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Health, Wellbeing and Care

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Public Health England - Attitudes to obesity: findings from the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey


Public Health England commissioned a set of questions on obesity as part of the British Social Attitudes survey to inform its future work this paper presents the analysis of the survey findings. The primary findings show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. The survey also found that there is widespread understanding of some, but not all, of the health risks of obesity and that people who are obese are often the object of stigmatising attitudes.


Faculty of Public Health - The role of public health in the prevention of violence


This position statement sets out the public health approach to violence prevention and argues that health professionals can help to break the cycle of violence in families and communities. It outlines a series of actions that health professionals can take, such as measuring violence-related health needs; identification of root causes and solutions; and makes the case for effective interventions on a partnership basis. Guidance is also available here.

Department of Work and Pensions - An independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity


The government asked Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review into how best to support people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, who are obese, to start, return or remain in work.

 This review provides an evidence-based analysis of the barriers that stand in the way of employment and recommends practical interventions to help overcome them


The Early Intervention Foundation - Inter-parental relationship support services available in the UK: rapid review of evidence


The purpose of this review was to determine the extent to which relationship support services have been mapped in the UK. The study recommends that relationship support services should be embedded in mainstream public sector services like schools, health and housing, so families at risk can be helped earlier.

House of Common Select Health Committee - Suicide prevention: interim report


This report presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. It argues that the government should prioritise a clear implementation strategy and increase support for public mental health and early intervention services if it is to bring down the suicide rate. Ahead of the final report, the interim report highlights areas for action: a clear implementation strategy; improving services for those who are vulnerable to suicide; developing a consensus statement on sharing information with families; the need for more timely and consistent data to help prevent suicides; and greater adherence to media guidelines for the reporting of suicides.

Kings Fund – Doing Justice to mental health in STPs


Claire Murdoch, the national director for mental health in England, recently argued that some sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are failing to do ‘justice’ to mental health. Following on from this, the Kings Fund has asked what justice would look like if we had it.  The answer given by the Kings Fund would have to include making mental health central to work on new models of care and also part of the approach taken in STPs towards improving population health.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) – Next phase of regulation: a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach – cross sector and NHS Trusts


CQC are consulting on changes they are planning to the way health and adult social care services are regulated. These plans reflect the priorities that CQC set out in a five year strategy for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach. 

The consultation closes on 14 February 2017.


An online form is available here and background information to the consultation can be found here. 



Local Government Association - Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities


This report warns that the impact of loneliness and isolation on health and social care means that it must be recognised as a major public health issue.



Kings Fund - Priorities for the NHS and social care in 2017


2017 promises to be another challenging year for the health and care system, with demand for care increasing faster than the supply of resources. A system already stretched to its limits will have to work even harder to maintain current standards of care and to balance budgets. Against this background, the Kings Fund has identified five main priorities for 2017 in their new briefing.



Age UK - No one should have no one: working to end loneliness amongst older people


This report warns that loneliness leads to an increased demand on health services, partly because isolated people are more likely to develop health conditions, such as heart problems, depression and dementia. The report also outlines the early findings of a pilot programme that takes a community-based approach to tackling loneliness.



HEE West Midlands, RNIB, NHS EnglandDementia and Sight Loss Workshops


Event Title:         Dementia & Sight Loss One Day Workshop


Birmingham:      2nd February OR  15th February 2017         10.00 – 16.00      Register at


Coventry:            31st January OR 14th February 2017           10.00 – 16.00      Register at:


Stafford:              1st February OR 16th February 2017           10.00 - 16.00       Register at:


Please note there are 30 places available for each event


Event Title: Learning Disabilities and Sight Loss Free online Course


Free online Course


Available up to the 28th February 2017 - The course will raise your awareness and give you lots of practical ideas to support people with a learning disability and sight loss in daily life by use of audio and video clips as well as interactive activities


 Topics include: 1. Key health messages and prevalence of sight loss. 2. Eye anatomy. 3. Five leading causes of sight loss. 4. Learning disability and the effects of sight loss. 5. The visual environment


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Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) - People, places and health agencies: Lessons from Big Local residents


Local Trust commissioned this research because health and wellbeing had been identified as a priority in many Big Local areas; and because the areas that were already working with health agencies said that this relationship was both rewarding and challenging. The research addressed two questions:


• Do Big Local areas and health agencies have common goals?

• How can they develop workable relationships?