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The NHS has a duty of care to prevent doctor burn-out – for the well-being of staff AND patients
The NHS has a duty of care to prevent doctor burn-out – for the well-being of staff AND patients

The NHS has a duty of care to prevent doctor burn-out – for the well-being of staff AND patients

Professor David Peters, Clinical Director in the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Westminster, warns the NHS urgently needs a Charter of Compassionate Practice to prevent staff demoralised by excessive workloads from leaving the healthcare system…     The NHS…

How everyday foods could help fight depression and dementia
How everyday foods could help fight depression and dementia

How everyday foods could help fight depression and dementia

Health Guide, herbal practitioner and Pukka strategist Simon Mills on how everyday plants including cocoa and turmeric could help health problems associated with inflammation… Ground-breaking new research suggests that inflammation could be a key contributor to depression, dementia and other pressing…

How a theatre director changed the way I interact with my patients
How a theatre director changed the way I interact with my patients

How a theatre director changed the way I interact with my patients

London-based GP, acupuncturist and Lu Jong yoga teacher Deniah Pachai explains how a book on communication by British voice coach and director Patsy Rodenburg OBE has changed the way she communicates… I could never have imagined that an author who writes…

Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?
Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?

Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?

Mike Cummings, College of Medicine Lead for Acupuncture within Medicine and Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, expresses his views on whether doctors should prescribe acupuncture… The evolution of this debate[1], should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?, has…

The mouth reflects whole body health – but what does integrated care mean for dentists?
The mouth reflects whole body health – but what does integrated care mean for dentists?

The mouth reflects whole body health – but what does integrated care mean for dentists?

Professor Sonia Williams holds the Emeritus Chair in Oral Health Services Research at the University of Leeds and was awarded the MBE for her work in child and ethnic minorities dental health. Here, Professor Williams explores how integrated oral health…

How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates
How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates

How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates

GP Dr Amit Bhargava explains why the north-west Sussex town of Crawley has one of the lowest rates of emergency admissions in the country – and has been recognised as the most dementia-friendly community in the UK. The town, close…

How increased education on Integrative Medicine is changing the way GPs help patients
How increased education on Integrative Medicine is changing the way GPs help patients

How increased education on Integrative Medicine is changing the way GPs help patients

Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Academic Director for the Diploma for Integrative Medicine, which launched in Bristol in 2017, explains how the course is helping students develop a critical and enquiring approach to a variety of therapeutic interventions: The Diploma Development Team…

Social exclusion kills: Society’s healthcare systems can and must help
Social exclusion kills: Society’s healthcare systems can and must help

Social exclusion kills: Society’s healthcare systems can and must help

Medical Director for the charity Pathway, Dr Nigel Hewett OBE has been instrumental in recognising the need for healthcare systems to practise ‘Inclusion Health’. Here, Dr Hewett explains why medical professionals must work together to bring down the high mortality rates experienced by…

Israel’s life expectancy rates match East London’s but the UK spends double the amount on healthcare
Israel’s life expectancy rates match East London’s but the UK spends double the amount on healthcare

Israel’s life expectancy rates match East London’s but the UK spends double the amount on healthcare

GP Sir Sam Everington OBE, Chairman of Tower Hamlets CCG, examines whether the UK’s life expectancy rates could be dramatically improved by focusing on social determinants and a better use of technology: In the East End of London the difference in life…

Dr Michael Dixon on Radio 4’s Today programme: “We need to find the right fit for patients, not just reach for a pill”
Dr Michael Dixon on Radio 4’s Today programme: “We need to find the right fit for patients, not just reach for a pill”

Dr Michael Dixon on Radio 4’s Today programme: “We need to find the right fit for patients, not just reach for a pill”

Dr Michael Dixon appeared on the Today programme on Radio 4 on 5th January 2018…below is a transcript of the comments Dr Dixon made in discussion with presenter John Humphrys: ON MOVING AWAY FROM PRESCRIBING TABLETS “Too often we reach…

Student doctors need to push for better education on social prescribing
Student doctors need to push for better education on social prescribing

Student doctors need to push for better education on social prescribing

Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Social Prescribing Student Lead and a medical student at Exeter Medical School, believes the new generation of medics must engage now with social prescribing to help build a more sustainable future for the NHS…   The importance of…

How a social prescribing pilot in North Staffordshire is transforming GP services
How a social prescribing pilot in North Staffordshire is transforming GP services

How a social prescribing pilot in North Staffordshire is transforming GP services

Dr Ruth Chambers, OBE, highlights how a pilot scheme is helping patients with social, emotional and practical needs across North Staffordshire… The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Hub social prescribing project was launched as a six-month pilot in February 2015…

Nurses are vital to progressive, integrated healthcare – because they have the trust of patients
Nurses are vital to progressive, integrated healthcare – because they have the trust of patients

Nurses are vital to progressive, integrated healthcare – because they have the trust of patients

Nurses earn the confidence of their patients and are often best placed to advise them on alternative care, writes Professor Dame Donna Kinnair: Nurses and midwives are in a unique position to ensure that every patient is able to access holistic…

Everyone has a responsibility to nurture today’s children: a sustainable future depends upon it
Everyone has a responsibility to nurture today’s children: a sustainable future depends upon it

Everyone has a responsibility to nurture today’s children: a sustainable future depends upon it

There needs to be a fundamental change in the way society cares for children if we are to fully unleash their potential, writes Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, currently visiting Professor in Advocacy for Children and Childhood Nottingham Trent University…  Children…

Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away
Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away

Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away

Putting principles before the health of patients is a dangerous game, writes Dr Michael Dixon, and sends out yet another warning flag to GPs that medical autonomy is under threat… I took my 97-year-old mother out to lunch last Sunday and…

Complementary medicine’s true potential cannot be unlocked without robust evidence for its use
Complementary medicine’s true potential cannot be unlocked without robust evidence for its use

Complementary medicine’s true potential cannot be unlocked without robust evidence for its use

Professor Debbie Sharp questions what needs to happen nationally to develop a proper evidence base for effective complementary therapies… The fashion for delivering complementary therapies on the NHS has waxed and waned over many years, since well before the fashion…

Commissioning cost-saving complementary medicine is the future for integrated health
Commissioning cost-saving complementary medicine is the future for integrated health

Commissioning cost-saving complementary medicine is the future for integrated health

Retired barrister Richard Eaton blogs on why both complementary and conventional medical practitioners – and their patients – should be lobbying the Government on the increased use of complementary medicine in mainstream care… In October 2005, further to its commission…

Self-care is critical to the Five Year Forward Plan… but social prescription alone will never be enough
Self-care is critical to the Five Year Forward Plan… but social prescription alone will never be enough

Self-care is critical to the Five Year Forward Plan… but social prescription alone will never be enough

Teaching patients self-care is the future for UK health, says Dr Michael Dixon,  National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription for NHS England, but only if the whole community – from Government to grassroots get involved… The great medical iconoclast, Ivan…

Good food is our human right; but forcing producers to make recipes healthier won’t solve obesity
Good food is our human right; but forcing producers to make recipes healthier won’t solve obesity

Good food is our human right; but forcing producers to make recipes healthier won’t solve obesity

Simon Tuckey, Ambassador to the Food Industry for the College of Medicine, writes on how the food industry has evolved to put manufacturers in the driving seat, leaving them firmly in control of the nation’s tastebuds…and our health: FOOD IS…

Yoga therapy

An increasing corpus of research trials show that yoga practice is associated with improved health and quality of life. Through a combination of mindful movement, controlled breathing, and meditation yoga enhances physical functioning, reduces stress, enhances mental health, improves executive…