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Training Staff and Developing Team Culture to Improve Safety and Outcomes for Mothers

Midwives are being driven out of the NHS by understaffing and fears they cannot deliver safe care to women in the current system. Gemma Puckett, Head of Midwifery at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust shares the importance of developing positive workplace cultures to increase staff satisfaction and improve patient care.

In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

Analysis of all-cause Mortality in the Substance Misuse Treatment Population Deaths January 2012 to August 2020

In this article, Martin Smith, Recovery Lead for Substance Misuse Services at Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, shares his analysis of mortality rates in the substance misuse treatment population between January 2012 and August 2020.

Including Emotional Support in Weight Management Services

Weight Management Services are a big part of the NHS Get Better Strategy. However, they only address the metric weight of a patient. Emotional support is needed to help the patient understand the potential underlying reasons for their situation. Only through a joint emotional and physical approach to weight management can patients’ be supported to make healthier decisions.

Improving Weight Management Referrals

Obesity is a major public health issue in the UK. Nearly two thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. A common treatment plan for obesity is to refer the patient to a weight management programme, though many physicians are reluctant to do this. Improving referral skills should help build the confidence clinicians need to aid patients in joining weight management programmes.

Working Together to Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles

Obesity is one of the biggest public health crises in the UK today. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. To tackle this ongoing issue the Government is investing in weight management services and gathering data to help improve these services. This article looks at where this Government funding is being used.

How NEWS2 is Improving Health and Social Care in the West of England

Almost 50,000 deaths in the UK are caused by Sepsis every year. The West of England AHSN is ‘Spreading the NEWS2’ to help healthcare professionals make the right judgements and save lives.

Responding Quickly and Effectively to the Deterioration of Sepsis Patients

Strong processes and procedures are in place to aid medical professionals spot a deteriorating patient. This case study explores those methods and highlights why trusting your instinct can be just as important when spotting sepsis.

The Gloves Are Off: Improving Disposable Glove Use Practices

The Covid-19 pandemic pushed the NHS to it’s functional limits. In the face of mounting pressure caused by increased hospitalisations, many processes had to be rapidly adapted and implemented. This case study will focus on the importance of improved hygiene procedures, looking at the ‘Gloves are Off’ campaign, and how new procedures came into effect.

Liverpool City Council: Promoting Better Sexual Health Services for Women

Liverpool is England’s 6th largest city with a population of 498,048. The population has risen by 12.6% since 2009. There are areas of deprivation with high teenage pregnancy rates, as well as high abortion rates. We heard from Liverpool City Council about their current women’s sexual health strategy through the distributions of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) and the development of Women’s Health Hubs.

Addressing Sexual Health Inequalities

Sexual health inequalities are unfair and avoidable differences in sexual health across the population, and between different groups within society. This article examines inequalities in sexual health and offers up practical solutions to better support the groups who are most affected.

Improving End-of-Life Care for Patients with Learning Disabilities

Louise Jenkins spoke to us about ways of implementing workforce training programmes to improve end of life care for adults with learning disabilities.

Addressing Childhood Obesity: The Relationship Between Childhood Obesity And Mental Health

Professor Paul Gately, Chief Executive and Clinical Lead MoreLife, and Dr. Neesha Patel, Health Psychologist MoreLife, spoke about the mental health impact of childhood obesity at The Addressing Childhood Obesity Conference, 2021.

Addressing Childhood Obesity : Delivering Integrated Interventions

Dr. Julie Greenway, Chief Investigator at Black County Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Sally Cornfield, Public Health Manager Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, spoke about multi-agency working at The Addressing Childhood Obesity Conference, 2021.

The Addressing Childhood Obesity Conference 2021: Making Vegetables Appealing to Children Through Creative Advertising

Jo Ralling, Head of Communications at The Food Foundation, spoke about the Veg Power campaign at The Addressing Childhood Obesity Conference, 2021.