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Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday October 23 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people… Read More

Into the patient pathway

Thursday August 2 2012

Assessment and care planning for a healthy life after cancer is urgent. Macmillan Cancer Support with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative have developed the concept of health and wellbeing clinics in response to this need. The clinics provide information and services for patients making the shift from treatment to life after cancer, enabling them to… Read More


The NHS financial crisis: E-QIPP-ing the nursing workforce with the skills to drive quality and efficiency improvements

Tuesday February 3 2015

It seems that not a week goes by without some form of media headline trumpeting the scale of the financial crisis confronting the NHS. NHS finances is a major issue requiring urgent and sustainable solutions. In the past few years, the National Audit Office repeatedly questioned the sustainability of savings made to date. The easiest… Read More

Towards a hate crime care pathway: lessons from Leicestershire

Friday January 30 2015

It is Hate Crime Awareness Week, and I would like to take the opportunity to assert the importance of reframing hate crime beyond its narrow criminal justice focus. In a blog for the International Network for Hate Studies last year, I argued that health and social care agencies can play three critical roles in relation… Read More

Pharmacies: a healthy dose of listening to users

Friday January 23 2015

It’s a busy time for pharmacies. Many of us are turning to pharmacies for something to fight off seasonal sniffles, or to help with New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight or quitting smoking. But it’s also an interesting time for the community pharmacy landscape in general, with debates currently underway about the future role of… Read More