Alliance in social care and health launched

A major new alliance committed to improving care and support for people with long-term conditions has been launched in London today (Friday 21 November). The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) has people with long-term health conditions at the heart of … Continued

Help shape Northumbria Healthcare’s priorities

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people to review its draft annual priorities for 2015/16 by completing a short questionnaire. The survey will be open until 16 January 2015. Read more and complete the questionnaire here.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

 The Facts AF is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Over 1 million people in the UK are living with AF, and it’s more common as we get older. The following symptoms could be a sign that you have … Continued

Neurologial Alliance writes to Public Accounts Committee

The Neurological Alliance, together with 27 member charities and associations, has written to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee to call for a further review of neurological services. Services for people with neurological conditions are traditionally neglected by the … Continued

High-tech wards

The traditional bedside paper observation charts usually associated with hospitals are quickly becoming a thing of the past at the QE, as doctors and nurses make increasing use of the latest technology. Three wards at the hospital are now paper … Continued

Towards patient safety

NHS England takes big steps towards patient safety NHS England is funding a new national programme to improve the safety of patients and ensure learning sits at the heart of healthcare. The programme will see Patient Safety Collaboratives established which … Continued

Palliative care

New funding approach for palliative care NHS England is developing a new funding approach for palliative care which focusses on patient need. The approach will introduce a ‘currency’ for palliative care which will ensure that services match the needs of … Continued

Spasms & Stiffness in MS

Muscle stiffness and spasms are common MS symptoms, and are often described as ‘spasticity’.  Muscle spasms or stiffness affect at least 20 per cent of people with MS at some time.  Drugs and therapies (including physiotherapy and occupational therapy) can … Continued

Openness and honesty

The General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have launched a consultation on new joint guidance to help doctors, nurses and midwives comply with their professional duty to be open and honest with people in their care … Continued

Sunderland surveys

Healthwatch Sunderland have developed two short surveys for the Sunderland community on health and social care.  The health survey asks for feedback on services such as GPs, hospitals, walk-in centres, ambulance services and other health services people wish to share … Continued