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.
Could exercise be as effective as medication?“Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease,” BBC News reports, while The Times urges doctors “to prescribe exercise rather than drugs”.
Both headlines are prompted by research comparing the relative benefits of exercise and drugs for people who have serious conditions such as heart failure. But while exercise can certainly help prevent many diseases, some of the headlines have overstated the evidence.
Delivering better services for people with long-term conditionsThis paper describes a co-ordinated service delivery model – the ‘house of care’ – that aims to deliver proactive, holistic and patient-centred care for people with long-term conditions. It incorporates learning from a number of sites in England that are working to achieve these goals, and makes recommendations on how key stakeholders can work together to improve care for people with long-term conditions.
Care Bill: Carers UK analysis of main provisions for carersThis policy briefing finds that the Care Bill currently going through Parliament represents the biggest change to social care in the last 60 years by consolidating over 30 pieces of statute and numerous pieces of guidance, regulations and directions. It outlines measures to improve carers’ rights in some areas and finds that new rights to assessment mean that adults caring for adults should find it easier to have their needs for support considered.
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