Domestic elder abuse — a hidden issue

8 December 2021

Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that domestic abuse affected 2.3 million people in England and Wales in 2019 to 2020. However, domestic abuse of older people has until recently remained a hidden issue, often invisible to professionals and services. Christine Grey investigates.

Full customs controls introduced from 1 January 2022

8 December 2021

The Brexit process was phased to allow businesses to prepare for the full impact of leaving the EU. One major change is the introduction of full customs controls on 1 January 2022 for goods moving to and from the EU. Those involved in the import and export of goods within the business should be informed of the changes, including agents, couriers, transport companies and freight forwarders.

Investigating cases of potential unconscious bias

8 December 2021

Discrimination of any kind should not happen. When it does, employers need to take swift and robust action against the perpetrator(s). However, here we look at how to proceed if the discrimination is not overt, or obvious, but comes from an unconsciously held bias that taints the decisions an employee makes.

How to guide for unconscious bias

8 December 2021

Understanding the threat of unconscious bias, and the situations in which it can arise in the workplace, is crucial to both encouraging and maintaining diversity and inclusion in a workforce. The significant issue with this form of bias is that perpetrators may not realise they are acting the way they are due to a personal view, or prejudice, that is influencing their conduct. Only by understanding what it is, preparing for it, and taking steps to manage it, can employers work towards a more diverse company and avoid issues of unfair treatment and discrimination arising.

British Safety Council calls for clean air at COP26

8 December 2021

The British Safety Council took its Time to Breathe campaign to Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to support the drive to reduce emissions and to call for clean air for workers everywhere.

New global climate deal struck in Glasgow

8 December 2021

The Glasgow Climate Pact, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help countries deal with the devastating impacts of climate change, was agreed last month after a two-week meeting of nearly 200 countries.

10 tips to help primary care providers cope with winter

8 December 2021

Winter is a busy time for healthcare services in the UK, including primary care. Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older or vulnerable people, and is responsible for many deaths and illnesses. Heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses all increase in the winter, and an increase in flu also puts pressure on services. In addition, severe snow fall and floods can also bring disruption to both patients and staff in many parts of the country. What should primary care providers do to ensure the safety of their staff and patients when the cold and wet weather starts? Here are 10 key winter planning tips.

Working remotely in primary care

8 December 2021

In this feature Thoreya Swage, Healthcare Consultant, describes how to effectively work remotely in primary care.