Category Archives: News

Patients and staff shut out of NHS transformation plans

ambulance_1701302c‘NHS England has told local health leaders not to reveal the plans to the public or the media until they are finalised and have been approved by their own officials first, according to published documents and a new analysis by the King’s Fund. The national body even told local managers to refuse applications from the media or the public to see the proposals under the Freedom of Information Act’. (Guardian 14.11.16). To find out more, please go to ‘Older People’s Issues – news items’ on the ‘Publications’ page.

Changes to supported bus services from April 2016

Dales busesFollowing North Yorkshire County Council’s recent review and consultation in relation to supported Local Bus Services, the Executive Committee met on Tuesday 8 December 2015 and agreed the overall strategy set out in the report which can be found here.

It was agreed that the budget for supporting bus services will be reduced to £1.5m per annum from April 2016. To see the timetable information for the revised services follow this link.

Older People in the Media 

Smiling 50s lady with umbrella

A selection of items from the Guardian.  Also …..

‘Better Shed than Dead’ This is a 2014 documentary about the Men’s Shed movement by director David George

Aardman and the Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) have teamed up to create a short film illustrating local older people’s experience of social isolation in the city, and what they can do to be less lonely.

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Lots of news about current local events and groups

There are lots of new ventures and activity groups starting this month. Make sure you don’t miss any. They have all moved to the new ‘New Ventures & Special Events page’ in the ‘Events’ section ….. there’s plenty to read about. There’s also a new ‘Alerts’ page which highlights the latest news on issues which might affect you.



Also …..  there’s the latest edition of ‘Care in Action’.  Click here to read it

Help with the activities of daily living at the click of a mouse!

NYCC images3FL8716SFrom time-to-time, we can all find that things aren’t quite as easy as they used to be. Sometimes, it’s difficult to reach something on the top shelf in a cupboard, or pick something up which has fallen on the floor. Or perhaps you’ve had difficulty opening those pesky packets containing your medication ….. help is at hand!    Continue reading

Fill your social calendar with events prescribed by your GP

Health matters appleFollowing concerns about the increase in social isolation and loneliness in communities, GPs are being encouraged to prescribe trips to lunch clubs and museums as part of new measures to tackle the problem.  Read and view more from the BBC There is also evidence that learning basic computer and internet skills can reduce loneliness.

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GPs to send ‘opt-out’ letters

NHS scheme

NHS scheme

Following the Government’s decision to run a pilot scheme with 500 GP practices this Autumn, the Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) announced that a pilot study involving the extraction of patients’ medical records from 100 GP practices will start in the autumn. GPs continue to express their concern about the lack of of patient awareness of the project. GPs involved the pilot study have therefore decided to send out ‘opt-out’ letters to their patients in order to ensure that they can make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to have their medical records made available for possible purchase by academics and commercial enterprises.

To follow the progress on, please view the previous blogs on this page and also the Government survey article on the ‘Have your say’ webpage. Closing date August 8th.