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April 2018

Donna Ockenden’s daughter, Phoebe, has won an award for her voluntary work for the homeless charity – The Four Streets Project. Phoebe received the Young Citizen of the Year award at the Chichester City Council ceremony in March. Phoebe is one of 26 volunteers who hand out much needed food and supplies every evening to those living on the streets of the city.

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April 2018

Dementia affects nearly 50 million people worldwide – but doctors are still struggling to find a cure. CrowdScience investigates why this particular group of brain diseases are so hard to treat, from the difficulties around diagnosis to why the drugs just don’t currently work. 

Listen or download here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswvwc

April 2018

The NHS England’s national mental health director, Claire Murdoch, has ordered Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to boost spending on mental health by more than the size of their overall annual budget increase. They must meet the Mental Health Investment Standard (MHIS) during the new NHS financial year.

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April 2018

An in depth population study in women found that high cardiovascular fitness in midlife correlated with a reduced risk of subsequent dementia. A delay in dementia diagnosis could be as much as 9.5 years.

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April 2018

The Lancet reports that according to the largest UK study of its kind, greener neighbourhoods can help prevent depression and other mental illnesses. The study looked at the experiences of almost 100,000 people with mental health issues from 10 cities across England, Scotland and Wales.

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April 2018

The Betsi Cadwalaldr University Health Board in North Wales is considering plans to make large savings in the next financial year and similar savings for the next three years. The plans could see the board reducing the number of agency and locum staff it uses, which would make a saving of £1m a month.

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March 2018

The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) for pregnancy and baby loss run by Sands and partners will be extended to a further 21 sites across England from April 2018. The pioneering project seeks to improve the overall quality of bereavement care and end the postcode lottery facing parents and families whose baby has died before, during or shortly after birth.

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March 2018

#Whatsinakiss is an initiative to raise awareness of neonatal herpes. To be part of this movement please follow the twitter account of @whatsinakiss for all the latest information, resources and soon to be launched film in collaboration with Fixers.

March 2018

Donna is delighted to have been made a trustee for MAMA Academy and says “wonderful progress is being made by the dedicated team at MAMA Academy by empowering expectant mums with pregnancy information. By helping them feel in control of their pregnancy and confident in reporting any problematic symptoms to their maternity team, this can only be a positive development”.

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March 2018

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has unveiled a list of over 90 procedures and communication skills that nursing associates should be trained in, as part of draft proposals. The list is still in development and is due to be consulted on in April. Around 2000 students are half way through their nursing associate training at sites across England.

Read more | Read the draft proposals

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