Public Health Update
Starting and Developing Well
England’s top midwife warns ‘tens of thousands’ still smoking during pregnancy
Women who smoke during pregnancy are putting themselves and their baby at risk of serious harm unless they kick the habit, the NHS has warned.
Baby foods and drinks: evidence review
Public Health England has published Foods and drinks aimed at infants and young children: evidence and opportunities for action. This report sets out the evidence for action on food and drink product ranges targeted at babies and young children, and PHE’s advice to government.
Additional link: PHE press release
Increasing physical activity in children
Public Health England, Disney UK and Sport England have launched a new Change4Life campaign to inspire children to get more active. The campaign is encouraging children to play 10 Minute Shake Up games inspired by favourite characters. The campaign has also launched a new online quiz to help children, with their parents, find activities and sports to try. Additional link: PHE press release
Childhood vulnerability in England 2019
A report from the children’s commissioner examines trends in childhood vulnerability.
RCPCH prevention vision for child health
The Royal College of PCH has set out its proposals for improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK in a paper that anticipates the government’s forthcoming green paper on sickness prevention.
NICE guidance on depression in children and young people
This NICE guideline covers identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged 5 to 18 years.
HEE video aimed at next generation of AHPs
Health Education England has made a half-hour video which it hopes will inspire thousands of children to consider a career in the health service.
Personalised care for veterans: a guide for CCGs and local authorities
NHS England has published Personalised care for veterans in England: a guide for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities. This document sets out a new personalised care approach for those veterans who have a long term physical, mental or neurological health condition or disability.
Drug policy: medicinal cannabis
The Health and Social Care Committee has published Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis. This report examines the issues around medicinal cannabis and finds that cannabis products remained unlicensed due to lack of research. It recommends that the Government and pharmaceutical industry need to make sure that the necessary clinical trials into medicinal cannabis are taken forward and that there should be a greater sense of urgency about exploring its potential in the treatment of intractable childhood epilepsy.
Eye health experts warn of dangers of smoking to sight
The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is warning that millions of smokers in the UK are putting themselves at increased risk of blindness or sight impairment by continuing with the habit.
Suicide prevention training
NHS Clinical Commissioners is encouraging NHS staff to take a free, online training course in suicide prevention. The training course from the Zero Suicide Alliance takes just 20 minutes and aims to enable people to identify when someone is experiencing suicidal feelings, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.
Commissioning standard for urgent dental care
NHS England has published a standard to support the commissioning of consistent patient-centred urgent dental care services that are aligned with other urgent care services.
Advisory council set up to make the most of an ageing society
A new council of specialists from across society, the UK Longevity Council, will advise how best to use innovations in technology, products and services to improve the lives of our ageing population.
Five year plan for MSK health
Public Health England has published a five-year plan to improve musculoskeletal health with an emphasis on prevention.
Support for people with dementia
Healthwatch has published Why it’s important to review the care of people with dementia. This report summarises data and people’s experiences about social care reviews, reassessments and their outcomes for people with dementia. It also includes recommendations.
Dementia and disability
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia has published Hidden no more: dementia and disability. This report aims to shine a spotlight on dementia as a disability. It seeks to enable people with dementia to assert their rights to services and for their rights as citizens to be treated fairly and equally. Evidence presented to the inquiry revealed that people with dementia are not having their disability rights upheld. This report seeks to highlight the human impact this has on people living with dementia.
The real story of winter 2018/19
What was the real story of winter for trusts, their patients, and hard-pressed frontline staff?
A citizen-led approach to health and care
The King’s Fund has published A citizen-led approach to health and care: lessons from the Wigan Deal. This report provides an independent critique of the Wigan Deal where public services in Wigan have been through a major process of transformation, based on the idea of building a different relationship with local people. It illustrates how local authorities, NHS organisations and other agencies can strengthen services and improve population health outcomes by engaging with staff and the public. Additional link: King’s Fund blog