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Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

18 October 2018 England

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of Employment and Support Allowance (ES...

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

17 October 2018 England

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget, leading British healthcare groups warned that more money needs to be pl...

Warning issued over prison social care with many older jails ill-equipped

16 October 2018 England

Warning issued over prison social care with many older jails ill-equipped

The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Ins...

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

15 October 2018 England

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes...

Universal Credit charities 'sign contract to protect reputation of Esther McVey'

12 October 2018 England

Universal Credit charities 'sign contract to protect reputation of Esther McVey'

Charities and companies working with Universal Credit (UC) claimants have been required to sign clauses pledging not to damage the reputation of Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, it has been reported. The Times said that at least 22 organisations - co...

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Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

18 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-ab...

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

18 Oct 2018 England

A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal aut...

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

18 Oct 2018 England

NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing...

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

18 Oct 2018 England

MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons ...

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

18 Oct 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raise...

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

18 Oct 2018 England

An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (D...

Government accused of cost-cutting over 'arbitrary' disability 20-metre ruling

Government accused of cost-cutting over 'arbitrary' disability 20-metre ruling

17 Oct 2018 England

Actor Alun Armstrong branded a disability benefit only given to people unable to walk more than 20 metres a "cost-cutting exercise", as he joined a protest against the rule.People with ...

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

17 Oct 2018 England

Ambulance staff in the north-east will pilot body worn video cameras following a 23% rise in reported attacks by patients this year.Around 40 North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff w...

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

17 Oct 2018 England

The NHS made almost £70 million by charging staff for parking last year, it has been revealed.Figures released by NHS Digital show that trusts in England raked in £69.5 million in 2017/...

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

17 Oct 2018 Wales

A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for...

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GMB and...

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Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

18 Oct 2018 England

A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal aut...

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

18 Oct 2018 England

NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing...

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

18 Oct 2018 England

MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons ...

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

18 Oct 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raise...

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

18 Oct 2018 England

An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (D...

Government accused of cost-cutting over 'arbitrary' disability 20-metre ruling

Government accused of cost-cutting over 'arbitrary' disability 20-metre ruling

17 Oct 2018 England

Actor Alun Armstrong branded a disability benefit only given to people unable to walk more than 20 metres a "cost-cutting exercise", as he joined a protest against the rule.People with ...

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

17 Oct 2018 England

Ambulance staff in the north-east will pilot body worn video cameras following a 23% rise in reported attacks by patients this year.Around 40 North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff w...

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

17 Oct 2018 England

The NHS made almost £70 million by charging staff for parking last year, it has been revealed.Figures released by NHS Digital show that trusts in England raked in £69.5 million in 2017/...

Police could use tracker devices to minitor suspects' health in custody

Police could use tracker devices to minitor suspects' health in custody

17 Oct 2018 England

Police could start using fitness tracker-style devices to monitor suspects' vital signs while in custody.Two UK forces are considering using the technology, which has been trialled in t...

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

17 Oct 2018 England

Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budg...

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

17 Oct 2018 England

Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The...

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Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GM...

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the ...

Police Scotland mentor programme gets funding to tackle youth re-offending

Police Scotland mentor programme gets funding to tackle youth re-offending

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

A scheme to prevent young people from becoming repeat offenders has been given lottery funding.Police Scotland has been given money to help employ two adult mentors who have first-...

First Scottish campaign against trafficking and sexual exploitation is launched

First Scottish campaign against trafficking and sexual exploitation is launched

15 Oct 2018 Scotland

The first ever campaign targeting the perpetrators of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Scotland has been launched by police. Officers said traffickers are making poten...

Abuse inquiry finds children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated

Abuse inquiry finds children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated

12 Oct 2018 Scotland

Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngs...

Private nurseries raise concerns over expansion of free childcare in Scotland

Private nurseries raise concerns over expansion of free childcare in Scotland

11 Oct 2018 Scotland

Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery pro...

Cost of anti-psychotic drug increased by more than 200% due to shortages

Cost of anti-psychotic drug increased by more than 200% due to shortages

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

The cost of anti-psychotic medication increased by more than 200% in a year mainly due to drug shortages, new data shows. NHS figures for Scotland reveal the gross ingredient cost...

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a pro...

Javid accused putting 'politics ahead of people' after refusing safe injecting room

Javid accused putting 'politics ahead of people' after refusing safe injecting room

09 Oct 2018 Scotland

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of putting "party political dogma ahead of people's lives" with his refusal to allow a safe injecting room to be set up in Scotland's la...

NHS whistleblowers given direct line to Health Secretary

NHS whistleblowers given direct line to Health Secretary

09 Oct 2018 Scotland

Scotland's health secretary has told NHS whistleblowing champions to come straight to her if they are not being listened to by their health boards. Jeane Freeman said she would ap...

Leukaemia drug is one of four accepted for use by NHS in Scotland

Leukaemia drug is one of four accepted for use by NHS in Scotland

09 Oct 2018 Scotland

A medicine which helps to improve the quality of life for patients with an aggressive form of leukaemia is one of four drugs approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish ...

Health Secretary urged to probe claims of unequal mental health treatment

Health Secretary urged to probe claims of unequal mental health treatment

08 Oct 2018 Scotland

The Health Secretary has been urged to investigate concerns over access to mental health services for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients.Labour’s health spokeswoman M...

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Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

17 Oct 2018 Wales

A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

NHS managers used U2 band names on £700,000 fraud, court hears

NHS managers used U2 band names on £700,000 fraud, court hears

10 Oct 2018 Wales

Three NHS managers defrauded a health board out of more than £700,000 by using the names of U2 members to award contracts to a bogus construction firm, a court has heard. Mark Evill, 4...

British Sign Language 'should be first language of deaf children in Wales'

British Sign Language 'should be first language of deaf children in Wales'

05 Oct 2018 Wales

British Sign Language (BSL) should be recognised as the first language of many deaf children in Wales, a committee has recommended. The National Assembly's Petitions Committee examined...

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

04 Oct 2018 Wales

New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and ...

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

04 Oct 2018 Wales

More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still n...

Plaid Cymru politician admits making more than 600 indecent images of children

Plaid Cymru politician admits making more than 600 indecent images of children

03 Oct 2018 Wales

A former Plaid Cymru politician has pleaded guilty to making making more than 600 indecent pictures and videos of children. Simon Thomas, 54, admitted three counts of making indecent i...

NHS pays out record compensation of nearly £20M to brain injury girl

NHS pays out record compensation of nearly £20M to brain injury girl

02 Oct 2018 Wales

An 18-year-old girl has been awarded almost £20 million in compensation in what is believed to be a record payout by the NHS. The teenager suffered catastrophic brain injuries after be...

Plaid Cymru councillor sexually assaulted woman with 'electric massager', trial told

Plaid Cymru councillor sexually assaulted woman with 'electric massager', trial told

02 Oct 2018 Wales

A Plaid Cymru councillor sexually assaulted a woman during a general election campaign and another with an "electric massager" at his home, a court has heard. William Jones, 67, is acc...

Welsh Ministers launch consultation proposing 50p minimum price for alcohol

Welsh Ministers launch consultation proposing 50p minimum price for alcohol

28 Sep 2018 Wales

The minimum unit price of alcohol in Wales could be set at 50p by next year, the country's health secretary has announced. The new regime is proposed to come into force in summer 2019 ...

Cardiff researchers suggest aspirin may play life-saving role in cancer treatment

Cardiff researchers suggest aspirin may play life-saving role in cancer treatment

27 Sep 2018 Wales

An aspirin a day not only helps keep cancer at bay, it may also play a life-saving role in treatment, new research suggests. A review study involving hundreds of thousands of cancer pa...

Call for social care professionals in Wales to contribute to revised practice guidance

Call for social care professionals in Wales to contribute to revised practice guidance

20 Sep 2018 Wales

Social Care Wales have issued a call for your views on changes to the practice guidance for social workers, social care managers and residential child care managers. The practice gui...

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Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

18 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-ab...

NI’s Chief Social Worker urges workforce to become more 'poverty aware'

NI’s Chief Social Worker urges workforce to become more 'poverty aware'

17 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland has called on all social workers to become poverty aware and to become anti-poverty practitioners. Speaking on International Day for...

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

17 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

  The latest sexual health figures released by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) show an increase in cases of gonorrhoea, herpes and chlamydia, while numbers diagnosed with...

Most Irish people believe Pope did not do enough to address clerical abuse

Most Irish people believe Pope did not do enough to address clerical abuse

16 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Most Irish people believe Pope Francis did not do enough to address clerical abuse during his recent visit, researchers have said.The pontiff made his first papal trip to the Republic i...

New poll finds majority support change in Northern Ireland's abortion laws

New poll finds majority support change in Northern Ireland's abortion laws

10 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

New opinion polls have found that the majority of people across the UK want to see abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Unlike in the rest of the UK, abortions in Northern Irel...

Campaigners urge MPs to back abortion reform in Northern Ireland

Campaigners urge MPs to back abortion reform in Northern Ireland

08 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Campaigners have urged MPs to put pressure on Westminster to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland in all but exceptional medical and me...

Mother-of-two mounts legal challenge against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Mother-of-two mounts legal challenge against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

02 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws has been mounted. Sarah Ewart (pictured) is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incomp...

Tory MPs join campaign to ease restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Tory MPs join campaign to ease restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland

28 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Three Conservative MPs who back abortion reform in Northern Ireland will be in Belfast later to hear experiences of women impacted by the region's restrictive laws. During a day of mee...

Syrian children who cross Irish border 'vulnerable to no-deal Brexit', charity warns

Syrian children who cross Irish border 'vulnerable to no-deal Brexit', charity warns

28 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) ...

Commissioner demands 'urgent reform' after damning review of child mental health services

Commissioner demands 'urgent reform' after damning review of child mental health services

27 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, prob...

Man accused of naming woman in rugby rape trial stays away from court

Man accused of naming woman in rugby rape trial stays away from court

26 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A man accused of using social media to name the woman at the centre of a rape trial involving two rugby stars stayed away from court as his case was raised before a judge for the first ...

More than twice as many NI patients on year-long surgery waiting list as England

More than twice as many NI patients on year-long surgery waiting list as England

24 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

The number enduring lengthy waits for some surgical procedures in Northern Ireland was higher than in England this year, NHS statistics revealed. More than 10,000 patients were on the ...


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Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

18 Oct 2018 England

A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal aut...

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

18 Oct 2018 England

MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons ...

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

18 Oct 2018 England

An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (D...

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GMB and...

Warning issued over prison social care with many older jails ill-equipped

Warning issued over prison social care with many older jails ill-equipped

16 Oct 2018 England

The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelcha...

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

15 Oct 2018 England

GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social ...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

£20 million scheme to get rough sleepers off streets opens for bids

£20 million scheme to get rough sleepers off streets opens for bids

10 Oct 2018 England

A £20 million scheme to help rough sleepers off the streets and into secure homes has been announced by the Government ahead of World Homeless Day. The Private Rented Sector Access Fun...

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

10 Oct 2018 England

The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Ja...

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress...

'Nothing short of national scandal' as 449 people died homeless in last 12 months

'Nothing short of national scandal' as 449 people died homeless in last 12 months

09 Oct 2018 England

At least 449 people died homeless in the UK in the last year, a nationwide investigation has found. The research, conducted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, is believed to be...

Slovakian family jailed for trafficking slave workers to UK earning £5 a day

Slovakian family jailed for trafficking slave workers to UK earning £5 a day

05 Oct 2018 England

A Slovakian gang who made a family business from trafficking workers to the UK and forcing them to work for as little as £5 a day have been jailed. Members of the Cisar family were tol...

Carers accused of murdering woman were not fit to look after her, court told

Carers accused of murdering woman were not fit to look after her, court told

05 Oct 2018 Scotland

Two people accused of murdering a woman in their care more than 18 years ago were not fit enough to look after her, a court has been told. Jean McSherry had been engaged to marry the f...

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

04 Oct 2018 Wales

More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still n...

Glasgow City Council workers to stage two-day strike in row over equal pay

Glasgow City Council workers to stage two-day strike in row over equal pay

04 Oct 2018 Scotland

Thousands of Glasgow City Council workers will stage a two-day strike later this month in a row over equal pay claims. More than 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions are due to w...

Mother of missing vulnerable daughter ‘thought she was getting on with her life’

Mother of missing vulnerable daughter ‘thought she was getting on with her life’

04 Oct 2018 Scotland

The mother of a woman allegedly murdered more than 18 years ago has told a court she thought her daughter was getting on with her life and “enjoying herself”. Margaret Cruickshanks, wh...

Specialist trauma officers rescue man who's been 'living in shed for 40 years'

Specialist trauma officers rescue man who's been 'living in shed for 40 years'

04 Oct 2018 England

An investigation is under way after a man believed to have lived in a six-foot shed for 40 years was rescued by specialist officers. The 58-year-old was found at a residential site nor...

Major increase in use of hospital restraints for learning disability patients branded 'really shameful'

Major increase in use of hospital restraints for learning disability patients branded 'really shameful'

02 Oct 2018 England

The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities has risen by 50% in hospitals, figures show. Restraints in this setting were used a total of 15,065 times in England in 2016,...

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Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

18 Oct 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raise...

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

17 Oct 2018 England

Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The...

National operation sees 200 suspected members of 'county lines' gangs arrested

National operation sees 200 suspected members of 'county lines' gangs arrested

16 Oct 2018 England

More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which...

Father who attacked partner should be given no information on children - Judge

Father who attacked partner should be given no information on children - Judge

16 Oct 2018 England

A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decid...

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

15 Oct 2018 England

England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Roya...

Abuse inquiry finds children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated

Abuse inquiry finds children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated

12 Oct 2018 Scotland

Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters ...

Autism school 'devastated' after two staff members killed in M4 crash

Autism school 'devastated' after two staff members killed in M4 crash

12 Oct 2018 England

An autism school has been left "devastated" after two members of staff were killed in a motorway crash involving a minibus and lorry. Tragedy struck on the M4 on Thursday afternoon as ...

Private nurseries raise concerns over expansion of free childcare in Scotland

Private nurseries raise concerns over expansion of free childcare in Scotland

11 Oct 2018 Scotland

Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provisio...

Judge speaks of 'outrage' at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable boy

Judge speaks of 'outrage' at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable boy

11 Oct 2018 England

A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his l...

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

10 Oct 2018 England

One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged b...

Judge criticises council over 'atrocious' treatment of severely traumatised autistic girl

Judge criticises council over 'atrocious' treatment of severely traumatised autistic girl

09 Oct 2018 England

A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitab...

Undercover police assess hotel staff's ability at spotting child sexual exploitation

Undercover police assess hotel staff's ability at spotting child sexual exploitation

08 Oct 2018 England

Undercover police have been testing hotel staff's success at spotting the potential sexual exploitation of children.Officers have over the past week attempted to check into rooms in Lon...

Charity aims to double number of children it helps with launch of new campaign

Charity aims to double number of children it helps with launch of new campaign

08 Oct 2018 Scotland

A children’s charity has launched a campaign to double the number of youngsters it supports over the next five years.Children 1st helped 10,000 children and their families last year and...

Shortage of secure units for children 'fundamentally unsatisfactory', says judge

Shortage of secure units for children 'fundamentally unsatisfactory', says judge

05 Oct 2018 England

The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has raised concern about the knock-on effects of a shortage of approved secure accommodation units for children in council care. ...

Toddler dies after being tied face-down on mattress in 'cage' bed, court told

Toddler dies after being tied face-down on mattress in 'cage' bed, court told

04 Oct 2018 England

A toddler died after being bound and forced to sleep face down in a "cage" bed, a court has heard. Ellie-May Minshull-Coyle, aged 19 months, was tied to the mattress of her bed with ti...

Child refugee charity scores partial victory in court challenge but 480 cap remains

Child refugee charity scores partial victory in court challenge but 480 cap remains

04 Oct 2018 England

A charity has scored a partial victory in the Court of Appeal against the Home Office over its handling of unaccompanied child refugees. Following a challenge by Help Refugees, senior ...

Families in High Court challenge against council over 'unlawful' special needs budget cut

Families in High Court challenge against council over 'unlawful' special needs budget cut

03 Oct 2018 England

Families of children with special educational needs are fighting a High Court battle against local authority cuts of more £21 million. Five children, whose mothers are bringing the cas...

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Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the Natio...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress...

Dame Barbara Windsor calls for a stand against dementia in new video

Dame Barbara Windsor calls for a stand against dementia in new video

08 Oct 2018 England

Dame Barbara Windsor has appeared on video for the first time to speak publicly about dementia - as her husband said that "there is still so much of her there" despite her illness.With ...

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

04 Oct 2018 Wales

More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still n...

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

28 Sep 2018 Webwatch

A website has been launched to trigger memories in people suffering from dementia. BBC Music Memories follows research showing how music benefits those with the condition. The new sit...

Provost special guest as Meallmore officially opens revamped care home in Inverness

Provost special guest as Meallmore officially opens revamped care home in Inverness

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

A recently refurbished care home in Inverness has held an official opening event to give guests a first glimpse of its new facilities and an opportunity to meet its care team. Culduthe...

Care home nurse thought man was joking when he said 'I just killed my nan', court hears

Care home nurse thought man was joking when he said 'I just killed my nan', court hears

26 Sep 2018 England

A care home nurse told a court that she thought a male visitor was joking when he told her: "I just killed my nan." Antony Jennings, 33, killed his 94-year-old grandmother Ruby Wilson ...

Life expectancy in Scotland falls for first time in 35 years, new data

Life expectancy in Scotland falls for first time in 35 years, new data

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

Life expectancy in Scotland has fallen for the first time in 35 years, official figures have revealed. Males born in the period 2015 to 2017 can expect to live until the age of 77, new...

Elderly putting health at risk by mixing prescription drugs with alternative therapies

Elderly putting health at risk by mixing prescription drugs with alternative therapies

25 Sep 2018 England

An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study sugges...

Game Of Thrones star lends support to new film highlighting dementia fight

Game Of Thrones star lends support to new film highlighting dementia fight

20 Sep 2018 England

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has lent her voice to a new campaign in the battle to defeat dementia. Known for the murderous matriarch Cersei Lannister in the award-winning serie...

New research suggests 'association' between air pollution and increased dementia risk

New research suggests 'association' between air pollution and increased dementia risk

19 Sep 2018 England

Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neur...

New medical boxes launched to tackle sepsis in older patients with mental health problems

New medical boxes launched to tackle sepsis in older patients with mental health problems

17 Sep 2018 Wales

A new initiative to halt the development of a life threatening infection in older people with mental health problems has been launched at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. To mark World Sepsis ...

Inspectors raise serious concerns at East Dunbartonshire care home for elderly

Inspectors raise serious concerns at East Dunbartonshire care home for elderly

14 Sep 2018 Scotland

A care home for older people in East Dunbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate has serve...

'Operational challenges' sees company with four care homes enter administration

'Operational challenges' sees company with four care homes enter administration

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

A company with three care homes in Scotland has gone into administration. Bertinaley Care Limited owns and operates premises in Hamilton, Largs and Dundee - as well as one in Surrey - ...

Apology issued as 1,761 women in Scotland not invited for final breast screening appointment

Apology issued as 1,761 women in Scotland not invited for final breast screening appointment

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

Almost 1,800 women are being contacted by the NHS after it emerged they were not invited for breast screening appointments. It comes after a review of the Scottish Breast Screening pro...

End-of-life research finds people in most deprived areas far more likely to die alone

End-of-life research finds people in most deprived areas far more likely to die alone

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

People in Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods are almost a quarter more likely to die alone at home than others, new research says. The research says those living in the most depri...

Survey reveals majority ready to discuss palliative care with health professional

Survey reveals majority ready to discuss palliative care with health professional

13 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Research carried out on behalf of the All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has shown that seven in ten people believe that if palliative care could help them t...

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Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

18 Oct 2018 England

NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing...

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

18 Oct 2018 England

MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons ...

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

18 Oct 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raise...

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

17 Oct 2018 England

Ambulance staff in the north-east will pilot body worn video cameras following a 23% rise in reported attacks by patients this year.Around 40 North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff w...

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

17 Oct 2018 England

The NHS made almost £70 million by charging staff for parking last year, it has been revealed.Figures released by NHS Digital show that trusts in England raked in £69.5 million in 2017/...

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

17 Oct 2018 Wales

A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for...

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

17 Oct 2018 England

Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budg...

Labour warn over 'savage' cuts to number of health visitors in England

Labour warn over 'savage' cuts to number of health visitors in England

17 Oct 2018 England

There have been "savage" cuts to the number of health visitors in England, Labour has warned.New analysis by the party suggests the number of health visitors has been cut by 8% in just ...

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

17 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

  The latest sexual health figures released by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) show an increase in cases of gonorrhoea, herpes and chlamydia, while numbers diagnosed with...

Increased levies on alcohol prices needed to limit damage to society - report

Increased levies on alcohol prices needed to limit damage to society - report

16 Oct 2018 England

A new "treatment levy" should be imposed on alcohol duties to help deal with the harm caused by heavy drinking, MPs and health groups have said.Ministers have been urged to bring forwar...

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

15 Oct 2018 England

England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Roya...

Report aims to dispel myths around disabled people and physical exercise

Report aims to dispel myths around disabled people and physical exercise

15 Oct 2018 England

Myths about physical activity being harmful for disabled people should be dispelled, according to a report. Disabled adults are twice as likely to be inactive than non-disabled adults,...

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

15 Oct 2018 England

GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social ...

Patient left paralysed wins ruling over misleading advice from A&E receptionist

Patient left paralysed wins ruling over misleading advice from A&E receptionist

11 Oct 2018 England

A man left paralysed after leaving A&E following "misleading" advice from a hospital receptionist will receive damages after winning a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Michael Darnley wa...

Disjointed health and social care increasing pressure on A&E departments

Disjointed health and social care increasing pressure on A&E departments

11 Oct 2018 England

Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Comm...

Many new mothers with mental health problems fear raising issue with GP

Many new mothers with mental health problems fear raising issue with GP

10 Oct 2018 England

More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) fo...

NHS managers used U2 band names on £700,000 fraud, court hears

NHS managers used U2 band names on £700,000 fraud, court hears

10 Oct 2018 Wales

Three NHS managers defrauded a health board out of more than £700,000 by using the names of U2 members to award contracts to a bogus construction firm, a court has heard. Mark Evill, 4...

Clinical waste firm stripped of NHS contracts after body parts allowed to pile up

Clinical waste firm stripped of NHS contracts after body parts allowed to pile up

10 Oct 2018 England

A clinical waste disposal firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after allowing body parts to pile up at its facilities. Healthcare Environment Services (HES) had "failed to demonstra...

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Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

17 Oct 2018 England

Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The...

GPs urged to 'prescribe activity' for people with common long-term conditions

GPs urged to 'prescribe activity' for people with common long-term conditions

16 Oct 2018 England

GPs are being urged to "prescribe movement" to patients with some of the most common conditions.Those with cancer, depression, dementia and type 2 diabetes are among those who should be...

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

15 Oct 2018 England

England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Roya...

Concerns raised over suicide attempts by women involved in benefits tests

Concerns raised over suicide attempts by women involved in benefits tests

11 Oct 2018 England

Nearly half of women involved in work capability benefits tests have attempted suicide, the Commons has heard. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded the assessments, used to de...

Many new mothers with mental health problems fear raising issue with GP

Many new mothers with mental health problems fear raising issue with GP

10 Oct 2018 England

More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) fo...

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

10 Oct 2018 England

One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged b...

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

10 Oct 2018 England

The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Ja...

Cost of anti-psychotic drug increased by more than 200% due to shortages

Cost of anti-psychotic drug increased by more than 200% due to shortages

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

The cost of anti-psychotic medication increased by more than 200% in a year mainly due to drug shortages, new data shows. NHS figures for Scotland reveal the gross ingredient cost (GIC...

Almost one in four waiting three months for mental health specialist

Almost one in four waiting three months for mental health specialist

09 Oct 2018 England

Almost a quarter of patients with a mental health problem are waiting more than three months to see an NHS specialist, leading psychiatrists have warned. The Royal College of Psychiatr...

Thousands sign petition calling for better mental health support in workplace

Thousands sign petition calling for better mental health support in workplace

09 Oct 2018 England

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for mental health to be given as much importance as physical health at work. The Where's Your Head At? campaign is demanding bet...

Health Secretary urged to probe claims of unequal mental health treatment

Health Secretary urged to probe claims of unequal mental health treatment

08 Oct 2018 Scotland

The Health Secretary has been urged to investigate concerns over access to mental health services for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients.Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica...

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

04 Oct 2018 Wales

New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and ...

New campaign urges people to 'Ask Twice' to tackle mental health problems

New campaign urges people to 'Ask Twice' to tackle mental health problems

03 Oct 2018 England

A new campaign is calling for people to "ask twice" how others are feeling, to improve conversations around mental health. More than three-quarters of people (78%) would say they are "...

Prison's mental health service being hampered by shortage of nursing staff

Prison's mental health service being hampered by shortage of nursing staff

03 Oct 2018 Scotland

A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve th...

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

01 Oct 2018 Webwatch

Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and So...

Mental Welfare Commission concern over 12% rise in guardianship orders in Scotland

Mental Welfare Commission concern over 12% rise in guardianship orders in Scotland

28 Sep 2018 Scotland

The rise in legal orders giving control over finance, property and welfare safeguards for adults without the capacity to make their own decisions is “concerning”, a watchdog has said. ...

Commissioner demands 'urgent reform' after damning review of child mental health services

Commissioner demands 'urgent reform' after damning review of child mental health services

27 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, prob...

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Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

18 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-ab...

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

18 Oct 2018 England

A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal aut...

Prolific paedophile Matthew Falder wins seven-year reduction on sentence

Prolific paedophile Matthew Falder wins seven-year reduction on sentence

17 Oct 2018 England

One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, has won a challenge against his "manifestly excessive" 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge grad...

Religious hate crimes in England and Wales surge by 40% in 12 months

Religious hate crimes in England and Wales surge by 40% in 12 months

16 Oct 2018 England

Hate crime in England and Wales rose by nearly a fifth last year, according to police figures.There were 94,098 such offences recorded by police in total in 2017/18, an increase of 17% ...

National operation sees 200 suspected members of 'county lines' gangs arrested

National operation sees 200 suspected members of 'county lines' gangs arrested

16 Oct 2018 England

More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which...

Father who attacked partner should be given no information on children - Judge

Father who attacked partner should be given no information on children - Judge

16 Oct 2018 England

A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decid...

One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles challenges 32-year jail sentence

One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles challenges 32-year jail sentence

16 Oct 2018 England

One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, is to challenge his 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder will have his c...

Judge speaks of 'outrage' at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable boy

Judge speaks of 'outrage' at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable boy

11 Oct 2018 England

A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his l...

Family doctor in court charged with groping 25 woman and girls in Surrey

Family doctor in court charged with groping 25 woman and girls in Surrey

10 Oct 2018 England

A GP groped a woman in an "immature Benny Hill" fashion and sexually assaulted a number of other patients under the guise of medical examinations, a court has heard. Alan Tutin, 70, al...

Judge criticises council over 'atrocious' treatment of severely traumatised autistic girl

Judge criticises council over 'atrocious' treatment of severely traumatised autistic girl

09 Oct 2018 England

A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitab...

Woman awarded £80,000 after suing man previously cleared of raping her

Woman awarded £80,000 after suing man previously cleared of raping her

08 Oct 2018 Scotland

A woman has been awarded £80,000 in damages in a civil case against a man who had previously been cleared of raping her. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sued Stephen ...

Slovakian family jailed for trafficking slave workers to UK earning £5 a day

Slovakian family jailed for trafficking slave workers to UK earning £5 a day

05 Oct 2018 England

A Slovakian gang who made a family business from trafficking workers to the UK and forcing them to work for as little as £5 a day have been jailed. Members of the Cisar family were tol...

Shortage of secure units for children 'fundamentally unsatisfactory', says judge

Shortage of secure units for children 'fundamentally unsatisfactory', says judge

05 Oct 2018 England

The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has raised concern about the knock-on effects of a shortage of approved secure accommodation units for children in council care. ...

Sharp rise in violent and sexual offences fuels 17% rise in crime on railways

Sharp rise in violent and sexual offences fuels 17% rise in crime on railways

05 Oct 2018 England

A sharp jump in violent and sexual offences has fuelled a 17% increase in crimes recorded on Britain's railways, official figures show. Some 61,159 crimes were reported by British Tran...

Landmark prosecution sees drug dealer jailed for trafficking children in 'county lines' operation

Landmark prosecution sees drug dealer jailed for trafficking children in 'county lines' operation

05 Oct 2018 England

A drug dealer who trafficked three children including a teenage girl to use in a "county lines" crack and heroin selling ring has been jailed for 14 years after a landmark prosecution. ...

Carers accused of murdering woman were not fit to look after her, court told

Carers accused of murdering woman were not fit to look after her, court told

05 Oct 2018 Scotland

Two people accused of murdering a woman in their care more than 18 years ago were not fit enough to look after her, a court has been told. Jean McSherry had been engaged to marry the f...

Family of man who died in custody ‘disgusted’ as no charges planned over death

Family of man who died in custody ‘disgusted’ as no charges planned over death

04 Oct 2018 Scotland

The family of a man who died in police custody more than three years ago said they are “disappointed and disgusted” by the Crown’s decision not to bring any prosecutions at present as a...

Mother of missing vulnerable daughter ‘thought she was getting on with her life’

Mother of missing vulnerable daughter ‘thought she was getting on with her life’

04 Oct 2018 Scotland

The mother of a woman allegedly murdered more than 18 years ago has told a court she thought her daughter was getting on with her life and “enjoying herself”. Margaret Cruickshanks, wh...


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Engage: 'Unconsiderate' sex with partner can be worse than stranger rape - Germaine Greer

18 September 2018 Engage

Engage: 'Unconsiderate' sex with partner can be worse than stranger rape - Germaine Greer

Constant "unconsiderate" sex with a partner can be worse than rape by a stranger, feminist writer Germaine Greer has suggested. While rape by a stranger is "bloody bad luck", it does not necessarily force a woman to reassess her whole life in the way tha...

Engage: I was complicit in workplace harassment of young women - Trevor Phillips

18 September 2018 Engage

Engage: I was complicit in workplace harassment of young women - Trevor Phillips

Former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips has said he was "complicit" in workplace harassment of young women. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that such behaviou...

Engage: Some frontline staff wrongly believe flu jab can make them ill, nursing chief

12 September 2018 Engage

Engage: Some frontline staff wrongly believe flu jab can make them ill, nursing chief

Some NHS staff choose not to get the flu vaccine because they wrongly believe it could make them ill, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, chief nurse for England, said some "myths" persist around the vaccine, including among NHS worker...

Engage: Dame Kelly Homes describes 'heartbreak' at mother's death from blood cancer

04 September 2018 Engage

Engage: Dame Kelly Homes describes 'heartbreak' at mother's death from blood cancer

Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes has described the "heartbreaking" experience of losing her mother to blood cancer as she campaigns to raise awareness of the disease. The double gold medal winner spoke out as it emerged that more than half of British ad...

Engage: Actress Michaela Coel talks about 'therapeutic' writing following sexual assault

23 August 2018 Engage

Engage: Actress Michaela Coel talks about 'therapeutic' writing following sexual assault

Actress Michaela Coel has claimed she was sexually assaulted by strangers, but said that writing about it for a new TV show has been "therapeutic". Coel, who wrote and starred in Bafta-winning E4 comedy series Chewing Gum, told the Edinburgh TV Festival ...

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

The good news is that the NHS has received a 70th “birthday gift” in the form of a 3.4% per year increase in real spending over the next five years. The bad news is that, although this may be enough to fight the current battle, it may not be enough to win...

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory ...

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

19 June 2018 Engage

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful ...

Engage: How virtual reality if helping NHS mental health teams reach Grenfell Community

12 June 2018 Engage

Engage: How virtual reality if helping NHS mental health teams reach Grenfell Community

Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market st...

Engage: Are care workers key to improving mental health patients’ physical health in secure hospitals?

11 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Are care workers key to improving mental health patients’ physical health in secure hospitals?

A new study suggests more value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings. Researchers from Loughborough University have explored the way health care assistants perceive the benefits ...

Engage: Could this be the formula for preventing Alzheimer's disease?

06 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Could this be the formula for preventing Alzheimer's disease?

A combination of sleep, exercise and alcohol could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that a good night's sleep, increasing heart rate through exercise and 25ml of wine per day can help stimulate the brain's o...

Engage: What can social workers do if they find evidence of child sexual abuse imagery online

05 June 2018 Engage

Engage: What can social workers do if they find evidence of child sexual abuse imagery online

We’d like to introduce ourselves to the readers of Care Appointments. We’re the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and we’re the organisation removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. It’s a tough job, but a vital one, not only for the victims o...

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Webwatch: Facebook announces new tools to tackle bullying and harassment

03 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Facebook announces new tools to tackle bullying and harassment

Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will al...

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

01 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental ...

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

28 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

A website has been launched to trigger memories in people suffering from dementia. BBC Music Memories follows research showing how ...

Webwatch: Emoji-powered online jukebox to help young people talk about mental health

19 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Emoji-powered online jukebox to help young people talk about mental health

An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative af...

Webwatch: Call for more research into impact of social media on mental health

18 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Call for more research into impact of social media on mental health

The way social media impacts young people's mental health needs to be better understood, according to new research by the Centre for...

Webwatch: Offences of viewing indecent images of children up a quarter, NSPCC

13 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Offences of viewing indecent images of children up a quarter, NSPCC

Police are discovering child abuse image offences on average every 23 minutes, according to the NSPCC. Recorded crimes of viewing i...

Webwatch: Adults urged to check heart attack and stroke risk with free online tool

04 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Adults urged to check heart attack and stroke risk with free online tool

Health officials have urged adults to check their risk of having a heart attack or stroke using a free online tool. The Heart Age T...

Webwatch: Internet giants warned they could face new laws over online child abuse

03 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Internet giants warned they could face new laws over online child abuse

Sajid Javid has warned internet giants they could face new laws unless they step up efforts to tackle child abuse content. The Home...

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University launches probe into sex worker support group's freshers' fair stall

01 October 2018

University launches probe into sex worker support group's freshers' fair stall

A university is launching an investigation after a sex workers' support group ran a stall offering help for students at its freshers' fairs. The decision to allow the Sex Workers' Outreach Project Sussex (Swop) to attend the University of ...

Queen's academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work for over 50 years

13 September 2018

Queen's academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work for over 50 years

An academic from Queen's University Belfast has been awarded the first UK Fulbright Scholarship award in the discipline of Social Work for over 50 years. Dr Joe Duffy, a Senior Lecturer in Social Work from the School of Social Sciences, Ed...

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

07 September 2018

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

New guidance has been issued to universities dedicated to the prevention of student suicide. It was launched in Sheffield at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference where it was also announced that new guidance is being worked on for t...

Applications for 2019 Addictions Counselling degree open this week

06 September 2018

Applications for 2019 Addictions Counselling degree open this week

Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Tr...

University of the West of Scotland’s £110 million Lanarkshire campus opens to students

03 September 2018

University of the West of Scotland’s £110 million Lanarkshire campus opens to students

The University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) new £110 million Lanarkshire campus has opened to students. The site has been completed in a two-year project and includes cutting-edge research facilities, an environmental chamber and virtua...

Quarter of student nurses dropping out of degrees before graduating

03 September 2018

Quarter of student nurses dropping out of degrees before graduating

One in four student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, figures show. Data obtained by nursing journal Nursing Standard and the charity the Health Foundation indicates that of 16,544 UK nursing students who began th...

Children's attitudes to supporting autistic peers improves through collaborative music

30 August 2018

Children's attitudes to supporting autistic peers improves through collaborative music

Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the intera...

Global study suggests alcohol leading risk factor for death with no safe level of consumption

24 August 2018

Global study suggests alcohol leading risk factor for death with no safe level of consumption

Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disease worldwide, and is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old, according to a new study involving researchers from the University of Sheffield. The Global Bu...

Therapy that helps people with dementia maintain lifestyles rolled out

24 August 2018

Therapy that helps people with dementia maintain lifestyles rolled out

A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cog...

Study exploring myths surrounding dementia successful in changing misconceptions

24 August 2018

Study exploring myths surrounding dementia successful in changing misconceptions

A pioneering workshop to educate university students on dementia awareness has been successful in changing misconceptions. The Dementia Detectives workshop was created by Dr Sahdia Parveen from the University of Bradford and was initially ...

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

16 August 2018

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mo...

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

15 August 2018

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking services. Dr Gearon (pictured) from the Department of...

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

15 August 2018

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

Few students at English and Welsh universities feel that their fees of £9,000 a year are good value for money, a survey has found. Just 13% of students questioned agreed that "the standard of education and the increased wages graduates ear...

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

08 August 2018

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores to limit the number of female students. Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting ...

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

13 July 2018

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range o...

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

06 July 2018

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

A new partnership has been launched to develop social work education in Bradford. The Bradford Teaching Partnership will see a collaboration between Bradford College, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford to provide high-quality ...

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

05 July 2018

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of t...

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

28 June 2018

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and s...

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

28 June 2018

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face tr...

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

28 June 2018

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

Universities should take the place of parents and ensure they offer good mental health support to students to stop them becoming overwhelmed and "falling between the cracks", a minister has said. Sam Gyimah has called on universities to do...

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

25 June 2018

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

Concerns have been raised about suicide among university students as new figures show rates are higher than they were a decade ago. Data released for the first time by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also indicates significantly h...

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

20 June 2018

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland.  Laura (pictured, left) was ...

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

19 June 2018

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

Marriage may help to protect people against developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to research. Single, divorced, and widowed people are at a heightened risk of developing the health problems, a study involving universities...

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

12 June 2018

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

Researchers at Middlesex University (MDX) need healthy adults to participate in crucial research aiming to develop a novel test, which will be used in a study investigating whether music therapy sessions have beneficial effects in adults wh...

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

12 June 2018

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-te...

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

07 June 2018

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

University of Edinburgh social work PhD graduate, Dr Mary Mitchell and current PhD student, Ariane Critchley, have achieved success in the 2018 Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition; awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of S...

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

07 June 2018

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite ...

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

06 June 2018

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects, to be led by researchers from Glasgow and Stirling universities. Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers will identify the challenges and explore the implication...

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

23 May 2018

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of m...

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

22 May 2018

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the prof...

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

17 May 2018

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that ...

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

17 May 2018

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

The School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh has announced details of their 2018 conference for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW). The theme of the NQSW Conference this year is Building the future: Shaping ...

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

17 May 2018

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing...

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

14 May 2018

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

Devon County Council is to give health and social care workers and job seekers wishing to enter the profession the chance to learn new maths, English, care and IT skills. Varied shift patterns and irregular hours can make it difficult for h...

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

11 May 2018

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

University students with mental health problems are in danger of "slipping through the gaps" when at their most vulnerable, a report has warned, amid a continuing increase in the number of student suicides.Several institutions have seen a n...

Lower concern for personal gain exposes autistic children to higher risk of bullying

03 May 2018

Lower concern for personal gain exposes autistic children to higher risk of bullying

Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists. The research by Dr Calum Hartley and Sophie Fisher of Lancaster University involved young children playing tradin...

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Report: Still Waiting - Review of Children & Young People Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland

27 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Still Waiting - Review of Children & Young People Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland

A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns...

Report: Going To University From Care - Beyond The Headlines (CELCIS)

13 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Going To University From Care - Beyond The Headlines (CELCIS)

CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate ...

Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience

07 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience

As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future healt...

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

03 August 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

The Cardiff and The Vale Regional Safeguarding Board (CVRSCB) has published an extended Child Practice review into the circumstances around the tragic...

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South Wales mum becomes tutor after taking course to manage chronic pain condition

19 September 2018 New To Care

South Wales mum becomes tutor after taking course to manage chronic pain condition

A mum from Neath who went on a course to learn how to cope with chronic pain is now helping others - by becoming a tutor on the very same course. Angela F...

Care experienced student follows her dream to become a social worker

24 August 2018 New To Care

Care experienced student follows her dream to become a social worker

Inspirational Cheryl Thompson credits her time as a student at the University of Chester with changing her life – and now she plans to use her new-found co...

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

30 July 2018 New To Care

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

A new BBC Two show will follow young people volunteering in a hospital to find out if they can make a real change in the NHS. The four-part series - which...

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

22 May 2018 New To Care

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Chil...

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Two thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough

18 September 2018 Career Advice

Two thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough

According to the latest research from leading job board, CV-Library, almost two thirds (63.9%) of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t wo...

Care professionals reveal job satisfaction far more important than salary

30 August 2018 Career Advice

Care professionals reveal job satisfaction far more important than salary

Over three times as many care professionals believe that enjoying their jobs (87.9%) is a better measure of career success, than having a high salary ...

Data deficit hampering careers of ethnic minority and disabled employees

30 August 2018 Career Advice

Data deficit hampering careers of ethnic minority and disabled employees

Most employers are failing to collect information on how many disabled or ethnic minority workers they employ, which is putting their careers at risk,...

Call for more protection against sexual harassment in workplace

23 July 2018 Career Advice

Call for more protection against sexual harassment in workplace

A major review of women's rights in Britain has found "failures" in many areas of life, including violence and harassment at work. The Equality and H...