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Many vulnerable children with learning disabilities are stuck in mental health hospitals for too long in poor conditions

Many vulnerable children with learning disabilities are stuck in mental health hospitals for too long in poor conditions

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, is today publishing a new report, `Far less than they deserve: Children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals'.   The report shows how too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily – in some cases are spending months and years of their childhood in institutions when they should be in their community. It warns that the current system of support for those with learning disabilities or autism is letting down some of the most vulnerable children in the country. The report also finds shocking evidence of poor and restrictive practices and sedation, with some children telling the Children’s Commissioner of how their stay in mental health hospital has been traumatic, and parents too often left feeling powerless to do anything to intervene. Some of the main findings in today’s report include: The numbers of these children identified in ...
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PERIOD POVERTY

PERIOD POVERTY

Period poverty is the term used to describe when women and girls struggle or are unable to afford menstrual products and the impact this has on them.  Period poverty has forced more than a quarter of females to miss work or school. Period poverty is becoming a growing concern in Hull. Why not fill out this brief survey to inform Health Hull and NHS Hull CCG about how we we can address this locally ...
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National Smile Month 2019

National Smile Month 2019

National Smile Month 2019 takes place from 13th May to 13th June 2019 National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, it highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are: Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste Cut down on how much sugary food and drink you have, and how often you have them. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. Ultimately, the aim is to help us achieve good physical and mental wellbeing by improving our oral health. NHS Dental checks are free for all children.  Visit your local NHS dentist for check-ups and advice on caring for that special smile! ...
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DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK 20-26 MAY 2019

DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK 20-26 MAY 2019

It's Dementia Action Week. Every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia. Despite many of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia say they feel isolated and lonely. Do you need support? Contact your local Healthwatch Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. And despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely. That’s why this Dementia Action Week, we’re encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia they know; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking. We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But we’ve teamed up with people affected by dementia to give you the best tips for getting a conversation started: ‘Talk ...
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HELP US TO HELP YOU!

HELP US TO HELP YOU!

TALK TO US! Do you run a community group or hold regular meetings? Healthwatch Hull can pop along & speak at your sessions about the role of Healthwatch and how we could help you by: Providing information, advice and support about local Health and Social Care services Finding out what people think about services Visiting services to check how good they are Helping people make a complaint about NHS services Sitting on the Health and Wellbeing Board and having a say in how services should be set up and run We want “YOUR” voice to be heard – “TALK TO US” To share your experiences good or bad and help improve local services, or just for more information on a service, call 499038 or email healthwatchenquiries@nbforum.org.uk ...
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Heart and circulatory disease deaths in under 75s see first sustained rise in 50 years

Heart and circulatory disease deaths in under 75s see first sustained rise in 50 years

The number of people dying from heart and circulatory diseases before they reach their 75th birthday is on the rise for the first time in 50 years, according to our analysis of the latest national health statistics. The figures show an upward trend in deaths since 2014, with 42,384 people dying from conditions including heart attack and stroke in the UK before the age of 75 in 2017, compared to 41,042 three years earlier. The figures have been released as we launch our new strategy, which warns against complacency, and sets ambitions for the UK to halve premature death and disability from stroke, and increase heart attack survival to 90% by 2030. The number of deaths caused by heart and circulatory diseases in under 65s is also increasing, peaking at 18,668 in 2017, up from 17,982 five years earlier. This represents a 4% rise in the last five years, compared ...
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Obesity-related hospital admissions in England rise by 15%

Obesity-related hospital admissions in England rise by 15%

From the Guardian The NHS is under increasing pressure from the inexorable rise in obesity in England, where there were more than 700,000 obesity-related hospital admissions in 2017/18, up by 100,000 on the previous year, according to the latest figures. Almost a third (29%) of adults are now obese, the figures from NHS Digital show, an increase of 3% on the previous year. Just over 20% of children leaving primary school are also obese. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the food industry must act. “With almost 100,000 more hospitalisations in just one year, this is the latest evidence that obesity is causing deadly diseases including 13 types of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes, while putting increasing strain on NHS staff and services. You can read the rest of the article here Or you can go to NHS Digital and read the report and use the interactive mapping to see how ...
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Stress and Brexit cited as reasons for leaving nursing, but overall figures on the increase

Stress and Brexit cited as reasons for leaving nursing, but overall figures on the increase

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published findings from its register, which shows that around 8,000 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates are now registered to work in the UK compared to 12 months ago. This data report explores the numbers of nurses, midwives and nursing associates joining and leaving the register between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. The data reveals a 126 percent leap in the number of nurses and midwives from outside of the EU registering to work in the UK for the first time – rising from 2,720 last year to 6,157 this year. This follows a number of changes we’ve made to streamline our systems and better support those applicants who meet the required high standards, through the registration process. Figures also show an overall increase of more than 5,000 UK trained nurses, midwives and, in England only, nursing associates, driven by an ...
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Revealed: 11-hour days, 41 daily contacts and half of GPs working unsafe levels

Revealed: 11-hour days, 41 daily contacts and half of GPs working unsafe levels

More than half of GPs say they are working above safe limits, on average completing 11-hour days and dealing with a third more patients than they say they should be, findings from Pulse’s major workload survey reveal. Full-time family doctors are on average dealing with 41 patients in a day – when GPs said the safe limit should be 30, according to Pulse’s survey of 1,681 UK GPs. Some are seeing far higher numbers of patients – around one in ten deal with 60 patients or more in a day. Meanwhile, they reported the intensity of work was high, with GPs saying 29% of their patient contacts – a mixture of face-to-face, phone, online appointments and home visits – were ‘very complex’, and 37% were ‘fairly complex’. For more information and to read the full details go to Pulse ...
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A hostile environment for care

A hostile environment for care

In its Report ‘Delayed, deterred, and distressed: The impact of NHS overseas charging regulations on patients and the doctors who care for them’ the BMA states that there is now clear evidence that The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 are deterring vulnerable groups from accessing NHS treatment, threatening public health, and taking vital clinical time away from patient care. A survey of BMA members’ experiences of the regulations in action has found that: many doctors have faced pressure from OVMs (Overseas Visitors Managers) when making clinical judgements regarding a patient’s need for care the regulations, and particularly upfront charging, are deterring patients from seeking care, including for treatments that are not chargeable based on their experiences thus far, BMA members have reported that the regulations are negatively impacting public health vulnerable groups are being, and will continue to be, negatively affected by the regulations the ...
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