NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is looking for older people who use homecare services, and/or carers, to join a Homecare Guidance Development Group. More information is given below and in the website link attached, and you can also contact Barbara Meredith, Barbara.Meredith@nice.org.uk if you have questions not answered on the website. …
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In a recent edition of The Spectator, Melanie Philips, a Daily Mail columnist, took on a Conservative Party guru and MP and author of that dreadful book ‘The Pinch’. Willetts had argued that because of the likes of me, a Baby Boomer (b. 1949-1964) benefited from free higher education, affordable housing, full employment opportunities (bequeathed …
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Some years ago I visited a huge purpose built retirement village run by a huge housing association in huge landscaped grounds of manicured lawns, chocolate box houses and apartments with the usual hairdressing, cinema, gym, pool and shopping outlet at its hub. At one level it was impressive, but at another disturbing. I readily acknowledge …
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Open House London 2013

September 13th, 2013 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Events - (0 Comments)

Have you ever participated in the ‘Open House London’ weekends? If not, here’s your chance! This year Open House London 2013 takes place over the weekend 21st/22nd September. This offers you the opportunity to explore some of the 800 fascinating and some historic and listed buildings in London which are usually closed to us. The …
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Professor Sir Mike Richards has been appointed as the Chief Inspector of Hospitals at CQC and has been in post since 12th August 2013. In a statement, Professor Sir Mike Richards stated that his first priority is to oversee a radical change as to how the CQC inspects acute hospitals. The new strategy will encompass …
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Did you know you were for sale?

September 4th, 2013 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (4 Comments)

Were you aware that YOUR confidential medical records are to be sold to private companies for £1? No? From next month 100 GPs surgeries in England will upload patients records to the central database held by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. All sensitive medical information will be included such as cancers, mental health, …
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Social Media Champions

September 4th, 2013 | Posted by Danny Elliott in Digital | Social Media - (1 Comments)

Age UK London are offering older people’s organisations the chance to link up with Social Media Champions – individuals who have experience and knowledge of, as well as enthusiasm for, social media. If you would like to find out more about Social Media Champions, please visit the Age UK London website here.

The London Assembly will soon be looking into health inequalities in London. What kinds of health inequalities that affect older people in London do you know about? Could be either in NHS care or in adult social care. Inequalities between people in different areas? Inequalities in treatment between older and younger people? It would be …
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