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A new study is inviting people who care for someone with dementia to help investigate whether an online therapy can help carers cope with feeling of stress, anxiety or depression. Researchers are looking for up to 750 carers from anywhere in the UK to sign up and assess whether an…
A family court judge has warned of the damage drugs can do after ruling that four children whose mother was an addict by the time she turned 20 must go into council care. Judge Stephen Wildblood said impressionable teenagers may think that drug taking was "cool". But he said it…
A former NHS chief executive has walked free from court after admitting paying her husband more than £11,000 from her budget. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, was in charge of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and the national lead for equalities and diversity for NHS England at the time. She paid her…
Charity BRACE has provided funding to University of Plymouth scientists for a pilot study which could find a new drug treatment for dementia Scientists from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) have received funding of more than £58,500 from BRACE, a charity which supports research into Alzheimer’s…
Council social services bosses are to stop trying to penalise a grandmother who they say has breached orders made in the Court of Protection. Teresa Kirk, of Brighton, East Sussex, hit the headlines earlier this year after she was given a six-month jail term. Lawyers representing Devon County Council had…
A former NHS chief executive wept in the dock as she admitted fraudulently paying her husband more than £11,000 from her budget. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, was in charge of South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and the national lead for equalities for NHS England at the time. She paid her husband,…
From lay input in research to how a clinic runs, from medical revalidation to patient forums, healthcare professionals increasingly need effective patient input if they are to provide a relevant, sustainable and effective service. Conversely, patients and the public have the right to contribute to, advise and inform not just…
Family members of a talented junior doctor who killed herself among crippling self-doubts and anxiety about her performance have called for action to alleviate the "crisis" of staff anxiety and low morale in the health service. Rose Polge (pictured) was just 25 when she killed herself in February this year,…
Somerset County Council has for the second time left a vulnerable boy with disabilities without the speech and language and occupational therapy support he needs, because officers did not know how to find him a therapist. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published a report censuring the council after the…
Senior judges have raised concerns about a case in which a 71-year-old grandmother was given a six-month jail term after social services bosses complained she had breached orders made in the Court of Protection. Teresa Kirk, of Brighton, East Sussex, was freed last month after an appeal. Three Court of…
Four private care homes run by a company at the centre of an undercover TV investigation provided "grim, shoddy and unsafe care", a damning watchdog report has revealed. Distressed residents were ignored and left without help to eat at the homes, run by the Cornwall-based Morleigh Group - including St…
Care staff employed by Dorset company Tricuro are to stage a silent protest outside county council offices in Dorchester later today, over plans that could see some employees lose as much as £2,600 a year. Tricuro was set up just over a year ago by Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth councils…
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