What it takes to be a Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are a vital part of the nursing and healthcare profession, supporting in hospitals or community settings, such as GP surgeries and nursing homes. HCAs can work with various different people and places such as within the criminal justice system, helping those with mental health and learning difficulties as well as supporting Registered […]

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AHP into Action

Allied Health Professionals (AHP) into Action describes how the care system can be brought together through the third largest workforce in the health industry. It also begins to explain how they can support the delivery of the plans they aim to pursue in the years to follow. AHP includes Chiropodists, Dieticians, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Art Therapists […]

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Bullying claims from Britain’s biggest NHS mental health trust

According to a highly critical report by the Care Quality Commission, the UK’s biggest mental health NHS trust, which consists of units that care for  the most vulnerable female patients is in turmoil following major allegations of bullying. This announcement was accompanied with the sudden resignation of its chairman. Nigel McCorkell, chairman of West London […]

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King’s Fund advises better scrutiny of NHS services

Community health services need similar levels of scrutiny as that given to hospitals if they are to succeed in helping people to live independently and provide high quality services, according to the King’s Fund. The think-tank’s report Managing quality in community health care services, said the service providers were severely hampered by the absence of national […]

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Are GP working hours safe?

Leading official lays bare GP concerns GP and senior Care Quality Commission official Professor Steve Field has stated that GP’s working hours will need to be closely monitored to ensure the safety of patients and the well being of staff. The chief inspector of family doctors in England has also warned against the rising demands […]

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Will a new payment scheme be introduced to A&E departments?

Payments by results initiative could be ditched NHS England and Monitor have suggested a national reform of the way emergency care is funded, in a bid to introduce changes put forward by the Keogh review. Currently, A&E departments are paid on an activity based ‘payment by results’ tariff, however this system is said to “bear little or no […]

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Protesters march against NHS privatisation

Public speak loud and clear against privatisation of the NHS Thousands of people took part in a pro-NHS rally in London, the finishing point of a 300 mile march from County Durham. Organised by group the Darlo Mums, based in Darlington, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 marched against privatisation of NHS services, with 30 individuals taking […]

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