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How well do we manage patients with diverse religious and cultural needs at the end of life?
How do we recognise and act upon the duality of being a family caregiver and clinician?
In 2018, as part of a Florence Nightingale Foundation travel scholarship, I spent over a month visiting the islands of Ireland and New Zealand. I went to find out more about advance care planning, hospice research activity, knowledge mobilisation and models of care for people living with dementia.
Doctoring, fast and slow
In my experience I have found three types of doctors; Those who work very fast, very slow or somewhere in the middle. This is obvious and logical as human behaviour is divided on the basis of a normal distribution, with most being average.
There is a story told of a man walking along a beach. A big storm the night before had thrown up thousands upon thousands of starfish. A small boy was bending down and repeatedly picking up a stranded starfish and throwing them back into the surf.
What do patients want? Priorities for change in the NHS
“Well, they’re obviously over-stretched and under-staffed, aren’t they? It’s not personal care any more is it, you’re more like a number, they get you in and get you out.”
Keeping planes in the air - learning the art of interdisciplinary working
I stared through the window at the propellor whirring not much more than 8 feet from my head and wondered what makes the difference between safety and disaster on an aeroplane. Evidence from the airline industry would suggest that the biggest single factor is the human factor - the so called nontechnical skills.
NHS RightCare - Frailty toolkit, do we need one?
A toolkit has been developed by NHS RightCare in collaboration with NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People, Age UK, Getting It Right First Time and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
What makes you go ‘hmm…?’ about occupational therapy in the UK?
What makes you go ‘hmm…?’ about occupational therapy in the UK? Well, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in collaboration with the James Lind Alliance has launched a UK-wide survey to find out.
How should we express grip strength when predicting health outcomes?
Did you know that your hand grip strength can be used to predict future health outcomes? Well, it can! Our recent study provides good evidence that lower grip strength is closely associated with an increase in risk of dying early, some cancers, heart and lung diseases.
Priorities for the incoming Prime Minister
Ten have been whittled down to two and it is now for the membership of the Conservative Party to decide whether they want Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as their next leader and, subsequently, the next Prime Minister. Much of the focus of this campaign has been on the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union. Are we leaving on 31 October or not? Deal or no deal? What exactly are WTO terms? Can I still go to Majorca for my summer holidays?
Supporting social care and the funding it urgently needs
While integrated care is being discussed, Lucy Lewis, consultant practitioner trainee specialising in frailty and older people at Health Education England (Wessex), gives some startling figures that reinforce the value of social care systems and the call for increased funding.
Getting old … Allelujah
Voicing criticism of “national treasures” (NT) is not normally done – after all, they are national treasures. George Monbiot wrote a Guardian article about NT David Attenborough criticising him for not being more outspoken on environmental issues. I have a gentler criticism to make of Alan Bennett, another NT.