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'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

25 September 2018 England

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

Serious failings in the management of domestic abusers living in the community are laid bare in a major new report. Inspectors found contact with offenders was too infrequent, leaving many to "drift" through their supervision without being challenged over the...

Adult social care vacancy rate rises to 8% with 110,000 unfilled posts in England

24 September 2018 England

Adult social care vacancy rate rises to 8% with 110,000 unfilled posts in England

There are around 110,000 unfilled posts in the adult social care workforce in England, according to a new report. The majority of vacancies, 76,000, are for hands-on care workers, according to a report by the charity Skills for Care - which focuses on workfor...

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

21 September 2018 England

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. In total, local authorities will have to make £800 million of public health...

'Generational clash' sees NHS struggling with flexible working demands of young

20 September 2018 England

'Generational clash' sees NHS struggling with flexible working demands of young

The NHS is struggling to fill shifts around the clock as it deals with a new generation of workers who want flexible working, it has been claimed. Young people joining the health service have high expectations of their employer and want more say over when the...

Government returns powers to Rotherham Council after sex abuse scandal

18 September 2018 England

Government returns powers to Rotherham Council after sex abuse scandal

A council has been given back control of its services which were stripped away after a child sexual exploitation scandal. The government control of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been in place since February 2015 after damning reports into the way...

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Inquest concludes vulnerable prisoner found hanging in cell died by misadventure

Inquest concludes vulnerable prisoner found hanging in cell died by misadventure

26 Sep 2018 England

A prisoner who had been threatened by other inmates and was found hanging in his cell died by misadventure, an inquest jury has concluded. Matthew Gray, 31, was found by prison officer...

38% of small charities providing inaccuarte financial information - report

38% of small charities providing inaccuarte financial information - report

26 Sep 2018 England

Almost 40% of small charities are providing incorrect financial information in their annual returns, according to a Charity Commission report. In a review of a sample of charities, 38%...

'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of those q...

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...

Lack of social worker curiosity led to uncovering human trafficking ring, whistleblowers report

Lack of social worker curiosity led to uncovering human trafficking ring, whistleblowers report

25 Sep 2018 England

NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new repor...

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...

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

25 Sep 2018 England

Serious failings in the management of domestic abusers living in the community are laid bare in a major new report. Inspectors found contact with offenders was too infrequent, leaving ...

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

25 Sep 2018 England

Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judg...

Disgraced MP who sent thousands of sexually aggressive text messages plans to stand again

Disgraced MP who sent thousands of sexually aggressive text messages plans to stand again

25 Sep 2018 England

Disgraced Tory MP Andrew Griffiths plans to stand again in the Burton and Uttoxeter constituency. Mr Griffiths resigned as small business minister in July after he was unmasked for sen...

CPS denies altering rape prosecution advice to boost conviction rates

CPS denies altering rape prosecution advice to boost conviction rates

25 Sep 2018 England

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has denied changing its approach to rape prosecutions to improve conviction rates. The Guardian newspaper reported that advice to take a proportion ...

First UK patient receives groundbreaking radiotherapy for prostate cancer

First UK patient receives groundbreaking radiotherapy for prostate cancer

25 Sep 2018 England

The first UK patient has received radiotherapy using a machine which could one day cure some cancers in a single treatment. The Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research ...

Alleged victim 'sad and angry' as Conservative MSP cleared of sexual harassment complaint

Alleged victim 'sad and angry' as Conservative MSP cleared of sexual harassment complaint

25 Sep 2018 Scotland

A Scottish Conservative MSP has been cleared of sexual harassment following a hearing by the party's disciplinary committee. Miles Briggs faced accusations that he made persistent unwa...

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Inquest concludes vulnerable prisoner found hanging in cell died by misadventure

Inquest concludes vulnerable prisoner found hanging in cell died by misadventure

26 Sep 2018 England

A prisoner who had been threatened by other inmates and was found hanging in his cell died by misadventure, an inquest jury has concluded. Matthew Gray, 31, was found by prison officer...

38% of small charities providing inaccuarte financial information - report

38% of small charities providing inaccuarte financial information - report

26 Sep 2018 England

Almost 40% of small charities are providing incorrect financial information in their annual returns, according to a Charity Commission report. In a review of a sample of charities, 38%...

Lack of social worker curiosity led to uncovering human trafficking ring, whistleblowers report

Lack of social worker curiosity led to uncovering human trafficking ring, whistleblowers report

25 Sep 2018 England

NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new repor...

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...

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

25 Sep 2018 England

Serious failings in the management of domestic abusers living in the community are laid bare in a major new report. Inspectors found contact with offenders was too infrequent, leaving ...

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

25 Sep 2018 England

Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judg...

Disgraced MP who sent thousands of sexually aggressive text messages plans to stand again

Disgraced MP who sent thousands of sexually aggressive text messages plans to stand again

25 Sep 2018 England

Disgraced Tory MP Andrew Griffiths plans to stand again in the Burton and Uttoxeter constituency. Mr Griffiths resigned as small business minister in July after he was unmasked for sen...

CPS denies altering rape prosecution advice to boost conviction rates

CPS denies altering rape prosecution advice to boost conviction rates

25 Sep 2018 England

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has denied changing its approach to rape prosecutions to improve conviction rates. The Guardian newspaper reported that advice to take a proportion ...

First UK patient receives groundbreaking radiotherapy for prostate cancer

First UK patient receives groundbreaking radiotherapy for prostate cancer

25 Sep 2018 England

The first UK patient has received radiotherapy using a machine which could one day cure some cancers in a single treatment. The Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research ...

Low conviction levels of young men tried for rape a 'challenge for criminal justice system'

Low conviction levels of young men tried for rape a 'challenge for criminal justice system'

24 Sep 2018 England

Prosecutors have described the low levels of convictions against young men who are tried for rape as "a challenge for the entire criminal justice system" after figures showed that a thi...

Survey exposes need for better mental health support for breast cancer patients

Survey exposes need for better mental health support for breast cancer patients

24 Sep 2018 England

Breast cancer patients should be given better mental health support, charities have said. More than eight in 10 (84%) women diagnosed with the disease in England were not warned about ...

Link between multiple sclerosis and smoking 'clearer than ever', charity warns

Link between multiple sclerosis and smoking 'clearer than ever', charity warns

24 Sep 2018 England

The link between smoking and multiple sclerosis (MS) is "clearer than ever", with those who smoke more likely to develop the condition and become disabled more quickly, a charity has wa...

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'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of th...

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...

Alleged victim 'sad and angry' as Conservative MSP cleared of sexual harassment complaint

Alleged victim 'sad and angry' as Conservative MSP cleared of sexual harassment complaint

25 Sep 2018 Scotland

A Scottish Conservative MSP has been cleared of sexual harassment following a hearing by the party's disciplinary committee. Miles Briggs faced accusations that he made persistent...

Tory MSP denies sexual harassment claims at parliamentary social event

Tory MSP denies sexual harassment claims at parliamentary social event

24 Sep 2018 Scotland

A Conservative MSP is being investigated over sexual harassment allegations. Miles Briggs is alleged to have made persistent unwanted advances at a parliamentary social event. He...

Concerns raised with NHS Tayside over ‘systematic bullying’, MSPs told

Concerns raised with NHS Tayside over ‘systematic bullying’, MSPs told

21 Sep 2018 Scotland

Allegations of “systematic bullying” at NHS Tayside and the stress-related suicide of a trainee doctor there prompted the resignation of the health board’s whistleblowing champion,...

Nearly 4,000 breast cancer screening invitations missed in 2016, Tories reveal

Nearly 4,000 breast cancer screening invitations missed in 2016, Tories reveal

20 Sep 2018 Scotland

Almost 4,000 women were identified in 2016 as not having been sent routine invitations for breast screening, an MSP has highlighted. Conservative MSP Jamie Greene raised the figur...

Scots HIV charity saved from closure after Government funding u-turn

Scots HIV charity saved from closure after Government funding u-turn

20 Sep 2018 Scotland

An HIV charity has been saved from closure following a Scottish Government funding u-turn. HIV Scotland feared it would have to shut after losing out on Scottish Government cash e...

Citizens Advice finds one in three Scots going without food because of money

Citizens Advice finds one in three Scots going without food because of money

19 Sep 2018 Scotland

A third of Scots have been left unable to afford food at some point in the last year, a survey has revealed. Research for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found 33% of people had go...

Scots prisoners at risk of being freed without finishing reoffending treatment programmes

Scots prisoners at risk of being freed without finishing reoffending treatment programmes

19 Sep 2018 Scotland

Prisoners are at risk of being freed without having finished treatment programmes aimed at cutting reoffending, a report has warned. HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS...

Adoption decisions in Scotland not made ‘hastily’, despite early permanence commitment

Adoption decisions in Scotland not made ‘hastily’, despite early permanence commitment

19 Sep 2018 Scotland

Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such ...

PM using food shortage threats 'to make Chequers plan more palatable', Willie Rennie

PM using food shortage threats 'to make Chequers plan more palatable', Willie Rennie

18 Sep 2018 Scotland

Threats of food shortages are now the only way Theresa May can make her Brexit deal palatable, Lib Dems have heard. The damaging effects of a no-deal are being cynically played up...

SNP call for urgent action as report reveals 7.7 million living in 'persistent poverty'

SNP call for urgent action as report reveals 7.7 million living in 'persistent poverty'

17 Sep 2018 Scotland

More than one in 10 people in the UK live in "persistent poverty", according to a report that takes a fresh look at the way financial hardship is measured. A major study by the So...

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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...

NHS staff in Wales accept three year pay deal worth 6.5%

NHS staff in Wales accept three year pay deal worth 6.5%

18 Sep 2018 Wales

NHS staff in Wales, including nurses and midwives, have agreed a new three year pay deal worth 6.5%. The agreement matches one announced in England earlier this year, and goes beyond i...

Ex-Plaid Cymru AM charged with making indecent images of children

Ex-Plaid Cymru AM charged with making indecent images of children

18 Sep 2018 Wales

A former Plaid Cymru politician has been charged with making indecent images of children. Simon Thomas, 54, quit the party and his role as an Assembly Member after he was arrested in J...

Welsh care sector celebrated as 2018 Accolades winners announced at Cardiff ceremony

Welsh care sector celebrated as 2018 Accolades winners announced at Cardiff ceremony

18 Sep 2018 Wales

An initiative to reduce the risk of childhood sexual exploitation, a culture-change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes and a project which had led to a signifi...

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 ...

Man in police custody after missing 15-year-old girl from Pontypridd is found

Man in police custody after missing 15-year-old girl from Pontypridd is found

13 Sep 2018 Wales

A man has been arrested after a missing teenage girl was found by police. Naomi Rees, 15, was hunted by officers across the UK after she went missing from her home in South Wales four ...

Cardiff researchers launch 'world first' treatment for Type 1 diabetes

Cardiff researchers launch 'world first' treatment for Type 1 diabetes

12 Sep 2018 Wales

A groundbreaking trial to prevent and manage Type 1 diabetes has been launched by a health board. Doctors hope a new drug will help regrow lost insulin-producing cells in the bodies of...

Social worker given three year admonishment for failing to investigate child's bruising

Social worker given three year admonishment for failing to investigate child's bruising

07 Sep 2018 Wales

A former Swansea social worker has been given an admonishment for three years after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct. Fraser Scott was a...

Caroline Phipps re-appointed of Chair of panel advising on substance misuse in Wales

Caroline Phipps re-appointed of Chair of panel advising on substance misuse in Wales

06 Sep 2018 Wales

Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services in Wales, has announced the re-appointment of Caroline Phipps as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. She ...

Swansea researchers develop algorithm to flag suicide risk from health records

Swansea researchers develop algorithm to flag suicide risk from health records

27 Aug 2018 Wales

Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to ide...

Finalists announced for 2018 Welsh Accolades recognising excellence across care sector

Finalists announced for 2018 Welsh Accolades recognising excellence across care sector

24 Aug 2018 Wales

A project where carers open their homes to vulnerable people, a scheme to cut the risk of sexual exploitation of young people and a community garden initiative bringing together residen...

Safe sex and screening urged after fivefold rise in syphilis cases in South Wales

Safe sex and screening urged after fivefold rise in syphilis cases in South Wales

24 Aug 2018 Wales

Sexual health chiefs from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) are urging people to play safe after a fivefold rise in diagnosed cases of syphilis across South West Wal...

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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 ...

Westminster inquiry to examine whether UK Government has role in NI abortion law

Westminster inquiry to examine whether UK Government has role in NI abortion law

20 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A new Westminster inquiry is to examine whether the Government has a responsibility to reform abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The Women and Equalities Committee will also assess whe...

Abortion pill accused in 'fear and pain' over pending NI prosecution

Abortion pill accused in 'fear and pain' over pending NI prosecution

20 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter is in "fear and pain" over her pending prosecution. On Thursday the High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal ch...

Court to hear challenge to decision to prosecute woman over abortion pills

Court to hear challenge to decision to prosecute woman over abortion pills

20 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

The High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to a decision to prosecute a woman who obtained abortion pills for her teenage daughter. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 19...

Better support sought for people representing themselves in court

Better support sought for people representing themselves in court

14 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

More support should be offered to those who represent themselves in court to ensure they get a fair trial, researchers have suggested. Ulster University academics have examined the bar...

Sinn Fein president unreservedly apologises to 'failed' alleged abuse victim

Sinn Fein president unreservedly apologises to 'failed' alleged abuse victim

13 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

The president of Sinn Fein has unreservedly apologised to an alleged sex abuse victim who claims the party covered up her allegations against one of its members. Mairia Cahill had dema...

PSNI investigation 'failed' alleged abuse victim because of case's IRA angle

PSNI investigation 'failed' alleged abuse victim because of case's IRA angle

13 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Alleged child abuse victim Mairia Cahill was "failed" by a disjointed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation, a watchdog said. In 2010 Ms Cahill, a grand-niece of prom...

RUC 'did not investigate after receiving information about alleged child abuse'

RUC 'did not investigate after receiving information about alleged child abuse'

13 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland...

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...

Queen's study aims to raise awareness of undiagnosed learning disorder in children

Queen's study aims to raise awareness of undiagnosed learning disorder in children

11 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Researchers have found that many children are suffering from an undiagnosed developmental condition which impacts on their ability to learn mathematics. Experts at Queen's University i...

DUP member hits out at Stella Creasy over Foster abortion criticism

DUP member hits out at Stella Creasy over Foster abortion criticism

11 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A member of the DUP has criticised British MP Stella Creasy after she publicly condemned Arlene Foster's stance on abortion at a global women's caucus. Ms Creasy, of the Labour and Co-...

PHA announce details of mental health and suicide prevention courses in Northern Ireland

PHA announce details of mental health and suicide prevention courses in Northern Ireland

07 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of the training opportunities available in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prev...


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'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of those q...

Adult social care vacancy rate rises to 8% with 110,000 unfilled posts in England

Adult social care vacancy rate rises to 8% with 110,000 unfilled posts in England

24 Sep 2018 England

There are around 110,000 unfilled posts in the adult social care workforce in England, according to a new report. The majority of vacancies, 76,000, are for hands-on care workers, acco...

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

21 Sep 2018 England

More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. ...

Call to assess health of millions of unpaid carers to prevent system 'collapse'

Call to assess health of millions of unpaid carers to prevent system 'collapse'

20 Sep 2018 England

Millions of unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk to look after loved ones, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) and charity Carers UK said ...

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...

Welsh care sector celebrated as 2018 Accolades winners announced at Cardiff ceremony

Welsh care sector celebrated as 2018 Accolades winners announced at Cardiff ceremony

18 Sep 2018 Wales

An initiative to reduce the risk of childhood sexual exploitation, a culture-change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes and a project which had led to a signifi...

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

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

18 Sep 2018 Career Advice

According to the latest research from leading job board, CV-Library, almost two thirds (63.9%) of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough, with a further 82.4...

Charity calls on Chancellor to address 'unaffordable' care costs facing MS patients

Charity calls on Chancellor to address 'unaffordable' care costs facing MS patients

18 Sep 2018 England

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are facing soaring care costs, with many unable to pay for the care they need, a charity has warned. The MS Society has estimated that people with...

Global summit in London to end 'modern-day injustice' of poor mental health

Global summit in London to end 'modern-day injustice' of poor mental health

17 Sep 2018 England

The Government will commit to end the "modern-day injustice" of poor mental health at a global summit in London, after it emerged one in eight mental health staff left the NHS in a year...

Homeless man found dead in graveyard had been sprayed in paint attack days earlier

Homeless man found dead in graveyard had been sprayed in paint attack days earlier

14 Sep 2018 England

A homeless man who was found dead in a graveyard had been sprayed with paint three days earlier in a separate assault, police have said. Flowers and cards have been left by the wall in...

Mother 'devastated' as no charges brought over death of vulnerable man restrained by police

Mother 'devastated' as no charges brought over death of vulnerable man restrained by police

13 Sep 2018 England

The mother of a vulnerable man who died after being restrained by police has said she is "devastated" that no charges will be brought over his death. Leon Briggs, 39, died after being ...

Chronic under-funding leaving elderly care 'on brink of collapse', charity warns

Chronic under-funding leaving elderly care 'on brink of collapse', charity warns

06 Sep 2018 England

Care for the elderly is "on the brink of collapse", a charity has warned. A new report from the charity Independent Age states that chronic under-funding of social care in England mean...

Underfunded elderly social care sees sharp rise in numbers of unplanned hospital admissions

Underfunded elderly social care sees sharp rise in numbers of unplanned hospital admissions

05 Sep 2018 England

An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a c...

Poor social housing exacerbating pre-existing mental health problems of tenants

Poor social housing exacerbating pre-existing mental health problems of tenants

05 Sep 2018 England

Unsuitable accommodation is exacerbating the conditions of social housing tenants with pre-existing mental health problems, according to new research. Mental health charity Mind found ...

Son given go-ahead to pocket £6M of mentally ill mother's fortune in tax cut bid

Son given go-ahead to pocket £6M of mentally ill mother's fortune in tax cut bid

03 Sep 2018 England

A man should be allowed to pocket £6 million of his mentally incapacitated mother's £18.6 million fortune for tax reasons, a judge in a specialist court has decided. The 72-year-old wo...

Judge takes aim at social services 'malaise' in case of severely-disabled Colombian woman

Judge takes aim at social services 'malaise' in case of severely-disabled Colombian woman

03 Sep 2018 England

Social services bosses at a London council have been criticised by a judge over the way they handled a case involving a severely-disabled Colombian woman who was living in England but w...

Elderly needing round the clock care expected to top one million by 2035

Elderly needing round the clock care expected to top one million by 2035

31 Aug 2018 England

The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of ov...

Watchdog warns on 'ineffective and harmful' detention of immigrant families

Watchdog warns on 'ineffective and harmful' detention of immigrant families

30 Aug 2018 England

A watchdog has called on the Home Office to examine why planned removals of detained immigrant families "routinely" fail. Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke recommended the step a...

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Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

25 Sep 2018 England

Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judg...

Schools need more robust guidance on handling sexual image sharing, study suggests

Schools need more robust guidance on handling sexual image sharing, study suggests

21 Sep 2018 England

Schools need more robust guidance on how to respond to abuse through sexual image sharing, a study suggests. The research looked at how the difference between consensual and non-consen...

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

21 Sep 2018 England

More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. ...

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...

Nurse with history of mental health problems put Tramadol in feed of newborn baby

Nurse with history of mental health problems put Tramadol in feed of newborn baby

19 Sep 2018 England

A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Ju...

Adoption decisions in Scotland not made ‘hastily’, despite early permanence commitment

Adoption decisions in Scotland not made ‘hastily’, despite early permanence commitment

19 Sep 2018 Scotland

Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such child...

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

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

19 Sep 2018 Webwatch

An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative after new research revealed only around a quarter (26%)...

Historic transgender case could see baby become first who will not legally have a mother

Historic transgender case could see baby become first who will not legally have a mother

19 Sep 2018 England

A transgender man whose baby is at the centre of an historic human rights battle cannot yet get child benefit, a High Court judge has been told. The baby could become the first person ...

Government returns powers to Rotherham Council after sex abuse scandal

Government returns powers to Rotherham Council after sex abuse scandal

18 Sep 2018 England

A council has been given back control of its services which were stripped away after a child sexual exploitation scandal. The government control of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Counc...

Welsh care sector celebrated as 2018 Accolades winners announced at Cardiff ceremony

Welsh care sector celebrated as 2018 Accolades winners announced at Cardiff ceremony

18 Sep 2018 Wales

An initiative to reduce the risk of childhood sexual exploitation, a culture-change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes and a project which had led to a signifi...

Spike in number of children seeking counselling on sexual abuse between peers

Spike in number of children seeking counselling on sexual abuse between peers

18 Sep 2018 England

There has been a spike in the number of young people seeking counselling about child-on-child sexual abuse, Childline has said. The children's charity said it held 3,878 counselling se...

Charity head apologises over abuse allegations at Argyll children’s home

Charity head apologises over abuse allegations at Argyll children’s home

17 Sep 2018 Scotland

The head of a charity which ran a children’s home has apologised after a BBC Scotland investigation alleged residents were abused. The Disclosure programme uncovered allegations of phy...

Review suggests national allowance for kinship and foster carers in Scotland

Review suggests national allowance for kinship and foster carers in Scotland

17 Sep 2018 Scotland

Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the Nation...

Charity calls for health workers to provide more consistent advice about recognising meningitis

Charity calls for health workers to provide more consistent advice about recognising meningitis

14 Sep 2018 England

The lives of babies and children could be saved if parents are given consistent, explicit advice about recognising meningitis and septicaemia (otherwise known as sepsis) from health pro...

More than 200 former Calais jungle camp children to be granted right to remain in UK

More than 200 former Calais jungle camp children to be granted right to remain in UK

14 Sep 2018 England

Children from the former Calais jungle camp are set to be granted the right to remain in the UK. The Home Office has announced that more than 200 youngsters from the camp will be given...

Labour call on First Minister to apologise for rejected mental health treatment referrals

Labour call on First Minister to apologise for rejected mental health treatment referrals

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pi...

Scottish child abuse inquiry names 17 more institutions to be investigated

Scottish child abuse inquiry names 17 more institutions to be investigated

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care. The 17 are in addition to the 69 establish...

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

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

13 Sep 2018 Reports & Resources

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

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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...

Hospital patient drank floor cleaner left in bedside water jug, inquest told

Hospital patient drank floor cleaner left in bedside water jug, inquest told

11 Sep 2018 England

A stroke victim accidentally drank floor cleaner which was in a water jug left at her hospital bedside by a member of staff, an inquest has heard. Joan Blaber died on September 23 last...

Tory MP calls for CCTV in care homes to prevent abuse and improve standards

Tory MP calls for CCTV in care homes to prevent abuse and improve standards

06 Sep 2018 England

Installing CCTV in the common parts of care homes would provide a "powerful tool" for helping prevent abuse and improve standards, a Tory former attorney general has said. Dominic Grie...

Chronic under-funding leaving elderly care 'on brink of collapse', charity warns

Chronic under-funding leaving elderly care 'on brink of collapse', charity warns

06 Sep 2018 England

Care for the elderly is "on the brink of collapse", a charity has warned. A new report from the charity Independent Age states that chronic under-funding of social care in England mean...

New study questions the effectiveness of statins among some older people

New study questions the effectiveness of statins among some older people

06 Sep 2018 England

Statins are not effective at reducing heart disease and stroke among certain groups of elderly people, a new study suggests. The findings "do not support the widespread use of statins ...

Underfunded elderly social care sees sharp rise in numbers of unplanned hospital admissions

Underfunded elderly social care sees sharp rise in numbers of unplanned hospital admissions

05 Sep 2018 England

An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a c...

Elderly needing round the clock care expected to top one million by 2035

Elderly needing round the clock care expected to top one million by 2035

31 Aug 2018 England

The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of ov...

Some dementia patients in hospital 'suffering in silence', study warns

Some dementia patients in hospital 'suffering in silence', study warns

30 Aug 2018 England

Older hospital patients with dementia may be "suffering in silence" because they are unable to communicate the pain they are in, a new study suggests. Experts from the Marie Curie Pall...

Elderly care service in Edinburgh must make urgent improvements

Elderly care service in Edinburgh must make urgent improvements

29 Aug 2018 Scotland

A care at home service in Edinburgh must make urgent improvements to the care experienced by older people, the Care Inspectorate has warned. The Care Inspectorate served a formal Impro...

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'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of those q...

Lack of social worker curiosity led to uncovering human trafficking ring, whistleblowers report

Lack of social worker curiosity led to uncovering human trafficking ring, whistleblowers report

25 Sep 2018 England

NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new repor...

First UK patient receives groundbreaking radiotherapy for prostate cancer

First UK patient receives groundbreaking radiotherapy for prostate cancer

25 Sep 2018 England

The first UK patient has received radiotherapy using a machine which could one day cure some cancers in a single treatment. The Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research ...

Survey exposes need for better mental health support for breast cancer patients

Survey exposes need for better mental health support for breast cancer patients

24 Sep 2018 England

Breast cancer patients should be given better mental health support, charities have said. More than eight in 10 (84%) women diagnosed with the disease in England were not warned about ...

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 ...

Public sector workers doing 'millions of hours' of unpaid overtime due to austerity

Public sector workers doing 'millions of hours' of unpaid overtime due to austerity

24 Sep 2018 England

Teaching assistants, auxiliary nurses, police community officers and other public services support staff are putting in millions of hours of unpaid overtime, according to new research. ...

Inquiry into contaminated blood scandal which led to 2,400 deaths begins

Inquiry into contaminated blood scandal which led to 2,400 deaths begins

24 Sep 2018 England

The start of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal which left at least 2,400 people dead is a day few thought they would never see, a solicitor representing hundreds of victims...

UKIP proposes 'NHS health card' to block foreign nationals from free care

UKIP proposes 'NHS health card' to block foreign nationals from free care

21 Sep 2018 England

British citizens would get an "NHS health card" allowing them free medical treatment under a Ukip plan that would block foreign nationals from free care. Non-Britons would require priv...

UK to fall short of UN target for reducing premature deaths from chronic disease

UK to fall short of UN target for reducing premature deaths from chronic disease

21 Sep 2018 England

People in the UK have a higher risk of dying early from conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke than in Italy, France, South Korea and Australia, a major study has found. T...

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

£800M reduction in public health budgets 'incredibly short-sighted and devastating'

21 Sep 2018 England

More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. ...

Concerns raised with NHS Tayside over ‘systematic bullying’, MSPs told

Concerns raised with NHS Tayside over ‘systematic bullying’, MSPs told

21 Sep 2018 Scotland

Allegations of “systematic bullying” at NHS Tayside and the stress-related suicide of a trainee doctor there prompted the resignation of the health board’s whistleblowing champion, MSPs...

'Generational clash' sees NHS struggling with flexible working demands of young

'Generational clash' sees NHS struggling with flexible working demands of young

20 Sep 2018 England

The NHS is struggling to fill shifts around the clock as it deals with a new generation of workers who want flexible working, it has been claimed. Young people joining the health servi...

Voodoo threat nurse has sex trafficking sentence increased by four years

Voodoo threat nurse has sex trafficking sentence increased by four years

20 Sep 2018 England

A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has had her 14-year prison sentence increased. Solicitor Genera...

Chief nurse in apology to family of pensioner who died after drinking Flash cleaning fluid

Chief nurse in apology to family of pensioner who died after drinking Flash cleaning fluid

20 Sep 2018 England

The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash has apologised to her family and vowed the same mistake cannot happen again. J...

Coroner criticises hospital trust for 'disrespectful and extremely misleading' letter

Coroner criticises hospital trust for 'disrespectful and extremely misleading' letter

20 Sep 2018 England

A hospital trust sent out an "extremely misleading" letter to public figures as the inquest into the death of a patient was due to open because they were worried about press coverage. ...

Jury criticises hospital's management after death of woman who drank cleaner

Jury criticises hospital's management after death of woman who drank cleaner

20 Sep 2018 England

The jury at the inquest into the death of Joan Blaber criticised the hospital's management for failings which they say could have led to her "safety being compromised". The conclusion ...

Nearly 4,000 breast cancer screening invitations missed in 2016, Tories reveal

Nearly 4,000 breast cancer screening invitations missed in 2016, Tories reveal

20 Sep 2018 Scotland

Almost 4,000 women were identified in 2016 as not having been sent routine invitations for breast screening, an MSP has highlighted. Conservative MSP Jamie Greene raised the figures, c...

Major doctors survey reveals 91% fear for patient safety from inadequate levels of staffing

Major doctors survey reveals 91% fear for patient safety from inadequate levels of staffing

20 Sep 2018 England

Staffing levels in the NHS are "inadequate" for patients to be receiving quality care, a major new poll of doctors suggest. A survey of more than 7,800 clinicians from across the UK fo...

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'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

'Steady and significant rise' in number of Scots reporting signs of depression

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of those q...

Survey exposes need for better mental health support for breast cancer patients

Survey exposes need for better mental health support for breast cancer patients

24 Sep 2018 England

Breast cancer patients should be given better mental health support, charities have said. More than eight in 10 (84%) women diagnosed with the disease in England were not warned about ...

Nurse with history of mental health problems put Tramadol in feed of newborn baby

Nurse with history of mental health problems put Tramadol in feed of newborn baby

19 Sep 2018 England

A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Ju...

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

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

19 Sep 2018 Webwatch

An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative after new research revealed only around a quarter (26%)...

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

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

18 Sep 2018 Webwatch

The way social media impacts young people's mental health needs to be better understood, according to new research by the Centre for Mental Health. The charity has published a briefing...

Study seeks 40,000 volunteers for largest ever study on genetic links to depression

Study seeks 40,000 volunteers for largest ever study on genetic links to depression

18 Sep 2018 England

Genetic links to anxiety and depression are to be explored in the largest ever study into the issue, experts have announced. Researchers are calling on people in England to sign up to ...

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 ...

Global summit in London to end 'modern-day injustice' of poor mental health

Global summit in London to end 'modern-day injustice' of poor mental health

17 Sep 2018 England

The Government will commit to end the "modern-day injustice" of poor mental health at a global summit in London, after it emerged one in eight mental health staff left the NHS in a year...

Labour call on First Minister to apologise for rejected mental health treatment referrals

Labour call on First Minister to apologise for rejected mental health treatment referrals

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pi...

Report calls for improvements in 'complex and fragmented' CAMHS in Scotland

Report calls for improvements in 'complex and fragmented' CAMHS in Scotland

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

Mental health services for children and young people are “complex and fragmented”, with the system under “significant pressure” due to a big increase in demand, a new report has found. ...

Mother 'devastated' as no charges brought over death of vulnerable man restrained by police

Mother 'devastated' as no charges brought over death of vulnerable man restrained by police

13 Sep 2018 England

The mother of a vulnerable man who died after being restrained by police has said she is "devastated" that no charges will be brought over his death. Leon Briggs, 39, died after being ...

More than 1,200 traumatised by Grenfell fire received mental health treatment

More than 1,200 traumatised by Grenfell fire received mental health treatment

13 Sep 2018 England

More than 1,200 people traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire received mental health treatment in the year after the blaze, figures show. Some 1,108 people entered therapy for trauma-r...

Study reports 'striking' increase in mental health conditions among young people

Study reports 'striking' increase in mental health conditions among young people

12 Sep 2018 England

The proportion of children and young people who report having a mental health condition has risen six-fold in around two decades, a new study has found. In 1995, just 0.8% of four to 2...

Sexual incidents 'commonplace' on mental health wards, CQC report claims

Sexual incidents 'commonplace' on mental health wards, CQC report claims

11 Sep 2018 England

Sexual incidents are "commonplace" on mental health wards, a new report suggests. Patients and staff have been left distressed after receiving unwanted advances and being spoken to in ...

Patients with healthcare associated infections 'feel like lepers', study finds

Patients with healthcare associated infections 'feel like lepers', study finds

11 Sep 2018 Scotland

Many patients with healthcare associated infections (HAIs) like MRSA have reported feeling “like a leper” or “dirty” after being diagnosed, according to a new study. Researchers at Gla...

Leading figures call on the media to take lead on how suicide is talked about

Leading figures call on the media to take lead on how suicide is talked about

10 Sep 2018 England

Leading figures have called on the media to lead the way in changing how suicide is talked about. More than 130 broadcasters, actors, politicians, and writers have signed a letter to e...

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

07 Sep 2018 Education & Training

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 al...

PHA announce details of mental health and suicide prevention courses in Northern Ireland

PHA announce details of mental health and suicide prevention courses in Northern Ireland

07 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of the training opportunities available in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prev...

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Inquest concludes vulnerable prisoner found hanging in cell died by misadventure

Inquest concludes vulnerable prisoner found hanging in cell died by misadventure

26 Sep 2018 England

A prisoner who had been threatened by other inmates and was found hanging in his cell died by misadventure, an inquest jury has concluded. Matthew Gray, 31, was found by prison officer...

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

'Grave concerns' raised over monitoring of domestic abusers after prison release

25 Sep 2018 England

Serious failings in the management of domestic abusers living in the community are laid bare in a major new report. Inspectors found contact with offenders was too infrequent, leaving ...

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

Council condemned over social worker's 'wholly inappropriate' probe into baby abuse claims

25 Sep 2018 England

Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judg...

CPS denies altering rape prosecution advice to boost conviction rates

CPS denies altering rape prosecution advice to boost conviction rates

25 Sep 2018 England

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has denied changing its approach to rape prosecutions to improve conviction rates. The Guardian newspaper reported that advice to take a proportion ...

Low conviction levels of young men tried for rape a 'challenge for criminal justice system'

Low conviction levels of young men tried for rape a 'challenge for criminal justice system'

24 Sep 2018 England

Prosecutors have described the low levels of convictions against young men who are tried for rape as "a challenge for the entire criminal justice system" after figures showed that a thi...

Inquiry into contaminated blood scandal which led to 2,400 deaths begins

Inquiry into contaminated blood scandal which led to 2,400 deaths begins

24 Sep 2018 England

The start of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal which left at least 2,400 people dead is a day few thought they would never see, a solicitor representing hundreds of victims...

Westminster inquiry to examine whether UK Government has role in NI abortion law

Westminster inquiry to examine whether UK Government has role in NI abortion law

20 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A new Westminster inquiry is to examine whether the Government has a responsibility to reform abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The Women and Equalities Committee will also assess whe...

Abortion pill accused in 'fear and pain' over pending NI prosecution

Abortion pill accused in 'fear and pain' over pending NI prosecution

20 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter is in "fear and pain" over her pending prosecution. On Thursday the High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal ch...

Voodoo threat nurse has sex trafficking sentence increased by four years

Voodoo threat nurse has sex trafficking sentence increased by four years

20 Sep 2018 England

A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has had her 14-year prison sentence increased. Solicitor Genera...

Coroner criticises hospital trust for 'disrespectful and extremely misleading' letter

Coroner criticises hospital trust for 'disrespectful and extremely misleading' letter

20 Sep 2018 England

A hospital trust sent out an "extremely misleading" letter to public figures as the inquest into the death of a patient was due to open because they were worried about press coverage. ...

Jury criticises hospital's management after death of woman who drank cleaner

Jury criticises hospital's management after death of woman who drank cleaner

20 Sep 2018 England

The jury at the inquest into the death of Joan Blaber criticised the hospital's management for failings which they say could have led to her "safety being compromised". The conclusion ...

Court to hear challenge to decision to prosecute woman over abortion pills

Court to hear challenge to decision to prosecute woman over abortion pills

20 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

The High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to a decision to prosecute a woman who obtained abortion pills for her teenage daughter. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 19...

Nurse with history of mental health problems put Tramadol in feed of newborn baby

Nurse with history of mental health problems put Tramadol in feed of newborn baby

19 Sep 2018 England

A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Ju...

Historic transgender case could see baby become first who will not legally have a mother

Historic transgender case could see baby become first who will not legally have a mother

19 Sep 2018 England

A transgender man whose baby is at the centre of an historic human rights battle cannot yet get child benefit, a High Court judge has been told. The baby could become the first person ...

Voodoo threat nurse faces bid to increase her sentence over trafficking offences

Voodoo threat nurse faces bid to increase her sentence over trafficking offences

18 Sep 2018 England

A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes faces the possibility of an increase in her 14-year prison sente...

Prison officers in 7am walkout over 'dangerous lack of control' at HMP Bedford

Prison officers in 7am walkout over 'dangerous lack of control' at HMP Bedford

14 Sep 2018 England

Prison staff have begun protest action after a damning report warned of a "dangerous lack of control" at HMP Bedford, their union said. Members of the POA, the trade union for prison s...

Former JLS singer charged with rape over incident at West Midlands hotel

Former JLS singer charged with rape over incident at West Midlands hotel

14 Sep 2018 England

Former JLS star Oritse Williams has been charged with rape over an incident at a hotel in Wolverhampton in 2016. The 31-year-old singer, who enjoyed chart success after shooting to fam...

Better support sought for people representing themselves in court

Better support sought for people representing themselves in court

14 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

More support should be offered to those who represent themselves in court to ensure they get a fair trial, researchers have suggested. Ulster University academics have examined the bar...


Engage: Comment & Opinion

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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: 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...

Webwatch: Edinburgh's Global Health Policy Unit launches new website

30 August 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Edinburgh's Global Health Policy Unit launches new website

The University of Edinburgh's Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU) has launched a new website, making it easier to learn about all its t...

Webwatch: Online tool could predict long-term risk of breast cancer returning

24 August 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Online tool could predict long-term risk of breast cancer returning

A new online tool that could better predict the long-term risk of breast cancer returning in other areas of the body has been create...

Webwatch: Social media giants urged to give free adverts to mental health services

17 August 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Social media giants urged to give free adverts to mental health services

Social media giants should give free adverts to mental health services because local providers are failing to reach young people, ac...

Education & Training

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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...

New toolkit aims to tackle sexual violence and harassment in Scottish universities

27 April 2018

New toolkit aims to tackle sexual violence and harassment in Scottish universities

New practical guidance for universities to tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published. Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendati...

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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...

Resources: Service user and carer involvement in social work education - Iriss Case Studies

06 July 2018 Reports & Resources

Resources: Service user and carer involvement in social work education - Iriss Case Studies

Service user and carer (SUAC) involvement in social work education has been mandatory for 15 years now. There is a lot of learning to share with...

New To Care

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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...