Health, Wellbeing and Care
Reform - Faulty by Design: the state of public-service commissioning
This paper evaluates the success of current approaches to commissioning in the public sector. It includes insights from experts from government, providers and third-parties, alongside a literature review and evaluation of the publicly available data. The report focuses on complex human services, in which there is a purchaser-provider split - in health and social care, criminal justice, housing and homelessness, and employment services. It aims to outline a case for change, for commissioners to learn from past actions when approaching commissioning in the future.
Centre for Mental Health - Supporting carers: mental health carers' assessments in policy and practice
The Care Act 2014 introduced a duty on local authorities to offer carers an assessment of their needs in order to identify potential support needs. This briefing outlines the challenges that mental health carers face in accessing carers' assessments, taking into account the legal context and how the assessments work in practice.
House of Commons Library - Mental Health Problems: statistics and prevalence and service
This briefing addresses the following questions: how common are mental health problems? How do people wait to access talking therapies? How much is spent on mental health services?
Wolfson Foundation – Health and Disability
The Wolfson Foundation has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications to its Health and Disability Grants Programme is the 1 July 2017. Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation, makes grants of between £15,000 – £100,000 to charities for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support. The funding is focused on enhancing care, providing better opportunities and improving quality of life. Match funding is required for projects over £50,000.
NHS England - Benefits of delegated commissioning: case studies
Delegated commissioning is the level of co-commissioning that assumes the greatest level of responsibility for commissioning GP services. Those that apply for delegated commissioning take on full responsibility for general practice commissioning. This series of case studies show how five CCGs are using delegated commissioning to improve care for local people.
Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health - State of Child Health report
The State of Child Health brings together data for the first time on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provide an “across the board” snapshot of child health and wellbeing in the UK.
Nearly one in five children in the UK is living in poverty and inequality is blighting their lives, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing much worse health compared with the most affluent. Despite some improvements in the health of UK children over the last decades, there is clear disparity with Europe, and major cause for concern.
Council for Disabled Children: These are our children: a review by Dame Christine Lenehan, Director
Dame Christine Lenehan was asked by the Department of Health to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken to co-ordinate care, support and provide treatment for children and young people with complex needs and mental health problems or learning disabilities. This report makes eleven recommendations for government departments and partners at a national level on how to improve the system
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) - Staying put: developing dementia-friendly care and support for people with a learning disability
This report, written by a partnership of voluntary sector organisations, calls for an improvement in the way that the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia are addressed. It focuses on how best to support the growing number of people with dementia or learning disabilities from a policy, research and practice perspective.
Public Health England (PHE) - Falls and facture consensus statement:supporting commissioning for prevention
The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group , made up of organisations involved in the prevention of falls, care for falls-related injuries and the promotion of healthy ageing, was formed withe aim of co-ordinating and supporting falls prevention activity in England. This guidance is aimed at local commissioning and strategic leads in England with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing. It outlines approaches to the interventions and activities helping prevent falls and factures to improve health outcomes for older people.
National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - Falls in Older People
This quality standard has been udpated to set out the best practice for health and social professionals to support them in preventing falls. The guidance has been udpated to highight the importance of routine appointments with family doctors, at hospital, or during home visits by social care workers, as they can help to prevent falls disaiblity and loss of independence. It also calls for people aged 65 and over to be regularly asked questions about whether they have fallen over in the last year or feel unsteady on their feet.
Department of Health - Meeting the public sector equality duty in 2016
This publication outlines how DH met the public sector equality duty as part of its services and public functions in 2016
Rural England - State of rural services 2016
This report presents the most recent evidence regarding the provision of services to residents and businesses in rural England. It covers nine service areas, which are: local buses and community transport, welfare services, access to cash, further education, the retail sector, mental health services, older people’s services, public health services and community assets.
Department of Health - Preventing suicide in England: third progress report of the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives
This progress report details the activity that has taken place across England to reduce deaths by suicide in the year ending March 2016. The updates contained in this report will help to meet the recommendations of the NHS five year forward view for mental health that are relevant to suicide prevention: to reduce suicides by ten per cent by March 2021 and for every local area to have a multi-agency suicide prevention plan in place by the end of 2017.
Kings Fund - What is social prescribing?
Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. This event, run in partnership with the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine, brings together national leaders and innovative local areas to provide a platform for enabling strategic collaboration and sharing of best practice.
Throughout the day we will be exploring the range of benefits of social prescribing, and how best to measure and evaluate the impact and outcomes. Pioneering local areas will showcase their approach, challenges and achievements, and provide practical resources for commissioners and practitioners to develop in their own locality.
Reform - Work in progress: towards a leaner, smarter public sector workforce
This report evaluates recent governments’ approaches to workforce design across the NHS, education, central and local government and the police. It argues that the current workforce is a legacy of past approaches and is built around siloed attitudes of past governments. The report makes the case for greater automation and user-centered service design in order to meet user expectations and improve outcomes.
National Audit Office – Health and Social Care Integration
This report warns that progress with integration of health and social care has, to date, been slower and less successful than envisaged and has not delivered all of the expected benefits for patients, the NHS or local authorities. It finds that the Better Care Fund has not achieved the expected value for money, in terms of savings, outcomes for patients or hospital activity. As a result, NAO concludes that the government’s plan for integrated health and social care services across England by 2020 is at significant risk.
Centre for Mental Health – Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health
This briefing explores the research available on this topic and highlights the distinct role fathers can play in nurturing good mental health in their children. It reviews the evidence about the role of fathers in children’s mental health and finds that fathers have a big influence on their children’s mental health, yet few get any help or support to fulfil their potential as parents.
Local Government Association - Working with faith groups to promote health and wellbeing
This report draws on research and studies about the role of faith groups in contributing to health and wellbeing and wider social action. It also highlights examples of good practice from across the country, and from different faiths, to demonstrate the wide range of activity taking place. It includes messages from discussions with many public health professionals involved in working with faith groups, and from representatives of these groups.
Age UK - A summary of Age UK's Index of Wellbeing in Later Life
The Index of Wellbeing in Later Life provides a multi-faceted measure of older people's wellbeing across health, social, personal, financial and local environment domains. The report highlights the importance of maintaining meaningful engagement with the world for older people's wellbeing and recommends that work needs to be done in reducing barriers and increasing enablers to societal engagement for the UK's older people.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee – Public Parks
This report warns that parks are at a tipping point and face a period of decline with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation is recognized.
NHS England – New plans to support health and social care integration
At the National Voices Annual Conference, Samantha Jones, the director of the new care models programme, announced new plans to support vanguards in the way that they empower people and communities, with a particular focus on how they take more control of their own health and wellbeing. To read more click here.