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South East Coast Ambulance Service is to remain in special measures despite showing improvements in care, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).A team of inspectors from CQC visited the service which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex between July and September 2018 to check the quality of…
Professor Fiona Nolan has taken up her position as Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Mental Health Nursing Practice Research at the University of Essex. The new Professorship, in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Essex, is the result of a new strategic partnership between the University, the…
The National Probation Service, which manages higher-risk offenders, has been hit by "chronic" staff shortages in Kent, a watchdog has warned. The performance of the service in the county was described as "noticeably poor" in comparison to other areas. It was struggling to establish itself and not enough was being…
A scandal-hit ambulance trust is to be put into special measures after a regulator found it was putting patients at risk. In a series of damning reports, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) detailed how patients had abandoned their telephone calls for help - particularly on weekends - due to problems…
Reduced staff turnover and improved staff performance are just some of the benefits delivered by a values based approach to recruitment and retention, according to recent research. That's why Skills for Care is now working with Oxfordshire County Council and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in…
Skills for Health have announced that the first successful transition of healthcare support workers to students on pre-registration nursing degrees has been accomplished at Health Education England-Wessex. The Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education, is part of the Bridging Programme, which has been developed as a new qualification designed…
A judge has decided that the identities of everyone involved in a family court case she oversaw must stay secret - including the lawyers. Local authority social services bosses asked Recorder Susan Jacklin to make decisions about the futures of three children at a private family court hearing in Bournemouth,…
The University of Sussex have announced Professor Brian Hudson will step down from his post as the Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the end of July 2016. Professor Hudson, who has been Head of School since 2012, will continue to work in a part-time capacity…
Government welfare reforms will "further entrench deep-seated regional inequalities across Britain", campaigners have claimed after a new report said poorer areas will be hit hardest by new changes. The research says the effect of reforms taking effect from next month will be disproportionate across the UK, with much of southern…
Friday 4 March sees the fifth Plymouth Dementia Conference at the Guildhall in the city. Each year has seen the event grow, not just in size but also in influence. This year is no exception, with a keynote speeches from Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, Hilary Duxford…
An abusive culture developed at two care homes where staff routinely imprisoned disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, a court heard. Vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by "arrogant" managers at the care homes in Devon. They are…
A project from Plymouth University will be for the first time assess the impact of dementia on farming businesses and rural communities Dementia is a growing health problem, with an anticipated increase in the number of cases of 156 per cent between now and 2051, according to statistics from the…

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