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Self care before surgery

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Playing an active part in your preparation for surgery can have a significant impact on your recovery and long-term health. Ahead of next month's Self Care Week, the Royal College of Anaesthetists's Hilary Swales explains the physical and mental approaches individuals can adopt ahead of surgical procedures and how clinicians can introduce this aspect of self care to patients.

Eight days a week?

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has been working alongside the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS) and others to assess levels of confidence among care providers and encouraging planning and preparation. Government communications, which are designed to ensure that all employers - as well as all citizens – are ready for EU exit, have been ramped up. The CPA's Des Kelly assesses the level of sector readiness...

Working together to integrate adult social care

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"As people are living longer and more people than ever are living with complex needs, it is vital we look at the evidence for what works best, and what represents good value for money for the local health and care system." So says Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as she discusses the latest NICE impact report on adult social care.

Flying the rainbow flag in social work

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Did you know that people from the LGBT+ community are more likely to experience self-harm, use alcohol and drugs and be more likely to attempt suicide? Over the last few months, Lawrence Badman of LiveWell Southwest, a social enterprise community service in Plymouth, has been undertaking literature review of the latest research around LGBT+ issues and how they relate to health, social care - and social work specifically.

Talk's not cheap when the listener acts

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When our Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock launched the Talk Health and Care online community in September 2018, he made good on his vision of a new and dynamic way to talk with health and care staff from across the sector. Few will argue that those who work in social care deserve greater recognition and appreciation. Our current challenge on the site is to find better ways to do just that.