Public Health Update
Starting and Developing Well
School sport and activity action plan
The government has announced new plans to allow children greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity. The School Sport and Activity Action Plan will set out a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within a young person’s daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing. More detail on the actions in the plan will be published later this year.
Additional link: Sport England news item
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
NHS England has published documents in support of Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults: general practice reporting. These documents provide further context, key considerations for GP providers and local commissioners and highlight examples of good practice.
National Child Measurement Programme
Public Health England has published National Child Measurement Programme: operational guidance 2019. This document provides guidance or local commissioners, providers and schools on running the national child measurement programme.
Pharmacists offered online training in diabetes
Diabetes UK has launched a free online training programme aimed at pharmacists and other professionals who do not work in a diabetes specialist area.
Lowest paid set to receive sick pay for the first time
The government has started a consultation to transform support for sick and disabled staff and remove barriers for employers.
Care homes: contribution of allied health professionals
NHS England has published Quick Guide: allied health professionals enhancing health for people in care homes. This quick guide aims to support local health and social care systems in improving the health of people living in care homes, with practical examples of how the allied health professions can support implementation and roll-out of the framework for enhanced health in care homes.
New guidelines should benefit stroke patients
An NHS workforce and resource impact statement highlights the work being done to make changes recommended by NICE in its updated stroke guideline part of routine NHS patient care.
Health Education England mandate
The Department of Health and Social Care has published The Department of Health and Social Care mandate to Health Education England: April 2019 to 2020. This document sets out the government’s objectives for Health Education England (HEE) around workforce planning, health education and training and development.
Population health responsibilities
NHS England has published Legal basis and statutory duties supporting commissioning: Population Health Intelligence Reference Matrices. This table lists some of the statutory responsibilities assigned to organisations that traditionally undertake population health management (including CCGs), where they require data in order to effectively discharge those responsibilities. The list is not exhaustive, however it evidences the range of duties and powers that cannot be discharged without access to data.
Realising the benefits of health data
The Department of Health and Social Care has published Creating the right framework to realise the benefits for patients and the NHS where data underpins innovation. This document sets out how the NHS should engage with researchers and innovators when entering into data partnerships to benefit patients and the NHS.
Population screening inequalities strategy
Public Health England has published Supporting the health system to reduce inequalities in screening: PHE Screening inequalities strategy. The PHE Screening inequalities strategy is aimed at supporting local screening services, commissioners and others involved in the provision of screening to address inequalities.