- A healthy food environment is incredibly important for all of us: we are what we eat, and the number of overweight and obese people in the UK suggests that too many of us are eating too much unhealthy food.Ready meals, supersize portions and fast food shops on every corner: the food environment has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, closely mirroring the alarming rise in obesity levels. Obesity is a complex problem that can’t be explained by our eating habits alone, but it’
- Updated: Added translationSecretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP and Chinese Vice Premier, Liu Yandong co-chaired the Dialogue at the Shanghai Tower.The Dialogue is a key pillar in the UK-China relationship, celebrating links between the two peoples. Policy strands for this year’s dialogue were education, science, health, tourism, sport, culture and creative industries, youth and regional cooperation, bringing together key themes of creativity, social equity and women’s equali
Policy paper: Joint Statement of the 4th meeting of the UK-China High-Level People to People DialogueOn 6 December 2016, the 4th meeting of the UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue was held in Shanghai, China. The UK Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP and Chinese Vice-Premier, Madame Liu Yandong co-chaired the meeting.
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd has brought together government ministers, frontline professionals, charities, campaigners and survivors to co-ordinate efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) at home and abroad.‘Ending FGM: a forum to make a difference’ saw discussions on how the government and other agencies can better engage with communities to encourage them to turn their back on this violent, abusive practice.The Home Secretary and other attendees heard survivors share their per
- The Department of Health is consulting on changes to the NHS Pension Scheme rules to support the development of NHS England’s new models of care as described in the 5 Year Forward View.The consultation document describes these changes and presents the draft statutory instrument, which also includes a set of technical corrections and clarifications to further improve the operation of the Pension Scheme rules.
- This is a joint action plan between the Department of Health, NHS England and Home Office on improving mental health services in immigration detention.It considers the provision of mental health services and wider welfare issues for vulnerable adults in immigration removal centres and residential short term holding facilities in England.
- The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, welcomed a Colombian delegation including the President of the Colombian National Infrastructure Agency, Luis Andrade, and 15 British organisations to HMS President.Organised by Healthcare UK, the event took place during therecent state visit to the UK by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.British companies showcasedthe UK’s capability in providing mobile and permanent healthcare solutions to remote conflict-a
- Without its people, the NHS is just empty buildings, unused equipment and unadministered drugs.Fill it full of staff, you’ve got a health service.Fill it full of NHS staff, you’ve got something really special. World class clinical practice. A willingness to go the extra mile. A level of compassion you wouldn’t believe possible in the face of huge daily pressure. People I’ve met such as:the A & E doctor who told me of her tears as she witnessed a 90 year old man, after
- There is a range of ways people can train to be a registered nurse or embark on a career in nursing.Degree level nursing apprenticeshipNew or existing NHS or social care staff can train through the new degree-level apprenticeship route, as well as having the option of the traditional university route.The nursing degree apprenticeship will allow people to train to become a graduate registered nurse through the apprenticeship route. People will be released by their employer to study part-time in a
- Speaking at the NHS Providers annual conference, the Health Secretary announced new measures to bring in the sharpest graduates and aspiring leaders and turn them into chief executives of the same standard as the best in the NHS and the private sector.Mr Hunt acknowledged the challenges hospital leaders face, saying that running a hospital is one of the most difficult jobs in Britain today.As the world’s fifth largest employer, the NHS needs to get better at attracting and retaining the be
- The first apprentice nurses could be working on wards from September, and once established, up to 1,000 apprentice nurses could join the NHS each year.Aspiring nurses will join the apprenticeship at different stages, depending on their qualifications and experience, and stay in work whilst learning. By offering staff who want to progress more flexibility, regardless of whether they are health care support workers or already working towards higher level qualifications, employers will be able to o
- Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England and UK government adviser, has appointed an expert advisory board to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GAMRIF).The 12 member board will advise how the UK can best spend an additional £50 million over the next 5 years to work with global partners to fund innovative initiatives to tackle drug resistant infections, which includes resistance to antibiotics.The GAMRIF will help to invest in:high qualit
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UK Nursing student, breast cancer survivor thrives on activity, beating cancer and finishing school
Striding across the finish line in pink knee-high socks imprinted with the phrase “tough ta-tas,” Brandy Smith completed her first 5K as a breast cancer survivor in October. She wore a victory sash and clasped a pink carnation as she and husband Jason ...
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Second UK centre to test competence of overseas nurses
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced a new UK centre for checking the competence of nurses and midwives trained outside the European Union and European Economic Area. The introduction of the new centre at Oxford Brookes University ...
- Today is Carers’ Rights Day, when thousands of organisations across the country help carers to find out about and understand their rights and what support they can access. The event is led by Carers UK and supported by carers’ charities and organisations, big and small.Carers make an enormous contribution to our health and care system and to our society, and the selfless way that millions of carers provide care and support of all kinds to their friends and relatives deserves special
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England lags rest of UK on breastfeeding policy and support
A major new report on baby feeding policies across the UK has highlighted a lack of clear training standards for health professionals, including nurses and health visitors. The first World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTI) UK report, compiled with ...
UK College of Nursing Student, Breast Cancer Survivor Calls Movement Her Medicine - UKNow (press release)UKNow (press release)
UK College of Nursing Student, Breast Cancer Survivor Calls Movement Her Medicine
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2016) — Striding across the finish line in pink knee-high socks imprinted with the phrase “tough ta-tas,” Brandy Smith completed her first 5K as a breast cancer survivor on Oct. 23. She wore a victory sash and clasped a pink ...en meer »
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Pregnant migrants to UK get 'unacceptable' healthcare
The level of healthcare provided to pregnant women at UK detention centres is “unacceptable”, according to midwives who have called for more specialist support for the vulnerable group. They noted that migrant women were often physically and mentally ...
- The Macular Society, the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss, has published a report, Collaborating to find a cure, recommending a unified approach to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research and a new funding model.Investment in eye-related research by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has increased from £7.1 million in the financial year ending 2010 to £18.5 million in the financial year ending 2015 (the latest available figure).As a m
- The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which will award the funds, is particularly keen to see proposals that consider areas currently under-researched. These include non-communicable diseases, mental health, tobacco control, road safety, surgery, and health and applied social or economic research.The funding is available for successful universities looking to expand their existing global health work, or for new entrants to the field.Applications are invited for 2 schemes:
- The funding will be given to 23 NHS organisations and will pay for specialist research nurses and technical staff, as well as providing cutting-edge facilities to support clinical research and trials.The money, awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) following a competitive application and assessment process, will be provided over the next 5 years.Minister for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood, said:UK researchers lead the world and our investment in this area s
- UK researchers creating new vaccines for epidemic diseases such as Zika and Ebola are among the winners of £22 million of funding, announced by the Department of Health today (18 November 2016).The funding will be shared among 26 vaccine development projects. These projects will be the first to benefit from the UK Vaccine Network £120 million fund, launched last year to support Britain’s world-leading role fighting deadly diseases.As part of the fund, the Department is also lau
- Sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK are at a four-year low, putting the UK on track to meet ambitious targets to tackle antibiotic resistance, according to a Defra report released today.Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to human health - experts believe if we do not take action it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year and cost the global economy $100 trillion by 2050. In September, the Government announced plans to tackle it, including a commitment to signifi
- The forensic social work capabilities framework is designed to build upon the generic requirements set out in the professional capabilities framework (PCF) for social workers.The new capabilities, set within the existing domains of the PCF, set out a framework for post-qualifying progression and development for social workers practising within forensic mental health settings.
- The CVI and the ‘Explanatory notes for consultant ophthalmologists and hospital eye clinic staff in England’ (ENs) have been revised with a group of stakeholders led by the Department of Health and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to clarify who should be certified severely sight impaired and sight impaired.The CVI form has been revised to update contact details and simplify terminology, and ensure it captures the information to support people who may need help from local author
- Following the UN General Assembly AMR meeting last month, we are announcing new delivery partners for the Fleming Fund and a range of early investment projects in Asia and Africa.The Fleming Fund represents a £265 million government investment into improving laboratory capacity for diagnosis and surveillance of AMR in low-income countries where AMR has a disproportionate impact.Mott MacDonald, a global leader in international development, has been chosen to manage the fund’s country
- This guidance is aimed at people who buy social care services, including local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners, as well as personal budget holders and people who fund their own care, care service providers and potential investors in the care sector.The adult social care market refers to independent care sector providers and support organisations – those that provide Care Quality Commission regulated services, such as care and home care, as well as unregulated care,
- UK Equestrian with Olympic Goals Passes Passion for Nursing on to Mentee
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Alexa Ehlers and Mary Kate Khir are childhood friends from Texas, fellow equestrians and now nursing students at the University of Kentucky. LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) — Amistoso shook his head, wiggled his ears and danced in place. University of ...
- Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched new plans to reduce infections in the NHS. He announced government plans to halve the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections by 2020 at an infection control summit.E. coli infections – which represent 65% of what are called gram-negative infections – killed more than 5,500 NHS patients last year and are set to cost the NHS £2.3 billion by 2018. There is also large variation in hospital infection rates, with the worst performers
- The Department of Health is consulting on introducing a levy to cover the cost of administering the NHS Pension Scheme from 1 April 2017. The levy would be payable by all employers who take part in the scheme. The consultation document presents the levy proposal and draft legislation.Following the 2016 Spending Review, the department considers that it is no longer appropriate to continue central funding of the NHS Pension Scheme administration service provided by the NHS Business Services Author
- The Department of Health is to invest up to £35 million in projects to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases.This competition aims to support the clinical development of candidate vaccines against 12 diseases. The UK Vaccine Network has identified these diseases as a priority because they have the potential to cause epidemics in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).The competition is a single stage. It covers carrying out clinical development of vaccines up to and including
- There are 2 schemes that make payments to armed forces veterans who have been injured during their service. Currently, the 2 schemes are treated differently by local authorities when making a financial assessment to determine what a person can afford to contribute to the costs of their care and support.In the 2016 Budget, the government announced that a change would be made to the care and support charging arrangements in England to treat the schemes more consistently. This will be done by requi
- In her first speech to the social care profession, Education Secretary Justine Greening today (3 November 2016) set out her vision for giving vulnerable children the best possible chance of a successful future.Children within the social care system are much more likely to be locked out from opportunities that would allow them to thrive, and this government is determined to address this by investing properly in the professionals who care for them.The Education Secretary announced an additional &p
- Following a clinical recommendation by experts at the UK National Screening Committee, a new non-invasive prenatal test for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes, which is safer for women and their babies, has been approved.This additional test could reduce the number of women who choose to have an invasive diagnostic test which carries a risk of miscarriage.From 2018, women will be offered a safer screening test as an alternative to the invasive tests. A simple blood test wil
DMU nursing courses number one in UK for graduate prospects - De Montfort University (press release)De Montfort University (press release)
DMU nursing courses number one in UK for graduate prospects
De Montfort University (press release)
Nursing courses at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have been ranked first for graduate prospects in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017. This outstanding performance in the influential league table is down to the programmes ...
- The Department of Health’s listening programme will include different ways of gathering people’s views and experiences, both in person and online.The first part of this work is an online survey for people who have been diagnosed with dementia in the past 2 years (since November 2014), and people who provide unpaid care for them. The survey, which is open until 31 January 2017, asks about people’s experiences of dementia diagnosis, support and awareness. It has been produced in
- The Department of Health issues accounting guidance for the Department of Health group bodies (including clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and arms’ length bodies). The Department of Health Group Accounting Manual (GAM) sets out how DH group bodies should produce their annual report and accounts.Further finance guidance for NHS bodies will be published later this year.
- This guidance is primarily for NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts who provide treatment for injuries whose costs are recoverable under the NHS Injury Cost Recovery scheme (ICR).It sets out the circumstances where costs can be recovered and the process under which this is undertaken, as well as giving some guidance on how ICR payments should be recorded in annual accounts.The purpose behind the scheme is that those responsible for causing injury to others should meet the cost of NHS treatment.
- This toolkit is aimed at dementia groups and networks and provides guidance and helpful tips about facilitating discussions with people with dementia and carers effectively and sensitively.We want as many people as possible with experience of dementia to be engaged in our work on dementia so that we can improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers today. During the course of the Dementia 2020 Challenge there will be a number of opportunities for people living with dementia an
- The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, consisting of clinicians, scientists and academics, can be deployed to tackle outbreaks of disease anywhere in the world within 48 hours. They will be on call to respond to urgent requests from countries around the world and fly in to help tackle disease outbreaks at source.The Ebola crisis highlighted the need for the international community to develop a system to help countries respond to and control disease outbreaks that pose a threat to public health
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Nursing associates will administer controlled medicines, documents show
Nursing associates being introduced across the NHS - who critics argue could be used as a cheap alternative to nurses - will be able to administer controlled medicines and carry out invasive procedures, documents suggest. The Government has announced ...en meer »
- This technical annex contains statistical analysis on work, health and disability in the UK to support Improving Lives; the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper (consultation).It brings together existing evidence on work, health and disability alongside new analysis on the following:statistical analysis on work, health and disability using the Labour Force Surveylongitudinal analysis of disability and employment status using the Labour Force Surveysegmentation analysis of the disabled populat
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UK expert to lead global advanced nursing network
A University of Huddersfield lecturer has become the first UK expert in the field to take over as chair of a large international network dedicated to the development of advanced nurse practitioners. Dr Melanie Rogers is to lead the Nurse Practitioner ...
- The plans proposed today include:a review of Statutory Sick Pay and GP fit notes to support workers back into their jobs faster, and for longerencouraging Jobcentre Plus work coaches to signpost claimants to therapythe launch of a consultation on Work Capability Assessment reformencouraging employers to work with their employees with long-term health conditions to stop them from falling out of worka wide-ranging debate about recognising the value of work as a health outcome
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- This consultation seeks views on how we can halve the disability employment gap. Despite the current record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are out of work. Less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment, compared to 80% of the non-disabled population.Topics in this consultation include the role of employers and work coaches, improvements to the welfare system, investing in innovative services, occupational health support
- The government’s response to the Health Select Committee primary care report explains the measures which have been put in place to support primary care and improve patients’ access to services. These include:increasing funding for primary medical care by £2.4 billion per year by the end of the financial year 2020 to 2021increasing the growth rate in the number of GPs, through offering new incentivesa new practice resilience programme to support struggling practiceslocal Sustain
- Pay, terms and conditions for NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts are determined by the government in the light of the recommendations from NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), which takes evidence from the 4 UK governments, trade unions and NHS Employers before making its recommendations.This report is the Department of Health’s evidence to the NHSPRB for the 2017 to 2018 pay round.
- The report provides information for the DDRB to consider before it makes its recommendations on changes to pay for doctors and dentists who work for the NHS.
- Updated: Added the Department of Health’s supplementary evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) for the 2017 to 2018 pay round.The first document is the Department of Health’s written evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) for the 2017 to 2018 pay round.The supplementary evidence is the department’s response to the NHS PRB’s supplementary questions following the submission of the written evidence.The annual pay award for NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts
- Updated: Added the Department of Health’s supplementary evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) for the 2017 to 2018 pay round.The first document contains the Department of Health’s written evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) for the 2017 to 2018 pay round.The supplementary evidence is the department’s response to the DDRB supplementary questions following the submission of the writt
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