New radio drama highlights the plight of care workers pushed to their limits
A care worker, whose personal campaign to end the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people during 15-minute homecare visits, is the inspiration behind a new play to be broadcast every day this week on BBC Radio 4, says her union UNISON. Flying Visits is loosely based on the experiences of care worker Caroline Firmin who, like many care workers across the UK, was being allocated just quarter of an hour to look after each of the elderly and vulnerable people on her patch. Frustrated with the difficult and often impossible decisions it was forcing her to make, Caroline gave a heartfelt speech to councillors...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release care homes Matt Egan residential care homes Source Type: news
Four in 10 emergency admissions from care homes ‘avoidable’
Better provision of preventive primary care, community support on NHS care on site are key, finds new analysis Related items fromOnMedica Safe discharge of elderly patients scheme in Wales set to be extended Social care spending fell while dementia cases rose Care home residents with dementia deprived of meaningful social contact Dementia rate has fallen by a quarter in 20 years Bupa has betrayed care home residents, says CQC (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
No new cases of HIV among people in Wales taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) according to statement from Welsh minister for health and social services
Of more than 1,000 people in Wales who have received PrEP since it became routinely available from sexual health services in July 2017, none have developed HIV while receiving the drugs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Unions call for a 10% pay rise for local government workers
The three largest local government unions, representing 1.4 million employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) submitted a pay claim that attempts to reverse the real terms pay cuts suffered by local authority staff since 2010. The claim for the year from next April would see the lowest paid staff earning at least £10 per hour, and all other council employees receiving a ten per cent pay rise. UNISON, GMB and Unite’s joint claim also includes a one-day increase to employees’ annual leave entitlement and a two-hour reduction in the standard...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Jon Richards local authorities local government pay claim Source Type: news
First level three NICU in Wales gains full ‘baby friendly’ accreditation
A hospital unit for premature babies needing the highest level of care has become the first in Wales to gain globally recognised accreditation after almost doubling breastfeeding rates. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 23, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
No new pay rise for English school support staff
School staff in England won’t be getting an unexpected pay bonus after the school holidays, despite what some media reports suggested over the weekend. These followed an announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond of pay rises over 2% for “key” public sector workers. But all is not what it seems. For a start, the education pay rise of 2.75% only applies to teachers and heads in England – not to other staff. And the government is only funding 0.75% of the pay rise. The other 2% has to be found from within schools’ existing budgets. Mr Hammond’s announcement came just days after MPs war...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News education services NHS pay police pay schools Source Type: news
Mesothelioma Death Rate Still Rising in Great Britain
Despite banning all forms and uses of asbestos 20 years ago, Great Britain still has one of the world’s highest rates of mesothelioma cancer, according to the government’s Health and Safety Executive report. The July 2019 report revealed the number of annual deaths from mesothelioma in the country still is peaking and expected to begin a gradual decline in 2020. The report included 2,523 deaths in 2017 (the last year available) from mesothelioma, the rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It estimates as many as 2,637 others could die in 2019. Great Britain, which comprises the nations of E...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 22, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news
MPs call for multi-billion pound education cash boost
UNISON has welcomed MPs’ call for a “multi-billion pound cash injection” into education in England as highlighting “the true scale of the funding cuts to schools and colleges”. The call for the investment, together with a proper, long-term funding strategy, comes in a House of Commons education select committee report on education funding in England. Education in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. UNISON and other education unions, as well as headteachers, have been warning about the effect of budget cuts by the Westminster government. The investigation by the Commons c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News austerity colleges cuts education services FE colleges school funding schools sixth form colleges speak up for schools Source Type: news
GCP Wales announces new chair
Dr Phil White takes up post Related items fromOnMedica GP trainees to get fully-funded personal indemnity Online triage ‘not a solution’ to GP workload pressures GP access does not add to A&E pressures, study shows GP gatekeepers linked to reduced patient satisfaction More prescriptions were issued last year, stats show (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
Quantum leap from Australian research promises super-fast computing power
‘Ruthlessly systematic’ research achieves qubit communication 200 times faster than ever beforeAn Australian research team led by the renowned quantum physicistProf Michelle Simmons has announced a major breakthrough in quantum computing, which researchers hope could lead to much greater computing power within a decade.Simmons, a former Australian of the Year, andher team at the University of New South Wales announced in a paper published in Nature journal on Thursday that they have been able to achieve the first two-qubit gate between atom qubits in silicon, allowing them to communicate with each other at a 20...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Josh Taylor Tags: Computing Research Technology Higher education Australia news Science Source Type: news
Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning - Jones SJ, Horton A, Brunt H, Shankar G.
By improving clinical awareness of the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning,1 we can reduce this avoidable burden on health and health services. CO poisoning is under-reported and under-recorded.2 In Wales, there w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
The use of spit guards (also known as spit hoods) by police services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: to prevent transmission of infection or another form of restraint? - Kennedy KM, Payne-James JJ, Payne-James GJ, Green P.
Spit guards, also known as spit hoods or spit masks (and occasionally bite guards) are devices intended to cover the mouth, face and sometimes the head of a restrained person in order to prevent them spitting at, or biting others. There is substantial cont... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news
Further advanced breast cancer drug combo available on CDF
NICE gives provisional thumbs up to ribociclib plus fulvestrant for advanced disease Related items fromOnMedica Wales cancer spend at record high Black and young women have double risk of triple-negative breast cancer Breast cancer age profile younger in non-white women JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination HPV programme linked to dramatic fall in cervical disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
Overcoming the effects of sleep deprivation on unethical behavior: an extension of integrated self-control theory - Welsh DT, Mai KM, Ellis APJ, Christian MS.
Previous research has used an ego depletion perspective to establish a self-regulatory model linking sleep deprivation to unethical behavior via depletion (Barnes, Schaubroeck, Huth,& Ghumman, 2011; Christian& Ellis, 2011; Welsh, Ellis, Christian,& Mai,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news
Survey results reflect GPs ’ and teams’ hard work and commitment
High levels of patient satisfaction with GPs, but far fewer happy with ease of reaching a GP and making appointments Related items fromOnMedica Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Most GPs in Wales concerned about patient care this winter GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
Here comes summer!
June got under way as the end to our Go for Growth month confirmed that UNISON has grown again … we’re positively bustin’ out all over! It’s a good thing we don’t have to buy a new wardrobe, what with all these growth spurts! The union was among those taking to the streets of London to protest against the state visit of US president, Donald Trump, and it made it clear that the NHS cannot be used “as a bargaining chip” in any post-Brexit trade deal, after Trump told an interviewer that ‘yes’, our health service could be part of a deal. After Mr Trump executed a (suppose...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 11, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Energy health local government WET Source Type: news
Olympic champion Barker reveals struggle with endometriosis
Olympic champion cyclist Elinor Barker tells BBC Sport Wales the pain caused by endometriosis almost forced her to quit the sport. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Picking up Branson ’s rocketing carbon bill | Letters
Virgin Galactic | Headlines | Women ’s tennis | Saw joke | Bull run | IzalI was surprised to find no mention in your report (Floating into space: Branson reveals plans to list Virgin Galactic on stock exchange, 10 July) of the environmental costs of using a huge aircraft and a rocket ship to give super-rich clients a few minutes in space. How many hard-working families do we need to persuade to give up their annual holiday in the sun to offset the carbon footprint of one of Branson ’s flights of fancy?Mike BattyeCrewe, Cheshire• The Liverpool player Ian Callaghan’s destruction of Queen’s Park R...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Virgin Galactic Science Space Newspapers & magazines Media Animal welfare Animals World news Wimbledon Tennis Sport Trees and forests Source Type: news
Wales sets out paediatric nurse ratios for planned law extension
Plans to expand safe nurse staffing legislation in Wales to cover paediatric inpatient care have taken a step forward. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
First Welsh gender identity clinic to open in September
Ministers have been criticised over delays to the opening of Wales' first gender identify clinic. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
"It's ok if it's hidden": the discursive construction of everyday racism for refugees and asylum seekers in Wales - Parker S.
Wales has a long history of migration; however, the introduction of dispersed asylum seekers in 2001 has led to Wales becoming a more superdiverse nation. Wales has often been positioned as a more "tolerant nation" than England; however, the increasingly s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news
Mesothelioma deaths reach their peak
New figures reveal industry-related deaths will remain high until 2020 Related items fromOnMedica Human rights of disabled people 'being eroded' Care services 'on verge of collapse' Brexit could result in thousands of extra CVD deaths One in five patients in Wales struggled to get GP appointment last year Cars should be banned from around schools (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
Measles: confirmed cases
These documents provide statistics for total laboratory-confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Wales 'prioritises' staff leadership in new maternity vision
The Welsh government has announced its new five-year vision for maternity care, which includes a commitment to leadership development and appropriate staffing levels. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 4, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Want a truly mind-expanding experience? Learn another language | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
That Brexit has put British pupils off studying languages is tragic – it’s not just great for your brain, it opens up whole new worldsMore than half the world ’s peoplespeak more than one language, and I am one of them: I speak English, Welsh, French and Italian, and wish that I could speak more.Being able to speak more than one language has opened up whole worlds of experience and understanding – so it is particularly saddening then to seereports that Brexit is putting British pupils off studying modern foreign languages at school. Some parents have even told teachers that it ’s useless for t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett Tags: Languages UK news Science Education Children Society Source Type: news
Call for green burial corridors alongside roads, railways and country footpaths
(SAGE) A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running out of room. With 500,000 deaths annually in England and Wales, it is likely that there will be no burial space left within five years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Woman conceives at 50 using her wife's eggs - but says she gets mistaken for being a granny
Dawn Pullen-Lee, from Treharris, South Wales, used her wife's eggs to get pregnant and gave birth to son Lllywelyn in 2016 - but says many people struggle to believe that she's actually his mother. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Boston Sci on the Other Side of M & amp;A in Its Deal with Varian
Varian Medical Systems is set to acquire Boston Scientificâs portfolio of drug-loadable microsphere and bland embolic bead products for $90 million. The deal is set to close in August. This is a stark departure Marlborough, MA-based Boston Scientific, who went on an acquisitions spree for most of 2018. However, the divestiture of these products isÂ necessary, so it can satisfy anti-trust laws connected to its $4 billion acquisition of BTG. Varian's planned acquisition of the portfolio of drug-loadable microsphere (Oncozene/Embozene Tandem) and bland embolic (Embozene) bead products will enable ...
Source: MDDI - July 2, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news
Prince of Wales launches nursing ‘cadet scheme’ with RCN
The Prince of Wales and the Royal College of Nursing have launched a scheme to give young people in uniformed originations, such as the army cadets, an introduction to nursing and the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 2, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Blog: Respect Your Youth
I’m proud that UNISON has made 2019 the year of the young worker. All too often we hear that young people aren’t interested in trade unionism, yet our union has repeatedly shown that when we reach out to young workers, and take their concerns and their issues on board, they can become passionate trade unionists. That’s why it was so good to see UNISON Cymru Wales – who have a strong track record organising young workers, making good progress with their #RespectYourYouth Charter. UNISON young members were at the Senedd last week to witness Careers Wales and Cardiff Council signing up to become the fi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news
The Base Deficit, International Normalized Ratio, and Glasgow Coma Scale (BIG) score, and functional outcome at hospital discharge in children with traumatic brain injury - Davis AL, Hochstadter E, Daya T, Kulkarni AV, Wales P, Stephens D, Schuh S.
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association of the base deficit, international normalized ratio, and Glasgow Coma Scale (BIG) score on emergency department arrival with functional dependence at hospital discharge (Pediatric Cerebral Performance Category ≥ 4) ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Homeopathy worked for me...so why not offer it on the NHS
DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: The Prince of Wales caused outrage among the scientific community for becoming patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Florence and CryoTherapeutics secure funding, NHS Wales signs new deal with Microsoft, and more news briefs
Also: Belgian startup epihunter adds new functionality to app; Inhealthcare reveals three-year deal with NHS trust; mySugr receives award in Lausanne. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - June 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news
Warning of NHS Wales dentist crisis
Only one in six practices are taking on new adult NHS patients, the British Dental Association says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
'Giant wombat' fossil discovered by council workers in Australia
Fossilised jaw of baby diprotodon, a type of megafauna extinct for millennia, extracted in NSW by Australian MuseumA “giant wombat” fossil has been discovered by local council workers in the Monaro region of southern New South Wales.Two Snowy Monaro regional council employees found the fossilisedjaw of a baby diprotodonlast Friday at an undisclosed location that is known for such paleontological findings.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 28, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Luke Henriques-Gomes Tags: Fossils Australia news Biology Science World news Source Type: news
Care processes and treatment targets: national diabetes audit 2017-18 report
The national diabetes audit provides a comprehensive view of diabetes care in England and Wales. It measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE clinical guidelines and quality standards. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
Only one in six dental practices accepting new NHS patients in Wales
‘Discredited target-driven system for NHS dentistry’ to blame, says British Dental Association Related items fromOnMedica Helping GPs to help people live the life they want through a more personalised care approach Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised Children First Network of NHS gambling clinics will help children The new GP contract: transforming primary care, transforming CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 28, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
End of Life Delivery Board welcomes RPS in Wales Palliative Care Policy presentation
The RPS in Wales presented key recommendations from our Palliative and End of Life care policy to the Welsh Government’s End of Life Delivery Board earlier this month, a vital step in the proces (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - June 27, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news
Another university signs up to living wage
UNISON workers in South Wales are celebrating the fact that the university has become an accredited living wage employer – so no-one who works on its campuses earns less than £9 an hour. Today’s announcement that the University of South Wales has been accredited by the Living Wage foundation marks the end of a six-year campaign. Workers who are directly employed by the university have been paid the living wage for the past four years, but now that has been extended to those who work for contractors. “This is good news for all support staff at the university,” commented UNISON branch secretary ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 26, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Cymru Wales education services he higher education higher education pay living wage Living Wage Foundation Source Type: news
'It's anti-science': Scientists attack Prince Charles for becoming the patron of a homeopathy group
The Prince of Wales is a long-time supporter of homeopathy and has used his royal position to try to get it widely accepted. Despite some homeopaths operating in the UK claiming to cure autism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Child gambling is a form of self-harm – it’s too complex for a quick-fix clinic | Anouchka Grose
Simple therapies such as CBT can be only partly effective. We need to rein in an industry that unscrupulously targets vulnerable young peopleAlmost half a million children in England and Wales aregambling regularly, with about 55,000 estimated to have a serious problem. Suicide rates for gambling addicts are high, and gambling-related problems cause stress for individuals and families. In response, theNHS has opened its first children ’s gambling clinic, offering face-to-face treatment – mostly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).Out-of-control gambling is linked to complex individual and social problems &ndash...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 25, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Anouchka Grose Tags: Gambling Children Society Psychology Source Type: news
Making a difference: Housing and health: a case for investment
An extensive body of evidence now exists showing the critical importance that good housing has on health and well-being and its impact across the life-course. Poor housing is associated with poor physical and mental health and causes, or contributes to, many preventable diseases and injuries including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. More needs to be done to realise the type of population health improvement required to sustainably change the health and well-being outcomes of the people of Wales and pivotal to this is a truly integrated health, care and housing relationship. (Source: Current Awareness Ser...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Bride-to-be told she had terminal stomach cancer claims an aerosol spray is keeping her alive
Amelia Page, from Wales, discovered she had aggressive stomach cancer in January, shortly after celebrating her 30th birthday. Doctors gave the former teaching assistant months to live. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Conference sets campaigning tasks on universal credit
Opening a debate on ending “social insecurity”, Angela Hamilton for the National Executive Council (NEC) said that she was “proud to see the donations for a local [Liverpool] food bank – but ashamed that such need occurs”. The UK is the sixth richest country in the world, she pointed out, “yet one where the UN has said poverty is a political choice”. On the last morning of national delegate conference, Ms Hamilton voiced her contempt of the Conservative politicians who “smile as they visit food banks ”– or cry – yet don’t understand or refuse to a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 National Delegate Conference foodbanks repeal two child limit Universal credit Source Type: news
Integrated Care Systems expand to cover one in three patients
Scheme sees more health agencies working together Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths Day surgery shake-up for Northern Ireland Latest NHS performance figures dubbed ‘shocking’ Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news
Enhanced understanding of risk assessment in police custody in England and Wales using statistical modelling - Stoneman MJ, Jackson L, Dunnett S, Cooke L.
The issue investigated in this paper is the risk assessment of detainees whilst they are booked into police custody in England and Wales. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people pass through police custody each year, with each detainee undergo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news
Ethnic variations in mental health among 10-15-year-olds living in England and Wales: the impact of neighbourhood characteristics and parental behaviour - Jonsson KR, Vartanova I, S ödergren M.
Several studies indicate that young people from certain ethnic minority groups in Britain have significant mental health advantages over their White majority counterparts, but the reasons for these differences have not been adequately explored. This work a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Alcohol's harms to others in Wales, United Kingdom: nature, magnitude and associations with mental well-being - Quigg Z, Bellis MA, Grey H, Webster J, Hughes K.
AIM: To explore the nature and magnitude of alcohol's harms to others (AHTOs), and associations with mental well-being. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey implemented amongst 891 randomly selected Welsh residents (aged 18+ years), via computer assiste... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news