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  • Matt Buttery
  • 08 November 2021
  • Posted in: Healthcare

You may have seen a recent headline about a “tsunami of school-anxiety cases”. (Not to criticise BBC News, but I’m sure we could run a conference about media headlines and anxiety - that’s a whole other story.) I could quote statistics, but no doubt you’re all familiar with the fact that anxiety rates among children and young people, which were already on the rise, have skyrocketed, and even before the pandemic, mental health services couldn’t meet the demand.

Anxiety in children can be associa…

  • mental health

Delivering Digital Healthcare Innovation in a Real-World Setting

  • CW Innovation
  • 21 January 2020
  • Posted in: Healthcare

Delivering Digital Healthcare Innovation in a Real-World Setting

There has never been greater demand to discover innovative, scalable solutions that support the delivery of better and cost-effective patient care across the NHS. Whilst underfunding and workforce shortages are often the focus of UK newspaper headlines, the good news is that the NHS is rich in entrepreneurial thinkers and innovative ideas that have the potential to transform the way we care for our patients and how we run our hosp…

  • Digital Health.London
  • Digital Healthcare

Ann Coffey's Speech on Risks of Exploitation facing Looked After Children

  • Ann Coffey
  • 20 December 2019
  • Posted in: Education, Healthcare

Thank you for inviting me here today.

Before I was elected as MP for Stockport in 1992, I worked with children and families in Greater Manchester as a social worker.

My interest in protecting children has been a focus for my work in Parliament.

MPs, as backbenchers, can be influential in helping to change legislation. Often campaigns to change the law are as a result of issues first raised with us by constituents. I can’t remember a time when access to an MP was so direct with emails and soci…

  • safeguarding children
  • young people
  • policy
  • policy makers