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reflections on the Psalms with 'Alan' (spotlight - Winter 2019)

Recently, I have been reminded afresh that in unexpected environments and using unexpected teachers God reveals himself and his will to us. Earlier this year, I was on a placement in an older persons' mental health unit on a secure ward for patients with acute presentation of organic disorders.This manifested itself...

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Reviews (triple helix - summer 2018)

Understanding sexual abuse: A guide for ministry leaders and survivors Tim Hein IVP 2018, £12.00, 158pp, ISBN 9781910012475 Reviewed by Hilary Johnson , consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry in Buckinghamshire Tim Hein writes as a Christian leader and from his personal perspective and experience as a survivor of sexual...

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How a dwindling London parish is reversing its fortunes: Memory Cafe (spotlight - Spring 2018)

S t Cuthbert's had a mainly 'eclectic' congregation when he became its vicar Most worshippers travelled some distance to worship and few locals attended. Very soon after Steve arrived there was a noticeable exodus of these incomers. The congregation dwindled to about ten. He had little choice but to...

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Social care funding (triple helix - spring 2012)

Review by Helen Barratt Speciality registrar in public health The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has called on the Prime Minister to address the current 'crisis' in the elderly care system. The Archbishop said it is 'widely acknowledged' that the existing funding arrangements are 'unfit for purpose' as...

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Crisis in care? (triple helix - Christmas 2011)

The last few months have seen a series of reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (1) and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (2) showing that care for the elderly in our hospitals, care homes and even in people's own homes is falling far short of even the most...

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Southern cross collapse (triple helix - summer 2011)

As Southern Cross, the country's biggest independent provider of care homes for the elderly collapsed, the 31,000 residents of its homes, their families and carers face a hugely uncertain future. All this because of a mixture of bad management and market speculation. But unlike the banks, which received billions in...

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Submission to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on Quality Standards Programme: End of life care for adults (22/07/2011)

This quality standard covers all settings in which care is provided by health and social care staff to adults approaching the end of life and adults who die suddenly or...
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BMA ARM ethics debate - report

1st July 2010: BMA ARM 2010 – Ethics Debate 1 July The ethics debate on the last morning of the BMA's 2010 Annual Representative Meeting began 8 minutes behind time, but then ran for 54 minutes instead of the planned 40. Well chaired...
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Spiritual support in palliative care (triple helix - Easter 2009)

Dying is a multidimensional experience. It is not just a physical demise, and as doctors we must strive to identify and meet the multidimensional needs of people with progressive disease. Centuries ago, spiritual care dominated end of life care. Although palliative care set out 40 years ago to address the...

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Dementia (triple helix - Easter 2009)

The syndrome of dementia comprises a range of disorders. The most common are significantly age-associated: Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and dementias of mixed origin. The estimated prevalence is 1% in those aged 65-69, rising to 34% in those over 95. (1) Increase is...

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