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Place-based initiatives in the West – HealthWest Partnership

This report is actually from Australia but has some key considerations and learning when taking a Place Based Approach toward… more>>

Disclosure and Barring Service is introducing new online services

In the coming months, GOV.UK will be introducing several new digital services for you to use. They know that you’d like… more>>

Paul Hamlyn Newsletter

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Newsletter Highlights include: Government Youth Investment Fund Briefing on Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility DCMS: Full-time social… more>>

CASPAR Newsletter

CASPAR The NSPCC's current awareness service for safeguarding and child protection, policy and research. Newsletter here. more>>

UK poverty: Causes, costs and solutions

This report, from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explains what poverty is and what causes it, highlights trends and projections in… more>>

Heart health campaign

Public Health England has launched a campaign encouraging adults to take 3 minutes out of their day to take the… more>>

Mental health at work: the business costs ten years on

This report from The Centre for Mental Health finds that mental health problems in the UK workforce cost employers almost… more>>

NICE warns of risk of missing ADHD diagnosis

NICE is urging doctors to think about a potential ADHD diagnosis in people who are at higher risk of having… more>>

Increase in student mental illness in higher education

The Institute for Public Policy Research has published Not by degrees improving student mental health in the UK’s universities. This… more>>

Public ‘tricked’ into buying unhealthy food

The Royal Society for Public Health and Slimming World conducted research to ask the general public about their experience of… more>>

Prevention concordat for better mental health

The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health is underpinned by an understanding that taking a prevention-focused approach to improving the… more>>

Psychosocial pathways and health outcomes

This report highlights the current evidence that exists about the relationships between social determinants, psychosocial factors and health outcomes.  It… more>>

ACMD warns ministers of falling local funding for drug treatment services

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which advises the government on drugs of misuse and their harmful… more>>

Building our future: laying the foundations for healthy homes and buildings

This draft green paper from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings sets out key recommendations on… more>>

Talking therapy given by parents shows promise for childhood anxiety disorders

This National Institute for Health Research funded trial compared recovery from a range of common anxiety disorders in children aged… more>>

Clinks Survey: financial resilience survey

Clinks most recent state of the sector survey demonstrated that the voluntary sector in criminal justice is more dependent on… more>>

Advisor appointed to boost local support for care leavers

A new adviser to support young people as they leave the care system has been appointed as part of the… more>>

Education charity warns of 30 hour free childcare ‘chaos’

From the BBC The introduction of 30 hours' free childcare will mean parents may face higher costs and nurseries could… more>>

Acid attacks: NHS offers public advice on how to respond

The NHS and leading burns surgeons have issued new first aid guidance to help ensure victims of acid attacks get… more>>

Report slams distribution of government’s £9bn childcare spending

From the Guardian A Report finds that just £250m of the fund will go to the UK’s most disadvantaged families,… more>>

Global Council on Brain Health/Age UK

Engage Your Brain: GCBH Recommendations on Cognitively Stimulating Activities This report published by Global Council on Brain Health and Age… more>>

Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care

Results of a national survey of support to adult care homes in England: a specialist palliative care provider perspective This… more>>

Vulnerable children not in crisis are ‘left in limbo’

Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving… more>>

Obesity crisis: more than 600 young people have type 2 diabetes

More than 600 children and teenagers are being treated for a type of diabetes normally only seen in adults aged… more>>

6 million adults do not do a monthly brisk 10 minute walk

Over 6.3 million adults aged 40 to 60 do not achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course… more>>

Housing help tips, podcasts and lifelines for people with sight loss,collected online

A new online housing guide for people with sight loss has been launched, collecting together existing resources, advice and podcasts… more>>

Talking ATMs launched at all branches of major UK bank

Santander has announced talking ATMs for blind and visually impaired customers across all of its UK branches. Many banks offer… more>>

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

This is the report of a two-year Inquiry, led by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.… more>>

Mental health commissioning

Rethink Mental Health Illness has published Progress through partnership: involvement of people with lived experience of mental illness in CCG… more>>

First ‘family survival guide’ covers care and treatment reviews

Bringing us Together, a charity formed to support parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities,  has launched the… more>>

Improving health outcomes for young people

The Local Government Association has published Partnership approaches to improving health outcomes for young people. The case studies in this… more>>

Views and experiences of children in care

The National Children’s Bureau in conjunction with Research in Practice has published A rapid review of sources of evidence on… more>>

The Real Face of Child Poverty in the UK in 2017

This report from Buttle UK sets out to investigate the current reality of living on low incomes in the UK… more>>

Why Voluntary Organisations Are Essential To Health Service Transformation: Get Involved

From an NCVO blog England now has 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs). These bring together NHS organisations and local… more>>

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Review of UK Grant-Making Report

As part of its commitment to sharing evidence and learning, the Foundation has decided to publish this internal report which… more>>

Huge rise in UK child neglect prompts call for urgent action

From The Guardian Reports of child neglect in the UK have risen by more than 60% in the last five… more>>

Baby boomers’ drink and drug misuse needs urgent action, warn experts

By 2020, the number of over-50s receiving treatment for substance misuse problems is expected to double in Europe and treble… more>>

Empowering women to be safe online

Women’s Aid and Facebook have provided guidance to help all women and girls protect themselves and stay safe on social… more>>

Mortality: North-South health divide

Research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health highlights that dying early (under age 75) is 20% more… more>>

High-value nursing home care

The Office of Home Economics has published Interventions that encourage high-value nursing home care: lessons for the UK. This briefing… more>>

Intermediate care

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has published a ‘highlights’ paper on Intermediate care. This paper sets out evidence to… more>>

Work-related mental health problems

New survey results from Mind show that men are twice as likely to have work-related mental health problems compared to… more>>

Protecting victims of drug gangs

The Home Office has developed guidance for health and care staff to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from… more>>

CPS publishes new public statements on hate crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published new public statements on how it will prosecute hate crime and support victims in… more>>

Carers who struggle with money also likely to suffer feelings of social isolation

A new survey of 55,700 carers published on Thursday 3 August by NHS Digital found that almost 40% of carers… more>>

Cuts to district nursing threaten elderly care

An independent report has revealed that cuts to district nursing mean older people are turning to acute hospital care. For… more>>

The right to decide: towards a greater understanding of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty

This report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman finds that vulnerable people are being forced into situations against… more>>

‘Eating for two’ pregnancy myth

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has highlighted the publication of a survey, to understand women’s perceptions of… more>>

Perinatal mental health

The Royal College of Midwives has published Every mother must get the help they need This report was inspired by… more>>

Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions: a guide for commissioners and service providers

This guidance supports local areas to commission timely and effective responses for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol or… more>>

Housing Our Homeless Households

This report from the Local Government Association responds to rising concern amongst local authorities about the increasing homelessness pressures being… more>>

UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations

Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK and investing in cleaner air and… more>>

Financial Insecurity, Food Insecurity, and Disability

The Profile of People Receiving Emergency Food Assistance from the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network in Britain This report outlines the… more>>

New resources for dementia care

NHS England has published an implementation guide and resource pack for dementia care. NHS England has published a new dementia guide that… more>>

Unmet need for care for elderly

This report, conducted in partnership with the NIHR School for Social Care Research, NatCen Social Research, Age UK and Independent… more>>

Suicide prevention

The Department of Health has published the Government response to the Health Select Committee's Inquiry into suicide prevention.  The report… more>>

Towards a Smoke-free Generation: A Tobacco Control Plan for England

This document from the Department of Health outlines plans to reduce smoking in England, with the aim of creating a… more>>

Smoke-free: The First Ten Years

This report from ASH finds that since the introduction of smokefree legislation in England ten years ago, there has been… more>>

GPs urged to develop national autism register

NICE is calling on GPs to develop a national autism register to ensure autistic people receive the tailored care they… more>>

Undernourishment of children

The Patients Association has published Child under-nutrition project report: a report about the current undernourishment of children in England.  This… more>>

Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems

The Education Policy Institute has published Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems.  This report examines… more>>

UK data protection laws to be overhauled

From the BBC Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government.… more>>

Diverse outcomes: living standards by ethnicity

This briefing note from the Resolution Foundation looks at how typical household incomes have differed by ethnicity. Around one fifth… more>>

Number of children getting enough physical activity drops by 40%

Change4Life together with Disney and Sport England launches '10 Minute Shake Up' campaign to help get children more active. The… more>>

State of caring 2017

This report finds that four in ten unpaid carers have not had a break in over one year, whilst one… more>>

Marmot indicators 2017

This briefing provides an update on progress since the 2008 Marmot Review into the most effective evidence-based strategies for reducing… more>>

Towards a smokefree generation: a tobacco control plan for England

This document from the Department of Health outlines the government's plans to reduce smoking in England, with the aim of… more>>

Suicide by children and young people

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Health Illness (NCISH) has published Suicide by children and… more>>

Reforming adult social care

The King’s Fund has published the presentations from the Reforming adult social care - is it just about the money? conference held… more>>

An Overview of Lifestyles and Wider Characteristics Linked to Healthy Life Expectancy in England: June 2017

A social gradient in health is well established, whereby health worsens with increasing socioeconomic disadvantage. This report from the Office… more>>

How evictions affect people in poverty

Losing a home can be traumatic, stressful and challenging for anyone, but for tenants already struggling to make ends meet,… more>>

Half of children helped by foodbanks over summer holiday months are primary school students

New data published by anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust today reveals that last summer 47% of children who received support… more>>

Care leavers get personal advisers

Every care leaver in the country is entitled to a Personal Adviser up to the age of 25, after the… more>>

Young people in care falling through cracks in accommodation provision

A spate of enquiries to Help at Hand, the helpline for looked after children, has highlighted concerns about local authorities denying… more>>

Social value of sheltered housing

DEMOS has published The social value of sheltered housing. This briefing paper brings together qualitative data relating to the savings… more>>

Reducing delays for people moving from hospital to social care

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced (on 3 July 2017) measures to support the NHS and local government in reducing delays… more>>

Care home research

The National Institute for Health Research has published Advancing care: research with care homes. This themed review examines what works… more>>

Mental health of young African Caribbean men

The Centre for Mental Health has published Against the odds: evaluation of the Mind Birmingham Up My Street programme.  This… more>>

Local government role in mental health and wellbeing

The Local Government Association has published Being mindful of mental health: the role of local government in mental health and… more>>

Vulnerable children in England

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published On measuring the number of vulnerable children in England. The preliminary report and… more>>

What makes us healthy?

The Health Foundation have launched a series of infographics and accompanying blogs and commentaries to describe and explain the social… more>>

Mental Health in Prisons

According to the National Audit Office, Government does not know how many people in prison have a mental illness, how… more>>

Enabling change through communities of practice:  Wellbeing our way

In June 2014, National Voices set out to explore and test how communities of practice could facilitate the spread of… more>>

A Mental Health Act fit for tomorrow.  An agenda for reform

The Mental Health Alliance, a campaign group formed in 2000 and representing 65 organisations has published a report holding the… more>>

Secondary school staff get mental health first aid training

From June 2017, teachers in secondary schools around the country are taking part in a new training programme to help… more>>

Autism self assessment framework exercise

This report presents the findings from the fourth autism self-assessment exercise carried out by local authorities (LAs) between July and… more>>

Child sexual exploitation: how public health can support prevention and intervention

This report from Public Health England summarises the emerging evidence from the UK on the issue of child sexual exploitation.… more>>

The C word: how we react to cancer today

This report from Macmillan Cancer Support argues that with cancer diagnoses becoming more common than marriage in the UK, there… more>>

National Lottery Awards For All – changes

National Lottery have refreshed their Awards for All guidance and application process  which is now available on their website. Shortened and… more>>

British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’

Nearly half of Britons think the government should raise taxes and increase spending, an annual survey of public opinion suggests.… more>>

Social mobility barometer poll

Research shows social pessimism among young people and geographical divide. Findings from a YouGov survey of 4,723 adults and fieldwork carried… more>>

2 decades of efforts to improve social mobility failed

Two decades of government efforts to improve social mobility have failed to deliver enough progress in reducing the gap between… more>>

Latest statistics on children and young people’s health services

NHS Digital has published the latest figures on NHS-funded community services for children and young people aged 18 years or… more>>

Cosmetic procedures: ethical issues

A new report from the Nuffield Council of Bioethics highlights increasing concerns over anxiety related to unachievable appearance ideals –… more>>

Health and Work Infographics

Public Health England (PHE) and The Work Foundation have collaborated to produce the Health and Work infographics which cover the following topics… more>>

Guide to Healthy Living: Mosques

Public Health England West Midlands, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and KIKIT – Pathways to Recovery, have produced… more>>

Accountable care systems

NHS England has announced the areas in England covering some seven million people which will be the forefront of nationwide… more>>

Getting the dementia pathway right

NHS RightCare has published a scenario featuring fictional patient Tom and his wife and carer Barbara. It examines a dementia… more>>

Digital therapies for anxiety and depression

NICE is to start assessing new digital therapies to help treat anxiety and depression. As part of NHS England’s Improving… more>>

Long-stay rehabilitation services

The Centre for Mental Health has published Long-stay rehabilitation services. This briefing paper finds that a minority of people with… more>>

Improving young people’s mental fitness

Localis has published A healthy state of mind: improving young people’s mental fitness. This report focuses on how to create… more>>

Number of mental health patients treated miles from home surges by 40%

From the Independent The number of mental health patients being treated outside their local area has risen by almost 40 per cent… more>>

Calls for a review of Child protection funding

Children England are calling on the new government to review plans to withdraw central funding for child protection and other… more>>

Third of children’s mental health services may be facing downsizing or closure

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychoanalytic… more>>

Child emotional abuse reports surge

The number of children being reported as victims of emotional abuse has soared by 200 per cent in seven years,… more>>

Number of young people receiving mental health support rises to 240,000

Figures  published by the NHS show that at the end of February this year, there were 240,020 under-19s in contact with… more>>

Health and social care integration

The New Local Government Network has published Health and Social Care integration. This report summarises the discussions from two roundtable… more>>

Teenage drinking

Drinkaware has published Teenage drinking and the role of parents and guardians: findings from Drinkaware Monitor 2016. This survey of… more>>

New Figures Show Pressures On The NHS Continue To Grow

NHS England publishes monthly performance statistics for April. Figures show that the demand for services continues to grow with worrying… more>>

Preventing violence, promoting peace: a toolkit for preventing interpersonal, collective and extremist violence

This toolkit brings together evidence on the prevention of all types of violence including interpersonal violence (child maltreatment, intimate partner… more>>

Urban Green Space Interventions and Health: A Review of Impacts and Effectiveness

This report from the World Health organization (WHO) aims to fill the knowledge gap on the benefits of urban green… more>>

Core funding – insights from a review for Comic Relief

NCVO have recently completed a review for Comic Relief looking at the aspirations of over 1,500 organisations who applied to… more>>
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