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The NHS is heading into winter on a knife edge as half of NHS trust finance directors think patient care in their area has got worse over the past year, an influential think tank has warned. The King's Fund believes the negative outlook from 51% of finance directors, compared with…
Middlesex University has this week launched the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, a national project funded by the Department for Education in order to build excellence in social work teaching and practice. It aims to improve the training, recruitment, progression and retention of social workers across north London while…
A social worker has been suspended for one year after a fitness to practise hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his repeated failings. The hearing heard that Michael Sira-Parfitt failed to complete a number of vital assessments, didn’t make essential referrals and failed to make regular…
Terminally ill patients could be dying in hospitals due to delays with a "fast track" service aimed at helping people receive care outside of hospital, a new report suggests. The Continuing Healthcare package, funded by the NHS, is for some people whose health needs can be attended to outside of…
The number of health regulators in the UK could be slashed under plans to replace a "confusing, inconsistent and slow" system. The nine regulators currently covering healthcare workers including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists and paramedics, could be reduced to as little as three under plans to overhaul the regulatory…
Inverclyde is leading the way in involving children, young people and their families in designing good quality services. Families across the area are benefitting from joined up services which have a positive impact on improving the lives of children and young people, according to inspectors. It follows a joint inspection…
Millions of people are facing "unacceptable delays and difficulty" accessing care, health leaders have warned as they called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to address the situation in next month's Budget. Health and care services are "unable to keep up with demand", according to a coalition representing hundreds of health and…
Four in 10 mental health services for children are failing, with youngsters facing long delays for treatment, according to a Government-ordered review. The study, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), found many services set their own targets for how quickly youngsters should be seen, leading to children's mental health deteriorating…
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