Since 2009 children and young people have become increasingly unhappy. Based on the latest figures we estimate a quarter of a million children are unhappy with their lives, with factors like friends, school and appearance all playing a role. We are calling on the Government to introduce national measurement of well-being for all children aged 11-18 to be undertaken through schools and colleges once a year. This would enable the experiences of young people to be recorded and issues acted upon for future generations. The Good Childhood Report 2019 is the eighth in our annual series and alongside the latest trends in children’s well-being, also looks at family, financial circumstance, multiple disadvantage and what children and young people think about the future.
Starting and Developing Well
NHS warning to parents as ‘asthma season’ hits
The NHS is calling on parents to keep asthma medicine close at hand this week, with children up to three times more likely to need medical help as the school year starts. One in ten young people has asthma, with spikes in demand for help from GPs and hospitals in the weeks after school holidays, and an annual peak for children in September.
The Children and Families Act: five years on
Healthwatch have been working with young people, and their families, to find out how health and education services are working together for people with additional needs.
New HIV diagnoses fall by a third in the UK since 2015
Data published by Public Health England reveal that new HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since 2000.
Alcohol consumption in Europe
The World Health Organisation has published Status report on alcohol consumption, harm and policy responses in 30 European countries 2019. This report provides a snapshot of alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy responses in 30 European countries. The report also summarises changes in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm between 2010 and 2016.
Additional link: WHO press release
Cardiovascular disease prevention
Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health have published What good cardiovascular disease prevention looks like. This publication sets out the core guiding principles and features of what a good quality cardiovascular Disease prevention programme looks like in any defined place. It synthesises existing evidence, examples of best practice, practitioners’ experiences and consensus expert opinions. It is intended to serve as a guide and will be iterative with regular reviews and updates when new evidence and insights emerge.
Navigating the uncharted waters: population ageing in the UK
This report is published by International Longevity Centre UK argues that the UK’s unprecedented population ageing poses a set of daunting, yet not insurmountable, challenges for policy-makers, institutions and health care providers to design better solutions fit for an ageing society.
Unrelieved pain in palliative care
The Office of Health Economics has published Unrelieved pain in palliative care in England. This study estimates the number of palliative care patients who would have their pain relieved if ‘best practice’ was adopted across all care settings and some projections of how these numbers may change over time. Additional link: OHE press release
Spending Round 2019
HM Treasury has published Spending Round 2019 which sets out the government’s spending plans for 2020-2021. The Department of Health and Social Care’s resource budget will rise by 3.1% in real terms. This settlement gives the NHS a cash increase of £33.9 billion a year by 2023-24 compared to 2018-19 budgets, as well as boosting other budgets to deliver better health outcomes for patients and the public. Additional link: NHS Providers briefing
Service user experience
Healthwatch England has published What people have told us about health and social care. This briefing outlines feedback Healthwatch England has received from users of health and social care services between April and June 2019. It also sets out how Healthwatch England is using this information to shape health and social care policy and practice. Additional link: Healthwatch news release