The reform of nursing bursaries: does it add up?

The 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) saw a fundamental change to health higher education funding. It was announced that the NHS nursing bursaries were going to be replaced with the normal student loan system, effective from the 1st August 2017. Last week London Economics published an independent analysis of the impact of the removal of NHS bursaries on prospective students. This in-depth report provides a strong rebuke to the Government’s case for replacing nursing bursaries with the student loan system. This blog will attempt to review both sides of the debate.

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Person-centred care – what does it really stand for, and why do we need it today? 

Ageing populations across the world have resulted in health and social care services coming under increasing pressure as they attempt to treat and look after greater numbers of older people. In addition, social commentators have noted changing expectations amongst older people, an increasing number of whom expect to be more directly engaged in decisions about their health, and to be supported to self-manage their health, and in particular chronic conditions.
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Guest Blog: Rochelle Amour, Ageing Consultant and Writer – The Future of Healthcare: The challenges and opportunities facing Trinidad and Tobago’s aging population


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


A few weeks ago, a video of an 89-year old man being physically and verbally abused at a private Old Age Home in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) elicited national outrage on social media. The incident raised serious concerns about the challenges Trinbagonians face regarding the health and care of older persons. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Eric Khilstrom, CEO of KareInn, and Tina Woods, Head of Lansons Health – The Future of Retirement Savings : a new way of thinking about ageing is needed to come up with innovative solutions for the future


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


There is a real danger of the generation retiring between 2025 and 2040 being underprepared for retirement, caused by inadequate savings and pensions pots being overly dominated by macroeconomic tinkering.  This is increasing the risk of a “sandwich generation” required to care for the generation above and below them simultaneously.

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Guest Blog: Tina Woods, Head of Lansons Health and Eric Khilstrom, CEO of KareInn – The Future of elderly care: a new way of thinking about ageing is needed to come up with innovative solutions for the future


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


“The first person to reach the age of 135 has already been born, but it is wrong to think that we can take the life stories of our parents and grandparents as a blueprint for the way our own lives should unfold” according to Rudi Westendorp, an expert on geriatric medicine who has just written a book “Growing Older without Feeling Old”.

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