This blog covers the latest UK health care news, publications, policy announcements, events and information focused on the NHS, as well as the latest media stories and local news coverage of the NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire.
NHS Employment Check Standards updatedThe NHS Employment Check Standards have been revised (July 2013). The Standards outline the employment checks that employers must carry out before appointing staff into NHS positions across England. NHS Employers
Making recovery a reality in your community: a briefing for commissioners of mental health, drug and alcohol servicesThis briefing urges commissioners to tackle the poorly integrated support received by those with overlapping needs. It identifies new commissioning arrangements in public health and the NHS as an opportunity to put recovery at the heart of commissioning to build better lives for people with multiple needs. It argues that by focusing on what matters most to people's lives – a home, a job, family and friends – services can enable people with multiple needs to build better lives on their own terms.
We ignore the rise of suicide in people with mental illnessDespite public campaigns to combat stigma around mental illness, people with mental health problems still face ongoing discrimination. And while some sections of the media focus on mental illness in cases of violence, a rise in the number of people who are more of a risk to themselves goes unnoticed. We still find it difficult [read the full story...]The Mental Elf
The heart disease 'time bomb'Three in four adults are likely to suffer illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes by 2030, according to a government report which warns that the NHS will not have enough staff to cope.The Daily Telegraph
Fixing a child’s heart is one the most intricate operations that the NHS performs. Surgeons who do it must operate on tiny babies whose hearts are hardly bigger than walnuts and whose veins are little more than a hair’s breadth across. The Independent