Behind the Headlines: ‘Stuck in the middle’ – Self Funders in Care Homes


If you’ve ever made a massive purchase like buying a home or taken out a large loan or mortgage, as you picked up the pen to sign on the dotted line, you might well have had your doubts about whether you’d really read and understood all the small print. Moving into a care home is another one of those huge decisions, with major consequences if you get it wrong. So it’s just as vital to understand what you’re signing.
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Prestigious award for pharmacist who goes the extra mile for her community


Olutayo Arikawe, a community pharmacist in Dudley, has been chosen as the national winner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’.

The ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ recognises the vital role pharmacists play across the NHS.  Often the unsung heroes of the health service, they work alongside GPs, nurses and hospital staff, as well as in the community.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Unmet Mental Health Needs of Older People

Age UK’s new report on the state of mental health care for older people in England, Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people,’ sheds new light on the current state of NHS mental health services for those in later life.

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Continued uncertainty for sheltered housing


The future funding of sheltered housing continues to be uncertain following the Government’s decision to defer a decision to restrict housing benefit payments for supported housing.

The failure to reach a long term financial settlement means that schemes could still eventually be forced to close and the development of new schemes jeopardised. Continue reading