How to improve workplace health

1.3 million people suffered work related ill-health in 2016/17, losing 25.7 million working days to the economy.  40% of these were related to stress, depression or anxiety and a further 39% to musculoskeletal disorders.  The good health of the workforce isn't an issue that any business owner can afford to ignore. Businesses face increasing pressure … Continue reading How to improve workplace health

Nursing the NHS

Reading back through my musings last week, I had a train of thought about the NHS that I didn’t entirely follow through. I spent a relatively short period in the organisation, a mere 7 years, but during that time, I was struck by two things.  Firstly, the tremendous loyalty and dedication shown by hard working … Continue reading Nursing the NHS

Plan A for Healthcare

As I was listening to the news this morning, I was dismayed to hear yet again negative press about our hardworking NHS.  It’s not perfect, but it is full of extremely dedicated, hardworking people trying to do their best but constantly being beaten by both sides.  The press and public hound them because waiting lists … Continue reading Plan A for Healthcare

Health, Social Care and Medical Research bodies covered by Caldicott Principles

I was recently approached by a small medical research charity for some advice. GDPR and more Having been alerted to the urgent need to consider how they capture, store and use personal identifiable information as required by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) due to be introduced in 2018, they had also become aware of … Continue reading Health, Social Care and Medical Research bodies covered by Caldicott Principles

Are we letting our children down?

Back to school – new term, new start? Although my annual timetable is no longer ruled by term time, I couldn’t fail to notice the last few weeks’ focus on getting ready for the new school year.  I can’t help thinking that our traditional approach to education is somehow out of step with the modern … Continue reading Are we letting our children down?

How are you really feeling?

We all have mental health, just like we have physical health.  Sometimes it is good, we feel happy, loved, valued and life is pretty good.  Sometimes it is poor – we feel depressed, isolated or worse. Life feels a mess – just like in the picture. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek), so … Continue reading How are you really feeling?

Is your workplace killing you?

Many of us drive to work, sit at a desk for 8 hours then drive home to relax on the sofa.  This sedentary life, coupled with poor diet and raised levels of stress could mean our jobs are literally killing us.  The British Heart Foundation warn that 20 million Britons are physically inactive, leading to … Continue reading Is your workplace killing you?

A prescription for waste

£80 million a year is currently being spent on prescriptions for paracetamol available twenty times cheaper in supermarkets.  22 million prescriptions a year are issued costing £3.67 per packet – whilst supermarket prices range from 19p per packet.  Other items to be withdrawn from prescription include treatments for heartburn, indigestion, hay fever, coughs and colds … Continue reading A prescription for waste

The environmental cost of healthcare

  This week, I spent time working with a hospital in Hull trying to improve the efficiency of their preoperative assessment.  Despite passionate and dedicated staff, current healthcare delivery is hugely wasteful and environmentally damaging, and we urgently need to reassess our actions.   One of the most polluting aspects of healthcare delivery comes from … Continue reading The environmental cost of healthcare