29th Oct 2015
Paying Care Home Workers in the UK the Living Wage
A new publication from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
26th Aug 2015
Adult Social Care Investing in Graduates
The Department of Health continues to support our programme as a key investment in the growing sector.
26th Aug 2015
Getting the Sums Right
How to sustainably finance personal health budgets
25th Aug 2015
Empowering and Engaging Communities
Everyone agrees that building community capacity is vital to achieving sustainable health and wellbeing.
10th Sep 2015
100 days and counting…
As the Tory government passes the milestone of its first 100 days in office The National Care Association ask the question; “how high on the Government’s agenda is the crisis in social care funding in view of the Chancellor’s Budget in July, a Budget which imposed further costs of circa £1bn plus on the already fragile market?”
28th February 2017
FAST - Public Health England
NHS Public Health England has relaunched its national “Act FAST” stroke campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and encourages people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.
The primary audience for the campaign is people who are more likely to experience a stroke which includes people aged 50 and over and people with medical conditions including diabetes (which can affect sight), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat). The campaign also focuses on their friends, family and carers and encourages them if they witness somebody showing any single one of the stroke symptoms to overcome any initial reluctance and ‘Make the Call’, dial 999.
Working closely with the Stroke Association the campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999:
Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile
Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there
Speech – is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999
Acting F.A.S.T. as soon as stroke symptoms present themselves can not only save lives but potentially limit long-term effects.