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Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group calls for overhaul of mental health system

Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group calls for overhaul of mental health system
Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group calls for overhaul of mental health system

A new report released today by the Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is calling for a major overhaul of mental health care services in the UK. The report, entitled Shifting the Balance Towards Social Interventions: A Call for…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN Boxing clever: How one grassroots organisation is helping everyone from cancer patients to those struggling with prescribed drug dependency

The combined power of community and sport to improve people’s health and well-being is increasingly being hailed as an effective way of releasing pressure on the NHS – and a grassroots organisation in England’s north east is offering up a…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Coming off dependence-forming drugs for mental health problems can ‘up end’ your life, say psychiatrist and pharmacist who have authored new guidelines for safe deprescribing

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Coming off dependence-forming drugs for mental health problems can ‘up end’ your life, say psychiatrist and pharmacist who have authored new guidelines for safe deprescribing
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Coming off dependence-forming drugs for mental health problems can ‘up end’ your life, say psychiatrist and pharmacist who have authored new guidelines for safe deprescribing

The Maudsley Deprescribing Guidelines by Dr Mark Horowitz and Professor David Taylor is the first clinical handbook on how to safely stop medications, reports Sarah Stacey… Until very recently, medical guidelines and textbooks have been influenced by short-term studies carried…

The College of Medicine publishes new report calling for more school nurses

The College of Medicine publishes new report calling for more school nurses
The College of Medicine publishes new report calling for more school nurses

The College of Medicine has joined key voices in healthcare including nursing leads, charities and the Government in calling for more schools to have a dedicated nurse. The College contributed to a report published this week which documents the sharp…

Ready to quit smoking or vaping? Hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin leads online session on March 13th to help!

Ready to quit smoking or vaping? Hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin leads online session on March 13th to help!
Ready to quit smoking or vaping? Hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin leads online session on March 13th to help!

As part of our ongoing programme to explore prospects for improved healthcare, the College of Medicine has introduced a free online ‘Quit smoking and/or vaping Hypnotherapy Session’ in association with world renowned hypnotherapist Freddy Jacquin. Freddy has worked as a hypnotherapist since…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: How the South West’s pain cafes are helping chronic pain sufferers – without drugs

Our latest Beyond Pills Campaign article looks at how an initiative in the South West is helping chronic pain sufferers find respite using a range of different strategies… Instead of reaching for a bottle of painkillers, chronic pain sufferers in…

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests

An evidence review of the benefits of exercise for depression, published in the BMJ, found that some types of exercise proved more effective than psychotherapy and antidepressants, writes Sarah Stacey. Latest NHS figures show that 8.6 million people in England…

West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’
West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

An influential West London GP who made the New Year Honours List for her work on social inclusion, mental health and homeless health has told The College of Medicine that ‘health is much more than the absence of illness’. Dr…

New book examines relationship between healing and medicine

New book examines relationship between healing and medicine
New book examines relationship between healing and medicine

The College of Medicine’s Chair Dr Michael Dixon has praised a new book that examines in depth the relationship between healing and medicine. A Doctor’s Journey Toward Their Integration is by Bristol-based Professor Paul Dieppe, an academic physician who changed…

Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer

Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer
Walk yourself happy: How nature helped TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s recovery from cancer

Getting outside, into nature offers so much for the mind, body and soul – it can boost your immune system, lift your spirits and speed up your recovery. It’s not a new phenomenon – the healing power of nature has…

Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launches to stop over-prescribing

Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launches to stop over-prescribing
Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launches to stop over-prescribing

Back in June 2022, the College of Medicine launched the Beyond Pills Campaign – calling for urgent Government intervention on over- prescribing in the NHS. The Campaign was established in the wake of the Government’s National Overprescribing Review, published in…

World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit

World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit
World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit

The third week in November marks World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week, a global annual campaign to improve awareness and understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance amongst patients and healthcare professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared AMR one of the…

Barnardo’s urges government to invest in social prescribing to help mental health of young people

Barnardo’s urges government to invest in social prescribing to help mental health of young people
Barnardo’s urges government to invest in social prescribing to help mental health of young people

Social prescribing could help young people suffering with mental health problems, new research says. Children’s charity Barnardo’s says referrals for non-clinical treatments could help to ease current pressure on child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) and help young patients…

‘Unless you change your habits, you’re not solving the issues’: Weight-loss drugs to beat diabetes is a quick fix – but not a long-term solution

‘Unless you change your habits, you’re not solving the issues’: Weight-loss drugs to beat diabetes is a quick fix – but not a long-term solution
‘Unless you change your habits, you’re not solving the issues’: Weight-loss drugs to beat diabetes is a quick fix – but not a long-term solution

In the first of a two-part series examining the growing trend for using weight-loss drugs to tackle diabetes Type 2, Sarah Stacey reports on the serious potential risks for patients – and a safe, long-term alternative… The slew of hopeful…

Coming up in autumn: College of Medicine events and classes

Coming up in autumn: College of Medicine events and classes
Coming up in autumn: College of Medicine events and classes

Autumn equals lots of great events for our members – from free online sessions with our experts to knowledge-giving weekend retreats. Keep up-to-date with all that’s coming up at The College of Medicine in the next few months at collegeofmedicine.org.uk/events……

RCGP Chair says social prescribing could offer ‘vital lifeline’ to vulnerable, after survey finds GPs are prescribing nappies to patients in poverty

RCGP Chair says social prescribing could offer ‘vital lifeline’ to vulnerable, after survey finds GPs are prescribing nappies to patients in poverty
RCGP Chair says social prescribing could offer ‘vital lifeline’ to vulnerable, after survey finds GPs are prescribing nappies to patients in poverty

Doctors in the UK are increasingly being asked to ‘prescribe’ basic welfare items such as shampoo and nappies by patients living in poverty, a new survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners has found. The Times reported that the…

Dr Michael Dixon discusses Beyond Pills Campaign on UK Health Radio

Dr Michael Dixon discusses Beyond Pills Campaign on UK Health Radio
Dr Michael Dixon discusses Beyond Pills Campaign on UK Health Radio

More than a year on since The College of Medicine launched our Beyond Pills Campaign, we’re shouting louder than ever about the need for intervention on over-prescribing in the NHS. Earlier this month, our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon joined UK…

Dr Michael Dixon, our chair, says paper written on Integrated approach to health by King Charles III in 2012 was ‘ahead of its time’

Dr Michael Dixon, our chair, says paper written on Integrated approach to health by King Charles III in 2012 was ‘ahead of its time’
Dr Michael Dixon, our chair, says paper written on Integrated approach to health by King Charles III in 2012 was ‘ahead of its time’

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has praised a paper written by our patron, King Charles III, in 2012 on Integrated Health as ‘forward thinking’ and has invited our members to re-read it. The paper, entitled ‘Integrated health…

Nine holes for health? Social prescribing pilot offering free golf proves a big hit in Scotland

Nine holes for health? Social prescribing pilot offering free golf proves a big hit in Scotland
Nine holes for health? Social prescribing pilot offering free golf proves a big hit in Scotland

Social prescribing comes in many forms, as a pilot scheme offering games of golf to help boost health and wellbeing has proved. The Golf for Health pilot took place recently in Fife, Scotland and saw patients with varying health conditions…