Author Archives: Sam Pearce

CQC Finds that People are not supported in exercising their rights under the Mental Health Act

The Care Quality Commission’s 6th annual report into the impact of the Mental Health Act has been published.  The report is a depressing read for anyone involved in improving mental health services for patients, with little improvement made on the … Continue reading

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Consumers Choosing Independents Over Multi-Nationals

Insurance provider Simply Business has been pouring over its data from the last 5 years and has revealed a strong trend, with many consumers turning their backs on multi-nationals in favour of small businesses over the last 5 years. The … Continue reading

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Paris is the best place in the world to be a student

The QS Top Universities Student Cities Ranking for 2016 is out and Paris is on top for the 4th year running.  Melbourne is 2nd, with Tokyo 3rd, London has dropped down from 3rd place to 5th, largely down to the … Continue reading

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Over 75% of CCGs Applied for New NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

More than three-quarters (168) of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), in partnership with 132 local authorities, have submitted joint Expressions of Interest to become part of the first phase of the roll-out of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. The NHS Diabetes Prevention … Continue reading

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GPS Services Give Dementia Patients Freedom to Roam in Scotland – Why Not in England?

People suffering from dementia in Scotland gained the right last year to use GPS tracking so that their carers, families and in some cases rescue services, know where they are when they go out, keeping then out of danger and … Continue reading

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700 GP Practices to Employ Clinical Pharmacists

NHS England’s 3-year scheme, placing clinical pharmacists at the heart of general practice, has been expanded, in response demand from GP practices. The increase in funding will allow 700 practices to take part, resulting in the recruitment of 403 clinical … Continue reading

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CMA Secures Assurances From UCL Over Student Debt Policy

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has taken action against University College London (UCL) over its policy concerning student non-academic debt, after the policy was used to threaten the studies of over 85 students engaged in a rent dispute with the … Continue reading

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Government Commits to Halving Stillbirths and Infant Deaths by 2030

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, has committed to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 50% by 2030, ensuring that England is one of the safest places in the world to have a baby. The number … Continue reading

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Whistle-blowers Invited to Contribute to the Development of the New National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian’s Role

Following the publication of Sir Robert Francis QC’s report into the creation of an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS, the government has begun the process of setting up a new office for the ‘National Freedom to Speak … Continue reading

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Views on the CQC? Have Your Say

The CQC has commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake a series of case studies designed to help the organisation understand their impact on service providers and the quality of care provided by those it inspects. They will be considering: · The … Continue reading

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