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A specialist judge involved in an independent review of mental health legislation has said tribunals need more powers to help people to be cared for outside hospitals.Anselm Eldergill, a judge in the Court of Protection, said evidence suggests that mental health tribunals have become more risk-averse and interpret rules relating…
Major new investment is needed to improve some of the most "dilapidated" estates in the NHS and provide more community care for the sickest and most vulnerable mental health patients, a new report said.The independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 published its findings on Thursday, setting out how…
A group of community nurses working in specialisms across Scotland have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.Among the 21 to receive the honour are nurses working with substance misuse, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease patients.They were selected earlier this year to take part in a nine-month development programme…
Health teams working in the community are to get a multi-billion funding boost in a bid to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, the Prime Minister has announced.Theresa May pledged £3.5 billion a year in new real-terms funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/24 as part of the forthcoming NHS long-term…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £1.7m funding for a Cwmtawe project to develop new models of health and social care.The funding comes from the £100m Transformation Fund to support key actions from the Welsh Government’s long term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales.The Cwmtawe Cluster…
Social workers are on high alert to check on people having difficulties in the heat, council leaders said. But the Local Government Association (LGA) also urged the public to check on vulnerable or elderly neighbours, family or friends. The LGA urged people to take health precautions in the heat. As…
The Grenfell Tower fire is bringing stressful past life events flooding back to people, and those not directly affected by the tragedy should not feel ashamed to seek help. Emma Kennedy, manager of the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL's) Grenfell outreach team, said she suspected there was…
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 stalls of Portobello Road with VR…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
More than a million GP patients have been forced to search for a new family doctor after their surgery closed or merged during the last five years, a new report suggests. There has been a rising number of patients displaced as GP practices have been forced to close their doors,…
GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly 17% said they had to turn down patients attempting to see a GP for a routine matter. Some GPs have…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
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