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A 71-year-old grandmother given a six-month jail term after social services bosses complained that she had breached orders made in the Court of Protection is to be freed after mounting an appeal. Teresa Kirk had complained that a Court of Protection judge's decision to jail her was disproportionate. Three Court…
A campaigner has called for a county council whose social services bosses asked for a 71-year-old grandmother to be jailed after complaining that she had not complied with judges' orders and was in contempt of court to be identified. The case hit the headlines earlier this month after Teresa Kirk…
A care home worker obsessed with fire who murdered a 96-year-old resident by setting light to her room has been given 14 life sentences after being convicted of murder. Karen Pedley, 43, was found guilty of the murder of resident Gladys Rowe, and 12 counts of arson, at Truro Crown…
A 13-year-old girl whose violent behaviour caused concern has gone into local authority care after social workers told a Family Court judge that her mother and stepfather had not "implemented appropriate boundaries". Three other children in the family will also go into care as a result of decisions made by…
Red tape is leading to mental health patients being trapped unnecessarily on hospital wards for weeks at a time, a new study suggests. And some new patients seeking help are being sent to treatment facilities hundreds of miles from their homes to get care as a result of this so-called…
One of Britain's oldest nurses has celebrated her 83rd birthday - and vowed to carry on working. Monica Bulman started work aged 19 in 1952 - just four years after the National Health Service was founded. Since then she has clocked up 64 years working for the NHS, treating tens…
People who are feeling low or depressed are being offered the opportunity to take part in a study exploring the effectiveness of a simple new therapy online. Behavioural Activation (BA) was recently found to be as effective as the “gold standard” talking treatment of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Now, researchers at…
A 10-year-old boy born with foetal alcohol syndrome has found himself at the centre of an Anglo-Irish legal debate after his adoptive parents said they were struggling to cope. The youngster was born in England and adopted at the age of two after being taken into care by social services…
The University of Bath’s Department of Psychology are officially opening at their new 10 West building today. The building will provide space for the expansion of the Department of Psychology, including the new Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR), a new home for the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and…
The University of Bath have announced a new free online course aiming to give people working in health and social care organisations the skills and confidence to improve the quality of healthcare provision. The six-week course is designed for anyone working in a health or social care setting, from clinicians…
A pan-European consortium of researchers and diagnostics experts led by Plymouth University, has received funding of €3.5 million for a project which could revolutionise the effectiveness of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and clinical drug trials – which in turn may lead to disease-modifying treatments and prevention strategies. The funding comes from European…
A woman has had 10 children taken from her care more than a decade after social workers raised concerns about substance abuse, domestic violence and neglect, a family court judge has revealed. Some of the youngsters have been adopted, some placed into foster care and some placed with relatives, Recorder…
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