One small change: Two psychology researchers on how to improve our health system

12/08/2022 14:30:00

All healthcare professionals dealing with cancer patients should be able to refer their patients for psychological support

Health professionals caring for cancer patients should be able to refer them for psychological support, say Lorna Gurren and Simon Dunne.

All healthcare professionals dealing with cancer patients should be able to refer their patients for psychological support

Health professionals caring for cancer patients should be able to refer them for psychological support Expand Many healthcare professionals treating cancer patients can’t refer their patients for psychological support.Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.In a message on the website of the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) this morning, the reason given for the amber alert is"a generation shortfall in Ireland".Power plants to restart, lessening supply squeeze that prompted warnings Expand The national grid partly blamed low wind speeds for tight electricity supplies on Wednesday, prompting a system alert for the second day running.

Photograph: Iza Habur Sylvia Thompson Thu Aug 11 2022 - 06:01 You can email health@irishtimes.com (put"One Small Change" in the subject line) with your suggestion or you can fill in the form below Lorna Gurren and Simon Dunne (Psychology researchers at Dublin City University) In May 2022, the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) launched its model of care for psycho-oncology, which was a clear sign that when it comes to cancer care, recognising and treating signs of psychological distress is a top national priority.ie STUDENTS WHO USE private bus companies to travel to college could see their fares cut in half, with the Government planning on cutting the cost before third-level institutions return.Psycho-oncology focuses on the psychological and mental health care of people affected by cancer, their carers and families.In a statement, Eirgrid said:"The alert means that the buffer between the demand for electricity and the available supply is currently smaller than optimum.The NCCP report noted that a lack of psycho-oncology services can result in the amplification of physical symptoms, reduced patient immunity through the effect of psychological stress, and even increased hospital visits and longer stays.However, currently the card doesn’t grant fare reductions on commercial public transport options, which many students use to commute to college on a daily basis.Yet, through our research we have found that many healthcare professionals treating cancer patients can’t refer their patients for psychological support.It added that it expected to lift its alert on Wednesday evening.

In fact, currently GPs and consultants are the only ones who are legally entitled to refer patients to the mental health services.Ryan said that his Department intends to introduce savings on private operators before colleges reopen in September."Just over one third of conventional generation is currently unavailable out of a total capacity of 6.We discovered that many health professionals, including cancer nurse specialists – who can refer patients for everything from radiation oncology and medical oncology to dietetics, physiotherapy and dentistry – are questioned if they suggest their patients need psycho-oncology services.One of the social workers we spoke with called this an example of Ireland’s “old-fashioned” healthcare service – where physical health is considered more important than mental health, and where doctors are considered to be at the top of the professional hierarchy.“This will not only promote modal shift in the transport sector among this age group but should also contribute towards a reduced reliance on private transport with associated benefit of transport emission savings.The lack of mental health services in some regions and mental health stigma are other barriers to cancer patients accessing these mental health supports – but the one small change we would like to see is that all healthcare professionals dealing with cancer patients are able to refer their patients for psychological support if they consider it to be important." It said a similar alert was issued yesterday afternoon and lifted in the evening.By removing the hierarchy of referral through a GP or medical consultant, patients could receive the critical interventions that make such a difference to their recovery in a more efficient way.“An array of various ticketing equipment is in use on fleet used by the commercial operators and needs to be catered for,” Ryan added.Ireland has enough wind farms to provide almost 5,000MW of power, close to peak demand, but they cannot supply electricity when the wind does not blow.

As our health system begins to return to normal activity levels following the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to hear about one change you would like to see.It can be something simple that annoys you, day in, day out, that is easily fixed, or it can be a small change in practice or attitude that would make life easier for everyone.“It’ll definitely have a big impact for students,” Boyd said, adding that it would be particularly useful for rural students who only have access to public transport through commercial operators.Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Email.

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