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  • Why is assistive technology not being used by more older people?

    Sylvia Wyatt, 04 December 2018

    Older people with long-term conditions could make greater use of assistive technology, which would help prevent crises and hospital admissions. Assistive technology comprises a very wide range of equipment that meets someone’s daily needs, whether at home, in a care home, out in the community or at work.

  • Care Under Pressure: Going beyond individual-level interventions to improve doctors’ mental health

    Dr Daniele Carrieri, 21 June 2018

    "The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor." A growing number of doctors, from medical students to senior consultants, are experiencing mental-ill health including stress, burnout, alcohol and drug addiction, depression and suicide.

  • Enabling and supporting staff to care well

    Dr Jill Maben, 18 June 2018

    How can we support staff better to enable them to care well? Schwartz Center Rounds provide the space and opportunity for staff to process work challenges with colleagues to avoid feelings of isolation and shame.

  • Does staff engagement make a difference in the health service?

    Katie Bailey, 14 June 2018

    We’ve heard a lot recently about the importance of high levels of engagement for staff performance and wellbeing, and it has also been suggested that staff engagement leads to better outcomes for service users. But what real evidence is there that engaged staff have healthier patients?

  • Staff wellbeing – why patients should care

    Tara Lamont, 11 June 2018

    It makes sense that staff who are stressed or unhappy cannot look after patients well. But now we have evidence to prove it. Tara Lamont kicks off our #StaffWellbeing blog series.

  • The journey to evidence informed commissioning decisions

    Shona Haining, 27 March 2018

    Shona Haining, Head of Research and Evidence at North of England Commissioning Support, discusses the importance of joint working in mobilising evidence.

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