Turning up the heat

We may have passed the longest day of the year but it is only now that the heat of summer is starting to be felt in the UK. On 24th June the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office combined to issue a four day heat health alert. And although no area of […]

Promoting musculoskeletal health

Over the last five years the proportion of people aged over sixteen in England who report long-term back, joint, or arthritis problems has little changed.  Standing at 18.8% in the year ending March 2018, the figure as at the year ending March 2023 had only eased slightly to 18.4%. That’s one reason why the WorkWell […]

Working well

In the 2023 Spring Budget the Government announced their intention to introduce a Work Well programme. This, it was anticipated, would be designed to Integrate work and health support, thereby helping individuals who might be out of work, or at risk of falling out of work, due to health conditions. One year on and more […]

Data, apps, and phones

There is little doubt about the increasing part which technology such as data, phones or the use of apps has to play in the delivery of health services. Nor is there any doubt about the way in which, properly planned and executed, technology can save time and resources whilst enhancing patient outcomes. To illustrate this […]

Ultra-processing health

There’s nothing new about the warning that ‘if it seems too good to be true it probably is.’ Perhaps most often used to describe scam investments promising over the top returns, unfortunately the warning can also apply to so many other aspects of our lives. Most recently ultra-processed foods have hit the ‘if it seems […]

Pharmacy First

The launch of the NHS’s Pharmacy First scheme on 31st January 2024 has been heralded as a potential game changer for patient care. By enabling community pharmacies to prescribe and treat seven common ailments* it is hoped that the Pharmacy First scheme will enhance care options whilst freeing up GP time. So much so that […]

New year, new you

At the time of writing the new year is nearly a week old and already we are starting to see a bit of a change. Not necessarily as a result of new year resolutions which can take far more than a few days to take hold. The more immediate change seen is that the incessant […]

AI driven health care

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) acting as a catalyst for giant leaps in health delivery? Hardly a day goes by without one news story or another extolling the virtue of AI. For example, at the time of writing a quick search of articles issued in the preceding few days brings up an article in Forbes on […]

Planning for the unexpected

We’d like to think that there is a pattern, a rhythm to life which enables us to make the most of our work and free time. When it comes to health services, boosted by efficient planning and the best use of technological systems, that rhythm should enable great patient outcomes whilst making the best use […]

Integrating digital health care

Who, What, When, Where, Why, hoW. These six ‘w’ questions lie at the heart of so much of our lives. And when it comes to our health and health management, having accurate and informative answers to those questions could make the difference between the delivery of successful treatment plans and an ongoing health emergency. It […]