For Children’s Mental Health Week Dr Kristy Howells explains how physical activity should be seen as key to supporting good mental health in young people.
Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou discusses how people with diabetes can help to self-manage and support their condition with an innovative new programme.
Wendy Cobb, Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Development and Bea Stevenson, Head of Emotional Health at School at Family Links, discuss the need to encourage and establish a foundational change in the education system that positions mental health at the heart of all teaching and learning.
In light of a recent BBC survey, Professor of Mental Health, Doug MacInnes, explores different approaches to combat loneliness
Phil Hurst and Professor Chris Beedie explain how the placebo effect could be influencing the use of image and performance enhancing drugs.
Emily Lau, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, explains the importance of using the Arts to help children express their emotions and support wellbeing.
Dr Simon Harvey, Director of Life Sciences, says it is unsurprising that males over 35 have a lower chance of conceiving through IVF.
Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University, comments on the NHS recruitment ‘crisis’ and urges that workforce transformation is needed.
Today, Ian Cummings admitted that the NHS staffing crisis will continue for another 4 years. I have to admit I feel a little sorry for him, as his role right now is as the front man whilst the problems are part of history… there is too much ‘blame’ and not enough focus on the benefits, or meaningful solutions.
Clearly overseas nurses and agency nurses have to be part of a short term solution. Such professionals actually make a positive contribution to frontline care and also make the lives of nurses on the frontline more manageable. There is no doubt that they are costly.
The rhetoric today focuses on vacancies, but we need transformation, so whilst some of these vacancies need to be filled, if everything is replaced ‘like for like’ then nothing will move and the budget will spiral further. The drive towards transformation can be a difficult one, as professional boundaries need to be redefined and challenged. But this can be achieved if we need to work in partnership to achieve this during the turbulent times ahead.
Many aspects of care can be delivered effectively by appropriately educated Associate Practitioners, individuals who have worked in specific healthcare environments, who are enabled to develop their skills and knowledge through work-based Foundation Degrees. At Canterbury Christ Church University we have worked in partnership with our NHS provider to support this, and we are already working on our next iteration, so yet again, universities are leading solutions.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has recently given evidence to the House of Commons Health Committee’s Inquiry into Childhood Obesity Strategy, arguing that a seven pence tax on sugary drinks could generate a billion pounds a year for the NHS.
Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University’s Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Angela Gilchrist, gives her view on the appointment of a new shadow Minister for Mental Health, and asks if mental health can at last enjoy parity with physical health.