Health & Social Care News

Within, Open Access Government’s Health and Social Care news section, we offer a variety of diverse material. With a focus on the most noteworthy stories in the sector from around the world.

Providing information on the most popular and interesting topics such as the NHS digital transformation and its ongoing developments along with the latest research on diabetes, rare diseases and potential cures. This section also offers articles on the funding to healthcare services and has a strong focus on mental health issues/research and much more.

This category also offers information on how environmental changes are affecting peoples health today along with how the LGBT community deals with health stigma surrounding it.

covid-19 vaccine

Covid-19: Could a vaccine be available by September?

Scientists from the University of Oxford, joint with AstraZeneca, are hopeful that their vaccine, to protect against Covid-19, could be available as early as September.
specialist adult care, exemplar care

Providing specialist adult care in a post-COVID world

John Whitehead, CEO of Exemplar Health Care, discusses specialist adult care and how to continue delivering post-COVID.
mental health lockdown

What impact has lockdown had on mental health in the UK?

According to research undertaken by mental health charity, Mind, the UK's mental health has deteriorated during lockdown.

Front line worker shares insight into a post-COVID-19 NHS

Stephen Boyle, TeleTracking UK’s Product Specialist, recently returned to front line Critical Care nursing at East Cheshire NHS Trust in response to COVID-19. Here, he argues that most changes made within the NHS have been driven by necessity and not intentional innovation.
healthcare services

A new dawn for modern healthcare services

Justin Hall, GM and VP EMEA, iRhythm Technologies, explores the impact that COVID-19 has had on the rapid scaling of new technology-enabled healthcare services.
COVID-19 research, racial justice

COVID-19 research: Racial justice in UK policy-making will help economy

New COVID-19 research asks UK to protect BAME and migrant groups from the economic impact of the pandemic, as they will be hit hardest.
core skills, carers

The digital carer: Do the core skills for a carer need a COVID re-boot?

William Britton, founder of AutonoMe, discusses how we must attempt to draw more people into the caring industry by re-booting the core skills required.
prison COVID-19

COVID-19 prison death rate three times higher than general US population

COVID-19 cases and deaths in federal and state prisons are significantly higher than in general US population, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Black individuals are twice as likely to contract COVID-19

Research published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society has found that Black individuals are twice as likely, as White individuals, to test positive for COVID-19.
bangladeshi garment workers, boohoo

The cost of fashion: 4.1 million Bangladeshi garment workers

The #PayUp movement has called attention to the multi-billion dollar fashion brands who exploit Bangladeshi garment workers and have capitalised from underpaid UK garment workers.
no lockdown, covid

No lockdown: Sweden now faces increased COVID-19 deaths

Researchers explore the results of no lockdown in Sweden, with analysis on how other measures helped the country have less initial deaths.
care record

Exploring the importance of language in social work

Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at the Care Leaders and Julie Tyas, registered social worker and Senior Strategy Lead at Servelec, explore how the language used in a young person’s care record can impact their future.
curevac, SARS-CoV-2

EIB provide CureVac with €75m financing to fight infectious diseases

EIB and CureVac have signed a €75m loan agreement to develop a large-scale production of vaccines, including CureVac's vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2.
fashion industry COVID-19

Impacts of COVID-19 on the fashion industry

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has largely affected the fashion industry from the people it employs to the waste it has created, however this crisis could present an opportunity to rethink the industry.
microplastics in drinking-water

WHO report on microplastics in drinking-water

Jennifer De France from the World Health Organization walks us through what we need to know about microplastics in drinking- water.
prone to adult diabetes, children of the 90s

Signs of being prone to adult diabetes are already visible at age 8

A new study has shown that early signs of being prone to adult diabetes can be seen in children as young as 8 years old, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed.
disability sport

Empowering women through access to disability sport

Anita Choudhrie, Founder of Path to Success, explores how we can empower female athletes through access to disability sport in uncertain times.
COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak in the African Region

Open Access Government was privileged to speak with Dr Mary Stephen, Public Health Expert at the World Health Organization African Region about the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak since it was first reported in China back in December 2019.
care options

Care options in the UK for the elderly

Country Cousins, a live-in care provider, has developed a guide detailing some of the care options available in the UK for elderly people.
language barriers

Overcoming language barriers in healthcare

Tomoaki Kojima, CEO of Sourcenext Europe, explains how UK healthcare providers can overcome language barriers to help improve clinical outcomes for patients who don’t speak English as their first language.

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