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£60m is to be invested over the next year to ensure children, adults and older people in Wales receive joined up health and social care services, the Welsh Government has announced. £50m revenue funding will be provided by the Welsh Government’s intermediate care fund in 2016-17 to improve care coordination…
Northern Ireland's first air ambulance will inherit the call sign of the tragic motorbike doctor who long campaigned for the service before his death. Dr John Hinds, known as one of the "flying doctors'' of Irish motorcycle sport, was a vocal advocate for a medical helicopter to transport the seriously…
The NHS Chief Scientist Office is working with the Health Research Authority and other devolved administrations in developing a new UK policy framework for health and social care research. Currently each of the four UK departments including the Department of Health, the Department for Health and Social Services (Wales), the…
The ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week is underway and hundreds of events taking place across England to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, organisations and the economy. Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the overarching theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 is ‘Rise to the top!’,…
A lack of national leadership and clear planning is preventing the wider change urgently needed if Scotland’s health and social care services are to adapt to increasing pressures. The increasing numbers of frail, older people with complex health needs is among the challenges facing health and social care services. The…
Three-quarters of people are unaware that they can help reduce their risk of dementia, figures suggest. The survey, commissioned by the charity Alzheimer's Research UK, found that only 25% of British adults were aware that it is possible for people to reduce their risk of dementia through leading a healthy…
Over the past week, Northern Ireland Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced several multi-million pound investments which he hopes will have a major impact on areas such as waiting lists and mental health. As part of a series of commitments, Mr Hamilton announced the creation of a £30million health and…
Ten areas across England have been picked to become "healthy towns" in a bid to tackle the nation's obesity crisis. NHS England has outlined plans to help create the new communities, which will be focused on "healthy living". The health service will have a role in planning the new towns,…
The largest research project of its kind, designed to better understand the health of people living in Wales, was launched yesterday. HealthWise Wales is a five-year confidential research study, which aims to develop an in-depth knowledge of the health of the nation with information gained being used to help the…
Health Secretary Shona Robison has set out the blueprint for health and social care in Scotland over the next 10 to 15 years. Ms Robison, along with senior clinicians, has launched the National Clinical Strategy, which outlines plans to deliver a range of improvements and reforms to modernise the way…
Health experts and charities in Wales are urging people with chronic kidney disease and care workers to get protected against flu as soon as possible. People who suffer from chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk of becoming very ill with flu than the general population that’s why it’s…
Health Minister Simon Hamilton has welcomed Professor Rafael Bengoa to Northern Ireland as the expert panel chair to lead the debate on the future configuration of Health and Social Care. Mr Bengoa, a former Basque country Minister will lead the expert panel of 6 which will draw on the experience…

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