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.

Self-harm reaches five year high in Wales

Self-harm reaches five year high in Wales

Figures have revealed the number of cases of self-harm among young people in Wales has hit a five year high... According to Welsh government figures...
Obesity levels are expected increase by 2030

Obesity levels are expected increase significantly by 2030

A new report from the World Health Organization has revealed the growing issue of obesity... By 2030, 74 per cent of men and 64 per...
Tackling child mental health

Tackling child mental health

Dr Alistair Thomson, MindEd Consortium Executive and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) details the importance of tackling the growing...
New standards for children’s unscheduled care

New standards for children’s unscheduled care

Dr Stephanie Smith, Consultant Emergency Paediatrician and spokesperson for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health details the changes needed to children’s healthcare… The...
Musculoskeletal health in an ageing population

Musculoskeletal health in an ageing population

Dr Benjamin Ellis, Senior Clinical Policy Adviser at Arthritis Research UK details the importance of good musculoskeletal health in an ageing population Over the last...
Letting people die at home could save millions

Letting people die at home could save millions

Charities involved in palliative care have said letting people die at home could save the NHS millions of pounds... Charities have called for more support...
Worcestershire hospitals brings in crisis doctor

Worcestershire hospital brings in crisis doctor

Pressure at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has led to a doctor who is usually drafted in to tackle major disasters being brought in... Health bosses have...
The NHS has a 'substantial financial problem'

The NHS has a ‘substantial financial problem’

The former Chief Executive of NHS England Sir David Nicholson has revealed the NHS is accruing large deficits, which are largely being ignored by...
GP retirement crisis looming

GP retirement crisis looming

A third of GPs are expected to retire in the next five years, which will leave the service facing a significant crisis... A survey conducted...
Patients may have to submit passports at hospitals

Patients to submit passports at hospitals

Under new rules introduced by the Department of Health patients may have to submit passports or immigration documents to access treatment... Patients may have to...
Fighting back against antibiotic resistance

Fighting back against antibiotic resistance

Danilo Lo Fo Wong, Programme Manager on Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO) tells Editor Laura Evans that antibiotic resistance is a...
Horizon 2020 will address major societal challenges

Horizon 2020 addresses societal challenges

Sarah Collen-Godman, Senior Policy Manager – NHS European Office at the NHS Confederation discusses how the Horizon 2020 programme will help to address major societal...
Teenagers experimenting with e-cigarettes

Teenagers experimenting with e-cigarettes

New research has revealed that many teenagers are using e-cigarettes, despite having never smoked before... Research published in BMC Public Health has revealed that one...
Parents fail to notice child obesity

Parents fail to notice child obesity

Researchers have warned that parents are failing to spot obesity in their children, leading to significant health consequences... A study involving 2,976 UK families revealed...
Council launches quit smoking campaign

Council launches quit smoking campaign

Cumbria County Council has launched a new campaign aimed at stopping young pregnant women from smoking... Support will be available for young mums-to-be between 16-...
Mental health budgets have reduced by 8 per cent

Mental health budgets have reduced by 8 per cent

During the course of this parliament, mental health budgets have fallen by more than eight per cent in real terms... Figures have revealed that a...
The importance of effective wound care

The importance of effective wound care

Alexandra Bishop, Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist at Plymouth Wound Care discusses how effective wound care can make all the difference to a patient, and the...
Skin cancer: deadly but preventable

Skin cancer: deadly but preventable

Jon Pleat MA DPhil FRCS(Plast), Plastic Surgeon and Scientific Advisor at SCaRF details the risks of skin cancer and how it can be prevented… Skin cancer...
Top graduates encouraged to move into social work

Top graduates encouraged to move into social work

A new scheme aimed at enticing top graduates into social work has been launched in a bid to improve mental health services... The £1.6m programme...
Musculoskeletal disorders in the working population

Musculoskeletal disorders in the working population

Vern Putz Anderson from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details the risk...

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