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There is strong evidence that alcohol causes seven types of cancer and probably others, a review has concluded. A study of existing research found strong evidence of a direct, harmful effect of drinking, even though scientists are unsure of the exact biological reasons why alcohol causes cancer. Writing in the…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has received the report from the Expert Panel, tasked with considering the reconfiguration of Health and Social Care in the north. Ms O’Neill said: “I would like to offer my thanks to Professor Bengoa and his colleagues for producing this report. These are important…
People are being urged to consider taking a vitamin supplement in the winter months to ensure they get enough vitamin D. In a raft of new guidance, Public Health England (PHE) said vitamin D was vital for bone and muscle health but that people were generally not getting enough from…
Councils say they plan to spend less money fighting obesity. Figures from the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils, show they are forecast to spend £127 million in 2016/17 - down from their estimated spend of £140 million in 2015/16. In 2014/15, councils spent £126 million,…
Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money, researchers have concluded. A review found "no evidence" that multivitamins result in better health for a mother or her baby and were an "unnecessary expense". Instead, experts said women should focus on taking the single vitamins - which are available for a few…
A tool kit of resources to help local health and care leaders move further and faster on achieving their vision of integration will today be unveiled at the Local Government Association's annual conference. The integration self-assessment tool kit has been developed in partnership by the LGA, Association of Directors of…
The "sun, sea and sangria" generation of older people is being diagnosed with deadly skin cancer at an alarming rate, a charity has warned. More than 10,000 people aged 55 and over have - for the first time - been diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer in…
For over a decade, England has used social business models in health and social care as an attractive alternative to either state monopolies or privatisation. This includes the organisational models of social enterprise, co-operatives and micro enterprises, which are seen as having a healthy balance of social and business aims.…
Nicola Sturgeon has buried a charity time capsule to mark the opening of a new health and social care centre. Containing photos, jewellery, clothes and archived material from people who have used the Thistle Foundation, the time capsule will not be opened until 2044. It was buried in the garden…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have produced a new Appreciative Inquiry resource pack in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as part of their work to support health and social care integration. What is Appreciative Inquiry? Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to creating and sustaining organisation change which…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Michelle O’Neill today welcomed an extra £72million for health and social care services but said she remains focused on long-term reform. The Minister was speaking after additional funding had been allocated to the Health and Social Care Service in June Monitoring, a process which deals with…
In response to the current policy emphasis on delivering more integrated health and social care, the University of Birmingham's School of Social Policy has published five new practical guides to joint working as part of the Policy Press ‘Better Partnership Working’ series. The five books – on partnership working, teamwork,…
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