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 […]

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 […]