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Smoking ban 'cuts premature births'

The theory that public smoking bans cut the number of children born prematurely has been strengthened by new research.

The study of 600,000 births found three successive drops in babies born before 37 weeks - each occurring after a phase of a public smoking ban was introduced.

There was no such trend in the period before the bans were put in place, the British Medical Journal reported.

The study, by Hasselt University in Belgium, comes after Scottish research in 2012 found a similar pattern.

But experts could not fully state the smoking ban was the cause of the change because pre-term births had started to drop before the ban.

It is already well established that smoking leads to reduced birth weight and an increased risk of premature birth.

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Posted by: on February 15th, 2013 @ 10:26 AM
Tagged with: health NHS

Provision of Homecare can be excellent!

A report has been issued showing that 75% of Homecare providers deliver and meet all the standards required.  It is unfortunate that the media have highlighted the 25% that do not. 

Clearly this is unacceptable and CQC thankfully are focused on addressing and raising standards.  Our unannounced inspection last week is a great example of CQC’s ability to walk in off the street and demand to see what is happening.  I believe that most organisations want to deliver excellent care and Routes Healthcare as a provider of Nurses, Care Assistants and Child Care Professionals, strive for this every day.  All you need to do is view our testimonials to see this. 

The report however, is a great opportunity to highlight the need for on-going improvement, something we also support and our commitment to training is clear for all to see.

I am proud to say that Routes Healthcare sit in the 75% of providers that do meet and exceed the standards required.

To read more about CQC and Routes click here.

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Posted by: on February 13th, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Health trusts call for urgent debat on national pay

A body representing more than 200 NHS trusts across England says new ways of negotiating pay need to be considered.

The chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), Chris Hopson, has questioned whether national agreements can deliver the savings needed for the health service.

He said it was time to consider setting pay regionally or trust-by-trust.

Unison has warned against putting at risk current proposals, covering more than one million NHS workers.

A new national deal on pay, terms and conditions for most NHS staff in England appears tantalisingly close.

Trade unions are consulting on changes to the Agenda for Change scheme, covering more than one million workers. One of the main modifications is a clearer link between annual pay increments and performance.

Mr Hopson said NHS trusts completely supported the deal on the table.

However, he argued that when you look at the challenges trusts face over the next five years - a flat budget, rising costs, and the need to improve care at nights and weekends - it will not be enough.

Posted by: on February 12nd, 2013 @ 1:02 PM

Social care: Jeremy Hunt hails 'fully-funded solutions'

It is expected to include a £75,000 cap on the costs people pay for care and a rise in the threshold for means-tested support from £23,250 to £123,000.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the "scandal" of many people selling homes to pay care bills must be tackled.

Labour said the country needed "a far bigger and bolder response".

At present, up to 40,000 people every year are forced into selling their homes because they face unlimited care bills, says Mr Hunt - who will set out the plan in a statement to the Commons.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday the aim was "to be one of the first countries in the world which creates a system where people don't have to sell their own house".

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Posted by: on February 11st, 2013 @ 09:16 AM
Tagged with: elderly care healthcare NHS

Routes Healthcare are delighted with the feedback from an unannounced inspection from CQC yesterday

A CQC unannounced inspection arrived at the doors of Routes Healthcare yesterday.  Whilst one is always nervous of an inspection, Routes Healthcare always welcome the input of a fresh pair of eyes to identify what can be changed in order to meet with our ethos of excellence in all we do. 

We are awaiting the draft report, but we were advised that the Inspector has no worries or concerns and is really impressed with the systems and the team.  A couple of minor recommendations were made to help us with our continuous improvement programme, so we are all delighted.  Well Done to the team for all their hard work and conscientious efforts to deliver excellence in care.

 To read more about Routes Healthcare CQC reports click here.

Posted by: Andrew Healing on February 8th, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

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