Public Health Update
Starting and Developing Well
National Maternity and Perinatal Audit
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has published National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Organisational Report 2019. The second organisational survey of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) maps current service provision as of January 2019 across England, Scotland and Wales. This report describes how services have changed since the last survey in January 2017, where service provision has improved and where further improvement is still needed in order to meet recommendations. Additional link: RCOG press release
Child sexual abuse and exploitation
Public Health England has updated their Literature search to identify the latest international research about effective interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. This document provides a summary of the latest international research about effective interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.
Recommended flu vaccines
A joint letter from NHS England and Public Health England provides commissioners with details of recommended vaccines for the 2019 to 2020 seasonal flu vaccination programme and sets out the steps they should now take.
Prehabiliitation for people with cancer
The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration have published Prehabilitation for people with cancer: principles and guidance for prehabilitation within the management and support of people with cancer. This document calls for changes to the delivery of cancer care across the UK, with a greater focus on prehabilitation including nutrition, physical activity and psychological support.
Low take-up of medicinal cannabis
Despite the rescheduling of medicinal cannabis, very few prescriptions have been issued, according to an MPs’ report.
Towards mental health equality
The Mental Health Policy Group has published Towards mental health equality: a manifesto for the next Prime Minister. This manifesto sets out the five key areas that the next Prime Minister must address in order to improve the lives of people with mental health problems and promote the mental health of the nation.
Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with type 2 diabetes
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published Using pharmacists to help improve care for people with type 2 diabetes. This document is aimed at policy makers and education/service commissioners within the NHS in England and makes recommendations for how pharmacists can play an increasing role in the prevention, early detection, care and support of people with type 2 diabetes. Additional link: RPS press release
State of caring report 2019
Carers UK have published their State of caring: a snapshot of unpaid care in the UK. This report is based on the results of the 2019 State of Caring Survey of over 7,500 people currently caring unpaid for family or friends. It captures the impact that caring has on carers’ lives and evidences the policy recommendations that would improve this.
Additional link: Carers UK press release
Decent and accessible homes for older people
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Older People has published its report Decent and accessible homes for older people (pdf). The report aims to understand the detrimental impact of poor housing on older people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing and contains 13 recommendations that look at the impact of poor quality, inaccessible housing on health, issues in supported housing and the private rented sector and the importance of home improvement agencies.
Adult social care and wellbeing
The Local Government Association has published One year on: the LGA green paper for adult social care and wellbeing. This report gives a number of perspectives on two broad issues: what is happening to adult social care on the ground and what life is like for people who experience care and support; and what the context is to the debate about the future of adult social care and where that might go next.
National Audit of Care at the End of Life
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has published National Audit of Care at the End of Life: first round of the audit (2018/19) report. This audit reviews how people’s preferences regarding care at the end of life are identified, discussed and implemented during their last admission in acute and community hospitals.
Impact of public health expenditure on mortality and morbidity
The Centre for Health Economics has published Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure? Estimates of the impact of English public health grant on mortality and morbidity? This report investigates the relationship between local authority public health expenditure and mortality and morbidity.
Health and Wellbeing Boards
The Local Government Association has published What a difference a place makes: the growing impact of health and wellbeing boards. This resource captures the achievements, challenges and learning from 22 effective health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) across the country, all of which are making good progress on integrating health and care, improving wellbeing and tackling the wider determinants of health.
Government updates plans to maintain the drug supply in the event of a no-deal Brexit
The government has confirmed further details of its plans to maintain the supply of medicines and medical products in the event of a no-deal EU exit.
Ambulance trusts guidance: learning from deaths
NHS Improvement has published National guidance for ambulance trusts on learning from deaths. This guidance is to help NHS ambulance trusts in England to improve the way they review and learn from the deaths of patients who had been under their care. It also sets out a standardised framework for ambulance trusts to use to develop and implement their local learning from deaths policies.