How can behavioural insights make care more person-centred?

Source: NHE Sep/Oct 16 Michael Hallsworth and Hannah Burd of the Behavioural Insights Team explain how two new guides aim to deliver more effective person-centred care. The key to delivering person-centred care is to start simple. Toby* was struggling to manage his latest episode of bipolar disorder and wanted to take greater control of his [...]

NHS England to set up ‘Brexit unit’ to ensure smooth transition

NHS England is in the process of establishing a special unit to deal with the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union to ensure “a smooth transition and protect the NHS”. Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, said at an NHS board meeting this morning that the NHS Brexit unit would “make sure, [...]

How dieters are in denial: People underestimate how much they eat by up to 50%

Many a dieter 'forgets' about a chocolate bar they've eaten in the hope the calories didn't count. Now, a study reveals the practice of living in denial may be more widespread than ever. People are under-reporting how many calories they consume by up to 50 per cent, a new study suggests. Many national surveys conclude [...]

Cancer patients could see if chemotherapy is working in real-time

Cancer patients could soon be able to find if their chemotherapy is working and follow the disease in real time as it is cleared from their body, scientists believe. A new technique can assess the effectiveness of cancer treatment just eight hours after the first drugs have been taken. Currently cancer patients face an anxious wait to [...]

International Nurses Day: Why we celebrate on Florence Nightingale’s birthday

Happy International Nurses Day (Picture: Getty)With all the recent NHS controversies, International Nurses Day seems more important than ever this year – but you probably still haven’t heard of it. Luckily, we’re here to explain what it is and how important it is. Why May 12th? The International Council of Nurses (ICN) chose May 12th [...]

Gene editing ‘boosts’ cancer-killing cells

Cancer scientists have genetically modified the immune system to help it attack tumours in mice. The immune system is the body's own defence against infection and cancer, but tumours develop ways of stopping the onslaught. The University College London team manipulated the DNA of immune cells to allow them to keep up the fight. Experts [...]

Zika virus ‘scarier than thought’ says US

The Zika virus is "scarier" than first thought and its impact on the US could be greater than predicted, public health officials have admitted. A wider range of birth defects has been linked to the virus, said Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the mosquitoes that carry [...]

Nursing remains most in-demand sector for staff in February

February data pointed to a further increase in permanent staff placements. The rate of expansion quickened slightly, reaching a three-month high. Temp billings meanwhile rose at the same pace as in January. The level of available job vacancies continued to rise in February. The rate of growth was marked and the fastest in six months. [...]

NHS will carry out dementia checks at 40

Health Secretary announces new plans to assess people's dementia risks from the age of 40 on, and offer advice about lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of the condition Facebook 186 Twitter Pinterest 1 LinkedIn 42 Share 229 Email GPs will be asked to discuss the risks of dementia with patients as young as 40 [...]

Short home care visits ‘plague system’

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock Unacceptably short 15-minute home care visits to elderly and disabled people are still plaguing the care system in England, a report suggests. Research by Unison found "distressing" cases of care being compromised after surveying councils and care workers. Councils are not meant to schedule 15-minute visits for personal care, like help [...]