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Ebola outbreak: UK ministers to hold emergency Cobra meeting over threat - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Chief scientific adviser says virus, which has killed 672 people since February, is potentially a major threat to UK

Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, is to chair an emergency Cobra meeting amid warnings that the deadly Ebola virus could be a threat to Britain.

Hammond said no British national so far had been affected by the outbreak and there had been no cases in the UK but he would be chairing a meeting to assess the situation.

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Beth Britton: 'Care homes must not be police states' | David Brindle - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Dementia carer and campaigner to advise regulator on 'special measures' regime planned to tackle failing care homes

Only once has Beth Britton lost her remarkable poise when talking about her late father's dementia. It was in an interview for an official film for the G8 dementia summit in London last December. If you watch the end of the two-minute edited version on YouTube, you can see her welling up as she says: "I would have him back in a heartbeat dementia and everything that it brings."

Britton, 33, is something of a phenomenon. It is just over two years since she wrote her first blog about caring for her father, who had died weeks previously after living with vascular dementia for almost two decades. Today, she is in such demand to write, speak, advise and train that she is having to turn work away.

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Communities for learning disabled residents face split after reform row | Hannah Fearn - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Conflict over pay and values threatens way of life in Camphill villages where disabled and able-bodied people work together, say campaigners

By 10.30am the Botton Village wood workshop, nestled deep in North Yorkshire's Danby Dale, is in full swing. Light streams through dust on to work benches. James Marsh is carefully drilling holes in pieces of beech which will make up part of a child's toy, while Jonathan Buchanan demonstrates how small carved horses are joined together on a carousel to make a Christmas decoration.

Both workers have learning disabilities. They are provided with full-time care and support at Botton, one of the first co-operative Camphill communities founded 60 years ago on the principles of Rudolf Steiner.

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Doctors and nurses told to slim down for sake of patients - Wed, 30 Jul 2014

NHS England staff would be expected to set healthy example under plans being considered by chief executive

Overweight doctors and nurses would be told to slim down to set a good example to patients under plans being considered by the NHS.

Burgers and chips in hospital canteens would be swapped for healthier options and staff would take part in weight loss competitions, the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, told the Sun.

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History of problem drinking can lead to memory loss in later life - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Consuming too much alcohol more than doubles risk of developing memory impairment, study shows

Drinking too much can lead to memory loss in later life, a study has found.

Scientists questioned 6,542 middle-aged Americans about their past alcohol consumption and assessed their mental abilities over a period of eight years.

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Five a day will do, larger study of fruit and veg intake suggests - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Chinese and American researchers settle on lower number than seven-a-day recommendation of English study

Those who despaired of ever being able to eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, as suggested by a team of scientists earlier this year, can probably relax. A new and even bigger study carried out by Chinese and American researchers says five will do.

The two teams are in agreement on the main issue: eating more fruit and vegetables than most of us currently do is a very good thing. The evidence suggests that it lowers the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer.

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Boys 'should receive HPV jab too' - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Vaccinating boys as well as girls could cut incidence of genital warts and several cancers, write doctors in medical journal

Boys should be vaccinated against the HPV virus as well as girls to protect them against some types of cancer, according to an article in a leading medical journal.

Boys should receive the jab that protects against the human papilloma virus, which has been linked to a number of cancers including head and neck, anal and penile cancers, said Dr Gillian Prue, lecturer in chronic illnesses at Queen's University Belfast.

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Clare in the community | Harry Venning - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
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Daily roundup: Youth centres, children's services and leadership - Tue, 29 Jul 2014



Charities set to take on running of Liverpool youth centres; tri-borough arrangements to be reviewed by Labour; and new DCS appointed in Southwark, all in the news today.

More health visitors needed to hit government target - Tue, 29 Jul 2014


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More than 1,800 health visitors must be recruited within 12 months in order for the government to achieve its five-year pledge to boost numbers within the profession, new figures show.

Call for councils to improve childcare provision for disadvantaged families - Tue, 29 Jul 2014



Local authorities need to do more to ensure there is sufficient childcare provision for disadvantaged families in their area, a report by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has concluded.

OnSide reveals plans for London youth zone - Tue, 29 Jul 2014



Youth zones operator OnSide has unveiled plans for its first purpose-built youth club in the south of England.

Charities call to end 'market' in children's services - Mon, 28 Jul 2014


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Leading children’s charities have backed calls for the introduction of a fairer commissioning and contracting system for children’s services, one that is based on co-operation, not competition.

Pupil premium plus to be extended to all adopted schoolchildren - Mon, 28 Jul 2014



All adopted children are to receive additional support in school after the government acted on campaigners' calls for funding to be extended, it has been announced.

Think-tank wins EU backing for youth participation project - Mon, 28 Jul 2014



A London-based think-tank has been awarded €50,000 to encourage youth participation among disadvantaged young people.

Better pupil support cuts exclusions, study finds - Fri, 25 Jul 2014



Giving schools more responsibility for arranging support for pupils at risk of exclusion cuts the number of children permanently excluded, a study suggests.

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CCGs divided over fines waiver as trusts strive to clear waiting lists - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Clinical commissioning groups appear to be split over whether to penalise providers for breaching planned treatment targets as they seek to clear backlogs over the summer with government cash

Stevens calls for NHS staff slimming drive - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Junk food could be off the menu in hospital canteens and overweight doctors and nurses encouraged to take part in weight loss competitions, under plans floated by Simon Stevens.

Royal Marsden fraudsters jailed - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
FINANCE: An NHS worker who played an integral role in a fraud that saw more than half a million pounds drained from a world leading cancer hospital has been jailed for four years.

Exclusive: NHS England to cut hundreds of posts in restructure - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
NHS England is to cut hundreds of roles and is likely to carry out a major restructure of its area teams over the next nine months

Burnham: Prime minister 'misleading public over NHS' - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Andy Burnham to say that David Cameron was ‘not up front’ about his intentions for reform during the 2010 election campaign

Hospitals to scrutinise integration plans - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Acute trusts must say whether they accept local forecasts for cutting emergency admissions under better care fund

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New laws for deprivation of liberty in supported living to be drafted by 2017 - Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Three-year review of system for authorising deprivation of liberty in settings not covered by Dols will get underway this summer

Chief social worker: ‘Tell us how the Mental Health Act code of practice can better support you’ - Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The Mental Health Act code of practice is being revised for the first time since 2008. Social work’s input to the process will be crucial, writes Lyn Romeo

Staffing cuts mooted in plan to plug mental health trust’s £15m funding gap - Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Review of services in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey puts forward cost-cutting plan after finding services 'unsustainable'

Experts warn over heightened suicide risk for mental health patients post-discharge - Wed, 16 Jul 2014

Analysis of suicides over 10-year period finds suicide risk especially acute in first two weeks after leaving hospital

Labour calls for two-year deadline to end inappropriate learning disability hospital placements - Tue, 15 Jul 2014

Move comes as NHS England announces voluntary-sector led project in latest bid to curb use of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities

NHS England to ‘urgently’ open more children’s mental health beds - Thu, 10 Jul 2014

Move comes as official review finds too many young people being sent long distances for care due to bed shortages and staffing problems

Local services hit as social workers join mass strike action over pay - Thu, 10 Jul 2014

Councils report reduced services as social work and social care staff walk out over 1% pay rise offer

Consultation on revised Mental Health Act code of practice launched - Wed, 09 Jul 2014

Department of Health invites social worker feedback on first revisions to code since 2008

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Charity Commission given permission to appeal to upper tribunal over Ethiopian church charity case - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
The commission is challenging the charity tribunal ruling that the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church St Mary of Debre Tsion can continue its appeal against the opening of a statutory inquiry

Oxfam income increased by £22m this year, annual report shows - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
The report reveals that the charity's income rose by 6 per cent from £367.1m in 2012/13 to £389.1m in the year to the end of March

Man pleads guilty to stealing £300,000 intended for Help for Heroes - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Christopher Copeland posed as a volunteer fundraiser for the armed forces charity

Local Government Association calls for council tax discounts for volunteers - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
The LGA says political parties should support a scheme that would provide local authorities with money to reward 'community heroes' with the subsidy

Charity Commission opens statutory inquiry into Catalyst Trust - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
An inspection by the regulator found unexplained transactions of £60,000 - the trust had never declared income of more than £25,000 in its annual return

Royal Voluntary Service to cut up to 144 jobs in restructure - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Employees in both the operations and support team services might be affected by the proposals, the older people's charity says

Work Programme 'hampered by lack of consultation with charity service providers' - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
The poor performance of the government's welfare-to-work scheme shows that the government should work more closely with charities when designing contracts, according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Average amount given to charity in England rose by 13 per cent in 2013/14 - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
The latest Community Life Survey, published by the Cabinet Office, finds that the average charitable donation was up from £18.50 in 2012/13 to £20.92 last year

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Practices under threat of closure present case to councillors - Wed, 30 Jul 2014

East London GPs fighting to save their surgeries from the threat of closure will be presenting their case to local councillors this evening.

GPs behind Google and mum as primary source of health advice - Wed, 30 Jul 2014

GPs have come in third as a source health advice for mothers with ill children, placing behind Google in second place and the family grandmother, according to a poll by a firm of solicitors.

Over half of GPs manage bowel disease patients without specialist support - Tue, 29 Jul 2014

More than half of GPs are taking sole responsibility for managing patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), despite lacking the training and resources to do so, a survey of Southampton doctors has revealed.

GPs referring increasing numbers of malnourished patients - Tue, 29 Jul 2014

GPs are referring a vastly increasing number of patients to hosptial due to malnutrition, official statistics have suggested, with the number of patients discharged from English hospitals after being treated for malnutrution rising 84% during the five years up until 2012/13.

GP crisis ultimate proof of NHS reform failure, says Labour - Tue, 29 Jul 2014

The crisis in general practice illustrates the ‘failure’ of the Coalition Government’s NHS reforms, Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said.

Pulse launches campaign to Stop Practice Closures - Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Practices struggling to keep afloat should be allocated emergency funding to help them survive, urges a major campaign launched by Pulse that has the backing of the BMA, the RCGP and many of the leading names in the profession.

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