5th Jul 2017
Dear Prime Minister
Open Letter from the Care Provider Alliance
28th Jun 2017
CQC Fire Safety
Letter from Sir David Behan, Chief Executive of CQC, regarding fire safety in registered premises following the Grenfell Tower tragedy
28th Jun 2017
Tackling the over-medication of people with learning disabilities
15th Jun 2017
CMA Initial Findings Published
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the initial findings of its care homes market study
18th May 2017
National Care Association launches their Care Sector Election Manifesto 2017.
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.