Since our last media update, ILC-UK has gained national and international TV and radio coverage and national print coverage for our work on dementia, retirement transitions and the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference.
This extended blog explores recent trends in the demand for healthcare and the supply of nurses, before reflecting on how government policy changes are impacting on the ability of the nursing sector to meet rising needs. We argue that with nursing shortages gripping the NHS, it is time to evaluate how recent policy has failed to get to grips with the problem, and develop a new strategic framework to improve the participation of nurses in the health service. Continue reading
Recent news coverage has highlighted how the flu outbreak is adding to pressures on the NHS this winter. Whilst the UK has relatively high uptake of flu vaccination amongst older people, we still fail to meet the 75% target set by the WHO. Continue reading
Are we really a nation of risk-taking retirees? Are we all destined to be high-octane octogenarians, jumping out of planes, shark diving, and playing fast and loose with our retirement income? A cursory glance at the figures would seem to suggest so: before pension freedoms were announced in 2014, around 90% of people used to buy an annuity to provide for retirement, exchanging the money built up in their pension for a guaranteed income for life. Now, only 12% of retirees do so. Continue reading