Wales to become a 'global player' in cancer treatment using therapy which treated Ashya King
The Rutherford Cancer Centre, in Newport, South Wales, was the first to treat UK patients with proton beam therapy from April 2018 and is now accepting NHS patients. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safe staffing a ‘ vital ’ campaign for NHS ’ s frontline staff
The lack of safe staffing on wards and in ambulances is putting patients and staff at risk, UNISON’s health conference heard today. Once again in Bournemouth delegates were told about an aspect of members’ working lives that was causing stress and anxiety, which in turn was leading to people leaving their jobs and even more understaffing. James Anthony (pictured) of the health service group executive said that nurses in hospitals and community settings must be prepared to stand together “and where necessary take industrial action to defend patient care and safe staffing.” Speaking on the motion &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care NHS staff safe staffing Source Type: news

Police staff unions submit pay claim
UNISON, UNITE and GMB have submitted a one-year pay claim on behalf of police staff members in England and Wales. It would take effect from 1 September this year. The claim calls for: a 5% increase on all pay points; 5% increase on standby allowance; he deletion of pay points seven and eight; an additional two days on the minimum annual leave entitlement in the Police Staff Council Handbook, to provide 25 days annual leave on appointment and 30 days leave after five years service; support and encouragement from the police staff council for police forces to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, which provides f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News industrial relations pay pay negotiating and bargaining police and justice police staff Source Type: news

We’re in the grip of a diabetes epidemic, four people reveal how you can tell if you're in danger
New data published last week revealed there were more than 200,000 new cases diagnosed in England and Wales alone in 2017, the equivalent of one diagnosis every three minutes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

English trust halts referrals from Wales except in emergencies
Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust has announced that “for the time being” it will be unable to book new routine elective care appointments for patients living in Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh GPs need better understanding of faecal incontinence, finds report
Demand for pelvic floor services likely amid ageing population with multiple conditions Related items fromOnMedica Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Public should ask GPs about drugs ’ relative risks and benefits Diagnosis targets unethical says GP Poor diabetes education leading to health complications (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Thousands of facial palsy patients left disfigured for life because doctors failed to spot it
Marcus Horton, 31, who served as an Army marksman in Wales, woke one morning in January 2017 to find the whole right side of his face had completely collapsed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why does it take 7 years to detect condition that plagues so many women?
Emma Williams-Tully, from Wrexham, North Wales, had been told many times by doctors that she may never have children due to suffering from the debilitating and painful condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How schoolgirl, 9, has helped raise almost £200,000 to go towards improving cancer services
Elly Neville, 9, is already a charity champion. The schoolgirl from Pembroke, West Wales, has helped raise thousands to go towards improving cancer services at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sponsored feature: mind the gap – the introduction of state indemnity
Dr Kathryn Leask, medico-legal adviser at the Medical Defence Union, explains why MDU membership remains essential following the introduction of state-backed indemnity  On 1 April this year, state-backed indemnity for primary care work under an NHS contract was introduced in England and Wales, and practice managers may be wondering how this affects the current indemnity from their medical defence organisation. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 5, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

Check insurance and indemnity cover, GMC tells doctors
The General Medical Council (GMC) has updated its guidance for doctors on insurance and indemnity to coincide with new state-backed clinical negligence schemes that launched this week for GPs across England and Wales. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Countess of Chester Hospital says no to Wales' patients
People in Wales will only be able to use the Countess of Chester Hospital in an emergency or a maternity case. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Welsh locum register will place ‘significant burden’ on practice managers
The new locum register in Wales will place a‘significant burden’ on practice managers, a member of the National Welsh Practice Managers Committee has warned. Launching this month, the All Wales Locum Register (AWLR) will make the country the first UK nation to introduce a list of GP locums. All Welsh GP locums will be required to join the register to access the state-backed indemnity scheme which protects them against claims arising from clinical negligence for NHS work.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 4, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

UNISON condemns government ’ s violent crime proposals
UNISON has hit out at the government’s proposals for education and NHS staff to prevent and tackle serious violence. Home Secretary Sajid Javid launched a consultation on Monday, founded on the belief that multi-agency action is needed to deal with one of the UK’s most urgent problems. The proposals put an emphasis on early intervention and prevention with young people. And among the chief questions is whether there should be a “legal duty” on teachers, NHS workers and others in England and Wales to play a part – holding them to account if they don’t. The consultation launch was quickly ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News education further education NHS staff police and justice Source Type: news

Have e-cigarettes renormalised or displaced youth smoking? Results of a segmented regression analysis of repeated cross sectional survey data in England, Scotland and Wales
Time series analysis (248,324 people aged 13-15 in Great Britain between 1998-2015) found no evidence that renormalisation of youth smoking was occurring during a period of rapid growth and limited regulation of e-cigarettes from 2011 to 2015. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Socio-economic inequalities in adolescent summer holiday experiences, and mental wellbeing on return to school: analysis of the school health research network/health behaviour in school-aged children survey in Wales - Morgan K, Melendez-Torres GJ, Bond A, Hawkins J, Hewitt G, Murphy S, Moore G.
The socioeconomic inequalities found in child and adolescent mental wellbeing are increasingly acknowledged. Although interventions increasingly focus on school holidays as a critical period for intervention to reduce inequalities, no studies have modelled... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

An archival analysis of sexual assault victims' age estimation accuracy when describing stranger offenders - Thorley C, Almond L, Gregory A, McAlonan V, McLoughlin A.
Approximately 10% of all serious sexual assaults in England and Wales involve victims and offenders who are strangers. The victims often estimate the stranger offender's age during police interviews. These age estimations, if accurate, can help identify of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

RPS Welcomes Welsh Government investment in Community Pharmacy
A recent announcement by the Welsh Government to make an increase in community pharmacy funding of£1.4m in 2018-19 has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Responding to t (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - April 2, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Welsh practices set for £2.88 per patient cut to global sum
The Welsh Government is planning to cut the global sum by more than£11m to deliver the state-backed indemnity scheme, Pulse has learned.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 1, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

If you can ’t embrace regional dialect, you can kiss my chuddies | Katy Guest
The Oxford English Dictionary ’s inclusion of regional terms shows off what the UK has in common – linguistic ingenuityIn a rare piece of happy news to distract us momentarily from all the chaos, those lovely linguists at the Oxford English Dictionary haveannounced an abundance of new words all taken from regional dialects.The new entries include the Indian-English phrase “kiss my chuddies”; the delicious word “jibbons”, which is what spring onions are called in Wales; and the Scottish words “sitooterie”, which is (obviously) a place to sit out, and “bidie-in” (&l...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Katy Guest Tags: British identity and society Language UK news Reference and languages books Science Social trends Source Type: news

Tom Jones health: The illness which forced The Voice judge to cancel tour dates last year
TOM JONES will begin his 2019 tour next month, but last year the Welsh crooner had to cancel five dates of his 2018 tour. This is the condition The Voice judge suffered from. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Grandmother, 55, gives birth to her own GRANDCHILD
Emma Miles, from Lampeter in Wales, lost six stone and took hormone tablets to make sure she was as healthy as possible for the pregnancy with her granddaughter, Evie, now nine weeks old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chief inspector ’ s report ‘final nail in coffin of probation privatisation’
Yesterday‘s damning report by the chief inspector of probation should be the final nail in the coffin of the failed privatisation of the service under former justice secretary Chris Grayling. Dame Glenys Stacey’s report did not mince its words about the system, following the split of probation in England and Wales into a National Probation Service for “serious” offenders and 14 private “community rehabilitation companies”, or CRCs, to handle all other probation services. She called the system “irredeemably flawed,” adding: “Above all, it has proved well-nigh impossible ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article community rehabilitation companies let's fix probation national probation service police and justice privatisation Source Type: news

Lip-fillers: 'Perfect storm' due to lack of regulation
The number of complaints about dermal fillers has almost quadrupled in Wales since 2015, a group says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lip fillers: 'Perfect storm' due to lack of regulation
The number of complaints about dermal fillers has almost quadrupled in Wales since 2015, a group says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gastrointestinal infections and foodborne outbreaks in humans, England and Wales
These routine reports cover general outbreaks of foodborne illness and laboratory reports of common enteric infections and other enteric diseases, with cumulative totals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCN leaders welcome bill to end child smacking in Wales
Nursing union leaders and nurse academics in Wales have expressed their support for a new bill that is seeking to ban the smacking of children. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 27, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

What your GP receptionist really thinks of you: Doctor's assistant on the vile abuse she puts gets
Here, in an eye-opening weekly diary, one receptionist, Nicola Thomas*, 35, reveals the real reasons you are being kept on hold by your GPs' receptionist, including a nightmare call from Wales. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wales moves to protect children from smacking
Paediatricians welcome Children Wales Bill Related items fromOnMedica Doctors should regard FGM as child abuse Most vulnerable kids not well-served by health system UK lagging behind peers on child health Soaring child abuse concerns, helpline data reveal NHS investment in child health will reap rewards (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Anglesey autistic man conquers mountains
Spencer Kay has severe learning disabilities but can conquer the mountains near his north Wales home. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I thought I ’d grieved the death of my sister – until I found this retreat
A week in Wales with a lifeboat of fellow passengers reaps surprising resultsI am stretched out on a mattress in front of a log fire, tears running down my face, crying for my sister, as my mother strokes my hair and whispers into my ear. I have cried many times for my sister – she died when we were children, and I am now 56 – but I’ve never been soothed like this before. It feels amazing.The woman touching my face and shoulders with such love is not my actual mother, who is hundreds of miles away. I am in the oak-panelled great hall of a Victorian country mansion beside the River Usk in the Brecon Beacon...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 23, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Joanna Moorhead Tags: Family Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

Terminally ill boy, 11, is sent thousands of cute animal videos to cheer him up in his last days
Harvey Hawkins, from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, is in end of life care due to gut failure and 30 other issues. His mother Jamie-Louise Wallace, 29, said they have been sent more than 1,000 clips. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother, 45, told a giant growth 'the size of a baby' in her womb was benign is now fighting cancer
Rachael Thomas, of Newport, Wales, was waiting for surgery to have a fibroid removed. A biopsy revealed the growth was an aggressive cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elective waiting times grow, audit report shows
Poor waiting times linked to staff shortages Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows NHS funding falls short of 4% needed for improvements (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Day surgery shake-up for Northern Ireland
Plans should improve waiting times Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows NHS funding falls short of 4% needed for improvements (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors' surgeries in Wales could boot out patients who criticise them on social media
GP surgeries in Rhyl and Prestatyn, North Wales, have introduced a zero tolerance social media policy and told patients who criticise staff they will have to come in and answer for themselves. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicinal Cannabis Pharmacy Alert
Change in legislation from 1st November 2018 widens access to cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans in England, Scotland and Wales. We have summarised the existing guidance relating to c (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Calls for greater pharmacist role in prescription drug dependency
RPS Wales haswelcomed areportcalling for NHS Wales to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists in cases ofprescriptiondrug dependence and withdrawal. The report is theresult of evidence gath (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 21, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Parallel adaptation of rabbit populations to myxoma virus
In the 1950s the myxoma virus was released into European rabbit populations in Australia and Europe, decimating populations and resulting in the rapid evolution of resistance. We investigated the genetic basis of resistance by comparing the exomes of rabbits collected before and after the pandemic. We found a strong pattern of parallel evolution, with selection on standing genetic variation favoring the same alleles in Australia, France, and the United Kingdom. Many of these changes occurred in immunity-related genes, supporting a polygenic basis of resistance. We experimentally validated the role of several genes in viral...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Alves, J. M., Carneiro, M., Cheng, J. Y., Lemos de Matos, A., Rahman, M. M., Loog, L., Campos, P. F., Wales, N., Eriksson, A., Manica, A., Strive, T., Graham, S. C., Afonso, S., Bell, D. J., Belmont, L., Day, J. P., Fuller, S. J., Marchandeau, S., Palmer, Tags: Evolution, Genetics r-articles Source Type: news

New academic prize for general practice nursing students
The Queen ’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new academic prize for students of specialist nursing programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New academic prize for general practice nursing students
A new academic prize has been launched for students on primary care specialist nursing programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 18, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Formula milk scandal: One in three NHS boards have accepted payment or sponsorship from makers
A third of NHS health boards in England and Wales have broken guidelines by accepting payments or sponsorship from baby formula companies, an investigation has revealed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sir Freddie the ram's 50-year-old frozen sperm used to produce offspring
Australian researchers believe it is the oldest viable stored semen of any species in the worldDecades after his 1960s heyday, Sir Freddie the ram has sired offspring from beyond the grave in what researchers believe is a project that shows the world ’s oldest viable stored semen.A team at the University of Sydney has defrosted Sir Freddie ’s 50-year-old semen and that of three other rams and successfully impregnanted it in 34 merino ewes.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Lisa Martin Tags: Science Animals Australia news New South Wales Reproduction Biology Source Type: news

Tom Jones health latest: The Voice judge to begin tour despite cancelling shows in 2018
TOM JONES is soon to embark on his 2019 international tour, despite being forced to cancel five dates during his tour last year due to ill health. But why did the Welsh singer have to pull out of those shows last year? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General ophthalmic services workforce statistics
A report from NHS Digital shows the number of ophthalmic practitioners (optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners) who were authorised, by NHS England regions in England and local health boards (LHB) in Wales, to carry out NHS funded sight tests as at 31 December each year. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK nurses unite over 'punishing' pay deal in Northern Ireland
Nurses from England, Wales and Scotland are standing up in “solidarity” with their colleagues in Northern Ireland as tensions rise over pay.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news