Patients report high levels of confidence in those caring for them

Authored by Sarah Parker

According to the latest independent survey the majority of patients treated at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust feel they have been treated with dignity and respect and given emotional support during their episode of care. They also report high levels of confidence in those caring for them.

The Trust improved its score from the last inpatient survey in 2012 in 39 areas, also scoring higher...

Leadership programme for care home managers to be launched

Authored by Sarah Parker

A pilot scheme designed to ensure that our most vulnerable residents receive high quality care from the top down is being launched.

Plymouth City Council, in partnership with NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and Plymouth Community Health Care, is launching its leadership programme, which will initially be piloted in 15 care homes before being rolled across the city. It will be...

Plymouth praised for adoption scorecard results

Authored by Mary

Plymouth has been praised for being one of only 36 councils across the country to meet tough new government standards for adoption by continuing to reduce the amount of time children wait for new families.

This year’s national adoption scorecards from the Department for Education, which compare the performance of council adoption services across the country, show steady year-on-year...

Patients encouraged to help ease pressures on the NHS by self caring

Authored by News Desk

A new poster campaign aimed at helping patients get the help they need this winter has been launched by the British Medical Association. The posters, distributed to all GP practices across the South West encourages patients to self-care , for example when suffering from colds or sore throat, rather than visiting their local GP or A&E.

The campaign comes at a time when excess...

Alison Seabeck MP expresses concern about support for those with Diabetes

Authored by Mike Page

Diabetes UK calls for Government action to end the postcode lottery of diabetes healthcare, which is fuelling a major health crisis.

Ms Seabeck attended Diabetes UK’s parliamentary launch of its State of the Nation 2013 report, which has highlighted huge regional variations in people’s ability to access quality diabetes healthcare. The report also shows that while there have been...

Young people can be fostered for longer

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The government has announced that children in care will be able to stay with foster families until they turn 21.

Young people in care will still be able stay with foster families after they turn 18, following a new legal duty for councils to provide support.

£40 million over the next three years has been set aside to help local authorities provide the required financial support...

Record numbers of child adoptions in England

Authored by Matthew Vizard

New figures show that almost 4,000 children in care were adopted in 2012 - an increase of 15% and the highest ever since records began.

The annual 'looked-after children' statistics show that 3,980 children were adopted across England between April 2012 and March 2013, up from 3,470 the previous year. This is higher than in any year since 1992, when comparable records began.


University recognised for "exemplary" support for students in care

Authored by JamesM

A unique advisory group set up to assist students leaving a care environment has been recognised as best practice in supporting young people.

Buttle UK has recently reaccredited Plymouth University’s Quality Mark for a further three years and rated the institution as “exemplary”, demonstrating its commitment to helping young people in care and the challenges they face when entering...

Library offers help on healthy work/life balance

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Plymouth Central Library is hosting an event on Friday 26 April where people can get help with finding work or advice on maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

The ‘Healthy Working Lives’ event, which will run from 11.30am to 2pm, will provide useful information about health and wellbeing for people in work, as well as training and employment opportunities for those who are looking...


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