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Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes. In a study led by the University of Exeter, most people with dementia had one or more additional chronic…
Some parents may have to pay for family support services, a union has said.Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "pay for health visitors".But Cornwall Council (pictured) insisted there were no plans to charge for any health services for children and…
A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the first one started leaking. After approaching the council for help, the boy lived in the tent for five weeks, then…
A hospital trust is reportedly set to place all of its scheduled orthopaedic surgery into the hands of a private healthcare company.The Health Service Journal (HSJ) said the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UPH) has agreed an 18-month partnership with Care UK to carry out all its elective orthopaedic surgery.It…
Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon,…
An investigation has been launched into the police response to an allegation of rape made by teenager Gaia Pope-Sutherland before her death. The 19-year-old was found dead on November 18 last year after being reported missing from Swanage, Dorset, 11 days earlier. Her family have said she developed symptoms of…
Care workers are launching a series of strikes in protest at plans to cut their pay or change shifts. Around 120 members of Unison employed by Sirona at care homes in Bath and other areas of north-east Somerset will walk out for two hours on Wednesday and every other day…
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 of Bad Stories (SoBS) and the Mindfulness Magician. The stories, for 9 to 13-year-olds, are…
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 biased towards diagnosing more men…
New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped…
A drug user who brutally murdered his partner by beating her to death with a metal pole before "obliterating" her remains and disposing of them in bins and a toilet has been jailed for at least 28 years. Dean Lowe (pictured) denied harming Kirby Noden despite admitting to family members…
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 health & social care staff to attend regular training…
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