How healthcare professionals can reduce dehydration

Dehydration - a nurse offers an elderly patient some water

There is good evidence that dehydration causes a significant increase in the incidence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and other severe infections associated with it. Jennie Wilson, member of the Infection Prevention Society, provides these key facts to help you prevent your patients becoming dehydrated:

1. Keep drinking

Adults need to take in a minimum of 1.5 litres of fluid every day. This is equivalent to at least 8 large cups or mugs of fluid.  Make sure that drinks are offered to patients enough times during the day to enable them to drink this amount of fluids.

2. Older people are more vulnerable to dehydration

PPP Taking Care launches new Home & Well service to support home from hospital transition

PPP Taking Care launches new Home & Well service to support home from hospital transition

As an increasingly resource-strapped NHS faces further pressures to manage demands resulting from an ever-aging UK population, the importance of enabling safe transition back home from hospital for the elderly has never been greater. 

For both patients – particularly those who live alone, and their carers – often relatives with work and family responsibilities, the challenge of ensuring safe transition home from hospital for patients is placing an unprecedented burden upon occupational therapists whose work load is bordering on unsustainable. In a recent survey conducted by PPP Taking Care, 66% of occupational therapists reported that they were unable to commit enough time to the core part of their job; that of helping people transition following a hospital stay.

The benefits of strategic workforce planning within the care sector

NHS workforce planning benefits

by Michael Ellis, Healthier Recruitment

It’s no secret that access to talent is the biggest issue facing the heath sector today, a recent survey of 149 trust managers by NHS providers found that staff shortages are the ‘single biggest risk’ facing the National Health Service.

This is unsurprising when you consider that, according to official figures, there are currently in excess of 100,000 vacancies across England’s 234 acute, ambulance and mental health trusts, including 35,000 nursing posts.  

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."

The NHS at 70

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By editor Victoria Galligan

As the NHS turns 70, we take a look at a round-up of news, views and events which are taking place across the country to celebrate the world’s greatest health service. Our nation became the envy of the world when, on 5 July 1948, the NHS was launched by Health Secretary Aneurin “Nye” Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester (now Trafford General Hospital). This was the first time that hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists had been brought together under one umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

 Royal College of Physicians – 'Patient safety compromised by NHS understaffing' 

Understaffing -  Royal College of Physicians

Senior doctors have raised new concerns for patient safety in the NHS across the UK in a new report released today.

The fears are highlighted in "Focus on Physicians 2017 - 18", the annual census of consultant physicians and higher speciality trainees (HST) workforce across the UK. The report has been jointly published by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians of London.

NHS Driving Assessment Centre celebrates keeping people safe on the roads for 25 years

NHS Driving Assessment Centre celebrates keeping people safe on the roads for 25  years

NHS staff, former clients and representatives from the Department of Transport and Driving Mobility came together in Haydock on 8 May to celebrate The North West Driving Assessment Centre’s 25th anniversary.

The service, based in Haydock, Merseyside and delivered by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater), welcomed over 650 people with a range of disabilities, illnesses and health conditions across the region through its doors last year.

Two thirds of healthcare staff affected by significant stress levels

Stress worker at desk

As Mental Health Awareness Week takes place, a study has revealed that people working in healthcare are amongst the most stressed in the UK.

Two thirds of those working in healthcare reported suffering from significant levels of work-related stress, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers – making them amongst the most stressed employees in the UK, behind financial services (69%) and Government (68%).

Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain for healthcare workers than any other aspect of their lives.

48% of healthcare workers reported experiencing stress relating to money and finances, 47% relating to loved ones and family life, 39% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% relating to romantic relationships.

Staff shortages putting NHS patient safety at risk, warn healthcare professionals


The majority of independent healthcare professionals (85%) are concerned that ongoing staff shortages will cause a decline in NHS patient safety, a survey has found. 

The research by the Independent Health Professionals' Association (IHPA), questioned 537 independent healthcare staff on a range of issues affecting their working lives.
When asked what they felt is putting the biggest strain on care provision in the NHS, staff shortages topped the list. 

A further 64% of respondents believe that funding cuts are responsible, with 54% stating that management, internal bureaucracy and wastage is to blame. Over one in five (21%) believe that a decline in patient care standards is being driven by the number of patients using the service without genuine need. 

What does the 2018 Spring Statement mean for healthcare?

Spring Statement Hitesh Dodhia

Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk on the Chancellor's Spring Statement and why it is "a disappointment" where the NHS is concerned…

"Announcing prior to his speech that the Spring Statement would contain 'no red box, no spending increases, no tax changes,' Philip Hammond certainly kept to his word with a somewhat watered down speech. Being a more mundane affair than previous years, the Chancellor has decided to break with tradition and save any key announcements or major changes to spending until the new Autumn Budget later in the year.

More detentions than ever before under Mental Health Act

A review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded that the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act is an indicator of a healthcare system that is under considerable strain. 

Mental health charity Mind called for a review of the Act and blamed “failings across the system” for the fact that more people than ever before are being detained.

Finance company supports care agency with £250k funding boost

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A care and nursing agency has been able to win additional contract work thanks to a £250,000 funding boost.

Independent Growth Finance, the leading commercial finance provider for SMEs, delivered the factoring facility to Gabriels Care and Nursing Agency, a provider for the elderly, people with learning and physical disabilities, patients with dementia and those in need of palliative care.

Health professionals respond to pressure on NHS

hospital corridor NHS crisis

After the NHS faced an unprecedented demand over the winter months, we take a look at how services coped and explore how improvements can be made to protect the public.

Theresa May faced a backlash when, once again, hospitals struggled to cope under increased demand over the winter. Many routine operations were cancelled, with reports of people dying in hospital corridors. The crisis was so serious, 68 A&E doctors from across the country wrote to the Government with their concerns.

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

NHS reports huge drop in overseas nurses

The number of foreign nurses joining the NHS has plummeted, according to latest figures.

Recruitment specialist Randstad highlighted the NHS recruitment drop which has seen EU nurses applying to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fall by 96%.

The fall has been blamed on poor working conditions, including long hours and inadequate pay, as well as the introduction of tough new language tests for foreign nursing staff.

Leading charity urges preparation plan for new dementia treatments

Dr Matthew Norton

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is calling for an urgent plan for managing how new medicines are brought to patients, in a report that highlights several obstacles it fears could delay delivery of the next wave of dementia treatments. The report, Treatments of Tomorrow: Preparing for breakthroughs in dementia, outlines a number of challenges and pressures in England’s healthcare system that may pose problems for the roll-out of disease-modifying treatments for dementia. The charity argues that as research continues to make progress, these challenges should be tackled now to pave the way for future scientific advances that could improve treatments and care.