The Dementia Time Bomb

The Dementia Time Bomb Jeremy Hunt said an ageing population and a "dementia time bomb" meant helping carers stay in work was an "economic necessity" for the country. But he said too few employers currently offer carers flexible work options. Meanwhile, a report has warned England is facing a shortfall in the number of people [...]

Another day, another story about old age care.

Another day, another story about old age care. The report from the Care Quality Commission that a quarter of home care services are not meeting all the quality and safety standards makes depressing reading. Evidence of rushed appointments, botched assessment and revolving door of carers suggests the system is on its knees. The temptation is [...]

CRB update from Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB update from Disclosure and Barring Service. The Update Service, a new background checking product aiming to drive bureaucracy, money and time savings, has been launched by the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Announced last month the new service allows individuals to apply for a single vetting certificate that is valid for a year. [...]

Fears grow over renewed crisis

Fears grow over renewed crisis in A&E this winter Doctors and hospital managers have spoken of their serious fears for the lives of their patients as NHS accident and emergency wards stand on the brink of yet another winter crisis. In a survey conducted by the NHS Confederation, the body which represents every part of [...]

Partnership recommends UKCHIP registration

Partnership recommends UKCHIP registration A partnership between the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre aims to drive up standards and professionalism amongst health informatics staff. As part of a wider NHS England strategy, the group are encouraging health informatics staff to register with UKCHIP, [...]

A and E departments understaffed by nearly 10%

England's accident and emergency departments are understaffed on average by nearly 10%, a survey has suggested. The 101 out of 166 hospital trusts which responded to a BBC 5 live Freedom of Information request had 1,260 vacant posts. The picture was worst in London, with the largest proportion of vacancies found in four trusts in [...]