Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Latest stats on children and young people’s health services

Latest stats on children and young people’s health services This is a report on NHS-funded Community Services for children and young people aged 18 years or under using data from the new Children and Young People's Health Services (CYPHS) data set reported in England for activity for February 2017. The CYPHS is a patient-level dataset providing information relating to NHS-funded community services for children and young people aged 18 years or under. These services can include health centres, schools and mental health trusts. NHS Digital

Combined performance summary: April 2017

Combined performance summary: April 2017 This publication summarises the data around NHS performance for April 2017. It finds that the long-term trend of increased demand on urgent and emergency care and elective activity continues and that waiting time standards for A&E waiting times, ambulance response times and cancer waiting times were not met. NHS England

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest.

Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared to 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%.

The Health Foundation said the findings could not be more stark and said they should act as a "wake-up call".

But the NMC said the introduction of English language testing for EU nurses is also likely to have played a role.

It comes as the NHS is already struggling with nurse vacancies and, without this supply line, shortages could get worse.

In May, research by the Royal College of Nursing found one in nine posts in England was vacant.

The union said it meant the NHS was 40,000 nurses short of what was needed. BBC News

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Weight-related deaths can affect non-obese too

Weight-related deaths can affect non-obese too You don't have to be diagnosed as obese to be at risk of dying from illnesses related to excess weight, a global study suggests.

Of the 4 million deaths attributed to being overweight in 2015, nearly 40% were not considered clinically obese.

The study found more than 2 billion children and adults suffered from health problems linked to being overweight.

These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. BBC News

Many patients ignore symptoms of diabetes

Many patients ignore symptoms of diabetes Around half of patients experiencing common symptoms of diabetes would not consult their GP, according to a poll of 2,000 people.

Details of the survey released today by Diabetes UK showed a worrying level of ignorance or denial amongst the population regarding the condition which affects around 3.6 million people in the UK. OnMedica

Why I went from NHS doctor to professional triathlete and back again

Why I went from NHS doctor to professional triathlete and back again Oncology and Ironman may seem poles apart, but when you delve further they are remarkably complementary

In theory, racing an Ironman triathlon and working as an oncology doctor are worlds apart. I became a professional triathlete by accident, after entering my first Ironman as a drunken dare when a long-term relationship ended. A one-off challenge became an ever more all-encompassing hobby when I started a research PhD. Without the job satisfaction from seeing patients, triathlon became a way of validating my days. I started to train rather than exercise and gradually got quicker. Eventually I went part time at work and when I finally finished my PhD, I had a two-and-a-half year sabbatical to race and train around the world as a full-time triathlete. Six months ago, after nearly eight years away, I returned to my clinical job as an oncologist.

When I was planning my sabbatical, I told my bosses I thought being a professional athlete would make me a better doctor. If I’m honest I thought these may be empty words, yet with time this became the truth. Every race teaches you something about yourself. You learn how much you can suffer. You face up to failure. You discover how much you want to get the best out of yourself. But it can be tougher than most might imagine. Day in, day out, you have to push yourself, motivate yourself and drive yourself. If you don’t do the work nobody will do it for you. And when injury strikes, you can’t help but question whether all the hard work is worthwhile. Life as a professional athlete is immense, intense, exhausting, exhilarating, exciting, tedious, daunting and at times absolutely incredible.

Ironman is about suffering for nine to 10 hours. Cancer is about suffering for much longer Continue reading... The Guardian

One THIRD of the global population are now overweight

One THIRD of the global population are now overweight The startling paper, based on a compilation of figures from 195 countries around the globe, found 2.2billion people - 30 per cent of the world's 7.5 billion population- is now overweight. The Daily Mail

Blood test predicts Huntington's disease risk

Blood test predicts Huntington's disease risk Researchers from around the world, including University College London, unveiled a test that measures a protein released by damaged brain cells and predicts treatment success. The Daily Mail