Responding to Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb’s announcement of the names of 14 pioneer areas for integrated care, Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund, said: "Delivering integrated care at scale and pace is a major challenge for the modern NHS.
"To meet the needs of an ageing population and of the growing number of people with long-term conditions, joined-up care and support must become central to the work of health and social care services.
"We welcome today’s announcement of 14 pioneer areas, which shows that the momentum for change and experimentation is gathering.
"There is no single best way to achieve more joined-up care. I hope the pioneer programme will allow communities to innovate and build on different approaches taken by local leaders.
"The King’s Fund has already worked with teams from many of these sites in recent years, and we know that they have a keen appetite to tackle critical issues that have in the past been a barrier to integrated care.
"Today’s announcement is an opportunity for the selected communities to further push forward the great work they are doing. The government must play its part to support the pioneers by removing policy barriers that may make it difficult to achieve closer integration of care.
"These barriers include how care is paid for and regulated and the challenges created by commissioning being fragmented between CCGs, NHS England and local authorities."
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Campaigns & Issues
Doro Better Life Awards winners announced
Doro Better Life Awards Winners Announced. The best brands for seniors have now been chosen.
London, 20 December 2013, The Doro Better Life Awards have now closed and the winners have been chosen thanks to votes from nearly 1,000 entrants.
'Welly Post' takes on Royal Mail
A newsagents is taking on Royal Mail with a postal service which guarantees next day delivery by hand - for HALF the price of a first class stamp.
Lorraine Lettley, 62, and daughter Trish, 37, set up the Welly Post after customers complained about the rising cost of sending letters.
The team is now delivering a mammoth 250 items a day - an impressive 4,000 letters and packages since they launched the venture two weeks ago.
Competitions & Fun
Win a copy of The Eye of the Storm
Based on Nobel Laureate Patrick White’s acclaimed novel, Fred Schepisi’s THE EYE OF THE STORM is a savage, yet darkly funny, exploration of family relationships. The DVD of the film is now available to own.
The award-winning drama stars Charlotte Rampling as the wealthy, manipulative and dying matriarch, Elizabeth Hunter. Academy Award-winning® actor Geoffrey Rush plays her knighted, yet struggling actor son and Golden Globe® winner Judy Davis completes the cast’s principal trio as his down at heel high-society sister.
Both Rush and Davis’s characters fly half way across the world, uniting in the common goal of securing their vast inheritance. As the poster’s tag line to aptly surmises, the Hunters are ‘Definitely not your average loving family’.
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Health & Wellbeing
The benefits of taking a statin a day
Eating an apple a day could prevent or delay around 8,500 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the over 50s, according to a study from the University of Oxford. In comparison statins could prevent around 9,500 deaths.
Researchers from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Health Promotion Research Group used mathematical models to test the health impacts of prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over.
Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, said:
Property & Finance
‘Too much month at the end of the money’ contributes to persistent debt in old age
New research by Andrea Finney of PFRC at the University of Bristol reveals the persistence of debt in old age as the “squeezed middle age” struggle with the both costs of essentials and childcare costs.
‘Demystifying non-mortgage borrowing in older age: a longitudinal approach’, is published today by PFRC and the International Longevity Centre–UK (ILC-UK) as part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The research analyses the Wealth and Assets Survey, finding that:
Leisure and Lifestyle
Ben Fogle takes on challenge for Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre
Celebrity adventurer Ben Fogle took time out from his busy schedule to help young disabled riders complete a 50-mile trek during a recent 12-hour relay.
Ben, also a famed author, broadcaster and writer, joined the lead-a-pony challenge, organised by Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre to kickstart its 25th anniversary celebrations in 2014.
Covering 550 laps of the centre's 150m² arena it is hoped the youngsters, who all live with disabilities or special needs, will have achieved a world record.
The Pilgrim Hotel in Hereford - perfect for a short country break
Travel editor David Powell takes a short country break near Hereford and reports for Mature Times...
The city of Hereford is set amidst some of the most stunning countryside in the U.K. Situated between the Black Mountains and the Malvern Hills with the River Wye meandering through the city, Hereford has many wonderful walks to enjoy.
Whilst the city centre reflects Hereford’s status as an important agricultural centre for the county, it’s also a good shopping area with everything from big high street names to the many smaller and interesting independent shops and boutiques.
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