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Pledge to close health & care gap

Ministers are promising an end to the era of vulnerable people being passed around the health and care systems.

The pledge forms part of a shared commitment being set out by NHS and local government leaders to close the gap between the two systems by 2018.

A series of pioneer projects will be launched at the end of the summer.

These will explore new ways of pooling budgets, speeding up discharge from hospitals and streamlining assessments.

The commitment has been signed up to by the Department of Health, NHS England, the Local Government Association and the umbrella bodies for directors of child and adult social care.

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Posted by: on May 14th, 2013 @ 08:59 AM

Dementia diagnosis rates: 'Shockingly low'

The NHS in England has been told to push for a rapid rise in dementia diagnosis rates, so that by 2015, two out of three cases are identified.

Currently fewer than half of people with dementia have a diagnosis.

A senior adviser on public health says dementia cases could be halved if more were done on prevention.

He wants wide-scale mental agility testing to identify people at risk, but critics say that would cause unnecessary fear and anxiety.

The government says the overall dementia diagnosis rate in England - about 45% - is "shockingly low". The issue was raised as a priority a year ago in the prime minister's "challenge on dementia".

This set out a programme to improve care, promote public support and understanding of dementia, and encourage research.

Now, in a progress report, NHS England says diagnosis rates should rise by more than 20% over the next two years, so two out of three cases are detected.

This would bring overall diagnosis rates in England into line with those in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Posted by: on May 15th, 2013 @ 08:26 AM

Routes Healthcare Branch Manager helps school in Zimbabwe

Yvonne Barlow, Routes Branch Manager in Sale, has kindly donated books and clothes to Guni Secondary School in Zimbabwe.

Below is an extract from the thank you received from the Chairman of the school.

"The donation came at the right time when we, through the Guni Old Students Association, are pushing for a revamp of the system at the schools, seeking to improve performance in both curricular and extracurricular activities. The current state of the schools and the educational system needs review and we are engaging all stakeholders for support. For the Primary school, reconstruction in required (see attached photos), while at the secondary school, it is a matter of adding educational resources and reviewing the system. We envisage transforming Guni Schools into model schools, centres of excellence in core and non-core curricular activities, and schools which upholds highest levels of discipline, integrity and professionalism. To achieve this, involvement of the community, former students, and other interested stakeholders is of paramount importance. As such, we are actively pushing for increased and committed participation of these stakeholders in the development of the school. We are striving to inculcate a sense of social responsibility in the former students so that they come on board to assist the schools and the community at large with similar if not better donations. 

A selection of books kindly donated by Yvonne and friends.

Current State of the School

Lastly, kindly express our gratitude to the people who enabled this donation to be a reality success. Special mention goes to Yvonne Barlow who provided some of the books and Mr Magada who assisted with the logistical arrangements for shipment of the books. Indeed, these are our partners and true Friends of Guni Schools!!! We would be glad to receive more donations from you."


Posted by: on May 16th, 2013 @ 09:03 AM

Adapting to life with a spinal cord injury

Life without pain would be "incredible", says 24-year-old Justin Levene from London.

"It would be nice to have a bit of variety."

Three years ago, two days before his 21st birthday, Justin coughed and then collapsed with acute pain in his back and down his legs.

He had suffered a herniated disc with severe nerve damage which left him in constant pain.

After several years of surgical procedures, including undergoing spinal fusion, the damage to his spinal cord left him unable to walk.

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Posted by: on June 4th, 2013 @ 1:29 PM

Early deaths; Regional variations 'shocking' - Jeremy Hunt

The local variation in early death rates revealed in a new league table for England is "shocking" and must drive action to improve health, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Public Health England's Longer Lives website, which ranks local authorities, shows people in north-west England are at the greatest risk of dying early.

Mr Hunt said the data could be used to tackle smoking, drinking and obesity.

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Posted by: on June 11st, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

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