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A social worker has been criticised by a family court judge after council bosses asked him to rule that four children should be taken from the care of their parents. Judge Keith Wilding has decided that the youngsters should not go into care. He said the social worker had made…
The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the research project. The NIHR-funded study, which has been published in the…
A pensioner has died after a fire at a residential care home, thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder, the local authority has said. Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage at around 4.30pm on Saturday. Hertfordshire County…
Allegations of physical and sexual abuse at an adolescent mental health unit spanning decades are being investigated, police said. A criminal investigation into reports of abuse of young patients at Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans, Hertfordshire, has been launched, Hertfordshire Constabulary said. The abuse is said to…
Two residents who died in a Hertfordshire care home blaze were both women aged 91 and 89, police said. Firefighters rescued 33 people from Newgrange residential home in Cheshunt after flames engulfed the upper floors of the building. Two died in the fire and three other residents are in hospital…
A paedophile will probably die in jail after being handed 13 life sentences for the "horrific" abuse of children in Britain and abroad amid fears the full scale of his crimes has yet to emerge. Retired English teacher Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, 70, admitted 45 sex offences…
A foster carer who was nearly killed by an adult masquerading as a 15-year-old asylum seeker cannot claim damages from the council which commissioned the placement, the High Court has ruled. Christine Mackay, who is employed by Archway fostering agency, took Aziz into her home in July 2011, said Mr…
A Hertfordshire scheme which helps keep people out of hospital by giving them the care they need in their own homes has won a prestigious award. HomeFirst scooped the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) award for Health and Social Care, with the judging panel praising the way that all the organisations…
The University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) has announced the appointment of Professor Wendy Wills as director. The centre, which focuses on children’s health, food and public health, as well as older people’s health, has gained an international reputation for its excellence in primary…
Alzheimer's disease has a worse effect on women than men, researchers have said. Women with Alzheimer's have poorer cognitive abilities than men at the same stage of the disease, the study has found. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire conducted a detailed overview of existing evidence and found that women…
The University of Hertfordshire School of Health and Social Work is launching a MSc Wellbeing framework which comprises four programmes and associated Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. MSc Children and Young People's Health and Wellbeing MSc Intellectual and Developmental Disability MSc Mental Health and Wellbeing MSc Social Practice and Wellbeing…
A fertility clinic had been criticised for "striking ineptitude" by a High Court judge. Mrs Justice Pauffley has complained about "administrative incompetence" at the Herts and Essex Fertility Centre, which is based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The judge had been asked to make a "declaration of parentage" at a hearing in…
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