Welcome to this week's Independent Living newsletter. 03.08.22 Contents:
• Pancreatic cancer "death sentence"
• Rough Guide refreshed
• Blue Badges in Europe
• No Bend Pet Bowl
• Integrated Care Systems
• Subscriber Shorts
1. Pancreatic cancer "death sentence"
The only cure for pancreatic cancer is removal of the pancreas - and it has to be done quickly.
This means early diagnosis must be followed by quick access to surgery. So NHS data showing people with a confirmed diagnosis waiting more than three months for their life-saving operation means they are effectively being handed a death sentence, according to the charity Pancreatic Cancer Action.
A newly refreshed Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available, with more than 200 ideas for inclusive days out that allow everybody to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of getting out in the fresh air and exploring somewhere new.
Designed to ensure that people with physical, cognitive or mental health conditions have detailed access information to help with planning a trip, the guide is free and available online only.
Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) have been in the works for a while but they did not become official statutory bodies until brought into effect by the Health and Care Act on 1st July 2022.
The idea is that every part of the health and social care system in England can work together - hospitals, community services and councils - so that money and care are targeted to the needs of the local population.
Medequip's Brighouse depot, which provides community equipment services for Kirklees Council, is the first in the country to achieve the coveted ‘Gold’ grade from CECOPS (the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme).
Terry Lifts has been back to the home of care worker, Carl Lamptey and his family, to find out how life has changed since their Melody 3 vertical platform lift was installed as part of an ITV Love Your Garden transformation.
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