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I love my job and I think what I do is really important but I have been doing it a long time and sometimes you can forget what you do, what you contribute and the importance of it. Strokestra brought that into sharp relief. I saw myself through a new set of eyes and thought: “Actually, what I do is pretty cool.”

Seeing stroke recovery through music reminded me why I love my job

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01/20/2017 at 13:46. Facebook
The NHS experienced the busiest week in its history last week, with record numbers of hospitals having to send patients elsewhere or declare a major alert.

Fifty-two NHS hospitals send patients elsewhere in busiest week yet

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01/20/2017 at 11:54. Facebook
“The alternative I have is to take a harsh brush and sweep away services. I’m not prepared to do that.”

Theresa May's council chief: others will follow Surrey on tax rise

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01/20/2017 at 08:23. Facebook
“This is yet more evidence that there are too few nurses caring for patients, putting people at serious risk. Safe staffing levels aren’t an optional extra. Having the right number of nurses is essential to ensure that patients can recover properly.”

Nurse shifts left unfilled at nearly every hospital in England, figures show

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01/19/2017 at 16:05. Facebook
Strokestra, a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull integrated community stroke service uses group music-making to drive recovery in stroke survivors. Patients try out instruments, listen to and play alongside world-class musicians. With funding from Hull Public Health, the pilot programme involved 50 patients and carers and ran from May to October 2015....
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01/19/2017 at 13:45. Facebook
“Demand for adults’ social care, learning disabilities and children’s services is increasing every year. So I regret, despite us finding £450m worth of savings from our annual budget, we have no choice but to propose this increase in council tax.”

Surrey confirms plans to raise council tax by 15%

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01/19/2017 at 11:20. Facebook
'At the first session with the patients, none of us, not even the therapists, really knew what we were doing or what was going to happen. I was very nervous. The instruments looked like the ones we had used at school and I was worried that it would be a bit demeaning. But by the end of the session, we’d structured this incredible piece of music and that suddenly made me realise what this could...
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Seeing stroke recovery through music reminded me why I love my job

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01/19/2017 at 10:10. Facebook
'There exists a notion that some wonderful massive magic giant angel hand gathers homeless people to comfort them before making everything better. And so another wrong-headed idea arises: that it’s possible to “go to the council” who will supply a lovely home. Dream on.'

Homeless people aren’t subhuman. One day that might be you sleeping rough

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01/19/2017 at 08:41. Facebook
“Not only are they not building enough homes, the level of affordable housebuilding has fallen to a 24-year low, homelessness has doubled, and the number of young homeowners has fallen by a third of a million since 2010.”

Labour says government will miss pledge to build 1m homes by May 2020

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01/18/2017 at 15:44. Facebook
“‘I believe there is a big market for digital healthcare services. We don’t want to replace triage and community services but rather run alongside them to alleviate the pressure on our NHS.”

I gave up medicine to make a real difference as an entrepreneur

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01/18/2017 at 13:26. Facebook
"Now, I feel more at home with older people than with people my own age. I feel more comfortable around a grandfather living with Alzheimer’s who talks about the ways things were in his youth, than I do around fellow teenagers recalling tales of wild nights out."

19-year-old care worker: I hope perceptions of growing old will change

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01/18/2017 at 11:31. Facebook
“Our country is a pretty marvellous place and we need to give people the opportunity to remember that. A lot of beastly people shout rather loudly so you get a wrong impression of what the majority are about and so we’re trying to create a platform for people who do care about looking out for others.”

Making the right connection helps to combat loneliness

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01/18/2017 at 10:06. Facebook
Councils will share £48m in extra funding to help them expand homelessness provision for single men and women, but local government leaders have said the money may not be enough.

Councils get £48m to expand homelessness provision

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01/18/2017 at 08:37. Facebook
The NHS budget will need to increase by £88bn over the next 50 years, meaning governments could have to raise taxes or cut spending in other areas to fund it, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said.

NHS will need £88bn extra by 2067, says OBR forecast

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01/17/2017 at 16:21. Facebook
“People think we’re the baddies for taking money, but you wouldn’t ask a paediatric nurse or a teacher to work for nothing. We are no different – and the more highly skilled we are, the more we should be paid."

Foster carers: ‘We are the epitome of the gig economy – we deserve rights’

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01/17/2017 at 15:12. Facebook
'While the road to parity is paved with good speeches on mental health, it needs good deeds even more.'

Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches

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01/17/2017 at 10:00. Facebook
Tax officials ignored chaos within the outsourcing firm Concentrix and nearly trebled payments to the company despite overwhelming evidence of failure, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has disclosed.

HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract

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01/17/2017 at 08:26. Facebook
“The fact that half of women have experienced a red flag event is hugely worrying. It is a sign of services under too much pressure, with too few resources and not enough staff.”

UK midwife shortage leaves women feeling like cattle, report finds

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01/16/2017 at 16:36. Facebook
It may be cold and dark on the daily journey to and from work, but early mornings and dusky evenings can be lovely at this time of year. Trees against a dawn sky, a view down the Thames at twilight or a frosty field through a train window, we’re looking for pictures of your beautiful commute.

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My beautiful commute: share pictures of your journeys to work

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01/16/2017 at 12:46. Facebook
"People who receive rushed visits tell us there is never time for a hot meal. One told us they have gone almost 10 years without lunch, left instead with a bowl of chocolates to snack on. Another was asked if they really needed to wash every day before going to work, while others tell us of the overwhelming loneliness of not having a proper conversation with another person for days."

Councils must stop commissioning 'flying' visits for personal care

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