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"21.02.2017 08:47:35" www.theguardian.com Brexit threatens social care jobs and funding | Alfonso Montero Leaving the EU could make social care recruitment harder, working conditions worse and funding sparser – services for vulnerable people will suffer most
"21.02.2017 07:06:05" www.theguardian.com Council funding freeze 'means cuts to many essential services' Head of local government body issues warning after funding settlement offers no additional money for authorities in 2017/18
"21.02.2017 06:35:02" www.theguardian.com We must ensure all Scottish public buildings are safe | Neil Baxter The damning Cole report on standards at 17 PFI-built Edinburgh schools should not be shelved. All Scottish councils need to review their public buildings
"21.02.2017 00:02:03" www.theguardian.com Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour MPs to rally behind party's campaign efforts Party leader tells colleagues forthcoming byelections in Labour-held seats of Stoke Central and Copeland are 'on a knife-edge'
"20.02.2017 18:49:02" theguardian.com Teaching boys about healthy relationships: 'They need it from birth' A course in schools, youth justice departments and youth centres aims to prevent violence against women and girls “It's the most important thing in the world to teach young men what a healthy relationship is – for the women and girls in their lives, but also for themselves."
"20.02.2017 13:36:35" www.theguardian.com NHS trusts post 'unsustainable' £886m third-quarter deficit Shortfall in England, attributed to extra pressure on the NHS over winter, is £300m over target for the end of the financial year
"20.02.2017 12:21:35" www.theguardian.com Cancer charity welcomes NHS u-turn on second stem cell treatments Anthony Nolan wants NHS to fund second stem cell transplants for people who relapse with diseases such as leukaemia
"20.02.2017 12:00:34" www.theguardian.com NHS admin staff keep services running - but we're being hit by cuts Computers take 20 minutes to boot up and we run stationery orders by executive level staff; things are getting worse
"20.02.2017 09:19:05" www.theguardian.com Teaching boys about healthy relationships: 'They need it from birth' A course in schools, youth justice departments and youth centres aims to prevent violence against women and girls
"20.02.2017 07:36:05" www.theguardian.com Six ways to create a brilliant charity board | Leon Ward Is your board super busy? Top tips on sharing the burden: bring in specialist expertise, include more junior staff and work with service users
"20.02.2017 06:38:34" www.theguardian.com Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help | James Jervis Local housing allowance caps make a huge difference to the rent our tenants pay. Electronic mapping can help us support them
"20.02.2017 00:08:03" www.theguardian.com Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care Despite council tax increases, authorities will need to defund services to meet rising costs warns Local Government Association
"19.02.2017 15:26:35" www.theguardian.com Doctors condemn delay in brain-damage man's move to care home Case of Malcolm Steward is described as 'shocking' and is seen as further evidence of bed shortage crisis in intensive care
"19.02.2017 00:06:04" www.theguardian.com Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help Health experts warn of rising death rates and a false economy as cutbacks hit treatment
"19.02.2017 00:02:03" www.theguardian.com White Night Melbourne: activists hijack projection to protest against rough sleeping laws Across the State Library of Victoria, 'No Homeless Ban' and 'sleeping rough is not a crime' broadcast by protesters
"18.02.2017 15:59:03" www.theguardian.com Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care PM urged to find more money in budget for patients with rare and complex conditions
"18.02.2017 14:07:00" theguardian.com 'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward A psychiatric ward in London has been given a makeover, with work donated by artists and workshops for patients “Part of the idea of the project was not just that everything look pretty but that the artwork would stimulate conversations. Sometimes with the patients we look after it's difficult to start a conversation ... I think what the art has done is enable
"18.02.2017 09:36:03" www.theguardian.com Mental health issues are rife in prison, but I'm not trained to deal with them
"18.02.2017 00:03:08" www.theguardian.com Uber exploiting loophole to 'spread tentacles' across UK, union says GMB says changes to law have 'opened up a hornet's nest', allowing Uber drivers to work outside areas where they are licensed
"18.02.2017 00:03:05" www.theguardian.com Viagogo condemned over Ed Sheeran cancer benefit concert tickets Website accused of 'moral repugnance' for advertising massively marked-up seats for gig in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
"17.02.2017 16:35:03" www.theguardian.com Liverpool mayor plans council tax rewards to tackle dog fouling Anyone who provides evidence leading to a conviction will get a year's exemption from council tax, mayor proposes
"17.02.2017 12:21:34" www.theguardian.com Stoke byelection candidate arrested over anti-immigrant comments Independent candidate Barbara Fielding, 78, held on suspicion of publishing material that may stir up racial hatred
"17.02.2017 11:56:40" www.theguardian.com UK business rates battle hots up as firms challenge government Rate rises opposed by 17 groups in a letter over clause that could block appeals from small companies
"17.02.2017 06:33:03" www.theguardian.com A hard Brexit would risk deepening the UK housing crisis Without low-cost EU loans or vital building workers, we're all going to count the cost in terms of UK homes
"17.02.2017 06:29:03" www.theguardian.com A soldier with PTSD was discharged with nothing. We made his house a home Using donations from local residents, we furnish homes for people rebuilding their lives, to give them a fresh start and restore their dignity
"17.02.2017 06:17:02" www.theguardian.com Policing today: blame, suspicion and finger-pointing | Gavin Thomas Nowhere is the blame culture permeating public services more apparent than in policing. We're human, not bad or negligent
"17.02.2017 00:08:02" www.theguardian.com Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims Government refutes verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015
"17.02.2017 00:04:07" www.theguardian.com Business rates rise is biggest issue for small firms in London
"17.02.2017 00:04:05" www.theguardian.com Ukip leader Paul Nuttall condemned for failing to attend hustings Nuttall gave just an hour's notice that he was pulling out of event in Stoke, where he is contesting byelection next week
"16.02.2017 19:05:41" www.theguardian.com Kirklees council took baby from parents over 'formula milk' remark Council ordered to pay £11,250 for human rights breach in removing week-old baby over father's 'unorthodox views' about benefits of formula milk
"16.02.2017 19:05:37" www.theguardian.com Leaflet says Tory win in Copeland will 'cost mums their children' Handwritten letter from local mum urging Labour vote contains dire warnings about closure of local maternity services
"16.02.2017 14:29:02" www.theguardian.com Stoke byelection: Lib Dems alert police over text urging Muslims to vote Labour Labour says it doesn't know who sent the text suggesting voters could go to hell if they helped elect Ukip's Paul Nuttall
"16.02.2017 13:54:05" www.theguardian.com Belgian mayor wins world prize for work on integrating immigrants World mayor project recognises leaders of three European cities for offering refugees safety, shelter and support
"16.02.2017 11:56:36" www.theguardian.com Seeing Brian overcome his stammer filled me with professional pride His biggest challenge was accepting his stammer. But after years of speech therapy, Brian was able to speak in front of his peers
"16.02.2017 10:05:34" www.theguardian.com The apps taking on social care's 'broken' business model A new breed of technology-driven care providers is slashing costs, but will money be reinvested into care worker salaries?
"16.02.2017 06:36:34" www.theguardian.com Our new helpline will give homeless young people a bit more humanity At Centrepoint we want to help the thousands of young people who approach their council every year for help with housing - and are turned away
"16.02.2017 00:05:05" www.theguardian.com English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse' Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan
"16.02.2017 00:02:05" www.theguardian.com Adding vitamin D to food reduces deaths, say scientists Move would also save NHS money, argue authors of major study that shows vitamin D can reduce risk of respiratory infections
"16.02.2017 00:02:04" www.theguardian.com Government urged to stop property tax hikes for 1,249 NHS hospitals Changes to business rates system mean NHS hospitals liable for property tax will see bills increase by £322m over five years
"16.02.2017 00:02:02" www.theguardian.com Woman died after three hospitals refused to admit her for surgery Coroner says Mary Muldowney probably would have survived if she had been operated on immediately for bleed on brain
"15.02.2017 12:54:35" www.theguardian.com 'The sisters are roaring': female council CEOs' riposte to male-dominated event Jo Miller and Donna Hall set up a rival to 'northern powerhouse' conference where just one in seven speakers will be a woman
"15.02.2017 09:53:03" www.theguardian.com 'Creativity improves wellbeing': art transforms mental health ward A psychiatric ward in London has been given a makeover, with work donated by artists and workshops for patients
"15.02.2017 08:35:33" www.theguardian.com Fostering a teenage asylum seeker was challenging – and rewarding | Eleanor Ott We didn't expect to foster a teenage boy and the stereotype can be scary, but we had no idea it could be so rewarding
"15.02.2017 06:29:03" www.theguardian.com Charities' vital role in supporting children's mental health | Catherine Roche Working with younger children, we know how important it is to address wellbeing in primary schools and alleviate pressure on struggling NHS services
"15.02.2017 00:02:37" www.theguardian.com Inadequate sex education creating 'health time bomb' 'Shockingly high' numbers of STI diagnoses prompt councils to call for compulsory sex education in UK secondary schools
"15.02.2017 00:02:34" www.theguardian.com Tens of thousands of new mothers can't reach a midwife, study finds Women are visiting already stretched A&E units and GP surgeries instead, according to charity NCT
"14.02.2017 16:28:08" www.theguardian.com Homeless women are even more vulnerable than homeless men Channel 4 programme shows more women are becoming homeless and being treated far worse on the streets and by councils
"14.02.2017 16:28:06" www.theguardian.com Homeless women are even more vulnerable than homeless men Channel 4 programme shows more women are becoming homeless and being treated far worse on the streets and by councils
"14.02.2017 14:44:06" www.theguardian.com A hard Brexit will be even harder because of Treasury failings | David Walker Lord Kerslake's damning report exposes the yawning skills gap at the heart of government – just when we need to manage Brexit
"14.02.2017 14:44:04" www.theguardian.com Social care staff, what is your experience of working with the NHS? If you work in social care and have experience of working with the NHS, we want to hear your stories
"14.02.2017 14:44:03" www.theguardian.com Architects call for urgent inspection of all PFI buildings in Scotland Warning follows damning report into building standards at 17 Edinburgh schools built using private finance initiatives
"14.02.2017 13:59:38" theguardian.com A hard Brexit will be even harder because of Treasury failings | David Walker Lord Kerslake's damning report exposes the yawning skills gap at the heart of government – just when we need to manage Brexit "The Treasury has to be a pillar of strength – yet for the past seven decades at least it has abused its power and UK government has suffered as a result, according to a damning report by former head of the civil service Lord
"14.02.2017 07:48:35" www.theguardian.com 'I love the NHS. Without it, I wouldn't be here' Healthcare professionals and patients share standout moments that make them proud of a health service free to everyone
"14.02.2017 06:41:03" www.theguardian.com Ditch dating apps but share the love: finding a match for people with dementia At the Alzheimer's Society our new matching service will enable volunteers to connect to people with dementia over shared hobbies and interests
"14.02.2017 00:03:34" www.theguardian.com NHS needs £9.5bn upfront to secure its future, says BMA 'Nowhere near the funding required' despite huge crisis unfolding in service that already can't cope, say doctors
"13.02.2017 18:26:39" theguardian.com 'I wouldn't have done this at 18': why I switched to a nursing degree It takes a special kind of motivation to become a nurse. Postgrad students explain why they made the move 'My mum was a mental health nurse in the 1980s and tells me that I don't have to be 'just a nurse', that I can go into management or research. But I don't want us all to be pushed behind the scenes.'
"13.02.2017 15:08:03" www.theguardian.com 'I wouldn't have done this at 18': why I switched to a nursing degree It takes a special kind of motivation to become a nurse. Postgrad students explain why they made the move
"13.02.2017 12:12:35" www.theguardian.com What do you love about your local park? Share your pictures A park manager recently shared their fears for Britain's underfunded green spaces. Tell us via GuardianWitness what local parks mean to you
"13.02.2017 11:47:03" www.theguardian.com Home Office is lying about capacity to care for child refugees Local authorities have responded professionally and compassionately to the refugee crisis, yet are being blamed for a government decision
"13.02.2017 11:41:03" www.theguardian.com NHS hasn't improved enough since Mid Staffs, says inquiry lawyer Robert Francis, whose report uncovered poor care in hospital trust, says pressures on health service generally are 'pretty bad'
"13.02.2017 09:47:05" www.theguardian.com £115K raised for children of couple who died of cancer within days of each other Luke, 21, Hannah, 18, and Oliver Bennet, 13, 'overwhelmed' by support through JustGiving page set up to help them after parents' deaths last week
"13.02.2017 07:50:35" www.theguardian.com I moved from Canada to be a nurse in the UK – but now I want to quit Undervalued, underpaid and under stress – it's hardly surprising all is not well among Britain's NHS nurses
"12.02.2017 16:06:04" www.theguardian.com Foreign billionaires in London choosing to rent to avoid stamp duty Number of lettings costing more than £3,000 a week increased by 28% in the last three months of 2016, research shows
"11.02.2017 11:50:32" www.theguardian.com Two-thirds of young hospital doctors under serious stress, survey reveals Trainee anaesthetists complain of fatigue, disillusionment, 'burnout' and fears for patients' safety as pressure mounts on NHS
"11.02.2017 09:35:03" www.theguardian.com Park managers like me are a dying breed. No wonder our parks are in crisis I used to love my job but cuts mean my time is now spent grassing over borders once brimming with flowers and laminating 'Closed for repair' signs
"11.02.2017 00:04:06" www.theguardian.com Axing housing agreement would be 'unmitigated disaster' for homeless Community groups warn government not to scrap agreement, which sees $1.3bn a year given to states and territories
"10.02.2017 14:07:00" 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 'Health visitors don't always get good press at the school gates or toddler groups. Among my fellow nursing friends, the standing joke is that I spend my day simply weighing babies. I guess as a result it's not hard to see why in some areas the value
"10.02.2017 12:24:04" www.theguardian.com Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess Report by the National Audit Office lays bare government hubris and fictional promises of progress from within the NHS
"10.02.2017 09:20:36" www.theguardian.com Why I won't be sending the Care Quality Commission a Valentine The regulator wants views on its plans for the next phase of regulation and inspection. It should go back to the drawing board
"10.02.2017 06:32:34" www.theguardian.com 'This has to work': last chance for charities to clean up fundraising | David Brindle If self-regulation fails to halt questionable practices, more draconian steps could be next, warns the Institute of Fundraising
"10.02.2017 06:15:34" www.theguardian.com A small shift by the Home Office would mean so much to Syrian families | Kaya Comer-Schwartz Distressed Syrian refugee families in our borough are losing out again as a result of Home Office intransigence
"10.02.2017 06:11:02" www.theguardian.com If you really want more houses built, Sajid Javid, stop strangling councils The government's previous policies have done far more to worsen the housing crisis than this week's lacklustre white paper can rectify
"10.02.2017 00:06:04" www.theguardian.com Councils 'at breaking point' due to budget cuts and rising social care bills Millions of residents face council tax rises, as thinktank finds just 6% of local authorities expect to not have to increase rates
"10.02.2017 00:00:34" www.theguardian.com Hospitals are in state of 'war', government adviser says Adviser to Jeremy Hunt warns of 'very, very difficult' time as NHS posts worst ever performance on waiting times
"09.02.2017 14:39:04" www.theguardian.com Refugee children 'devastated' by end of Dubs scheme Aid workers in Europe say children will risk their lives to cross the Channel as hope of legal route to the UK is removed
"09.02.2017 14:07:00" theguardian.com This is not Casualty – in real life CPR is brutal and usually fails Only 3% of over-80s survive CPR and 1.9% of secondary cancer patients. It's time we doctors stopped meddling and let such patients die with dignity 'CPR is a hard, ferocious, bone-breaking clinical intervention, and too often prolongs the death and dying event.' (Published in February '16)
"09.02.2017 11:19:01" theguardian.com Drilling into a child's leg left me thinking about empathy in nursing I was caught unaware by a rush of feeling. If staff no longer remember the human aspect of this job, it's time to leave 'I've been in this job a long time, and I am still caught unaware by a rush of feeling sometimes. It's important to remember the human aspect. Although I'm here to do a job, for some families on the receiving end of the treatment I give, this is the
"09.02.2017 09:00:04" www.theguardian.com 'Who will do this for me when I need help?': readers on family care Minister David Mowat claims responsibility for social care rests with families. Our readers have debated his stance
"09.02.2017 08:14:03" www.theguardian.com A&E in England sees worst ever delays in January, leak suggests Provisional data shows unprecedented number of patients spent longer than four hours waiting to be seen
"09.02.2017 07:50:05" www.theguardian.com Drilling into a child's leg left me thinking about empathy in nursing I was caught unaware by a rush of feeling. If staff no longer remember the human aspect of this job, it's time to leave
"09.02.2017 00:17:02" www.theguardian.com To solve the housing crisis we need new ideas, not garden cities | Frances Holliss New models of living and working make more sense than chasing nostalgic utopian visions of garden cities
"09.02.2017 00:09:35" www.theguardian.com JustGiving is right to operate as a profit-making organisation | Anne-Marie Huby Questions have been raised about our fees and salaries, but charities deserve the best – and that doesn't come free
"09.02.2017 00:06:06" www.theguardian.com UK rents expected to rise faster than house prices in next five years Rics survey heaps further misery on Britain's growing army of renters, who will have fewer properties to choose from
"09.02.2017 00:06:05" www.theguardian.com AI could transform the way governments deliver services | Eleonora Harwich The UK government needs a clear strategy and an open conversation with the public in order to catch up with its global peers
"09.02.2017 00:02:38" www.theguardian.com Fears of 'two-tier NHS' as GPs allow fee-paying patients to jump the queue MPs claim Dorset Private GP service, at up to £145 per appointment, will mean NHS patients without money will wait even longer for care
"09.02.2017 00:02:35" www.theguardian.com Jeremy Corbyn accuses May of sweetheart deal with Surrey council Labour leader confronts PM with leaked text messages raising questions over Surrey's surprise scrapping of council tax referendum
"08.02.2017 14:55:05" www.theguardian.com Universal credit issues driving tenants into debt, ex-minister admits Former welfare minister Lord Freud says problems with benefit are causing one in four low-income tenants to run up rent arrears
"08.02.2017 08:55:07" www.theguardian.com What can be done to tackle the youth mental health treatment gap? | Paul Burstow Too few children and young people are getting the care they need. A new commission at Birmingham university is trying to help
"08.02.2017 08:30:05" www.theguardian.com England's housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper Sajid Javid admits ownership is 'distant dream' for young families as he aims to encourage home building and help renters
"08.02.2017 08:30:04" www.theguardian.com Introduction of 30 hours free childcare could mean shortage of places More than half of councils in England are unsure if there will be enough places when change is introduced in September
"08.02.2017 00:04:12" www.theguardian.com Power to the regions: why more devolution makes sense | Tony Travers Transferring powers to cities and regions will give Theresa May's government a welcome opportunity to focus on Brexit
"08.02.2017 00:04:07" www.theguardian.com Bed-blocking three times worse than NHS figures show – study Thinktanks says many patients stuck unnecessarily in hospital beds are not counted in official figures
"08.02.2017 00:00:34" www.theguardian.com Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks, Guardian investigation reveals
"07.02.2017 18:04:01" theguardian.com Why do you love the NHS? Whether you are a healthcare professional or a patient, we want to know your stories about why you love the health service Are you a healthcare professional who loves their job? What is it that keeps you working for the health service? Or are you someone whose life has been changed by the NHS? Please click through and tell us why you love the NHS
"07.02.2017 16:13:35" www.theguardian.com 'Stop dithering and start building' - experts on the housing white paper Housing experts find more to criticise than praise in the government's plan, branded 'beyond feeble' by Labour, to solve the housing crisis
"07.02.2017 15:12:36" www.theguardian.com Surrey council abandons plan to raise council tax by 15% Conservative-run council planned to poll voters on increase to pay for social care but instead recommends rise of just under 5%
"07.02.2017 13:32:07" www.theguardian.com Why do you love the NHS? Whether you are a healthcare professional or a patient, we want to know your stories about why you love the health service
"07.02.2017 10:30:02" www.theguardian.com Programme prepares to nurture future children's services leaders Isabelle Trowler, chief social worker for children and families, says 20 candidates with 'a joy of leadership' will be selected
"07.02.2017 10:06:03" www.theguardian.com IFS warns of steep cuts and tax rises to fill £40bn black hole UK's tax and spending thinktank says slower growth after the Brexit vote and ageing population will create a large dent in the budget over next decade
"07.02.2017 08:39:34" www.theguardian.com GP consultations too short for complex cases, says doctors' leader GPs are 'ridiculously overworked' and consultation times inadequate for complex health needs, says head of royal college
"07.02.2017 08:22:34" www.theguardian.com Housing association agrees to buy back homes on 'substandard' development Orchard Village in east London, which was built with £31m of public money, plagued by issues of poor building quality
"07.02.2017 00:06:02" www.theguardian.com Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes Housing white paper to outline plans to ensure many more houses are built 'in the places that people want to live'
"07.02.2017 00:01:35" www.theguardian.com 'Stand up for the working classes': Ukip targets Labour in Stoke byelection Former and current party leaders Farage and Nuttall are undaunted by protesters as they tell supporters Labour has been 'hijacked by Islington intellectuals'
"06.02.2017 12:07:00" theguardian.com Treating former child soldiers and refugees is tough yet fascinating As a PTSD therapist I bear witness to people's fortitude and help to mend mental scars, but cuts are devastating services 'I've heard firsthand accounts of what it is like to be recruited as a child soldier, to survive the Rwandan genocide, to travel Basra's road of death. Perhaps not experiences everyone would want to hear but, for all the stories of human suffering, these
"06.02.2017 12:06:03" www.theguardian.com Senior MPs accused of damaging UK with divisive rhetoric Brexit committee chair says talk of crackdowns on foreign students and doctors by Rudd and Hunt is disastrous
"06.02.2017 07:56:06" www.theguardian.com Esther Rantzen calls for Children In Need-style fundraising for older people
"06.02.2017 07:56:04" www.theguardian.com Esther Rantzen calls for Children In Need-style fundraising for older people Campaigner suggests nationwide 'Golden Day' fundraiser – but admits lack of interest from broadcasters
"06.02.2017 07:49:04" www.theguardian.com Treating former child soldiers and refugees is tough yet fascinating As a PTSD therapist I bear witness to people's fortitude and help to mend mental scars, but cuts are devastating services
"06.02.2017 06:06:03" www.theguardian.com Woman, 89, trapped in hospital for six months despite being fit to leave University Hospitals Bristol NHS trust launches inquiry after lack of social care led to stay that cost health service £80,000
"06.02.2017 01:07:35" www.theguardian.com One in six A&E departments at risk of closure or downgrade As many as 33 casualty departments across the UK could be lost in an attempt to save £22bn from the NHS's budget
"06.02.2017 00:23:05" www.theguardian.com Charities must get tougher over governance | Richard Litchfield Stronger corporate governance isn't a straitjacket. More scrutiny is essential if charities are to improve what they do
"06.02.2017 00:18:04" www.theguardian.com How do you attract the best talent to help improve public transport? In a world on the move, and with stiff competition car manufacturers and startups, public bodies need to up their game to attract extra staff
"06.02.2017 00:09:35" www.theguardian.com Cuts can't stop genuine people power, but professionals can | Richard Wilson It's tough to give users control of services, rather than jumping in and telling them what to do. These five principles will help
"06.02.2017 00:04:04" www.theguardian.com Hospitals will have to check patients are entitled to free NHS care Jeremy Hunt announces law to be enacted from April that raises prospect of patients having to produce passports or other ID
"06.02.2017 00:01:39" www.theguardian.com Mark Austin admits he told anorexic daughter 'starve yourself to death' Broadcaster calls for walk-in eating disorder centres, saying he 'failed to grasp' that his daughter Maddy 'was seriously mentally ill'
"06.02.2017 00:01:36" www.theguardian.com New homes warranty firm pays millions to leading homebuilders Construction standards and credibility questioned after it emerges National House Building Council pays developers up to £15m a year
"06.02.2017 00:01:34" www.theguardian.com Older people to get help to downsize and free up family homes Housing white paper to incentivise building of sheltered accommodation to encourage older people to sell large houses
"05.02.2017 14:27:09" www.theguardian.com UK police ignored complaints of abuse by prison staff, say victims Hundreds of boys could have been spare if police had acted, says former inmate of Medomsley detention centre in Durham
"05.02.2017 12:36:34" www.theguardian.com PM to reaffirm green belt pledge despite plans to ramp up housebuilding Minister tries to allay fears within Tory party that May is to roll back on manifesto promise with housing crisis white paper
"05.02.2017 00:04:35" www.theguardian.com Theresa May abandons vision of a home-owning democracy White paper will promise greater rights for renters, as Tories accept the system is 'broken'
"04.02.2017 17:01:16" theguardian.com My job is to put a positive spin on council cuts – it's soul destroying I can't face watching I, Daniel Blake because every day I feel complicit in a system that denigrates vulnerable people "When Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' was released last year, all my friends went to watch it in the cinema. I could not face going with them, knowing I was complicit in the same system the film portrayed as destroying people's lives."
"04.02.2017 11:12:00" theguardian.com Let's talk about cancer: the Manchester project that aims to save lives Cancer deaths in Greater Manchester are 10% higher than the UK average. A new volunteer scheme wants to change this “Volunteering gives me real personal satisfaction. Of all the people I have called, every single one has agreed to receive a screening kit. My friends will not listen to anybody else, but they can't get away from me!”
"04.02.2017 09:38:04" www.theguardian.com My job is to put a positive spin on council cuts - it's soul destroying I can't face watching I, Daniel Blake because every day I feel complicit in a system that denigrates vulnerable people
"04.02.2017 00:03:03" www.theguardian.com Private ambulances increasingly used to respond to 999 calls Figures for ambulance trusts in England showing sharp rise in spending on private operators add to concerns over NHS crisis
"03.02.2017 09:06:02" www.theguardian.com Doctors shortage left 4 million patients without cover last year Chronic shortfall of out-of-hours GPs meant some patients were sent to A&E or treated by non-qualified staff, figures show
"03.02.2017 00:10:04" www.theguardian.com The response to dire housing should not be studied callousness | Dawn Foster Many local authorities could house asylum seekers and people on housing waiting lists adequately, and cheaply – if the government let them
"03.02.2017 00:07:36" www.theguardian.com Cancer rates set to increase six times faster in women than men Obesity partly to blame as cases of ovarian, cervical and oral cancers predicted to rise the most over the next 20 years
"03.02.2017 00:07:34" www.theguardian.com In two minds: governments' quantum leap into the future Governments are investing millions in quantum in the hope it might help save lives. But will this gamble on subatomic particles pay off?
"03.02.2017 00:00:35" www.theguardian.com Calatrava finally arrives in London – but is he rehashing old ideas? Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is loved for his striking designs and loathed for cost overruns. Will his £1bn project for Greenwich peninsula stay on course?
"03.02.2017 00:00:34" www.theguardian.com NHS cash crisis in Kent halts non-urgent surgery until April West Kent clinical commissioning group is trying to save £3.2m by delaying non-urgent operations until new financial year
"02.02.2017 13:10:06" www.theguardian.com Kal Penn raises $800,000 for Syrian refugees after receiving racist tweet Star of Harold and Kumar films – and son of Indian immigrants to the US – was spurred to fundraise for a humanitarian charity by racial abuse
"02.02.2017 12:13:06" www.theguardian.com Revenge porn helpline 'to close' as government cuts funding Labour MP Sarah Champion asks equalities minister how victims will have access to support after only helpline shuts in March
"02.02.2017 09:38:04" www.theguardian.com Tackling loneliness cannot rest with volunteers alone | Janet Morrison The government is struggling to address the crisis in social care. Charities and volunteers can help, but we must not be the only answer
"02.02.2017 08:51:02" www.theguardian.com Sobbing teenagers, angry staff and threats: my week in NHS payroll Being personally responsible for the distribution of millions of pounds of public money brings many challenges
"02.02.2017 06:06:33" www.theguardian.com Rush to build new homes will increase flooding, experts warn Plans for one million new homes by 2020 risk overwhelming drains, unless the government ends freeze on legal requirements for sustainable drainage
"02.02.2017 00:11:08" www.theguardian.com 'Dead rats in the kitchen': inside asylum housing | Dawn Foster MPs have slammed the disgraceful state of accommodation for destitute asylum seekers, which has had huge impact on their health and wellbeing
"02.02.2017 00:04:05" www.theguardian.com Japan's post-tsunami recovery plan: tomatoes, fish and hula-dancing Six years after the Fukushima disaster, local government is working with private firms in one Japanese city to rebuild its economy
"02.02.2017 00:01:35" www.theguardian.com Older patients seeing same GP each time 'key to reducing hospital admissions' Continuity of care can reduce avoidable admissions and hospital costs, especially for heaviest users of system, BMJ says
"01.02.2017 17:02:14" theguardian.com Let's talk about cancer: the Manchester project that aims to save lives Cancer deaths in Greater Manchester are 10% higher than the UK average. A new volunteer scheme wants to change this “Doctor does not always know best, because some men never go to the doctor. I will speak to men anywhere – at a street corner or a bus stop. I am not embarrassed about talking about it, because if I can save one life I have done my job.”
"01.02.2017 13:52:34" www.theguardian.com Liam Fox dismisses NHS takeover fears as US trade talks begin Trade secretary says idea of allowing in US healthcare providers is an urban myth and 'won't happen on my watch'
"01.02.2017 12:42:03" www.theguardian.com Home Office asked former NHS Digital boss to share data to trace immigration offenders Kingsley Manning says Theresa May's Home Office put him under pressure to hand over non-clinical patient data
"01.02.2017 08:55:34" www.theguardian.com I'm a male care worker and I can't imagine wanting to do anything else I fell into the job by chance, but don't regret it. We must teach men about the rewards of the role to tackle the recruitment crisis in care
"01.02.2017 08:28:00" theguardian.com Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited – and the damage is very real "The government plans to extend its right to rent scheme from England to the rest of the UK. But before it does, it must ask whether the scheme's biggest effect has been to deny some of society's most vulnerable people the accommodation they
"01.02.2017 08:06:03" www.theguardian.com London squatters occupying £15m mansion in standoff with bailiffs Activists barricaded inside Belgravia building owned by Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko after dawn raid
"01.02.2017 07:50:08" www.theguardian.com Let's talk about cancer: the Manchester project that aims to save lives Cancer deaths in Greater Manchester are 10% higher than the UK average. A new volunteer scheme wants to change this
"01.02.2017 06:06:01" theguardian.com My beautiful commute. Your journeys to work - in pictures "To bring some cheer to a chilly commute, we asked readers via Guardian Witness to share pictures of their journeys to work. Here are some of our
"01.02.2017 00:06:34" www.theguardian.com Right to rent immigration checks put vulnerable people at risk Daily, 11,300 checks are made on potential tenants in England. But the proven benefits are limited – and the damage is very real
"01.02.2017 00:06:33" www.theguardian.com NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs Committee urges caution before pilot scheme challenging patients to prove entitlement to free care is extended
"01.02.2017 00:03:06" www.theguardian.com Worcestershire hospitals trust ordered to urgently improve patient safety Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust given six weeks to improve, after the deaths of two patients forced to endure long waits for care
"31.01.2017 17:31:31" theguardian.com Will NHS transformation plans kill or cure the health service? | Harry Quilter-Pinner Debate about the role of sustainability and transformation plans has become dangerously polarised STPs are an opportunity rather than a risk for the NHS, but without these fundamental changes, it seems inevitable the NHS will remain a 20th century system in a 21st century world.
"31.01.2017 15:42:34" www.theguardian.com Minister's social care ideas ignore the million childless over-65s The idea that older people may not have family members who are able to help, or may have no family at all, seems not to have occurred to the government
"31.01.2017 14:34:05" www.theguardian.com Judge orders eviction of squatters at oligarch's £15m London house
"31.01.2017 12:25:57" theguardian.com The dedication of foster carers should no longer be taken for granted The UK's fostering system cannot be held together by the goodwill and persistence of foster carers indefinitely. Real change is needed now "Fostering has the spotlight, perhaps for the first time in a generation. We must not allow this opportunity to pass without action."
"31.01.2017 09:56:06" theguardian.com Manchester residents hit back at 'demeaning' anti-homeless spikes Locals use pillows and cushions to cover metal spikes installed outside Grade II-listed building to deter rough sleepers Residents have hit back at “anti-homeless spikes” installed outside a building in Manchester city centre by covering the area with pillows and cushions.
"31.01.2017 08:51:03" theguardian.com Take care of your elderly mothers and fathers, says Tory minister David Mowat says tackling care crisis will require people to be as responsible for their parents as they are their children “One of the things that has struck me is no one ever questions that we look after our children – that is obvious. No one says that is a caring responsibility, it is what we do. I think some of that logic and some of the way we think about that in terms
"31.01.2017 07:52:09" theguardian.com Want to solve the housing crisis, Theresa May? Time for a trip to Milton Keynes I David Walker The 50-year-old new town was created by the state. If the government is serious about housing supply, it should revive urban corporations "MK was created under the steerage of a development corporation. Yes, it was an unelected quango, highly technocratic in its way of working, but it was also a tried and trusted form of single purpose public governance favoured in the 1950s by Tory prime
"30.01.2017 14:48:01" theguardian.com Charities and Brexit: where we are now? With more pressure on charity services and no guarantee of replacing EU money, charities need to stay on the Brexit ball "Our preliminary research indicates that in 2015 £189.9m was paid directly to UK charities by the European commission.
The government has asserted that it will only honour/replace EU funding for projects that are judged to be “good value for money” and
"30.01.2017 13:47:00" theguardian.com Government is guilty of dereliction of duty on social care funding The direct consequences for vulnerable people of political inaction must not, and cannot, be ignored "It is a strange paradox that despite knowing for nine years that we have ever-increasing demographic demands on social care, we can't agree how to fund this, while governments have felt able to make dramatic cuts in financial provision instead."
"30.01.2017 12:20:01" theguardian.com As a GP, I wish I could call time on the 10-minute appointment I often need more time with patients, to understand them and their individual situations. But the clock is always ticking I wish I had longer to spend with my patients, to understand them and their individual situations. I can see the value when I do. But while empathy is fundamental to doctor-patient relationships – and in fact relationships across the whole health system –
"30.01.2017 09:51:05" theguardian.com Miriam Margolyes: 'No one tells you what old age is like. I don't care about raising hell' The outspoken actress wants to break open a conspiracy of silence about ageing “Nobody tells you that old age is going to be shitty. It's a kind of conspiracy.”
"30.01.2017 07:59:00" theguardian.com NHS intensive care 'at its limits' because of staff shortages Units are so overwhelmed that life-saving operations are having to be delayed, warn senior doctors The NHS's network of intensive care units is “at its limits” because they are overwhelmed by staff shortages and the sheer number of patients needing life-or-death care, senior doctors are warning in an unprecedented intervention.
"29.01.2017 11:50:11" theguardian.com Do MPs really want to limit the painstaking detective work of police? The policing and crime bill will put justice under threat because it will impose unrealistic time frames on our vital investigations "The policing and crime bill is soon to become an act, and I fear that justice will now have less time, as well as less money."
"27.01.2017 15:18:00" theguardian.com NHS commissioners risk losing sight of human cost of their decisions Vulnerable patients are being shunted into care homes to make easy savings 'CCG decisions about who can have services such as continuing healthcare, various types of surgery and IVF are dressed up in the language of local choices, but in reality it is largely a matter of luck which cuts commissioners happen to choose. Forcing
"27.01.2017 13:08:27" theguardian.com 'You're never too old to try something new': the UK's oldest care worker June Shepherd, 81, worked as a nurse and at a Bassett's sweet factory but says care work is the most rewarding role she's had She believes her age is a “definite advantage” as she has so many things in common with the people for whom she cares.
"27.01.2017 08:27:57" theguardian.com Royal College of Surgeons slam plans to cut back on hip and knee replacements Three clinical commissioning groups propose only operating on patients that have such severe levels of pain they cannot sleep or carry out daily tasks The Royal College of Surgeons has hit out at cost-cutting plans to ration who can receive hip and knee replacements.
"26.01.2017 10:31:00" theguardian.com The crisis of young carers: 'Going to school is a break' There are 700,000 child carers in the UK, some as young as five – and the number is rising. Can schools help end the secrecy and stigma faced by vulnerable students? "It can feel difficult – even disloyal – to raise your hand and admit that you're struggling to cope. It took me nearly five years to tell a teacher what was going on at home and, after doing so, I felt as if I'd somehow betrayed our mum and her efforts
"26.01.2017 08:58:54" theguardian.com Poverty in the UK jeopardising children's health, warns landmark report 'Stark inequalities' and high rates of child death, obesity and ill-health highlighted amid calls on government to prioritise child health “The bottom line is that the UK could do far more to improve child health and wellbeing. UK performance on several measures, though better than the United States, is worse than many European countries."
"25.01.2017 16:26:01" theguardian.com Is the NHS really facing a humanitarian crisis? The health service is under unprecedented pressure – but we must be wary of frightening patients and undermining public confidence 'It is right that A&E services should be focused on those with most urgent care needs and the public needs to be aware of that, but patients won't always have a choice. So there must also be alternatives available to those who are turning to A&E because
"25.01.2017 15:11:32" theguardian.com Number of rough sleepers in England rises for sixth successive year Latest official figures show an estimated 4,134 people were forced to sleep outside in 2016, up 16% on the previous year “Behind these statistics are thousands of desperate people, sleeping in doorways, bin shelters, stations and parks – anywhere they can find to stay safe and escape the elements.”
"25.01.2017 09:55:00" theguardian.com Mother courage: swapping pregnancy in exchange for help Pause, a project that makes women whose children have been removed by the state take contraception to qualify for intensive support, is saving millions – but is it ethical? Pause is a service designed to step into the lives of these women, made fragile by layers of accumulated anguish, and work intensively alongside them for 18 months on the practical and emotional challenges they face. It finds a dedicated practitioner –
"25.01.2017 08:20:39" theguardian.com Charges proposed for out-of-hours GP appointments in England GP leaders float alternative ways to fund health services, including charging for minor procedures outside of surgeries' contracted NHS work Patients could face paying their family doctors for out-of-hours appointments and minor procedures that fall outside the surgery's contracted NHS work, under new plans being proposed by some GP leaders.
"24.01.2017 12:32:45" theguardian.com Tackling mental health stigma will require more than just goodwill Delivering the PM's pledge should not rest on the shoulders of overstretched staff, it must be backed with appropriate resources "Stigma of mental illness is a serious issue that requires a concerted and collaborative political, social, medical and media will to eradicate. The negative impact it has on patients and their families and carers must not be underestimated."
"24.01.2017 08:53:44" theguardian.com We know social care is in cataclysmic crisis. Now we must find a solution Reforms require an effective plan for long-term change that service users, carers, workers and educators can rally behind "It's time to stop looking for quick fixes. Instead it is time for a comprehensive assessment to be made of the cost-effectiveness of putting social care on the same basis as the NHS; that is to say funding it out of a progressive system of taxation to be
"21.01.2017 09:24:29" theguardian.com Seeing stroke recovery through music reminded me why I love my job Strokestra, a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Hull stroke unit, showed me how important occupational therapy is I love my job and I think what I do is really important but I have been doing it a long time and sometimes you can forget what you do, what you contribute and the importance of it. Strokestra brought that into sharp relief. I saw myself through a new set
"20.01.2017 13:46:00" theguardian.com Fifty-two NHS hospitals send patients elsewhere in busiest week yet Sixty-eight hospital trusts declared an alert between 8 and 15 January, and bed occupancy rate across England was 95.8% The NHS experienced the busiest week in its history last week, with record numbers of hospitals having to send patients elsewhere or declare a major alert.
"20.01.2017 11:54:10" theguardian.com Theresa May's council chief: others will follow Surrey on tax rise Tory leader of Windsor and Maidenhead says other authorities will have to seek big council tax increases to fund social care “The alternative I have is to take a harsh brush and sweep away services. I'm not prepared to do that.”
"20.01.2017 08:23:44" theguardian.com Nurse shifts left unfilled at nearly every hospital in England, figures show Analysis of official data finds 96% of NHS hospital trusts had fewer nurses covering day shifts than they had planned “This is yet more evidence that there are too few nurses caring for patients, putting people at serious risk. Safe staffing levels aren't an optional extra. Having the right number of nurses is essential to ensure that patients can recover properly.”
"19.01.2017 16:05:48" Strokestra: the power of music Strokestra, a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull integrated community stroke service uses group music-making to drive recovery in stroke survivors. Patients try out instruments, listen to and play alongside
"19.01.2017 13:45:01" theguardian.com Surrey confirms plans to raise council tax by 15% Plans for rise to help relieve pressure on social care and children's services will require referendum of residents “Demand for adults' social care, learning disabilities and children's services is increasing every year. So I regret, despite us finding £450m worth of savings from our annual budget, we have no choice but to propose this increase in council tax.”
"19.01.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com Seeing stroke recovery through music reminded me why I love my job Strokestra, a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Hull stroke unit, showed me how important occupational therapy is 'At the first session with the patients, none of us, not even the therapists, really knew what we were doing or what was going to happen. I was very nervous. The instruments looked like the ones we had used at school and I was worried that it would be a
"19.01.2017 10:10:01" theguardian.com Homeless people aren't subhuman. One day that might be you sleeping rough Labour MP Simon Danczuk's disdainful tweet treats those on the streets as outliers. But the biggest cause of homelessness is simply the end of a short-term tenancy 'There exists a notion that some wonderful massive magic giant angel hand gathers homeless people to comfort them before making everything better. And so another wrong-headed idea arises: that it's possible to “go to the council” who will supply a lovely
"19.01.2017 08:41:43" theguardian.com Labour says government will miss pledge to build 1m homes by May 2020 Shadow housing minister says ministers are 'moving the goalposts' after National Audit Office report says target for completion is December “Not only are they not building enough homes, the level of affordable housebuilding has fallen to a 24-year low, homelessness has doubled, and the number of young homeowners has fallen by a third of a million since 2010.”
"18.01.2017 15:44:00" theguardian.com I gave up medicine to make a real difference as an entrepreneur Healthcare professionals describe their innovations, from an app for expectant mothers to comic books for ill children “'I believe there is a big market for digital healthcare services. We don't want to replace triage and community services but rather run alongside them to alleviate the pressure on our NHS.”
"18.01.2017 13:26:00" theguardian.com 19-year-old care worker: I hope perceptions of growing old will change There is a stigma associated with old age, but I feel more comfortable around the people I care for than my fellow teenagers "Now, I feel more at home with older people than with people my own age. I feel more comfortable around a grandfather living with Alzheimer's who talks about the ways things were in his youth, than I do around fellow teenagers recalling tales of wild
"18.01.2017 11:31:00" theguardian.com Making the right connection helps to combat loneliness A report finds isolated communities cost the UK £32bn a year in lost productivity and increase the pressure on public services “Our country is a pretty marvellous place and we need to give people the opportunity to remember that. A lot of beastly people shout rather loudly so you get a wrong impression of what the majority are about and so we're trying to create a platform for
"18.01.2017 10:06:00" theguardian.com Councils get £48m to expand homelessness provision LGA says costs associated with new legislation on issue are hard to predict and calls for review in two years' time Councils will share £48m in extra funding to help them expand homelessness provision for single men and women, but local government leaders have said the money may not be enough.
"18.01.2017 08:37:17" theguardian.com NHS will need £88bn extra by 2067, says OBR forecast Report says budget will need to rise by 2% a year over next 50 years, taking up an increasing proportion of GDP The NHS budget will need to increase by £88bn over the next 50 years, meaning governments could have to raise taxes or cut spending in other areas to fund it, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said.
"17.01.2017 16:21:01" theguardian.com Foster carers: 'We are the epitome of the gig economy – we deserve rights' Sarah Anderson of the Foster Care Workers Union says those looking after the most vulnerable need better pay and job protection, even if it means changing the law “People think we're the baddies for taking money, but you wouldn't ask a paediatric nurse or a teacher to work for nothing. We are no different – and the more highly skilled we are, the more we should be paid."
"17.01.2017 15:12:00" theguardian.com Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches The landscape is not changing quickly enough – it's time resources followed the rhetoric 'While the road to parity is paved with good speeches on mental health, it needs good deeds even more.'
"17.01.2017 10:00:57" theguardian.com HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure Tax officials ignored chaos within the outsourcing firm Concentrix and nearly trebled payments to the company despite overwhelming evidence of failure, Whitehall's spending watchdog has disclosed.
"17.01.2017 08:26:20" theguardian.com UK midwife shortage leaves women feeling like cattle, report finds Half of women surveyed experienced at least one 'red flag' event during labour such as lack of timely access to pain relief “The fact that half of women have experienced a red flag event is hugely worrying. It is a sign of services under too much pressure, with too few resources and not enough staff.”
"16.01.2017 16:36:00" theguardian.com My beautiful commute: share pictures of your journeys to work Whether it's the sun rising behind a railway bridge or a frosty street scene, you can share your commuting pictures with us It may be cold and dark on the daily journey to and from work, but early mornings and dusky evenings can be lovely at this time of year. Trees against a dawn sky, a view down the Thames at twilight or a frosty field through a train window, we're looking
"16.01.2017 12:46:00" theguardian.com Councils must stop commissioning 'flying' visits for personal care Too many people still receive 15-minute visits, leaving them forced to choose between a cup of tea and going to the loo "People who receive rushed visits tell us there is never time for a hot meal. One told us they have gone almost 10 years without lunch, left instead with a bowl of chocolates to snack on. Another was asked if they really needed to wash every day before
"16.01.2017 11:30:01" theguardian.com 'Can I speak to a serial killer?': there's more to NHS comms than you'd think To some, communications is shorthand for public relations and spin, but patients are at the heart of what we do “Can I speak to Peter Sutcliffe?”
The journalist was perfectly serious. I was working in communications at Broadmoor hospital and he saw me as a route to people he thought were patients there.
"16.01.2017 09:05:01" theguardian.com Westminster council could send homeless families to Coventry Those who lose homes in capital may increasingly be rehoused outside London as local authorities struggle with cuts People who lose their homes in one of London's richest boroughs could be sent to live in temporary accommodation as far away as Coventry under new plans announced by the City of Westminster.
"16.01.2017 07:44:56" theguardian.com Getting on, or getting on with it: life in an OAP hotspot One in seven Britons will be over 75 by 2040 and the babyboomers are leading the way in the transformation of retirement “I'm reinvesting the skills accrued over a lifetime in my community. It's not an easy ride to be doing so much at my age: it's quite the reverse. But I have never had such a good time as I'm having now”.
"14.01.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com 'When we get it right, we save a life': domestic abuse teams in hospitals Domestic abuse costs the NHS £1.73bn a year. A charity is calling for a network of on-site advisers in every hospital “I had three sessions with Punita where I just cried, but then I put my trust in her. She's an amazing lady, absolutely amazing. I don't think I'd be here today without her. If [the service] hadn't all been there in the hospital, I wouldn't have had the
"14.01.2017 09:47:49" theguardian.com Council job cuts have finally caught up with me – but I'm relieved After years of avoiding the axe, redundancy now seems like a release. I won't miss the insomnia and anxiety caused by the uncertainty of working for a council Every new year at the council brings with it a fresh cycle of angst and fear, because the battle to keep jobs begins all over again.
But this year, I no longer care about losing my job – in fact, the prospect of facing redundancy fills me with relief.
"13.01.2017 13:15:00" theguardian.com NHS crisis: more money must be linked to reform The health and care system desperately needs more cash – but it cannot be swallowed up in funding business as usual The NHS and the rest of the health and care system desperately needs more cash, but this cannot be swallowed up in funding business as usual.
"13.01.2017 11:49:30" theguardian.com NHS crisis: more money must be linked to reform The health and care system desperately needs more cash – but it cannot be swallowed up in funding business as usual "More cash is needed to break the vicious circle. The vortex of acute sector deficits is sucking in funds from the rest of the system, undermining precisely the developments that can help to avoid emergency admissions. It has swallowed up virtually all
"13.01.2017 09:55:01" theguardian.com Homeless in Britain: 'I graduated with honours – and ended up on the streets' After James Beavis told his story of sleeping rough in London for a month to raise money for Crisis, our readers shared their thoughts – and personal experiences – about homelessness in the UK "Every homeless person has a different story, and for most, it goes beyond not having a home. I've heard stories across the UK during my journey of homeless people having their tents set on fire, being urinated on and physically abused."
"13.01.2017 08:37:06" theguardian.com Struggling hospitals brace for further spike in demand in cold snap People with diabetes, lung disease or undergoing cancer treatment could be at higher risk of developing pneumonia “What we are seeing increasingly is the cuts in wider services biting. At the moment in the NHS it's winter all year round, and what we have at the moment is like an Arctic winter rather than a usual European winter.”
"12.01.2017 12:34:35" theguardian.com Former Tory health minister defends Simon Stevens over NHS winter crisis Stephen Dorrell says No 10 should be fixing problems in A&E departments rather than engaging in public row over health funding Dorrell said the government “should be addressing the evidence about what is happening on the ground rather than engaging in a rather high-profile discussion about, frankly, what sound to the public like telephone numbers of public expenditure”.
"12.01.2017 10:34:00" theguardian.com My hope for 2017: change people's view of the care system To typecast the system as a bad place to end up is unfair and harmful to those in care, the staff who keep them safe, and those who care for them "The longer a child is in care the better their educational outcomes, according to research published in 2015. This finding and the voices of young people have provided us with a strong foundation to build on."
"12.01.2017 08:35:37" theguardian.com NHS crisis: 20 hospitals declare black alert as patient safety no longer assured Cancer operations were cancelled and a birthing centre closed as hospitals last week declared top level alert to cope with overcrowding Struggling hospitals have been forced to take highly unusual steps in order to manage a surge in demand for care. They include cancelling cancer operations, treating adults in children's wards and even closing a birthing centre to help cope with a sudden
"11.01.2017 15:35:00" theguardian.com 'When we get it right, we save a life': domestic abuse teams in hospitals Domestic abuse costs the NHS £1.73bn a year. A charity is calling for a network of on-site advisers in every hospital “Domestic abuse is extremely difficult to talk about but a lot of research suggests health settings are a good place, in terms of not carrying stigma and feeling safe. We also know that clinical staff are unlikely to ask about domestic abuse if they
"11.01.2017 12:14:00" theguardian.com Our NHS trust is close to a tipping point – and we are not alone This may not be a humanitarian crisis, but experienced consultants say they have never seen anything like it 'The physical drain on consultants, junior doctors and nurses is evident in drawn faces. Worse, flu is spreading rapidly across wards. If the vaccine isn't quite the right one, it will get much worse. The next three weeks will be critical. It will get
"11.01.2017 10:10:57" theguardian.com Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites Insolvencies among care home operators are at a record high and likely to continue without government action “The care provider market cannot carry on as it is and there is a real danger of more widespread market failure.”
"11.01.2017 08:17:30" theguardian.com NHS 'will fail' this winter without cash injection, doctors tell Theresa May Leaders of 33,000 doctors urge PM to recognise that hospitals are 'paralysed' by soaring demand and warn of staff exodus “Frontline staff and managers across health and social care are clear: investment levels are not sufficient to meet current or future patient needs. As a result, in spite of rapid advances in clinical care, services are often too paralysed by spiralling
"10.01.2017 11:20:00" theguardian.com This isn't a freak day – this is winter in the NHS I'm not giving patients the care I want to but what can I do when there are others that could die in corridors? The chaos escalates. The medical director is marching through A&E, through the hospital, trying to send patients home where he can. We discharge patients that, were this a quiet week in June, would most certainly stay an extra night or two. We cannot
"10.01.2017 10:04:00" theguardian.com This isn't a freak day – this is winter in the NHS I'm not giving patients the care I want to but what can I do when there are others that could die in corridors? "My colleagues look how I feel: exhausted. Some will go home and weep tonight. They'll tell their husbands or their wives that this isn't what they signed up for. They wanted to help people, to be doctors, nurses, physiotherapists or pharmacists. But how
"10.01.2017 08:18:09" theguardian.com Labour party tells Jeremy Hunt to 'get a grip' on NHS Health secretary accused of watering down his four-hour A&E waiting time target Frontline doctors have issued an unprecedented warning that patient safety is at risk at many A&E units across the NHS because hospitals are overwhelmed, as the health secretary provoked controversy by suggesting the four-hour treatment target should
"09.01.2017 09:22:01" theguardian.com We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May Government is set to announce a series of measures to improve support for people with mental health problems The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts were more important than providing extra money for services.
"09.01.2017 08:05:40" theguardian.com 'The worst conditions in memory': NHS doctors describe a week in A&E After PM denies NHS faces a humanitarian crisis, medics tell of 'horrendous' working conditions and patients coming to harm "It's been like an absolute war zone recently. The government at the moment, not to mention my regulatory bodies, are ignoring the worst hospital conditions in my memory. We have a brilliant team, but are devastated by underemployment and underinvestment.
"06.01.2017 12:11:00" theguardian.com Improving NHS services should not feel like a quest in a labyrinth Resources are being squandered with teams of people battling an unwieldy health system The surprise in the health service is not how little collaboration there is across professional and organisational boundaries, but how people achieve so much in the face of overwhelming odds.
"06.01.2017 10:44:47" theguardian.com 'Spat on and ignored': what I've learned from a month sleeping rough in London Medical student James Beavis spent his Christmas on the streets of the UK capital, to raise money for – and try to better understand – this marginalised community. His conclusion? 'Society has dehumanised homeless people' "The reality is that society has dehumanised homeless people. They are seen as intimidating – but during my time on the streets, it's not the homeless community I've felt afraid of; it's some of the general public who have made me feel intimidated and
"06.01.2017 09:13:57" theguardian.com January is the cruellest month for families with just 50p to pay the rent Theresa May isn't helping 'just about managing' families – she's hammering them in an ideological crusade by slashing the benefit cap "If you think the country cannot afford to spend as much on families claiming benefits as it is currently, the benefit cap is an utterly wrong-headed approach that in the long term will massively increase expenditure. When families like those left with
"06.01.2017 08:45:59" theguardian.com Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows Scale of loneliness among over-60s revealed as Age UK develops scheme to provide support and companionship “We dare to hope that our pilot programme contains the seeds of a new grassroots movement with the potential to transform lonely older people's lives for the better."
"05.01.2017 16:01:56" theguardian.com How green is your city? UK's top 10 mapped and ranked The amount of green space in British cities varies widely, with some three times greener than others. Mapping firm Esri UK analysed Landsat 8 satellite images from spring 2016 for the 10 cities with the largest populations
"05.01.2017 14:18:20" theguardian.com Council rebuked after care home resident left 'severely malnourished' Ombudsman says local authorities 'cannot contract out the accountability for services' An elderly woman with communication difficulties was left “severely malnourished” and lost a third of her body weight in a care home where social workers placed her but failed to check on her wellbeing.
"05.01.2017 11:30:00" theguardian.com A receptionist saved my life and other love letters to healthcare staff Caring nurses, skilled surgeons and quick thinking midwives. Readers recall health workers who changed their lives 'I've worked in the NHS and I know how rare it is for patients to say thank you. It doesn't matter if you're a doctor or a receptionist, a gesture, care and compassion means an awful lot. Although I was saved when having a brain haemorrhage by a
"05.01.2017 10:10:00" theguardian.com NHS groups 'paying millions to private firms that block GP referrals' Referral management centres being used by some NHS bodies to scrutinise patient referrals to hospitals, BMJ inquiry finds NHS organisations are paying millions of pounds to private firms that stop patients being referred to hospital by their GPs, an investigation has found.
"05.01.2017 09:00:06" theguardian.com Children in England 'regularly and unknowingly sign over digital rights' Children's commissioner calls for greater representation after study finds half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed opaque T&Cs with social media firms “It is vital that children understand what they agree to when joining social media platforms, that their privacy is better protected, and they can have content posted about them removed quickly should they wish to."
"04.01.2017 15:55:51" theguardian.com Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2016 passes £1.5m mark More than 15,000 readers have donated to three charities working with young refugees and migrants, and there are still five days to go “As the country goes back to work at the start of the new year, the news of the incredible generosity of Guardian and Observer readers towards refugee children gives us hope for a much more compassionate 2017 and will help to provide respite from the
"04.01.2017 14:23:00" theguardian.com 2016 was the worst year in NHS history – we must fight for its survival The NHS is under unprecedented pressure after its annus horribilis. We must demand a rethink on its current trajectory before it's too late "We are at a cliff edge. Do we carry on into the unknown with broken funding promises and more cuts or do we cry foul now, and demand a rethink before it is too late?"
"04.01.2017 12:44:30" theguardian.com For change in social care to bring value, it must be messy Reform is essential but can't be big and fast, it must be on a more human scale "The only kind of change you can make happen suddenly, on a large scale, is destruction, whereas creation of anything real and valuable starts small, but ambitious. For real change to take hold, you need to involve people who don't always agree with each
"04.01.2017 12:29:39" theguardian.com Top tips to get a third sector job Looking for a more meaningful career in 2017? Here's our voluntary sector network guide to getting work with a charity "There are more than 200,000 charities registered across the UK, with many more smaller ones unregistered. The third sector is notoriously competitive and funding pressures exacerbate the strain, but it is also a very diverse sector, with roles from
"04.01.2017 08:59:01" theguardian.com Millions of UK asthma sufferers 'not receiving basic levels of care' Survey by Asthma UK finds two-thirds of patients not being given fundamental care that is needed to manage condition “It is clear that expecting old ways to tackle long-standing problems won't work. We must take a bold new approach and take advantage of new asthma digital health solutions to transform the way asthma care is delivered and support self-management."
"04.01.2017 07:43:00" theguardian.com Sharp rise in number of patients turned away from A&E More patients arriving by ambulance are being redirected to other hospitals this winter compared with same period over last four years The number of patients being turned away from A&E and sent to other hospitals is at a record high, figures show, revealing the huge pressure the NHS faces this winter.
"03.01.2017 14:58:58" theguardian.com What does 2017 hold for social care? Technology and integration with the NHS could transform the sector, but we must debate alternative sources of funding "This should be the year that social care and healthcare finally start working together effectively."
"03.01.2017 12:47:09" theguardian.com What does 2017 hold for public services? From longer NHS waiting lists to rising homelessness and bankrupt councils, this year could bring public services to the brink
"03.01.2017 09:23:00" theguardian.com Junior doctor Nadia Masood: 'Hunt's driven a lot of us out of the NHS' Medics felt justified in opposing a new contract and their defeat has left many feeling demoralised, Masood says “It wasn't about money, though Jeremy Hunt portrayed us as money-grabbers by constantly stressing that we'd be getting a pay rise. It was about patient safety and the sustainability of the NHS. Some people thought we were against a seven-day NHS, but most
"03.01.2017 07:47:19" theguardian.com Chastened charities must find their place in 2017 Brexit Britain Brexit, fundraising scandals and crumbling trust loom over the voluntary sector, but the new year also offers a chance to reflect "Voluntary leaders will go into 2017 encouraged by new measures announced by charities minister Rob Wilson to help smaller charities overcome barriers in the service commissioning process – a welcome sign, perhaps, that concerns are being heard in
"30.12.2016 23:06:34" theguardian.com Public servants celebrated in 2017 New Year honours list Mark Lowcock, DfID permanent secretary, and David Beamish, the most senior official in the House of Lords, are among many public sector officials honoured 'This year's New Year honours list includes 603 women, just over 50% of the total, and 116 people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background. At 9.3%, that is the greatest-ever number of BAME recipients in an honours list, according to the Cabinet
"30.12.2016 10:38:25" theguardian.com My dad's heart operation taught me a few things about being a doctor I suddenly saw myself in the families' shoes and empathised more than I'd been able to previously 'When working as a doctor you have to care for many people, so you do the best you can for every patient you see and prioritise. Communication is paramount. I suddenly saw myself in the families' shoes and empathised more than I'd been able to
"28.12.2016 14:56:00" theguardian.com Is there a healthcare professional you would like to thank? Tell us whether your life has been saved or changed by a doctor, nurse, paramedic, midwife, porter or other health worker Has your life been touched by a healthcare professional? Do you remember one who helped in some special way? What was it about them that you remember? How much did it mean to you? What would you say to them if you had the chance?
"28.12.2016 12:41:37" theguardian.com Nick Robinson: 'I never thought I'd get my voice back' It's thanks to a speech and language therapist who supported him all the way back to a high-profile career at the BBC “You want someone you can cry with, you want someone who can listen to your fears, who believes in you, who convinces you if you work hard enough you'll get better. A huge part of a therapist's role is not just the technical and the mechanical and the
"24.12.2016 14:41:01" theguardian.com Five Christmas miracles shared by healthcare professionals Kidney transplants, babies born to the strains of Away in a manger and the girl who survived a Christmas Day crash … staff recall their special memories 'Last year when we started the Christmas Day shift we only had one woman in labour; she needed to be delivered by caesarean section and was taken into theatre. At the same time the brass band and choir had arrived on the ward to sing carols. They stood
"24.12.2016 11:39:00" theguardian.com My Christmas shift showed me the human connection behind medicine It was my first on-call night shift and I approached it with a deal of trepidation and panic 'Everyone takes something different away from their medical on-call experience. I will always remember that behind every patient and medical diagnosis there lies a human connection that binds us all together.'
"23.12.2016 08:09:38" theguardian.com Rough sleepers face high levels of abuse by public, study finds Homeless people report being kicked in the head, sexually assaulted, having bedding set on fire and being urinated on Rough sleepers are subjected to a “shocking and unacceptable” level of abuse by the public, including physical violence, sexual assault and theft, research has found.
"22.12.2016 15:27:00" theguardian.com Five Christmas miracles shared by healthcare professionals Kidney transplants, babies born to the strains of Away in a manger and the girl who survived a Christmas Day crash … staff recall their special memories 'On Christmas Eve I had been working and went to bed around midnight. At 1am I had a call from a patient of mine whom I had looked after on home dialysis. A kidney had become available and he had been called in for a transplant. He was in tears.'
"22.12.2016 11:42:00" theguardian.com Charity appeal raising over £1m sends powerful message of compassion | Katharine Viner Huge response to Guardian and Observer appeal to help child refugees demonstrates our readers' characteristic generosity "I am proud and delighted that Guardian and Observer readers in their thousands have responded with characteristic generosity. In a matter of days we have raised more than £1m for our three charities – an incredible achievement, and one that sends a
"22.12.2016 10:40:00" theguardian.com I love being a police officer at Christmas - despite the fights, vomit and urine There's a camaraderie in planning a team buffet - even if we know we are likely to be too busy to eat any of it "My team is working what we call a dog late this Christmas Eve: a 10 hour shift finishing at three in the morning. The plan is to have a buffet after our handover to the night shift, who will take over dealing with the 999 calls. We know the likelihood is
"22.12.2016 09:44:00" theguardian.com Blind NHS patients to be fitted with pioneering bionic eye Life-changing technology could become commonplace as first 10 people receive Argus II retina implant to restore sight “Having spent half my life in darkness, I can now tell when my grandchildren run towards me and make out lights twinkling on Christmas trees.”
"22.12.2016 08:23:01" theguardian.com NHS hospitals facing toughest winter yet, say health experts Rises in patients leaving A&E before treatment and patients returning within a week are very worrying, says thinktank Record numbers of patients are leaving A&E units without being treated, new figures reveal, sparking fears that the NHS is on the brink of a winter crisis and cannot cope with soaring demand.
"21.12.2016 14:30:00" theguardian.com Homelessness in England is soaring. It's a scandal – but we can fix it The number of people sleeping on the streets has doubled in the past six years. But across the border in Wales, a new approach is having a positive impact "I'm spending Christmas weekend in a hostel, and they've got advisers there, so I want to see if I can get back on track, and back into the system. Get my life back, really."
"21.12.2016 12:54:30" theguardian.com Five things I've learned supporting care leavers at Christmas Rose-tinted images of family gatherings can make young people who have left care feel lonely at Christmas – here's how to help "Christmas can be a lonely time for some care leavers, so it's important to offer opportunities that bring young people together, without making it compulsory or patronising."
"21.12.2016 10:21:00" theguardian.com Christmas at a food bank: 'We're trying to change people's lives' The UK's busiest food bank, in Newcastle, is racing to keep up as demand for emergency supplies hits a festive spike “What we're really trying to do is change people's lives for the better, not just feed them."
"21.12.2016 09:10:52" theguardian.com Cash to boost children's mental health not getting through, says charity YoungMinds data shows half of England's clinical commissioning groups used their share of new £1.4bn allocation for other purposes Money to improve struggling children's mental health services is often not reaching the NHS frontline despite soaring rates of self-harm among young people, new figures reveal.
"20.12.2016 15:39:00" theguardian.com A council tax rise alone will not solve the social care funding crisis Collaboration between the public, private and voluntary sectors is essential to address funding and workforce challenges "Even with greater ability to raise taxes to pay for social care, it is some of the most deprived areas that will gain the least from the tax increase."
"20.12.2016 14:26:40" theguardian.com Work on child poverty continues despite unit's closure, says No 10 PM's spokeswoman says decision to abolish unit does not signal a reduction in government's commitment to tackling poverty Downing Street has said its decision to abolish the civil service's once high-profile child poverty unit does not mean it no longer takes the issue seriously, as opposition parties argued that the move signalled the end of compassionate conservatism.
"20.12.2016 11:15:17" theguardian.com Who is the pharmacist doubling up as the new NHS poster boy? Roger Humbles is the face of a campaign to try to ease pressure on hospitals and GPs by urging people to go to pharmacists Crisp white coat, NHS badge, stripey shirt and spotty tie – Roger Humbles looks like a pharmacist from central casting. But he's the real deal: a lifelong professional who has run his own high-street pharmacy in Herne Hill, south London, since 1999.
"20.12.2016 09:53:01" theguardian.com Fears after government abolishes civil service's child poverty unit MPs and charities say political focus on reducing level of child poverty in UK has been lost as team is merged into Department for Work and Pensions Ministers have abolished the civil service's once high-profile child poverty unit, prompting warnings from MPs and charities that political focus on the issue has been abandoned by Theresa May.
"20.12.2016 08:42:38" theguardian.com Government misled public with 99% success rate claim on troubled families, say MPs Impact of intervention project was overstated and department delayed release of an evaluation of the scheme, says public accounts committee Claims that a flagship intervention project had turned around the lives of 99% of England's most troubled families were misleading, a Commons committee has said.
"20.12.2016 07:22:17" theguardian.com Brexit was Whitehall's black hole in a bleak 2016 for public services All public servants have been damaged by this year's denigration of expertise and casual dismissal of planning – the lifeblood of responsible public service "For everyone in public service, Brexit has become the only game in town.
It has become Whitehall's black hole, sucking in resources and those most precious of commodities, ministerial time and
"19.12.2016 12:00:59" theguardian.com My Christmas shift showed me the human connection behind medicine It was my first on-call night shift and I approached it with a deal of trepidation and panic 'Nights are said to be one of the best learning experiences. At the end of my set of nights, I was comforted not only by the wealth of skills and knowledge I could take into the new year, but by the care I had given to my patients to make their
"19.12.2016 08:38:00" theguardian.com Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities Lack of housing lawyers has led to fall in number of challenges to evictions at time of record repossessions in rental market Thousands of people are being made homeless every year because they cannot find lawyers to help them resist eviction, charities are warning.
"19.12.2016 07:26:34" theguardian.com Birmingham prison riot: government was warned two months earlier Ministers were told urgent action was needed to protect staff and prisoners amid growing violence in prisons The government was warned two months before a riot at HMP Birmingham involving hundreds of prisoners that the prevalence of psychoactive drugs meant urgent action was needed to prevent attacks on vulnerable prison officers.
"16.12.2016 09:28:00" theguardian.com More than 2,500 children unlawfully housed in B&Bs Homelessness statistics show 24% increase in households with children residing in B&Bs for longer than six weeks in England More than 2,500 children are unlawfully accommodated in unsuitable bed and breakfast facilities in England, the latest official homelessness statistics suggest.
"16.12.2016 08:59:20" theguardian.com Local charities stretched to breaking, with half not sure of surviving On the first-ever local charities day, our report reveals an uncertain future for many small charities, despite three in four seeing demand rise 'On Local Charities Day, 16 December, Localgiving's second annual report on the sustainability of local charity and community groups finds a sector stretched to breaking point. Despite three in four organisations reporting a continued increase in demand
"16.12.2016 08:12:08" theguardian.com Soft drinks tax cannot solve obesity crisis on its own, academics say Ministers must take action against sales of confectionery in order to see health gains, according to experts A tax on sugar in soft drinks will prevent tens of thousands of people from becoming dangerously overweight but the obesity crisis will only be solved if ministers take action against the sales of sweets and chocolate, experts said.
"15.12.2016 13:44:04" theguardian.com Council tax bills can rise by 3% for two years to help fund social care, says Javid Plans unveiled by communities secretary mean bill for average home will go up by £46 in 2017 but critics say it is too little, too late Council tax will be allowed to rise faster than expected by about £46 a year for an average home to bail out struggling social care services for elderly and vulnerable people in England, Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, has said.
"15.12.2016 11:23:00" theguardian.com Guardian readers raise over £350,000 so far for child refugees Guardian readers have helped raise over £300,000 for child refugees Support for this year's Guardian and Observer charity appeal to assist child refugees in the UK and continental Europe has already been extraordinary, and we are grateful for your generosity.
"15.12.2016 09:57:54" theguardian.com I treated Sam for minor complaints. I didn't see the domestic violence victim Her arranged marriage had failed but it took a medical student to help her open up and heal 'Samia had needed space and time to open up and heal. At the beginning I had asked the questions but she had been too traumatised to talk. I then focused on her medical problems and fixing only what was apparent. Samia's story made me realise that
"15.12.2016 08:35:42" theguardian.com Theresa May pledges to seek long-term solution to social care squeeze Jeremy Corbyn challenges PM over social care 'crisis' after councils are given freedom to raise council tax to cover funding shortages Theresa May has pledged to seek a “long-term solution” to the challenge of funding social care for older people, as she confirmed that local authorities would be allowed to bring forward increases in council tax to ease the pressures on the creaking
"14.12.2016 11:20:00" theguardian.com Play the part: theatre show teaches student nurses compassion Careful is an interactive drama in which those studying nursing at Kingston University take the place of patients 'My theatre tutor used to say that theatre is the rehearsal for life. Nobody dies when you do a terrible performance, but you can learn something from it.'
"14.12.2016 10:13:06" theguardian.com Ex-offenders face neglect from the very services set up to help them People leaving prison struggle to shake off the stigma and access support - but there are places where imaginative training and simple technology have helped Jason knew he wouldn't and shouldn't get the job. Yet his jobcentre adviser told him to apply to the pharmaceutical warehouse anyway. The problem? “I'm a convicted drug dealer. They won't even let me set foot in the place.”
Like many of the former
"14.12.2016 09:53:00" theguardian.com Labour vows to double number of homes reserved for homeless Opposition plans to expand charity-run Clearing House scheme to tackle 'rapidly rising' problem of rough sleeping Labour has pledged to try to greatly reduce the number of people sleeping rough by doubling the number of homes reserved for those who have been homeless, calling on the government to introduce this measure immediately.
"14.12.2016 08:42:54" theguardian.com May plans social care shakeup to ease pressure on councils No 10 acknowledges some services are under threat and promises new measures in this week's local government settlement Theresa May is planning a shakeup of social care provision after Downing Street acknowledged services were under threat in some areas. The prime minister's official spokeswoman said the issue was discussed in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, with an
"13.12.2016 16:18:04" theguardian.com The Guardian Charity Awards 2016 – the winners The winners are involved in small-scale but hugely inspiring and innovative projects that are strengthening local communities Speaking at the awards ceremony in London on 13 December, the actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen said he was “humbled” by the winning charities' work. “At a time when the protective arms of the state have become weaker, those of charities are even more
"13.12.2016 15:47:00" theguardian.com Guardian and Observer charity appeal raises £250,000 in four days Money raised will go to three charities working with child refugees in continental Europe and UK: Help Refugees, Safe Passage and the Children's Society Donations to the Guardian and Observer 2016 charity appeal in support of child refugees have passed the £250,000 mark in just four days.
"13.12.2016 14:31:59" theguardian.com 'We want social workers to do real social work': the councils cutting caseloads Some councils are making efforts to tackle the strain of high caseloads – and they say they are already starting to see a difference in staff retention “We want social workers to have a manageable workload, to have a good work-life balance. They need to have interesting and challenging work, supported by good training packages and group support and supervision. We want to create a safe environment where
"13.12.2016 09:48:00" theguardian.com Social care spending falling below £554 minimum in most areas Postcode lottery revealed as government prepares to allow local authorities to bring forward council tax rises to avert crisis Local authorities across the country are spending well below the £554 per week minimum amount recommended for the residential care of older people, new figures have revealed.
"13.12.2016 08:32:16" theguardian.com Birmingham council chief: years of cuts could have catastrophic consequences Mark Rogers regrets decisions he has had to make after £650m budget cut since 2010, and says next year will be toughest yet Birmingham city council's chief executive has said there could be “catastrophic consequences” for some people in the city because years of cuts have forced it to slash funding for key services for vulnerable people.
"12.12.2016 17:18:58" theguardian.com Healthcare staff, tell us your experiences of working at Christmas We want to hear from doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, paramedics and more about what shifts are like over the festive period Are you a healthcare professional who has worked at Christmas? We want to hear about it. What have been your memorable moments? What's the atmosphere like? How did you feel working over the festive season? Have you witnessed or been part of any Christmas
"12.12.2016 10:53:19" theguardian.com New report is the next step to privatising children's social services Theresa May and Justine Greening must reject controversial policies that open the door to commercialisation and for-profit provision of social services "Theresa May and Justine Greening have the opportunity to set their own course. They inherited policies that are controversial with the public and seen as high risk by those who work to assist families and protect children."
"12.12.2016 09:44:00" theguardian.com Spikes, railings and water are weapons of 'dehumanising' campaign against homeless Charity says that rough sleepers are victims of 'defensive architecture' built to stop them resting outdoors A campaign against homeless people is being waged in Britain's cities, according to a new survey that claims “street cleansing” tactics are being employed by planners, businesses and security companies to stop people resting or sleeping outdoors.
"12.12.2016 08:23:00" theguardian.com NHS England sending anorexic patients to Scotland for treatment Mental health experts voice concern over growing trend and say it could increase vulnerable patients' chances of dying The NHS in England is sending patients who are seriously ill with eating disorders to Scotland for treatment because chronic bed shortages mean they cannot be cared for in England.
"11.12.2016 11:06:01" theguardian.com I almost lost my daughter because of her mental health problems I know too many parents who are not as lucky. The child and adolescent mental health system needs urgent attention What kind of system sends two – albeit kind – police officers to take a 13-year-old suicidal child to the hospital?
"10.12.2016 17:31:00" theguardian.com The government is breaking promises on child mental health Camhs was promised £250m each year until 2020. In the first year of promised investment, only £143m was released Norman Lamb: 'The chronic underfunding of children's mental health services must be consigned to history. Despite receiving a paltry 0.7% of the total NHS budget, Camhs is too often at the front of the queue when there are cuts or “efficiencies” to be
"10.12.2016 11:29:00" theguardian.com I hate that a child has to be at high risk of suicide before we can help The numbers of suicidal children referred to my team as skyrocketed - we're overstretched and I can't bear to think what the future holds 'I have spent the last three hours assessing the mental health of a teenage girl who had taken an overdose. She was not safe to be discharged home; the ward staff were not happy due to the shortage of beds, and as I put my bags in the car my phone rings.
"09.12.2016 19:41:00" theguardian.com Children's mental health services are struggling. Can teachers help? Teachers aren't trained to spot mental health problems and could benefit from NHS-commissioned research and expertise 'Schools could use more robust research into this field, commissioned by the NHS to better understand the real needs of the school community. Few schools retain a nurse anymore, but perhaps we should look into mental health visitors as an intermediary
"09.12.2016 09:59:00" theguardian.com Sadiq Khan asks LSE to investigate London housing market London mayor says inquiry will find out how many new homes are sold to overseas buyers and how many are kept empty The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has asked the London School of Economics to carry out the UK's most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment on London's housing market, amid growing fears about rising housing costs in the capital.
"09.12.2016 08:45:43" theguardian.com Gambling addiction costs UK more than £100m a year – study IPPR estimate includes counselling and addiction treatment for problem gamblers, but not other costs such as A&E admissions Gambling addiction costs the UK more than £100m a year in mental health and counselling services, according to a landmark report commissioned by the charity GambleAware.
"09.12.2016 07:10:29" theguardian.com Nan's last Christmas was in hospital. Now I take gifts to thousands, for her My great-gran told me to remember there's always someone you can help. The appeal I launched in her memory now helps thousands of people "Nan sadly passed away in March 2013. That was her last Christmas. The thing she taught me above all was: “Always remember that there is always someone, somewhere, you can help. Give them your time and, especially at Christmas, give them love and
"08.12.2016 10:50:08" theguardian.com I hate that a child has to be at high risk of suicide before we can help The numbers of suicidal children referred to my team as skyrocketed - we're overstretched and I can't bear to think what the future holds I get a call from an upset parent who has a child waiting to be allocated a therapist. They have been waiting for months, their anxiety is getting worse and they are not attending school. I feel awful as I apologise and explain that their child is not
"08.12.2016 09:44:00" theguardian.com UK library budgets fall by £25m in a year Official figures show steep drop in 2015/16 funding, a week after the government announced £4m Libraries Deliver grant A brutal year for the UK's public libraries has been topped off with the revelation that the sector took a £25m hit to its budgets in the year to March, as calculated in official figures
"08.12.2016 08:25:13" theguardian.com Junk food ads targeting children banned in non-broadcast media Committee on Advertising Practice says it is bringing print and web in line with TV rules, but campaigners say it is not enough Junk food adverts aimed at children are to be banned online, in print and in the cinema after a detailed consultation on the damage they do by encouraging children to eat fattening and unhealthy food.
"07.12.2016 14:38:39" theguardian.com I couldn't last as a social worker but the children will haunt me forever Acute stress ended my career but I'm not sorry I tried – and am in awe of the work my colleagues still do "It was a long and painful journey deciding that social work wasn't for me. Had I obeyed the voice in my head arguing that I ought to stay on, I know I would have ended up on long-term sick leave."
"07.12.2016 11:55:51" theguardian.com The government is breaking promises on child mental health Camhs was promised £250m each year until 2020. In the first year of promised investment, only £143m was released "When mental ill health costs the economy an estimated £105bn every year, the economic as well as the moral case for prioritising children's mental health is unanswerable. But when I became minister, I was horrified by what I witnessed."
"07.12.2016 09:08:00" theguardian.com NHS whistleblowers 'gagged and blacklisted', says petition group Doctors, staff and patients criticise Care Quality Commission and call for radical change in health service regulation NHS whistleblowers face being “fired, gagged and blacklisted” while disclosures go uninvestigated owing to the healthcare regulator's lack of powers and resources, a group of doctors, staff and patients has warned.
"07.12.2016 07:54:00" theguardian.com Study finds 7m Britons in poverty despite being from working families Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which commissioned report, urges government to monitor situation amid Brexit fallout More than 7 million people in the UK are living in poverty despite being part of a working family, according to a study which uncovers how deprivation is increasingly linked to the high cost and insecurity of private rented accommodation.
"07.12.2016 07:39:27" theguardian.com Red tape is starving small charities of funds from public contracts Research finds government's 'shockingly complicated' tendering processes threatens the survival of smaller charities "The future of many smaller charities with priceless local knowledge and connections is being put at risk by their inability to comply with the myriad requirements and paperwork that typifies official tendering. One charity bidding for a mental health
"06.12.2016 15:59:41" theguardian.com One in 10 jobs in learning disability services at risk – report Lack of funds to cover rising wage bills could mean up to 30,000 jobs are axed over four years, suggests a report by learning disability charity HFT Learning disability services could be most at risk from continued failure to deliver increased funding for social care, a report by independent experts is warning.
"06.12.2016 12:44:00" theguardian.com 'I left to save myself': the reality of working in children's mental health Huge cuts to services, a lack of resources and an explosive rise in patients have taken their toll on frontline staff "In the end, working in an under-resourced team within a poorly managed system and in a society that fails to value children and the future took its toll. I left and retired far too early in order to save myself."
"06.12.2016 08:41:39" theguardian.com Report rejects forcing obese people to have treatment to receive benefits Study says sanctions would be impractical and unethical and might lead people to hide their health problems Downing Street has ruled out adopting David Cameron's proposal for obese people or those with drug or alcohol problems to be forced to undergo treatment as a condition of receiving benefits.
"05.12.2016 14:01:18" theguardian.com A new public service ombudsman will make it easier to get redress | Chris Skidmore My ombudsman bill will create a single point of contact for complaints, bringing together existing services 'The bill will bring together the responsibilities of the parliamentary and health service ombudsman and the local government ombudsman, making the process simpler and removing unnecessary barriers to making a complaint. And the new ombudsman's reach will
"05.12.2016 11:43:01" theguardian.com New 'Magic Table' game helps dementia patients relax and reminisce A new interactive light game for people with mid- to late-stage dementia is being trialled in UK care homes “Everyone has a right to play ... we all need a bit of fun.”
"05.12.2016 10:30:00" theguardian.com I almost lost my daughter because of her mental health problems I know too many parents who are not as lucky. The child and adolescent mental health system needs urgent attention 'What kind of system sends two – albeit kind – police officers to take a 13-year-old suicidal child to the hospital? Perhaps the involvement of the police in mental health crises is the legacy of suicide once being a criminal offence. If it is, it's no
"05.12.2016 09:13:00" theguardian.com Growing crisis on UK streets as rough sleeper numbers soar Charities raise concerns for homeless people over recent deaths and falling temperatures Howard Sinclair, chief executive of homelessness charity St Mungo's: “Rough sleeping is increasing year-on-year – and so are the needs of those people, the complex issues, the range of problems. The degree of need, is much, much higher than it was even
"05.12.2016 08:01:00" theguardian.com Cost of social care has rocketed over last year, analysis shows Research by TrustedCare.co.uk reveals huge rise in costs yet number of services rated as good or outstanding has fallen The cost of social care rocketed over the last year, even as the proportion of services ranked good or outstanding fell, according to a new analysis.
"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