Author Archives: Sam Pearce

Seaside SMEs Get an Out of Season Boost

8 new coastal regeneration projects have been awarded government funding as part of the Coastal Communities Fund project, designed to boost seaside economies and promote year round trade.  In total £800,000 is being spent during this round of funding. It … Continue reading

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CQC Publishes 82 GP Practice Reports

The CQC has published a further 82 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected by specialist teams of inspectors. Five GP practices were rated as outstanding, sixty as good, twelve as requiring improvement … Continue reading

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Facebook to Open Up Instant Articles to All

Last year Facebook launched a new initiative –Instant Articles. Until now Instant Articles have only been available to a select group of publishers, including the New York Times, Buzz Feed and The Guardian.  From April the service will be available … Continue reading

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CQC Launches Interactive Care Home Performance Map

The Care Quality Commission has launched a new online resource to make it easier for people to see which care homes have been rated as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate in their local area. The map shows how the … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina, The Thirty Nine Steps and Twelve Years a Slave Making Their Way to Secondary Schools

As part of a new initiative to get classic literature into schools, Penguin Classics is offering secondary schools classroom sets of 100 titles (30 copies of each) for a total price of £3,000 – that’s just £1 a book! Titles … Continue reading

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CQC Publish Prototype Local Area Care Reports

The CQC has published the first of three prototype reports looking at how they might assess the quality of care across regions.  As well as looking to improve care, the new reports are designed to encourage improvements in communication and … Continue reading

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National News Site Encouraging Student Journalists to Get Involved

The Tab news network has gone national.  The site aimed at both students and graduates has grown from a campus-based, localised, news network, into a national contender with its new website. The Tab was started by a Cambridge University student … Continue reading

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A Vision for the Next 5 Years – CQC Consultation

The way that health and care services are used and delivered is changing and the CQC recognises that as a result they too need to change and adapt their services.  Ensuring that resources are appropriately targeted and that they remain … Continue reading

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GP Indemnity Fees Rise By 26% in 12 Months

Rises in indemnity fees continue to be a hot topic in primary care circles. Medical Defence Organisations (MDOs) admit that there have been ‘higher than inflation; rises over the last 12 months, in particular for GPs working out of hours, … Continue reading

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NHS Initiative to Improve Mental Health Services for Veterans Launched

NHS England is looking to improve mental health services for military veterans and has launched a consultation to gain a better understanding of veterans experiences of mental health services, helping veterans move from military to civilian life. The mental health … Continue reading

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