Public Health Update
Starting and Developing Well
The Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement
Tommy’s, The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have formed an alliance to launch The Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement which will be established from 1 September 2019. The three-year programme of work will involve the creation of a digital tool to personalise and improve maternity care for women as well as support the government’s objectives to reduce stillbirth and preterm birth.
Children’s oral health
The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England has issued a position statement on Children’s oral health. This statement updates the FDS position on children’s oral health in light of developments since 2015, and sets out a series of recommendations that describe how the government can build upon what has already been achieved. It focuses on three key areas central to eliminating child tooth decay: prevention, access and education.
In 2017 the World Health Organization declared that the UK had eliminated measles. However, that elimination status has not been maintained. Look at the reasons for the change in the UK’s status, and ongoing efforts to protect the population from measles.
Preventing offending and re-offending in children
Public Health England has published information about how health, education, social care, criminal justice, voluntary sector services and others can work together to stop children and young people offending.
Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people
NHS Digital has published Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England 2018. This report contains results from a biennial survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15), focusing on smoking, drinking and drug use. It covers a range of topics including prevalence, habits, attitudes, and for the first time in 2018, wellbeing.
Tackling family homelessness
The Children’s Commissioner has published Bleak houses: tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England. This report shines a light on the children who are living in homeless families and those children who are at risk of becoming homeless. It summarises visits to children and families living in temporary accommodation and some of the frontline professionals working with them. It also analyses new data to identify the scale of the problem. Additional link: Children’s Commissioners press release
Preventing falls in people with a learning disability
Public Health England has published Preventing falls in people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments. This guide contains information to help staff in public health, health services and social care to prevent falls in people with learning disabilities. It is also intended to help falls prevention services to provide support that is accessible to people with learning disabilities. It may also be of use to family, carers and friends of people with learning disabilities.
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a new engagement exercise to understand what would help create the work-life balance NHS and social care staff want.
Improved NHS care neurological conditions to save 2,500 hospital trips
People living with brain and nerve conditions like Parkinson’s could benefit from quicker diagnosis and better coordinated care as part of a new NHS initiative.
Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis
The NHS has saved hundreds of people from sepsis thanks to better use of digital technology in hospitals.
Public Health England has published Health Matters: preventing STIs. This edition of Health Matters focuses on the prevention of five common sexually transmitted infections (STIs): gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes and genital warts. It also covers the public health challenge of antimicrobial-resistant STIs, and the commissioning and improvement of sexual health services.
NHS Health Checks review
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced there will be an evidence-based review of the NHS Health Check service. The review will explore new intelligent, predictive checks, taking age, risk factors and lifestyle into account. It will examine how to improve the system with a focus on offering personalised interventions. The review will also explore a special check-up for people approaching retirement age; increasing the range of advice the checks can offer; ways to increase the uptake of health checks; and the digitisation of health checks where appropriate.
Health inequalities in ageing in rural and coastal areas
Public Health England has published Health inequalities in older populations in coastal and rural areas. This review provides evidence on the health inequalities experienced by older populations in coastal and rural areas, together with a summary of key considerations to reduce inequalities and promote healthy ageing in these areas. It comprises a literature review supplemented with case studies, and brings together a range of information with links to published research.
Safeguarding accountability and assurance framework
NHS England and NHS Improvement have revised the NHS Safeguarding Accountability and Assurance Framework (SAAF). This framework has been updated to reflect the safeguarding reforms that have passed through government since the last publication in 2017. It sets out the safeguarding roles and responsibilities of all individuals working in providers of NHS funded care settings and NHS commissioning organisations. Additional link: NHS England/Improvement blog
What is population health?
What is a ‘population health’ approach? And what role do we all play in keeping our communities healthy?