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 […]

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 […]