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On 1st October 2016, all adult social care workers in Scotland are to be paid at least £8.25 per hour. Here, HR and Employment Law director of Peninsula, Alan Price, speaks on how employers can get the wage right and why it is imperative for them to implement the wage…
"I have met many parents who have lost a child to suicide," explains Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group. "They are looking for explanations, they often want to help protect other young people, they are dealing…
The hugely important UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities aims to ‘promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’. Among its principles are respect for ‘individual…
“We are at the tipping point of a cultural change towards self-care as a way of life and work”, says Dr Pete Smith of the Self Care Forum, “but for change to happen we must work collaboratively with each other and with people and patients.” To share ways in which…
Author, Will Green (35) is a former alcoholic and mental health sufferer who is passionate about raising awareness of mental illness. He talks to us about how he uses writing as a form of therapy. Writing had been suggested to me various times by therapists as an avenue to explore…
We all experience the ups and downs of life sometimes. We might be treated badly by others or miss out on something we think we deserve, like a promotion at work. This can make us feel wronged, but we often get over it – or so you might think. In…
In Scotland this year, 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children will experience a mental health problem. An experience of mental ill-health such as anxiety or depression is not an unusual reaction to life events and is being increasingly recognised as such. For organisations, like CrossReach, who are…
The NHS doesn’t have enough nurses, nor are enough being trained to meet future demand. And yet the government has confirmed it is scrapping nursing bursaries, which cover the cost of tuition fees. Instead, prospective student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will now have to apply for a student…
A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) published earlier this year estimated that delays in discharging medically fit patients from hospital were costing £820m a year. In spite of many organisations across the country introducing various measures to reduce delays in discharges, the NAO reports that the number of…
Scotland’s social care support system increasingly risks cracking under the strain, as demand rises and funding fails to keep pace, to the potential detriment of thousands of disabled people and their families. Responding to these concerns, this week saw the launch of a 'Statement of Ambition' on the future for…
Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The weeks and months of highly spirited and at times rancorous political campaigning have shown just how deep the fissures that run through Britain really are. And the ultimate dividing line, the defining issue of the referendum, was not the economy, but…
The wrecking of fishing vessel Andrea Gail, immortalised in the film The Perfect Storm, was the result of ignorance of the nature and severity of the developing crisis, combined with bad judgements and risk taking by the captain and crew to maximise profits. A similar story may soon play out…