Author: Stephen Flanagan

Free Prize Draw to win a Safety Sleeper!

The Safety Sleeper is a safe, fully enclosed bed system for daily and portable use for children and adults. It prevents night-time wandering, entrapment issues during seizures, and injuries from falling out of bed. Assembled in approx. 10 minutes without tools. Enter the FREE prize draw to win a Safety Sleeper at: (closes 31/12/14). Please contact Heather Ling (UK Sales Agent) – 0131 450 7124 – for further details. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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Unions team up to support west Africa

UNISON has joined a number of international unions in funding a new project aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in west Africa – and to help prevent a similar human disaster in the future. Up to the beginning of December, more than 6,000 people are thought to have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, as a result of the Ebola virus. This includes hundreds of health care workers who contracted the virus while caring for patients, due to inadequate protective equipment and unsafe working conditions – a fact that reflects the fundamental reasons for the outbreak. “It is undeniable that the Ebola outbreak took place in those West African countries with the lowest ratios of health workers to the general population,” said UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis. “These countries have been subject to the weight of IMF loans and the conditions that come with them – forcing governments to cut spending on public health in order to reduce their debt.” Mr Prentis noted that the recent G20 summit had agreed to make €300m available to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to help combat Ebola. “However, two weeks after the summit, it still hasn’t been agreed whether this emergency relief will be in the form of debt relief, or loans that will push these poor countries further into debt – and prevent the vital investment in basic health care...

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Naidex National announces conference programme for 2015

Naidex National, the UK’s largest independent living and mobility show, announces its 2015 programme today. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to meet more than 250 exhibitors and attend the free CPD accredited conference at the event. Naidex is the only national exhibition for independent living that brings together consumers, health and social care professionals plus specialist manufacturers, retailers and public sector purchasers. It offers the latest thinking, strategies and solutions to support the ageing population and those affected by, or living with, disabilities. Free to attend tickets are available at Today also sees the launch of the new...

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Claim carers allowance online now

240,000 carers in the UK claim the allowance each year, and until now, they were forced to do this via the post or by using an outdated online system which was difficult to complete and had low take-up. In partnership with the Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, the DWP has launched a new digital service simplifying the claims process One of the improvements for claimants is a new way of verifying that the person they care for understands the claim – removing the need for them to sign a paper declaration. Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper,...

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Suicide risk reduced after talk therapy, study suggests

Talk therapy sessions can help reduce the risk of suicide among high-risk groups, suggests a US study. Researchers from John Hopkins University tracked more than 5,000 Danish people who had attempted suicide and later received psychosocial counselling. They found suicides went down by 26% after five years, compared to people who had no therapy sessions. The findings are published in Lancet Psychiatry. The participants in the study volunteered to have six to 10 talking therapy sessions at suicide prevention clinics in Denmark. Their outcomes were compared with around 17,000 people who had attempted suicide but had not gone for treatment afterwards. Participants were then followed up for up to 20 years. Fewer suicides The aim of this therapy is to give people time and space to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings with a trained professional. During the first year, those who received therapy were 27% less likely to attempt suicide again. They were also 38% less likely to die of any cause. After five years, this same group saw 26% fewer suicides. Ten years later, the positive effects of the therapy were still evident. Dr Elizabeth Stuart, study co-author and associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s department of mental health, said the long-term follow-up was ideal for gathering information on which suicide prevention treatments worked. “Our findings provide a solid basis for recommending that this type...

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