known danger while completely banning a similar one makes no sense.'
"02.09.2016 11:45:36" theguardian.com Would criminalising social workers give the chance of a fair hearing? Plans for a new crime of 'wilful neglect' might allow professionals to explain the challenges they face – and mount a defence 'I often ask roomfuls of social workers two questions: “What would the British public say if they are asked if social workers should be locked up for wilful neglect?” – their silence conveys a resounding yes; and “do you want to belong to a profession
"02.09.2016 07:54:01" theguardian.com Theresa May urged to end 'confusion' over northern powerhouse Labour mayoral candidates Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram ask prime minister to clarify plans for devolution Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, Labour's mayoral candidates for Greater Manchester and Liverpool city region respectively, have written to the prime minister asking her to clarify her plans for further devolution in England
"02.09.2016 06:53:00" theguardian.com Senior doctors condemn junior colleagues' plan for five-day strikes Experts say that sustained action over contracts would 'cause real problems' for patients, profession and NHS Senior doctors have voiced strong opposition to the series of five-day strikes planned by their junior colleagues, warning that the action will cause real problems for patients, the service and the profession.
"01.09.2016 09:10:00" theguardian.com A mother's world was transformed – and so was my career – all by a baby's birth Hands-on experience at a birth for the first time sealed my future as a midwife 'Such hands-on experience changed my world as much as it did that mother's. Some 30 years on, she is likely to be a grandmother and that baby, a parent himself. To have been a part of that is profound.'
"01.09.2016 07:35:29" theguardian.com NHS junior doctors to stage five consecutive days of strikes in September Unprecedented walkout in England will mean full withdrawal of labour, including in emergency departments, between 8am and 5pm The British Medical Association has announced a new wave of strikes by junior doctors in England over their contract, beginning with an unprecedented five-day walkout this month.
"31.08.2016 09:51:00" theguardian.com Potential Paralympic star forced to pull out due to cuts in disability support An up and coming wheelchair basketball player and a university student are among many disabled people whose life chances have been hit According to a new survey by the disability charity Scope, more than three-quarters of disabled people say coverage of the London Paralympics had a positive impact on the public's attitudes to disability, but access to basic rights is still often out of
"31.08.2016 08:45:00" theguardian.com Social security system fast becoming unfit for purpose, says study Most low-income working households to be worse off by 2020, and families on out-of-work benefits face losing fifth of income The UK's social security system is rapidly becoming unfit for purpose, as successive cuts leave children and working age adults with an increasingly inadequate safety net for when families fall on hard times, according to a study.
"31.08.2016 07:32:36" theguardian.com Are you affected by the government's 'pay to stay' housing policy? 'Pay to stay' will see substantial rent increases for thousands of social tenants - if you're one of them, we'd like to hear from you
"30.08.2016 17:01:00" theguardian.com Tell us what's it like to apply for the civil service fast stream If you've applied for one of the country's most popular graduate employment schemes, we'd like to hear from you The fast stream programme, which opens for applications on 1 September 2016, is one of the most popular graduate schemes in the country. We want to hear from those who've already done it successfully, those who failed - and those who decided, on
"30.08.2016 15:54:00" theguardian.com Why my company is handing homecare contracts back to councils Commissioning practices that mean providers cannot pay the 'national living wage' or deliver good services have no place in 21st-century Britain “If we had given even 1% of the time spent discussing Brexit on trying to reach a solution to the social care crisis, we might have one by now.”
"30.08.2016 14:28:00" theguardian.com I help bring music to patients in intensive care After my own experience in ICU, I became convinced of the therapeutic benefits of live music to those who are critically ill "Imagine lying on a bed, unable to move, blink, speak or control your own pain relief. You may just about be conscious and aware of high levels of activity around your bed, around the clock. The whirring of machines and the ringing of alarms, bleeps and
"30.08.2016 12:52:32" theguardian.com They're not 'bed blockers', just older people who want to get home Units, targets, blockers. Language matters and can undermine the compassionate care the NHS was created for and has delivered for 70 years I rarely hear anyone who works in the health and care sector use the phrase 'bed blocker'. Those working with and caring for people see the individual. They know their individual stories and what matters to them.
"30.08.2016 10:12:04" theguardian.com The railways are no longer just a man's domain: meet the female train drivers Some depots don't have female toilets, and children still stare when they see a woman in the driver's seat, but more is being done to bring gender balance to the railways Kerry Cassidy was driving trains at 125 miles an hour until she was 37 weeks pregnant. A driver for Great Western Railway on the high-speed route between Plymouth and London Paddington, she bats away any suggestion that the railways are a man's domain.
"30.08.2016 08:54:00" theguardian.com Living wage has positive impact on care industry, research shows Study of 80,000 social care workers shows 57% have benefited from raise with 'no evidence of hours cut to foot the bill' The worst fears about the impact of the national living wage on social care businesses have been confounded by research suggesting it has had a remarkably positive effect on pay rates in the traditionally low-wage sector.
"30.08.2016 07:42:30" theguardian.com Women 50% more likely to be misdiagnosed after heart attack – study BHF says differences are 'alarmingly high' but better tests are being developed for female heart attack diagnoses Women are 50% more likely than men to be given a wrong diagnosis after a heart attack, according to a study.
"27.08.2016 10:05:02" theguardian.com The very people I became a councillor to help often have no idea I'm here I've been called disconnected, disgusting, and a disgrace but I want to overhaul a broken system that should better support our most vulnerable residents "I first met Sandra while door knocking for my election campaign. A year later, I bumped into her outside the local corner shop, where she was begging the shopkeeper for any food they could spare.
I was elected to the local council in south London a
"26.08.2016 16:55:00" theguardian.com Turning the tables: the ping pong sanctuary for young refugees Lone children seeking refuge in the UK – many of whom have never seen a table tennis match before – find a topspin welcome on the south coast Brighton is home to roughly 60 unaccompanied minors, almost all boys, who came to Britain seeking asylum. They are housed mostly with foster families, until they turn 18 and their asylum claims are processed. Of these 60, around half have come to the
"26.08.2016 14:57:36" theguardian.com Police at Notting Hill carnival: 'It's difficult not to want to dance, we're only human' Getting the right policing style is so important at Notting Hill carnival, says Supt Robyn Williams, who is leading a team of black female officers “Some people love to see police officers immersed in the carnival, dancing and having fun, but anything that goes viral on social media will be met with a chorus of dissenting voices – 'you shouldn't be doing that',” says Supt Robyn Williams, who will be
"26.08.2016 14:56:01" theguardian.com Writing poetry helps me cope with alcohol addiction I originally took up poetry to woo girlfriends – now it helps me express my feelings and record what I've been through "Poetry has helped me in times of crisis before and I am glad to welcome back my old friend in this time of need."
"26.08.2016 13:30:01" theguardian.com Jeremy Hunt cannot bully his seven-day NHS plans through Civil servants agree that there aren't enough staff with the right skills – the health secretary should listen to them 'It is obvious that Jeremy Hunt is ignoring advice from his civil servants on the most fundamental aspects of delivering a massive and complex policy.'
"26.08.2016 12:06:18" theguardian.com NHS plans could bring benefits but we're barred from telling the public I think we have a duty to inform people about sustainability and transformation plans but NHS England is worried about negative headlines I think we have a duty to tell the public about the new plans, and NHS England says we must move “at pace”; yet we're barred from explaining what we're doing. That's a problem.
"26.08.2016 10:24:00" theguardian.com What do you know about planned NHS cuts? Plans are being drawn up around England to “transform” the NHS which could lead to cuts to hospitals and patients beds to help avert the financial crisis. We need your help to find out more Investigation has found that plans to close services appear to have had little input from patients and the public. Despite being due to be signed off in October this year, many draft plans are still secret.
So that we can report on this more fully, we
"26.08.2016 09:22:00" theguardian.com Barnardo's archives reveal early lives of UK's first fostered children Charity releases records of first to benefit from 'boarding out' scheme that evolved into modern-day system Previously unseen Victorian archive records of the first fostered children in Britain have been released by Barnardo's, showing what life was like for children when the scheme was originally launched by the charity in 1887.
"26.08.2016 07:40:22" theguardian.com NHS plans radical cuts to fight growing deficit in health budget Investigation by the Guardian and 38 Degrees reveals NHS faces £20bn funding shortfall by 2020-21 if no action is taken NHS bosses throughout England are quietly drawing up plans for hospital closures, cutbacks and radical changes to the way healthcare is delivered in an attempt to meet spiralling demand and plug the hole in their finances, an investigation by the Guardian
"25.08.2016 12:30:00" theguardian.com Pokémon: gotta catch them all, even in the library The Pokémon Go craze has brought the unlikeliest of visitors to local libraries – and one London library is making the most of it "I came up with the idea after reading about a priest in Spain who was pleased the app was bringing more people to his church. I thought if Pokémon could bring more people to a church, it could be a great way for me to bring more people to the library."
"25.08.2016 10:23:00" theguardian.com Meet Bazza, the tetraplegic sky-diver – and the other Disabled Daredevils A new TV documentary follows eight extreme-sports fanatics, who also have severe disabilities. Here, some of them explain how adrenaline-fuelled antics have helped them come to terms with their physical challenges “I wanted to show other people that you just need confidence and self-esteem – and you can do it. We all need a boot up the backside sometimes, whether you are disabled or not.”
"25.08.2016 10:10:00" theguardian.com I went to work a doctor – and returned home a stroke patient My stroke taught me that being ill is lonely and doctors need to take time to listen and support – not only offer solutions 'One of the greatest lessons my stroke has taught me so far is something that no amount of study in medical school could have prepared me more – being ill is often a profoundly lonely process.'
"25.08.2016 08:54:00" theguardian.com NHS needs EU employees to avoid collapse, says thinktank Institute of Public Policy Research says EU nationals who have lived in Britain for six years should get automatic citizenship The NHS would collapse without its 57,000 workers who are EU nationals and they must be offered free British citizenship so they don't leave the country after Brexit, according to a leading thinktank.
"25.08.2016 07:43:28" theguardian.com Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks, says MP Delays in government's flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems, says Labour MP Frank Field Huge built-in delays in the processing of universal credit benefit claims have turned the government's flagship welfare reform into a “recruiting sergeant for food banks”, according to Labour MP Frank Field.
"24.08.2016 17:39:00" theguardian.com Are you a social worker drowning in paperwork? Here's a solution If assessment forms were streamlined to a single sheet, social workers could spend more time with service users "Like a lot of social workers, I resent all the paperwork. Stacked on my desk, it's like a millstone round the neck. There is a chunk of rainforest missing somewhere because 10 years ago I decided to join the profession – and don't I feel bad about it."
"24.08.2016 15:24:00" theguardian.com Syphilis is on the rise when it should be confined to history Infections among men who have sex with men have soared by 232% in five years in London, as sex with multiple partners combines with devastating service cuts It's 2016. Safe sex campaigns and targeted prevention efforts are in place. Sexual health care is free and accessible to both high and low risk groups. So what is going on?
"24.08.2016 09:16:00" theguardian.com Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows Hundreds of thousands of households will face a £100-a-month gap between rents and housing benefit by 2020, says study Hundreds of thousands of low-income households in Britain are facing a living standards crisis that by 2020 will see them struggling to meet a £100-a-month shortfall between rents and housing benefit payments, according to the Fabian Society.
"24.08.2016 07:58:15" theguardian.com Jeremy Hunt weekend NHS death claims unhelpful, say civil servants Leaked documents show Hunt's own officials believe focus on 'weekend effect' has undermined drive for 'seven-day NHS' Jeremy Hunt's own civil servants believe his claims about thousands of patients dying because of poor weekend hospital care have undermined the drive to create a “truly seven-day NHS”, according to leaked documents from the Department of Health.
"23.08.2016 19:53:30" theguardian.com EU states are denying child migrants essential services Asylum seeking children are entitled to access education, healthcare and child protection, but governments across the EU are failing to fulfil their responsibilities "Speaking at the launch of our report at the European parliament, Graham Owen, of the Swedish association of social services directors, admitted that services had been “playing catch-up” in trying to meet the needs of the 35,300 asylum-seeking children
"23.08.2016 12:07:35" theguardian.com May's u-turn on mayors ignores what is best for the whole country Devolution should not be driven by national party politics - we should remember it's about what works for areas beyond just Westminster "It's no surprise that Labour MPs have realised that running a city is a bigger draw than spending years in opposition. However, Theresa May's reasoning for her U-turn on mayors shouldn't be politically driven – it should be about what's best for the
"23.08.2016 10:05:00" theguardian.com Virtual fracture clinics enable patients to receive care online Patients can get post A&E care and manage their recovery from fractures remotely saving time and money A physiotherapist and orthopaedic surgeon are transforming the way patients with fractures are treated and saving the NHS more than half a million pounds in an initiative which could become a national model.
"23.08.2016 09:04:06" theguardian.com More than third of teenage girls in England suffer depression and anxiety Number of those reporting symptoms increases from 33% to 37% since 2005 but survey also finds teens less prone to risky behaviour or playing truant Depression and anxiety have risen among teenage girls in England, with more than a third reporting symptoms of distress, although the rates are stable among teenage boys, according to a major survey of 14-year-olds carried out for the Department for
"23.08.2016 07:33:34" theguardian.com Secret documents reveal official concerns over 'seven-day NHS' plans Internal Department of Health papers drawn up for ministers detail string of dangers in implementing plan The health service has too few staff and too little money to deliver the government's promised “truly seven-day NHS” on time and patients may not notice any difference even if it happens, leaked Department of Health documents reveal.
"22.08.2016 14:47:24" theguardian.com Thanks to Lord Rix, people with learning disabilities have a much brighter future | Ciara Lawrence The battle against inequality goes on – but the late actor and campaigner gave people like me the confidence to stand up and be heard 'The sad truth is that many doctors still say “sorry” when telling parents that their child may have a learning disability. Rix took a stand against these attitudes, and spent his life trying to make sure children with a learning disability are given the
"22.08.2016 10:10:00" theguardian.com I fail patients in my job as a psychiatric nurse and leave them feeling worse We try our best for people who need help in their darkest hours who have to contend with a lack of beds and inadequate care “I just want to go home, it is making me worse being here”.
"22.08.2016 08:14:00" theguardian.com Brian Rix, actor and learning disability campaigner, dies aged 92 Mencap president spent more than 60 years campaigning to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities Brian Rix, one of the country's leading campaigners for people with learning disabilities, has died aged 92.
"22.08.2016 07:00:00" theguardian.com Women and BME community under-represented in top NHS roles – study Labour peer criticises 'disgraceful' prevalence of white men in senior positions after two-year drive to rectify problem The NHS has been accused of a “disgraceful” failure to use the talents of women and people from ethnic minorities, after research showed they are badly under-represented in senior positions.
"19.08.2016 11:31:00" theguardian.com Are private partnerships the answer to the youth services funding crisis? Collaborations with the voluntary and private sectors can add diversity, creativity and breadth, helping to protect vital services for young people "Across the UK, there are many examples of successful transformations that are overcoming financial constraints and protecting vital youth services. These collaborations enable councils to create effective partnerships with the voluntary and private
"19.08.2016 10:12:00" theguardian.com May reboots 'northern powerhouse' with £24m cycling pledge PM says government will underwrite Yorkshire's bid to host cycling world championships as she revives George Osborne's pet project Theresa May pledged to support a bid to bring the cycling world championships to Yorkshire as she vowed her government would press ahead with George Osborne's “northern powerhouse” project.
"19.08.2016 08:45:00" theguardian.com Call to bring child refugees in Calais under UK safeguarding rules Stella Creasy to table amendment to child welfare bill requiring young refugees to be protected and treated as potential citizens The government's child welfare bill should be amended to give young refugees in Calais protection under British safeguarding rules, the Labour MP Stella Creasy has said.
"19.08.2016 07:38:23" theguardian.com Childhood obesity: retailers urge mandatory cuts to food sugar levels British Retail Consortium criticises proposal for voluntary action by manufacturers in government's much-derided strategy Leading retailers have criticised the government's watered-down childhood obesity strategy, arguing it would be better if ministers imposed mandatory cuts to sugar levels in food rather than leaving it up to voluntary action by manufacturers.
"18.08.2016 13:33:00" theguardian.com The government's response to obesity and diabetes is insulting With diabetes already consuming 10% of NHS resources and one child in four too heavy, the need to do something is urgent 'In 2004, the World Health Organisation declared obesity a global epidemic. Twelve years later the statistics tell us that not only are we failing to tackle the issue, but it's getting worse.'
"18.08.2016 12:16:45" theguardian.com I learned the hard way that medicine can be humiliating and incestuous Dressing downs in front of nurses and not knowing who is married to whom add to a junior doctor's worries A grilling started and even questions answered correctly were met with a look of them being barely acceptable. If wrong it was: “I mean, you did pass your exams? You should know this.” A humiliating dressing down in front of a sympathetic looking nurse.
"18.08.2016 10:23:00" theguardian.com Homelessness shames our country – we need to tackle the root causes I Clive Betts With cuts to funding and no clear statistics on the extent of the problem, homeless people are being failed repeatedly "It is important to know the true extent of homelessness in Britain if we are to make progress. Unfortunately, the picture is unclear and that is why our report on homelessness calls on the government to improve the data statistics that they publish as a
"18.08.2016 09:35:00" theguardian.com Human rights watchdog calls for urgent action on Britain's 'deep-rooted' inequality Equality and Human Rights Commission warns UK risks greater social division and racial tensions from 'systemic unfairness' Britain can expect widening social divisions and increased racial tensions unless the government takes urgent action to tackle deep-rooted inequalities, the new chair of the UK's equalities watchdog has warned.
"18.08.2016 08:24:24" theguardian.com Cancer drug companies cut prices to win NHS approval Tougher new policy by regulator means pharma firms are having to offer better value for money to get treatments accepted by NHS Drug companies are slashing the prices of new cancer medicines to avoid having them banned from NHS use, following the closure of the Cancer Drugs Fund.
"18.08.2016 07:22:35" theguardian.com Childhood obesity: UK's 'inexcusable' strategy is wasted opportunity, say experts Plan to rely on voluntary action by food industry is dismissed as embarrassing by public health experts who condemn failure to restrict advertising aimed at children Medical experts and campaigners have criticised the government's childhood obesity strategy as weak and embarrassing, and accused policymakers of throwing away the best chance to tackle the culture of unhealthy eating that is crippling the NHS.
"17.08.2016 14:34:30" theguardian.com How real-time data is reducing A&E waiting times Systems at East Kent hospitals university NHS foundation trust display live waiting times and help the trust know when to redirect patients “You want to know roughly where your blockages are, and this is where real-time information really helps to unpick those questions.”
"17.08.2016 10:59:00" theguardian.com Want better housing? Follow my example and get involved Flicking through briefing papers while making the kids their tea: my life as a tenant engagement champion "I am fortunate to have a home that is safe and secure for my children, with a landlord I trust and respect...It's clear to me that there is a growing divide between landlords that embrace tenant involvement and landlords that do
"17.08.2016 10:30:00" theguardian.com Building better mental health in cities from the ground up Creating green spaces and better connections between people are just two of the ways urban planners can improve mental health "A well-designed public space can have a positive influence on people's wellbeing and help prevent mental health problems developing or becoming
"17.08.2016 09:59:00" theguardian.com Coastal towns get trendy but will it help the locals? An influx of artists is boosting Margate and Folkstone. Yet the benefits for poorer residents are questionable “Margate's got all the cool people coming in. It might become a very cool place to be, a very middle-class place to be, but is that really solving the problem of entrenched poverty and social exclusion in the town? East London is now a very expensive
"17.08.2016 08:33:00" theguardian.com Patient safety at risk because language tests for medics 'not stringent enough' Royal College of Surgeons calls for doctors, nurses and dentists from the European Economic Area to face clinical language tests Patient safety could be at risk because doctors, nurses and dentists from elsewhere in Europe are not facing stringent enough language tests, leading medics have said.
"17.08.2016 07:31:22" theguardian.com Care home rooms now cost more than £30,000 a year Government accused of having no strategy as figures show average pensioner's income would not even cover six months of care The financial pressure on older people and their families when trying to pay for social care is growing, with the average cost of a room in a care home now more than £30,000 a year.
"16.08.2016 13:06:53" theguardian.com How can care homes ensure a good death for residents? Research reveals that care home staff, healthcare professionals, residents and their families may not always agree on end-of-life care What people want, their care needs, how to interpret and treat symptoms, and who becomes involved in the decision making when someone with dementia is dying can become a source of anxiety, upset and frustration for everyone involved.
"16.08.2016 12:10:34" theguardian.com The NHS cannot afford to ignore bullying any longer Bullying undermines safe patient care, demoralises staff and leads to less effective teams “It ground me down. I lost some of my hair. I began shaking at the thought of going to work and eventually retired on ill health grounds. My manager was not disciplined because although it was agreed he had bullied me, he 'didn't intend' to bully me.”
"16.08.2016 10:02:00" theguardian.com New 'care atlas' reveals disparity in dementia care across UK Atlas shows care review performed for less than half of patients in some parts of England The government has begun to publish detailed information about which areas of England give people with dementia the best support, in an effort to reduce wide variation in the quality of care provided.
"16.08.2016 08:56:00" theguardian.com How much is the government really privatising the NHS? Figures show privatisation to be less of an explosion that Owen Smith warns about and more a gradual, inexorable rise in outsourcing of services Department of Health figures show that the amount of its funding that has gone to “independent sector providers” more than doubled from £4.1bn in 2009-10, Labour's last year in power, to £8.7bn in 2015-16.
"16.08.2016 07:39:59" theguardian.com NHS cancels thousands of operations on the day, study finds Patients Association says trusts make tens of thousands wait more than 18 weeks for routine surgery Thousands of NHS patients are having operations cancelled on the day they are scheduled to take place and tens of thousands are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks for routine surgery, a study has found.
"15.08.2016 12:02:00" theguardian.com New ideas for social care reform must come from the grassroots The welfare system needs a revolution, but change should be from the bottom up "Seventy years on from the creation of the welfare state and social care is one of the biggest, most important and yet most neglected social policies. Now another new government needs to face up to the vital need for radical reform."
"15.08.2016 10:49:08" theguardian.com Owen Smith to target Tories over threat of NHS privatisation Labour leadership challenger to say a government led by him would boost health spending by 4% a year Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith is to hit out at the threat of creeping privatisation in the NHS, highlighting Department of Health accounts showing that spending on private-sector NHS providers has doubled under the Conservatives.
"15.08.2016 09:34:56" theguardian.com I'm a new junior doctor and I already hate my job I knew it was going to be a baptism of fire, but I don't want to risk people's health for the sake of my own education 'I expected to be thrown in at the deep end, but I expected to be supported. Sat at a computer – the only doctor on the ward on my second day in the job – I was clueless, exhausted, and had no idea what to do about it.'
"15.08.2016 06:59:00" theguardian.com NHS cancer patients missing out on innovative drugs Review of availability of drugs for breast and prostate cancer concludes UK approach is not fit for purpose Thousands of NHS cancer patients in the UK are missing out on innovative treatments available in countries of comparable wealth partly because of a failure by medicines regulators to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry on the price of drugs,
"12.08.2016 14:06:17" theguardian.com It took 18 months for social services to let us look after a girl in need We had children of our own and were willing to do everything it took, but mismanagement and bureaucracy made the process almost impossible How can the system make it so hard for parents willing to foster or adopt – even when you've raised children of your own and are willing to undergo training, vetting and whatever is required?
"11.08.2016 16:35:00" theguardian.com 'I prick my finger while taking blood': my first week as a junior doctor With all the furore over the new junior doctors' contract, I was not looking forward to starting work – but I enjoyed myself 'Before Monday, the NHS had been sold to me as an overstretched, uncaring and outdated body. It may be busy, and there may be a very steep learning curve, but I have genuinely enjoyed my first week.'
"11.08.2016 13:45:08" theguardian.com When I leave someone suicidal I'm scared they won't be there the next day From supporting a suicidal young man to being held at knife point by a child, social care professionals recount what keeps them up at night 'You try to make a difference in the social care sector, but there are always worries, especially given that we are humans, making human decisions. What if that decision is wrong?'
"11.08.2016 12:05:33" theguardian.com Tell us the truth about troubled families, even if it embarrasses ministers The trouble with suppressing bad news about policy is that MPs, ministers, officials and the public won't know what works - and what doesn't "The government may stand accused of suppressing an unfavourable evaluation of its flagship troubled families programme, but it is good news that there was even an independent evaluation of the programme in the first
"10.08.2016 12:48:00" theguardian.com 'I crashed my car after a night shift and now have post-traumatic stress disorder' Nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals recount their experiences of driving home after working at night 'I am so terrified of driving post-nights that I only live within walking distance of hospitals and walk home after every shift. I dare not apply for jobs that involve a commute of any kind and hence I am stuck in non-training jobs.'
"10.08.2016 11:20:32" theguardian.com When I shadowed social workers, I saw how they fight for people A busy day of social worker training showed me just how much vulnerable people rely on us for advocacy and aid 'During the day I also attend a home visit, where I meet a man who has recently been discharged from a psychiatric hospital. He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and an array of other health issues. I am reminded how brave social workers are, knocking
"09.08.2016 13:35:00" theguardian.com How GPs in London are reducing hospital referrals New software enables GPs to confer with local hospital consultants to get advice on whether to refer a patient or not Four years ago, Wandsworth CCG implemented Kinesis across its 43 GP practices as part of a wider plan to manage referrals more effectively. If a GP isn't sure whether to refer a patient, or simply wants to ask a consultant for advice, they log on to the
"09.08.2016 11:35:21" theguardian.com Social care professionals: what is your biggest fear? We want to hear from social workers, foster parents and carers about the aspect of your job that you worry most about and why It's no secret that the social care sector is under huge pressure. So, what do you worry might happen in your absence? We want to hear from foster parents, carers, social workers, occupational therapists and peer support workers about your biggest fears.
"08.08.2016 10:06:00" theguardian.com As a psychiatrist I've seen how culture affects views of mental illness Persuading one south Asian family that their mentally ill daughter was not possessed by a demon showed me NHS staff need greater cultural awareness 'Stigma and shame have heavily influenced any help-seeking behaviour in the black and ethnic minority groups. Even if they do seek help, the lack of cultural and spiritual understanding of their problems may lead to non-attendance and disinterest by the
"08.08.2016 09:03:18" theguardian.com Four things occupational therapists need to know about the Care Act Now that occupational therapists can assess complex cases, a good working knowledge of the latest legislation is key Occupational therapists can now undertake complex assessments alongside social workers and other professionals and consequently, they must have a good working knowledge of the Care Act.
"06.08.2016 16:36:00" theguardian.com 'Never ever fall out with the nurses' – a junior doctor's survival guide Ask questions, tidy up ... and listen to the nurses are among top tips healthcare professionals share with new doctors 'The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask.' This and other pearls of wisdom included in our survival guide for new junior doctors.
"05.08.2016 16:27:46" theguardian.com Care home residents need tailored nutrition – here are some guidelines Older people living in residential care require nutritional plans that cater to their changing physiology Malnutrition is thought to affect 10% of people over 65 in the UK. With this in mind, here are some guidelines for how best to approach food and nutrition in care homes.
"05.08.2016 12:06:00" theguardian.com A future of mobile-centric healthcare could save lives Tech innovations can help patients self-manage their conditions and keep track of older people as well as those in care homes Picture the scene: an elderly woman with bronchitis is overcome by breathlessness while out for an afternoon shop. Instead of ignoring the problem, she immediately turns to her mobile phone, which is measuring her breathing rate and integrating that
"04.08.2016 17:16:02" theguardian.com What can the UK learn from New York's approach to mental health? New York's mayor has thrown his weight behind a mental health programme focusing on prevention and recovery – the UK should take notice 'New York mayor Bill de Blasio's new programme of mental health spending is impressive in its scale, leadership and depth of resources, and could provide a lesson for central and local government leaders in the UK.'
"04.08.2016 11:31:05" theguardian.com 'Never ever fall out with the nurses' – a junior doctor's survival guide Ask questions, tidy up ... and listen to the nurses are among top tips healthcare professionals share with new doctors 'Nurses are your lifeline, and have an abundance of knowledge (about their patients, the hospital, how to make stuff happen, the location of teabags/mugs/secret chocolate supply etc)'
"03.08.2016 18:23:00" theguardian.com Social workers, please learn from my experience in care A young graduate who had 13 different social workers in 11 years in the care system tells of the inspirational, the ineffective, and the plain patronising 'The role of a social worker is monumental; they can turn a difficult situation into a positive experience, helping young people to form trusting relationships with others. Poor support can exacerbate feelings of fear, uncertainty and isolation, leading
"03.08.2016 16:06:20" theguardian.com As a black man I need to speak out about prostate cancer One in four black men is diagnosed with prostate cancer, double the risk of white men. But nearly 62% don't know where the prostate is Chukka Umunna speaks out about the fact that 86% of black men are oblivious to the heightened threat prostate cancer poses to their health, putting thousands in danger of being diagnosed at a late stage when treatment options are limited.
"02.08.2016 18:23:00" theguardian.com Ed Patrick is a junior doctor who's finding the funny side | Sarah Johnson Ed Patrick mixes medicine and comedy – and is taking a new standup show to Edinburgh. Just don't ask him to choose between them One of Ed Patrick's biggest fears as a doctor is doing a rectal exam on a patient. It's this kind of "fish-out-of-water" situation that lends itself to comedy – a hobby that he has devoted more time to of late
"02.08.2016 11:50:48" theguardian.com Mental health services won't help children in temporary care settings Social workers and lawyers despair at Camhs' refusal to assess or treat young people placed in short-term care An Education Select Committee report pointed out that the mental health of looked after children is significantly worse than that of their peers – almost half of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and they are four times more
"02.08.2016 10:00:00" theguardian.com How can health and social care employers help staff development? Continuous learning is vital for those working in health and social care, but quality training resources and study time are hard to find. Is e-learning the answer? One barrier to online learning in both health and social care is illiteracy. Participants pointed out that in trusts there are cleaners who can't read. Others said that there is a clear divide between those who are comfortable with online learning and
"01.08.2016 14:45:00" theguardian.com NHS workers: what advice do you have for new junior doctors? We want to hear from nurses, paramedics and all other healthcare professionals about what they would tell newly-qualified doctors starting this week Calling all healthcare professionals. What advice do you have for junior doctors starting work this week? Please click through and tell us.
"01.08.2016 13:33:14" theguardian.com Everyone tells me the NHS is in crisis – but that's not what I see As a soon-to-be mental healthcare professional, I don't see the bad. I see a health service that needs more support, love and care 'Not every baby who cries is in a crisis, it may just require some nurturing before the wails pass.'
"29.07.2016 18:32:00" theguardian.com Are commitments for mental health all talk and no action? The scale of the mental health challenge is huge – but it's not clear that promises of more funding or a change of culture are being upheld Promises, platitudes and plans are piling up for mental health, but how much is going to be delivered?
"29.07.2016 13:26:05" theguardian.com The patient who showed me how to be a better doctor and person A retired doctor who came into A&E with a head injury left a huge impression on me The thing that keeps me going in my job as a doctor are the patients. There are days, no matter how dark, where certain ones shine like stars – their strength glows when you least expect it.
"29.07.2016 09:35:00" theguardian.com From ketamine to cupboard therapy: the future of mental health treatment With big pharma short on solutions, we talk to people pioneering new ways to beat conditions including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia Once upon a time, the future of mental health treatment was drugs. The advent of Prozac and whole class of similar medication in the 1990s gave doctors an easy option and big pharma easy money.
But 20 years on, the problems have not gone away. In fact,
"29.07.2016 08:22:00" theguardian.com Hospital admissions for drug-related problems reach decade high Figures show number of cases resulting in primary or secondary diagnoses of mental health and behavioural disorders has more than doubled More people are ending up in hospital with physical or mental health problems related to drug use than at any time in the past 10 years, despite an overall fall in the number of people using illegal drugs, figures show.
"29.07.2016 07:12:07" theguardian.com Scottish plan for every child to have 'named person' is ruled unlawful Supreme court finds SNP government's proposals on child welfare breach right to privacy and family life Judges at the supreme court have ruled that the Scottish government's controversial “named person” scheme for supporting children risks breaching rights to privacy and a family life under the European convention on human rights, and thus overreaches the
"28.07.2016 17:59:25" theguardian.com Theresa May should not have downgraded care minister's role Social care is in crisis and facing unprecedented demand; tackling these challenges requires someone with the power to make real change "Anchor has previously led calls for the government to appoint a dedicated minister for older people at cabinet, someone to ensure all aspects of a growing older generation – including housing, health, care – are prioritised and aligned. The downgrading
"28.07.2016 09:28:00" theguardian.com NHS 'abandoning' thousands by rationing hepatitis C drugs Addaction says NHS England decision to treat just 10,000 people a year with costly drugs is 'potential death sentence' NHS England has been accused by a charity of “abandoning” thousands of people to a potential death sentence by rationing drugs that can cure hepatitis C.
"28.07.2016 08:17:11" theguardian.com How the ice bucket challenge led to an ALS research breakthrough Not only has research funded by the stunt uncovered a gene variant associated with ALS, it has also demonstrated the huge value of scientific collaboration Dismissed by some at the time as “slacktivism” - an exercise that appears to do good while achieving very little - the ice bucket challenge raised more than $115m (£88m) for motor neurone disease in a single month. Now, scientists funded with the proceeds
"27.07.2016 20:02:00" theguardian.com Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics Just 1,390 people are counted as homeless because of domestic violence, but government figures tell only half the story Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics:
"27.07.2016 16:23:00" theguardian.com Could a volunteer programme help stop children's services from keeling over? The Volunteers Supporting Families programme is saving councils money and supporting families at risk A volunteer programme set up to support vulnerable families which allows child protection social workers to devote their time to more complex cases is reaping rewards.
According to a recent evaluation, every pound spent on the Volunteers Supporting
"27.07.2016 12:03:00" theguardian.com Could Pokémon Go improve people's health? Gamers who barely left the house a few weeks ago are now reportedly spending hours walking around chasing Pokémons 'The power that technology and apps such as Pokémon Go have should not be underestimated.'
"27.07.2016 09:54:45" theguardian.com Where next for learning disabled people after discredited units close? Families struggle to get decent care and support for relatives who come out of hospitals like Winterbourne View “Just getting someone out of an assessment and treatment unit is not where it ends”
"27.07.2016 08:48:00" theguardian.com Sepsis campaign aims to save thousands of lives Mum whose son died 'delighted' at project to raise awareness of blood poisoning that kills nearly 50,000 people annually Thousands of lives could be saved by urging unwell patients and their loved ones to ask doctors to check for sepsis, experts said as they announced a new campaign to raise awareness of the devastating condition.
"27.07.2016 07:35:45" theguardian.com Hospitals' premium-rate overtime payments soar Some consultants paid up to £1,000 for four hours' work while rates of £600 a shift are not uncommon, FoI request reveals Spending on premium-rate overtime by hospitals across the UK has risen by more than a third in the past two years, a freedom of information request has revealed.
Hospitals can pay consultants a higher-than-normal rate for extra shifts. Some hospitals
"26.07.2016 18:37:00" theguardian.com The green deal is dead: time to revive the great British energy refurb Convincing people to make their homes energy efficient needs grand designers, cheaper loans and new standards We need to re-inspire homeowners to make over their properties to make them more energy efficient, making lower interest loans available and enforcing minimum standards for all.
"26.07.2016 16:40:00" theguardian.com My charity's finance manager stole thousands of pounds under my watch The figures she produced were rubbish. It was a huge and complicated mess "The cashflow and the profit and loss figures she had been producing were rubbish. Cheques she claimed to have issued had never been sent. It was a huge and complicated mess that absorbed my entire attention for months, to the detriment of everything
"26.07.2016 14:25:00" theguardian.com Has government learned the vital lessons of public service failures? Terrible examples like Mid Staffs, Rotherham and Doncaster can give clear pointers on how to respond when public services go wrong Managing failure is a vital skill and local authorities need to resist the urge to jump to blame or restructuring, without considering behaviour or culture
"26.07.2016 12:58:00" theguardian.com 'It was so simple and easy': the nursing home improving care with tech Nightingale House in south London has developed an app to enable staff to enter patients' records digitally and reduce arduous form filling "While technology has become increasingly ubiquitous in our personal lives, health and social care organisations often still rely on traditional ways of recording data about patients. This is a time-consuming task: records have to be kept on everything
"26.07.2016 11:26:19" theguardian.com 'I fell asleep at the wheel': the dangers of doctors driving home As new research finds that two in five have dropped off at the wheel, doctors speak out about the need for change “When I first qualified and was working near London, some of those journeys home were scary as hell. I've never had a near miss but have momentarily fallen asleep at the wheel.”
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"26.07.2016 10:04:00" theguardian.com www.theguardian.com The funding crunch is disastrous and the Brexit windfall was a lie. The truth is that we need to pay more for Britain's health service – or get less "Did Hunt tell Theresa May the truth about the NHS? That was the time to warn the new prime minister of just how critical the financial crunch is, building into imminent crisis. He needed to report to her what all the leading health economists say, what
"26.07.2016 08:57:01" theguardian.com Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report Government accused of dismissing its responsibility to care for unaccompanied minors as 'somebody else's problem' The UK is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, dismissing them as “somebody else's problem”, a report has concluded.
"26.07.2016 07:41:34" theguardian.com Communities to provide free lunches for children during school holidays To ease burden on poor families, churches and community groups around UK are making thousands of meals available Churches and community groups are launching schemes to provide children with free lunches to alleviate the burden on poor families through the summer.
"25.07.2016 13:45:10" theguardian.com Kate Granger inspired all of us in the NHS to be more compassionate With her #hellomynameis campaign, Kate reminded me that if I lose my humanity, I am a shadow of the doctor I should be I like to believe that Kate's legacy in part will be that every one of your doctors and nurses might sometimes intone the same silent plea: “When you lie before me in your hospital bed, may the day never come that I cease to see an individual in front of
"25.07.2016 12:23:00" theguardian.com I have seen death unite families and spill secrets that tear them apart My job as an intensive care nurse has made me realise that life is fleeting, fragile and unpredictable 'There's a lot people don't know about dying.'
"22.07.2016 14:31:00" theguardian.com Whitehall chief John Manzoni's grand plans now lie shattered Here's another damning NAO report on the lack of coherent planning and management, made worse as civil servants get sucked into Brexit work Another damning NAO report on the lack of coherent planning and management in Whitehall, means the plans of chief executive John Manzoni now lie shattered.
"22.07.2016 11:31:00" theguardian.com To clear up Cameron's housing mess, here's your to-do list, Gavin Barwell Scrap the bedroom tax, switch cash from home owners to social housing, make renting fair and think long term Gavin Barwell has his work cut out for him to clear up Cameron's housing mess, writes Dawn Foster. He could start by scrapping the bedroom tax, switching cash from home owners to social housing and making renting fair and long term.
"22.07.2016 10:15:00" theguardian.com Alcohol is a direct cause of seven forms of cancer, finds study Analysis implicates alcohol in development of breast, liver and other types of cancer and says even moderate consumption is a risk Alcohol causes seven forms of cancer, and people consuming even low to moderate amounts are at risk, according to new analysis.
"22.07.2016 09:12:00" theguardian.com NHS bosses launch 'reset' plan to tackle £2.45bn deficit Five hospital trusts and 14 CCGs in England will go into financial special measures as campaigners voice fears for patient safety NHS bosses have launched a plan to “reset” the health service's broken finances that will see overspending hospitals taken into financial special measures, as part of a crackdown to tackle a £2.45bn deficit.
"22.07.2016 07:54:46" theguardian.com Bursaries for student nurses will end in 2017, government confirms Anger as Department of Health says replacing bursaries with loans will free up £800m a year to create extra nursing roles The government has confirmed plans to end bursaries for student nurses and midwives from next year, sparking anger across the health sector.
"21.07.2016 16:45:00" theguardian.com A talk I gave on prostrate cancer saved a man's life He thanked me for spurring him on to visit his GP for a check-up, which caught his cancer early. That's the best reward I can get "He said that if he hadn't heard my talk last year he wouldn't have gone to seen his GP to ask for a prostate check, he wouldn't have found his cancer early and probably wouldn't be alive today."
"21.07.2016 12:12:00" theguardian.com Meeting a patient 16 years after saving his life was deeply gratifying The young man's mother approached me in a supermarket on Christmas Eve and thanked me for resuscitating her baby son 'All of my colleagues will have at least one similar story to tell. It is deeply gratifying to receive such heartfelt feedback from our patients and their families. In such challenging times for the NHS it makes us reflect why we came into medicine in the
"21.07.2016 09:50:00" theguardian.com Scotland to bring back scrapped targets on child poverty Nicola Sturgeon announces consultation on bill that would enshrine Scottish strategy on child poverty in law Nicola Sturgeon is to bring forward Scotland's first ever child poverty bill, in a move that could allow the Scottish government to reintroduce the statutory child poverty targets abolished by the UK government earlier this year.
"21.07.2016 08:27:01" theguardian.com Leeds council may be forced to axe 2,000 jobs to balance books – leader Judith Blake urges PM and communities secretary to reverse town hall budget cutbacks or 15% of workforce will face redundancy Sajid Javid, the new communities secretary, has been urged to reverse major cuts to town hall budgets after Leeds city council warned that 2,000 jobs could be axed in an attempt to balance the books.
"21.07.2016 07:07:00" theguardian.com Universal credit falls five years behind schedule Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013 The government's universal credit scheme has once again slipped behind schedule and will now not be completed until 2022, five years behind its original projected finish date, officials have admitted.
"20.07.2016 18:35:02" theguardian.com Reclaiming Britain's abandoned stations, tracks & trains: share your pictures Devolution has given councils the power to reopen lines that haven't been used since the 1960s. Show us the railways that should be brought back to life Devolution has given councils the power to reopen lines that haven't been used since the 1960s. Share your pictures of the railways that should be brought back to life
"20.07.2016 16:20:00" theguardian.com The NHS is being torn from those who have cherished it for decades The NHS is Britain's most civilised accomplishment, yet our government is itching to convert it from a public service to a set of business opportunities 'As it passes its 68th birthday, what is left of the NHS is just a logo'
"20.07.2016 12:26:16" theguardian.com Our book club brings together foster carers and social workers There are plenty of materials out there for those looking to learn about fostering by reading about real-life stories 'The Foster Care Co-operative book group was launched with the aim of “learning about fostering through popular non-fiction”. I have been overwhelmed by the interest from staff and foster carers across the agency and how many of us enjoy reading books
"20.07.2016 12:19:01" theguardian.com Private rental sector is the 'new home of poverty' in the UK Urgent action is needed to empower local authorities to drive up the standards of privately owned homes Private rental sector is the new face of poverty in the UK
"20.07.2016 09:09:00" theguardian.com People with disabilities treated like second-class citizens, says watchdog Equality and Human Rights Commission says failure to protect rights of disabled people is badge of shame Britain's equality watchdog has condemned failures to implement rights for people with disabilities as society's “badge of shame”.
"20.07.2016 08:10:00" theguardian.com 'Northern powerhouse' minister to create elected Sheffield mayor Andrew Percy says move devolves power away from Westminster but Rotherham MP says promised funding is not new money The new minister for the “northern powerhouse” has signed off a plan to create an elected mayor for the Sheffield city region in one of his first acts in the role.
"20.07.2016 06:32:00" theguardian.com Patients could be struck off GP surgery lists after five years of no contact NHS England bid to save money on 'ghost patients' criticised by GP leaders saying key groups could lose access to a doctor Patients face being removed from GP surgery lists if they do not contact their doctor for five years as part of an NHS drive to save money.
"19.07.2016 16:43:00" theguardian.com Voluntary sector leaders moot new governance structure for big charities In a lecture on Monday, Sir Stephen Bubb said the conventional trustee board model was not right for all charities "In the voluntary sector, although the quality of management has improved significantly, that of board leadership and direction has not."
"19.07.2016 14:54:00" theguardian.com A quick guide to new housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell will look after housing, planning and London. Here's a quick briefing on the new man in charge Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell will look after housing, planning and London. Here's a quick briefing on the new man in charge
"19.07.2016 11:44:00" theguardian.com Public procurement needs urgent reform in the wake of Brexit Public sector finance will be hit by the EU referendum but there are still huge untapped savings opportunities across the NHS and local government Public sector finance will be hit by the EU referendum, but there are still huge untapped savings opportunities across the NHS and local government
"19.07.2016 09:58:01" theguardian.com How the UK halved its teenage pregnancy rate Political support at all levels, long-term commitment and changes to social norms behind success of public health strategy Rates of teenage pregnancy in the UK have halved in the past two decades and are now at their lowest levels since record-keeping began in the late 1960s.
"19.07.2016 08:54:00" theguardian.com Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds Plunging levels of home ownership and an increased reliance on state benefits to top up salaries have meant that Britain's middle-income families increasingly look like the poor households of the past, according to one of the UK's leading thinktanks.
"19.07.2016 07:38:31" theguardian.com NHS chief sets out blueprint for 'bold and broad reforms' Health service needs radical change to meet public need, especially in tackling obesity, says Simon Stevens Foreign NHS workers must be given early assurances that they remain welcome in Britain, the head of the service in England has said. Alongside that, apprenticeships should be used to reach “left-behind” communities in Britain, said Simon Stevens.
"18.07.2016 18:31:00" theguardian.com May's Whitehall reshuffle shows disregard for evidence and expertise New prime minister has failed to consult experts and has made strange appointments – like a former banker for communities secretary Our new prime minister has dished out portfolios without a moment's reflection on her appointees' knowledge, capacity or fitness to run their respective machines, writes David Walker.
"18.07.2016 15:40:03" theguardian.com Tasers have no place in mental health care For more than 10 years, Tasers have been used against patents in locked psychiatric settings, without monitoring or investigation. This practice must end 'For more than 10 years, Tasers have been used against patents in locked psychiatric settings, with such practices going unmonitored or investigated by the Care Quality Commission or the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the public body
"18.07.2016 14:29:01" theguardian.com We need nothing short of a wholesale review of housing policy after Brexit The report by the House of Lords economic affairs committee should be required reading for the incoming housing minister, Gavin Barwell The incoming housing minister should take note, says Lord Kerslake; we need 300,000 new houses to be built every year to meet the needs of the country's growing population.
"18.07.2016 14:29:01" theguardian.com We need nothing short of a wholesale review of housing policy after Brexit The report by the House of Lords economic affairs committee should be required reading for the incoming housing minister, Gavin Barwell The incoming housing minister should take note, says Lord Kerslake; we need 300,000 new houses to be built every year to meet the needs of the country's growing population.
"18.07.2016 12:45:27" theguardian.com Children and social work bill gives workforce a chance to shape services Fears that this bill is a gateway to privatisation are misplaced; it offers an opportunity to test ways of improving outcomes for children "Social work as a profession is all too often seen as suspicious of, and hostile to, innovation and change. Many local authorities have shown this need not be the case over the past few years through the delivery of excellent new ways of working."
"18.07.2016 06:23:41" theguardian.com NHS hospitals borrowed record £2.8bn from government last year Two-thirds of hospital trusts needed emergency bailouts to pay wages and bills The government had to lend cash-strapped hospitals a record £2.825bn in the last financial year so they could pay staff wages, energy bills and for drugs needed to treat patients.
"15.07.2016 15:10:56" theguardian.com What lies in store for Jeremy Hunt and the NHS in Theresa May's government? The health secretary did well to survive a brutal cabinet reshuffle, but he should not take that as a licence to plough on regardless 'Jeremy Hunt's first priority must be to end the dispute with junior doctors. The new administration is already fighting on too many fronts; medical staff back on picket lines is a problem it will be desperate to avoid.'
"15.07.2016 11:54:00" theguardian.com My first time certifying a death taught me I still had a lot to learn as a medical student The woman had died of heart failure but the experience made me reflect on how difficult it might have been if I had to do the same for a younger patient “Want to learn how to certify a death?” asks James, one of the junior doctors on the general medical ward I am attached to. “Yes please,” I respond, remembering the tick box in my medical school log book next to “certification of death and writing a death
"15.07.2016 08:44:00" theguardian.com How much does it cost UK councils to take in refugees? Britain pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. How close are we to that target and how does the current initiative match up to previous schemes? David Cameron pledged in September last year that the UK would take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 – roughly 50 people per local authority area. But nearly one year on, more than a third of councils have not yet offered to take any, according to
"15.07.2016 07:19:30" theguardian.com NHS England struggling to meet cancer waiting list targets More than 2,000 people waited more than two months to start treatment in May, new figures show The NHS is under fire for leaving cancer patients facing stressful delays before starting treatment because hospitals cannot cope with the growing number of people suspected to have the disease.
"14.07.2016 15:08:37" theguardian.com Joined up health and care needs a giant leap forward | David Behan Although there are examples of excellent integrated care around England, progress on this government priority has been much too slow "Effective integrated care has been a national policy ambition for years and last year in its comprehensive spending review, the government reconfirmed its desire to integrate health and social care services. However, there is too much of a gap between
"14.07.2016 09:16:00" theguardian.com Specialist treatment centres could boost ovarian cancer survival rates – study Researchers say improvement would not require new treatments but rather the optimal use of current techniques Survival rates from ovarian cancer in the UK could be improved by 45% if patients were treated in specialised regional centres rather than general hospitals, according to researchers who have compared outcomes in different NHS settings.
"14.07.2016 08:15:00" theguardian.com Obesity causes premature death, concludes study of studies Although it is true that the body mass index is flawed, even the merely overweight have shorter life expectancy than the slender Obesity and excess weight do shorten lives, according to a major review across five continents which sought to find a definitive answer to a controversial question.
"14.07.2016 07:03:52" theguardian.com Nearly 2m people may have undiagnosed killer disease Public Health England is urging anyone with persistent cough or unusual breathlessness to see their GP in case they have lung or heart disease About 1.7 million people in England could be living with undiagnosed lung cancer, lung disease or heart disease, which are among the country's biggest killers, a government agency has warned.
"13.07.2016 12:46:47" theguardian.com NHS partners up with libraries to boost wellbeing Volunteer-run libraries are taking on health promotion work as well as supporting vulnerable people in the local community “Everybody can walk into a library, it's non-threatening,” says Mark Cardwell, who volunteers at the trust-run library in Holmecroft. “You can just sit there, nobody's going to question you and ask why you are there. It's about making connections between
"13.07.2016 08:37:00" theguardian.com Vulnerable adults at risk as councils face £1bn social care shortfall Outlook for care provision in England is bleak with cuts eating into resources despite rising need for support, says report Vulnerable older and disabled people face further widespread cuts to services in England after council chiefs said they will struggle to cope with a £1bn shortfall in social care funding this year.
"13.07.2016 07:25:54" theguardian.com Government plans to reform social work could make services worse, say MPs Tory-dominated committee says bill fails to address core concerns such as worker caseloads and numbers quitting the profession A Tory-dominated committee of MPs has delivered a scathing critique of radical government proposals to reform children's services, saying they fail to tackle the core problems faced by social workers and could make services worse.
"12.07.2016 15:11:00" theguardian.com Why Liverpool is bidding to become an autism-friendly city Autism champions around the city are being taught how to recognise the signs that someone may have the condition and how to handle challenging behaviour “Our Liverpool autism champions are doing great things. Families travelling through Liverpool John Lennon airport this summer can pre-order an autism awareness voucher, which entitles them to extra support from staff. They'll be fast-tracked through
"12.07.2016 12:00:12" theguardian.com Assisted dying: what can the UK learn from places where it is legal? Oregon in the US and the Netherlands both have right-to-die legislation and have seen a sharp rise in physician-assisted deaths “If we are wise, we will learn from the experience of others rather than from our own mistakes.”
"12.07.2016 09:46:00" theguardian.com Pregnant women wasting money on vitamin supplements, study says Research claims multivitamins and minerals do not improve mothers' or babies' health and are an unnecessary expense Most pregnant women who take multivitamin and mineral supplements are wasting their time and money because such tablets do not improve their or their baby's health, new research says.
"12.07.2016 08:46:01" theguardian.com Gove responds after thousands of prison officers stage walkout Last Friday's protest over increasing violence against staff has prompted justice secretary to acknowledge problem The justice secretary has acknowledged the scale of increasing violence inside prisons, as MPs heard today that five to six thousand prison officers protested against a rising tide of violence by staging walkouts last Friday at jails across England and
"12.07.2016 07:34:35" theguardian.com Bad habits in children can encourage good health later, say researchers Nail biting and thumb sucking may help to protect against allergic reactions in adults, according to a New Zealand study Children who suck their thumb or bite their nails are less likely to suffer from allergic conditions such as asthma or hay fever, according to research.
"11.07.2016 16:45:00" theguardian.com I'm lucky – my manager supports me with my depression I can't sugarcoat it: disclosing my mental health condition was terrifying. But an employee's experience shouldn't depend on their manager's disposition "Needless to say our conversation didn't go as planned. I trembled with nerves and tears started in both my eyes and hers as I proceeded to tell her my story. I can't remember exactly what I said, but it certainly didn't come out as the eloquent monologue
"11.07.2016 12:09:00" theguardian.com Narey report gives children's homes the status they deserve Report says we can be confident about quality of residential child care, and recommends how homes can be better used by children's services “The report does not provide the blueprint to a new future. Narey appreciated that the situation was too complex. He sees the need for sophistication rather than simplification. But the report clears many fogging debates and provides a focus on what is
"11.07.2016 08:13:00" theguardian.com Halt sugar tax introduction, urges food and drink industry Lobby group calls for policy to be mothballed because of fragile consumer confidence and uncertainty caused by Brexit and sterling's collapse in value The UK food and drink industry is calling for the sugar tax to be mothballed as manufacturers face a shortage of workers, cost inflation and weak consumer confidence since the Brexit vote.
"11.07.2016 06:45:10" theguardian.com New radicals 2016 The Observer has teamed up with the innovation charity Nesta to find 50 new radicals who are actively changing their communities for the better across the UK
"10.07.2016 14:27:01" theguardian.com Stand up for me and be brave: what young people want from social workers In a series of talks to social work students, young people share what they want from professionals involved in their care What would you add to the list?
"09.07.2016 11:27:01" theguardian.com Social work takes centre stage in Edinburgh festival play One-woman show inspired by real-life cases focuses on child protection social worker hounded by the press and public “It's a sector where you're dedicated to trying to help people, essentially, in the same way as a doctor. But you don't seem to get that same level of absolute scrutiny or witch hunts towards people in the medical profession.”
"08.07.2016 13:25:01" theguardian.com Giving a eulogy in sign language was just part of my job as a social worker Supporting a deaf woman when her husband died reminded me why I love this job “I will never forget Eve or that day and it reminds me why I love this job. The variety of people I get to work with and the different experiences I encounter is what keeps me going on the tough days when social workers are seen as the enemy.”
"08.07.2016 11:14:21" theguardian.com What is the role of leadership in the NHS? Our expert panel discussed what makes a good leader and how to better equip the leaders of tomorrow 'The best leadership is inclusive, addresses diversity and can engage us all.'
"08.07.2016 08:49:01" theguardian.com Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits Local authorities across Britain spent almost £100m last year making up the rents of families affected by the bedroom tax and benefit cap, official figures have revealed.
"08.07.2016 07:52:46" theguardian.com NHS plan to shut child heart surgery units causes outcry NHS England defied as it seeks to boost surgeons' skills with bigger pool of patients at fewer sites, shutting Royal Brompton, Leicester and Manchester units Two large hospitals, the Royal Brompton in London and Glenfield hospital in Leicester, have defied plans from NHS England to close their heart surgery units for children.
"07.07.2016 18:06:00" theguardian.com Social care in Wales: 'Brexit poses risks to staffing and services' Neil Ayling, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru, on the impact of the EU referendum, recruitment issues and his priorities for the sector “Brexit is incredibly risky both for health and social care”
"07.07.2016 16:12:00" theguardian.com My first tweet was for custard, then tinned potatoes Our food bank filled up and the Co-op shelves emptied after I took to Twitter to let the local community know our needs "The reaction to our appeals is overwhelming. It makes me feel that I – and the food bank – am held safely in the embrace of a true community, where together we make sure that the most basic of human needs, to eat, is met."
"07.07.2016 14:06:00" theguardian.com Social work takes centre stage in Edinburgh festival play One-woman show inspired by real-life cases focuses on child protection social worker hounded by the press and public “What I'd want people to come away from it thinking is why are social workers generally seen the way they are. Why are they held in a negative light, why are they seen as meddling, interfering?”
"07.07.2016 09:58:00" theguardian.com LGA urges councils and NHS to provide more help for children's mental health LGA report cites assemblies on mental health and peer mentors as initiatives schools and centres could use to tackle anxiety and depression Councils and the NHS have been urged to do more to reduce mental health problems among pregnant women, new mothers and young children.
"07.07.2016 08:55:00" theguardian.com NHS to scrap single database of patients' medical details Care.data scheme to close after Fiona Caldicott review calls for tougher measures to keep information confidential The government's scheme to store patients' medical information in a single database, which ran into massive problems over confidentiality, is to be scrapped, NHS England has said.
"07.07.2016 07:53:25" theguardian.com Jeremy Hunt to impose new contract on junior doctors Health secretary says introduction of contract will go ahead in October, despite doctors rejecting it in ballot Jeremy Hunt has said he will impose a new contract on the 54,000 junior doctors in the NHS in England, after they rejected it in a ballot.
"06.07.2016 18:32:00" theguardian.com EU workers in the NHS: 'I've faced racial abuse and will head home' Some 55,000 of the 1.2 million staff in the English health service are citizens of other EU countries. Here's what they think about Brexit 'I have lived and worked here for 16 years. It feels as if 50% of the population in the UK doesn't want me here any more.'
"06.07.2016 16:46:00" theguardian.com Can Facebook's new donate button help turn likes into charity cash? As Facebook works to make it easier for charities to talk to their supporters, Emma Sheppard looks at how organisations are embracing social media “Facebook's mission of connecting everybody in the world would be impossible with the current state of accessibility”
"06.07.2016 12:24:00" theguardian.com Stand up for me and be brave: what young people want from social workers In a series of talks to social work students, young people share what they want from professionals involved in their care “Stand up for me; I want you on my side.”
"06.07.2016 09:47:01" theguardian.com Muslims report discrimination in prisons as fear of 'extremism' grows Inmates who practise their Islamic faith in jail are being targeted as suspicious, new research finds The number of Muslims in prison in England and Wales has more than doubled in the past 12 years to just over 12,000 in December 2015 (about 14% of the prison population). But this is not attributable to either the growth of the UK Muslim population (4.8%
"06.07.2016 08:31:00" theguardian.com Antidepressant prescriptions in England double in a decade Mental health charity Mind says it is vital to look at whether patients are receiving other treatment, such as counselling, alongside medication The number of antidepressants given to patients in England has doubled in a decade, official figures show.
"06.07.2016 07:32:21" theguardian.com Junior doctors reject contract offer Johann Malawana resigns as chair of BMA junior doctors committee after members in England vote against government deal NHS junior doctors have voted to reject the government's final offer on their new contract, despite weeks of talks to try to broker a settlement.
"05.07.2016 18:30:00" theguardian.com Social work conference protest was a chance to put principles into action At an international conference, disabled activists were dragged violently away from the stage where a minister was speaking. But their voices were heard “At the core of social work is respect for people's dignity and human rights”
"05.07.2016 15:29:00" theguardian.com Habitat III: the global housing conference the world must stop ignoring Following major events on sustainable development and climate change in New York and Paris, Quito's upcoming conference so far falls short on vision Here is why Habitat III, the UN housing and sustainable urban development conference, should be the centre of our attention.
"05.07.2016 11:17:48" theguardian.com Five a day? It's none a day in Britain's urban food deserts In areas of the UK's major cities, accessing affordable fruit and veg can be difficult – especially for those on tight budgets With diet-linked obesity and diabetes on the rise, the health implications of living in food deserts are becoming stark.
"05.07.2016 09:42:00" theguardian.com What's your experience of children's mental health services? New data shows six in 10 children and young people across England do not get treatment for problems such as anxiety and depression. Share your story We want to hear from parents, teachers and young people over the age of 16. Have you or family members been referred on to a school counsellor or charity-run mental health service rather than to the NHS? Have you experienced long delays for treatment?
"05.07.2016 08:42:00" theguardian.com Junk food TV ads make children hungry and tempted, charity finds Cancer Research UK survey of children's responses reinforces calls for obesity strategy to include stricter advertising curbs Children find junk-food advertising funny and tempting to the extent that one boy told interviewers he could “lick the screen”, according to research by a health charity.
"05.07.2016 07:30:08" theguardian.com NHS finance chiefs warn of poorer care and longer waiting times Rationing of services likely as hospital chiefs say they can't make savings vital for reform NHS finance managers warn that patients are set to experience poorer care, longer waiting times for treatment and greater rationing.
"04.07.2016 17:43:00" theguardian.com Councils must play a more pivotal role in health and care integration Integration should be an equal partnership between the NHS and local authorities – these eight solutions will help "We need to break down the barriers to closer co-operation with the NHS and use local government's proven experience of transforming services in the face of shrinking budgets, to create a new system of person-centred health and care services that are
"04.07.2016 14:31:00" theguardian.com I'm a depressed clinical pyschologist but I daren't tell colleagues I want to be more transparent but levels of discrimination among healthcare professionals are high 'I was worried early on in my clinical career that people would not see past my extensive mental health history, so I made the decision that I would not share this. I have no obligation to share my personal history with colleagues.'
"04.07.2016 08:07:01" theguardian.com 'Northern powerhouse' is smoke and mirrors, claim Lib Dems Report argues George Osborne's project is a disguise for local government cuts which additional funding will not counterract George Osborne's “northern powerhouse” plan to rebalance the UK economy away from London and to the north of England has been dismissed as “smoke and mirrors”.
"04.07.2016 07:05:00" theguardian.com Call for more autism training for NHS staff Study says the 700,000 people in UK living with autism should be guaranteed awareness in the health service The NHS should train medical professionals to support people with autism so that patients do not feel they get inadequate treatment, an inquiry has found.
"03.07.2016 08:44:44" theguardian.com The day an occupational therapist changed my life People tell their stories of how their life was turned around by the help and support from an occupational therapist “Before my accident, sport was my main interest. While I was at the unit, I was able to use the hydrotherapy pool and take part in sports days. When I came out I took up wheelchair rugby and competed in the 2012 Paralympics. If it wasn't for the OTs, I
"01.07.2016 19:58:19" theguardian.com Quiet revolution puts occupational therapists at the forefront of healthcare OTs are reducing hospital admissions and stays by treating people at home Growing numbers of occupational therapists are assessing patients needing urgent care and supporting them to remain in their own homes in a quiet revolution that is seeing them move to the forefront of healthcare.
"01.07.2016 10:16:20" theguardian.com NHS seeks cure for its costly digital headache Health sector accounts for nearly half of all reported data breaches in the UK, so what are the solutions? The health sector accounts for most data security breaches, according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Its figures for the first quarter of 2016 show that there were 184 incidents in the sector, 41% of all the data breaches brought to its
"01.07.2016 09:10:00" theguardian.com Better parenting has led to decline in underage drinking, report finds Charity says improved family relationships may be one of main reasons fewer young people are trying alcohol Better parenting is one of the main reasons for a big drop in underage drinking, according to a leading alcohol charity.
"01.07.2016 08:07:01" theguardian.com North of England review calls for radical change to close wealth gap Region produces £22,000 less gross value added per person each year than London, according to report A review of the north of England's economy has found that the recent recession has exacerbated the north-south divide, and calls for radical change to close the widening prosperity gap.
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"01.07.2016 07:05:00" theguardian.com Alcohol-related deaths up 4% in one year Local government body shocked by figures that show almost 1.1m diseases or injuries linked to drinking were recorded between 2013-14 and 2014-15 Alcohol-related deaths in England have risen by 4% in a year and by 13% in a decade, according to figures published on Thursday.
"30.06.2016 17:55:00" theguardian.com Ollie was three and all he wanted was a bath to ease his pain As his home only had a shower his mother's applied for a grant to part-fund a bathroom; there was no way I could refuse "It's great to know that the grant has really helped this family during a very difficult time. Financial challenges can happen to anyone for all manner of reasons, and that is why my charity exists. The fact that the grant recipient was a little boy who
"30.06.2016 11:43:24" theguardian.com I'm not UK born and bred – will my patients now care? I'm a Swedish doctor in the NHS and have never felt more unwelcome than when the British public, who I treat every day, voted to leave the EU 'In the 13 years I've lived in the UK and devoted blood, sweat and tears to the service of the public – I have never felt more unwelcome.'
"30.06.2016 08:06:00" theguardian.com Staff and skills shortages at Bristol hospital 'put children at risk' Report says ward for children recovering from heart surgery was under strain, but parents say review did not go far enough Young heart patients who were treated at a Bristol hospital were “put at risk of harm” because of staff shortages and a lack of skills, a major review has concluded.