Observations of a professional hospital patient

Regular readers may have noticed I have been somewhat quiet for a while and this is because I have been in hospital for 3 weeks with a foot infection and liver infection. I thought it would be useful to offer some observations as a professional patient. By this, I mean someone who despite looking harmless … Continue reading Observations of a professional hospital patient

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It is time to embrace stress as a mental wellbeing issue

Stress can kill, in terms of causing suicides and the onset of other conditions, and it would be foolish to say otherwise. Stress has and will always exist, and we need to look at how we manage stress in the 21st Century. The first thing you can not do is remove the activities people find … Continue reading It is time to embrace stress as a mental wellbeing issue

Changing the Conversation on Health and Social Care

We currently live in an environment of label based entitlements. By this I mean many people with impairments feel their labels mean they deserve specific benefits and support regardless of what they may actually need, and with little regard to what having the support would achieve. The fight to obtain the support is seen as … Continue reading Changing the Conversation on Health and Social Care

Sickness and Poverty Are a State of Mind

For many people, Sickness, in terms of people with long term health conditions, as well as Poverty have become the central issues and concerns as a result of this government's welfare reforms. There is not a day that goes by without some news article or piece of research that explains the apparent woes of people … Continue reading Sickness and Poverty Are a State of Mind

Health and social care together

I believe the labour party may have it correct when they are considering merging health and social care together especially now social care have moved beyond warehousing people either in care homes or indeed their own homes. Enablement and empowerment should be key components to secondary care solutions after acute medical solutions. It is indeed … Continue reading Health and social care together

Understanding impairment, health and the social model

One of the weaknesses of the social model is that it fails to offer a complete understanding of impairment as an identity and as a practical concern. While many disabled people do not wish to be 'cured' of their impairments, they clearly wish to stay as healthy as they are able to and manage their … Continue reading Understanding impairment, health and the social model

We can no longer wait for cures

I believe there was once, not long ago, the believe by some that there was no point wasting money on accessibility for disabled people because they will all one day be cured. Well, things have moved on and both the money and desires for miracles has gone.We need to support disabled people right here right … Continue reading We can no longer wait for cures

Moving away from the cure culture

There was a time not too long ago when science believed it could cure anything and it was just a matter of time and resources. But as we move science focuses on conditions that are not life threatening but perceived to reduce quality of life, it has hit major obstacles including the fact many people with … Continue reading Moving away from the cure culture