Time to de-stress your workplace

“Evidence shows that for most people work can be beneficial for their physical and mental health. But when it is the stress of work that is leading to people being ill it is concerning.”   That comment came from the vice-chairman of the Royal College of GPs, Prof Martin Marshall in response to the release […]

Hip, hip, recovery?

Hip and knee replacements have been one of the success stories of recent times, enabling people to regain mobility and live comparatively pain free. So much so that, according to the National Joint Registry, in the UK some 160,000 procedures are carried out every year.   So is it a case of hip, hip, hooray […]

Building mental resilience

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of fourteen. That headline from the World Health Organisation (WHO) introduces the theme for World Mental Health Day on 10 October as ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.   Sadly the WHO introduction goes on to acknowledge that majority of cases of mental […]

Need to exercise more – get on your bike

What’s your exercise regime? Do you even have one or do good intentions falter under the pressure of work? If exercise falls into the occasional rather than regular category then two reports which have come out in the last month may give you pause for thought.   The first from the World Health Organisation (WHO) […]

Caring for older workers

When we talk about the problems of an ageing society it is all too easy to focus on those who may be in need of long-term care either through illness or injury. As a result we concentrate on areas such as the provision of health services including physiotherapy and osteopathy, nursing and home care. But […]

The NHS – 70 years young

1948: a time of austerity, of taking stock and coming to terms with the aftermath of war. The initial euphoria of victory has worn off and the work of rebuilding shattered lives, homes and infrastructure is underway. But this too was a time of hope and ambition; a determination not simply to rebuild the past […]

A revolution in health care

According to the World Economic Forum we are standing on the brink of change, a time in which the Fourth Industrial Revolution is taking hold of the world. Looking back into the past, the first industrial revolution ushered in an era of mechanisation, process driven and with people merely seen as cogs in the industrial […]

Don’t stress about mental health

Stress; it seems that wherever we look we can’t get away from it. Whenever we talk about a setback or a problem, or even when we tell the tale of encountering a minor inconvenience then almost inevitably the word stress appears in the telling. So much so that we are in danger of trivialising what […]

Time for Chip and PIN card payment

Is the cheque obsolete as a payment method? Well not quite according to the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company which reveals that in the UK in 2017 some four hundred and five million cheques were issued either as payments or to draw cash. Nevertheless this does represent a 15% reduction in cheque volumes and continues […]

Treating the person not the condition

The importance of treating the patient not the condition has been brought into sharp focus by a Cambridge University study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Reviewing the health records of more than 400,000 adults, the study revealed that 30% of females and 24.4% of males were suffering from more than one health […]