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Reflecting mental health awareness week

Look in the mirror what do you see? Does it reflect you as a person or simply the shell which you inhabit? Many people would say that what is really important is the person that you are inside, your thoughts and your feelings, your attitudes and the way you interact with others around you.   […]

Tackling a culture of bullying

It’s time to take bullying out of healthcare. That’s the aim of an anti-bullying and undermining resource which has been launched by a coalition of health organisations including the Royal Medical Colleges.   Why is this campaign required? Surely with health being a caring profession bullying at most occurs in isolated incidences and only affects […]

Spring Statement – Better outcomes for patients

On 13th March 2019 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, set out his Spring Statement. Unsurprisingly, predictions of future growth were heavily caveated in the light of uncertainties surrounding the final shape of a Brexit deal. So, relatively early within the speech, the Chancellor commented that “if the UK’s withdrawal is less than orderly, […]

To lunch, or not to lunch

To lunch, or not to lunch; that is a question which is increasingly being brought into the open, particularly in the context of flexible working practices. It’s also a question which needs careful consideration, taking account both of employee needs and employee welfare.   Now it is perhaps important at this stage to highlight some […]

A major breakthrough for physiotherapy

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has hailed the NHS’s new long term plan as “a major breakthrough for physiotherapy.” The ten year plan which was launched on 7 January 2019 aims to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes by focusing not only on treatment and ongoing management of conditions but also […]

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 […]