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Could our love for the NHS actually be bad for our health? 

Kings Fund Dan Wellings on the NHS at 70

Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow (Policy) at The King’s Fund, offers his insight into the public’s expectations of the NHS…

In the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we’ve been talking with the public to better understand their relationship with and expectations of the service and their views on who is responsible for keeping people healthy.

It almost goes without saying that there is huge support for the NHS, with the vast majority of people supporting the founding principles of a service free at the point of delivery, available to all and funded largely by taxation. As one participant at our recent discussion events said, "I do have a love for the NHS, it’s part of our heritage."

Staff at Queensway House invites public to open day

Queensway House

Queensway House, a residential care home in Hemel Hempstead, is to open its doors to members of the public and prospective residents to give them the opportunity to learn more about what it has to offer.

 

The home, which is located in Jupiter Drive, will be providing visitors with a guided tour of the facilities and entertainment from singer, Ricardo, who will be performing a sing along with residents at the home.

 

Those who attend the event on 18 January 2018 between 2.30pm and 4pm can also learn about the home, which has rooms for up to 80 residents, its staff and the activities it can offer to those aged 65 and over.

 

Tommy’s inspiring talk with students and staff

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A celebrated dementia campaigner visited Robert Gordon University (RGU) this week to give a moving presentation about caring for loved ones with the condition.
 
Tommy Whitelaw spent 25 years in the music industry, as a tour manager for Scottish bands such as Texas and heading up global merchandising operations for the likes of Kylie and U2.
 
When his mother Joan was diagnosed with vascular dementia, he returned to Glasgow and became her full-time carer for five years until she sadly passed away in September 2012.
 
Since caring for his mother, Tommy has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of dementia and encourage the public to share their experiences with the illness. 
 

Could a Medical Secretary role in the NHS be the challenge you’re looking for?

The role of Medical Secretary in the NHS is a challenging and varied one. Medical Secretaries work across all areas of the NHS, from hospitals to head offices and everything inbetween. The role holds a lot of responsibility and requires close work with health professionals and the general public. 

Medical Secretaries can be safe in the knowledge that their role contributes to people's well-being. There is a good standard of progression available throughout the NHS, from moving to bigger practices with more responsibility, to applying for the role of senior Medical Secretary. Many Medical Secretaries can also move to other areas of the NHS, such as finance or HR. 

Scared to shop!

Women over the age of 70 are ‘intimidated’ by the high street. More than a third (36%) of women over the age of 70 have stopped purchasing new clothes because they find the high street shopping experience ‘intimating'. These are the findings of a new research study carried out by classic fashion brand, www.carrandwestley.co.uk. The study of 1,014 women over the age of 70 reveals that more than half (52%) of women find store staff unwilling or clueless as to how to help them with advice or finding the right size. Almost half (47%) admit they refrain from using changing rooms because they feel uncomfortable or are worried about suffering potential indignity.

Budget Cuts and Lack Of Cooperation Make Care Act ‘Less Effective’

Legal Experts Examine Success Of ‘Biggest Change To Adult Social Care In 20 Years’ A year after it was introduced, public law specialists at Irwin Mitchell <http://www.irwinmitchell.com/personal/protecting-your-rights>  have said that budget cuts and a lack of compliance from local authorities are making The Care Act less effective than hoped. When it was brought in last April, the Care Act 2014 was billed as the biggest change to adult social care for more than 20 years, which aimed to give disabled adults and their carers a greater understanding of their rights.