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Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

20 July 2018 England

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

The Prince of Wales will tell a child sexual abuse inquiry he was "deceived" by disgraced bishop Peter Ball - and that he was unaware of the true nature of the clergyman's behaviour until more than 20 years after allegations first surfaced. A written statemen...

Home Office failed to probe child abuse claims decade before Rotherham

17 July 2018 England

Home Office failed to probe child abuse claims decade before Rotherham

The Home Office had opportunities to question the response of the police and other agencies to reports of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham years before the scandal erupted in the town, according to a newly published review. An investigation into what in...

Several buyers interested as care home giant Barchester eye £2.5 billion sale

16 July 2018 England

Several buyers interested as care home giant Barchester eye £2.5 billion sale

Barchester Healthcare, one of Britain's biggest care home groups, is to be put up for sale in a deal that could net its owners north of £2.5 billion. The Press Association understands the group's owners - the Irish business tycoons Dermot Desmond, JP McManus ...

Supreme Court to consider role of councils in protecting vulnerable children

16 July 2018 England

Supreme Court to consider role of councils in protecting vulnerable children

The Supreme Court is to hear a landmark case which could have an impact on the rights of thousands of abuse victims. It concerns two people, known as CN and GN, who allege that, between 2006 and 2011, Poole Borough Council did not do enough to protect them as...

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

13 July 2018 England

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday for what Judge Steven Everett described as the "most brazen" case of frau...

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New campaign seeks people with care-experienced backgrounds to share stories

New campaign seeks people with care-experienced backgrounds to share stories

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has this week launched its first Scotland-wide advertising campaign, ‘Shine A Light on Care’, with the support and guidance of care-experienc...

MPs criticise CPS chief over disclosure failings in rape and sexual assault cases

MPs criticise CPS chief over disclosure failings in rape and sexual assault cases

20 Jul 2018 England

MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over long-term failings that saw vital evidence withheld from defence lawyers in rape and serious sexual assault cases. The Just...

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

20 Jul 2018 England

The Prince of Wales will tell a child sexual abuse inquiry he was "deceived" by disgraced bishop Peter Ball - and that he was unaware of the true nature of the clergyman's behaviour unt...

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost every we...

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

19 Jul 2018 England

A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was ...

Compensation should be paid in full rather than 'derisory' instalments, Victims' Commissioner

Compensation should be paid in full rather than 'derisory' instalments, Victims' Commissioner

19 Jul 2018 England

Compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in "derisory" instalments, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Ba...

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

19 Jul 2018 England

Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secon...

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

19 Jul 2018 Wales

An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's ...

Watchdog raises concerns over radiology backlogs affecting thousands of patients

Watchdog raises concerns over radiology backlogs affecting thousands of patients

19 Jul 2018 England

A health watchdog has raised concerns over how some diagnostic services are run after finding that tens of thousands of patients were caught up in backlogs. Backlogs in radiology servi...

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

19 Jul 2018 England

Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on beha...

Tens of thousands of disabled claimants to receive missed benefits repayments in full

Tens of thousands of disabled claimants to receive missed benefits repayments in full

19 Jul 2018 England

Tens of thousands of disabled people denied welfare benefits due to Government error are to receive additional back-payments totalling as much as £150 million. The payout results from ...

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

19 Jul 2018 England

A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrou...

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MPs criticise CPS chief over disclosure failings in rape and sexual assault cases

MPs criticise CPS chief over disclosure failings in rape and sexual assault cases

20 Jul 2018 England

MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over long-term failings that saw vital evidence withheld from defence lawyers in rape and serious sexual assault cases. The Just...

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

20 Jul 2018 England

The Prince of Wales will tell a child sexual abuse inquiry he was "deceived" by disgraced bishop Peter Ball - and that he was unaware of the true nature of the clergyman's behaviour unt...

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

19 Jul 2018 England

A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was ...

Compensation should be paid in full rather than 'derisory' instalments, Victims' Commissioner

Compensation should be paid in full rather than 'derisory' instalments, Victims' Commissioner

19 Jul 2018 England

Compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in "derisory" instalments, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Ba...

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

19 Jul 2018 England

Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secon...

Watchdog raises concerns over radiology backlogs affecting thousands of patients

Watchdog raises concerns over radiology backlogs affecting thousands of patients

19 Jul 2018 England

A health watchdog has raised concerns over how some diagnostic services are run after finding that tens of thousands of patients were caught up in backlogs. Backlogs in radiology servi...

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

19 Jul 2018 England

Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on beha...

Tens of thousands of disabled claimants to receive missed benefits repayments in full

Tens of thousands of disabled claimants to receive missed benefits repayments in full

19 Jul 2018 England

Tens of thousands of disabled people denied welfare benefits due to Government error are to receive additional back-payments totalling as much as £150 million. The payout results from ...

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

19 Jul 2018 England

A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrou...

Child sexual abuse inquiry fined £200,000 after data blunder identified possible victims

Child sexual abuse inquiry fined £200,000 after data blunder identified possible victims

18 Jul 2018 England

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse. Vulnerable people wer...

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

18 Jul 2018 England

Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategi...

Child model with disabilities to receive multimillion pound NHS payout for birth injury

Child model with disabilities to receive multimillion pound NHS payout for birth injury

17 Jul 2018 England

A "sociable little girl" who has modelled for Boden is set to receive a multimillion pound NHS payout for injuries she suffered during her traumatic birth. Holly Greenhow, now 12, was ...

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New campaign seeks people with care-experienced backgrounds to share stories

New campaign seeks people with care-experienced backgrounds to share stories

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has this week launched its first Scotland-wide advertising campaign, ‘Shine A Light on Care’, with the support and guidance of care-expe...

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost eve...

More than 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

More than 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

16 Jul 2018 Scotland

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport two teenage brothers from Scotland. Areeb Umeed Bakhsh (left), 13, and his brother Somer (r...

Youth back in court over Alesha MacPhail murder on Isle of Bute

Youth back in court over Alesha MacPhail murder on Isle of Bute

13 Jul 2018 Scotland

A teenager charged with raping and murdering schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute has appeared in court for a second time. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified...

Men charged over alleged human trafficking offences in Moray

Men charged over alleged human trafficking offences in Moray

10 Jul 2018 Scotland

Two men have been charged over alleged human trafficking offences in Moray. The 45-year-old and 20-year-old are understood to have allegedly forced people to work at a nail bar in...

Ian Blackford urges Tories to press reset button on austerity

Ian Blackford urges Tories to press reset button on austerity

10 Jul 2018 Scotland

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford urged the Conservatives to "press the reset button" on austerity and learn from the Scottish Government on economic policy. Mr Blackford contr...

Teenager charged with rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail

Teenager charged with rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail

06 Jul 2018 Scotland

A teenager has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, who was found dead on the Isle of Bute. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be iden...

Police confirm 16-year-old will appear in court charged over death of Alesha MacPhail

Police confirm 16-year-old will appear in court charged over death of Alesha MacPhail

05 Jul 2018 Scotland

A 16-year-old youth has been charged in connection with the death of schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The suspect, who has not been identified, is in custody and wi...

Police arrest teenager over murder of Alesha MacPhail on Isle of Bute

Police arrest teenager over murder of Alesha MacPhail on Isle of Bute

04 Jul 2018 Scotland

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The schoolgirl was staying with relatives on the island when she was r...

New Health Secretary to 'up the pace' of health and social care integration in Scotland

New Health Secretary to 'up the pace' of health and social care integration in Scotland

04 Jul 2018 Scotland

Scotland's new Health Secretary has said she wants to increase the speed at which health and social care services are being brought together. Jeane Freeman (pictured) insisted eff...

Labour leader pays tribute to little known Scottish politician who 'blazed the trail' for NHS

Labour leader pays tribute to little known Scottish politician who 'blazed the trail' for NHS

04 Jul 2018 Scotland

A little-known Scottish politician who "blazed the trail" for the creation of the NHS has been remembered. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard paid tribute to Tom Johnston, who...

Scottish abuse hearings close after 'powerful and disturbing' testimony

Scottish abuse hearings close after 'powerful and disturbing' testimony

04 Jul 2018 Scotland

The second phase of hearings into allegations of abuse at children's homes run by a religious order has drawn to a close following weeks of "powerful, compelling and disturbing" te...

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Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

19 Jul 2018 Wales

An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's ...

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

12 Jul 2018 Wales

A family court judge based in Wales has raised concern about a "chronic" shortage of specialist secure accommodation for teenagers. Judge Gareth Jones said he had recently analysed a c...

High Court backs Irish social workers in family court litigation

High Court backs Irish social workers in family court litigation

10 Jul 2018 Wales

A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social...

Health Secretary announces NHS staff in Wales to be offered pay rise

Health Secretary announces NHS staff in Wales to be offered pay rise

05 Jul 2018 Wales

NHS staff in Wales will be offered a pay rise as the health service marks seven decades since its creation, it has been announced. Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the offer...

NHS founder 'would be angry about health inequalities still in place across UK'

NHS founder 'would be angry about health inequalities still in place across UK'

04 Jul 2018 Wales

The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan...

Study finds home improvements could considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions

Study finds home improvements could considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions

03 Jul 2018 Wales

Governments could relieve pressure on the NHS by investing in upgrades to social housing, according to a new study. The findings suggest that making home improvements could help to con...

Judge praises Welsh couple who have fostered 'enormous' number of children

Judge praises Welsh couple who have fostered 'enormous' number of children

03 Jul 2018 Wales

A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in Lon...

Census finds Welsh cancer workforce in danger of becoming unsustainable

Census finds Welsh cancer workforce in danger of becoming unsustainable

02 Jul 2018 Wales

Almost three quarters of specialist breast cancer nurses in Wales are aged 50 or over so many could retire in the next decade, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said its l...

Cardiff boy living with foster carers to have Polish lessons paid for by council

Cardiff boy living with foster carers to have Polish lessons paid for by council

29 Jun 2018 Wales

Council bosses are to pay for a Polish boy living with foster carers in Wales to have Polish lessons, a family court judge has said. Mr Justice Francis said the boy was now aged around...

Women in Wales to be allowed to take second termination drug at home

Women in Wales to be allowed to take second termination drug at home

29 Jun 2018 Wales

Women in Wales are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the move will increase choice for women and reduce the burden on clinic...

New guidance launched to support healthy eating in childcare settings across Wales

New guidance launched to support healthy eating in childcare settings across Wales

27 Jun 2018 Wales

The Welsh Government has unveiled new guidance for regulated childcare settings to help them ensure they provide the children they care for with healthy food and drink. The new guidanc...

Inquest opened into death of four-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother

Inquest opened into death of four-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother

27 Jun 2018 Wales

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a four-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother. Amelia Brooke Harris died at her home on Brithweunydd Road in Trealaw,...

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Children 'exploited and goaded' into Londonderry violence, says Bradley

Children 'exploited and goaded' into Londonderry violence, says Bradley

18 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Dissident republicans who have "nothing to offer their communities" have "exploited and goaded" children into violence in Londonderry, according to the Northern Ireland Secretary. Kare...

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

16 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on th...

Young Co Down girl admitted to hospital during wait for medicinal cannabis license

Young Co Down girl admitted to hospital during wait for medicinal cannabis license

11 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

A young girl from Co Down waiting to hear if she has been granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to hospital. Sophia Gibson, six, from Newtownar...

Diabetic woman awarded £2,000 after concert staff confiscated her drink

Diabetic woman awarded £2,000 after concert staff confiscated her drink

06 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

A diabetic woman has been awarded £2,000 after staff at a concert confiscated her fizzy drink. Kayla Hanna, 20, had been walking into a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Belfast in Augu...

Northern Ireland health service faces problems without ministerial guidance

Northern Ireland health service faces problems without ministerial guidance

05 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with a...

May urged to intervene to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws

May urged to intervene to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws

03 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Theresa May faced calls to act urgently to give MPs the opportunity to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The Prime Minister has been reluctant to intervene in the row becaus...

Epileptic boy Billy Caldwell can go home with cannabis medicine, says family

Epileptic boy Billy Caldwell can go home with cannabis medicine, says family

03 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

The Home Office has rubber-stamped a special exemption licence meaning severely epileptic Billy Caldwell can go home with his medicinal cannabis, a family spokesman has said. His mothe...

Humanists hail court ruling as paving way for legal marriages in Northern Ireland

Humanists hail court ruling as paving way for legal marriages in Northern Ireland

28 Jun 2018 Northern Ireland

Humanists have hailed an Appeal Court ruling as paving the way for legally recognised marriages in Northern Ireland, despite losing a bid to have the current law declared in breach of h...

Measures announced to tackle public concern of care home standards in Northern Ireland

Measures announced to tackle public concern of care home standards in Northern Ireland

27 Jun 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, has said public concern over the quality of care home provision must be addressed. Mr Pengelly was...

New programme launched aimed at reforming NI’s children’s social work services

New programme launched aimed at reforming NI’s children’s social work services

27 Jun 2018 Northern Ireland

Social workers working in children’s services in NI have a vital role in supporting families and protecting children from harm.  This was the message from NI’s Chief Social Worker Sean...

McDonald calls for reality check to overcome abortion objections in Northern Ireland

McDonald calls for reality check to overcome abortion objections in Northern Ireland

21 Jun 2018 Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said those supporting the ongoing ban on abortion in Northern Ireland need "a reality check". On a visit to London for a meeting with Theresa ...

Probe finds major social work staffing issues left Ireland's most vulnerable children at risk

Probe finds major social work staffing issues left Ireland's most vulnerable children at risk

19 Jun 2018 Northern Ireland

Some of Ireland's most vulnerable children were potentially placed at risk due to major system failures within the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), an investigation has found. The fail...


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Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

17 Jul 2018 England

Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Ment...

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

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

13 Jul 2018 Education & Training

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 ...

Court of Appeal rules carers not entitled to mininum wage for sleep-in shifts

Court of Appeal rules carers not entitled to mininum wage for sleep-in shifts

13 Jul 2018 England

Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost ...

Thousands with learning disabilities continue to have 'human rights routinely ignored'

Thousands with learning disabilities continue to have 'human rights routinely ignored'

05 Jul 2018 England

Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister...

Ministers accused of 'complacency' over unsustainable £5 billion local council funding gap

Ministers accused of 'complacency' over unsustainable £5 billion local council funding gap

04 Jul 2018 England

Ministers have been accused of complacency by MPs in the face of a looming cash crisis for local councils in England. The Commons Public Accounts Committee warned authorities were faci...

New deprivation of liberty legislation launched as number of applications hits record high

New deprivation of liberty legislation launched as number of applications hits record high

03 Jul 2018 England

The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system ha...

Ex-Tory minister urges Government deliver social care 'free at the point of use'

Ex-Tory minister urges Government deliver social care 'free at the point of use'

03 Jul 2018 England

A Tory former minister has called on the Government to make social care "free at the point of use". Mark Prisk told MPs that with health and social care being merged into one departmen...

Government announce £215 million funding for research into range of life-limiting conditions

Government announce £215 million funding for research into range of life-limiting conditions

02 Jul 2018 England

The Government has announced a £215 million package of funding for research into transforming the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including life-long illn...

Nearly all Council leaders believe tax rises required to solve social care crisis

Nearly all Council leaders believe tax rises required to solve social care crisis

01 Jul 2018 England

Nearly all of England's council leaders believe there is a major funding crisis in social care and want national taxes ploughed into sorting it out, according to a study. More than hal...

Parents and brothers of vulnerable man appear in court accused of his manslaughter

Parents and brothers of vulnerable man appear in court accused of his manslaughter

29 Jun 2018 England

The parents and brothers of a "vulnerable" young man have appeared in court accused of killing him at the family's mansion. Kennedy Ife, 26, allegedly suffered a heart attack after bei...

Resources: New CQC guidance to help health and care providers learn from safety incidents

Resources: New CQC guidance to help health and care providers learn from safety incidents

29 Jun 2018 Reports & Resources

The independent quality regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to help those in charge of running hea...

Unacceptable levels of delayed discharge for learning disability patients in Scotland

Unacceptable levels of delayed discharge for learning disability patients in Scotland

28 Jun 2018 Scotland

Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some pati...

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

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

28 Jun 2018 Education & Training

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 cont...

Cross-party MPs call for earmarked levy to pay for social care in England

Cross-party MPs call for earmarked levy to pay for social care in England

26 Jun 2018 England

Ministers are being urged to introduce a new "social care premium" for England, paid by individuals and employers, to meet the spiralling costs of looking after the country's ageing pop...

SSSC issue warning over unofficial smartphone and tablet apps

SSSC issue warning over unofficial smartphone and tablet apps

26 Jun 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has issued a warning to care workers over unofficial versions of some of their learning resource apps. The regualtor has reported that unaut...

Inquest hears homeless man who died in subway was subjected to violent assault

Inquest hears homeless man who died in subway was subjected to violent assault

25 Jun 2018 England

A detective who investigated the suspected murder of a homeless man in a pedestrian underpass told an inquest that two men were arrested but no charges were brought. Sergiusz Meges, 29...

New £1.35 million training programme for Scots front line workers dealing with trauma

New £1.35 million training programme for Scots front line workers dealing with trauma

22 Jun 2018 Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is to work with partners, including people with lived experience, to create and deliver quality training resources for front line workers responding to ...

Report: Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board - Kamil Ahmad Safeguarding Adult Review

Report: Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board - Kamil Ahmad Safeguarding Adult Review

21 Jun 2018 Reports & Resources

The racially-motivated murder of a refugee by a mental health patient who had been released from a psychiatric hospital was "avoidable", a review has found. Jeffrey Barry, 57, stabbed ...

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New campaign seeks people with care-experienced backgrounds to share stories

New campaign seeks people with care-experienced backgrounds to share stories

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has this week launched its first Scotland-wide advertising campaign, ‘Shine A Light on Care’, with the support and guidance of care-experienc...

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

Charles to tell child sexual abuse inquiry he was 'deceived' over disgraced bishop

20 Jul 2018 England

The Prince of Wales will tell a child sexual abuse inquiry he was "deceived" by disgraced bishop Peter Ball - and that he was unaware of the true nature of the clergyman's behaviour unt...

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

19 Jul 2018 England

Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secon...

Children 'exploited and goaded' into Londonderry violence, says Bradley

Children 'exploited and goaded' into Londonderry violence, says Bradley

18 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Dissident republicans who have "nothing to offer their communities" have "exploited and goaded" children into violence in Londonderry, according to the Northern Ireland Secretary. Kare...

Child sexual abuse inquiry fined £200,000 after data blunder identified possible victims

Child sexual abuse inquiry fined £200,000 after data blunder identified possible victims

18 Jul 2018 England

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse. Vulnerable people wer...

Home Office failed to probe child abuse claims decade before Rotherham

Home Office failed to probe child abuse claims decade before Rotherham

17 Jul 2018 England

The Home Office had opportunities to question the response of the police and other agencies to reports of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham years before the scandal erupted in the ...

Toddler with wrist fractures had arm pulled or twisted, specialist suggests

Toddler with wrist fractures had arm pulled or twisted, specialist suggests

16 Jul 2018 England

A toddler who suffered wrist fractures probably had her arm pulled or twisted, a specialist has told a family court judge. The little girl also suffered a rib fracture consistent with ...

More than 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

More than 43,000 sign petition to save teenage brothers from deportation

16 Jul 2018 Scotland

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport two teenage brothers from Scotland. Areeb Umeed Bakhsh (left), 13, and his brother Somer (right)...

Supreme Court to consider role of councils in protecting vulnerable children

Supreme Court to consider role of councils in protecting vulnerable children

16 Jul 2018 England

The Supreme Court is to hear a landmark case which could have an impact on the rights of thousands of abuse victims. It concerns two people, known as CN and GN, who allege that, betwee...

Major report explores relationship between poverty, care and interventions in children's lives

Major report explores relationship between poverty, care and interventions in children's lives

13 Jul 2018 England

A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. ...

Teacher becomes fifth at private school convicted for sexually abusing students

Teacher becomes fifth at private school convicted for sexually abusing students

13 Jul 2018 England

A history teacher at a top private school has been jailed for 17 years for raping one of his pupils, leaving her suffering a "life sentence" of suicidal thoughts and self-harming. Jame...

Court of Appeal rules carers not entitled to mininum wage for sleep-in shifts

Court of Appeal rules carers not entitled to mininum wage for sleep-in shifts

13 Jul 2018 England

Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost ...

Legal Aid for child migrants to be reinstated following five year legal battle

Legal Aid for child migrants to be reinstated following five year legal battle

12 Jul 2018 England

Legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants has been reinstated following a five-year legal battle between the Government and the Children's Society. Justice Minister Lucy Frazer confir...

Safeguarding chief pledges full review after death of teenager who was 'invisible to authorities'

Safeguarding chief pledges full review after death of teenager who was 'invisible to authorities'

12 Jul 2018 England

A "full, independent review" is under way into what contact agencies had with Jordan Burling before his death after a jury heard he was "invisible to the authorities". Speaking outside...

Family members jailed for killing teenager left to rot like 'second world war camp' victim

Family members jailed for killing teenager left to rot like 'second world war camp' victim

12 Jul 2018 England

A teenager who died at home looked "hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the Second World War", according to a judge who jailed his mother, grandmoth...

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

12 Jul 2018 Wales

A family court judge based in Wales has raised concern about a "chronic" shortage of specialist secure accommodation for teenagers. Judge Gareth Jones said he had recently analysed a c...

Home Office to pay £50,000 damages to father and daughter seperated by immigration control

Home Office to pay £50,000 damages to father and daughter seperated by immigration control

12 Jul 2018 England

A father and his three-year-old daughter who were separated for months while he was detained under immigration powers are to receive £50,000 damages from the Home Office. Approving the...

MPs told of shocking accounts of aid workers abusing children overseas

MPs told of shocking accounts of aid workers abusing children overseas

12 Jul 2018 England

Shocking accounts of aid workers abusing children have been set out to MPs investigating exploitation in the charity sector. Young boys and girls revealed a decade ago that they were b...

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Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

19 Jul 2018 Wales

An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's ...

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

19 Jul 2018 England

Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on beha...

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

19 Jul 2018 England

A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrou...

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

18 Jul 2018 England

Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategi...

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

17 Jul 2018 England

Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Ment...

Several buyers interested as care home giant Barchester eye £2.5 billion sale

Several buyers interested as care home giant Barchester eye £2.5 billion sale

16 Jul 2018 England

Barchester Healthcare, one of Britain's biggest care home groups, is to be put up for sale in a deal that could net its owners north of £2.5 billion. The Press Association understands ...

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

16 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on th...

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

13 Jul 2018 England

A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Frida...

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

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

13 Jul 2018 Education & Training

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 ...

Double-dosing a 'contributory factor' in death of grandfather after medication mix-up

Double-dosing a 'contributory factor' in death of grandfather after medication mix-up

06 Jul 2018 England

A grandfather died after he took twice as much medication as he should have following a "communication breakdown" between two branches of Boots, a coroner has said. The fact Richard Le...

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

05 Jul 2018 Education & Training

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. Profe...

Health and social care services prioritising individual performance over care of elderly

Health and social care services prioritising individual performance over care of elderly

03 Jul 2018 England

Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and ju...

Aspirin shows promising potential as Alzheimer's treatment, say scientists

Aspirin shows promising potential as Alzheimer's treatment, say scientists

03 Jul 2018 England

Low dose aspirin may help cells in the brain to clear away a toxic protein molecule at the core of Alzheimer's, early research suggests. Scientists showed the common pain killer stimul...

Government announce £215 million funding for research into range of life-limiting conditions

Government announce £215 million funding for research into range of life-limiting conditions

02 Jul 2018 England

The Government has announced a £215 million package of funding for research into transforming the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including life-long illn...

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

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

28 Jun 2018 Education & Training

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...

Care England call for parity of pay for social care sector nurses

Care England call for parity of pay for social care sector nurses

28 Jun 2018 England

Following the recent pay award for nurses in the NHS, Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has called for nurses working in inde...

Measures announced to tackle public concern of care home standards in Northern Ireland

Measures announced to tackle public concern of care home standards in Northern Ireland

27 Jun 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, has said public concern over the quality of care home provision must be addressed. Mr Pengelly was...

Simon Pegg lends his support to new dementia awareness film

Simon Pegg lends his support to new dementia awareness film

26 Jun 2018 England

Actor Simon Pegg has lent his support to a new dementia awareness campaign by appearing in a video that explains how the condition affects the brain. The Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz...

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Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

19 Jul 2018 England

A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was ...

Watchdog raises concerns over radiology backlogs affecting thousands of patients

Watchdog raises concerns over radiology backlogs affecting thousands of patients

19 Jul 2018 England

A health watchdog has raised concerns over how some diagnostic services are run after finding that tens of thousands of patients were caught up in backlogs. Backlogs in radiology servi...

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

19 Jul 2018 England

Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on beha...

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

19 Jul 2018 England

A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrou...

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

18 Jul 2018 England

Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategi...

Child model with disabilities to receive multimillion pound NHS payout for birth injury

Child model with disabilities to receive multimillion pound NHS payout for birth injury

17 Jul 2018 England

A "sociable little girl" who has modelled for Boden is set to receive a multimillion pound NHS payout for injuries she suffered during her traumatic birth. Holly Greenhow, now 12, was ...

Nursing regulator admits culpability in Morecambe Bay maternity scandal

Nursing regulator admits culpability in Morecambe Bay maternity scandal

17 Jul 2018 England

The nursing regulator has apologised to families affected by the Morecambe Bay scandal admitting that it did not listen or act quickly enough on concerns raised about midwives. Chairma...

Rise in health spending puts state debt on unsustainable path, report warns

Rise in health spending puts state debt on unsustainable path, report warns

17 Jul 2018 England

The Government's promise of a £20 billion boost for the NHS will put debt on an "unsustainable upward trajectory" without tax rises or spending cuts to pay for it, the Office for Budget...

Patients put at 'unnecessary risk' as health bodies put restrictions on access to care

Patients put at 'unnecessary risk' as health bodies put restrictions on access to care

17 Jul 2018 England

Leading surgeons have raised concerns over the rising number of local health bodies restricting a type of curative surgery. In a new audit of the care of patients in need of a groin he...

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

17 Jul 2018 England

Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Ment...

Smokers face 'discrimination' as charity reports 75% decline cessation aids being prescribed

Smokers face 'discrimination' as charity reports 75% decline cessation aids being prescribed

16 Jul 2018 England

Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The...

NHS leaders urge new Health Secretary to 'grasp social care challenge'

NHS leaders urge new Health Secretary to 'grasp social care challenge'

13 Jul 2018 England

NHS leaders have written to new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock urging him to "grasp the social care challenge". The letter calls for a joint plan that covers both health...

New figures show student nursing applications drop by third after bursary axe

New figures show student nursing applications drop by third after bursary axe

12 Jul 2018 England

Applications to nursing courses have dropped by a third in the two years since bursaries for students were axed, figures show. The number of people in England applying to begin trainin...

Over 200,000 patients waiting over six months for treatment - up 48% on last year

Over 200,000 patients waiting over six months for treatment - up 48% on last year

12 Jul 2018 England

The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000, figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics...

Woman allegedly abused by paedophile doctor receives five-figure settlement

Woman allegedly abused by paedophile doctor receives five-figure settlement

12 Jul 2018 England

A woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a doctor while being treated for blood clots at Birmingham Children's Hospital has been awarded a five-figure settlement by the trust. T...

Young Co Down girl admitted to hospital during wait for medicinal cannabis license

Young Co Down girl admitted to hospital during wait for medicinal cannabis license

11 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

A young girl from Co Down waiting to hear if she has been granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to hospital. Sophia Gibson, six, from Newtownar...

England's abortion law 'out of step' with Scotland and Wales

England's abortion law 'out of step' with Scotland and Wales

10 Jul 2018 England

Abortion law in England is "no longer fit for purpose", experts have said. The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), along with other leading repro...

Matt Hancock appointed new Minister for Health and Social Care

Matt Hancock appointed new Minister for Health and Social Care

09 Jul 2018 England

Matt Hancock's route to Health and Social Care Secretary mirrors that of his predecessor Jeremy Hunt. Both spent time as Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Secretary before takin...

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North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost every we...

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

19 Jul 2018 England

Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secon...

Low levels of psychological distress linked to increased risk of chronic diseases

Low levels of psychological distress linked to increased risk of chronic diseases

12 Jul 2018 England

Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The ...

'Seni's law' mental health restraint reforms receive approval from MPs

'Seni's law' mental health restraint reforms receive approval from MPs

06 Jul 2018 England

Tears and applause greeted MPs' approval of mental health reforms known as "Seni's law" in memory of the man whose death inspired them. Olaseni Lewis (pictured), known as Seni to frien...

Supreme Court president calls for 'yet another' overhaul of mental health laws

Supreme Court president calls for 'yet another' overhaul of mental health laws

05 Jul 2018 England

The UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meet...

New deprivation of liberty legislation launched as number of applications hits record high

New deprivation of liberty legislation launched as number of applications hits record high

03 Jul 2018 England

The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system ha...

Increase in number of young people struggling with loneliness, says Childline

Increase in number of young people struggling with loneliness, says Childline

03 Jul 2018 England

Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service...

Job seeking requirements hitting mental health of single parents on benefits

Job seeking requirements hitting mental health of single parents on benefits

03 Jul 2018 Scotland

Mandatory job seeking requirements for lone parents claiming benefits negatively affects mental health, researchers have found. Under the lone parent obligations rule, single parents m...

Simon Stevens calls for 'major ramp up' of children's mental health services

Simon Stevens calls for 'major ramp up' of children's mental health services

29 Jun 2018 England

Children's mental health services will need to expand significantly to cope with the growing problems faced by young people, the head of the NHS in England has said. Simon Stevens said...

Money intended for health and social care integration diverted to relieve NHS shortfall

Money intended for health and social care integration diverted to relieve NHS shortfall

29 Jun 2018 England

An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding...

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

28 Jun 2018 Education & Training

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...

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

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

25 Jun 2018 Education & Training

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 N...

Terror survivors seek creation of new fund to support vicitms and bereaved families

Terror survivors seek creation of new fund to support vicitms and bereaved families

25 Jun 2018 England

Terror survivors have called for the creation of a new fund to help attack victims and bereaved families, claiming that the current system is broken. Survivors Against Terror published...

New £1.35 million training programme for Scots front line workers dealing with trauma

New £1.35 million training programme for Scots front line workers dealing with trauma

22 Jun 2018 Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is to work with partners, including people with lived experience, to create and deliver quality training resources for front line workers responding to ...

Report: Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board - Kamil Ahmad Safeguarding Adult Review

Report: Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board - Kamil Ahmad Safeguarding Adult Review

21 Jun 2018 Reports & Resources

The racially-motivated murder of a refugee by a mental health patient who had been released from a psychiatric hospital was "avoidable", a review has found. Jeffrey Barry, 57, stabbed ...

Safeguarding review finds race-hate murder of refugee by mental health patient avoidable

Safeguarding review finds race-hate murder of refugee by mental health patient avoidable

21 Jun 2018 England

The racially-motivated murder of a refugee by a mental health patient who had been released from a psychiatric hospital was "avoidable", a review has found. Jeffrey Barry, 57, stabbed ...

Classifying gaming addiction as mental health condition 'premature', say experts

Classifying gaming addiction as mental health condition 'premature', say experts

21 Jun 2018 England

Classifying gaming addiction as a mental health condition is premature, experts have warned. The World Health Organisation (WHO) included "gaming disorder" in the latest revision of it...

New study suggests suicide risk greater for patients with specific cancers

New study suggests suicide risk greater for patients with specific cancers

20 Jun 2018 England

Some cancer patients are at significantly increased risk of suicide following their diagnosis, a new study suggests. While the risk of suicide was elevated among all people diagnosed w...

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MPs criticise CPS chief over disclosure failings in rape and sexual assault cases

MPs criticise CPS chief over disclosure failings in rape and sexual assault cases

20 Jul 2018 England

MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over long-term failings that saw vital evidence withheld from defence lawyers in rape and serious sexual assault cases. The Just...

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

Judge rules seriously ill baby who 'feels pain when held' should be allowed to die

19 Jul 2018 England

A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was ...

Compensation should be paid in full rather than 'derisory' instalments, Victims' Commissioner

Compensation should be paid in full rather than 'derisory' instalments, Victims' Commissioner

19 Jul 2018 England

Compensation for people who suffer at the hands of criminals should be paid up front rather than in "derisory" instalments, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Ba...

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

19 Jul 2018 Wales

An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's ...

Supreme Court to hear legal challenges against controversial benefit cap

Supreme Court to hear legal challenges against controversial benefit cap

17 Jul 2018 England

Lone parents and their children are going to the UK's highest court in a battle against the Government's controversial benefit cap. Supreme Court justices will hear several challenges ...

Police force failed to record crimes including sexual abuse and rape, watchdog

Police force failed to record crimes including sexual abuse and rape, watchdog

17 Jul 2018 England

Police in Lincolnshire are failing to record thousands of crimes including sexual offences, grievous bodily harm and rape. A watchdog examined records between June 1 and November 30 20...

Toddler with wrist fractures had arm pulled or twisted, specialist suggests

Toddler with wrist fractures had arm pulled or twisted, specialist suggests

16 Jul 2018 England

A toddler who suffered wrist fractures probably had her arm pulled or twisted, a specialist has told a family court judge. The little girl also suffered a rib fracture consistent with ...

Supreme Court to consider role of councils in protecting vulnerable children

Supreme Court to consider role of councils in protecting vulnerable children

16 Jul 2018 England

The Supreme Court is to hear a landmark case which could have an impact on the rights of thousands of abuse victims. It concerns two people, known as CN and GN, who allege that, betwee...

Teacher becomes fifth at private school convicted for sexually abusing students

Teacher becomes fifth at private school convicted for sexually abusing students

13 Jul 2018 England

A history teacher at a top private school has been jailed for 17 years for raping one of his pupils, leaving her suffering a "life sentence" of suicidal thoughts and self-harming. Jame...

Youth back in court over Alesha MacPhail murder on Isle of Bute

Youth back in court over Alesha MacPhail murder on Isle of Bute

13 Jul 2018 Scotland

A teenager charged with raping and murdering schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute has appeared in court for a second time. The 16-year-old male, who cannot be identified due ...

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

13 Jul 2018 England

A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Frida...

Court of Appeal rules carers not entitled to mininum wage for sleep-in shifts

Court of Appeal rules carers not entitled to mininum wage for sleep-in shifts

13 Jul 2018 England

Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost ...

Legal Aid for child migrants to be reinstated following five year legal battle

Legal Aid for child migrants to be reinstated following five year legal battle

12 Jul 2018 England

Legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants has been reinstated following a five-year legal battle between the Government and the Children's Society. Justice Minister Lucy Frazer confir...

Family members jailed for killing teenager left to rot like 'second world war camp' victim

Family members jailed for killing teenager left to rot like 'second world war camp' victim

12 Jul 2018 England

A teenager who died at home looked "hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the Second World War", according to a judge who jailed his mother, grandmoth...

Nigerian couple claim asylum over female genital multilation fears for daughters

Nigerian couple claim asylum over female genital multilation fears for daughters

12 Jul 2018 England

A Nigerian couple living in England unlawfully have claimed asylum after telling immigration officials that their two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation if they re...

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

12 Jul 2018 Wales

A family court judge based in Wales has raised concern about a "chronic" shortage of specialist secure accommodation for teenagers. Judge Gareth Jones said he had recently analysed a c...

Home Office to pay £50,000 damages to father and daughter seperated by immigration control

Home Office to pay £50,000 damages to father and daughter seperated by immigration control

12 Jul 2018 England

A father and his three-year-old daughter who were separated for months while he was detained under immigration powers are to receive £50,000 damages from the Home Office. Approving the...

Woman gets nine-year jail term for killing father over horde of child abuse photographs

Woman gets nine-year jail term for killing father over horde of child abuse photographs

11 Jul 2018 England

A woman who suffered a "lifetime" of abuse from her bullying father has been jailed for nine years after she killed and buried him in her back garden after finding his horde of child ab...


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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...

Engage: Ireland's abortion referendum – here's what you need to know

23 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Ireland's abortion referendum – here's what you need to know

The Republic of Ireland is holding a referendum on May 25 that could dramatically change its stance on abortion. Here’s a rundown of what is happening, when and why. What is Ireland voting on? The referendum is about taking action that would result in t...

Engage: Autism screening tool may not detect the condition in some women

23 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Autism screening tool may not detect the condition in some women

Diagnosing autism is expensive and time consuming, so a screening tool is used to filter out those people who are unlikely to be diagnosed as autistic. This is all well and good, but our latest research suggests that a widely used screening tool may be bi...

Engage: Austerity measures leave Children’s Services suffering own 'Windrush moment'

04 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Austerity measures leave Children’s Services suffering own 'Windrush moment'

Children's services have suffered their own Windrush moment, according to a University of Huddersfield professor when he spoke to a committee of MPs. Paul Bywaters, who is Professor of Social Work, believes that austerity measures and policies that place...

Engage: Schwartz Centre Rounds and the impact of person-centered care in today’s healthcare

02 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Schwartz Centre Rounds and the impact of person-centered care in today’s healthcare

Schwartz Center Rounds® were created from an idea by Kenneth B. Schwartz - who passed away in 1995 from lung cancer, aged 40. A few months before Kenneth B. Schwartz passed away, Schwartz wrote an essay about the feelings of receiving compassionate care a...

Engage: Display of female victimhood across the media 'disturbing' - Germaine Greer

01 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Display of female victimhood across the media 'disturbing' - Germaine Greer

Writer Germaine Greer has said it is disturbing that the sort of female victimhood seen across the media in the #MeToo campaign sells to women. The feminist author, 79, said the prevalence of images of women standing up and saying they had been harassed ...

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Webwatch: New NHS app will let patients access their records and order repeat prescriptions

02 July 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New NHS app will let patients access their records and order repeat prescriptions

An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary...

Webwatch: Report suggest children's online time should be public health issue

15 June 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Report suggest children's online time should be public health issue

Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public hea...

Webwatch: New online tool to identify emerging mental health problems in young people

12 June 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New online tool to identify emerging mental health problems in young people

Researchers in Glasgow have developed a new online tool to help identify young people with emerging signs of mental health problems,...

Webwatch: Emojis could to used to help monitor the progress of cancer patients

02 June 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Emojis could to used to help monitor the progress of cancer patients

Emojis could be used to live monitor the progress of cancer patients, according to new research. Positive and negative reactions, r...

Webwatch: Barnardo's call for urgent action on use of livestreaming to groom children

24 May 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Barnardo's call for urgent action on use of livestreaming to groom children

A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half ...

Webwatch: Casualities instantly assessed using video streaming technology

10 May 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Casualities instantly assessed using video streaming technology

Emergency services can instantly assess patients from afar using live video streaming technology.A new feature on the GoodSAM platfo...

Webwatch: New cancer research app seeks to harness power of smartphone networks

01 May 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New cancer research app seeks to harness power of smartphone networks

Cancer researchers in the UK are to benefit from an app which crunches data while smartphone owners sleep. The DreamLab app, develo...

Webwatch: New SSSC video explains importance of social service workers’ online behaviour

27 April 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New SSSC video explains importance of social service workers’ online behaviour

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) have produced a new video explaining their social media guidance for social service work...

Education & Training

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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...

University partnership with care provider sees workers join Nursing apprenticeship scheme

25 April 2018

University partnership with care provider sees workers join Nursing apprenticeship scheme

The University of Wolverhampton is working with Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of highly skilled future nurses. Cygnet Health Care, a leading independent provider of specialist mental health care services, is one of the firs...

Students warned of rise in maximum interest rates on loans

19 April 2018

Students warned of rise in maximum interest rates on loans

Maximum interest rates on student loans are set to rise this autumn. From this September, students will pay up to 6.3%, after a rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) - a measure of inflation, compared to the same point last year. The incr...

International Dementia Conference to cover everything from scams to technology

18 April 2018

International Dementia Conference to cover everything from scams to technology

The annual Plymouth International Dementia Conference takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on 4 May this year with a full programme which covers everything from scams to technology, and how dementia is being addressed in China, Japan, Ireland,...

University of Hertfordshire study finds health researchers are failing to provide feedback

18 April 2018

University of Hertfordshire study finds health researchers are failing to provide feedback

The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the res...

University of Derby to host public forum on modern slavery and human trafficking

12 April 2018

University of Derby to host public forum on modern slavery and human trafficking

Members of the public are invited to a free forum at the University of Derby on modern slavery and human trafficking, to hear what is being done locally to tackle this challenging issue.  The ‘Parallel Worlds, Hidden Lives’ event, presente...

RGU academics study to show the impact of 50 years of social work

12 April 2018

RGU academics study to show the impact of 50 years of social work

A unique new study is being proposed by academics at RGU to review the impact of its social work education as the programme celebrates its 50th year. The university – and Robert Gordon’s Technical College (RGIT) before it – has delivered a...

Students praised as university campus becomes dementia friendly

09 April 2018

Students praised as university campus becomes dementia friendly

University of Chester students and staff have been working hard to make the Warrington Campus a Dementia Friendly Campus. Led by Dean McShane, Lecturer in Mental Health and Learning Disability, Dementia Friends Information Sessions have ...

New study examines prescribing antipsychotic medication for children with autism

09 April 2018

New study examines prescribing antipsychotic medication for children with autism

A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of...

University collaborates in project to tackle child poverty in Glasgow

09 April 2018

University collaborates in project to tackle child poverty in Glasgow

The Scottish Government has given £2m funding through Every Child, Every Chance, its Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-22, to Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) - an innovative collaboration between Policy Scotland and What Wo...

Young people belonging to alternative subcultures at greater risk of self-harm

08 April 2018

Young people belonging to alternative subcultures at greater risk of self-harm

Young people belonging to alternative subcultures, such as goths, emos or metal fans, are at a greater risk of self-harm and suicide than those who do not, according to a new research review. The authors say that health, educational and ...

University applications for nursing courses down by 10%

05 April 2018

University applications for nursing courses down by 10%

The number of people applying to train to become nurses has fallen by 10%, new figures show. Figures on UCAS undergraduate applications show that there were 43,700 applicants to nursing courses, down from 48,810 the previous year. Among t...

Nine leading universities to share in £10 million mental health research grants

29 March 2018

Nine leading universities to share in £10 million mental health research grants

Nine leading universities from across the UK will be the recipients of multi-million pound grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help researchers harness the power of data science for mental health research. Funding for the gran...

Author to give insight in common misgivings about poverty at talk in Dundee

26 March 2018

Author to give insight in common misgivings about poverty at talk in Dundee

Glaswegian rap artist and author of ‘Poverty Safari’ will share his insight into living on the breadline next week when he talks at the University of Dundee. Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, will be giving his insight into the common misgivings abo...

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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...

Report: Children’s Commissioner’s annual study of childhood vulnerability in England

04 July 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Children’s Commissioner’s annual study of childhood vulnerability in England

This year’s 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could aff...

Report: Revolving Door - Vulnerable children being overlooked in cycle of referrals

30 June 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Revolving Door - Vulnerable children being overlooked in cycle of referrals

Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving door into social care...

Resources: New CQC guidance to help health and care providers learn from safety incidents

29 June 2018 Reports & Resources

Resources: New CQC guidance to help health and care providers learn from safety incidents

The independent quality regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to ...

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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...

Queens University trials new values-based admissions process for nursing students

18 May 2018 New To Care

Queens University trials new values-based admissions process for nursing students

Queen's University Belfast is trialling new psychometric tests as part of its admission process for nursing undergraduates. The University's School of N...

New qualification for early years workforce launched in Scotland

23 April 2018 New To Care

New qualification for early years workforce launched in Scotland

Over 5,500 childminders across Scotland, and those entering the childcare sector, now have access to an accredited Work Based Award that recognises and val...

TV doctors return to the classroom to promote careers in the NHS

30 March 2018 New To Care

TV doctors return to the classroom to promote careers in the NHS

TV doctors Rosemary Leonard, Ellie Cannon and Sara Kayat are returning to the classroom to encourage pupils to study science, technology, engineering and m...

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Third of care workers consider quitting their jobs over lack of mental health support

14 June 2018 Career Advice

Third of care workers consider quitting their jobs over lack of mental health support

The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present, and the majority (81%) of care professionals agree that not enough is being don...

ACAS produce guidance to tackle religious or belief-based discrimination

22 May 2018 Career Advice

ACAS produce guidance to tackle religious or belief-based discrimination

New workplace guidance has been issued to help ensure businesses are following the law when managing staff who have a particular religion or belief. ...

Majority of care professionals falling victim to the ‘always-on’ work culture

14 May 2018 Career Advice

Majority of care professionals falling victim to the ‘always-on’ work culture

A staggering 76.5% of professionals in the care sector confess to replying to work-related emails, or making work-related calls in their free time. Wh...

Candidates turning down jobs after waiting too long for news form employers

11 May 2018 Career Advice

Candidates turning down jobs after waiting too long for news form employers

Three out of five people have taken a second-choice job offer because their preferred employer took too long to give them an answer, according to a ne...