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Cancer deaths will drop by 400,000 in next 20 years

Four hundred thousand fewer people will die from cancer over the next 20 years thanks to advances in research, according to figures* released by Cancer Research UK.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on December 20th, 2016 @ 9:11 PM
Tagged with: cancer Research treatment

CQC release report monitoring the Mental Health Act

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have released their annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA). It looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on December 18th, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

Dealing with Diabetes and Alcohol

It’s nearing Christmas party time.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on December 14th, 2016 @ 4:02 PM

Rochdale Christmas Prize Draw

Routes Healthcare Rochdale would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all their field workers.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on December 14th, 2016 @ 3:24 PM

Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost

Twenty areas across England are to receive funding to provide more support for pregnant women and new mothers with severe mental health problems.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on December 1st, 2016 @ 8:36 PM

Charity calls for NHS staff to have mandatory policies to identify carers

It should be compulsory for NHS staff to identify and support carers, Carers UK has said in a new report highlighting the risks to carers who do not self-identify as such.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 28th, 2016 @ 8:07 PM

Meet Julie, our Business Development Manager

Julie Cunningham is the Routes Healthcare Business Development Manager and has been with us for a couple of months. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 23rd, 2016 @ 8:49 PM

NHS £8bn budget plan 'not enough', say hospital bosses

Patients in England will see rising waiting times, rationing and cuts in the number of staff unless the NHS gets more money, health bosses say.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 20th, 2016 @ 7:50 PM

Dementia now leading cause of death

Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, latest figures reveal.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 14th, 2016 @ 8:05 PM

Councils risk 'legal action over care cuts'

Council cuts to care in England are so severe there is a real risk families may take legal action, experts say.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 10th, 2016 @ 8:18 PM

Eat hot meals to beat winter cold - NHS

Eating hot meals and keeping active are effective ways for the over-65s and those with health issues to cope with winter, say public health bodies.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 8th, 2016 @ 8:03 PM
Tagged with: cold flu health NHS winter

Listening to people with dementia and their carers

A new listening programme to find out more about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers starts in England.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 2nd, 2016 @ 7:20 PM

Help with planning tasks and activities after a brain injury

Headway, the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury, has released a selection of tips to help with planning after a brain injury. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on November 1st, 2016 @ 8:58 PM
Tagged with: brain injury Headway

Doctors' leaders call for prescription drug helpline

Doctors' leaders are calling for the urgent introduction of a UK-wide 24-hour helpline for prescription drug dependence.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 23rd, 2016 @ 7:54 PM

Paralysed man feels through robotic fingers in world-first breakthrough

A 28-year-old man left paralysed after a car accident has been able to feel as though he was touching something with his fingers after a robotic arm was connected directly to his brain in a world-first breakthrough.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 21st, 2016 @ 8:06 PM
Tagged with: Research trial

CQC warns of cuts to social care in England

A&E units are struggling to cope because social care services that help elderly people have been cut so much that they are reaching a “tipping point”, England’s care regulator is to warn.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 19th, 2016 @ 9:15 PM

Mental health budgets 'still being cut despite pledge'

Despite government assurances they would be funded on a par with physical healthcare, mental health trusts in England are still having their budgets cut, figures suggest.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 14th, 2016 @ 7:36 PM

World Mental Health Day

Monday 10th October is World Mental Health Day - a day were all Mental Health charities come together to educate and raise awareness of mental illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 10th, 2016 @ 1:41 PM
Tagged with: Mental Health

Report finds care for elderly 'increasingly rationed' in England

The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust have published a report on the sustainability of adult social care. It looks at the impact of budget reductions on social care for older people. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 6th, 2016 @ 6:25 PM

Mental Health campaign receives additional funding

A campaign that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health has been given £20m in funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on October 5th, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

CLIC Sargent launches campaign to help reduce the cost of cancer for families

To coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, CLIC Sargent are launching a campaign to help reduce the financial implication cancer can have on families. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on September 26th, 2016 @ 10:21 AM

New Alzheimer’s trial results announced

Alzheimer’s Research have recently announced that results from an early-phase clinical trial, may be able to slow decline in memory and thinking skills in people with mild Alzheimer’s disease. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on September 5th, 2016 @ 09:23 AM

New test could lead to earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's

A test of how sticky a protein molecule is could help diagnose the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a study from the University of Edinburgh suggests. Scientists said early work on a small number of samples proved very accurate. Sticky clumps of the molecule are found in the brain cells of people with Parkinson's - and in those of some dementia sufferers.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on August 30th, 2016 @ 09:27 AM

Hundreds of volunteers to help spot early Alzheimer's

British researchers are hoping to shed new light on the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease, with the help of hundreds of volunteers. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on August 24th, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

New Uniforms now available

In order to bring in standardisation across all of our branches and to ensure everyone wears the same uniform we are launching a new Routes Healthcare uniform for all of our Field Workers.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on August 16th, 2016 @ 09:34 AM

Organ transplants: Hundreds helped by former cancer patients

Hundreds of people in the UK have received an organ transplant from someone with a history of cancer, despite many believing you cannot donate if you have had the disease.

Posted by: Reg Storey on August 15th, 2016 @ 4:33 PM
Tagged with: cancer donate organ donor

Drug 'may slow' Alzheimer's brain death

A drug appears to slow the brain's death and preserve mental function in patients with Alzheimer's disease, a study shows.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on August 8th, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

Thousands of cancer patients surviving in UK decades after diagnosis

More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support shows.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on August 1st, 2016 @ 09:40 AM

Dementia 2020 Conference

Our Clinical Governance Nurse, Cath Townley, recently attended the Dementia 2020 conference to find out more about the governments national campaign to fight dementia.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 25th, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

Helping our Nurses with Revalidation

Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 18th, 2016 @ 1:27 PM

Care services facing cuts this year

Care services are facing cuts this year as rises in council tax have failed to plug the gaps in budgets in England, town hall chiefs are warning.

The government allowed councils to increase council tax by 2% this year to spend on care - and most have done so. But, according to a survey of all 151 social care directors, there is still a shortfall of nearly £1bn.

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Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 13th, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Charity encourages families to talk about old age

Too many people avoid talking about getting old, particularly conversations about end-of-life care, suggests a survey by Independent Age, a charity for older people.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 11st, 2016 @ 09:26 AM

NICE guidance on end of life care for children aims to end inconsistences in treatment

An estimated 40,000 children and young people are terminally ill in England. The quality of care they receive varies across the country. Draft guidance recently released from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) outlines what the best palliative care for children looks like. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 6th, 2016 @ 10:48 AM

Local councils to spend an extra £308m on adult social care services

This new revenue allows for increased flexibility as part of the historic local government finance settlement seeing spending increase by more than two per cent.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on July 4th, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

Playing card games aids stroke recovery

Playing simple card games, such as snap, can help stroke patients with their recovery, say Canadian researchers. The scientists found it improved patients' motor skills. Playing Jenga, bingo or a games consol like Wii worked equally well.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on June 29th, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Rochdale CQC inspection achieves a Good with Outstanding rating

Our Rochdale branch have recently had their CQC inspection and we are pleased to report they achieved a Good with an Outstanding rating.

Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 9th, 2016 @ 09:49 AM

Helping wishes come true…

One of our amazing healthcare assistants has made a really big difference to a client’s life this week, helping him to play computer games even with very little movement in his hands. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on May 3rd, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

Dementia in the Family: The impact on carers

A recent report shines a spotlight on the daily challenges of caring for a loved one who has dementia.

 

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on March 21st, 2016 @ 1:07 PM

NHS remote monitoring will allow dementia patients to stay at home!

The NHS has teamed up with Google, IBM and Phillips to launch groundbreaking projects across Britain which will see patients monitored remotely using new technology.

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on February 8th, 2016 @ 3:35 PM

Routes Healthcare attend CQC's strategy consultation event

Cath Townley Clinical Governance and Abby Hough HR Manager had the pleasure of attending the consultation and putting our views forward about the proposed changes to CQC's strategy. 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on February 5th, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

Nursing associate role offers development opportunities for HCAs

The RCN has welcomed proposals to create a new nursing support role in England

The plans, announced by the Department of Health late last year, will see a new role created to bridge the gap between health care assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses. It’s proposed that staff trained through this route will learn on the job via an apprenticeship leading to a foundation degree.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said: "This recognises the value of health care assistants and is an initiative which will allow them to develop their skills. Part of this is about enabling people in unregulated positions, supporting registered nurses, to access training via a clear structure, and this is something we have long campaigned for."

It is hoped nursing associates will release time for nurses to use their specialist training to focus on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care. The Government has said it will also look at what opportunities there are for staff in this role to become registered nurses through either a degree level nurse apprenticeship or a shortened nursing degree at university.

Click here to find out more;

 

 

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on January 22nd, 2016 @ 5:19 PM

CQC appoints first National Guardian for the freedom to speak up in the NHS

CQC have announced the appointment of Dame Eileen Sills, the Chief Nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, as the first National Guardian for speaking up safely in the NHS.

As the National Guardian for the freedom to speak up, Dame Eileen will help to lead a cultural change, initially within NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts, so that healthcare staff always feel confident and supported to raise concerns about patient care.

Dame Eileen has been Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 2005. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, during which time she has held a number of general management and senior nursing leadership posts. Dame Eileen was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to nursing and a DBE in January 2015.

“By working with the local ambassadors within NHS trusts Dame Eileen will contribute to the change in culture that is needed.”

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission

 

Posted by: Sharon Tither on January 15th, 2016 @ 4:05 PM

Salford is now open !!!!

 

Due to the growth of the branch Routes Healthcare Sale are delighted to announce they have moved to their new offices located in Salford. 

 

Their new address is Unit 26, Winders Way, Salford, M6 6AR. 


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Exciting times ahead for Branch Manager Denise Hampson and her team.

Posted by: Abby Hough on January 6th, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

Telephones back on line in Rochdale

The telephones are now back up and running in our Rochdale Branch. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Posted by: Abby Hough on December 29th, 2015 @ 1:11 PM

Telephones Down Due to Flooding

The telephones are down in our Rochdale branch due to flooding.

Please call 07702421052 to contact the branch. 

Further updates will follow shortly.

Posted by: Abby Hough on December 29th, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

New Branch Opening!!

New Branch Opening!!

 

Due to the growth of the branch Routes Healthcare Sale are delighted to announce they will be moving to their new offices. Branch Manager Denise Hampson and her team will be opening Routes Healthcare Salford on the 6th January 2016.

 

What a fantastic start to the New Year - on behalf of everyone at Routes Healthcare Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Posted by: Abby Hough on December 24th, 2015 @ 1:34 PM

CQC pilot will build picture of quality of care in local areas

People and their families who use a range of different health and social care services could in the future learn more about what the quality of care is like across a whole local area as part of a new pilot project being launched by the Care Quality Commission.

Called 'Quality of Care in a Place', CQC has selected Greater Manchester – including a more in-depth look at Salford and Tameside – and North Lincolnshire for a special pilot exercise that will test out how well coordinated health and care services are in local areas.

CQC's Chief Inspector of General Practice and Integrated Care, Professor Steve Field, said:

"One of the most important things we can do as a regulator is to be clear and transparent about the picture of health and social care.

"We already know what an valuable source of information our published reports with ratings are for members of the public. Our new 'Quality of Care in a Place' pilot is really about increasing that level of openness even further by building a picture of what the whole quality of care is like for people living in a particular area – including how well services are co-ordinated.

"As well as identifying any issues that need to be tackled across different organisations and finding out more about health inequalities, we will also use the pilot to highlight examples of good practice that other areas can learn from.

"I'm really pleased we are able to start testing out such an important piece of work that could also tell us more about what impact key issues such as quality of leadership and commissioning have on the quality of care across a local area."

See the CQC website for more information.

 

Posted by: Abby Hough on August 18th, 2015 @ 3:39 PM

CQC joins the 'Call to Action' Dementia Words Matter campaign

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has signed up to an important campaign to show the health and social care regulator’s commitment to best practice in the use of language when talking or writing about people living with dementia.

Dementia Words Matter” is a DEEP Guide, written by people with dementia, that sets out the words and descriptions of dementia that we would prefer are avoided.

Chief Executive at CQC, David Behan, said: “Using language like 'a person suffers from dementia' perpetuates fear and stigma and is completely at odds with the aspirations of people living with dementia. They tell our inspectors that they want to live well and be supported to do so.

“CQC has a vital role in making sure that people receive care that is safe, effective, compassionate and high quality. We know how important language is in ensuring that care is respectful and person-centred.

“Sadly, this understanding is not always shared by the media or other organisations. I am pleased that CQC is supporting this campaign. I hope we can encourage others to reflect on the language they use when talking about people with dementia and be more positive.”

The Call to Action is asking organisations to commit to the “three Cs”: Check words and descriptions used in printed materials against the DEEP Guide; Change any words and descriptions that people with dementia have identified as ones to avoid; and Challenge the bad words whenever seen or heard in newspapers, on TV, on websites and in conferences and meetings.

To read more click the link “Dementia Words Matter”.

 

Posted by: Abby Hough on August 7th, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

CQC updates statement on safeguarding

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) continue to work with their partners to look more closely at issues of safeguarding.  CQC have published a statement on safeguarding, which sets out the regulator’s roles and responsibilities for safeguarding and how it carries them out.


This follows the legislative changes and the introduction of the new inspection regime for health and adult social care services in England.  CQC have updated their information on how they work with their partners to make sure people are protected from abuse, neglect and maltreatment.


Sally Warren, Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care and lead on safeguarding at the Care Quality Commission said: "Safeguarding is everyone's business and CQC has an important role to play alongside our partners. People who use services are at the heart of everything we do.


"Our new safeguarding statement provides a timely update about our roles and responsibilities. It underlines the importance of playing our part effectively, keeping people who use services are at the heart of our work, and acting promptly and appropriately to help keep them safe


The statement on CQC’s Roles and Responsibilities for Safeguarding Children and Adults is available on the CQC’s website.

Posted by: Abby Hough on August 3rd, 2015 @ 12:56 AM

NHS satisfaction 'risen significantly'

Public satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.

Of nearly 2,000 people surveyed, 65% were "very" or "quite" satisfied with the NHS.

It is the second highest recorded level, and outright "dissatisfaction" is at an all-time low of 15%.

A BBC/Populus poll this week suggested the NHS was the most important issue ahead of the general election, in May.

The British Social Attitudes survey, conducted by NatCen Social Research, took place in the autumn, well before the widely reported problems in A&E this winter.

It showed public satisfaction at 65% compared with 60% in 2013.

The analysis of the data, by the King's Fund health think tank, showed:

  • GPs had the highest level of satisfaction, although the figure of 71% is the lowest recorded
  • Satisfaction in A&E stood at 58% and at 69% in out-patient services
  • With dentists the figure was 54%
  • Meanwhile, just 31% were happy with social care services

 

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on January 30th, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

NHS England issues cold weather alert

NHS England has issued a cold weather alert for the next seven days, warning the public that services could be disrupted and asking vulnerable patients to take extra care.

On its website it says there is a 70% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between Monday and Sunday in some regions.

Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and flu.

People can also slip and injure themselves in the ice and snow.

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Met Office says on its website: "After a mild start to Monday colder conditions will gradually spread southeastwards across England today and overnight. Showers will follow, these becoming wintry, even to lower levels at times overnight and also through Tuesday.

"At low levels any snowfall accumulations will be slight, compared to more significant accumulations over higher ground. Icy stretches are also likely to form on untreated surfaces from Monday night, especially across northern England.

"The colder conditions with wintry showers will persist through to Sunday, apart for a milder period Wednesday night when very wet and very windy conditions move east across England. There is some uncertainty for the weekend, but less cold conditions may spread to southern parts for Saturday and Sunday."

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on January 13th, 2015 @ 08:59 AM
Tagged with: Common Cold NHS

NHS plan to achieve earlier cancer diagnosis and save lives

Patients are to be given the option to refer themselves for cancer tests, as part of an NHS England bid to diagnose an extra 10% of people early.

It said it would start testing new ways of speeding up diagnosis, including offering patients the option to book appointments directly with a hospital or testing unit ahead of seeing a GP.

The body will also fund further trials of a pioneering form of radiotherapy.

Currently, around 25% of cancer diagnoses are made too late.

The plans are part of a drive to improve cancer survival rates in England, which are below the European average, especially for people over 75.

To read more about this please click here.

Posted by: on January 12nd, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

ICU/HDU Critical Care Nurses Needed!

ICU/HDU Critical Care Nurse needed

Routes Healthcare are currently recruiting Critical Care Nurses in your area. 

 Requirements

  • General Nursing Qualification
  • Minimum 12 months Intensive Care / High Dependency Experience
  • Full NMC Registration
  • To work in the community on care packages
  • Part Time

If this opportunity is for you please contact our dedicated team to arrange an interview on:

 01706 751245 or send your CV to Rochdale@routeshealthcare.com

Posted by: Lisa Livsey on January 8th, 2015 @ 10:14 AM

Support Worker in Crewe

Support Workers needed in the Crewe area!! 

Temporary - Full & Part Time

Working as a Support Worker for Routes Healthcare, your responsibilities will be to ensure that you provide the highest level of support to every individual, be it in a residential setting or out in the community. To ensure this, Routes Healthcare provides support throughout and additional training to all our staff.

Candidates are required to have previous experience in Support Work.

If you feel as though you fulfil all these requirements, want to make a difference in people's lives through care and think you could become a valued member of our team then we would love to hear from you!!

Please call today on: 0161 359 3342 or email sale@routeshealthcare.com

Posted by: on January 7th, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

NHS choices health news predictions for 2015!

A few days ago we looked at The Guardian’s health news predictions for 2014 to see how accurate, or not, they turned out to be. Of course, it's easy to criticise the work of others (which is pretty much Behind the Headlines’ raison d'être). But we are brave enough to put our money where our mouth is; so here are our own health and medical news predictions for 2015.

To read the predictions click here.

Posted by: on January 5th, 2015 @ 1:02 PM
Tagged with: Great Britain NHS

Routes Healthcare Blackpool are recruiting!

Community Care - Healthcare Assistants

Blackpool Area                                

Our expert recruiters at Routes Healthcare Blackpool are recruiting Healthcare support workers to work days and nights delivering care and support in a clients own home.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of 6 months experience with evidence of relevant professional qualifications along with proof of practical assessments such as supporting with daily living tasks, nutrition, continence care and social interaction. 

Routes Healthcare Vacancy

Posted by: on December 15th, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Domiciliary Care/Home Care - HCA Job in Blackpool

Domiciliary Care/Home Care - HCA Job in Blackpool

Our expert recruiters at Routes Healthcare Blackpool are recruiting Healthcare support workers to work days and evenings, delivering care to clients in their own home at different time slots throughout the day and evening.  Successful candidates will have a minimum of 6 months experience with evidence of relevant professional qualifications along with proof of practical assessments such as supporting with daily living tasks, nutrition, continence care and social interaction. 

Routes Healthcare Vacancies

Posted by: on December 11st, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Urgent Support Workers needed in Crewe

Routes Healthcare Support Workers Required

                               

Routes Healthcare are currently recruiting for Support Workers to work a variety of shifts to suit around you & your personal life, in the Crewe area. We offer ad-hoc shifts, so you tell us your availability & it’s our job to find you suitable work.  

 

You will have previous experience working as a Support Worker, supporting clients on the autistic spectrum, Learning Disabilities & Physical Disabilities - with daily tasks, promoting independence, working from individuals personalised support plan. You will assist clients with their personal care and feeding - ensuring clients maintain a nutritional diet. You support clients with daily activities, accessing the community - this ensures that client’s minds are stimulated on a daily basis.

  • 24hour on call support,365 days a year
  • Assistance with professional portfolio
  • Offices across the North West England
  • Support from expert consultants based in local offices
  • Regulated by Ofsted, CQC and Local authority

 

If this opportunity is for you please contact our dedicated team on:

0161 359 3342 or send your CV to sale@routeshealthcare.com 

Posted by: on December 9th, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

'Take care complaints more seriously,' regulator says

Complaints about health and social care should be taken more seriously, says the Care Quality Commission regulator.

Its report said there was a wide variation in the way complaints were handled across the NHS, primary care and adult social care services in England.

Too often people were met with a "defensive culture", the report said.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has welcomed the move to improve care and said progress had been made.

To read the full article please click here

Posted by: on December 8th, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

Huddles 'help children's hospital care'

It's good to talk, we're always told. And now child health expert Dr Peter Lachman says "huddles" - informal meetings of hospital staff - are a simple way of improving children's hospital care.

A lot can be said for good communication - it's a simple art which if done properly can build and maintain strong relationships, improve efficiency and most of all, improve outcomes.

Done badly, it can cause uncertainty and confusion.

In healthcare, good communication is essential if we are to ensure best practice and offer patients, regardless of postcode, access to safe, high quality care at the earliest opportunity.

To read more please click here.

Posted by: on December 2nd, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

How common is dementia?

  • The leading cause of death for women in England and Wales
  • It is predicted there will be around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia in 2015
  • It mainly affects people over the age of 65
  • Approximately one in 14 people over the age of 65 have dementia
  • There are more than 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia

Source: Alzheimer's Society and the Office for National Statistics

Posted by: on December 1st, 2014 @ 09:44 AM

Suicide risk reduced after talk therapy, study suggests

Talk therapy sessions can help reduce the risk of suicide among high-risk groups, suggests a US study.

Researchers from John Hopkins University tracked more than 5,000 Danish people who had attempted suicide and later received psychosocial counselling.

They found suicides went down by 26% after five years, compared to people who had no therapy sessions.

To read more please click here.

Posted by: on November 24th, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Some patients 'struggling to book with GP', watchdog says

Too many patients are struggling to book GP appointments in England, the health watchdog has told the BBC.

Patients at one in six surgeries have problems booking appointments, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said after an inspection of 336 practices.

The watchdog also raised concerns over variations in how serious incidents were reported and investigated.

Prof Steve Field, the CQC's chief inspector of GPs, said most practices offered safe and effective care.

"We believe that the vast majority of GP surgeries in England are providing good care for their patients but unfortunately the vast majority are being let down by a small minority and unfortunately, we have seen some examples in our pilot phase of some really poor care," he said.

"What I want is that all patients have access to really good care wherever they are and we will make sure that happens."

The CQC said some practices did not have robust and consistent systems for reporting incidents, or a culture of identifying where things had gone wrong and learning from them.

To read more please click here.

Posted by: on November 17th, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

More wonderful feedback for Routes Healthcare!

"Dear Routes - I phoned you and am emailing you to give praise where it is certainly due to the Routes Healthcare lady who supported Judith throughout the session.  In my experience, I see many support workers with learners in the classroom and in my opinion, the Routes Healthcare lady was one of the exceptional ones you don’t come across very often and a credit to your organisation.  She listened to Judith constantly, assisted her with prompts when necessary, encouraged her to stretch herself and do more work and all this in an appropriate tone and manner which was lovely to observe.  The Routes Healthcare lady made the experience for Judith worthwhile and meaningful and I commend her for her skills and caring attitude.

I hope she attends with Judith again because it was obvious that the partnership worked very well."

- Tutor at NHS Mental Health Trust

Posted by: on November 11st, 2014 @ 2:49 PM

Care plan savings 'over-optimistic'

Questions are being asked about what impact a flagship government scheme to improve the care of vulnerable patients in England will have.

The £5.3bn Better Care Fund will be launched in April 2015 to encourage greater integration between the NHS and social care.

But a review by the National Audit Office found the scale of potential savings was overstated to start with.

The government said it disagreed with the criticisms.

However, the NAO said even now, the revised plans contained "bold assumptions".

Last month, ministers championed the impact the fund was going to have after announcing nearly all 151 local plans had been signed off.

The details of the schemes vary, but all involve some form of joint working between social workers, nurses and other community staff to improve the support offered, particularly to elderly people.

To read more please click here.

Posted by: on November 11st, 2014 @ 12:21 AM

Future of First Aid Conference

Myself and Jackie Roberts attended the Future of First Aid conference held by Qualsafe in Birmingham on 7/11/14.

The conference was both enjoyable and informative and there is a lot of useful information to be shared in our future Routes Healthcare First Aid courses - one theme being keeping things simple in order that delegates remember more!

Reg Storey

Posted In : Training
Posted by: Reg Storey on November 10th, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Routes Healthcare "Dream Team" Testimonial

I am very impressed with Alex's caring and professional attitude towards my husband, Michael. She always maintains his dignity and has a cheerful and sunny disposition. Last week-end he had an issue and she refused to leave him until he was a little better. This way above and beyond her expected duties and it meant that she didn't get a break before going to her next client.

 

This morning you sent us the "dream team" - Alex and Vicky. These are Michael's and my favourite carers they both truly do care. They are professional and efficient and make the experience as pleasant as possible for him.

Posted by: on November 10th, 2014 @ 09:07 AM

Routes Healthcare and 6 Steps End of Life Training!

Very well done to Reg Storey (Trainer) and Mamie Lomax Care Co-ordinator from the Blackpool Branch of Routes who have now successfully completed the 6 Steps End of Life Training with Trinity Hospice.

They will be awarded their qualification over the coming weeks and will be able to roll out the training after consultation with Branch Managers and the Training Department.

Posted In : Training
Posted by: on November 4th, 2014 @ 08:58 AM

We want you to become a Dementia Friend!

The training team are keen to promote high quality Dementia Care and as such, have all become Dementia Friends!

We are now setting a challenge for all staff, this comes with the opportunity to win a fantastic Christmas hamper!!

 

We want you to become a Dementia Friend too!!

 

The staff member who  posts a selfie wearing their new Dementia Friends badge will be entered into a draw the name drawn, on Friday 19th December wins the hamper full of goodies!! Simples.

Last day of posting is midnight on Friday 19th December 2014.

 

We want to encourage as many staff as possible to become  dementia friends!

 

The challenge…       should you choose to accept it!!!

 

Step 1)

Use the link below to apply to become a dementia friend (this can take a week or two to receive the pack).

 

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

 

Step 2) Send a  selfie, wearing your new Dementia Friends badge to Routes Training at Training@routeshealthcare.com you need to let us know which branch you are from! This will then be uploaded to our Facebook page for Routes Training

Please note that sending your selfie pic grants us permission to load that on to our Facebook page unless you tell us not to!

 

Step 3) Sit back and hope your name is drawn!

 

GOOD LUCK!!!

 

Members of the training team are exempt from the draw!

 

Don’t forget to like Routes Training on our Facebook page, please email Training@routeshealthcare.com to be invited.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on November 3rd, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk

Weight loss surgery can dramatically reduce the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a major study.

Doctors followed nearly 5,000 people as part of a trial to assess the health impact of the procedure.

The results, published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, showed an 80% reduction in type 2 diabetes in those having surgery.

The UK NHS is considering offering the procedure to tens of thousands of people to prevent diabetes.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely tied - the bigger someone is, the greater the risk of the condition.

The inability to control blood sugar levels can result in blindness, amputations and nerve damage.

Around a tenth of NHS budgets are spent on managing the condition.

To read more about this please click here.

Posted by: on November 3rd, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

NHS needs extra cash and overhaul, say health bosses

Drastic changes to services and extra money is needed if the NHS in England is not to suffer, health bosses say.

A five-year plan for the NHS - unveiled by six national bodies - once again highlighted that an annual £30bn shortfall would open up by 2020.

It said changes, such as GP practices offering hospital services, would help to plug a large chunk of the gap.

But health chiefs said the NHS would still need above inflation rises of 1.5% over the coming years.

That works out at an extra £8bn a year above inflation by 2020. The current budget stands at £100bn a year.

But the plan - called the NHS Forward View - said this would only be enough if the health service became more efficient.

To achieve this, the plan called for a rethink about the way services were delivered.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on October 23rd, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Brain scans show cause of seasonal affective disorder

Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

People with Sad have an unhelpful way of controlling the "happy" brain signalling compound serotonin during winter months, brain scans reveal.

As the nights draw in, production of a transporter protein ramps up in Sad, lowering available serotonin.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on October 21st, 2014 @ 10:42 AM
Tagged with: depression sun

Routes Training now on Facebook!

Routes Training department has now held over 262 internal training courses since last year, with more courses being added to the training portfolio.

Routes Training now have our own Facebook page and will be updating it on a regular basis, please pass this on and hit the like button!

Routes Training Facebook Page

Reg Storey

Route Training.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on October 20th, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Dementia Friends

 

Dementia Friends

All the trainers are now registered Dementia Friends, why not join us and raise awareness?

Follow the link below:-

www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Reg Storey

Route Training.

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Posted by: Reg Storey on October 13th, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

Does wellbeing improve your mental health?

The importance of mental wellbeing has gained significant support in recent times. But does it protect against mental illness?

"If I do things that will make me happier," the logic goes, "I am less likely to experience mental health difficulties."

To read more about this, please click here.

Posted by: on October 9th, 2014 @ 3:25 PM

Green tea compound may improve cancer drugs

"Green tea could helps scientists develop new cancer fighting drugs," the Mail Online reports. But before you rush out to the shops, in no way does this study suggest green tea can fight cancer!

To read the full article please click here

 

Posted by: on October 9th, 2014 @ 09:44 AM

Mental health: Pilots to help people find work launched

The government has launched four pilot schemes to help unemployed people with mental health problems find work.

The voluntary scheme will see some people on Employment and Support Allowance being offered employment support and psychiatric help.

The £2m pilots, all in England, will run for six months.

Ministers say they are not a precursor to forcing unemployed people with mental health problems to seek help in order to keep their benefits.

Last month, the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, said that mental health problems are costing the economy up to £100bn per annum.

Nearly half of ESA claimants (46%) have mental health problems.

The pilots are running in

  • Durham & Tees Valley
  • Shropshire/Telford
  • Sussex
  • Wolverhampton

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on October 7th, 2014 @ 08:40 AM

NHS and social care 'at breaking point', medics and charities warn

The NHS and social care services are "at breaking point", a group of leading medical groups and charities have said.

Writing in the Independent, they said the NHS had been through its "longest and most damaging budget squeeze" ever.

The letter says patient care and staff morale have suffered, adding: "Things cannot go on like this."

It is addressed to the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats - all three parties have made major NHS pledges in recent days.

Leading figures from the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Alzheimer's Society, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Faculty of Public Health are among those who have signed the letter.

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted by: on October 6th, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

Genetic screening of tumours would save lives and would be cost-effective for the NHS, a new study has confirmed.

Lynch syndrome raises the risk of developing cancer, particularly bowel cancer and womb and ovarian cancers.

Teenager Stephen Sutton, who raised millions of pounds for cancer research, had a family history of the syndrome.

"This is a way of improving the health of people with Lynch syndrome who currently don't know they have it," said Dr Tristan Snowsill of the Medical School - University of Exeter.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on October 1st, 2014 @ 09:19 AM

Heart disease warning factors 'missed by many adults'

While a third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, a survey by the British Heart Foundation has found.

And one in ten adults confessed to not knowing how to look after their hearts.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is responsible for about 74,000 deaths in the UK each year.

About one in five men and one in eight women die from the condition.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on September 29th, 2014 @ 09:43 AM
Tagged with: health healthcare NHS

NHS whistleblowing 'problems persist'

Whistleblowers still face real problems in speaking out in the health service - despite the push to create a more open culture, campaigners say.

Promoting whistleblowing was a key recommendation of the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal.

A number of steps have since been taken in England, but Patients First warned that a "culture of fear" still existed.

It has produced a dossier of 70 cases, highlighting problems like bullying and mismanagement of complaints.

The document is being handed in as part of Patients First's submission to an independent review of whistleblowing, which was set up by the Department of Health in England and is being led by Sir Robert Francis, who was in charge of the Stafford public inquiry.

To read the full article please click here

Posted by: on September 22nd, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

Lack of vitamin D may 'raise dementia risk'

People lacking in vitamin D have a higher risk of developing dementia report several media outlets, including BBC News and The Independent.

A study found people severely lacking in the sunshine vitamin were twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease compared with people with healthy levels (50nmol/l or more).

The findings are based on a study of more than 1,650 people aged 65 and above who were followed over a period of about six years to see if they developed dementia.

Researchers found the higher the vitamin D deficiency, the higher the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

They found severe vitamin D deficiency (less than 25nmol/l) is associated with approximately twice the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Moderately low levels of vitamin D (between 25nmol/l and 50nmol/l) are associated with a 50% increase in risk.

This study was able to show an association between low levels of vitamin D and the risk of developing dementia. But it does not prove that vitamin D deficiency causes the disease.

Other factors that can increase the risk of developing dementia, including a poor diet, lack of activity and general poor health, can also cause a low vitamin D level.

More research is needed to establish whether eating vitamin D-rich foods, such as oily fish, or taking vitamin D supplements could delay or even prevent dementia.

Posted by: on September 18th, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

Is it time for a mental health waiting target?

Waiting time targets have become synonymous with the NHS in England. They apply to everything from A&E units and ambulance calls outs to routine surgery and cancer treatment.

But it's not just an English phenomenon. Other countries in the UK have introduced their own.

The exception is mental health. It should come as no surprise - mental health care is often said to be the poor cousin of the NHS family. Figures show that the condition gets 11% of the budget, but accounts for 28% of the disease burden.

The result is that many people go without help. An estimated three quarters of people with a mental illness receive no treatment. For physical disorders, the rate is nearer a quarter.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on September 17th, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Can technology help defuse the dementia time bomb?

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. It is an umbrella term for the symptoms of around 100 different brain diseases, that cause problems with memory, language skills, mental agility, understanding and judgement. Alzheimer's is the most common, accounting for nearly two-thirds of cases.

44 million people worldwide now have dementia, and this figure is expected to triple by 2050, as the global population ages. In the UK alone, dementia currently affects more than 800,000 people, with the annual cost of care per person greater than the average salary.

Although some medical treatments do slow the progression of some types of dementia, there is currently no cure. Round-the-clock help is often needed, but for many a live-in carer is not practical or affordable. So scientists have started to look at ways that technology can support people with dementia and help them live independently for as long as possible.

For the full article click here.

Posted by: on September 16th, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

'Cuts forcing English councils to limit social care'

Almost 90% of councils in England no longer offer social care to people whose needs are ranked low to moderate, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) has said.

The group is warning cuts are making the care system "unsustainable".

The government says councils have been given an extra £1.1bn to help protect social care this year.

But charities say hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help.

When someone applies for social care, their needs are determined as either critical, substantial, moderate or low.

In recent years the number of councils able to help those at the lower end of the scale has gone down as they struggle to balance their budgets.

To read more about this, please click here.

Posted by: on September 15th, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s

Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease.

Symptoms of Parkinson's are currently difficult to measure objectively after the patient leaves the doctor's clinic.

New smartphone software developed at Aston University will bring the doctor into the patient's pocket to assess their movements and speech at home.

Trials are now recruiting online, seeking people with and without the disease.

Parkinson's is one of the commonest neurodegenerative diseases, affecting around 127,000 people in the UK.

Diagnosis is based on symptoms including tremor, stiffness and difficulty with movements and speech. However, studies have shown that up to 20% of people diagnosed with Parkinson's show no evidence of the disease in post-mortem examinations.

"Most people who have the disease will never be objectively measured," explained Dr Max Little, a mathematical researcher with Aston's Nonlinearity and Complexity Research Group.

To read more please click here.

Posted by: on September 11st, 2014 @ 08:33 AM
Tagged with: care home carer

Dementia patients 'face unfair care tax'

Dementia patients in the UK face a "care tax" because they are left to sort out much of the care they need themselves, experts say.

The Alzheimer's Society found that on average, the equivalent of £32,242 a year was spent on care per patient.

But the researchers said on average only a third - £10,784 - came from NHS or council funds, leaving a shortfall.

The charity said it was unfair as those with cancer or heart problems got their care free on the NHS.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on September 10th, 2014 @ 08:45 AM

Chief medical officer: Make mental health bigger priority

Mental health needs to be more of a priority, with targets for waiting times and more protection for funding, says England's chief medical officer.

Dame Sally Davies said there were signs funding was being cut at a time when the cost to the economy was rising.

Her annual report said mental illness led to the loss of 70 million working days last year - up 24% since 2009.

As well as calling for greater emphasis on mental illness in the NHS, she also said employers could play a role too.

She recommended they allowed people with mental health problems the option of flexible working to keep them in employment and maintaining regular contact during sickness leave.

Overall, mental illness costs the economy between £70bn and £100bn in lost productivity, benefit payments and absence from work.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on September 9th, 2014 @ 08:59 AM

End unfair split between NHS and council care, review says

A tale of two systems

NHSSocial care

Services: Hospitals, GPs, mental health care and ambulance crews

Services: Care homes, domiciliary care at home and day centres

Budget: £111bn (2013-14)

Budget: £17bn (2013-14)

Structure: Run by NHS England and 211 GP-led clinical commissioning groups

Structure: Overseen by 152 councils, but many services are provided by private care firms

Cost: Free at the point of need, but charges made for dentistry and prescriptions

Cost: Only those with assets under £23,250 get help from the state. The rest have to pay all their costs

Numbers helped: One million every 36 hours

Numbers helped: 1.3 million a year get some contribution to care

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on September 4th, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Build homes for elderly on NHS land, says MP

Surplus NHS land should be used to build dedicated housing for older people, a former care minister says.

Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow - who led a review of residential care for the think tank Demos - said retirement villages and adapted flats were needed as well as traditional care homes.

The review also suggested planning rules could be relaxed and discounted prices offered to encourage investment.

In return, care providers could be asked to contribute to council care.

This could be done by setting quotas for the proportion of the new complexes set aside for state-funded care.

The model mirrors the Section 106 laws currently used to ensure property developers build affordable housing.

About 450,000 people in England live in residential care homes, but the numbers living in adapted housing known as extra care apartments or retirement complexes are much smaller.

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted by: on September 3rd, 2014 @ 08:56 AM

Routes Blackpool Healthcare Assistant Nominated for Carer of the Year!

Routes Blackpool Healthcare Assistant Nominated for Carer of the Year!

  
A client has nominated a carer from Routes Healthcare Blackpool as “Carer of the Year” because they are “So grateful how Routes have changed their lives”. 

 

What a fantastic honour and again it reinforces our ethos of “Excellence in all we do”.

Posted by: on September 2nd, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Centralise stroke care 'in super units' call

Stroke care needs to be centralised in large specialist units in a radical shake-up of hospitals, experts say.

A study led by University College London found the overhaul of services in London which focused care at eight centres was saving 96 lives a year.

In comparison less far-reaching changes in Greater Manchester had less impact.

England's national stroke director Prof Tony Rudd said the research showed centralisation of care should now be spread to all urban areas.

How emergency care is organised is a pressing issue in the health service.

Last year NHS England proposed creating a network of major centres to do the most complex care.

This has already started for stroke with London and Greater Manchester undergoing reorganisations in recent years.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on August 6th, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

Statins: Millions more to get drugs in controversial plans

Doctors have been told to offer cholesterol-lowering statins to millions more people in a massive and controversial expansion in prescribing.

Four in 10 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now eligible for statins, even though many are at low risk of a heart attack or stroke.

The medicines regulator, NICE, says it will save lives.

There has been vocal opposition to the plans, and doctors' leaders said they had no confidence in the decision.

But all sides of the debate say people who are already taking statins should continue to take their medication.

Major issue

Cardiovascular disease - which includes heart attacks and strokes - is the UK's biggest killer.

It claims 180,000 lives a year and is behind one in three deaths.

Statins reduce the build-up of fatty-plaques that lead to blockages in blood vessels.

To read more, please click here.

Posted by: on July 18th, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

Hospitals get guidelines on safe nurse numbers

Hospitals in England are being given strict guidelines on safe staffing levels for nurses - but they stop short of giving absolute minimums.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said having more than eight patients to one nurse on a ward in the day should act as a trigger for checking if care was being compromised.

It also set out a series of "red flag" events that should prompt concern.

The government said the move was a "major step forward".

The guidelines cover problems with basic care such as delays getting pain relief.

Other events include patients not being helped on a visit to the bathroom or not receiving their medication.

Both patients and nurses on wards can raise these. They must then be investigated and explanations provided for what has gone wrong.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on July 15th, 2014 @ 08:57 AM
Tagged with: Nurse nursing

One in three Alzheimer's cases preventable, says research

One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

The main risk factors for the disease are a lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education, it says.

Previous research from 2011 put the estimate at one in two cases, but this new study takes into account overlapping risk factors.

Alzheimer's Research UK said age was still the biggest risk factor.

Click here to read more about this. 

Posted by: on July 14th, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

NHS to give patients cash to purchase their own healthcare

Billions of pounds of health service and town hall budgets are to be given to the most vulnerable patients to purchase health and social care services in the community, under plans unveiled by the NHS's new head.

The elderly, disabled children and those with serious mental illness or learning disabilities will from next April be offered individual pots of money to spend as they wish on health and social care services such as carers, physiotherapists and psychotherapy sessions.

Simon Stevens, NHS England's chief executive, said that it would help keep people out of hospital and ultimately save money, the Guardianreported.

Some patients' budgets will range from as little as a few hundred pounds, though most are likely to get more than £1,000, with a small number who have very complex needs receiving substantially more than that.

Patients receiving the funds would still get free GP and hospital care. Recipients will not automatically receive cash payments into their bank accounts but will control the budget, which will be provided after a care plan is agreed with their doctors.

To read the full article please click here.

 

Posted by: on July 10th, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Alzheimer's research in 'major step' towards blood test

British scientists have made a "major step forward" in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy.

The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, will be used to improve trials for new dementia drugs.

Experts warned that the test was not yet ready for doctors' surgeries.

Research into treatments for Alzheimer's disease has been plagued by failure. Between 2002 and 2012, 99.6% of trials aimed at preventing or reversing the disease flopped.

Doctors believe the failure is down to treating patients when it is already too late, since symptoms appear around a decade after the start of the disease.

Identifying patients earlier is one of the priorities for dementia research.

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on July 8th, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

Leading health experts in NHS funding debate call

Leading figures from the health world are calling for a national debate on how the NHS in England is funded.

In a letter to The Times, they say challenges from an ageing population mean the system is "creaking at the seams" and cannot continue as it is.

Signatories include the heads of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Nursing.

The BBC's health editor says the group feels future options may include higher taxes or charges for some treatment.

Without action an extra £30bn will be needed by 2020 to fund the NHS at current levels, their letter adds.

They are asking for a cross-party, independent conversation on the way forward for the "scope, provision and funding of health and social care".

To read the full article please click here.

Posted by: on July 7th, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

NHS surgery 'age discrimination'

Age discrimination may be preventing older people from having access to vital surgery, a report suggests.

The Royal College of Surgeons and Age UK looked at surgery rates for six common procedures for English over-65s.

It found a wide variation in access to treatment depending on where people lived and a "worrying" difference between the over 65s and over 75s.

NHS England said it was committed to "ensuring older patients had equal access to treatment".

Click here to read more.

Posted by: on July 3rd, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Mental health services 'a car crash'

Mental health services in England are "a car crash" and the health secretary is not taking the problems seriously, according to the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Prof Sue Bailey told BBC News mental health services were "in crisis".

She said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had a basic understanding of mental health, but had not made it a priority.

Mr Hunt rejected this, saying he had made it a priority and that he visited the front line of the NHS most weeks.

To read more, please click here.

Posted by: on June 24th, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

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