A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison (Francis Bacon)
The King’s Fund has published a new report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, & vice versa, are costing the NHS more than £11bn a year and care is less effective than it could be.  The report argues that by integrating physical & mental health care the NHS can improve health outcomes and save money.
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This has been an issue for decades
The Health Secretary has announced plans to improve NHS safety transparency at the first ministerial-level Global Patient Safety Summit.  He described a range of new measures including an independent Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and legal protection for anyone giving information following a hospital mistake.
An ‘illness’ that impacts on the whole family

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has published the dementia implementation plan which will empower people with dementia and their family through improved care & transparency.  As part of the government’s aim of building a higher-quality NHS for patients, with safer care throughout the week, the dementia implementation plan will make sure:

  • for the first time, people with dementia and their families will benefit from greater transparency and will be able to compare the quality of dementia care in their local area
  • the Care Quality Commission will include standards of dementia care in their inspections to make sure services are safer for people with dementia 7 days a week
  • every person with dementia will receive a personalised care plan
Trouble is many of us stopped living healthily in middle-age!
Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 & beyond.  Everyday habits & behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11bn a year.
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SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

You don’t have to make an appointment to see one
Pharmacists across Wales will provide new NHS services for people with minor illnesses.  The Choose Pharmacy service will see pharmacists take responsibility for managing a range of minor ailments. People will be able to see their pharmacist for free treatment instead of making an appointment to see their GP. The scheme will help to free up GP time to deal with people with more complex needs – up to 18% of GPs’ workload and 8% of A&E consultations are estimated to relate to minor ailments, such as coughs, colds, ear ache, hay fever, conjunctivitis and head lice.
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Are we too protective?
A major new study for the Food Standards Agency has found that introducing allergenic foods to the infant diet from 3 months of age may be effective in food allergy prevention if the recommended quantity of allergenic food was consumed.

FSA:  Giving allergenic foods to infants from 3 months old may prevent allergies

And that is without considering the latest EU migration issue
A Public Accounts Committee report calls for clarity over the management of the UK's borders – warning that the Home Office's e-Borders programme and its successors are ‘set to cost over a £bns, be delivered 8 years late, and not provide the expected benefits’.
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If it works and is ‘secure’
The National Infrastructure Commission recently published its first report Smart Power stating that the by UK could save up to £8bn a year 2030 with a smarter, more flexible electricity system.  The report finds that by supporting innovations in interconnection, storage & demand flexibility Government can help secure UK energy supply for generations.
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Independence for Scotland just doesn’t add up

Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) 2014-15 has been announced by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

*Scottish total public sector revenue (including an illustrative geographic share of North Sea revenue) is estimated at £53.4bn (8.2% of UK public sector revenue).

*Total expenditure for the benefit of Scotland by the ScotGov, UK Government, and all other parts of the public sector was £68.4bn (9.3% of total UK public sector expenditure - £12,800 per person, which is £1,400 per person greater than the UK average.

And without a Degree of Debt
200,000 apprenticeships will be created in the public sector by 2020, of which over 30,000 will be in the Civil Service.  The Civil Service Fast Track programme gives people the chance to earn a competitive salary while they work towards a Level 4 Apprenticeship, gaining the skills & experience that they’ll need for a successful career in the Civil Service.  Apprentices will be able to apply for roles in business, commercial, digital, finance, project delivery and communications.

CO:  Matt Hancock opens Civil Service Fast Track apprenticeships scheme

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Do you know your GDPR from your DPA 1998?
As most people know, one of the prime requirements of Data Protection is to keep one’s data / secrets safe and it appears that one of the current best kept secrets in the public sector is GDPR, or the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation……..

 More contributions to the EU Referendum

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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Electoral Commission opens applications for EU Referendum lead campaigner designation

WWF:  EU Vote: The UK’s Leading Conservation bodies call on ‘In’ and ‘Out’ camps to say what they will do for the environment


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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Audit Scotland:  Auditor General sets out support for Parliament in scrutinising new fiscal framework

WAG:  Wales Bill - “The Bill we could still deliver together”; Carwyn Jones

IPPR Scotland: The '£2bn question' facing Scotland

WAG:  First ever Welsh Tax legislation passed

ScotGov:  Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2014-15


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Historically, the working culture in the civil service has been one that promotes intellectualism, assertiveness and political acumen. In fact, according to Catherine Haddon, a fellow at the Institute for Government who has interviewed female officials past and present, some senior staff felt they had managed to get ahead because they were the right sort of “female chap”, as one put it. In tribute to International Women's Day, Haddon writes about the impact this kind of culture has had on the progression of women in Whitehall.

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