Healthcare Matters

A radiographer's view on the new NICE cancer guidelines

In response to a previous article written by our Clinical Content Editor Dr Hayley Willacy, this month we asked subscribers to our newsletter for healthcare professionals the following question: 'What's your opinion of the new cancer guidelines recently issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)?' Here is one of the responses we received, written by a radiographer.

19 Aug 2015

What's the risk?

Appreciation of risk is a very personal characteristic. When I worked in obstetrics I frequently had conversations with anxious parents about the risk of their child having a problem - most frequently Down's syndrome. A woman who is 35 years old has a one in 350 risk of having a child with Down's syndrome, based on age alone. Some would elect (after detailed discussions) to have invasive testing such as chorionic villus sampling, with an average risk of miscarriage of one in 100. Others would take their 349 chances that the baby would be fine.

22 Jul 2015

Being yourself - the importance of personality in healthcare

These days it seems that in medicine there is an expectation placed upon staff to act in a certain manner. We are asked to appear empathetic, sympathetic, professional, strong but also compassionate, interested but balanced. We are asked to be ever developing machines, ambassadors for the underlying ethos of healthcare which sometimes is hard to grasp. Sometimes being in the NHS is like being asked to play a role and read a script.

19 Jun 2015

Who wants to live forever?

In the midst of pre-election positioning, there were two interesting health stories last week: life expectancy predictions for the UK and the rise of non-alcoholic fatty liver.

15 Jun 2015

The future of general practice?

In the last 12 months many have voiced their opinions on this contentious subject. Our new Prime Minister would like us to deliver a world-class service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

03 Jun 2015

What's in a web address?

Some of the more eagle-eyed of you may have noticed that as of yesterday, we moved web addresses from to

02 Jun 2015

How and why my #HelloMyNameIs campaign began

"I crossed over the patient professional divide on the 29th July 2011. I'd never really been ill before and hadn't seen a GP for years. It was quite a shock to suddenly be thrust into this seemingly familiar but simultaneously alien world. It soon became abundantly clear how much communication mattered to me." Read Dr Kate Granger's story...

26 May 2015