A rapidly changing situation

Pick up a newspaper, switch on the radio or TV, go online: whatever medium you choose you will never be far away from a story about COVID-19. Some come from the responsible end of the reporting spectrum; providing advice on measures such as hand washing or catching coughs and sneezes in tissues. Others are less […]

Loneliness and social isolation

How can we use technology more effectively in order to address issues such as loneliness, isolation and mental health problems in old age? That is just one of the questions facing the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in its ongoing enquiry into protecting cognitive ability and mental health processes in old age. The […]

Resolving to change

Less than two weeks in to January and already stories abound of those who have given up on their new year resolutions. Little surprise there! In fact what is more surprising is that this is seen as newsworthy. After all, statistics show that 25% of resolutions don’t last the week and fewer than 10% last […]

Keeping patient records

In an interconnected world, the transfer and sharing of information has never been easier. It’s an easy statement to make but is it really true? After all Stephen Hawking may have said that “we are all connected by the internet, like neurons in a giant brain” but sometimes it seems as though those connections are […]

Revisiting joint replacements

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has set out for consultation a revised code of practice covering all aspects of primary joint replacements. The consultation closes at 5pm on 26 November, with individuals and organisations being able to comment either on the entire proposal or on single aspects. The code which covers […]

Promoting card payments

The days of credit and debit cards being viewed as something out of the ordinary are long gone; as it appears is our initial reluctance to use contactless card payments. So much so that the UK banking trade body UK Finance has announced that in July 2019 alone there were six hundred and forty seven […]

Boosting mental wellbeing

“Our mental wellbeing is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.” We shared that quote from the mental health charity Mind when we looked at ways of building mental resilience as part of World Mental Health Day 2018. This year’s event which takes place on 10th […]

Prevention is better than falling

When thinking about the contribution made to society by health professionals it can be all too easy to view their work as reactive; diagnosing and helping people to recover from illness or injury. But to do so would be to ignore the increasing movement towards proactive health care; enabling individuals to live healthy lives either […]

Calling for help

When you need help it is good to know that there is someone there for you. More importantly, you need the reassurance that the help you require will be provided as swiftly as possible. That is one reason why a number of emergency services have adopted the what3words system; an app which can pinpoint a […]

Reaching the limit of human endurance

I’ve had enough, I need a break. How many times have we said that in our lives, and realistically at those moments how close were we to our absolute limit? Well we know that it is good advice to listen to our bodies; and when we feel like we have had enough then it could […]