North East Lincolnshire Council

Public Health Bulletin – 9 to 13 September 2019

Starting and Developing Well


Survey shows new mothers’ health needs are neglected
Nearly half (47%) of mothers who’ve recently given birth get less than three minutes or no time at all to discuss their mental and physical health at a postnatal check, according to new research by NCT (National Childbirth Trust) and Netmums.

Mental health care for young people and young adults

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has published Mental healthcare in young people and young adults.  This review looks in detail at the mental healthcare provided to young people from the unique perspective of the overlap between physical and mental healthcare, the quality of physical and mental healthcare provided and how patients with mental health conditions use healthcare services.  The aim of this study was to identify areas of care that can be improved for all patients aged between 11 and 25 years.


A manifesto for children

The Children’s Commissioner has published A manifesto for children.  The manifesto calls on Britain’s political parties to include a six-point plan in their election manifestos to transform the life chances for disadvantaged children and to help children to thrive. The key themes are: supporting stronger families, providing decent places for children to live, helping children to have healthy minds, keeping children active, providing SEND support for those who need it, and creating safer streets and play areas.


Mental health and the journey to parenthood

Healthwatch has published Mental health and the journey to parenthood.  This report shares what parents have said about their experiences of mental health problems during and after pregnancy, and calls on services to give people more opportunities to talk about their mental wellbeing.

Additional link: Healthwatch news item | Healthwatch blog


Living Well


Support for survivors of female genital mutilation

NHS England has announced the launch of a network of NHS ‘one stop shop’ clinics for survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM).  More than 1,300 women over 18 are expected to benefit from the highly specialised FGM support being rolled out to eight new centres across England as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.


Dental statistics broken down by practice for the first time
The latest statistics about patients treated by NHS dentists are broken down to dental practice level for the first time. The report from NHS Digital shows that half of all adults in England saw an NHS dentist in the two years to June 2019, a slight decrease on the same period to June 2018.

PHE has published the first ever evidence review of dependence and withdrawal problems associated with five commonly prescribed classes of medicines in England. Find out more in this blog about what this means for patients and what needs to be done.


Essential nutrition actions

The World Health Organisation has published Essential Nutrition Actions: mainstreaming nutrition throughout the life course.  This document aims to provide a compilation of actions to address malnutrition in all its forms, to help in decision-making processes for integration of nutrition interventions in national health policies, strategies, and plans based on country-specific needs and global priorities.  Additional link: WHO press release


Drugs policy and medicinal cannabis

The Department of Health and Social Care has published Government response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee report on drugs policy: medicinal cannabis. This paper sets out the government’s response to the recommendations made in Drugs policy: medicinal cannabis.


Link between deprivation and dependency on prescription drugs
Public Health England has published an evidence review of dependence and withdrawal problems associated with five commonly prescribed classes of medicines in England.

Gambling related harm reduction

The Association of Directors of Public Health Yorkshire and Humber Problem Gambling Working Group has published Public health framework for gambling related harm reduction. This framework offers a menu of possible interventions to reduce gambling related harm.


NICE wants tailored support for those affected by suicide
NICE has published its quality standard on suicide prevention – covering five key ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicide.

Ageing Well


£130 million for life-changing diseases
This government is to spend £133 million on new treatments for arthritis and cancer and for pioneering gene-based therapies for diseases including dementia and Parkinson’s.

Health inequalities in older populations in rural and coastal areas

PHE has published a new review of Health Inequalities in Older Populations in Rural and Coastal Areas. This rapid literature review, carried out by Northumbria University, brings together a range of evidence on the nature of health inequalities experienced by older populations in coastal and rural areas. Intended for local authorities to inform local planning, services and infrastructure development, the review suggests a list of considerations for taking an asset-based approach to reducing inequalities and promoting healthy ageing across the country. Read more in our blog.


Healthy Places


Community pharmacies get resources for flu vaccination
PSNC has published resources to support community pharmacy contractors to deliver the flu vaccination service.

Chief nurse recruits social media ‘influencers’ to push NHS App
England’s chief nursing officer, Ruth May, wants to find 10 NHS ambassadors including nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and doctors to promote the NHS App on social media.

Social prescribing link workers

NHS England has produced a Social prescribing link worker welcome pack.  The welcome pack includes useful information to help link workers in primary care networks find out more about their role and what support is available.


Achieving integrated care: 15 best-practice actions
The 15 actions prioritised in this resource draw on evidence about what works from international research, emerging best practice and engagement with Local Government Association stakeholders and partners.


Public Health England strategy

Public Health England has published PHE strategy 2020 to 2025.  This document sets out how Public Health England (PHE) will work to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities over the next 5 years


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