16th Aug 2017
Extra 71,200 care home beds needed by 2025
Is late-life dependency increasing or not? A comparison of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS)
8th Aug 2017
Advancing care: research with care homes
This review reports on three themes relating to the care of older people in care homes: maintaining good health and quality of life, managing long term conditions associated with ageing, and ensuring a good quality end of life.
20th Jul 2017
I Care…Ambassadors can help meet the growing demand for staff
Skills for Care
19th Jul 2017
commitment to improve adult social care launched
19th Jul 2017
Gathering the Evidence: Making Personal Budgets Work for All
Think Local Act Personal
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.