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Combat Stress, the UK s leading mental health charity for veterans, is improving its delivery of services with the introduction of Carenotes, a hosted patient management solution from Advanced.

The charity provides specialist clinical treatment and practical support to thousands of ex-servicemen and women across the UK with mental health issues, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. It is a vital lifeline to veterans and their families. Combat Stress ( sought a next generation patient management solution to offer access to information and statistical analysis of patient outcomes. Advanced was selected from a total of 15 potential suppliers during a two-stage procurement process. Rolled out to Combat Stress three treatment centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey, Carenotes is being used to manage patient records, bed management and all aspects of complex case management, from the initial point of contact through to a veteran leaving the organisation. Intuitive workflow processes record the veteran s journey through their own treatment pathways.

Richard Burley, Chief Information Officer at Combat Stress, explains, Our previous solution was no longer supported and unable to provide the levels of detailed reporting we needed as a modern and growing organisation.”

The quality of Advanced s tender responses stood out and Carenotes impressed us due to it being highly configurable with the additional mobile and hosting flexibility to help drive usability of the system. The solution s integrated mobile functionality will assist Combat Stress s Community Teams to offer extended clinical support to veterans in their own communities. Carenotes can be accessed by smartphone and tablet devices to securely record care provision and referrals at the point of care, reducing travel and administrative time by up to two hours per day. The solution, which is hosted by Advanced, is facilitating the secure sharing of up-to-date patient data across multiple sites and with external organisations.

Richard Burley comments, Carenotes is already improving efficiency by streamlining patient management and administration. The system s advanced reporting capabilities have also increased information governance at all our sites and provides essential business intelligence which will help us to offer higher quality care and patient outcomes for veterans.

The mobile functionality will also ensure our Community Teams can devote more time to supporting veterans. As patient information can be accessed and updated, even in a semi-connected capacity, and automatically synchronised to Carenotes when a signal becomes available we will substantially reduce inefficient administration.

George Thaw, Managing Director Health & Care, Advanced, adds, We are achieving strong growth in the mental and community health space and expect this to continue over the coming years.

We have formed a strong partnership with Combat Stress, who are already streamlining operations, reducing costs and mobilising staff so they can spend more time with patients.

US authorities should be ‘thankful’ British hacker with Aspergers targeted them when it could have been terrorists, court told

  • Lauri Love, 31, accused of stealing details from agencies including FBI
  • He could be jailed for 12 consecutive sentences for accessing the data
  • Love is fighting extradition to US with lawyers arguing he is too fragile


US authorities should be ‘thankful’ a British hacker targeted them instead of terrorists according to the man’s lawyer. Lauri Love, 31, from Stradishall in Suffolk, is accused of stealing 23,000 personal details of government employees from the US Federal Reserve, the US Army, the FBI and NASA. The Aspergers sufferer and vicar’s son is fighting extradition to the US where he faces 99 years in prison if convicted.

Lauri Love, 31, is accused of stealing 23,000 personal details of government employees from the US Federal Reserve, the US Army, the FBI and NASA

He could be jailed for 12 consecutive sentences for accessing the sensitive data from government systems. At Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, Love’s defence lawyer Ben Cooper said his client did not gain financially from the hacking and there was no evidence of harm to individuals who had their information accessed. Because of Love’s mental illness if he was to face trial, it should be in the UK instead, he added.

Love appeared agitated throughout the hearing, mumbling and shouting in the dock, while about 20 supporters sat in the public gallery. Mr Cooper said: ‘It is relevant in this context, that prosecutors will readily admit there are vulnerabilities in the system that have to be cured.

‘Given these institutions are targeted by hostile foreign governments, by terrorists, it is thankful in one view that they did not get there first.

‘Mr Love, through his political activism, alerted those agencies.

‘Again, one has to look at this in context when taking account of the reality of hostile countries and hostile political movements, who do engage in cyber crime for nefarious and dangerous means.’

Mr Cooper added: ‘He was committed to hacktivism, a form of protest through computers.

‘A very socially isolated form of protest, in which one is not really encountering ordinary people, or the sorts of ordinary experiences that may cause one to question and think again as to precisely how far one is going, when you consider the reclusiveness nature of this type of offending, and how interrelated it is to mental illness. The Aspergers sufferer and vicar’s son (pictured, with his mother and father) is fighting extradition to the US where he faces 99 years in prison if convicted

‘This is someone of precarious mental health who was not in it for themselves.

‘It is relevant therefore that he did not financially gain at all.’

Summarising the medical evidence, Mr Cooper said: ‘Mr Love’s Aspergers syndrome is a very severe disability.

‘Mr Love was not at the lower end of the scale, but on the contrary he suffers from a severe form of this.’

Separating Love from his parents, who are his sole carers, would leave him unable to take part properly in a trial, he told the court. Mr Cooper said: ‘The public interest in any criminal prosecution and any criminal sentence is such that rehabilitation of the defendant is a fundamental part of that process.

‘It is difficult to rehabilitate that defendant if they are so far removed from their carers.

‘There is a very real risk that Mr Love will be simply unable to cope with the separation from his family and everything that he has here, and the trauma of being incarcerated in a foreign country.’

Love’s lawyers have claimed that moving legal proceedings to the US will be detrimental to fragile mental state

Love would be on suicide watch in a US prison from ‘day one’, he told the court. Mr Cooper said: ‘There is simply not enough money or manpower to attend to someone with Mr Love’s needs and conditions.’

It would be more practical if Love stood trial in England, instead of three US states with different jurisdictions, Mr Cooper said.

He said: ‘It is simply more efficient for a single trial.

‘This is a case in which, in my submission, a fair analysis of each of the factors points in the same direction – namely, the interests of justice demand a prosecution here.

‘Any United States evidence is readily transferable. But we also have the point where the evidence was entirely gathered and obtained from the United Kingdom.

‘Prosecution in the United States would not satisfy the interests of the alleged victims.’

The ‘exacerbation’ in Love’s mental health would affect his fitness to plea, and his ability to stand trial, he added. Mr Cooper said: ‘And accordingly, the justice process could be frustrated.

‘There is a real risk of the prosecution failing in the United States.

‘It’s entirely practical for all the evidence to be given in the single jurisdiction – in Southwark Crown Court.

‘And in that scenario, any evidence of those three separate jurisdictions would be given in one go. Without the threat of additional prosecutions hanging over Mr Love.’

Love is accused of working with other online hackers around the world to steal the sensitive information including credit card numbers, telephone numbers, passwords and commercially sensitive data of private companies. He is facing 12 counts of hacking between October 2012 and October 2013 in New York, New Jersey and Virginia.

Love is challenging his extradition under human rights legislation – article 3, prohibition from inhumane treatment, and article 6, the right to a fair trial. After his extradition hearing finished, Love said he was confident there would be an ‘outbreak of common sense’ and the court would rule in his favour in September. After his extradition hearing finished, Love said he was confident there would be an ‘outbreak of common sense’ and the court would rule in his favour in September

Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court and flanked by supporters, Love said: ‘We hope and optimistically believe that the court will rule against extradition because it’s not in the interest of justice to send someone to a country they have never been where they might spend the rest of their life in jail.

‘We hope that there will be a sudden outbreak of common sense and we can all celebrate in September, and reassert the sovereignty of the British justice system – the fact that we have a sense of fair play, certain things are not cricket, like locking people up for silly reasons.’

Love added: ‘In a way the barrister for the CPS, representing America, had the hardest job in the room which was to argue the unarguable. His job was to call into dispute the evidence. Unfortunately he is not a medical professional.

‘The US didn’t bring a case, they didn’t bring a single witness. They didn’t attempt to refute the claims that I might suffer from a ridiculous sentence, that I might be treated inhumanely, that I might be effectively tortured because of my mental health difficulties.

‘So it was harrowing to suffer the insinuation that I might have made this all up.

‘I have wrestled with mental health difficulties all my life. But that’s part of this game. And I don’t think the court was swayed by those arguments.’

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British Army launches Reserve recruitment drive on the Isle of Man

The British Army is holding a recruitment drive across the Isle of Man from 25th July to 1st August to demonstrate the wide variety of paid opportunities to people seeking a challenge, adventure or training in their spare-time.

Members of the Isle of Man Army Reserve will be in Castletown, Port Erin, Ramsey, Peel, Onchan and Douglas on the 26th and 27th July to talk to the public about the opportunities available in the Army Reserve. A drill night will be held on the 27th July from 19:30-21:00 at the Army Reserve Centre in Lord Street Douglas where people interested in finding out more can come along and speak to local soldiers. The week-long recruitment drive will conclude with a display by the Red Devils on 31 July at 19:00 at the war memorial in Douglas. Seven different Army Reserve units/corps will be involved, including the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment, 103 Regiment Royal Artillery, 146 Royal Logistics Corps, 6 Armyrats © Military Intelligence Battalion, 3 Medical Regiment and 75 Engineer Regiment. Major General John Crackett, Director Reserves, said: Too many young people aren t considering the Army Reserve because of false preconceptions: from thinking they don t have enough time to be a reservist to believing that they will have to join for a long time and it s difficult to leave when the reverse is true.

The Army Reserve should be a top choice for all those wanting to make the most of their spare time. This event in Mansfield will help encourage young people to have open and honest conversations with current Reservists about their experiences, discuss any reservations and consider all that The Army Reserve has to offer.

Staff Sergeant Ian Openshaw, 156 Regiment the Royal Logistic Corps, from Douglas, will be taking part in the week-long recruitment drive. He said: I have been in the Army Reserves for 20 years now and I have loved every minute of it. The Reserves has allowed me to travel the world, on both training exercises and operations, where I have made friends for life. The Reserves offers something for everyone, it is an amazing experience.

The recruitment surge is being held to support the British Army s new Reserve recruitment campaign – A Better You – after it was identified that over two thirds of 18-35 year olds felt that the amount of personal sacrifice, of which time is a major factor, was too high.1 With a time commitment from just 19 days a year, much of which is made up of short training evenings during the week, becoming an Army Reservist isn t the big time commitment some may initially imagine and the rewards are huge.

Did you know, as an Army Reserve soldier:

You have opportunities to travel overseas on exercises, sport and peacekeeping, from training in Kenya to supporting the UN in Cyprus.
You can take up adventurous training from mountaineering in the Himalayas, to sky-diving in Florida
You can earn an annual tax free bonus of up to 1,725 and could be eligible for a joining bonus of up to 2,300
You will get paid for all the time that you spend training and your daily pay goes up every year and with each promotion
You will be entitled to a non-contributory pension
You will get one day of paid holiday for every 10 days in training
You only need to commit to 19 days per year for national units and 27 days for regional units
There are over 200 different roles on offer in the Army Reserve such as musicians, carpenters, chaplains, teachers, HR specialists, engineers, vets and dog handlers
You can now gain an apprenticeship as an Army Reserve and the Army might even pay for you to get your LGV driving license, or to gain qualifications such as, City & Guilds qualifications

For more information about becoming an Army reservist, search Army Reserve.