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The University of Derby has launched a new course aimed at supporting health and social care workers into higher education while they continue to work and earn. The Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care has been developed by academics at University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) to…
Integration authorities (IAs) for health and social care services need to engage more meaningfully with communities and health professionals, according to a parliamentary committee. The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee said IAs are too often using a "tick box" approach to consulting others. Integration authorities are responsible for joining…
Concerns have been raised about a "backlog" of patients in Scotland's secure hospital wards who are waiting to be moved to a less-restrictive environment. The Mental Welfare Commission raised the issue of human rights of patients in medium and low security forensic wards, saying some are "being held in conditions…
There were multiple "missed opportunities" in the handover care of a man treated for "delusional" behaviour and at the centre of a fatal flat stabbing. Melvin James had to be subdued by armed police using stun grenades and Tasers a month after being discharged from hospital. He was allowed to…
Social Services Minister Rebecca Evans has praised Powys’s health and social care services for becoming the first area in Wales to jointly implement a new IT system that helps health and social care professionals work together to provide care closer to people’s homes. The Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS)…
Breast cancer patients should be given better access to support after their hospital treatment ends, a charity has said. The call from Breast Cancer Care comes after a new poll found that many women said being discharged from hospital care was one of the hardest moments to face. The survey…
The number of patients being kept in hospital who are well enough to leave has risen slightly, new figures have shown. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in June found 1,300 people had to stay in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed-blocking. Delayed discharge…
A senior NHS official has admitted some mental health patients can face "very, very long delays" before leaving hospital after it emerged 19 individuals have been waiting more than two years to be discharged. Professor Jason Leitch, the national clinical director of healthcare quality and strategy, made the comments in…
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