Tuesday, 11 September 2018

KGH specialists volunteering at events for people to have moles checked

KGH specialists volunteering at events for people to have moles checked KGH’s dermatology department is teaming up with BBC Radio Northampton to enable local people to get worrying moles or skin lesions checked out. The hospital has agreed to attend three public events as part of Helen’s Big Health Check 2018 in Rushden, Daventry and Northampton to enable as many people as possible to get advice from September 19 to September 21. Northamptonshire Telegraph

NHS England wants patients to check before they tick for free prescriptions

NHS England wants patients to check before they tick for free prescriptions NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) are launching a nationwide campaign to help people understand their eligibility for free prescriptions.

The Check Before You Tick campaign will encourage patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them to help reduce the £256m annual cost to the NHS when people incorrectly claim them for free. NHS Networks

Hospitals to receive £145m to prepare for winter demand

Hospitals to receive £145m to prepare for winter demand The government is giving more than £145 million to NHS trusts across the country ahead of winter to improve emergency care.

The money will be spent on upgrading wards, redeveloping A&Es and extra beds at NHS trusts across England.

The funding from the Department of Health and Social Care’s existing budget will be spent on 81 new schemes. NHS Networks

NHS app to allow patients to order repeat prescriptions - The Pharmaceutical Journal

NHS app to allow patients to order repeat prescriptions - The Pharmaceutical Journal A new smartphone app from NHS England, allowing patients to order repeat prescriptions and book GP appointments will be piloted from October 2018, before being rolled out nationwide by the end of the year.
Pilot testing of a new NHS smartphone app will begin in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Warwickshire in October 2018, before being rolled out across England in December 2018. The Pharmaceutical Journal

NHS car parking charges petition handed to Number 10 - ITV News

NHS car parking charges petition handed to Number 10 - ITV News Campaigners have demanded an end to the “stealth tax” of NHS car parking charges in England by handing a petition into Downing Street.

Motoring campaign group FairFuel UK and Conservative MP Robert Halfon delivered the document, signed by more than 25,000 people, on Monday morning. ITV News

England facing 'changing health needs'

England facing 'changing health needs' England is facing changing health demands due to an ageing population and the NHS must quickly adapt, says Public Health England.

It has compiled what it calls "the most comprehensive picture" of the nation's current health and future fitness.

It shows England's population is growing in size and people are living longer but not all in good health.

While smoking rates may be decreasing, diabetes, obesity, dementia and mental health issues are on the rise. BBC News

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Can technology save our NHS? - ComputerWeekly.com

Can technology save our NHS? - ComputerWeekly.com The NHS is in crisis. Plagued by increased demand, an ageing population, budget restraints and low staff morale, it has become increasingly clear that change is needed. According to NHS bosses, the change that will save our health service will come in the form of digital technology, which will lift a struggling health service out of its misery and deliver a new golden era.
Speaking at the NHS Expo in Manchester, NHS England’s national director for operations and information, Matthew Swindells, went as far as saying that without digitising the NHS, we are “condemning people to die”. Going fully digital, he believes, is the only way to save the NHS. Computer Weekly

Support good mental health with new digital gateway for workplaces - CIPD

Support good mental health with new digital gateway for workplaces - CIPD Last year the Farmer-Stevenson review, ‘Thriving at Work’, highlighted that an estimated 300,000 people lose their jobs each year due to mental ill health. According to Mind, employers want to make mental health a priority but a third don’t know where to go for information or guidance.

Mental Health at Work is a new, online gateway to resources, training and information that will change the way we approach workplace mental health. It’s funded by The Royal Foundation with Heads Together and developed by Mind and 11 key programme partners from the world of business and mental health, including the CIPD. CIPD

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Mental health waiting times mean 75% of young people get worse before treatment, report warns - The Independent

Mental health waiting times mean 75% of young people get worse before treatment, report warns - The Independent Three-quarters of young people referred to NHS mental healthservices waited so long to be seen that their condition had deteriorated further by the time they got to a doctor, a report has found.

Young people and their parents are being left to “fend for themselves” for months on end while waiting to access child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), according to a report by charity Young Minds. The Independent

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NHS care regulator says sexual incidents 'commonplace' in mental health units

NHS care regulator says sexual incidents 'commonplace' in mental health units Sexual incidents including harassment, assaults and rapes are “commonplace” in mental health units, mainly carried out by patients, the NHS’s care regulator has reported.

A total of 1,120 sexual incidents - 65 a week - occurred on mental health wards in England during April, May and June, according to the Care Quality Commission.

The figures included 29 alleged rapes. Another 457 incidents, more than a third of the total, involved sexual assault or sexual harassment of patients or staff. The Guardian

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Self harm trebles among children and young adults post-social media

Self harm trebles among children and young adults post-social media Child psychiatrists have expressed alarm over a sharp rise in self-harm among teenagers since the advent of social media.

National research shows a tripling in poisonings via paracetamol and antidepressants among those aged between 10 and 24 in the UK between 1998 and 2014.

The figures come amid concerns about "an epidemic of mental illness" among young people, with the internet fuelling insecurity, anxiety and copycat behaviour. The Telegraph

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NHS to be franchised around the globe under post-Brexit plans 

NHS to be franchised around the globe under post-Brexit plans The NHS is to be exported across the world as part of efforts to boost investment in Britain post-Brexit, under controversial new Government plans.

Hospitals and heath watchdogs will be encouraged to set up franchises in dozens of countries, with profits ploughed into supporting the health service.

The NHS will be asked to target up to £7bn of opportunities a year over the next decade, in a bid to share expertise and increase investment in frontline services. The Telegraph

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