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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…
A drug user who claimed his girlfriend was alive and living in South Africa after he beat her to death and then chopped up her body and disposed of it in dustbins and down a toilet has been found guilty of murder.Dean Lowe is facing life in prison after using…
Councils cannot charge people for the first six weeks of intermediate care, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned, following an investigation into a complaint about North Somerset Council. The warning comes after a family complained North Somerset Council was not clear about the care home fees they…
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, Greece and the UK. A delegation from a number of cities in Japan…
Council officials who claimed they have "worked our bollocks off" are resisting attempts to limit exit payments to £95,000, MPs have heard. Conservative former minister Sir Christopher Chope said the response from officials in Dorset when told about the plans by the Government was: "Bollocks." The veteran MP also declared…
Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
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