Neil Thompson’s Lesson for Living – Magical thinking

The term, ‘magical thinking’ is one generally used to refer to an aspect of child development. It describes a form of wishful thinking that is characteristic of young children. In principle, we grow out of it as we develop through adolescence into adulthood. It relates to situation where results are expected to arise without our making them happen. For example, a young child may believe that if they want a bike for their birthday and really do want it enough, ...

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Vulnerable people regularly refused access to GPs, says charity

Some of the most vulnerable people in the UK are regularly refused access to a doctor, according to a report. Pregnant women, children and homeless people are among those who have been wrongly turned away from practices. Medical care is also refused to sex workers, domestic workers and people who have suffered torture, trafficking, domestic and sexual violence, research has found. In some cases, vulnerable people have been refused registration on more than one occasion. The research conducted by Doctors of the World ...

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How this global company is setting up a domino effect of happiness

Workplace safety is a big issue for many companies. There are frequent briefings, lots of charts and drills, and copious safety gear. But until recently, the emphasis has mostly focused on physical health and well-being, rather than mental health — despite the fact one in five Australians will experience a mental health condition this year. Sodexo, an organisation that provides on-site services such as facilities management and catering, is trying to change the conversation around mental health in the workplace. The ...

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Workplan for 2016/17 Social Servuces and Well-being (Wales) Act unveiled

… want to find out what you can expect from the Getting in on the Act programme over the forthcoming year? The 2016/17 national training programme for the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act builds upon last year’s awareness-raising training and aims to strengthen professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the Act with further in-depth training and learning materials on specific aspects of the Act. Among the new training resources to look out for are expert classes for those whose roles are ...

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Employers need to step up support to retain valuable older workers and working carers

With people living longer and fewer young people entering the labour market, Britain’s employers are increasingly reliant on the skills and talents of older workers to boost productivity. However, the ageing population also means that there will be an estimated nine million carers in the UK by 2037, many of whom will be trying to juggle both care and employment. This is according to new research released today by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. It finds ...

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