The Rural Health Network was established to bring together organisations and individuals with an interest in rural health to network and share best practice. Below you can find out more about the Rural Health Network or see news stories or research of interest.


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£71k grant to make young people safer
17 March 2018
THE impact of the Hinkley Point C development on the local night-time economy could put the mental and sexual health of young people at increasing risk. (West Somerset Free Press)


Public Health bosses say no easy options left

18 March 2018
SPENDING on public health in Cumbria will dip again this year - just months after figures revealed life expectancy within the county's most poverty stricken areas is in decline. (Times & Star)


Farmers pull together on mental health

14 March 2018
The agricultural industry is being urged to pull together to help combat the impact of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues on an increasing number of farmers. (Yorkshire Post)


Community comes together for mental health in Dorset
14 March 2018
Dorchester is coming together to help improve mental health services across West Dorset. (Dorset Echo)


Life expectancy falls by a year in several regions of England
17 January 2018
Life expectancy in some parts of the country has fallen by more than a year since 2011, official figures have shown for the first time. (The Times)


Lincolnshire hospitals face staffing crisis

8 February 2018
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is currently advertising 753 FTE vacancies compared with a staggering 901 in September 2017, a 16% difference. (The Lincolnite)


Charity hopes to expand mental health project
15 March 2018
A CHARITY working to improve the emotional wellbeing of people in the area is appealing for help to expand its services. (Cambrian News)


Rural elderly face ‘terrifying’ social care crisis

25 January 2018
Elderly people living in rural parts of the country are facing a ‘terrifying’ social care crisis. (Municipal Journal)


‘Rural areas neglected by governments’

8 January 2018
Rural communities are being starved of essential services, with people in rural areas increasingly left without access to banks and healthcare services, says Plaid Cymru. (Aberystwyth Today)


Art group brings elderly out of isolation

31 January 2018
A Dorset arts facilitator has told how her art class has helped save the lives of those who attend. (Buzz Bournemouth)


Oswestry maternity unit closed again

9 February 2018
Mums-to-be are choosing to have their babies in a consultant-led unit over our rural Midwife Led Units, such as Oswestry. (Border counties Advertiser)


What's behind the quiet rise of homelessness in the countryside?

10 January 2018
Hidden from view, tents and old caravans are dotting the UK’s landscape this winter. (The Guardian)


Rural families ‘hit hardest’ by closure

31 January 2018
A worried councillor claims families in rural Renfrewshire will suffer most from a controversial decision to close the kids’ ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. (The Gazette)


New initiative to tackle mental health issues

21 January 2018
A new project to tackle mental health issues in rural communities is coming to West Lothian. (Daily Record)


New GP contract wins majority support

18 January 2018
THE leader of Scotland's GPs said he has "heard the concerns" of rural doctors as the new contract for general practice was accepted by a majority of the profession. (The Herald)


New series of health checks for farmers

10 January 2018
Members of the farming community took the opportunity of a farm machinery open day to take advantage of free medical check ups. (Yorkshire Post)


Warning of "terrifying" crisis in care for elderly

29 January 2018
RURAL England has warned of a “terrifying” crisis growing in care for the elderly living in the North Yorkshire countryside. (Northern Echo)


Dozens stuck in ambulances outside A&E.

4 January 2018

PATIENTS were forced to wait in the back of ambulances for more than an hour outside two Oxfordshire A&Es on 14 occasions over the Christmas period. (Oxford Mail)

Technologies such as telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telecoaching and self-care apps have the potential to transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare, empowering them to manage it in a way that is right for them.  The NHS Five Year Forward View promotes the importance of prevention and of new models in care in designing sustainable, high quality health and care – an essential precondition will be giving service users more control and professionals the data they need.

Launched on 13 January 2015, the NHS Commissioning Assembly’s Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) Online Resource for Commissioners, has been developed by NHS commissioners to help maximise the value of technology enabled care services for patients, carers, commissioners and the whole health economy. This resource raises awareness of how the wide range of TECS can support commissioning intentions and benefit patients, commissioners, families, health and social care professionals and provider managers. It also addresses the demand from commissioners for information on how to commission, procure, implement and evaluate these types of solutions effectively

For more information visit the NHS Commissioning Assembly website here


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A consultation on 'Unlocking Rural Britain's Digital Potential' has been launched. More details here

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