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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chair’s newsletter: What’s ahead for The College of Medicine?
Chair’s newsletter: What’s ahead for The College of Medicine?

Chair’s newsletter: What’s ahead for The College of Medicine?

Dr Michael Dixon, The College of Medicine Chair, reveals a busy summer calendar in his latest address… “Our cold spring is struggling to get to summer but we can look forward to warmer days with the Coronation of our Patron,…

‘Loneliness is as bad for our health as 15 cigarettes a day’, says US Surgeon General
‘Loneliness is as bad for our health as 15 cigarettes a day’, says US Surgeon General

‘Loneliness is as bad for our health as 15 cigarettes a day’, says US Surgeon General

Social isolation can be as damaging for health as a smoking habit, a top US health official has warned, saying loneliness can potentially hasten death by nearly 30 per cent. Speaking to BBC News, Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General, said that…

Blog: How arts and creativity can help young people deal with difficult transitions
Blog: How arts and creativity can help young people deal with difficult transitions

Blog: How arts and creativity can help young people deal with difficult transitions

This week, Professor Chris Drinkwater, Executive Lead for Arts and Creativity at the North East & North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network, wrote a blog for theatre company Damn Cheek on the benefits of drama for helping children to cope…

WATCH: A College of Medicine Young Fellow, Hamaad Khan, addresses students on Social Prescribing for the future
WATCH: A College of Medicine Young Fellow, Hamaad Khan, addresses students on Social Prescribing for the future

WATCH: A College of Medicine Young Fellow, Hamaad Khan, addresses students on Social Prescribing for the future

One of The College of Medicine’s Young Fellows, Hamaad Khan, delivered a powerful speech to students on Social Prescribing Day 2023, which took place on March 9th, about how Social Prescribing is vital to the future success of the NHS.…

Professor Sir Sam Everington urges Government to ‘put nurses in schools’, in RSA article
Professor Sir Sam Everington urges Government to ‘put nurses in schools’, in RSA article

Professor Sir Sam Everington urges Government to ‘put nurses in schools’, in RSA article

The College of Medicine’s Deputy Chair, Professor Sir Sam Everington, has called for every school to have access to a qualified nurse, in a passionate article for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) magazine. Sir Sam, who is a GP…

‘NHS launches healthcare revolution to ditch drugs’: Beyond Pills Campaign features in The Sunday Express
‘NHS launches healthcare revolution to ditch drugs’: Beyond Pills Campaign features in The Sunday Express

‘NHS launches healthcare revolution to ditch drugs’: Beyond Pills Campaign features in The Sunday Express

Social prescribing and The College of Medicine’s Beyond Pills Campaign made the headlines this weekend, with a detailed article in The Sunday Express highlighting our call for urgent reform on unnecessary prescribing within the current healthcare system. The article, written…

The College of Medicine reflects on our achievements in 2022 – and looks to 2023
The College of Medicine reflects on our achievements in 2022 – and looks to 2023

The College of Medicine reflects on our achievements in 2022 – and looks to 2023

As we welcome a new year, our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, looks back at what The College of Medicine has achieved in the last 12 months, and what the year ahead looks like for our organisation… ‘2022 was a mix…

Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?
Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?

Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?

With inflation at its highest level in the last 40 years, interest rates looking set to continue to rise until the summer at least and energy prices significantly higher than in recent years, the UK is bracing for a stark…

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being
“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

Nour Saleh says she first realised the positive influence of art as a child, noticing ‘the power of it to gather people and unite them’ and how drawing or doodling ‘appeased’ her own emotions, offering moments of calm. Nour, a…

Young people’s mental health: Scheme trains teens to teach others benefits of yoga
Young people’s mental health: Scheme trains teens to teach others benefits of yoga

Young people’s mental health: Scheme trains teens to teach others benefits of yoga

The College of Medicine has supported the development and roll-out of the Teen Yoga Ambassador pilot scheme, which ran in April 2021. Here, Charlotta Martinus, Director of the Teen Yoga Foundation, explains how the new training course empowers young people to…

Loneliness spikes as dark nights and lockdown take their toll on mental health
Loneliness spikes as dark nights and lockdown take their toll on mental health

Loneliness spikes as dark nights and lockdown take their toll on mental health

New statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that levels of loneliness have heightened in recent weeks with the arrival of darker evenings and a second lockdown – with one in four people reporting increased feelings of…

Freddy Jacquin interview: “Most people are willing to give hypnosis a go… so why won’t the NHS prescribe it?”
Freddy Jacquin interview: “Most people are willing to give hypnosis a go… so why won’t the NHS prescribe it?”

Freddy Jacquin interview: “Most people are willing to give hypnosis a go… so why won’t the NHS prescribe it?”

Since lockdown began back in late March, hypnotist Freddy Jacquin has been offering Freddy’s Free Friday Therapy, offering College of Medicine followers and the general public the chance to log on to a live session (now on the last Friday…