Neil's Urbanathlon for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Neil’s Urbanathlon for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland


I am raising money for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland by doing the Edinburgh Ubanathon on the 30th of May – an urban 10k  race with a twist!

As the Urbanathon is “only a 10k” I thought I would add some Bonus runs to give you value for your sponsorship

Bonus RUNS…

1. On 24th of April I ran the Highland Fling 53 miles on the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum. I completed the Fling in about 13.5 hours. Very tough and took a lot to finish.

For some Photos of the Highland Fling on Flickr Click Here

2. Ben Lomond Hill Race. 12.6 km and 980m climb. I ran a PB in this tough Hill Race Details and photos here

3. Goatfell Hill Race 15th May. 9.63 miles with 856m climb. I PB’d again this week details and photos here

4. Cape Wrath marathon 22nd May

I have had the privilege to work with Chest Heart and Stroke over a few years now and they are a fantastic charity that makes a real difference in peoples lives.

If you have found this site useful please Make a donation to Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.



Neil Campbell
Scottish Healthcare
Improving Patient Care through Technology

Burnham to stress need for more NHS care at home

Health Secretary Andy Burnham

Mr Burnham said more treatments must be offered outside hospitals

There must be a “decisive shift” in the NHS to provide more care in people’s homes, the health secretary is to say.

Andy Burnham will stress on Thursday that the health service must be more “confident” in being able to offer services outside hospitals.

This could improve patient experiences as well as save billions, he will add.

The Tories have pledged to put patients in the “driving seat”, with people able to receive treatment for more minor ailments in their local communities.

‘Patient convenience’

The Lib Dems say high-street pharmacists and the voluntary sector should play a role in supporting patients with long-term conditions and those with one-off medical queries or issues.

In a speech, Mr Burnham will call on the NHS to reach out more to patients, arguing that it makes sound clinical and financial sense.

“The time has come for the NHS to make a decisive shift in providing more care out of hospitals and in the patient’s community and home,” he will say.

Integrating health services into the local community could save the NHS £2.7bn a year, he will argue.

click the link to read more about “decisive shift” in the NHS to provide more care in people’s homes

Telecare can help UK cope with growing issue of the elderly

Published Date: 01 February 2010

By Tony Lodge

BY 2025 the number of people aged 85 or older in the UK is set to increase by 70 per cent to nearly two million. By 2020 there will be 50 per cent more people over 65.

In this former group more than a third of men and more than half of women live alone and most have a limiting long-term illness. By 2020 there will be 68 per cent more people with dementia than there are now.

New research from the Bow Group Telecare – a crucial opportunity to help save our health and social care system by Professor Sue Yeandle of Leeds University, who is also the co-author of the recent excellent Carers Scotland Report A weight off my mind, highlights that most of the care support needed by older sick and disabled people living at home is supplied by two specific groups of people.

The significantly larger is made up of unpaid carers, many of whom struggle to combine paid work and unpaid care, and some of whom have to give up their paid work in order to care. The others are workers in health and social care occupations such as nurses and nursing home workers.

With many people living longer and with illness or disability, the future scenario for care at home, which is where most people prefer to be supported during periods of illness, threatens to be increasingly costly.

The solution to many of these pressures is a policy which supports the large-scale rolling out of what has come to be known as telecare, and the UK is the world leader.

Telecare offers a win-win solution for the health and social care system by helping sick, disabled and older people remain at home for longer by supporting them 24/7 with alarms, alerts, health monitoring and communication. Telecare consists of a base unit and wireless sensors that link to a 24-hour response centre that monitor risks associated with, for example, falls, fire, dementia, poor health, gas leaks and security.

Importantly, Scotland is leading in this healthcare revolution.

The Scottish Government’s national telecare development programme is a welcome initiative which aims to promote its use, train staff and roll out more units. It hopes that between 2010 and 2015 telecare will become an integral part of care services in Scotland.

Click here to read more about Telecare and the elderly

New website will offer online GP services to patients in Wales

Online GP services
Patients will be able to order their repeat prescriptions online

Patients in Wales will soon be able to book a GP appointment or order repeat prescriptions via an NHS website.
Funding of £1.7m has been announced for the bilingual My Health Online website by Health Minister Edwina Hart.
Website users will also be able to get advice and information to help them manage health conditions.
The British Medical Association said any development giving better access to information will be welcomed, but the system must be secure.
Once constructed the website My Health Online will link to the existing NHS Direct Wales website.
Ms Hart said: “The demand for online GP services is increasing and we recognise that providing accessible information is critical if we want to enable people to change their lifestyles and improve their health.
“The Welsh Assembly Government is also committed to improving access to health services for people living in rural communities. My Health Online will particularly save lengthy journeys to GP practices.
“The website will also help empower people to take responsibility for their own health through the completion of a health diary which can be shared with their GP.”

Click the link for more information about online GP services in Wales

Edinburgh study finds that patients would prefer to receive results of tests by e-mail.

Patients back blood test results e-mail

Published Date: 21 December 2009

A MAJORITY of patients would prefer to receive results of blood tests by e-mail rather than having to make an appointment with a GP, according to a study conducted in two Lothian practices.

Researchers interviewed 200 patients, and 53 per cent said they preferred practices to send their test results by e-mail.

Just 38 per cent said they wanted to be contacted by text message, though, and their reticence was chiefly put down to concerns over information security.

James Grayston, lead author and a medical student at the University of Edinburgh, said informing patients of results took up a ‘considerable proportion’ of practice-staff time.

Read the full report about results of tests by e-mail

Productive Community Services programme (England)

Launch of  Productive Community Services programme.
The Challenge for Community Services – 19th October 2009

The Productive Community Services programme is being launched by the NHS Institute this month and provides an evidence-based approach to improve the way we work across the range of services and pathways of community care.

It supports staff across all NHS organisations who deliver frontline community services such as community nurses, therapists and health visitors.

It focuses on those areas for improvement where we can make the biggest difference most quickly for the largest number of patients.

It will:

  • increase patient-facing contact time
  • reduce inefficient work practices
  • improve the quality and safety of care
  • revitalise the workforce
  • put staff at the forefront of redesigning their services.

Tools for you to use

Our tools release time for clinical staff to care and release time for leaders to lead by improving the basic ways we organise and manage our work whilst improving quality, safety and patient experience.

Our tools include:

Well Organised Working Environment
To help front line teams to analyse their current activities and to develop and test more effective working systems.

Patient Status at a Glance
To enable multi-professional and multi-location teams to understand the status of every patient, using the most up-to-date “visual management” techniques.

Knowing How we are Doing
To enable local teams to understand team performance and set team improvement goals in areas such as safety, quality, productivity, patient experience and staff experience.

Managing Caseload and Staffing
To get the most out of the people and avoid bottlenecks by managing caseloads better and plan staff activity more effectively

Find out more about the Productive Community Services programme