Queen awards George Cross to NHS to mark 70 years of public service

The Queen has awarded the George Cross, the UK’s highest award for gallantry and heroism, to the NHS to mark its public service over seven decades, Buckingham Palace has announced. The NHS marks its 73rd birthday on Monday following a year of unprecedented challenges. It is only the third time the award has been given to a […]

Doctors are thinking of leaving the NHS due to pandemic pressures, says BMA

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, says it is a ‘deeply worrying’ situation involving experienced professionals who the NHS needs more than ever. Thousands of exhausted doctors in the UK are planning to leave the NHS in the next year as they battle stress and burnout due to the demands of the pandemic. Of 2,099 […]

‘It’s degrading’: nurses speak out about NHS pay offer

The Royal College of Nursing is preparing for strike action after members expressed anger over the 1% pay increase proposed by the government for NHS staff in England and Wales. ‘I will support industrial action if the unions think it’s the only viable option’ Working as a staff nurse on ITU at a hospital in Sheffield, 41-year-old […]

England: Integration of mental health and supported housing could save NHS £1bn a year

A ground-breaking report which shows that the NHS could save nearly £1 billion a year through integrated mental health and supported housing services in England has received the backing of parliamentarians. The report, commissioned by housing and support services provider Look Ahead, outlines that if integrated mental health and supported housing systems currently used in parts of London […]

How TECS have supported the NHS pre, during and post-COVID

Zillah Moore, Director at Tunstall Healthcare, discusses the role of technology-enabled care services and remote patient monitoring in reducing delayed discharge from hospitals and providing much-needed assistance to the NHS The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the services provided by the NHS and the challenges that it faces on a daily basis. When deployed correctly, […]

Boris Johnson planning NHS England overhaul, leaked paper shows

Plans would put end to David Cameron policies seen as step towards privatisation of the NHS Boris Johnson is planning a radical overhaul of NHS England, as he reverses controversial privatisation policies introduced by David Cameron, a leaked document suggests. According to the draft white paper, the government is planning to reduce the role of the […]

Doubts raised over NHS target for care home vaccinations

NHS England wrote to GP surgeries earlier this month saying it ‘expects’ care home residents and staff to be vaccinated by January 24. Care groups have expressed doubts that the NHS will meet a target set out in a letter to GPs to have elderly care home residents and staff given a coronavirus vaccine by […]

PPE Portal ships 1 billionth item of PPE as DHSC thanks partners

By Chris Dawson January 13, 2021 – 8:38 pm Today, DHSC thanked eBay, Royal Mail, Clipper, Unipart and Volo Commerce for their support as they announced one billion items of PPE have now been delivered through the PPE Portal. DHSC worked with industry and the military with eBay stepping up to build the platform and Unipart offering customer […]

Almost 40% of care home residents in England have had coronavirus vaccine – PM

Almost 40% of care home residents in England have received a coronavirus vaccine, the Prime Minister has said. Boris Johnson said 45% of the over-80s and almost 40% of care home residents have received at least one dose. Mr Johnson paid particular tribute to vaccine teams in north-west Lincolnshire, Sunderland and Morecambe Bay, where more […]

Autistic teenager to write cards in bid to thank as many NHS staff as possible

Patrick Joyce wants nurses and doctors to ‘know that he supports them and appreciates them’. An autistic teenager is asking for the names and hospital addresses of NHS workers so he can send them a thank-you card. Patrick Joyce, 16, from Glasgow, wants to thank nurses and doctors for their efforts to help Covid-19 patients, […]

Thousands invited to new NHS vaccination centre at Stevenage

One of the country’s first seven centres for mass vaccination against Coronavirus will open in Stevenage this week. The centre at Robertson House will initially be used to inoculate people from part of our region who are aged 80 and over. Thousands of letters are currently being sent to those eligible at this stage and […]

All adults to be offered a Covid jab ‘by the autumn’

MATT HANCOCK REVEALS MORE THAN 2 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED IN THE UK AS OF SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 All adults are expected to be offered a Covid vaccine by the autumn, Matt Hancock has said. The Health Secretary said the UK had more than 350 million doses on order and vaccinations are being rolled […]

UK Rare Diseases Framework – Published 9 January 2021

A framework setting out a coherent, national vision on how the UK will improve the lives of those living with rare diseases. The UK Rare Diseases Framework lists the priorities and underlying strategic themes that detail how the UK will address the challenges faced by those living with rare diseases. The UK Rare Diseases Framework […]

RCN demands honesty from PM on nursing pay

RCN general secretary challenges prime minister on misleading NHS pay comment In the House of Commons this morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told members of parliament that: “There has been above inflation pay rises for public sector workers, and nurses in particular have had a 12.8% pay rise in the last few years.” The RCN […]

Help your NHS this winter by giving blood

Giving blood will help hospitals through a second wave of coronavirus and with the other pressures winter places on the NHS. Our centres are open and there are extra safety measures in place. How you can help Give blood – you can travel to donate despite coronavirus restrictions Keep your appointment if you can and let us know if you […]

NHS to receive access to £588m funding to cover adult social care

From September 1, the NHS will be able to access a £588m fund to help cover adult social care provisions or the immediate costs of care in a patient’s home for those requiring additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital – including older people and those with disabilities. The health service will be able […]

NHS warned to brace for ‘rising tide’ of patients needing mental health support

The NHS should brace itself for a rising tide of patients in need of mental health support as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, health leaders have warned. But the NHS Confederation said there are “constraints” in what the service can deliver. It warned that people requiring support and treatment are at risk of not […]

‘Embarrassing shambles’ as Care Workers & NHS excluded from new immigration rules

Care home staff will be excluded from the government’s post-Brexit fast-track visa system for health workers, the government has confirmed, which has been labelled an ‘embarrassing shambles’. The 130-page paper, which was published by the Home Office on Monday, also sets out the stringent English-language conditions for overseas nationals from both EU and non-EU countries […]