Weekly Information Bulletin

This page details weekly new public health information and data releases which may be of interest.

Public Health England's Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service publish monthly updates of news, events, resources and tools here: http://www.apho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=175500#Local Updates


Week Commencing 4 September 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Next stage of world-leading childhood obesity plan announced

Public Health England (PHE) announces plans to consider the evidence, set guidelines and closely monitor progress on calorie reduction.

Source: PHE

 

NHS Health Check 40-64 Dementia Pilot Research Findings

This report summarises the findings from a pilot project into the effectiveness of dementia risk reduction messaging in NHS Health Checks. It found that the pilot project showed promise in shifting public awareness and understanding of dementia risk with 75 per cent of the 164 participants recalling the advice on dementia risk and 80 per cent reporting that the advice would impact on their behaviour.

Source: Alzheimer's Society/King’s Fund

 

National Maternity And Perinatal Audit: Organisational Report 2017

This report finds large increase in midwife-led units co-located with obstetric units, increasing birthplace choice for pregnant women but also describes variation in availability of staff, facilities and services.

Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)/King’s Fund

 

'Junk food' may increase cancer risk in 'healthy weight' women

"Women who eat junk food such as burgers or pizza are increasing their risk of cancer even if they're not overweight, new research has warned," reports the Daily Mail.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Health in all policies self-assessment tool

Public health made the formal transfer to local government in April 2013 and has made great strides in the last four years to tackle the wider social and economic determinants of poor health by moving into a phase of transformational change.

Source: LGA

 

On measuring the number of vulnerable children in England

A new Children's Commissioner report examines measures of the number of vulnerable children in England.  The paper discusses 32 different definitions, and calls for interested parties to participate in further work.

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England

 

Marmot indicators

The Institute of Health Equity have produced a briefing on the latest Marmot Indicators. The Marmot indicators relate to life expectancy, healthy ageing and the social determinants of health.

Source: Institute of Health Equity

 

Perinatal mental health profile

This profile is designed to support planners, providers and stakeholders to plan services, undertake needs assessments and benchmark against similar populations. It brings together available metrics around mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies aged <1 year. It includes metrics at local authority, CCG, and Acute Trust level.

Source: PHE

 

International NHS competition sets out the winning design for life

People could get discounts off their shopping in exchange for exercising as part of plans that have won an international healthy living challenge laid down by NHS England.

Source: NHS England

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

Getting serious about public mental health

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NOMIS

Latest news

DWP benefits: February 2017 data released (16/08/2017)

Claimant Count / Jobseekers Allowance: July 2017 data released (16/08/2017)

 

NHS Digital

2.Rural housing statistics

3.Rural health statistics

4.Rural transport, travel and accessibility statistics

5.Children's social care data in England 2017

6.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 18 Aug 2017

  • 30 August 2017

  • National Statistics

7.Working and workless households in the UK: Apr to June 2017

  • 30 August 2017

  • National Statistics

8.Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2017

 

Week Commencing 7 August 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Inpatient Provision For Children And Young People With Mental Health Problems

This report examines the state of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services in England. It explores the latest evidence and NHS data on admissions, quality of care, staffing and capacity. It highlights five challenges to raising standards in young people’s mental health provision.   Source: Education Policy Institute/King’s Fund

 

Food environment assessment tool (Feat) 
CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, have developed a tool to map, measure and monitor regional and neighbourhood access to a range of food outlet types, across the whole of England, including changes over time.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Local Alcohol Consumption Survey  Source: PHE

 

New NIHR Highlight on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A new Highlight of NIHR research into the management and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has just been published.

The Highlight features research into psychological and pharmacological treatment options and new research on using self-help materials, combined with modest levels of support from mental health practitioners.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Unmet need for care

This report, conducted in partnership with the NIHR School for Social Care Research, NatCen Social Research, Age UK and Independent Age, highlights the experiences of unmet need for care among older people living in their own homes. It finds that despite varying measures of unmet need, by any measure over half of older people with care needs have unmet needs. People eligible for local authority support as well as self-funders are affected by unmet need and those who live alone are particularly vulnerable.  Source: Ipsos Mori

Sexual And Reproductive Health: Time To Act

This report warns that years of improvement in the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare being delivered to patients is at risk due to the bureaucratic, financial and training barriers facing GPs and practice teams. It finds that GPs fear rates of teenage pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases will rise – reversing current trends – as vulnerable patients are being excluded from accessing the most appropriate forms of contraception, and that health inequalities are being widened as a result.  Source: Royal College of General Practitioners

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

BBC

Poorest pupils 'two years behind when they sit GCSEs'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40801167

 

Students paying '£1,000 an hour' for tuition  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40790358

 

Gov.uk (Transport)

  1. Reported drinking and driving (RAS51)

  2. Biofuel statistics: Year 9 (2016 to 2017), report 4

  3. Reported road casualties in Great Britain: accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2015 (final)

    • 3 August 2017

    • National Statistics

Part of a collection: Road accidents and safety statistics

 

NHS Digital

1.Prescribing for diabetes in England - 2006/07 to 2016/17 [PAS] 

Published: 1 August 2017.

2.Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - April 2017, by provider
Published: 1 August 2017. This publication has been delayed from 28 July due to operational reasons.

3. Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data - April 2017 - May 2017
Published: 1 August 2017. This publication has been delayed from 28 July due to operational reasons.

4.Maternity Services Monthly Statistics - March 2017, Experimental statistics Published: 2 August 2017.

5.Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England - 2016/17
Published: 3 August 2017.

 

GOV.UK

1.What has happened to the income of retired households over the past 40 years?

  • 8 August 2017

  • Official Statistics

2.Prison population figures: 2017

3.Drink-drive rehabilitation scheme data

4.Reported drinking and driving (RAS51)

5.Widening participation in higher education: 2017

6.Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2017

7.End of Life Care Profiles: August 2017

  • 1 August 2017

  • Official Statistics

8.update

9.Public health outcomes framework: August 2017 data update

 

Week Commencing 24 July 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Child Sexual Exploitation: Prevention And Intervention

This report summarises the emerging evidence from the UK on the issue of child sexual exploitation. It provides practice examples to support local public health leaders to establish a public health framework for prevention and intervention. The accompanying literature search is a summary of the latest international research about effective interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.  Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

Annual diabetes checks reduce mortality risk for people with diabetes

People with diabetes who have had annual diabetes checks regularly in the preceding seven years have a mortality rate which is half the rate of those who have not, according to the latest publication from the National Diabetes Audit 2015-161.   Source: NHS Digital

Analysis Of Minor Ailment Services And Data

These briefings provide details of analysis carried out by Pinnacle Health Partnership of community pharmacy data of minor ailment services. It provides details of service provision of minor ailment services in England, the conditions that the services treat, and patient demographic data.   Source: Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)/King’s Fund

Health Profile For England

This report draws on population health data to give an overall picture of the health of England. It finds that life expectancy has now reached 79.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women but that much of this extra time is spent in poor health. A major theme of the report is health inequalities as the data shows that in the wealthiest areas, people enjoy nearly 20 more years in good health than those in the poorest areas.  Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

Public Health Outcomes Framework: Health Equity Report: Focus On Ethnicity

This report presents analysis and commentary on inequalities for 18 indicators from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). PHE is using the PHOF indicators to monitor progress to reduce health inequalities in England. This report brings together recent data and provides an indication of trends where possible. It is also designed to help health and social care organisations understand inequalities for different populations and supports these organisations to address the inequalities in health outcomes.  Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

NHS Digital

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics - Final April, Provisional May 2017
Published: 20 July 2017.

GOV.UK

2.Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics final April, provisional May 2017

  • 20 July 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

3.Alcohol usage in the UK armed forces: 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2017

  • 20 July 2017

  • Official Statistics

     

    King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Guidance, policy and research

Health profile for England

This report by Public Health England draws on population health data to give an overall picture of the health of England. It finds that life expectancy has now reached 79.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women but that much of this extra time is spent in poor health. A major theme of the report is health inequalities as the data shows that in the wealthiest areas, people enjoy nearly 20 more years in good health than those in the poorest areas.

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Public health outcomes framework: health equity report: focus on ethnicity

This report presents analysis and commentary on inequalities for 18 indicators from the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). The PHOF indicators are being used to monitor progress to reduce health inequalities in England. This report brings together recent data and provides an indication of trends where possible. It is also designed to help health and social care organisations understand inequalities for different populations and supports these organisations to address the inequalities in health outcomes.

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2017 drug strategy

 

This strategy sets out how the government and its partners, at local, national and international levels, will take new action to tackle drug misuse and the harms it causes. It builds on an existing approach to preventing drug misuse, supporting people to recover from dependence and restricting the supply of drugs.

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Smokefree: the first ten years

This report finds that since the introduction of smokefree legislation in England ten years ago, there has been significant growth in support for this and other legislation introduced by government, particularly among smokers themselves. The results from a public opinion survey also reveals increasing public support for further measures such as a licensing scheme for tobacco retailers and a levy on the tobacco industry to pay for measures to reduce smoking prevalence.

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Carers UK

State of caring 2017

 

This report finds that four in ten unpaid carers have not had a break in over one year, whilst one in four had not received a single day away from caring in five years. It also found that carers most frequently listed access to breaks as one of three factors which could make a difference in their lives (42 per cent). Carers who had not had a break in a year or more reported a deterioration in their health, both mentally (73 per cent) and physically (65 per cent). The research also charts a growing anxiety around the level of support that will be available against a backdrop of cuts to adult social care services.

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Department of Health (DH)

Towards a smokefree generation: a tobacco control plan for England

This document outlines the government's plans to reduce smoking in England, with the aim of creating a smokefree generation. The objectives of the plan are to reduce the number of 15 year olds who regularly smoke; reduce smoking among adults in England; reduce the inequality gap in smoking prevalence; and reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy. The aim is to achieve these objectives by the end of 2022.

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Statistics and data

Statistics and data

 

BBC

Half of pupils expelled from school 'mentally ill'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40667089

Children in temporary housing up a third since 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40685901

 

 

Week Commencing 17 July 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

On Measuring The Number Of Vulnerable Children In England

This report looks at the scale of vulnerability among children in England. It brings together a range of information held by various government departments, agencies and others. It finds, among other things, that there are 800,000 children suffering from mental health difficulties.  Source: Children's Commissioner

Against the odds: Evaluation of the Mind Birmingham Up My Street programme

The Centre of Mental Health evaluates three projects aimed at improvement young black men's mental health. They found the projects successfully improved young black men's wellbeing, and recommend lessons learned from this should be rolled out nationally. 

 

Being mindful of mental health: the role of local government in mental health and wellbeing

This report explores how councils influence the mental wellbeing of our communities and how council services, from social care to parks to open spaces to education to housing, help to make up the fabric of mental health support for the people in our communities.  Source: LGA

 

Economic activity and health 

A study examining a cohort of 25 year olds in England found that those with a though better than the unemployed.  Shift work was also associated with relatively poor health.  Source: Institute of Education

Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK's mental health

In March 2017, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, NatCen conducted a survey amongst its panel members in England, Scotland and Wales. This aimed to understand the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems, levels of positive and negative mental health in the population, and the actions people take to deal with the stressors in their lives. 2,290 interviews were completed, with 82% online and 18% by phone.  Source: UK Health Forum

8 out of 10 patients are positive about GPs – new survey

As the NHS treats more patients than ever before, a new nationwide survey shows the majority of people are positive about their GP care – with almost 85 per cent rating their overall experience of their GP surgery as good.  Source: NHS England

Annual statistical publication for FGM shows 5,391 newly recorded cases during 2016-17  Source: NHS Digital

Meeting the public health needs of the armed forces

This resource has been developed for local authorities, local Defence Medical Services and those supporting the health needs of the armed forces community in England to help support and strengthen local relationships to meet the public health needs of armed forces populations.  Source: LGA

 

Wider Determinants of Health: May 2017

The Wider Determinants of Health data tool has been updated by Public Health England (PHE). 
The tool brings together available indicators at England and local authority levels on the wider determinants of health with links to further resources. 
It is designed to: 
•draw attention to the broad range of individual, social and environmental factors which influence our health 
•provide the public health system with intelligence on the wider determinants of health to help improve population health and reduce health inequalities 
 This update contains: 
•3 new indicators 
•more recent data for 4 indicators 

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Current Awareness Bulletin

Health Matters: Child dental health

This resource for local authorities and health professionals, brings together the important facts and figures on child dental health and evidence of effective interventions to prevent tooth decay in children under five.  Source: PHE

Secondary school staff get mental health 'first aid' training

From June 2017, teachers in secondary schools around the country will take part in a new training programme to help them identify and respond to early signs of mental health issues in children.  Source: DoH et al

The sedentary profile of primary care patients

This study established the factors that influence sedentary behaviours in the primary care population which can help inform the development and targeting of promotional strategies.  Source: Journal of Public Health

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2016  Source: ONS

 

Kings Fund

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Statistics and data

NHS Digital

5.FE data library: vocational qualifications

6.Attitudes and satisfaction

7.Further education and skills: July 2017

8.Journey times to key services (JTS01)

9.Vocational qualifications dataset

  • 13 July 2017

  • Statistical data set

 

BBC

Pub smoking ban: 10 charts that show the impact  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40444460

Children 'exercise less as they get older’  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40609517

 

 

 

Week Commencing 26 June 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

A Healthy State Of Mind: Improving Young People's Mental Fitness

This report argues for reform of the mental health system to provide greater support for the majority of young people who will not receive treatment from specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) whilst ensuring that those in desperate need of clinical intervention receive immediate help.   Source: Localis 

Your shout

Your Shout is an initiative of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. The McCusker Centre is dedicated to reducing harmful drinking and harms from alcohol among young people. We work to raise awareness of the magnitude of alcohol-related harms among young people, the evidence-based approaches we know can work, other options and the need to act without delay. The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth was established with support from the McCusker Charitable Foundation and the Curtin Foundation, and is based at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.   Source: UK Health Forum

Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014

The report Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014 presents the latest trends in obesity, eating behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviour from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study, and highlights gender and socioeconomic inequalities across the WHO European Region. 
 
Trends have previously been reported separately, but this report brings together for the first time HBSC data on obesity and obesity-related behaviours to review the latest evidence and consider the range and complexity of factors influencing childhood obesity.   Source: UK Health Forum

 

ONS

This date has been changed from 20 June 2017

Statistics and data

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2.Live tables on homelessness

3.Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: mid-2016

  • 22 June 2017

  • National Statistics

4.Statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief, England: January to March 2017

 

 

Week Commencing 19 June 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Status of mind

This report, published in partnership with the Young Health Movement (YHM), examines the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health. It includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health.

Source: RSPH

 

Women, addiction and crime: what works? #WomenAndDrugs

Source: The Mental Elf

 

Women in prison have significantly more drug problems than men #WomenAndDrugs

Source: The Mental Elf

 

Even moderate drinking may damage the brain

"Even moderate drinking can damage the brain," The Guardian reports. A new study, involving brain scans and cognitive testing, suggests that moderate drinking, over many years, could damage areas of the brain linked to memory and cognitive function.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

 

Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014

The report Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014 presents the latest trends in obesity, eating behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviour from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study, and highlights gender and socioeconomic inequalities across the WHO European Region.

Trends have previously been reported separately, but this report brings together for the first time HBSC data on obesity and obesity-related behaviours to review the latest evidence and consider the range and complexity of factors influencing childhood obesity.

Source: WHO

 

Prevalence of smoking falls among adults in England

According to a report published today by NHS Digital2, the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England, smoking prevalence fell for all age groups between 2010 and 2016. The largest fall was amongst 18 to 24 year olds - from 26 per cent in 2010 to 19 per cent in 2016.

Source: NHS Digital

 

Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2016

Source: DoH

 

 

ONS

15 June 2017 (confirmed)

 

Preventing violence, promoting peace: a toolkit for preventing interpersonal, collective and extremist violence

This toolkit brings together evidence on the prevention of all types of violence including interpersonal violence (child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, elder abuse and youth violence), collective violence (including war and gang violence) and violent extremism. It focuses largely on how to prevent individuals and groups from developing violent behaviours rather than the costly process of dealing with violence and its consequences.

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Sexually transmitted infections and chlamydia screening in England: 2016

Information on STI diagnoses and sexual health services provided in England by demographic characteristics and geographical region.

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European drug report 2017: trends and developments

This report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems, as well as drug policy and responses. Together with the online statistical bulletin, country drug reports and perspectives on drugs, it makes up the 2017 European drug report package.

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GOV.UK

  1. Prison population figures: 2017

2.Further education and skills: March 2017

3.Military aid to civil authorities: financial year 2016/17

4.Mental health in the UK armed forces: background quality report

5.UK armed forces mental health annual statistics: financial year 2016/17

6.National achievement rates tables 2015 to 2016

7.UK armed forces monthly service personnel statistics: 2017

8.The Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger's Syndrome) in School Age Children in NI 2017

  • 15 June 2017

  • NISRA and Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

  • Official Statistics

9.Divorces in England and Wales: 2015

  • 15 June 2017

  • National Statistics

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 30 May 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Status of mind

The Royal Society of Public Health and the Young Health Movement have published #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health.  The report includes a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. YouTube tops the table as the most positive with Instagram and Snapchat coming out as the most detrimental to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.  Source: RSPH

 

Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014

This report presents the latest trends in obesity, eating behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviour from the health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC) study, and highlights gender and socioeconomic inequalities across the WHO European Region.  Source: WHO

 

Alcohol Consumption In England 
Alcohol In England is the portal through which major findings from the Alcohol Toolkit Study are made available to policy makers, clinicians, researchers, journalists and the general public. The Alcohol Consumption in England project is funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR).  Source: UK Health Forum


Alcohol Toolkit Study 
The primary objective of the Alcohol Toolkit Study (ATS) is to evaluate the impact of national and local alcohol control policies and interventions. A secondary objective is to improve understanding of population level factors influencing alcohol consumption.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Mental health and new models of care. Lessons from the vanguards 
This report produced by The King's Fund, draws on their recent research with vanguard sites in England, conducted in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The King's Fund found that where new models of care have been used to remove the barriers between mental health and other parts of the health system, local professionals saw this as being highly valuable in improving care for patients and service users. But there remains much to be done to fully embed mental health into integrated care teams, primary care, urgent and emergency care pathways, and in work on population health.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

The King’s Fund

What policies are needed to improve children’s health?  https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/big-election-questions-children-health

 

NHS Digital

       Published: 31 May 2017.

 

GOV.UK

2.Rural housing statistics

3.Rural education statistics

4.Live tables on house building: new build dwellings

  • 25 May 2017

  • Statistical data set

5.House building: new build dwellings, England: January to March 2017

6.NEET statistics quarterly brief: January to March 2017

7.Rural health statistics

8.Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: May 2017

  • 25 May 2017

  • National Statistics

9.Traveller caravan count: January 2017

10.Immigration statistics, January to March 2017

11.Cancer registration statistics, England: 2015

  • 24 May 2017

  • ONS and PHE

  • National Statistics

12.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 12 May 2017

  • 23 May 2017

  • National Statistics

13.Conceptions to women aged under 18 in England and Wales: Jan to Mar 2016

  • 23 May 2017

  • National Statistics

BBC

Tories accused of 'sleight of hand' on manifesto grammar schools data  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40043891

 

 

 

Week Commencing 22 May 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Population Mental Health Promotion for Children and Youth

Mental health is a public health priority that requires competent, confident front-line staff to work in collaboration with others to build healthy and resilient communities, and engage with individuals and families to provide appropriate supports.

The six NCCs for Public Health (Canada) collaborated on a project focused on population mental health promotion for children and youth. Together, they aimed to mobilize public health knowledge and action by clarifying key concepts and exploring the public health role. The project has resulted in a collection of topical papers, alongside general resources, including background information and a resource scan, to help public health practitioners engage with the topic from a variety of perspectives. 

The Population mental health promotion for children and youth collection includes:

General resources

Adolescent Obesity And Related Behaviours: Trends And Inequalities In The WHO European Region, 2002–2014

This report reveals that the number of obese adolescents is continuing to rise in many countries across the WHO European Region. It highlights persisting inequalities in obesity among young people and indicates that ongoing health promotion and disease prevention efforts aimed at reducing childhood obesity are failing to adequately reach these groups.

Source: WHO/King’s Fund

Mental Health And New Models Of Care: Lessons From The Vanguards

While some of the vanguard sites developing new care models report promising early results from adopting a whole-person approach, the full opportunities to improve care through integrated approaches to mental health have not yet been realised. This report draws on recent research with vanguard sites in England, conducted in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It finds that where new models of care have been used to remove the barriers between mental health and other parts of the health system, local professionals saw this as being highly valuable in improving care for patients and service users. It concludes that there remains much to be done to fully embed mental health into integrated care teams, primary care, urgent and emergency care pathways, and in work on population health.  Source: The King’s Fund

Indicators of social capital in the UK

A new ONS data release tracks. The figures show a continued decline in the proportion of people who meet socially with friends, relatives or colleagues once a week. The proportion of people who volunteer has risen, as has the proportion who care for somebody.  Source: ONS

 

GOV.UK

  1. Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 12 May 2017

    • 23 May 2017

    • National Statistics

2.Recorded Dementia Diagnoses April 2017

  • 19 May 2017
  • NHS Digital
  • Official Statistics

3.Conceptions to women aged under 18 in England and Wales: Jan to Mar 2016

  • 23 May 2017
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

4.Prison population figures: 2017

5.Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2016

6. Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: April 2016 to March 2017

NHS Digital

1.NHS Outcomes Framework Indicators - May 2017 Release [NS]
Published: 18 May 2017.

2.Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - February 2017, by provider
Published: 18 May 2017.
This publication has been brought forward from 19 May due to earlier availability of pre-published data.

3.Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data - April 2016 - March 2017 (M12)
Published: 18 May 2017.
This publication has been brought forward from 19 May due to earlier availability of pre-published data.

4.Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - April 2017
Published: 19 May 2017.

5. [MI] Patient Online Management Information 2017-18 (April data)
Published: 22 May 2017.

6.General and Personal Medical Services, England - As at 31 March 2017, Provisional Experimental statistics 
Published: 23 May 2017.

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

BBC

Cigarettes sold in plain green packs under new rules  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39984887

Instagram 'worst for young mental health' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39955295

 

 

Week Commencing 15 May 2017

Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2017 [National Statistic].
NHS Digital; 2017.
http://www.content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB23940
[This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources for England.]
Freely available online

Prevention of eating disorders: where do we start?

Source: The Mental Elf

Yoga may bring long-term benefits for people with depression

"Yoga can ease depression symptoms, according to the largest study to ever investigate the link," the Mail Online reports.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

A supported web-based programme helps people lose weight in the short term

A web-based programme (POWeR) with nurse support helped about 30% of people lose at least 5% of their body weight, maintained for at least 12 months. By comparison, twenty percent of people achieved this with an online information sheet only.  This research does not tell us whether POWeR alone would have provided the same benefit

POWer+ helped more people achieve short-term weight loss but the average weight loss of about 3-4 kg after 12 months was statistically similar for those given information only. The healthy eating online materials tested had previously been shown to help people to control their weight, without expert advice.

The NHS needs low-cost weight loss programmes to tackle the burden of obesity-related disease. This NIHR research showed that the web programme, with phone or email support from nurses, had a modest benefit and was probably cost-effective.  It represents one option that could be offered to patients.

Source: NIHR Signals

 

Turning Up The Volume: Unheard Voices Of People With Dementia

This report contains the findings of a consultation with people affected by dementia. It reveals that nearly half of the UK adults questioned had not started saving for the care and support they might need in the future, and a third agreed that before being asked, they had not considered the cost of dementia care and support. It brings together the views of more than 3,850 people with dementia, carers and the public, in a series of in-depth interviews and face-to-face and online surveys.

Source: Alzheimer’s Society/King’s Fund

 

Urban Green Space Interventions And Health: A Review Of Impacts And Effectiveness

This report aims to fill the knowledge gap on the benefits of urban green spaces. It outlines the results of an evidence review and an assessment of local case studies on urban green space interventions and finds that increasing or improving urban green space can deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes for all population groups, particularly among lower socioeconomic status groups. It highlights the need to more fully include health and equity outcomes in studies on green space interventions in future.

Source: WHO/King’s Fund

 

 

Faculty of Public Health

GOV.UK

 

Week Commecing 8 May 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

QualityWatch - Focus On: Emergency Hospital Care For Children And Young People

Analysing Hospital Episode Statistics from 2006/07 to 2015/16, this report looks at the use and quality of emergency hospital services for children and young people aged up to 24. It shows changes in patterns of use over time and provides the basis for discussions about the quality of care for children and young people.  Source: Nuffield Trust/King’s Fund

 

Children And Young People’s Mental Health - The Role Of Education

As part of a joint inquiry into children and young people's mental health, the Health and Education Committees found that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges. The report suggests that the next Government review the effects of the budget reductions in the education sector.

Source: House of Commons Health Select Committee/King’s Fund

 

UK foodbank use continues to rise

New data from the Trussell Trust shows a continued rise in the use of food banks. The major source of referrals come from benefit delays and changes.

 

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BBC

More than half of UK vapers 'have given up smoking'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39823325

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39832997

Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39750457/student-mental-health-costs-should-be-free-according-to-the-royal-college-of-gps

Air quality: Diesel scrappage scheme being considered  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39818083

General election 2017: Labour proposes junk food ad ban  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39838028

 

 

Week Commencing 1 May 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Focus On: Emergency Hospital Care For Children And Young People: What Has Changed In The Past 10 Years?

This report draws on emergency hospital admissions data and finds that the number of babies and young children admitted to hospital in an emergency has grown by almost a third over the past decade. The analysis reveals that many children are being admitted to hospital for conditions like asthma and tonsillitis – admissions that could potentially have been avoided with better care and support out of hospital. The report raises questions about where children and young people can access high quality treatment outside of the hospital emergency care setting.  Source: Qualitywatch/King’s Fund

Depression in later life: who benefits most from antidepressants plus exercise?  Source: The Mental Elf

The Impact Of Housing Problems On Mental Health

This report, conducted with ComRes, reveals that over the last five years one in five adults suffer mental health problems due to housing pressures. The research also surveyed the experiences of 20 GPs who highlighted the number of patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression directly due to housing issues and that GPs required greater help to support patients with housing problems.

Source: Shelter/King’s Fund

 

Regular exercise for the over-50s 'sharpens the mind'

"Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50," BBC News reports.  Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Article: The cost-effectiveness of population Health Checks: have the NHS Health Checks been unfairly maligned? 
The English NHS currently has a policy of providing Health Checks to all 4074 year olds. Administered in primary care, they aim to identify patients at risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, and facilitate care. This study is the first to use observed data on the effectiveness of the Checks to consider whether they represent a cost-effective use of limited NHS resources. The analysis suggests that the significant health and cost-saving benefits from even a modest reduction in mean BMI, coupled with the low costs of the Checks, combine to result in a potentially highly cost-effective policy  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Tobacco packaging design for reducing tobacco use

Source: The Cochrane Library

 

NHS Digital

·Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Report - January 2017 Final, February 2017 Provisional + Quarter 3 2016-17
Published: 25 April 2017.

·NHS Sickness Absence Rates - October 2016 to December 2016
Published: 26 April 2017.

·NHS Workforce Statistics - January 2017, Provisional Statistics 
Published: 26 April 2017.

·Seven-day Services - England, October 2015 - September 2016, Experimental statistics 
Published: 26 April 2017.

·Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Commissioner Census (Assuring Transformation), March 2017, Experimental Statistics
Published: 27 April 2017.

·Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2016 to December 2016
Published: 27 April 2017.

·[MI] General and Personal Medical services, England
Published: 27 April 2017.

 

GOV.UK

  1. ENV02 - Air quality statistics

  2. Air quality statistics

3.Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables

6.Pedal cycle traffic (TRA04)

  • 27 April 2017

  • Statistical data set

7.Crime outcomes in England and Wales, year to December 2016: data tables

8.Fire Statistics: England April 2015 to March 2016

9.Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics Commissioner Census (Assuring Transformation), Mar 2017

  • 27 April 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

10.Crime in England and Wales: year ending Dec 2016

  • 27 April 2017

  • National Statistics

11.Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2016

12.Child obesity and excess weight: small area level data

  • 26 April 2017

  • Official Statistics

13.Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: 2016 to 2017 quarterly data

 

Week Commencing 24 April 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal.   This report is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain.  It includes chapters on six areas of life, including health, and looks at where there has been progress and where there are still issues to be tackled.  It also looks at experiences of those with different impairments and how these impact on people’s life chances.  Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission

 

Online support: investigating the role of public online forums in mental health

The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos has produced Online Support: investigating the role of public online forums in mental health.  This report seeks to investigate the large amounts of mental health related discussion taking place on public online forums and to explore the potential for the use of computational techniques to provide robust, actionable insight from these conversations to a wide audience  Source: King’s Fund

 

Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

"Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to other types of commuters.  Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Public Health England: stakeholder review 2016/17

PHE commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out its fourth annual stakeholder research, seeking the views and perspectives of leading stakeholders on: their working relationships with PHE; priorities, ambitions and focus; current and future expectations; and how they can improve what they do and how they work with stakeholders.   Source: PHE

 

NHS Digital

9.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 7 Apr 2017

  • 20 April 2017

  • National Statistics

10.Child mortality in England and Wales: 2015

  • 20 April 2017

  • National Statistics

11.Birth cohort tables for infant deaths, England and Wales: 2014

  • 20 April 2017

  • National Statistics

12.Pupil absence in schools in England: 2015 to 2016

13.Numbers of Patients Registered at a GP Practice: Apr 2017

15.Youth custody data

16.School inspections outcomes: management information

17.Recorded Dementia Diagnoses March 2017

  • 13 April 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

18.Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - Jan 2017

  • 13 April 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Health Matters: Obesity And The Food Environment

This briefing outlines key statistics and figures about the scale of obesity in England and the factors behind the rise in obesity levels. It discusses how improving access to healthier food choices can support behaviour change and it includes case studies where local areas have taken action.

Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

 

Physical Inactivity And Sedentary Behaviour Report 2017

This report finds that more than 20 million adults in the UK are physically inactive and estimates that this increase risk of heart disease may cost the NHS £1.2 billion annually. The report provides an overview of the levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in adults across the UK.

Source: British Heart Foundation/King’s Fund

 

Integration 2020: Scoping Research

This research was commissioned by the Department of Health to inform the development of the integration standard and the next phase of plans to integrated health and social care. The integration standard would enable the collection of qualitative and quantitative data to measure the progress and performance within local areas. This report presents the findings of scoping research and engagement to better understand what integrated health should look like by 2020; testing out the integration standard and how feedback and support should be used to develop the standard.

Source: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)/King’s Fund 

 

Return on investment of public health interventions: a systematic review

This review of 29 studies suggests for every £1 invested in public health interventions (e.g. supervised injection facilities, falls prevention programmes, and smoking cessation services, an average of £14 will subsequently be returned to the wider health and social care economy.

Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health - please contact the library if you would like a copy of this article.

 

BBC

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39660747

'Clean eating': How good is it for you?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39576654

 

 

PHE Digital

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Week Commencing 10 April 2017

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GOV.UK

  1. Further education and skills inspections outcomes: management information from December 2015

2.Prison population figures: 2017

3.Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities 2015 to 2016

  • 6 April 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

4.Measuring national well-being: Life in the UK, Apr 2017

  • 6 April 2017

  • Official Statistics

5.Dementia Assessment and Referral for January 2017

Childhood obesity: follow up

This follow-up report on childhood obesity in the UK argues that the government needs to take more robust action to tackle the impact of deep discounting and price promotions on the sales of unhealthy food and drink. In relation to the child obesity plan, the committee welcomes the measures announced on sweetened beverages but highlights that greater action on several key areas could make the strategy more effective overall. The committee will continue to follow up how the money from the sweetened drinks levy is distributed.

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Sugar reduction: achieving the 20%

This report sets out guidelines for all sectors of the food industry on how to achieve a 20 per cent sugar reduction across the top nine categories of food that contribute most to intakes of children up to the age of 18 years.

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British Heart Foundation

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour report 2017

This report finds that more than 20 million adults in the UK are physically inactive and estimates that this increase risk of heart disease may cost the NHS £1.2 billion annually. The report provides an overview of the levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in adults across the UK.

 

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Week Commencing 3 April 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Breastfeeding 'doesn't boost children's intelligence'

"Scientists found tots given the boob had the same IQ at age three and five compared to bottle-fed youngsters," The Sun reports in its own unique way.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

2017 Child Health Profiles

The profiles draw together information to present a picture of child health and wellbeing in each local area in a user-friendly format. They are a valuable tool for local government and health services in helping them to understand their communities’ needs, so that they can work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people and reduce health inequalities.

Source: PHE

 

Children and young people’s mental health: peer support

A review of children and young people's mental health and approaches to peer support.

Source: PHE

 

Health and wellbeing in rural areas

This report, produced in partnership with Public Health England, highlights the specific needs and challenges for health and care provision in rural communities. The report includes case studies showcasing the ways in which local authorities in England are tackling health inequalities, improving access to services and building up community resilience

Source: Local Government Association

 

Health state life expectancies by Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD):

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a release on slope index of inequality (SII) and range for healthy life expectancy (HLE), life expectancy (LE) and proportion of life spent in "Good" health at birth and age 65 by national deciles of area deprivation.

Source: ONS

 

Food for thought: mental health and nutrition briefing

The Mental Health Foundation has published Food for thought: mental health and nutrition briefing. This briefing focuses on how nutrition can be effectively integrated into public health strategies to protect and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing. It discusses what is known about the relationship between nutrition and mental health, the risks and positive factors within diets and proposes an agenda for action.

Source: Mental Health Foundation

 

Children and young people’s mental health: peer support

A review of children and young people's mental health and approaches to peer support.

Source: PHE

 

Government is missing important opportunities to tackle childhood obesity

This report urges the Government to take more robust action to tackle the impact of deep discounting and price promotions on the sales of unhealthy food and drink. Although the Health Committee welcomes the measures the Government has announced on the sugary drinks levy, they are extremely disappointed that several key areas for action that could have made the strategy more effective have not been included

Source: The House of Commons Health Committee

 

The health of prisoners: summary of NICE guidance

Compared with the general population, adults in contact with the criminal justice system have higher rates of mental and physical health problems.

Source: BMJ – Please contact the Library if you would like a copy of this article

 

Evidence Brief special – England’s Cycling Potential

Data produced for a Department for Transport funded tool highlights just how much more cycling people in England could do, given the right policies and investments. New analysis for the Propensity to Cycle Tool – www.pct.bike – shows that if English people were as likely as the Dutch to cycle trips of similar length and hilliness, nearly one in five of us would cycle to work.

Source: CEDAR

Informed Choice? Giving Women Control Of Their Healthcare

This report has found that across the country women are not being treated appropriately when it comes to their physical, mental and gynaecological health. Using a survey of over 2,600 women and freedom of information requests, the report highlights the need for improvements in the quality of care for women with fibroids and endometriosis in particular. 

Source: All Party Parliamentary Group on Women's Health/King’s Fund

 

New survey of mums reveals perceived barriers to breastfeeding

The proportion of new mothers who are still breastfeeding after 2 months drops by 40%, according to data from PHE and NHS England. Start4Life has launched a new interactive Breastfeeding Friend () ChatBot. BFF provides personal support for mothers at any time of the day or night to help make breastfeeding a better experience.

Source: PHE

 

The homelessness monitor: England 2017

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2017 is the sixth annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes.

Source: Crisis/JRF

 

King’s Fund

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Centre for Mental Health

 

Meeting us where we're at: learning from INTEGRATE's work with excluded young people

 

This report discusses the approach taken by London-based charity MAC-UK in offering mental health support to young people involved in gangs or at risk of offending. The INTEGRATE approach is characterised by engaging young people through activities that they set up themselves and getting referrals through peers and friends. The evaluation of the INTEGRATE approach found that it brought notable improvements in many of the participants and helped to support young people in finding work.

 

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Faculty of Public Health

Public Health England has today challenged businesses to cut sugar by 20% by 2020, and by 5% this year in an effort to address the obesity crisis.

 

Digital NHS

GOV.UK

6.Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19 in 2016

7.Sexual offences in the Service Justice System: 2016

8.UK armed forces deaths in service: 2016

9.Training and exercise deaths in the UK armed forces: 2017

10.UK armed forces operational deaths post World War 2: 2017

11.UK armed forces suicide and open verdict deaths: 2016

12.Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2017

  • 30 March 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • National Statistics

13.Waiting time statistics: cancer waiting times (October – December 2016)

  • 30 March 2017

  • NISRA and Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

  • National Statistics

14.UK armed forces land transport accidents: 2012 to 2016

15.Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics Commissioner Census (Assuring Transformation), Feb 2017

  • 28 March 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

    BBC

    Free school meals is 'unreliable poverty measure'               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39479028

    Counting the proportion of pupils taking free school meals is an increasingly unreliable way of measuring poverty and the fairness of admissions policies, researchers say.

     

Week Commencing 27 March 2017

Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Fewer teenagers are getting pregnant than ever before in England and Wales, according to new figures.

Among under-18s, the conception rate has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women in 2015, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

Source: BBC News

 

Meeting Us Where We're At: Learning From INTEGRATE's Work With Excluded Young People

This report discusses the approach taken by London-based charity MAC-UK in offering mental health support to young people involved in gangs or at risk of offending. The INTEGRATE approach is characterised by engaging young people through activities that they set up themselves and getting referrals through peers and friends. The evaluation of the INTEGRATE approach found that it brought notable improvements in many of the participants and helped to support young people in finding work.

Source: Centre for Mental Health/King’s Fund

An exploration of the role of alcohol in the life experiences of the homeless population in Merseyside, UK 
The study by researchers at the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University, funded by Alcohol Research UK, reveals that the breakdown of a relationship and the death of a loved one coupled with the loss of personal support networks were key factors in contributing to a person becoming homeless and alcohol dependent.
Source: UK Health Forum


Diet and depression: can we eat our way out of clinical depression? The ‘SMILES’ trial

Source: The Mental Elf

Use of mental health services may reduce adolescent depression

Source: The Mental Elf

 

The King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Tackling culture change to transform mental health services  https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2017/03/tackling-culture-change-transform-mental-health-services

Mandip Kaur, Consultant Leadership Development

I work as a consultant in the leadership and organisational development team at The King’s Fund, and for the past eight months have been on secondment at Forward Thinking Birmingham – an

innovative mental health partnership seeking to transform mental health provision for young people

 

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

2.Characteristics of children in need: 2015 to 2016

3.Parental responsibility measures: 2015 to 2016 academic year

4.Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2016

5.Pupil absence in schools in England: 2015 to 2016

6.FE data library: apprenticeships

7.FE data library: further education and skills

8.FE data library: vocational qualifications

9.FE data library: other statistics and research

10.Further education and skills: March 2017

11.Learner satisfaction survey 2015 to 2016: national reporting

  • 23 March 2017

  • DfE and SFA

  • Official Statistics

  • Part of a collection: FE Choices

12.Statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief, England: October to December 2016

13.Live tables on homelessness

 

Week Commencing 20 March 2017

 

Current Awareness Bulletin

Suicide Prevention: Sixth Report Of Session 2016-17

This report looks at the Government’s updated suicide prevention strategy. It finds that suicide is preventable. It concludes that there is a clear need to reach people who are at risk of suicide but not in contact with any health services and that tangible action must be taken to ensure effective implementation.

Source: House of Commons Health Select Committee/King’s Fund

 

Health And Wellbeing In Rural Areas

This report, produced in partnership with Public Health England, highlights the specific needs and challenges for health and care provision in rural communities. The report includes case studies showcasing the ways in which local authorities in England are tackling health inequalities, improving access to services and building up community resilience.

Source: Local Government Association (LGA)/King’s Fund

 

Maintaining our momentum: essays on four years of public health

Public health made the formal transfer to local government in April 2013, and in the last four years, great strides have been made to tackle the wider social and economic determinants of poor health. This publication was commissioned by the LGA to capture the thoughts of those working hard to make the new system work. Included in this collection of essays is a contribution from Dave Buck, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, on the development of the public health system in local government.

Source: LGA/King’s Fund

 

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This report highlights a higher risk of suicide with inequality. It calls for greater awareness of the risks of suicide and for direct support to those with unstable employment, insecure housing, low income, or in areas of socioeconomic deprivation.

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Cheap as chips: is a healthy diet affordable?

 

This report compares the price of food in two ways: between healthy and less healthy substitutes, and healthy and less healthy products by edible weight. It finds that there is little difference between the price of regular food products and their healthier substitutes in most categories. It argues that in light of these findings, taxes or subsidies are unlikely to have a significant impact on dietary choices.

 

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Health matters: preventing drug misuse deaths

 

This professional resource outlines how providers and commissioners can prevent deaths from drug abuse. It includes data on the scale of the problem, driving factors behind the rise in drug misuse deaths, and summarises the preventative measures that can be taken.

 

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Suicide prevention: sixth report of session 2016-17

 

This report looks at the government’s updated suicide prevention strategy. It finds that there is a clear need to reach people who are at risk of suicide but not in contact with any health services, and that tangible action must be taken to ensure effective implementation.

 

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NHS Digital

  1. Suicides by occupation, England: 2011 to 2015
  • 17 March 2017

  • Official Statistics

2.List of upcoming ad hoc statistical releases

3.Changes in the value and division of unpaid volunteering in the UK: 2000 to 2015

Week Commencing 13 March 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

 

NCMP Local Authority Profile: academic year 2015 to 2016 update 
The NCMP Local Authority Profile online data tool, published by Public Health England (PHE), has been updated to include participation data for the academic year 2015 to 2016. The tool displays prevalence of obesity, overweight, healthy weight and underweight at local, regional and national level over time; for children in Reception (aged 4 to 5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10 to 11 years). It also presents data quality indicators, including participation rate.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Parents told to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution

"Parents warned to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

'Tooth loss link to increased risk of dementia'

"Dementia breakthrough: Brushing your teeth 'can help ward off devastating condition'," reads the Daily Express.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Impact of weight maintenance and loss on diabetes risk and burden: a population-based study in 33,184 participants

This study aimed to investigate the public health potential for diabetes prevention of weight maintenance or moderate weight loss on a population level in an observational cohort with repeated measurements of weight and diabetes status and found that there is potential for diabetes prevention in promoting this as a whole population strategy.

Source: BMC Public Health

 

Hospital alcohol team – reducing hospital admissions due to alcohol related issues

In 2013 we established a team to tackle the increase in patients being admitted to our hospital with alcohol related issues. In 2010/2011 alcohol related harm cost the NHS in Lancashire £141.92 million. In central Lancashire alcohol related hospital admissions have increased each year from 2005 up to 2011. In 2010/2011 Preston had the highest rate of hospital admissions for alcohol related liver disease in the North West.

Our alcohol liaison team comprises four clinical nurse specialists who provide a seven day service across two hospitals.

Source: Academy of Fabulous Stuff

 

Alcohol licensing: data for public health teams 
This resource provided by Public Health England (PHE), details of datasets or sources of information available to examine the impact of alcohol licensing.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Alcohol licensing: understanding and applying public health data 
This toolkit, published by Public Health England (PHE), is not an exhaustive list of resources. There may be other tools or resources available at the regional or local levels that are not listed. It is important that local teams find the right tool that fits with the local area and work. It is aimed at public health teams but has been developed so that it can be used by licensing colleagues. The data and resources included within the tools can also be used by other teams, or for other areas of work and supplemented with locally collected data and local mapping information.
Source: UK Health Forum


Alcohol licensing: information databases 
This guidance published by Public Health England (PHE), provides information about a number of information databases that hold useful data about mortality, drug use and other relevant topics for public health teams who are involved in licensing decisions.
Source: UK Health Forum


Alcohol licensing: a guide for public health teams 
Public Health England (PHE), have published guidance for public health teams, to make sure that licensing policy and applications consider the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Source: UK Health Forum

Local Alcohol Profiles for England 
The Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) are part of a series of products by Public Health England that provide local data alongside national comparisons to support local health improvement. The aim of these profiles is to provide information for local government, health organisations, commissioners and other agencies to monitor the impact of alcohol on local communities, and to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Dying From Inequality: Socioeconomic Disadvantage And Suicidal Behaviour

This report links higher risk of suicide with inequality calls for greater awareness of the risks of suicide and for direct support to those with unstable employment, insecure housing, low income or in areas of socioeconomic deprivation. 

Source: Samaritans/King’s Fund

 

Wider Determinants Of Health

This tool brings together local indicators and resources about the wider determinants of health. It is designed to draw attention to the broad range of individual, social and environmental factors which influence our health. It will provide the public health system with intelligence regarding the wider determinants of health to help improve population health and reduce health inequalities. The tool presents data for available indicators at England and local authority levels, with links to further resources.

Source: PHE/ King’s Fund

 

Air Quality: a briefing for Directors of Public Health

This briefing provides the information to help Directors of Public Health consider the appropriate public health response to air pollution in their area. There is extensive evidence about the health impacts of air pollution, growing media and public interest and an indicator on mortality attributed to particulate matter air pollution in the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

Source: LGA

 

GOV.UK

  1. Children and Young People’s Health Services Monthly Statistics: Nov 2016

    • 10 March 2017

    • NHS Digital

    • Official Statistics

2.Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Quarter 3, Oct to Dec 2016

  • 10 March 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

3.Fuel poverty statistics

4.FE data library: apprenticeship vacancies

5.English housing survey 2014 to 2015: headline report

6.Wider Determinants of Health: March 2017

  • 7 March 2017

  • < >

    Official Statistics

7.Local Alcohol Profiles for England: March 2017 data update

8.2017 Child Health Profiles

9.New house building: October to December 2016

  • 7 March 2017

  • Welsh Government

  • National Statistics

10.Female Genital Mutilation - Oct to Dec 2016, enhanced data set

  • 7 March 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

11.Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2015

 

Spread the word

Use our pack of infographics to make the case when commissioning or delivering drug treatment services.

 

 

 

King’s Fund

 

Statistics and data

 

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Week Commencing 6 March 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Framework for patient and public participation in public health commissioning

NHS England wants to involve patients and the public in public health commissioning to design and deliver effective services that meet the needs of people in contact with these services. 
 
This framework is a guide for NHS commissioners of public health services - and anyone who is interested, including patients and the public, the voluntary sector, and providers of public health services. The framework describes how NHS England involves patients and the public in the commissioning of public health services.

Source: NHS England/UK Health Forum

 

Drug Misuse Prevention: Targeted Interventions

This guideline highlights the role that local authorities can play in targeting people who use drugs or are at risk from doing so. It argues that local authorities can work together with gyms, nightclubs, festivals, sexual health services and supported accommodation for homeless people to make clear the support services and advice that are available.  Source: NICE

 

New report brings together data on drug misuse

An annual report that brings together information from a variety of sources to give a joined-up picture of drug misuse has been published by NHS Digital1.   Source: NHS Digital

 

Health Matters: Preventing Drug Misuse Deaths

This professional resource outlines how providers and commissioners can prevent deaths from drug abuse. It includes data on the scale of the problem, driving factors behind the rise in drug misuse deaths, and summarises the preventative measures that can be taken.   Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

 

Alcohol Alert. February 2017

Source: Institute of Alcohol Studies

 

Briefing: Health and Care of Older People in England 2017 
A new report from Age UK has concluded that we are living on borrowed time to save the social care system for older people. Statistics in the report highlight the immense challenges facing older people needing support, with 1 in 8 over 65s now living with unmet care needs.   Source: UK Health Forum

 

Healthy lives for people in the UK

The Health Foundation has published their "Healthy lives for people in the UK" strategy. During 2017 the Health Foundation will begin implementing a long-term strategy to improve people's health in the UK.   Source: The UK Health Forum/ The Health Foundation

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

2.English Housing Survey 2015 to 2016: headline report

3.Working and workless households in the UK: Oct to Dec 2016

  • 1 March 2017

  • National Statistics

4.Violence at work: findings from 2015/16 Crime Survey for England and Wales

  • 28 February 2017

  • National Statistics

5.Alcohol Bulletin

6.Statistics on Drug Misuse, England - 2017

  • 28 February 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • National Statistics

     

  • BBC

    Is there a way to tackle air pollution? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39132679

    The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the bizarre.

    A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the busiest roads.

     

    Young people 'fear stigma' if they ask for mental-health help http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39117593

    Over three-quarters of young people say there is a stigma to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggests.

    Almost half of 2,215 16- to 25-year-olds polled by YouGov for the Prince's Trust said they had themselves experienced a mental health problem.

    And a third of these felt admitting to problems could harm their job chances.

     

     

 

 

Week Commencing 27 February 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Wellbeing research

An Age UK study identifies creative and cultural participation as a major determinant of life satisfaction in older people. In this context, "creative and cultural participation" covers a wide range of different activities, including dance, playing a musical instrument, and visiting museums or libraries.   Source: Age UK

How effective is the NHS Health Check?

Source: NHS England

UK E-Cigarette Research Forum

The UK E-Cigarette Research Forum (UKECRF) is an initiative developed by Cancer Research UK in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS). The Forum brings together policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and the NGO community to discuss the emerging evidence and knowledge gaps about e-cigarettes. The group also seeks to identify research priorities, generate ideas for new research projects and enhance collaboration between forum participants.  Source: UK Health Forum

The Switch 
Inspired by people who have switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping, the NCSCT and the New Nicotine Alliance have produced this short film showing how some people have made The Switch.  Source: UK Health Forum

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2016 to September 2016 
This quarterly report, published by NHS Digital, presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2016 to June 2016. NHS Stop Smoking Services offer support to help people quit smoking. This can include intensive support through group therapy or one-to-one support. The support is designed to be widely accessible within the local community and is provided by trained personnel, such as specialist smoking cessation advisors and trained nurses and pharmacists.  Source: UK Health Forum

No Smoking Day 2017 
This year's No Smoking Day (Wednesday 8 March) theme is to feel like a winner by kicking the habit. Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: There's one sure way to be both healthier and wealthier, and that's quitting smoking. There's more support than ever available, so however you want to do it, No Smoking Day on the 8th of March is the perfect opportunity to kick the habit and feel like a winner.  Source: UK Health Forum

Health And Social Care Integration (England)

This briefing paper analyses recent policy and debate on the integration of NHS-provided healthcare and local authority-provided social care. As health and social care are both devolved policy areas, this briefing focuses on integration in England.

Source: House of Commons Library/King’s Fund

Maternal Mental Health – Women's Voices

This report is based on the findings of a survey of over 2300 women on their experiences of care in relation to their mental health during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. It provides recommendations for healthcare professionals, managers, providers, commissioners and policy-makers.

Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/King’s Fund

 

Statistics and data

 

 

NOMIS

  1. Claimant Count: IMPORTANT - ONS announcement regarding publication arrangements for the Claimant Count (23/02/2017)

  2. Annual Civil Service Employment Survey: Do you use ACSES data? Is so please take part in the review of its use. (22/02/2017)

     

    The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

  3. 27/02/2017 | NICE teams up with the Faculty of Public Health in joint pursuit of excellence

  4. 27/02/2017 | Children consuming equivalent of 20 chocolate chip biscuits a day in sugar, says research

  5. 24/02/2017 | FPH supports landmark 'State of Child Health' report

     

    NHS Digital

·Breast Screening Programme, England - 2015-16 [NS]
Published: 23 February 2017

·NHS Outcomes Framework indicators - February 2017 release [NS]
Published: 23 February 2017.

 

 

 

GOV.UK

  1. Administrative Data Census Research Outputs: Household estimates using addresses from administrative data, 2011 and 2015

    • 27 February 2017

    • < >

      Official Statistics

2.Live tables on house building: new build dwellings

3.House building: new build dwellings, England: October to December 2016

4.Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: Feb 2017

  • 23 February 2017
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

5.NHS health check quarterly statistics: February 2017

  • 23 February 2017
  • PHE
  • Official Statistics

6.NEET statistics quarterly brief: October to December 2016

7.Breast Screening Programme, England 2015/16

  • 23 February 2017
  • NHS Digital
  • National Statistics

8.NHS Outcomes Framework indicators - Feb 2017 release

  • 23 February 2017
  • NHS Digital
  • National Statistics

9.Migration in the UK: Feb 2017

  • 23 February 2017
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

10.Immigration statistics, October to December 2016: data tables

11.Immigration statistics, October to December 2016

12.A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2015 to 2016 (revised)

 

 

Week Commencing 20 February 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

 

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE): February 2017 data update http://www.ukhealthforum.org.uk/prevention/pie/?entryid43=56909

Source: PHE/UK Health Forum

 

Working Together To Address Obesity In Adult Mental Health Secure Units http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_management/2017/02/working-together-to-address-obesity-in-adult-mental-health-secure-units.html

This review summarises the latest evidence on obesity in secure mental health units. It examines the evidence on the prevalence and impact of obesity in secure settings and an investigation of potential interventions.

Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

 

Preventing Prison Suicides: Staff Perspective http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_management/2017/02/preventing-prison-suicides-staff-perspective.html

This report is the last in a series stemming from a year-long investigation into suicide in prisons by the Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League for Penal Reform. This report is based on interviews with health care staff working in prisons and those reviewing clinical care following suicide deaths. It finds that find that distress, self-harm and suicide attempts are too often seen as manipulative rather than signs of need and vulnerability among prisoners. And staff shortages, a ‘toxic’ working environment and a failure to recognise the traumatising impact of prison for both prisoners and staff all contribute to an unsafe environment. The report highlights the need for a culture change in prisons to prevent people from losing their lives through suicide.

Source: Centre for Mental Health/King’s Fund

 

The Health And Care Of Older People In England 2017 http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_management/2017/02/the-health-and-care-of-older-people-in-england-2017.html

This report discusses the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS. It calls for an emergency injection of funds in the spring budget for social care and for the development of a long-term solution to the care crisis.

Source: Age UK/King’s Fund

 

Retirement On Hold: Supporting Older Carers http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_management/2017/02/retirement-on-hold-supporting-older-carers.html

This report gives an insight into the experiences of older carers and highlights the need for greater support for these unpaid carers. Some of the key issues that are highlighted include the health of older carers and the use of personal finances to support care needs.

Source: Carers Trust/King’s Fund

 

NOMIS

DWP benefits: DWP benefits : August 2016 data released (15/02/2017)

Claimant count / jobseekers allowance: Claimant count / jobseekers allowance : January 2017 data released (15/02/2017)

 

 

The Kings Fund

 

Age UK

 

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The health and care of older people in England 2017

 

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This report discusses the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS. It calls for an emergency injection of funds in the spring budget for social care and for the development of a long-term solution to the care crisis.

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Centre for Mental Health

Preventing prison suicides: staff perspective

This report is the last in a series stemming from a year-long investigation into suicide in prisons by the Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League for Penal Reform. This report is based on interviews with health care staff working in prisons and those reviewing clinical care following suicide deaths. It finds that distress, self-harm and suicide attempts are too often seen as manipulative rather than signs of need and vulnerability among prisoners. The report highlights the need for a culture change in prisons to prevent people from losing their lives through suicide.

 

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Statistics and data

GOV.UK

  1. Rail usage, infrastructure and performance (RAI01)

    • 16 February 2017

    • DFT and ORR

    • Statistical data set

    • Part of a collection: Rail statistics

2.Rail accidents and safety (RAI05)

3.All vehicles (VEH01)

4.Rail factsheets: 2016 (revised)

5.Mortality: weekly all-cause mortality surveillance

  • 16 February 2017

  • Official Statistics

6.FE data library: other statistics and research

7.FE data library: apprenticeships

8.Further education and skills: January 2017

9.Family spending in the UK: financial year ending March 2016

  • 16 February 2017

  • National Statistics

10.FE data library: further education and skills

11.Statistics on changes in migrants’ visa and leave status: 2015: data tables

12.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 3 Feb 2017

  • 14 February 2017

  • National Statistics

 

 

Week Commencing 13 February 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Stricter alcohol licensing policies were linked to declines in crime rates

Local authorities with stricter alcohol licensing policies saw the greatest decline in alcohol-related crime between 2009 and 2013, but from a higher base. Violent crime reduced from 6.1 to 4.9 per 1000 people, compared to a reduction from 3.9 to 3.3 per 1000 in areas with more “passive” policies. Reporting of offences did rise again after 2013 and the influence of other policy changes can’t be excluded.  Source: NIHR Signal

Alcohol-related deaths in the UK: registered in 2015, Statistical bulletin 
The Office for National Statistics (ONS), have published data on deaths caused by diseases known to be related to alcohol consumption, such as cirrhosis of the liver.  Source: UK Health Forum

The role of pets in supporting people living with mental distress   Source: The Mental Elf

Long-term vaping 'far safer than smoking' says 'landmark' study

"Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports.  Source: Behind the Headlines

Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England 
Public Health England (PHE), has published the Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England, which provides a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level. These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations. They will inform commissioning and planning decisions to tackle tobacco use and improve the health of local communities. The tool allows you to compare your local authority against other local authorities in the region and benchmark your local authority against the England or regional average. New data points have been added for the smoking prevalence in adults data derived from the GPPS and QOF. Also for the two indicators relating to illicit tobacco and potential years of life lost due to smoking related illness. Smoking is a risk factor for many other conditions, including stillbirth and neonatal mortality, which are new indicators that are now included in the smoking related mortality domain.   Source: UK Health Forum

State Of Maternity Services Report 2016

This annual report examines the statistics and figures around maternity services in order to identify emerging issues and trends. This year's report identifies a demographic change in both patients and workforce. The number of midwives under 50 has fallen and the report highlights concerns around a future shortfall of midwives in the UK's workforce.   Source: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)/King’s Fund

 

GOV.UK

Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: January 2016 to December 2016

Recorded Dementia Diagnoses January 2017

  • 10 February 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

Mental health community teams activity for quarter ending Dec 2016

  • 10 February 2017

  • NHS England

  • Official Statistics

Higher education statistics for the United Kingdom: 2015 to 2016

  • 9 February 2017

  • DfE and HESA

  • National Statistics

Provisional Quarterly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2016 to September 2016

  • 9 February 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

Focus on violent crime and sexual offences, England and Wales: year ending March 2016

  • 9 February 2017

  • National Statistics

Local tobacco control profiles for England: February 2017 data update

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE): February 2017 data update

  • 7 February 2017

  • Official Statistics

Alcohol related deaths in the United Kingdom: registered in 2015

  • 7 February 2017

  • National Statistics

     

    Faculty of Public Health

  1. 27/01/2017 | Current concern about the NHS
  2. 27/01/2017 | FPH supports landmark 'State of Child Health' report

 

 

Week Commencing 6 February 2017

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

GOV.UK

  1. Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional estimates: July to September 2016

  2. Reported drinking and driving (RAS51)

  3. Quarterly statistics on reported road accidents (RAS45)

  4. Reported road casualties in Great Britain, accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2015 (second provisional)

5.Vehicle safety defect investigations, recalls and collision investigations data for Great Britain

6.Prison population figures: 2017

7.Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional estimates: July to September 2016

8.Reported drinking and driving (RAS51)

9.Quarterly statistics on reported road accidents (RAS45)

10.Reported road casualties in Great Britain, accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2015 (second provisional)

  • 2 February 2017

  • National Statistics

Part of a collection: Road accidents and safety statistics

 

Current Awareness Bulletin

Helping older people maintain a healthy diet: a review of what works

This report highlights projects that encourage older people to eat healthily, reducing the risk of malnutrition and associated ill health.  Source: PHE

 

NHS England launches new measures to help GPs and patients access the care they need

NHS England is launching an NHS GP Health Service which will provide confidential mental health support for GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill-health and addiction.  This free and confidential service will take self-referrals and be provided through a regional network of experienced clinicians and therapists across 13 areas in England, who will deliver support for a range of conditions.  Source: NHS England

 

NHS England launches new measures to help GPs and patients access the care they need

NHS England is launching an NHS GP Health Service which will provide confidential mental health support for GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill-health and addiction.  This free and confidential service will take self-referrals and be provided through a regional network of experienced clinicians and therapists across 13 areas in England, who will deliver support for a range of conditions.  Source: NHS England

 

Public awareness of Public Health England

IPSOS Mori has published Public Health England: public awareness and opinion survey 2016.  This report focuses on the general public’s awareness of and concern about different health issues and their awareness, knowledge, and opinions towards Public Health England. It outlines the findings of the third wave of the research which show that half of the general public have heard of PHE and that the public are now more confident in PHE’s advice than in the previous research waves.  Source: PHE

 

BBC

Unexpected mental health deaths up 50% in three years http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38852420

FGM victims need medical attention 'every hour' says charity  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38878298

Almost two-thirds of children worry 'all the time'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38861155

 

 

Week Commencing 30 January 2017

Young people often have negative views of sex and relationship education

Sex and relationship education in schools is intended to safeguard children from harmful relationships and promote sexual health. This review of 55 qualitative studies, mainly from the UK, suggests the classes do neither and may be failing to prepare, protect or engage young people.  Source: NIHR Signals

Special Issue: The Regulation of Alcohol Marketing: From Research to Public Health Policy 
Addiction presents the latest evidence on alcohol marketing and its impact on children in publishing a series of reports in a supplement to the scientific journal, January 2017. Key findings from the collection of peer-reviewed manuscripts include: [1] Exposure to alcohol marketing is associated with youth alcohol consumption. [2] Analysis of alcohol promotion during the 2014 FIFA World Cup indicates alcohol marketing practices frequently appeared to breach industry voluntary codes of practice'. [3] Alcohol industry self-regulatory codes do not sufficiently protect children and adolescents from exposure to alcohol promotions, especially through social media The Addiction supplement comprises 14 papers, with research presented from around the world.   Source: UK Health Forum

Anxiety and depression linked to increased cancer death risk

"Depression linked to higher chance of dying from cancer," The Independent reports. Analysis of English and Scottish data found a link between mental distress and cancer mortality, which remained even after other factors such as smoking were taken into account.  Source: Behind the Headlines

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: government response

This report sets out the government's response to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce. The taskforce report to NHS England, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, is an independent and far-reaching overview of what modern mental health services should be. The government will accept the taskforce report's recommendations in full. This report provides full responses to each of the 58 recommendations made to government. All of the recommendations, whether for NHS England or for government, will be taken forward.   Source: Behind the Headlines

Mental Health Conditions Packs

These packs contain data across a range of mental health and dementia services.  The packs are split into stages along a mental health pathway and enable local health economies to compare their performance with their ten most similar CCGs. Each stage also includes a combination of case studies, tools and guidance from around the country, helping to disseminate best practice to support CCGs wishing to introduce new and improved ways of working.  Source: NHS England /King’s Fund

Active lives survey, 2015-16, year 1 report 
The survey which was carried out by Sports England, runs 365 days a year, asks people aged 16 and over across England about the sport and physical activities they take part in. Results will be published twice a year. 200,000 people completed the first round of the survey between November 2015 and November 2016, making Active Lives the biggest and most comprehensive survey of its kind and an important source of detailed and reliable information about what people do and enjoy.  Source: UK Health Forum

Digital NHS

Published: 27 January 2017.

The King’s Fund

  • Statistics and data

 

CCG

Consultation on a future model for an Integrated Out of Hours base at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s)  http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/contact-us/consultations-open/consultation-on-a-future-model-for-an-integrated-out-of-hours-base-at-cambridge-university-hospitals-nhs-foundation-trust-addenbrookes.htm

The CCG has recently commissioned and mobilised a new Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) service which sees the coming together of both NHS 111 and GP Out of Hours (OOH) services, supported by a clinical hub, under a single provider.

 

GOV.UK

  1. Prison population figures: 2017

2.What information is there on British migrants living in Europe?

  • 27 January 2017

  • Official Statistics

3.Mortality: weekly all-cause mortality surveillance

  • 26 January 2017

  • Official Statistics

4.FE data library: apprenticeships

5.Further education and skills: January 2017

6.Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England: Apr to Sep 2016

  • 26 January 2017

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

7.Youth Justice statistics: 2015 to 2016

8.Offender Management statistics quarterly: July to September 2016

 

Week Commencing 23 January 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

Raising Awareness of Abusive Teenage Relationships in schools.

The School nursing team in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust is working in a very innovative way to raise awareness of domestic abuse in teenage relationships.

Source: The Academy of Fabulous Stuff

 

Specialist Substance Misuse Services For Young People: A Rapid Mixed Methods Evidence Review Of Current Provision And Main Principles For Commissioning

PHE commissioned The Children’s Society to undertake scoping research, to understand some of the opportunities and challenges currently facing those now responsible for commissioning and delivering young people’s specialist substance misuse services and to outline some critical good practice principles. Four main commissioning principles have been developed for the commissioning and provision of specialist substance misuse provision for young people, based on the findings, research and evidence based guidelines.

Source: PHE/King’s Fund

Special Supplement of Addiction on alcohol marketing launched

The UK Health Forum has worked with researchers around the world to produce a special edition of Addiction on Alcohol marketing. The key findings from the collection of peer-reviewed manuscripts include: Exposure to alcohol marketing is associated with youth alcohol consumption Analysis of alcohol promotion during the 2014 FIFA World Cup indicates alcohol marketing practices appear to breach industry voluntary codes of practice Alcohol industry self-regulatory codes do not sufficiently protect children and adolescents from exposure to alcohol promotions, especially through the social media The papers offer guidelines to developing more effective alcohol marketing regulations: The most effective response to alcohol marketing is likely to be a comprehensive ban on alcohol advertising, promotion and sponsorship, in accordance with each country's constitution or constitutional principles. Regulations should be statutory, and enforced by an appropriate public health agency of the local or national government, not by the alcohol industry. Regulations should be independent of the alcohol industry, whose primary interest is growing its markets and maximizing profits. A global agreement on the marketing of alcoholic beverages would support country efforts to move towards a comprehensive ban on alcohol advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Collaboration with other population-level efforts to restrict marketing of potentially harmful products, such as ultra-processed food, sugary beverages, tobacco, and breast-milk substitutes, should be encouraged and supported.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

An independent report by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) investigates the increase of drug-related deaths in the UK. 

Source: ACMD

 

Preventing Suicide In England: Third Progress Report Of The Cross Government Outcomes Strategy To Save Lives

This progress report details the activity that has taken place across England to reduce deaths by suicide in the year ending March 2016. The updates contained in this report will help to meet the recommendations of the NHS five year forward view for mental health that are relevant to suicide prevention: to reduce suicides by ten per cent by March 2021 and for every local area to have a multi-agency suicide prevention plan in place by the end of 2017.

Source: DoH/King’s Fund

 

Support After A Suicide: A Guide To Providing Local Services

This practical guidance helps commissioners understand why and how they can deliver support after suicide (also known as postvention support) in their local areas.

Source: PHE/King’s Fund

 

Want to feel happier? Take a break from Facebook

"Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study," BBC News reports after a Danish study found regular users who took a week-long break from the social media site reported increased wellbeing

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Young people often have negative views of sex and relationship education

Sex and relationship education in schools is intended to safeguard children from harmful relationships and promote sexual health. This review of 55 qualitative studies, mainly from the UK, suggests the classes do neither and may be failing to prepare, protect or engage young people.

Source: NIHR Signal

Beyond Brexit: Assessing Key Risks To The Nursing Workforce In England

This paper analyses data at national and trust level to map the regions and NHS trusts in England who may be most vulnerable to the associated risks of Brexit and population growth. The analysis forecasts that areas with a high projected rate of population growth of over-85s and above average employment of nurses from the European Economic Area are most at risk of facing greater pressures in those health economies. 

Source: Institute for Employment Studies (IES)/King’s Fund

Annual A&E statistics published

New official figures published today provide details of Accident and Emergency activity in NHS hospitals in England during 2015-16.

Source: NHS Digital

Changes In The Behaviour And Health Of 40 To 60 Year Olds

These two reports present the results of analysis of health-related questions on obesity, smoking, drinking and general health conditions from the Health Survey for England. The reports show how the behaviour and health of people aged between 40 and 60 has changed over the last 20 years.

Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

 

GOV.UK

  1. Secondary school performance tables in England: 2015 to 2016

2.A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2015 to 2016 (revised)

3.Crime outcomes in England and Wales, year to September 2016: data tables

4.Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables

  • 19 January 2017

  • Home Office

  • Official Statistics

  • Part of a collection: Crime statistics

5.Destinations of KS4 and KS5 pupils: 2015 (revised)

Week Commencing 16 January 2017

NHS Digital

  1. Data on written complaints in the NHS - 2016/17 Quarter 2, Experimental
    Published: 5 January 2017.
  2. Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services - November 2016
    Published: 6 January 2017.
  3. NHS Dental Statistics for England Supplementary Information, patients seen data for:        
    Quarter 1 2016-17
    Quarter 2 2016-17
    This includes the patients-seen data delayed from 24 November 2016.
    Published: 10 January 2017. This was delayed from 21 December 2016 due to technical reasons.
  4. Hospital Accident & Emergency Activity - 2015-16
    Published: 10 January 2017.
  5. Children and Young People's Health Services Monthly Statistics July 2016 to September 2016
    Published: 12 January 2017.
  6. NICE Technology Appraisals in the NHS in England (Innovation Scorecard) - to June 2016
    Published: 12 January 2017.

 

NOMIS

Annual Population Survey: NVQ3+ figures corrected (04/01/2017)

 

GOV.UK

  1. Young people’s statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS): financial year ending March 2016
    • 12 January 2017
    • PHE
    • National Statistics
  2. Alternative measures of real households disposable income and the saving ratio: Dec 2016
    • 12 January 2017
    • ONS
    • Official Statistics

GOV.UK (TRANSPORT)

  1. Passenger casualty rates for different modes of travel (RAS53)
  2. Transport accidents and casualties (TSGB08)
  3. Roads and traffic (TSGB07)
  4. Public transport (TSGB06)
  5. Walking and cycling (TSGB11)
  6. Transport Statistics Great Britain: 2016

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

Department of Health (DH)

Preventing suicide in England: third progress report of the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives

This progress report details the activity that has taken place across England to reduce deaths by suicide in the year ending March 2016. The updates contained in this report will help to meet the recommendations of the NHS five year forward view for mental health that are relevant to suicide prevention: to reduce suicides by 10 per cent by March 2021 and for every local area to have a multi-agency suicide prevention plan in place by the end of 2017.

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The government's response to the NHS five year forward view for mental health

This report sets out the government’s response to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce. The taskforce report to NHS England, the NHS five year forward view for mental health, is an independent and far-reaching overview of what modern mental health services should be. The government will accept the taskforce report’s recommendations in full. This report provides full responses to each of the 58 recommendations made to government.

 

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Week Commencing 2 January 2017

Current Awareness Bulletin

 

E-Cigarette use among youth and young adults. A report of the Surgeon General 
Although conventional cigarette smoking has declined markedly over the past several decades among youth and young adults in the United States (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS] 2012), there have been substantial increases in the use of emerging tobacco products among these populations in recent years (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2015, 2016). Among these increases there has been a dramatic rise in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among youth and young adults It is crucial that the progress made in reducing conventional cigarette smoking among youth and young adults not be compromised by the initiation and use of e-cigarettes. This Surgeon General's report focuses on the history, epidemiology, and health effects of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults; the companies involved with marketing and promoting these products; and existing and proposed public health policies regarding the use of these products by youth and young adults.  Source: UK Health Forum

E-cigarettes in pregnancy: Infographic for pregnant women Smoking in Pregnancy Mapping Project Report 
An infographic and a briefing has been produced by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, which is a partnership of stakeholders, including The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), that is coordinated by public health charity, Action on Smoking and Health. The resources were developed in response to midwives and health visitors being asked for advice on e-cigarette use.  Source: UK Health Forum

Use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy: A guide for midwives and other healthcare professionals 
An infographic and a briefing has been produced by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, which is a partnership of stakeholders, including The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), that is coordinated by public health charity, Action on Smoking and Health. The resources were developed in response to midwives and health visitors being asked for advice on e-cigarette use. The briefing for health professionals addresses some of the most frequently asked questions and the infographic has been designed to be used in consultations with women who have expressed an interest in using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.  Source: UK Health Forum

The Role Of Public Health In The Prevention Of Violence

This position statement sets out the public health approach to violence prevention and argues that health professionals can help to break the cycle of violence in families and communities. It outlines a series of actions that can be taken such as measuring violence-related health needs; identification of root causes and solutions; and it makes it the case for effective interventions on a partnership basis.  Source: Faculty of Public Health (FPH)/King’s Fund

Health Survey for England, 2015: Trend tables [NS]

The Health Survey for England series was designed to monitor trends in the nation's health; estimating the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and the prevalence of risk factors and behaviours associated with these conditions. The surveys provide regular information about the public's health that cannot be obtained from other sources. Each survey in the series includes core questions, e.g. about smoking and alcohol, and core measurements such as blood pressure, height and weight, and analysis of blood and saliva samples. These trend tables focus on key health measures and health related behaviours for adults and children showing data for available years between 1993 and 2015.  Source: PHE

Health Survey for England, 2015 [NS] 
The Health Survey for England series was designed to monitor trends in the nation's health; estimating the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and the prevalence of risk factors and behaviours associated with these conditions. The surveys provide regular information that cannot be obtained from other sources. The surveys have been carried out since 1994 by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of NatCen Social Research and the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

NHS Digital

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics - Final September, Provisional October 2016
Published: 22 December 2016.

 

BBC

Dentists call to end 'workplace cake culture'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38491414

Dentists have criticised "workplace cake culture", saying the sharing of sweet treats in the office is contributing to health problems.

The Faculty of Dental Surgery said eating cake and biscuits at work was fuelling obesity and poor oral health.

Tips to cut back on sugar included keeping it as a lunchtime treat and hiding snacks out of view.

 

Health chief's alcohol advice 'could have been better'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38466507

England's chief medical officer has admitted she could have chosen her words better when she told women to "do as I do" and consider the risks of breast cancer when drinking wine.

Dame Sally Davies faced criticism for her remarks to a science and technology select committee hearing in February.

 

NI prisons: Stormont talks to tackle mental illness in jail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-38397744

Talks will take place early this year between the departments of justice and health about how to tackle the problem of mental illness in prisons.

Justice Minister Claire Sugden said about one third of Northern Ireland's inmates have a mental illness.

The governor of Maghaberry high security jail has said prisons are not suitable for dealing with many of those sent there.

 

Primary school children make anti-smoking packaging  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38460350

Primary school children in Coventry are at the centre of a nationwide anti-smoking campaign.

Pupils from Earlsdon Primary School have drawn their own anti-smoking packaging ahead of the country's plain packaging rollout in May 2017.

Public Health England (PHE) said it hopes the message "resonates" with the country's 7m smokers.

 

Week Commencing 19 December 2016

The King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) - Deaths associated with hospitalisation, England, July 2015 - June 2016 [NS]

Published: 15 December 2016.

Published: 16 December 2016.

 

GOV.UK

  1. Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses Nov 2016
  • 16 December 2016

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

2.Live tables on homelessness

3.CCG Outcomes Indicator Set: December 2016 release

  • 15 December 2016

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

4.Statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief, England: July to September 2016

5.Health Survey for England, Trend tables 2015

  • 14 December 2016

  • NHS Digital

  • National Statistics

6.revenue (BUS04)

  • 13 December 2016

  • Statistical data set

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

7.Local bus passenger journeys (BUS01)

  • 13 December 2016

  • Statistical data set

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

8.Subsidies and concessions (BUS05)

  • 13 December 2016

  • Statistical data set

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

9.Concessionary travel (BUS08)

  • 13 December 2016

  • Statistical data set

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

10.Quarterly bus statistics: July to September 2016

  • 13 December 2016

  • National Statistics

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

11.Annual bus statistics: year ending, March 2016

  • 13 December 2016

  • National Statistics

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

12.Mode use, 2005 to 2015: a view into a travel week

  • 15 December 2016

  • National Statistics

     

    BBC

    Scale of suicide unacceptable, say MPs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38343186

    The number of people taking their own lives in England is unacceptably high, says a report by the Health Select Committee.

    The group of MPs is putting pressure on the government ahead of its new plan for preventing suicides, which is expected in the New Year.

    The number of deaths by suicide was 4,820 in England in 2015 - part of a UK-wide figure of 6,188.

     

    Sugary drinks tax 'will benefit children most'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38330114

    The health of children will benefit most from the sugar tax on the UK soft drinks industry, according to a study.

    It predicted if sugar was cut in the sweetest drinks in response to the tax, levels of tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes would fall, particularly among the high-consumption under-18s.

    Researchers said the overall effect of the tax - due to start in April 2018 - would be modest but significant.

    Soft drinks firms say there is no evidence a tax would cut obesity.

     

 

Week commencing 12 December 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Safe routes to parks. Action framework 
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Safe routes to school National National Partnership, have published this report, which is intended to provide local governments (park and recreation, planning, transportation and public health) with critical evidence- and practice-based guidance on Safe Routes to Parks best practices that are backed by research and supported by national organizations. This framework is intended to be used as a guide that will engage leaders and community members in an ongoing process to ensure that community policies and practices support safe and equitable access to parks. The framework will be supported by case studies, sample policy language and fact sheets that help agencies implement these best practices.  Source: UK Health Forum

HIV Testing: Increasing Uptake Among People Who May Have Undiagnosed HIV

This guidance recommends that HIV testing is offered to people who in areas with a high prevalence of HIV. Local data has found 54 local authority areas where HIV rates are classed as high and practice according to these new guidelines would see an additional 7.9 million people being offered HIV testing when they attend routine appointments.  Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)/King’s Fund

'Reducing alcohol consumption: guidelines, local government and digital technologies' event presentations 
Alcohol Policy UK have summarised presentations from a recent NIHR School for Public Health Research and UCL Centre for Behaviour Change event on the 12th October 2016, 'Reducing alcohol consumption: guidelines, local government and digital technologies', are available to download.  Source: UK Health Forum

Public Health Burden Of Alcohol And The Effectiveness And Cost-Effectiveness Of Alcohol Control Policies: A Review

This review examines the health, social and economic impact of alcohol and the effectiveness of actions in reducing its harms. It finds that the economic burden of alcohol is substantial with estimates ranging between 1.3 per cent and 2.7 per cent of the annual GDP. Alcohol related deaths affect predominately young and middle-aged people and as a result alcohol is the leading cause of years of working life lost in England. The review provides evidence to help policy makers identify the policies that will best prevent an reduce alcohol-related harm.  Source: PHE/King’s Fund

Building capacity: realising the potential of community pharmacy assets for improving the public’s health.

This report looks at the effectiveness of community pharmacy in promoting the public’s health and seeking to understand the opportunities and challenges currently faced by pharmacy teams delivering public health services.   Source: RSPH

Preventing Prison Suicide

This report, written in conjunction with the Centre for Mental Health, reveals that 2016 has been the worst year on record for prison suicides with 102 suicides recorded since the beginning of the year. The report highlights the action that needs to be taken to improve the safety and mental health of prisoners in England and Wales. It calls for a reduction in the use of solitary confinement and an increase in investment in staffing.  Source: Howard League for Penal Reform/King’s Fund

Age Friendly Places. Making our community a great place to grow older
The Age UK, have published a report which looks at making communities age friendly places. Living longer is a huge opportunity if we adapt our neighbourhoods and communities to work for us as we age. As we grow older, we often spend more time in our homes and communities, so our immediate environment has a significant impact on our health, wellbeing and the quality of our lives. Age Friendly Places are essential for our ageing population.  Source: UK Health Forum

Hospital Outpatient Activity data published  Source: NHS Digital

The Mental Health Of Children And Young People In England

These reports describe the importance of mental health and wellbeing among children and young people and the case for investment in mental health. They also summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health among children and young people in order to inform local transformation of services.  Source: PHE/King’s Fund

Nutrition Checklist Project: Feedback Report

This report contains the results of research with health and social care professionals and patients to ascertain the need for tools to help in the identification and self-identification of people who are malnourished or in need of nutritional advice.  Source: The Patients Association/King’s Fund

Largest English study into health and care of people with learning disabilities published today  Source: NHS Digital

The Frontline Battle: An Inquiry Into The Impact Of Alcohol On Emergency Services

The report reveals the full extent of the pressures and dangers that alcohol related problems place on emergency services. It discusses the impact on staff, the impact on service provisions and the effect on time and resources. It makes recommendations to reduce the demand on emergency services including greater partnership working, price limits on alcohol and greater public education on alcohol harm.

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm/King’s Fund

Alcohol marketing and young people a literature review and mapping exercise 
This report was commissioned by Public Health England from the UK Health Forum. The report aims firstly to update the evidence for the association between drinking patterns among children and young people and their exposure to alcohol marketing in all media. Secondly, it seeks to address questions about the use of digital marketing to market alcohol products: whether children and young people are being exposed to this marketing and if this influences their behaviour and alcohol consumption; what methods are being used; whether specific groups are being targeted and whether the use of digital media is linked to violations of marketing codes and regulations. Thirdly, the report aims to identify potential strengths, weaknesses and gaps in the UK regulations governing alcohol marketing. Lastly, it seeks to identify lessons from international experience which could usefully inform any review of UK regulations.  Source: UK Health Forum

Latest experimental statistics about female genital mutilation published  Source: NHS Digital

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Statistics and data

 

Statistics and data

 

Department of Transport

  1. Passenger casualty rates for different modes of travel (RAS53)

  2. Transport accidents and casualties (TSGB08)

  3. NHS Digital

  4. Care Information Choices, England - December, 2016
    Published: 9 December 2016.

  5. Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities - Experimental Statistics, 2014/15
    Published: 9 December 2016.

  6. NHS Safety Thermometer Report - England November 2015 - November 2016 
    Published: 9 December 2016.

     

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

    Local GP wins regional leadership award for mental health work

    02 December 2016

    A Cambridgeshire GP working in the clinical commissioning group to redesign and improve mental health services struck gold at the East of England NHS Leadership Recognition Awards last week.

    Dr Emma Tiffin is a Peterborough GP and is also the Mental Health Clinical Lead at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG. Dr Tiffin won the award for Leading Service Improvement and Innovation for her work. She clinically led a project to help people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have a mental health crisis. It aims to help local people by changing the way the NHS system works. The project also aimed to reduce the number of people going to A&E with mental health problems, reduce unnecessary mental health admissions to hospital, and to support police with the response to mental health crisis related call outs.

    The judges of the awards said: ‘This category attracted many strong nominations. Judges felt that Emma’s nomination provided great evidence of a wide range of engagement, measurable outcomes and inclusion, describing her as a passionate and committed leader who demonstrates strong leadership qualities and networking ability.’

    Dr Emma Tiffin said: “I’m delighted to have won this award but I couldn’t have achieved it alone. This has very much been a team effort and being supported by my team helps us to achieve great things.”

    Held on 24 November 2016 at the Duxford Air Museum near Cambridge, the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards celebrate leaders at all levels and across all professions, those NHS staff who have ultimately improved people’s health and the public’s experience of the NHS.

    GOV.UK

  7. Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities: 2014 to 2015

    • 9 December 2016

    • NHS Digital

    • Official Statistics

2.Children looked after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016

3.Children of UK armed forces personnel: education statistics for England: 2014/15

  • 8 December 2016

  • Official Statistics

4.MOD National and Official Statistics by topic

  • 8 December 2016

  • Official Statistics

5.Waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients for October 2016

 

Week Commencing 28 November 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Birth cohort trends in the global epidemiology of alcohol use and alcohol-related harms in men and women: systematic review and metaregression.
Slade T. BMJ Open 2016;6:e011827.
The British Medical Journal has published a global study of drinking habits which looks at the comparison of alcohol consumption between men and women. The article shows that men used to be far more likely to drink and have resulting health problems. The current generation of women however have almost closed the gap.
Freely available online

Meeting The Need: What Makes A 'Good' JSNA For Mental Health Or Dementia?

This research outlines how mental health needs assessments can prompt concerted action to improve wellbeing and life chances in local communities. It explores how five local councils across England went about understanding the mental health needs of their communities and taking action to meet them more effectively. It finds that joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) for mental health and dementia can help to direct investment, to improve services and to help local agencies work together more effectively.  Source: Centre for Mental Health/King’s Fund

Children and young people's mental health: time to deliver

This is the final report from an independent commission that was tasked to reflect on the progress made in transforming children and young people's (CYP) mental health services following the government's promised investment of £1.4bn. The report highlights that the government decision not to ringfence the CYP funding is putting the transformation process at risk. The commission also found that there is little clarity around whether the CYP funding is reaching frontline services, and with increasing pressures on the NHS, there is a risk that the investment may be spent on other priorities.  Source: Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health

Older People's Care Survey

This report gathers data from local authorities about local care costs and availability. It reveals that four in five local authorities in the UK report not having enough care for older people in their area. It finds that more than 6.4 million people aged 65 and over are living in areas that do not have enough older people’s care to meet demand.  Source: Family and Childcare Trust/King’s Fund

 

NOMIS

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

NHS Digital

 

NHS England

·FE data library: other statistics and research

·Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): annual data tables

·Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data - Apr 2016 to Sep 2016

  • 25 November 2016

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

·Rural education statistics

·UK armed forces biannual diversity statistics: 2016

·Live tables on house building: new build dwellings

·House building: new build dwellings, England: July to September 2016

·Early years foundation stage profile results: 2015 to 2016

·NEET statistics quarterly brief: July to September 2016

·Focus on property crime, England and Wales: year ending March 2016

  • 24 November 2016

  • National Statistics

·Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: Nov 2016

  • 24 November 2016

  • National Statistics

 

NHS Networks

Cutting down: the reality of budget cuts to local tobacco control

A report by Action on Smoking and Health outlines the results of a survey of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England.

 

BBC News

'We've travelled 8,000 miles to see our anorexic daughter' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38121799

'Record number' of prison suicides in England and Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38126646

Born addicts: The babies starting life in rehab http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37851654

Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38105222

 

The King’s Fund Library

Centre for Mental Health

Meeting the need: what makes a 'good' joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) for mental health or dementia?

This research outlines how mental health needs assessments can prompt concerted action to improve wellbeing and life chances in local communities. It explores how five local councils across England went about understanding the mental health needs of their communities and taking action to meet them more effectively. It finds that JSNAs for mental health and dementia can help to direct investment, to improve services and to help local agencies work together more effectively.

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Week Commencing 21 November 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Cervical screening coverage falls for second consecutive year  Source: NHS Digital

Blood pressure: How can we do better?

Using data from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and PHE, this resource is not only a comprehensive summary of CCG-level BP care across the nation, but also provides recommendations for improving care, both at a CCG and practice level.  Source: BHF

Children And Young People's Mental Health: Time To Deliver

This is the final report from an independent commission which was tasked to reflect on the progress made in transforming children and young people's (CYP) mental health services following the government's promised investment of £1.4bn. The report highlights the government decision not to ringfence the CYP funding is putting the transformation process at risk. The commission also found that there is little clarity around whether the CYP funding is reaching frontline services and with increasing pressures on the NHS, there is a risk that the investment may be spent on other priorities.  Source: Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health/King’s Fund

Research and analysis: Emerging infections: monthly summaries

[Updated: Added October 2016 summary.]
New or emerging infectious disease events that could affect UK public health; published monthly by PHE, on behalf of the Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance group.  Source: PHE

Work, health and disability: improving lives 
This consultation seeks views on how we can halve the disability employment gap. Despite the current record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are out of work. Less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment, compared to 80% of the non-disabled population. Topics in this consultation include the role of employers and work coaches, improvements to the welfare system, investing in innovative services, occupational health support and changing the culture around work and health. The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health are keen to hear views from all interested parties, especially disabled people and disability organisations.  Source: UK Health Forum

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014 [NS] 
The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) series provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorder in the English adult population (aged 16 and over). This survey is the fourth in a series and was conducted by NatCen Social Research, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, for NHS Digital. The previous surveys were conducted in 1993 (16-64 year olds) and 2000 (16-74 year olds) by the Office for National Statistics, which covered England, Scotland and Wales. The 2007 Survey included people aged over 16 and covered England only.  Source: UK Health Forum

2016 Community Mental Health Survey: Statistical Release

This report outlines the findings of a patient experience survey of people who have received community mental health services. It found that overall the majority of respondents reported a positive experience of care but that areas for improvement include patient involvement in their care decisions, provision of crisis care, named contacts for care planning and regularity of care reviews.  Source: CQC/King’s Fund

Mental health support for children with learning disabilities  Source: The Learning Disabilities Elf

Cutting Down: The Reality Of Budget Cuts To Local Tobacco Control

This report, carried out by Action on Smoking and Health, outlines the results of a survey of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England. The report finds that smoking cessation services are facing ongoing budget cuts, with 59 per cent of respondents reporting that they were forced to reduce their funding to services in the past year. The report calls on public and local councillors to help protect smoking cessation services by urging the government to solve the public health funding crisis.

Source: Cancer Research UK/King’s Fund

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

NHS Digital

Published: 17 November 2016.

 

GOV.UK

2.FE data library: qualifications in the population

  • 17 November 2016

  • DfE and SFA

  • Statistical data set

Part of a collection: FE data library and Further education and skills: official statistics

3.Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing England and Wales 31 March 2016

 

4.Traveller caravan count: July 2016

5.Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data from November 2008

 

6.NHS cancer waiting times: July to September 2016

  • 16 November 2016

  • Welsh Government

  • National Statistics

 

BBC

Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice 'unrealistic', says new GPs head   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38048957

Proportion of teenage mothers at 'lowest in decades'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38029014

 

 

Week Commencing 14 November 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

PHE Cancer Data Sets, Linkage And Availability

This briefing provides an overview of the cancer data sets held by PHE and the National Cancer Registration Analysis Service which can be used to support direct care.  Source: PHE/King’s Fund

Alcohol statistics

Alcohol Concern have produced an alcohol statistics factsheet, which is based on; Alcohol and Health; Treatment; Crime; Drinking Behaviour and Young People.  Source: Alcohol Concern

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014 [NS] 
The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) series provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorder in the English adult population (aged 16 and over). This survey is the fourth in a series and was conducted by NatCen Social Research, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, for NHS Digital. The previous surveys were conducted in 1993 (16-64 year olds) and 2000 (16-74 year olds) by the Office for National Statistics, which covered England, Scotland and Wales. The 2007 Survey included people aged over 16 and covered England only.  Source: UK Health Forum

Scouts and Guides 'grow up to have better mental health'

"Scouts and guides provide 'mental health boost for life'," BBC News reports. A study of adults with a scouting or guiding background found they were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life.  Source: Behind the Headlines

Using data to identify good-quality care for older people

This report describes the results of a pilot analysis of the effectiveness of using routine health care data to determine areas that have made quality improvements in the care of frail and older people over time.    Source: Nuffield Trust

Maternity report shows trends in hospital deliveries  Source: NHS Digital

National NHS campaign urges people to stay well this winter  Source: NHS England

Hospital admissions hit record high as population ages  Source: NHS Digital

Complexities and challenges. Working with multiple health conditions 
This report published by Fit For Work UK coalition; The Work Foundation part of Lancaster University, shows people who experience multiple long-term health conditions have poorer outcomes for a range of employment-related measures - particularly where there is a combination of mental and physical health conditions - and the chances of being in employment reduces as the number of conditions increases. This paper explores these issues using data from the current literature, a secondary analysis of Health Survey for England 2013 and a new survey of individuals in working age (16-64) with at least two long-term health conditions. The report seek to add to the evidence-base around the labour market implications of having multiple health conditions, and how they might be managed to better support people to stay in employment.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Published: 11 November 2016.

 

GOV.UK

3.Mental health community teams activity for quarter ending Sept 2016

  • 11 November 2016

  • NHS England

  • Official Statistics

4.Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses Oct 2016

  • 11 November 2016

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

5.Adult further education: outcome-based success measures

  • 10 November 2016

  • Official Statistics

6.Quarterly traffic estimates (TRA25)

7.Education and training statistics for the UK: 2016

8.Rural population and migration statistics

9.Prisoner transgender statistics: March to April 2016

10.Homelessness: April to June 2016

  • 9 November 2016

  • Welsh Government

  • National Statistics

11.Destinations of KS4 and KS5 pupils: 2015 (provisional)

 

Week Commencing 7 November 2016

Measuring and monitoring children and young people's mental wellbeing. A toolkit for schools and colleges 
With half of all diagnosable mental health disorders established by the age of 14, there is a strong case to promote children and young people's mental health. There are a range of risk and protective factors that impact on mental wellbeing. These span individual factors, family, learning environments and the wider community. The evidence tells us that the learning environment plays an important and valued role in helping protect and promote student mental wellbeing. Public Health England and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families are committed to improving health outcomes for children, young people and their families, and collaborated to fund and develop this toolkit. The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population. This, in turn, will help school and college leaders make use of school and college level data to identify the mental wellbeing needs of students and determine how best to address these. Efforts taken by schools and colleges to promote the physical and mental health of the student population creates a virtuous circle, reinforcing attainment and achievement that in turn improves student wellbeing, enabling students to thrive and achieve their full potential.  Source: UK Health Forum

Schools Embrace Proven Strategies to Promote Students' Healthy Eating 
To examine how school meal programs have encouraged good decisions among their students, the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project a joint initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned a nationally representative sample of school nutrition department directors. The project also gathered insights on the survey data from a panel of school nutrition leaders whose districts are recognized for their success in serving healthy meals and snacks.[3] The research makes clear that multiple strategies, particularly those that engage children's creativity and invite their input, have helped instill healthy eating behaviors at schools across the country.  Source: UK Health Forum

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): Smoking Report 2015 
This report presents the smoking findings from the 2015 wave of SALSUS. The research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Ipsos MORI Scotland.  Source: UK Health Forum

Alcohol statistics 
Alcohol Concern have produced an alcohol statistics factsheet, which is based on; Alcohol and Health; Treatment; Crime; Drinking Behaviour and Young People.   Source: Alcohol Concern

Updated fuel poverty tool kit

The guide is intended to be a tool for directors of public health and their teams, health and wellbeing boards, and colleagues across local authorities who want to start, extend or improve their work on fuel poverty.  Source: Healthy Places

3 in 5 of England's most deprived boys will be overweight or obese by 2020 
Stark new figures from the Obesity Health Alliance, released, show a looming significant weight gap between the poorest and wealthiest primary-school aged boys living in England. Three in five (60%) of the most deprived boys aged 5-11 are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2020, compared to about one in six (16%) of boys in the most affluent group [1]. The projections used in this report, were carried out by the Modelling Team, at the UK Health Forum.  Source: UK Health Forum

Preventing suicide in England A cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives from PH England

This document advises local authorities how to develop a suicide prevention action plan monitor data, trends and hot spots engage with local media work with transport to map hot spots work on local priorities to improve mental health.  Source: HM Government

Local tobacco control profiles for England: November 2016 data update 
The Local Tobacco Control Profiles data update for November 2016 has been published by Public Health England (PHE). The data are presented in an interactive tool that allows users to view them in a user-friendly format. The profiles provide a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level. These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

NHS England

 

Mental health five year forward view dashboard

This dashboard brings together data from across the broad range of mental health services. This aims to provide a resource to track improvement at the CCG level and allow areas to understand where they need to target their efforts to improve services locally. The dashboard not only includes statistics from mental health services but also metrics on employment, housing and justice relating to people with mental health problems.

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The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

NHS Digital

Published: 3 November 2016.

NHS England

 

GOV.UK

  1. Destinations of KS4 and KS5 pupils: 2015 (provisional)

  2. Families and households in the UK: 2016

    • 4 November 2016

    • National Statistics

  3. Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional estimates: April to June 2016

  4. Characteristics of children in need: 2015 to 2016

  5. Drug misuse: findings from the 2015 to 2016 CSEW second edition

  6. UK armed forces personnel deployments and military presence of UK regular personnel

    • 3 November 2016

    • Official Statistics

  7. Substance misuse statistics from NDTMS: financial year ending March 2016

    • 3 November 2016

    • National Statistics

  8. Children and Young People’s Health Services Monthly Statistics Oct 2015 to Mar 2016

    • 2 November 2016

    • NHS Digital

  9. Health Profiles: November 2016 data update

  10. Public health outcomes framework: November 2016 data update

 

Week Commencing 31 October 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Women now drinking 'almost as much alcohol as men'

"Women have caught up with men in the amount of alcohol they drink," The Guardian reports.

Source: Behind the Headlines

Report shows prevalence of conditions across England

Figures released today by NHS Digital provide information on the prevalence of 21 conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, dementia, diabetes, and depression.

Source: NHS Digital

Density of fast food outlets

Source: PHE

Counter Arguments – How important is tobacco to small retailers?

This report scrutinises the messages sent to small retailers by the tobacco industry and asks whether the traditional approach to selling tobacco in small shops is still in retailers' best interests, given the ongoing decline in the market and the recent changes to how tobacco is sold. 

Source: ASH

CCGs 2015/16 assessment for maternity and mental health

The newly published ratings on mental health and maternity services have been published by NHS England on the My NHS website. The data highlights areas that are performing well and also helps to identify where improvements can be made. The ratings can be broken down by CCG and can help CCGs to self-assess more effectively and target areas in need of improvement.

Source: NHS England

 

2.FE data library: apprenticeships

3.FE data library: apprenticeship vacancies

4.Deaths of offenders in the community annual statistics bulletin 2015 to 2016

5.A note on childbearing by socio-economic status and country of birth of mother

  • 27 October 2016

  • Official Statistics

6.Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - Apr to Jun 2016

  • 27 October 2016

  • NHS Digital

  • Official Statistics

7.Estimates of the separated family population to December 2014

  • 27 October 2016

  • Official Statistics

8.Small Area population estimates in England and Wales: mid-2015

  • 26 October 2016

  • National Statistics

9.Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: annual data

10.Further education and skills: statistical first release October 2016

 

BBC

35% rise in young seeking help for anxiety

The number of young people in the UK seeking help for anxiety has increased by 35% in just a year, the NSPCC says.

 

'Fix rooms' plan for Glasgow drug addicts set for green light  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-37817622

A controversial plan to set up the UK's first so-called "fix rooms" to allow drug addicts to inject safely under supervision in Glasgow is likely to get the go-ahead.

 

Week Commencing 24 October 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Community pharmacy reforms

Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond details the changes to the pharmacy sector and contractual framework from December 2016.

Source: DoH

 

I Am Whole - A Report Investigating The Stigma Faced By Young People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties

The purpose of this research was to examine the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. This was done by examining the prevalence of this stigma, who is experiencing it and how they are doing so, the impact of this stigma, and the potential solutions that the young people themselves have identified.

Source: YMCA/King’s Fund

 

Changes in children's body mass index between 2006/7 and 2014/15 
This report by Public Health England (PHE), is the sixth in a series of annual reports which use National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data to examine changes in children's body mass index (BMI) that have taken place since 2006/7. It explores trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight and underweight prevalence, as well as changes in mean BMI over time. Trends within different socioeconomic and ethnic groups are also examined to determine whether existing health inequalities are widening or becoming smaller. Obesity prevalence shows a downward trend in Reception boys and girls. The trends in obesity in Year 6 boys and girls continue to show year-on-year increases but the rates of increase are slowing. In both Reception and Year 6 inequalities in obesity are widening between the most deprived and least deprived children and also between white British and most other ethnic groups.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Smoking Statistics for Stoptober

Source: NHS Digital

 

Reproductive health statistics published

The report, "Statistics on Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England 2015-16" provides information about activity taking place in the community at dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health services, including some non-NHS services. This includes family planning clinics, community contraception clinics and some young people's services, such as Brook advisory centres.

Source: NHS Digital

 

Green Space And Health

A range of bodies, including government agencies, have promoted the possible physical and mental health benefits of access to green space. This briefing summarises the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature, such as reducing rates of non-communicable diseases, and the challenges for urban green spaces.

Source: Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)/King’s Fund

 

NHS Digita

Tools for local authorities

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

GOV.UK

  1. Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2016

    • 20 October 2016

    • National Statistics

2.Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2015 and spring 2016

3.FE data library: apprenticeships

 

Week Commencing 17 October 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Childhood obesity plan: PHE's role in implementation 
Public Health England (PHE) will work with the Department of Health, other government departments and a wide range of stakeholders to achieve the aim of halving childhood obesity within the next 10 years. 2 of PHE's main contributions will be through implementing a sugar reduction programme and reviewing the nutrient profile model which categorises food according to its nutrient value.

Source: UK Health Forum

Cheap Alcohol the price we pay

This report warns that, unless action is taken on the availability of cheap alcohol, harms associated with alcohol consumption will continue to rise, which will increase the burden on the NHS and public services.

Source: Alcohol Health Alliance UK

 

The Alcohol Research Grapevine 
Recently the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alcohol Research UK have been developing an online alcohol research directory: the Alcohol Research Grapevine. The Alcohol Research Grapevine is a new information hub for everyone with an interest in alcohol-related research. It updates users on new research findings, as well as allowing them to see what is going on 'below the radar' in terms of new and ongoing projects. It provides a quick and easy way to see what research is taking place, which topics need more research, and where opportunities for collaboration exist.

Source: UK Health Forum


Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 200304 to 201415 
Young adults are more likely than any other age group to drink at risky levels, but are the least likely to receive treatment for alcohol use, according to a report released today (07/10/2016) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 2003-04 to 2014-15, shows that 18 to 24 year olds are the group most likely to report having consumed alcohol at risky levels. These young adults were the largest group to report risky drinking levels on several measures-including risky single occasion drinking on a regular basis (making up 47% of the total), yearly (33%) and monthly (18%).

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014 [NS] 
The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) series provides data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorder in the English adult population (aged 16 and over). This survey is the fourth in a series and was conducted by NatCen Social Research, in collaboration with the University of Leicester, for NHS Digital. The previous surveys were conducted in 1993 (16-64 year olds) and 2000 (16-74 year olds) by the Office for National Statistics, which covered England, Scotland and Wales. The 2007 Survey included people aged over 16 and covered England only. The survey used a robust stratified, multi-stage probability sample of households and assesses psychiatric disorder to actual diagnostic criteria for several disorders. The report features chapters on: common mental disorders, mental health treatment and service use, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic disorder, autism, personality disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, alcohol, drugs, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and self-harm, and comorbidity.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Mental health at work report 2016

This new report from Business in the Community (BITC) urges employers to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor.  Employers have a duty of care to their employees to respond to mental ill health just as they would to a physical illness.

Source: Business in the Community (BITC)/Public Health England

 

Mental health for employers toolkit

Business in the Community (BITC) has partnered with Public Health England to produce a free, online toolkit to help every organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees. It will help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and provides a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support.

Source: Business in the Community (BITC)/Public Health England

 

3 in 5 of England's most deprived boys will be overweight or obese by 2020 
Stark new figures from the Obesity Health Alliance, released on World Obesity Day, show a looming significant weight gap between the poorest and wealthiest primary-school aged boys living in England. Three in five (60%) of the most deprived boys aged 5-11 are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2020, compared to about one in six (16%) of boys in the most affluent group [1]. The most deprived girls didn't however show the same trend, and are projected to have similar obese and overweight prevalence rates to their more affluent counterparts with an average of 1 in 5 girls predicted to be obese or overweight by 2020.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 

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Age UK

Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people 

Report 

Press release

According to this report, the current availability of mental health services does not meet the increasingly high demand from an ageing population. It also found that over a third of mental health trusts in England have no policies for providing integrated care for people over 65 with both mental and physical health needs.

 

Statistics and data

 

Week Commencing 10 October 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Public health successes and missed opportunities. Trends in alcohol consumption and attributable mortality in the WHO European Region, 19902014 (2016) 
The WHO European Region has a high level of alcohol consumption. This results in a substantial burden of alcohol-attributable mortality. The overall standardized rate for alcohol-attributable mortality in the Region rose between 1990 and 2014. This publication describes trends in alcohol consumption and attributable mortality. It gives data by country, showing huge differences. This underlines opportunities for countries to benchmark their standing against others' and introduce policies to reduce the burden of alcohol-attributable mortality. It also underlines the overall need to further reduce the alcohol consumption in the WHO European Region.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Survey shows one in three adults with common mental disorders report using treatment services

Source: NHS Digital

 

Inequalities In Mental Health, Cognitive Impairement And Dementia Among Older People

This report focuses on inequalities in the experience and prevalence of poor mental health, cognitive impairment and dementia and the impact of social isolation, lack of mental stimulation and physical activity, before and after retirement, and in later old age. If finds that these issues can exacerbate the risks of poor mental health, cognitive impairment and dementia in later life and are experienced disproportionately by people in lower socio economic groups. It also provides a brief summary of life course social determinants that increase the risk of poor mental health, early onset of cognitive decline and the symptoms of dementia.

Source: UCL Institute of Health Equity/King’s Fund

 

Growing Older In The UK

This report argues that the UK's ageing population and its families are being failed by a fragmented health and social support system. It highlights how the health and life changes of older people are being negatively affected by the holes in the safety net of health, social and other welfare services. 

Source: BMA/King’s Fund

 

Women In Mind: FOI Response Briefing

This document outlines the findings of Agenda's investigation into the provision of mental health services for women in England. The results of the FOI requests lodged found that only one out of 35 respondents had a women's mental health strategy and half had no policy on 'routine enquiry' (the practice of routinely asking female patients about experience of abuse) which is contrary to NICE guidance.

Source: Agenda/King’s Fund

 

Housing for health
The Public Health England's (PHE's) Housing for health collection contains strategies, plans, advice, and guidance about the relationship between health and the home. These resources can help local authorities, health and social care commissioners and decision makers make plans to improve health and wellbeing through the places people live.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Personal well-being in the UK: local authority update, 2015 to 2016 
The Office for National Statistics has published a statistical bulletin, which estimates the personal well-being for UK local authorities from the financial year ending 2012 to financial year ending 2016.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

NDNS: results from Years 5 and 6 (combined) 
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme is a continuous, cross-sectional survey. It's designed to collect detailed, quantitative information on the food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK. The survey covers a representative sample of around 1000 people per year. Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) jointly fund the UK NDNS. Under the current contract, government bodies in Wales and Northern Ireland are funding additional recruitment in their countries to allow them to report their own results.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Claims that coffee prevents dementia are lukewarm at best

"Coffee really can help to prevent dementia: Just two cups a day 'cuts the risk of developing it by 36 per cent','' the Mail Online reports. But if you look closely at the research behind this report, the results are of borderline significance, meaning it is likely they were influenced by chance.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Alcohol's harms to others: the harms from other people's alcohol consumption in Wales 
Public Health Wales have published this report, which provides an initial overview of experience of alcohol's harms to others amongst adults in Wales. Whilst further research is needed, the prevalence of alcohol's harms to others identified should act as a catalyst for policymakers, practitioners and the public, to both consider and work towards addressing the wide ranging effects of alcohol use.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

National Confidential Inquiry Into Suicide And Homicide By People With Mental Illness

This report presents findings relating to people who died by suicide in 2004-2014. It found that over 200 suicide deaths per year now occur in patients under mental health crisis teams, three times as many as in in-patients.

Source: University of Manchester/King’s Fund

 

Child obesity international comparisons data factsheet 
This series of factsheets (previously known as Key Data Briefings) compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity. Key Findings: [1] Worldwide, the proportion of children and young people classified as overweight or obese has increased since 1980. In developed countries prevalence has risen during this period from 16.9% of boys and 16.2% of girls to 23.8% of boys and 22.6% of girls [2] The UK ranks 9th for overweight prevalence (including obesity) in children (aged 2 to 19 years) out of the 34 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries when International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) body mass index (BMI) thresholds are applied (Figure 1) [3] When boys and girls are considered separately, the proportion of overweight or obese boys in the UK is 15th highest (26.1%) and for girls is 4th highest (29.2%) out of the 34 OECD countries (Table 3).

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Adult obesity international comparisons data factsheet 
This series of factsheets (previously known as Key Data Briefings) compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity. This factsheet presents data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults in the OECD countries. The data is sourced from statistics published in The Lancet from the Global Burden of Disease project(2) and data from the OECD iLibrary.(3)

Source: UK Health Forum

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Statistics and data

 

PHE Bulletin – news and views for the public health sector

September 2016

 

PHE Bulletin, a regular Public Health England publication for our key stakeholders and all those concerned with public health, is now available here. Please follow this link to view or download the pdf.   

 

Included in this issue:

  • ew diabetes prevalence data published by PHE  
  • Health Matters: tobacco standard packs – seizing the moment to support smokers to quit  
  • PHE publishes data showing more people are living with cancer than ever before  
  • Men B vaccine success figures published  
  • National Diet and Nutrition Survey data 2012-14 published  
  • New recommendations to address deaths from drug misuse published

 

 

Health Matters Updates

Smoking resources

Data

 

 

GOV.UK

  1. Vocational qualifications dataset
    • 7 October 2016
    • Ofqual
    • Statistical data set
  2. Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: April to June 2016
    • 7 October 2016
    • Ofqual
    • National Statistics

 

 

Week Commencing 26 September 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Annual childhood immunisation statistics published

Source: NHS Digital

 

Two new financial incentives will improve mental healthcare for children and young people and A&E users with mental health needs

Source: NHS England

 

Assessing the national capacity for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: Global survey 
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, and their key risk factors tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity remain the leading causes of death globally. NCDs are currently responsible for almost 70% of global deaths, the majority occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In recent years NCDs have been increasingly in the spotlight of the global public health community and national leaders. Most recently, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015, recognized the critical public health importance of addressing NCDs, and included a goal to reduce, by one third, the premature mortality from NCDs, along with targets to address risk factors such as alcohol and tobacco, and achievement of universal health coverage by 2030. Achieving targets for NCD prevention and control require a renewed and concerted action at the national level. Key to this is capacity: physical, human and at the policy level.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Annual childhood immunisation statistics published

Source: NHS Digital

 

Commuting and health in Cambridge 
A shift towards more active lifestyles could be a 'best buy' for improving public health. Local authorities have a role to play in achieving this. For example, they can make it easier for people to walk or cycle as part of everyday journeys such as going to work. But it can be hard to study the effects of changing transport systems. This means that there is little good evidence to guide investment.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): surveillance, data, screening and management

This health protection collection outlines the surveillance and epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It was updated in September 2016.

Source: PHE

 

Health matters: Tobacco packs 
Resources to help health professionals and local authorities to capitalise on the roll out of standard tobacco packs to encourage smokers to quit.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 

Public Health England – Health matters

Data

 

The King’s Fund

Statistics and data

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

 

NHS England

 

GOV.UK

  1. Live tables on social housing sales

2.FE data library: other statistics and research

3.Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) Deaths associated with hospitalisation, England, Apr 2015 - Mar 2016

  • 22 September 2016
  • NHS Digital
  • National Statistics

4.Births by mothers' usual area of residence in the UK: 2015

  • 22 September 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

 

BBC

Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37451773

Health problems related to poor diet, drinking and smoking are costing the NHS in England more than £11bn each year, officials say.

Public Health England (PHE) says that unless they are tackled more effectively the NHS will become unaffordable.

 

Concentrix: 'Suicidal calls' made to tax credits firm   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37427990

A firm used by the government to cut tax credit payments has received calls from "suicidal" clients, the BBC has been told.

A whistleblower at Concentrix's call centre said most staff "weren't even trained" to deal with such calls.

 

Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37439221

Google's artificial intelligence unit DeepMind is getting serious about healthcare - with ambitious plans to digitise the NHS - but first it needs to convince patients to hand over their medical records.

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 19 September 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Three in four don't know obesity causes cancer response to Cancer Research UK report 
We welcome this new report from Cancer Research UK. As well as increasing the risk of cancer, being overweight or obese also increases the risk of developing other serious health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and associated mental health problems. One in five children are overweight or obese before they start primary school, and this rises to one in three by the time they leave leading to devastating consequences for their health. This is why we need to create an environment which helps families to make healthier choices by protecting children from junk food marketing; on TV and online.

Source: UK Health Forum

Public knowledge on the link between obesity and cancer 
Being overweight and obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking and is estimated to cause 18,100 cancer cases each year in the UK. If current trends of overweight and obesity continued, it will lead to a further 670,000 cancer cases over the next 20 years. There is considerable evidence to show that being overweight or obese is linked to 10 types of cancers. This includes two of the most common, breast and bowel, and two of the hardest to treat, pancreatic and oesophageal. However little is known about public awareness of this association.

Source: UK Health Forum

Health and early years, children and young people: a GCPH synthesis 
This report provides a synthesis of our learning about what factors influence the health of babies, children and young people and how improving circumstances during this life stage can help improve health and tackle health inequalities. This synthesis draws on ten plus years of outputs and events from the GCPH and GoWell to outline compelling evidence about the importance of early years' and childhood experiences for healthy development and for health and wellbeing throughout the life course.

Source: UK Health Forum

National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Results from years 5 and 6 
The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme is a continuous, cross-sectional survey. It's designed to collect detailed, quantitative information on the food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK. The survey covers a representative sample of around 1000 people per year.

Source: UK Health Forum

Understanding And Preventing Drug-Related Deaths: The Report Of A National Expert Working Group To Investigate Drug-Related Deaths In England

This report makes recommendations towards addressing the rising number of people dying from drug misuse in England and highlights a number of principles for action by local authorities, drug treatment providers and partner organisations. The national expert working group advocate a whole-system approach to substance abuse treatment and a personalised approach which is tailored to patient needs.

Source: PHE/King’s Fund

Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy: Rapid review and case studies from member states 
The lifelong disabilities caused by exposure to alcohol in pregnancy (known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders), together with other negative effects of exposure to alcohol on the pregnancy, are an important public health concern. In the WHO European Region and the European Union (EU), alcohol use among women of childbearing age is common and while many women may drink before they know they are pregnant and stop once they find out, some continue to drink after they have discovered that they are pregnant. A major concern is the number of unplanned pregnancies where the woman will continue to drink well into her pregnancy. Ensuring health in early life is a particular focus of public health policy in the Region and the EU, which includes in utero. This report gives an overview of the literature on interventions to prevent alcohol exposure during pregnancy that target both pregnant and non-pregnant women, in line with policy documents in the EU and the Region. It reviews the literature on prevention of alcohol exposure in pregnancy from studies published in the last decade. Case studies from eight regional Member States are presented, to share experiences of prevention in the Region.

Source: UK Health Forum

Understanding the relationship between poverty and alcohol misuse 
This rapid review of the evidence on poverty and alcohol misuse was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as part of their programme to develop Anti-Poverty Strategies for the UK. The purpose of the rapid review is to provide an evidence base that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation can use in developing their Anti-Poverty Strategies, enabling them to decide how to address alcohol misuse within the Strategies.

Source: UK Health Forum

Healthier Food Procurement 
Obesity is one of the most important public health issues currently being addressed by this country. It is a cause of chronic disease leading to early death. Two-thirds of English adults, more than one fifth of four to five-year old children and more than a third of 10 to 11-year-olds are obese or overweight. A study by McKinsey and Company in 2014 estimated that obesity was a greater burden on the UK's economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47 billion a year. The report found that obesity has the second-largest economic impact on the UK behind smoking, generating an annual loss equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP. The country spends about £6 billion a year on the medical costs of conditions related to being overweight or obese and a further £10 billion on diabetes.

Source: UK Health Forum

National Travel Survey 2015 
The report contains the latest results and trends on how and why people travel with breakdowns by age, gender and income. It also contains trends in driving licence holding, school travel and concessionary travel. These statistics cover personal travel within Great Britain during 2015 by residents of England. Trip rates have been falling steadily since the mid-1990s, with the 2015 figure being the lowest recorded. This shows: car and walking, which together account for 86% of trips, have decreased; trips by rail and bus in London have increased; trips for shopping, commuting and visiting friends have fallen consistently since the mid-1990s

Source: UK Health Forum

Physical activity tool 
The Physical Activity tool is part of a series of products produced by Public Health England providing local data alongside national comparisons to support local health improvement. The tool brings together data for the whole of England on physical activity, including walking and cycling, as well as data on related risk factors and conditions such as obesity and diabetes. The tool is easy to use and data is presented at local level to help promote physical activity, develop understanding, and support benchmarking, commissioning and service improvement.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

E-cigarettes 'help thousands successfully quit smoking'

"The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes in the UK may have resulted in more successful attempts to quit smoking," BBC News reports.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation

Source: The Cochrane Library

 

Health and work: Infographics 
Public Health England (PHE) and The Work Foundation have collaborated to produce 12 infographics. These infographics are intended to help public health practitioners, local authorities and policy makers to make the case and inform planning on embedding health, work and worklessness within and across these issues.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

DIGITAL.NHS

Data on written complaints in the NHS - 2015-16 [NS]
Published: 15 September 2016.

Data on written complaints in the NHS - 2016/17 Quarter 1, Experimental
Published: 15 September 2016.

Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2015-16
Published: 15 September 2016.

NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity - England, Quarter 1, 2016-17 
Published: 16 September 2016.

Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - August 2016 
Published: 16 September 2016.

Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Commissioner Census (Assuring Transformation), August 2016, Experimental Statistics
Published: 20 September 2016.

Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics - Final June, Provisional July 2016
Published: 20 September 2016.

 

GOV.UK

  1. FE data library: education and training

2.Cancer survival for adults in England: 2010 to 2014, followed up to 2015

  • 16 September 2016

  • National Statistics

3.Prison population figures: 2016

4.Participation rates in higher education: 2006 to 2015

5.Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2016

 

 

 

Week Commencing 12 September 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Alcohol CLeaR self-assessment tool 
The alcohol CLeaR self-assessment tool brings together all those working to reduce alcohol-related harm in a locality to think through what is working well and to identify the opportunities for further improvement It is based on a model initially developed by Action on Smoking and Health to provide local government and partners with a structured, evidence-based approach to improve tobacco control. PHE has piloted an alcohol version of the model in four partnership areas and the content of the self-assessment has been reviewed by experts from the field.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Prevention Of Harm Caused By Alcohol Exposure In Pregnancy: Rapid Review And Case Studies From Member States

This report gives an overview of the literature on interventions to prevent alcohol exposure during pregnancy that targets both pregnant and non-pregnant women. It reviews the literature on preventing alcohol exposure in pregnancy from studies published in the last decade and it also presents case studies from eight European countries.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)/King’s Fund

 

Mental health services for veterans

NHS England has published Developing mental health services for veterans in England engagement report.  This report sets out key findings from an engagement to find people’s views of NHS veterans’ mental health services.   The results highlight the need to improve awareness of where veterans should go for help, raise the profile of NHS veterans’ mental health services and increase understanding amongst health professionals of the unique issues faced by those from an armed forces background.

Source: NHS England

 

Making reasonable adjustments to obesity and weight management services for people with learning disabilities 
The PHE Learning Disabilities Observatory (PHELDO) provides high-quality data and information about the health and healthcare of people with learning disabilities. The information helps commissioners and providers of health and social care to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, and, ultimately, to deliver better healthcare. PHELDO is a collaboration between PHE, the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University and the National Development Team for Inclusion. The Observatory is operated by PHE and is also known as Improving Health and Lives (IHaL).

Source: UK Health Forum

 

2016 Health Profiles 
Public Health England has published the 2016 Health Profiles. The Health Profiles provide a snapshot of health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using a range of charts and text. They pull together existing information in one place and contain data on a range of indicators for local populations. Health Profiles are intended as 'conversation starters' to highlight local issues and priorities for members, and for discussion at Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy: rapid review and case studies from member states

 

 

This report gives an overview of the literature on interventions to prevent alcohol exposure during pregnancy that targets both pregnant and non-pregnant women. It reviews the literature on preventing alcohol exposure in pregnancy from studies published in the last decade and it also presents case studies from eight European countries.

 

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Understanding and preventing drug-related deaths: the report of a national expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England

 

This report makes recommendations towards addressing the rising number of people dying from drug misuse in England and highlights a number of principles for action by local authorities, drug treatment providers and partner organisations. The national expert working group advocates a whole-system approach to substance abuse treatment and a personalised approach which is tailored to patient needs.

 

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The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

Public health leaders urge radical rethink after record number of drug deaths

http://www.fph.org.uk/public_health_leaders_urge_radical_rethink_after_record_number_of_drug_deaths

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics today (9/9/2016) showing a record number of deaths involving drug misuse in England and Wales have reinforced the call by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) for the Government to switch its focus from prosecution to treatment.

FPH supported a recent report published by the Royal Society for Public Health that called for the decriminalisation of possession and use of drugs.

Professor Simon Capewell, FPH Vice President, said: "These statistics are a wake-up call. They are a tragic signal that the punitive 'war on drugs' approach has failed - failed our society and failed some of our most vulnerable people."

Also today, Public Health England published a report investigating the rise of drug-related deaths. FPH strongly backs the report’s call for improved and sustained access to drug treatment services – particularly targeting ‘hard to reach’ groups.

Some FPH members tell us that funding for drug treatment services is being slashed at a time when it clearly needs to be increasing.

Professor Capewell said: "The resources spent fighting an unwinnable 'war on drugs' should be invested in prevention treatment services. These are a cost-saving and evidence-based approach to tackling the root causes."

 

Digital nhs

5.Quarterly bus statistics: April to June 2016

  • 13 September 2016

  • National Statistics

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

6.Local bus passenger journeys (BUS01)

  • 13 September 2016

  • Statistical data set

  • Part of a collection: Bus statistics

7.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 2 Sep 2016

  • 13 September 2016

  • National Statistics

8.NDNS: results from Years 5 and 6 (combined)

9.Deaths Related to Drug Poisoning in England and Wales: 2015 Registrations

  • 9 September 2016

  • National Statistics

 

 

 

Week Commencing - 5 September 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Gender and children and young people’s emotional and mental health

The National Children’s Bureau has published a rapid review of the evidence Gender and children and young people’s emotional and mental health: manifestations and responses.  This review provides evidence of gender differences in children and young people’s emotional and mental health.   It looks at the general picture of emotional and mental health; the prevalence of specific issues; coping strategies;  responses from parents and carers; and service responses to children and young people’s needs.

Source: National Children’s Bureau

 

The good childhood report 2016 
The Children's Society in partnership with the University of York, has published The Good Childhood Report 2016. This is the fifth in-depth study into children's well-being. This year's findings: There is a growing gap in happiness between girls and boys. Girls are less happy than they used to be, we have seen more 10 to 15 year old girls unhappy with their lives over a five year period. Children's direct experiences affect their well-being more than factors further removed from them.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Targeting 'addiction switch' may help combat alcoholism

"Alcoholics are missing 'vital chemical in their brain' that helps control addiction," the Daily Express reports.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Alcohol consumption: advice on low risk drinking

Source: DoH

 

Reported road casualties in Great Britain, estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2015 
Transport for London has published statistics highlighting the final figures for reported road casualties involving alcohol for 2014. This report also indicates provisional statistics for 2015.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Persistent poverty in the UK and EU: 2014 
The Office for National Statistics have published a report, which shows rates of persistent relative income poverty for the UK are compared with other EU countries. The relationship between persistent poverty and low income in a single year is explored, including the impact this has on the size of the population experiencing poverty over time. Analysis by demographic characteristics is included.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Poverty and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has published Poverty and mental health: a review to inform the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategy.  This paper presents a conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between poverty and mental health and offers recommendations to improve the situation across the life course

Source: Mental Health Foundation

 

Information from the Data Factsheet: Adult Weight: Patterns and trends in child obesity 
The PHE Obesity Risk Factors Intelligence team has produced a factsheet on adult obesity (previously known as Key Data Briefing). The factsheet compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity.

Source: UK Health Forum

Information from the Data Factsheet: Child Weight: Patterns and trends in child obesity 
The PHE Obesity Risk Factors Intelligence team has produced a factsheet on child obesity (previously known as Key Data Briefing). The factsheet compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Briefing: Breastfeeding, tobacco use and second-hand smoke 
An updated briefing from ASH Scotland, which covers; Benefits of breastfeeding; smoking whilst breast-feeding; exposure to second-hand smoke; smoke and stress; giving up smoking when breastfeeding; free support to stop smoking; types of tobacco used in some minority ethnic groups.

Source: UK Health Forum

Annual NHS stop smoking service figures published

Source: NHS England

 

Understanding The Basic Economics Of Tobacco Harm Reduction

This report examines the economics behind smoking cessation policies and argues that minimising taxes on low-risk tobacco products (e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco) has the potential to improve public health.

Source: Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)/King’s Fund

 

FDA's Smoking Prevention Campaigns: Reaching Teens Where They 'Live' 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes a strong commitment to educate the public (especially youth) about the harmful effects of using those products, says Kathleen Crosby, Director of the Office of Health Communication and Education (OHCE) at FDA's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). The goal of our youth-oriented smoking prevention campaigns is to save kids' lives by helping them rethink their relationship with tobacco, she says. For these kids, we're looking to disrupt their progression from thinking about smoking tobacco or starting to experiment with it, to becoming daily users. Through these campaigns, which have very distinct target audiences, FDA is looking to stop smoking behavior in its tracks.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

The Kings Fund

Statistics and data

Statistics and data

 

Statistics and data

 

·Working and workless households in the UK: Apr to June 2016

  • 1 September 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

·Travel to work area analysis in Great Britain: 2016

  • 1 September 2016
  • ONS
  • Official Statistics

·National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2016 (provisional)

·Travel time measures for local 'A' roads, England: July 2015 to June 2016

·Average speed and delay on local ‘A’ roads (CGN05)

·House building in England: April to June 2016

·Live tables on house building

·NEET statistics quarterly brief: April to June 2016

·Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: Aug 2016

  • 25 August 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

NHS Networks

NHS England has pledged to improve mental health care for military veterans after a nationwide campaign to give veterans a say in how services are delivered.

BBC

Autism in women 'significantly under-diagnosed'

The National Autistic Society is calling for changes and improvements in the diagnosis of girls and women with the condition.

When Hans Asperger first defined autistic psychopathy in 1944, he was talking about boys. He thought no women or girls were affected by the condition.

This is his definition: "A lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversations, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements."

Why do many South Asians regard mental illness as taboo?

England cricketer Monty Panesar has fought a public battle with mental health issues. He believes a culture of shame and labelling among the South Asian community is a barrier to others like him accessing help. But why do some in the community struggle with this issue?

Panesar, who has suffered from paranoia and anxiety, is one of the few British Asian celebrities to speak openly about mental health problems.

 

CCG

Changes to Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
From 1 September 2016 East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust will be the provider of NHS non-emergency patient transport services for people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who meet the eligibility criteria.  

 

 

Week Commencing 22 August 2016

Current Awareness

Counting Calories: How Under-Reporting Can Explain The Apparent Fall In Calorie Intake

In the UK, official statistics show a decline in calorie consumption over the past 40 years, yet the population has continued to gain weight over this period. BIT decided to look more closely at how the official statistics on calorie intake are collected. This resulted in some surprising new findings, which are set out in this report. This report concludes that it is not plausible that large falls in calorie consumption, offset by even greater falls in physical activity, have caused the rise in obesity. Instead, it proposes that the apparent fall in consumption can be explained by an increase in underreporting of calorie intake in official statistics.

Source: Behavioural Insights Team/King’s Fund

 

Transforming care for people with a learning disabilities or autism

NHS England has announced the publication of local plans intended to transform care for people with a learning disability and/or autism. Summary initial plans from all 48 local Transforming Care Partnerships set out how they intend to enable people with a learning disability to lead more independent lives and have greater say about the support they receive. National funding has also been released to drive the transformation of these services.

Source: NHS England

 

Disability and Poverty in Later Life

This report explores the relationship between disability and poverty among the older population. It examines the additional living costs that disabled people face and the importance of taking disability costs into account when making poverty assessments in the older population. It also considers alternative directions of reform for the system of public

support for older people with disabilities, and casts doubt on some of the suggestions that have been made for improving the targeting of public support for older disabled people.

Source: JRF

 

Alcohol consumption and harm among under 18 year olds This report, published by Public Health England (PHE), looks at alcohol use and harm among those aged under 18 in order to highlight where problems may still exist. This information will be useful to local authorities and their partners in assessing local need and commissioning interventions to reduce alcohol harm among young people.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Volunteering may boost mental wellbeing in older adults

"Giving up time for charity work found to boost mental wellbeing as people get older," the Mail Online reports. A new UK-based study found that volunteering was associated with increased mental wellbeing; but mainly in adults aged between 40 and 70.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

British Social Attitudes. Attitudes to mental health problems and mental wellbeing. Findings from the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey NatCen Social Research has released the 33rd annual British Social Attitudes report. This year's report focuses on how straightened times have affected how we feel about class, public spending and the workplace. The survey uncovers a Britain that believes that the class divide has widened and which is feeling the impact of austerity, but is split over how to respond. This paper presents new findings on attitudes to mental wellbeing and mental health problems. Levels of life satisfaction are high, and most people have positive attitudes towards improving their own mental wellbeing. However, there are varying levels of acceptance of those with mental health problems, and perceptions of prejudice towards people with these conditions are still widespread.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Dementia Evidence Toolkit

This toolkit is aimed at commissioners, care providers, health and care professionals, people with dementia and their families. The toolkit contains two resources: a searchable database with information on over 1345 research studies on interventions for people living with dementia and their carers; and summaries of the research findings for some of the main care and treatment interventions.

Source: Modelling the Outcome and Cost Impacts of Interventions for Dementia (MODEM)/King’s Fund

Being Accepted Being Me:

 

Local Public Service Reform: Supporting Learning To Integrate Services And Improve Outcomes

This paper aims to provide clarity on what would help people involved in integrating public services locally to share experiences and learn from one another to improve outcomes on the ground. An accompanying set of eight case studies provides more detail about the methods

and impact of different approaches designed to support learning around local public service reform more generally.

Source: Institute for Government (IoG) /King’s Fund

 

PHE data and analysis tools: A to Z

Source: PHE

 

New data demonstrates benefits to patients from a range of elective surgeries

Annual data for Patient Reported Outcome Measures shows patients who have undergone elective inpatient surgery for four common elective procedures – hip and knee replacement, varicose vein surgery and groin hernia surgery – are reporting significant health gains.

Source: NHS England

 

The Public Health Skills And Knowledge Framework

This tool aims to be reflective of the prevailing public health landscape, ensuring the public health workforce continues to develop the skills and competences needed both now and in future. It is accompanied by a user guide, setting out how it can be used by individuals, employers and educational providers working in public health.

Source: PHE/King’s Fund

 

 

Kings Fund

Department of Health (DH)

Dementia atlas

This interactive map of England allows people to make comparisons about the quality of dementia care in their area, on issues such as prevention, diagnosis and support. 

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Improving outcomes and supporting transparency: part 2: summary technical specifications of public health indicators

The public health outcomes framework concentrates on increasing healthy life expectancy; reduced differences in life expectancy; and healthy life expectancy between communities. This document sets out the technical specifications of the indicators in the revised framework. Local authorities must consider this document when carrying out their public health functions.

Statistics and data

 

 

Statistics and data

 

Local tobacco control profiles for England: August 2016 data update

These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations. They will inform commissioning and planning decisions to tackle tobacco use and improve the health of local communities. This update includes smoking prevalence figures from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

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Week Commencing 8 August 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

The Effects of Substance Abuse on Pregnant Women and Unborn Children 
MentalHelp.net provides informational resources for a variety of mental health issues, behavioral addictions and substance use disorders, and creates unique and exclusive research to explore topics relating to these topics in novel ways. The many harmful health effects of substance abuse have been extensively studied, and millions of people are exposed to these dangers every year. In 2013, over 80 million Americans were estimated to have used tobacco, and 173 million drank alcohol. For pregnant women who use these substances, the consequences can be even greater. Tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, and heroin use while pregnant or even prior to pregnancy can be harmful or fatal to the developing baby, with the potential for a lifelong impact on the child's health. Read on to find out how these substances endanger pregnant women and their babies.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Counting The Cost Of UK Poverty

This report estimates the tangible cost of poverty to the UK, focusing specifically on the impact on public spending. The report shows that poverty costs public services approximately £69 billion with £21.8 billion being spent on acute health care, £7.1 billion on primary care, £1.6 billion on public health and £4.6 billion on adult social care.  Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)/King’s Fund

 

All Our Health: about the framework 
Public Health England (PHE) have published, "All Our Health" a call to action to healthcare professionals working with patients and the population to prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

HSCIC

Maternity Services Monthly Statistics - March 2016, Experimental statistics
Published: 03 August 2016.

Prescribing for diabetes in England - 2005/06 to 2015/16
Published: 03 August 2016.

Guardianship under the Mental Health Act, 1983 - 2015/16 [NS]
Published: 04 August 2016.

HES-DID Data Linkage Report - Provisional Summary Statistics, April 2015 to March 2016 (Experimental Statistics)
Published: 04 August 2016.

 

PHE

Health survey for England

Active people survey

 

 

King’s Fund

Statistics and data

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Statistics and data

Critical care beds and cancelled urgent operations data, England - June 2016

Local tobacco control profiles for England: August 2016 data update

Health Profiles online: August 2016 data update

Public Health Outcomes Framework: August 2016 data update

Data intelligence summary: alcohol consumption and harm among under 18 year olds

 

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The UK’s Faculty of Public Health   

03/08/2016 | Training of Public Health Specialty Registrars - A revised guide for local councils 2016

03/08/2016 | E-cigarettes: a developing public health consensus

 

 

Week Commencing - 1 August 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

See how your CCG is performing

Users can now see how well their local commissioner is performing in 29 areas including cancer, urgent and emergency care, mental health, childhood obesity, and personalisation and choice of care. The majority of 2016/17 CCG improvement and assessment 60 indicators will be reported quarterly, with the next indicator ratings due to be available on My NHS in September 2016.  Source: The National Information Board

Research and analysis: Notifiable diseases: weekly reports for 2016

[Updated: Added report for week 29, 2016.]
Analysis of data for statutory notifications of infectious diseases (NOIDS) in England and Wales in 2016.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: hospital admissions indicators, 2016 annual data update 
Public Health England (PHE) has published the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update for May 2016. The LAPE interactive tool presents data for 25 alcohol-related indicators and allows users to view and analyse data in a user-friendly format. The LAPE website also provides links to further supporting and relevant information to aid understanding of alcohol-related harm in a local population.  Source: UK Health Forum

Rural fuel, energy and fuel poverty statistics 
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, have published statistics on the number and proportion of households that are fuel poor in rural and urban areas, and the main heating fuel types used.  Source: UK Health Forum

Transforming Care (Must Knows)

This report is aimed at those staff with lead responsibility for providing services to people with learning or mental health issues.  It acts as a check list to ensure services are doing everything they can to ensure safeguarding and promote the wellbeing of people of all ages with learning disabilities and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition.  Source: The Local Government Association

Mental health and prevention: Taking local action for better mental health 
Mental health and prevention: taking local action for better mental health, commissioned by Public Health England, sets out ways to tackle the rapidly growing level of mental ill health. It sets out a road map to bring about a prevention revolution in mental health, delivered in every local area. The report helped shape Public Health England's input into the NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. The evidence presented in this report should inform the local prevention plans for mental health in every local authority area, should help make sure that these are based on sound evidence and analysis of the key data, and should support effective work in each area to drive down the incidence of mental ill health over the years to come.  Source: UK Health Forum

Start active, stay active: infographics on physical activity

The report from the 4 Chief Medical Officers in the UK is intended for the NHS, local authorities and a range of other organisations designing services to promote physical activity. The report will be of use to professionals, practitioners and policymakers concerned with formulating and implementing policies and programmes that utilise the promotion of physical activity, sport, exercise and active travel to achieve health gains.  Source: PHE

Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol', too

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports  Source: Behind the Headlines

Public Health Outcomes Framework: indicator updates, August 2016 
The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) examines indicators that helps to understand trends in public health.  Source: UK Health Forum

Impact of funding reduction on Public Health 
Following the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review announcement of further reductions in the Public Health (PH) ring-fenced grant for English local authorities it was agreed that ADPH should survey members to discover the potential impact of the cuts. The survey was sent to all 132 directors of public health in England and 87 validated responses were received (66 per cent). The main messages are: there will be a detrimental impact on health (78 per cent) and health inequalities (75 per cent); and many services will be reduced and some decommissioned this year (2015-2016) and many more in 2016-2017.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

The King’s Fund

Statistics and data

 

GOV.UK

1.     Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2016

o    29 July 2016

o    DfE

o    National Statistics

o    Part of a collection: Statistics: secure children’s homes

2.     Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students, 2014 to 2015

o    28 July 2016

o    DfE

o    Official Statistics

o    Part of a collection: Statistics: 16 to 19 attainment

3.     English housing survey 2013 to 2014: headline report

o    28 July 2016

o    DCLG

o    National Statistics

o    Part of a collection: English housing survey

4.     Statistics on Drug Misuse, England - 2016

o    28 July 2016

o    HSCIC

o    National Statistics

5.     Drug misuse: findings from the 2015 to 2016 CSEW

o    28 July 2016

o    Home Office

o    National Statistics

o    Part of a collection: Crime statistics, Alcohol and drug statistics and Drug misuse statistics

6.     Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: 2015 to 2016 quarterly data

o    27 July 2016

o    PHE

o    Official Statistics

7.     Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - April 2016, by provider

o    27 July 2016

o    HSCIC

o    Official Statistics

8.     Deaths during or following police contact in England and Wales: 2015 to 2016

o    26 July 2016

o    Home Office

o    National Statistics

9.     Deaths registered by area in England and Wales, monthly provisional: June 2016 and monthly annual: 2015 (final)

o    26 July 2016

o    ONS

o    National Statistics

10. Monthly figures on deaths registered by area of usual residence, England and Wales, 2015 (Annual)

o    26 July 2016

o    ONS

o    National Statistics

BBC

Poverty costs UK £78bn a year, Joseph Rowntree Foundation says http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36937516

The effects of poverty in the UK cost the average taxpayer £1,200 a year, and the UK £78bn in total, a report says.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation looked at how poverty - living on incomes below 60% of the median - affected different government services.

The NHS bore the brunt of the costs, it said, as those in poverty were "more likely" to suffer ill health.

 

HSCIC

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Report - April 2016 Final, May 2016 Primary and Quarter 4 2015/16

Published: 26 July 2016. 

NHS Sickness Absence Rates - January 2016 to March 2016 and Annual Summary 2010-11 to 2015-16

Published: 26 July 2016.

NHS Workforce Statistics - April 2016, Provisional statistics

Published: 26 July 2016.

Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - April 2016, by provider

Published: 27 July 2016.

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data - April 2016 - May 2016

Published: 27 July 2016.

General Practice Expenses, GMS and PMS Contracts in England 2013/14
Published: 28 July 2016.

Statistics on Drug Misuse, England - 2016 [NS]
Published: 28 July 2016.

 

 

Week Commencing 25 July 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Gender ratios at birth in Great Britain, 2010 to 2014  Source: DoH

Annual fuel poverty statistics report, 2016 
The fuel poverty statistics report for 2016 includes: [1] the latest statistics on the number of households living in fuel poverty, in England [2] analysis of the composition of the fuel poor group in 2014 [3] projections of the number of households in fuel poverty in 2015 and 2016  Source: UK Health Forum

First ever annual statistical publication for FGM shows 5,700 newly recorded cases during 2015-16  Source: HSCIC

 

HSCIC

The first ever recorded figures for female genital mutilation (FGM) show that between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 5,702 new cases in England.

The data was recorded by doctors and nurses who have been obliged to do so since July 2015.

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

CCG

Statement: Gluten-free prescribing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough following Pharmacy Services Consultation  http://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/A_PR_4844.htm

Statement: Gluten-free prescribing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough following Pharmacy Services Consultation

25 July 2016

All GPs have the right and duty to prescribe any drugs, medication or products that they feel are needed for a patient’s medical care. However, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recently recommended that GPs no longer prescribe gluten-free products. This decision was reached following a CCG consultation on Pharmacy Services, which took place in May this year. The CCG’s Governing Body made the decision to go ahead with all of the proposals in the consultation, as follows:

• To stop the supply of free medicines through community pharmacy minor ailment schemes
• To recommend and support GPs to no longer prescribe gluten-free food
• To recommend that infant formulas are no longer prescribed by GPs (unless it is a specialised formula for particular medical conditions unavailable on the high street).

 

GOV.UK

  1. National chlamydia screening programme (NCSP): data tables

2.Rural transport, travel and accessibility statistics

3.Rural services statistical series

4.Rural expenditure statistics

5.Rural population and migration statistics

6.Rural crime statistics

7.Rural housing statistics

8.Rural poverty statistics

9.Rural health statistics

10.2011 Census rural analysis - a guide to NOMIS

11.2011 Census results for rural England

12.Rural home working statistics

13.Rural tourism statistics

14.Rural skills statistics

15.Rural education statistics

16.Rural fuel, energy and fuel poverty statistics

17.Crime in England and Wales: year ending Mar 2016

  • 21 July 2016

  • National Statistics

18.Special educational needs in England: January 2016

19.English housing survey 2014: housing and well-being report

20.English housing survey 2014 to 2015: housing for older people report

21.Owner occupiers, recent first time buyers and second homes

22.Social and private renters

23.Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables

  • 21 July 2016

  • Home Office

  • Official Statistics

  • Part of a collection: Crime statistics

     

 

 

 

Week Commencing 11 July 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Commissioning Infant Feeding Services Toolkit

Public Health England and Unicef UK have developed guidance to support the commissioning of evidence-based interventions to improve breastfeeding rates across England. The toolkit consists of three parts: infographics which highlight the key issues; good practice guidance for commissioners; and guidance on effective data collection, monitoring and reporting.  Source: Public Health England (PHE)/King’s Fund

Infant feeding: commissioning services 
There is overwhelming evidence that proves breastfeeding provides substantial health benefits for mothers and babies which are experienced well beyond the period of breastfeeding itself. However, England has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world: only 36% of babies are receiving any breastmilk at 6 months compared with 71% in Norway. Failure to invest in breastfeeding leads to poorer health outcomes for children and women today and for generations to come. Therefore, there is a greater need to support mothers, families, local authorities and health professionals to ensure that children are given the best possible start in life. Public Health England and Unicef UK have developed guidance to support the commissioning of evidence-based interventions to improve breastfeeding rates across England. Presented as a toolkit, the guidance is divided into 3 parts: infographics which highlight the key issues; good practice guidance for commissioners; guidance on effective data collection, monitoring and reporting.  Source: UK Health Forum

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2016 
The new analyses are mainly obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre's (HSCIC) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) system, and prescribing data. The report also includes up-to-date information on the latest alcohol related government policies and ambitions and contains links to further sources of useful information. This statistical report acts as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse, providing information obtained from a number of sources in a user-friendly format. It covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15); drinking-related ill health and mortality; affordability of alcohol; alcohol-related admissions to hospital; and alcohol-related costs. The report contains previously published information and also includes additional new analyses.  Source: UK Health Forum

Youthful Abandon: Why are young people drinking less? 
A new report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies Youthful Abandon: why are young people drinking less? sheds light on why underage drinking has fallen in recent years. In 2003, 61% of 11-15 year olds in England had tried alcohol; by 2014, this had fallen to 38%. The trend appears to apply to both boys and girls, across all ethnic groups, regions and socioeconomic levels. Moreover, in addition to more young people choosing not to drink at all, those children that do drink alcohol appear to be drinking less. This is undoubtedly welcome news, but is certainly no cause for complacency: two-fifths of children continue to drink alcohol. To maintain or accelerate this welcome progress, and to take action to support further reductions in underage drinking, we need to understand what has driven this significant change. Youthful Abandon reviews the arguments and evidence to collate and evaluate the main competing theories.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Kings Fund

National Data Guardian for Health and Care’s review of data security, consent and opt-outs

This consultation seeks views on the proposed data security standards and the consent/opt-outs model from health and care professionals and organisations and the public. The review includes: ten new data security standards; a method of testing compliance with these standards; and a new consent model for data sharing in health and social care. The consultation closes on 7 September 2016.

 

Statistics and data

 

HSCIC

       Published: 5 July 2016.

 

 

Week Commencing 3 July 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Health matters: improving the prevention and diagnosis of bowel cancer 
Public Health England (PHE) wants to see fewer people develop bowel cancer and encourage more eligible people to come forward for screening, to achieve an uptake target of 75%. This resource highlights what we know about how bowel cancer affects people, with an aim to help achieve these goals.  Source: UK Health Forum

Missed opportunities: A review of recent evidence into children and young people's health 
On average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. Missed Opportunities finds that mental health problems are common among young people (affecting one in ten, or an average three in every classroom), but that awareness is poor and most attempts by parents to get help are unsuccessful. Providing a comprehensive overview of mental health from ages 0-25, the report highlights that there is an average delay of a decade in children receiving help. This decade of delay sees their problems multiply and get progressively worse, eventually escalating into a crisis. Moreover, whilst three-quarters of parents whose children are experiencing mental ill-health seek help, only one-quarter of children receive any support.  Source: UK Health Forum

Interactive Diet and Activity Tracking in AARP (IDATA) 
The Interactive Diet and Activity Tracking in AARP (IDATA) is a biomarker validation study of internet-based and conventional self-reports for assessing diet and physical activity. Collection of data started in early 2012 and ended in late 2013. 1,082 people were screened by phone, screened at the clinic and consented to use of their data.  Source: UK Health Forum

Food with TLC: Supporting children in care to eat well and develop a healthy relationship with food: Round table meeting report 
There is limited research about the diets of children in care, but for some health outcomes we know they are at greater risk. Neglect and abuse are the main reasons for children entering care, sometimes following inadequate or inappropriate food provision often leaving a child with a poor relationship with food and subsequent risks for their health and development. More widely, all children in the UK are facing dietary challenges: one in five children starts school overweight or obese, rising to one in three by the time they leave primary school; most children don't eat enough fruit and vegetables while many consume too much sugar, salt and saturated fat; and dental decay has become the most common reason for five-nine year-olds to be admitted to hospital.  Source: UK Health Forum

Alcohol Brands Consumed by Young People in Treatment 2015 
The findings from the three surveys conducted by Alcohol Concern since 2012, including this one, are remarkably consistent; the same brands are commonly consumed by 'at risk' young people year after year.  Source: UK Health Forum

More than a million alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2014-15

There were an estimated 1.09 million hospital admissions2 3 for which an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for admission or a secondary diagnosis, in 2014-15, compared to 1.06 million in 2013-14.  Source: HSCIC

 

The Child's Obesity Strategy. How our young people would solve the childhood obesity crisis 
A new report, published by RSPH, the Youth Health Movement and Slimming World, is calling for a ban on fast food takeaway deliveries to schools and the introduction of new initiatives such as film-style classifications on unhealthy food and a loyalty card to reward healthy food choices, as part of a raft of ideas put forward by young people to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic. Nearly one in five 10-11 year olds (19.1%) are obese, and the Government's childhood obesity strategy has been promised this summer. However, this is the first time that young people have been asked for their views on the issue.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

British Social Attitudes Survey 33

This British Social Attitudes report aims to uncover the consequences of seven years of austerity for social and political attitudes in Britain. The chapter on the NHS explores levels of dissatisfaction with the NHS and how this has changed over time and in relation to trends in NHS funding. It examines new data identifying the reasons for NHS dissatisfaction and satisfaction.  Source: National Centre for Social Research/King’s Fund

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

05/07/2016 | FPH urges UN General Assembly to adopt evidence based illicit drugs policy

05/07/2016 | More cycling and walking; less driving, needed for our health and economy, says new FPH report

 

HSCIC

Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community, England - 2005-2015 [NS]
Published: 5 July 2016.

Maternity Services Monthly Statistics - February 2016, Experimental statistics
Published: 6 July 2016.

NHS Safety Thermometer Report - England June 2015 - June 2016
Published: 6 July 2016.

 

CCG

  • CCG welcomes new Accountable Officer and Clinical Chair
    Today, at its Governing Body meeting, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have ratified two new appointments to their senior structure. Tracy Dowling has been appointed as the new Accountable Officer for the organisation; and Dr Gary Howsam has been appointed as the new Clinical Chair.

    GOV.UK

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): annual data tables

 

National chlamydia screening programme (NCSP): data tables

Prescriptions dispensed in the community, England: 2005 to 2015

  • 5 July 2016
  • HSCIC
  • National Statistics

 

Road accidents and safety: tables index

Live tables on homelessness

Further education and skills inspection and outcomes as at 29 February 2016

Statutory homelessness January to March 2016 and homelessness prevention and relief 2015 to 2016: England

Participation in education, training and employment: 2015

Education provision: children under 5 years of age, January 2016

Reported road casualties in Great Britain, main results: 2015

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2016

  • 30 June 2016
  • HSCIC
  • National Statistics

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data - Apr 2015 - Mar 2016 (M13)

  • 30 June 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

 

 

Public Health England

Bowel cancer resources

Policy

Data

Tools for local authorities

Tools for primary care

Guidance

 

 

The King’s Fund Library

Statistics and data

 

Statistics and data

 

Statistics on alcohol, England, 2016

This statistical report from Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse in England and covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15); drinking-related ill health and mortality; affordability of alcohol; alcohol-related admissions to hospital; and alcohol-related costs.

 

Week Commencing 27 June 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

 

Children And Young People's Mental Health - Policy, Services, Funding And Education

This briefing provides an overview of mental health service provision for children and young people in England. It looks at key government policies on children and young people's mental health, government inquires, and school interventions.

Source: House of Commons Library

 

Stop criminalising drug users

The Royal Society of Public Health in conjunction with the Faculty of Public Health has published Taking a new line on drugs.   The report assesses the situation in the UK as regards rising health harm from illegal drugs, with reference to their context within the wider ‘drugscape’ of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, and sets out a new vision for a holistic public health-led approach to drugs policy at a UK-wide level.  The recommendations include: closely aligned health-led strategies; prevention through universal education; evidence-based drug harm profiles; decriminalising drug users; and supporting individuals to reduce and recover from harm.  The government is expected to release a new drugs strategy later this year.

Source: Royal Society for Public Health RSPH

Prevention of mental and physical health problems in older adults

The Mental Health Foundation has published Evidencing the impact of and need for acting up. This report looks at a programme introduced in Northern Ireland in 2011 which offers opportunities for older adults to get involved in creative activities, specifically the performing arts.  This report builds on a limited but emerging evidence base regarding the impact of creative arts activities on the mental and physical wellbeing of older adults which can lead to significant improvements in memory, problem solving and physical and mental wellbeing.

Source: Mental Health Foundation

 

 

NHS England

 

GOV.UK

  1. Deaths registered by area in England and Wales, monthly provisional: May 2016

    • 28 June 2016

    • >

      National Statistics

2.Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2016

3. Housing statistics 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

4.Children's social care data in England 2016

 

HSCIC

 

Week Commencing 20 June 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Better Mental Health For All: A Public Health Approach To Mental Health Improvement

This report focuses on what can be done individually and collectively to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and communities by using a public health approach. It is intended as a resource for public health practitioners to support the development of knowledge and skills in public mental health. It presents the latter from the perspective of those working within public health, giving valuable interdisciplinary perspectives that focus on achieving health gains across the population.  Source: Faculty of Public Health/King’s Fund

Exploring... Early years physical activity guidelines 
This fact sheet, produced by BHF National Centre for physical activity & health, explains what types of activities count towards each guideline and gives practical ideas for what you can do in your setting to help children achieve them. Being active is important for children under five because it helps them build and maintain a good level of health. There are three physical activity guidelines in the UK that relate to this age group. They indicate the type and amount of physical activity that benefits health and development. For infants who cannot walk, physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments. Children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day. All under-fives should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).  Source: UK Health Forum

Proportion of women giving birth recorded as smokers falls to lowest level since series began in 2006/07

New figures published today show the national annual percentage of women recorded as smokers at the time of giving birth has fallen below the national target.  Source: HSCIC

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

HSCIC

NHS Surplus Land - 2015/16 England
Published: 15 June 2016.

NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity - England, Quarter 4, 2015-16
Published: 16 June 2016.

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - April 2015 to March 2016
Published: 16 June 2016.

Care Information Choices, England June, 2016
Published: 17 June 2016.
This was announced on this site on 6 June 2016, but was
initially announced on GOV.UK. We apologise for any confusion this late announcement may cause.

 

 

NHS England

GOV.UK

2.Mental health in the UK armed forces: background quality report

3.Freedom of Information statistics: January to ​March 2016

4.Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Apr 2015 to Mar 2016

  • 16 June 20165

5. NHS health check quarterly statistics: January to March 2016 offers and uptake

  • 15 June 2016

  • Official Statistics

6. Births, Deaths and Other Vital Events, first quarter 2016

  • 15 June 2016

  • National Records of Scotland

  • National Statistics

7. NHS cancer waiting times: April 2016

The King’s Fund Library

Statistics and data

 

 

Week Commencing 13 June 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

 

Children's recognition of alcohol marketing 
In September 2014, Alcohol Concern, Balance the North East alcohol office, Drink Wise and Alcohol Focus Scotland commissioned Cogent Research & Analysis Ltd, an independent market research consultancy, to conduct brand recognition research amongst 10 and 11 year-olds across England, the North East and North West regions, and Scotland. The objective was to identify the extent to which children were aware of alcohol brands and marketing.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

The impact of taxation and signposting on diet: an online field study with breakfast cereals and soft drinks

This report presents the results of a large scale study where a nationally representative sample of 1,000 participants were asked to make real purchases within an online supermarket platform. The study captured the effect of price changes, and of the signposting of such changes, for breakfast cereals and soft drinks. It found that taxation was an effective means of altering food purchasing, with a 20 per cent rate being sufficient to make a significant impact.

Source: Centre for Health Economics (CHE)/King’s Fund

 

Women are more likely to suffer from anxiety than men

"Women twice as likely as men to experience anxiety, research finds," The Guardian reports. A new review that attempts to get a global snapshot of the prevalence of anxiety disorders identifies a number of vulnerable groups.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Missed opportunities: a review of recent evidence into children and young people's mental health

This document seeks to piece together the evidence about children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in the UK, based on the most recent high quality research.  It breaks down findings into four age groups: pregnancy to age 4; children aged 5-10, 11-15 year olds, and young adults aged 16-25.  For all age groups, a dominant issue has been the persistent gap between children’s needs and their access to help and support, especially early on when difficulties with mental health first emerge.

Source: Centre for Mental Health

NOMIS

Mortality Statistics 09/06/2016

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/articles/960.aspx

 

Release Dates

Next claimant count update: 15 Jun 16 View all release dates

 

NHS England

4.Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) recorded dementia diagnoses: May 2016

  • 10 June 2016

  • Official Statistics

5.MOD diversity dashboard: 2016

  • 9 June 2016

  • Official Statistics

  • Part of a collection: MOD diversity dashboard: index

     

    BBC News

    Obesity boom 'fuelling rise in malnutrition' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36518770

    Malnutrition is sweeping the world, fuelled by obesity as well as starvation, new research has suggested.

    The 2016 Global Nutrition Report said 44% of countries were now experiencing "very serious levels" of both under-nutrition and obesity.

     

    Is tech addiction making us far more stressed at work? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36517644

    We are the distracted generations, wasting hours a day checking irrelevant emails and intrusive social media accounts.

    And this "always on" culture - exacerbated by the smartphone - is actually making us more stressed and less productive, according to some reports

     

 

Week Commencing 6 June 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Hospital or home? Report sheds light on number of people with learning disabilities[1] receiving inpatient care

Source: HSCIC

 

Exam stress linked to teen suicide

"First detailed study into 130 [teen] suicide cases in England finds range of common anxieties," The Guardian reports, citing factors including exam stress, bullying and bereavement.  Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Managing mental health in the workplace

The eguide published by the Mental Health Foundation looks at safeguarding staff wellbeing, addressing problems before they become severe, and supporting staff when issues do emerge.  It provides signposts to support and resources, and offers suggestions for putting strategies in place to support good mental health  Source: Mental Health Foundation

 

Mental health pilot scheme doubles numbers getting key physical health checks

Four mental health trusts almost doubled the number of people getting five key physical health checks during a pilot scheme now being shared for adoption across the NHS.  Source: NHS England

 

Lightning Review: Access To Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services, May 2016

This review of access to mental health services highlights the long waiting lists and restricted access for those with life-threatening conditions. From a request of data from public bodies, the review found that 28 per cent of children who were referred for specialist mental health treatment in 2015 did not receive a service. A significant proportion of children with life-threatening mental health conditions - 14 per cent  of the 3,000 about whom information was obtained - were denied specialist support. These included children who had attempted suicide or serious self-harm and those with psychosis and anorexia nervosa.   Source: Children's Commissioner

 

More Than Shelter: Supporting Accommodation And Mental Health

This report reviews evidence about the provision of supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England. It argues that people using mental health services should get access to high quality housing support when they need it. The report also highlights the significant links between housing and mental wellbeing, indicating that factors such as overcrowding, insufficient daylight and fear of crime all contribute to poorer mental health.  Source: Centre for Mental Health 

 

Preventing Prison Suicide: Perspectives From The Inside

This report, written in conjunction with the Howard League for Penal Reform, argues that prisons need to change to enable staff to build relationships with prisoners and reduce the risk of suicide. It focuses on the views and experiences of current and former prisoners about what contributes to vulnerability and what increases or reduces their risk of suicide. Prisoners described a culture where distress was often not believed or responded to with compassion. The report concludes that change needs to happen across the system to recognise the influence of the prison environment on people’s vulnerability.  Source: Centre for Mental Health

 

Dementia, Equity and Rights

The Dementia, Equity and Rights report was produced by the Strategic Partners Programme, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Young Dementia UK. This flags up issues where the risk and prevalence of dementia may vary for different groups and how access and provision of services must take into account the needs of particular groups such as the oldest old, young onset, people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic people (BME), women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB&T), and different socio-economic populations. The publication recommends readers to view dementia as a disability and to take a social/rights based approach to the way we respond to dementia.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

GoPA launches physical activity country cards 
The Global Observatory for Physical Activity has launched country cards for 131 countries, including important data related to movement and research. Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases, making the promotion of physical activity a global health priority. In 2014, the Global Observatory for Physical Activity was launched in response to this urgent call for action.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources

The Royal College of General Practitioners has sent a pack to support GP practices to meet the commitments in the RCGP Autism Patient Charter, which provides a framework for making GP surgeries more visibly friendly for those on the autistic spectrum.  The resources include a guide for patients on the autistic spectrum to help them get the most out of their GP visit and a guide for GPs to support effective consultations with patients on the autistic spectrum.  Source: RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners

 

Hospital admissions estimated to be attributable to smoking go up by 5 per cent in ten years  Source: HSCIC

 

Working Together – how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working  Source: NHS England

 

Infant Mortality And Stillbirth In The UK

This briefing reviews recent data on stillbirth and infant mortality rates in the UK and examines the factors contributing to increased risk. It then looks at the policy options that may help to improve health outcomes for infants and their families.

Source: Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)

 

New care models update

In this edition of the monthly bulletin you will find information about the recently launched new care models evaluation strategy and details of the national events that the new care models programme will have a presence at.

There is also news about the best taking place in vanguards, this includes a new rehabilitation service being delivered by Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group urgent and emergency care vanguard, the West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing multispecialty community provider vanguard  app for schools challenge being shortlisted for a HSJ value award and videos produced by the Stockport Together, also a multispecialty community provider vanguard, to explain how it plans to improve care.

Source: NHS England

 

Statistics and data

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

07/06/2016 | Remaining in EU best option for everyone's health and wellbeing

 

HSCIC

Published: 8 June 2016.

 

GOV.UK

1. HES-DID Data Linkage Report, Provisional Summary Statistics, Apr 2015 to Jan 2016

  • 8 June 2016

  • Official Statistics

2.Inpatient survey 2015

  • 8 June 2016

  • Official Statistics

3.Female Genital Mutilation - Jan-Mar 2016, Enhanced Dataset

  • 7 June 2016

  • Official Statistics

4.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 27 May 2016

  • 7 June 2016

5. Family food datasets

7 Learning Disability Statistics, Annual Overview: England 2015 to 2016

  • 2 June 2016

8. CCG Prescribing Data - January to March 2016

  • 2 June 2016

9. Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2015

  • 1 June 2016

10. Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2015

  • 1 June 2016

 

 

Week Commencing 30 May 2016

CURRENT AWARNESS BULLETIN

 

Health matters: giving every child the best start in life 
Public Health England (PHE) wants to increase the proportion of children ready to learn at 2 and ready for school at 5. This resource for health professionals and local authorities is about investing in early years services from pregnancy to age 2.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Dietary public health research and the food industry: towards a consensus 
On 11 December 2015, CEDAR brought together dietary public health researchers, those who understand the food industry, and policymakers with a range of perspectives on if and how dietary public health researchers can work with the food industry. They are now sharing the report of the day's discussions and inviting wider comment to help them take forward a project to build greater consensus on this topic.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Have a little less, feel a lot better 
The industry funded alcohol education charity Drinkaware has launched a new campaign targeting middle aged men who drink at home, following previous work identifying middle aged people as the nation's 'hidden risky drinkers'. Drinkaware say the Have a little less, feel a lot better campaign aims to help men aged 45-64 make better choices about their drinking by understanding that drinking even a little less each day can benefit their health.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Dispensing Health Equality

This report argues that closures of community pharmacies in deprived areas could lead to extra demands on local GPs. Based on a survey of over 2000 people, research commissioned for this report found that if faced with closure, one in four people who would normally seek advice from their local pharmacy on common ailments, would instead make an appointment with their GP. The report urges the government to take note of this in context of proposed funding cuts and seeks reassurance that in areas of high deprivation, access to community pharmacies will be protected.

Source: Pharmacy Voice/King’s Fund

 

Adult obesity slide sets 
PHE's Risk Factors Intelligence: Obesity team have updated their adult obesity data slide set. These PowerPoint slides incorporate the latest Health Survey for England data, presenting key information on adult obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics.The slides and accompanying notes can be downloaded and used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Physical healthcare for people with mental health problems

Source: DoH, PHE & NHS England

 

Young adults and e-cigarettes: a qualitative exploration of awareness, experience and attitudes 
This is a new report form the Scottish Government. The executive summary concludes that 'the findings point to a clear role for the public health community in providing good-quality information while continuing to acknowledge that this is an area of emerging evidence. Increased understanding of the experiences and attitudes of young people is of interest to health promotion policy makers and practitioners who are exploring the role that e-cigarettes might play in encouraging smoking cessation.'

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 

Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2015

Source: DoH

 

Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report: UK Perinatal Deaths For Births From January To December 2014

This report finds that there has been slight fall in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the UK compared with rates in 2013 which continues the downward trend in rates from 2003 onwards. However, the overall trend masks variations in rates across the UK. The effect of gestational age on perinatal mortality rates was also explored in more detail in this report. This shows that around two thirds of stillbirths and neonatal deaths were of babies born preterm indicating that initiatives to reduce stillbirth and neonatal deaths must include a focus on reducing preterm birth as well as ensuring high quality care for women whose pregnancies reach full term.

Source: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK)/King’s Fund

 

Role of public health in climate change

This report reviews current local strategies and actions to address climate change by public health departments and their partners.  It explores barriers and opportunities for action, and identifies recommendations for local and national policy and practice.

Source: JRF

 

Commitment to Carers – improving carer health and wellbeing

NHS England has published the Integrated approach to identifying and assessing Carer health and wellbeing.

Source: NHS England

 

The Troubled Families Programme (England)

The Troubled Families programme works with families with multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, truancy and mental health problems. It is operated at a local authority level on a payment-by-results model. This briefing paper also looks at similar, historic programmes of targeted family intervention, as well as the inclusion of the Troubled Families programme in local government devolution deals.

Source: House of Commons Library

 

Are broken bones, loneliness and poor sleep really hidden killers?

"Revealed, the five hidden killers that could send you to an early grave," the Daily Mail reports. These "hidden killers" include loneliness and poor sleep. But this is a simplistic take on complex research aiming to identify new ways of classifying health and wellbeing.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

23/05/2016 | Health Committee report on obesity puts welcome focus on need to protect child health

Published: 24 May 2016.

1. Statistics on smoking, England: 2016

2. Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) recorded dementia diagnoses: April 2016

3. Cancer registration statistics, England: 2014

4. Immigration statistics, January to March 2016

5. .Mortality: weekly all-cause mortality surveillance

6 FE data library: apprenticeships

7.Further education and skills: statistical first release

8.Migration in the UK: May 201

9.. Summer 2016 exam entries: GCSEs, level 1 / 2 certificates, AS and A levels in England

10. Live tables on house building

11.House building in England: January to March 2016

12.NEET statistics quarterly brief: January to March 2016

13.Immigration statistics, January to March 2016: data tables

14.UK armed forces biannual diversity statistics: 2016

15.Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - Feb 2016

16. Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: May 2016

17. Conceptions to women aged under 18 in England and Wales: Jan to Mar 2015

18. Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students, 2014 to 2015

19.Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics - February Final, March Provisional 2016

 

Centre for Mental Health

Preventing prison suicide: perspectives from the inside

This report, written in conjunction with the Howard League for Penal Reform, argues that prisons need to change to enable staff to build relationships with prisoners and reduce the risk of suicide. It focuses on the views and experiences of current and former prisoners about what contributes to vulnerability and what increases or reduces their risk of suicide. Prisoners described a culture where distress was often not believed or responded to with compassion. The report concludes that change needs to happen across the system to recognise the influence of the prison environment on people’s vulnerability.

 

Children's Commissioner

Lightning review: access to child and adolescent mental health services, May 2016

This review of access to mental health services highlights the long waiting lists and restricted access for those with life-threatening conditions. From a request for data from public bodies, the review found that 28 per cent of children who were referred for specialist mental health treatment in 2015 did not receive a service. A significant proportion of children with life-threatening mental health conditions - 14 per cent  of the 3,000 about whom information was obtained - were denied specialist support. These included children who had attempted suicide or serious self-harm and those with psychosis and anorexia nervosa.

 

Statistics and data

 

BBC

Sugar tax will 'hit poorest hardest'

The proposed sugar tax will "hit the poorest families hardest" and should be scrapped, the Taxpayers' Alliance says.

 

Mental health support 'denied to children' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36398247

More than a quarter of children referred to mental health services in England in 2015 - including some who had attempted suicide - received no help, a report says.

 

 

Week Commencing 23 May

GOV.UK

Bus Services Bill to help deliver more regular services for passengers https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bus-services-bill-to-help-deliver-more-regular-services-for-passengers

New buses bill will give councils new powers to deliver better journeys for passengers, and help cut rush hour congestion

  • new apps for passengers telling them when the next service will arrive
  • councils will get new powers to work with operators to introduce smart tickets that work on trains and other forms of public transport, making journeys easier

Queen’s Speech debate: Transport and Infrastructure https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-debate-transport-and-infrastructure

 

 

  1. Prison population figures: 2016

  2. NHS Outcomes Framework indicators - May 2016 release

    • 19 May 2016

    • Official Statistics

3.Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2015

4.Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2015

5.Travel time measures for local 'A' roads, England: April 2015 to March 2016

6.Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: April 2015 to March 2016

Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Commissioner census (Assuring Transformation), April 2016, Experimental Statistics
Published: 20 May 2016.

 

NHS England

Giving children the mental health care they need – Dr Ann York 23 May, 2016

Make a pledge for Mental Health Awareness Week – Karen Turner 20 May, 2016

 

BBC

E-cigarettes - the fog and haze around the debate http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36055500

Are e-cigarettes a good thing as an option for smokers trying to kick their habit? Or are there potential dangers to users and others which might only become apparent after years more research?

 

Public Health England: Advice to eat more fat 'irresponsible' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36345768

Advice to eat more fat is irresponsible and potentially deadly, Public Health England's chief nutritionist has said.

Dr Alison Tedstone was responding to a report by the National Obesity Forum, which suggests eating fat could help cut obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The charity said promoting low-fat food had had "disastrous health consequences" and should be reversed.

 

The Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

 

Weeks Commencing 9 and 16 May

BBC

A hospital trust formerly run by a private company is to merge with another NHS trust in a bid to save £9m.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36320450

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital aim to save the money in back office costs.

  • Hinchingbrooke was returned to NHS management in April 2015 after its private management company pulled out of its 10-year contract.

  • Jonathan Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon, said the new merger would not solve either trusts' financial woes.

  • Private medical firm Circle took operational control of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in 2012 but gave up three years later, citing "unprecedented" increases in A&E attendances and funding cut

 

Current Awareness Bulletin

Tackling poor oral health in children: The Local Government's public health role 
Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable. This publication has been updated for 2016 following the successful transfer of commissioning responsibilities of the Healthy Child Programme for 0-5 year olds to local government in October 2015. This includes the commissioning of Health Visitors who lead and support delivery of preventive programmes for infants and children including providing advice on oral health and on breastfeeding and reducing the risk of tooth decay. Local authorities also have a statutory responsibility to provide or commission oral health improvement programmes to improve the health of the local population, to the extent that they consider appropriate in their areas.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2016 
This statistical report presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources. The topics covered include: Part 1: Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children Part 2: Health Outcomes; presents a range of information about the health outcomes of being obese or overweight which includes information on health risks, hospital admissions and prescription drugs used for treatment of obesity Part 3: Physical activity levels among adults and children Part 4: Diet among adults and children, including trends in purchases, and consumption of food and drink and energy intake Each section provides an overview of the key findings from these sources, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents and sources.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction 
This report aims to provide a fresh update on the use of harm reduction in tobacco smoking, in relation to all non-tobacco nicotine products but particularly e-cigarettes. It concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Study finds no link between mobile phones and brain cancer

"Mobile phones don't increase the risk of brain cancer, 30-year study concludes," the Mail Online reports.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Emerging infections: monthly summaries

Source: PHE

 

NHS England to recommission flu vaccinations in community pharmacies for 2016/17

Source: NHS England

 

No evidence probiotics are beneficial for healthy adults

"Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests," The Guardian reports. A new review of previously gathered data found no evidence that probiotics improved the balance of gut bacteria in healthy adults.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Dementia care in care homes

This report marks the second phase of an Alzheimer’s Society campaign looking at the experiences of people with dementia in a range of health and care settings.  It contains the results of a survey of care home managers and the voices of people with dementia, their families and carers.  The report sets out recommendations for the government and NHS to improve the experiences of people with dementia in care homes.

Source: Alzheimer’s Society

 

Looking Through The Wellbeing Kaleidoscope: Results From The European Social Survey

This report explores new ways in which policy can support and encourage high levels of wellbeing, using data from the European Social Survey.

Source: New Economics Foundation/King’s Fund

 

Care Provision Fit For A Future Climate

This report examines how far existing care homes and other care provision facilities are fit for a future climate. Hotter, drier summers with heatwaves of greater frequency and intensity have serious implications for the UK’s ageing population. This report reviews existing evidence and presents primary research in four case study care settings (two residential and two extra care) in England to assess the risks of summertime overheating, and investigate the preparedness of the care settings, both now and in the future.

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)/King’s Fund

 

Faculty of Public Health

13/05/2016 | 'Good Public Health Practice' revised

13/05/2016 | Proposed food advertising curbs 'a good start'

 

 

The Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

 

2.Traveller caravan count: January 2016

3.Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2015

4.RHI deployment data: April 2016

5.Armed forces continuous attitude survey: 2016

6.Average speed and delay on local ‘A’ roads (CGN05)

7.Traffic by local authority (TRA89)

8.Strategic road network traffic (TRA41)

9.Heavy goods vehicle traffic (TRA31)

10.Traffic based on a static road management status (TRA42)

11.Pedal cycle traffic (TRA04)

12.Traffic volume - kilometres (TRA02)

13.Foreign registered vehicles in Great Britain traffic (TRA32)

14.Traffic volume - miles (TRA01)

15.Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2015

16.NHS cancer waiting times: Janaury to March 2016

  • 18 May 2016

  • Welsh Government

  • National Statistics

17.UK labour market statistics: May 2016

  • 18 May 2016

  • National Statistics

18.Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2015

19.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 6 May 2016

  • 17 May 2016

  • National Statistics

20.Persistent poverty in the UK and EU: 2014

  • 16 May 2016

  • Official Statistics

21.Prison population figures: 2016

22.FE data library: apprenticeships

  • 13 May 2016

  • BIS and SFA

  • Statistical data set

  • Part of a collection: Apprenticeships: equality and diversity, Further education and skills: official statistics and FE data library

    CCG

    PSHFT/HHCT collaborative working - 18 May

    PSHFT/HHCT collaborative working - 18 May

    18 May 2016

    Dr Neil Modha, Chief Clinical Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

    “Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been exploring the benefits of closer working and we fully support this collaborative approach to empower our local system to address the significant financial and workforce challenges we face.  

    “We understand people’s concerns regarding their health services, and we are committed to working together to deliver efficiencies to make the most of the resources we have available to deliver high quality, sustainable services for those who need them.”

     

    Early years resources

    Policy

Data

Tools for local authorities

Campaigns

Guidance

 

Week Commencing 2 May 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Research and analysis: Education, health and care process: mapping user experiences

Children, young people and families’ experiences of education, health and care (EHC) assessment and plans in 4 local areas.

Source: DoE

 

The Commissioning Of Specialised Services In The NHS

According to this report, NHS England’s spending on specialised services has increased at a much greater rate than other parts of the NHS. It concludes that, although NHS England took responsibility for commissioning these services three years ago, it still does not have an agreed overarching service strategy, consistent information from all providers on costs, access to services and outcomes or how efficiently services are being delivered.

Source: National Audit Office/King’s Fund

 

Tackling poor oral health in children: The Local Government's public health role 
Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable. This publication has been updated for 2016 following the successful transfer of commissioning responsibilities of the Healthy Child Programme for 0-5 year olds to local government in October 2015. This includes the commissioning of Health Visitors who lead and support delivery of preventive programmes for infants and children including providing advice on oral health and on breastfeeding and reducing the risk of tooth decay. Local authorities also have a statutory responsibility to provide or commission oral health improvement programmes to improve the health of the local population, to the extent that they consider appropriate in their areas.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Diet, nutrition, physical activity and stomach cancer 

The World Cancer Research Fund has published a new analysis of worldwide research on stomach cancer. Published in April 2016, the report is the most rigorous, systematic, global analysis of the scientific research currently available on diet, weight, physical activity and stomach cancer, and which of these factors increase or decrease the risk of developing the disease. The report reviewed evidence from 89 studies from around the world. The studies examined around 17.5 million adults and nearly 77,000 cases of stomach cancer. Key findings include: There is strong evidence that consuming approximately three or more alcoholic drinks per day increases the risk of stomach cancer; There is strong evidence that consuming foods preserved by salting increases the risk of stomach cancer. Research mainly relates to high-salt foods and salt-preserved foods, including pickled vegetables and salted or dried fish, as traditionally prepared in east Asia; There is strong evidence that consuming processed meat increases the risk of stomach non-cardia cancer; There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of stomach cardia cancer. Being overweight or obese was assessed by body mass index (BMI).

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Alcohol Research UK Annual Conference 2016: Critical measures: Next steps in alcohol research and policy 
Alcohol Research UK have made available a series of 30 videos from their annual conference. The event explored drinking trends being dynamic and how they have undergone many changes in recent years. This research has also started to highlight how alcohol harms vary by age, gender, region and other social factors. The conference presented new evidence on patterns of alcohol use across the UK, alcohol risks and harm, developing interventions, and reflections on the relationship between alcohol research and evidenced based policy.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

A new approach to measuring drinking cultures in Britain

Key findings of this study funded by Alcohol Research UK are: A typology of British drinking occasions can be constructed which identifies eight distinct occasion types. This typology has face validity with focus groups of drinkers; Drinking at increasing and high risk levels occurs in a diverse range of drinking occasions including drinking in the home and at other people's houses, and extends well beyond caricatures of youth binge drinking in urban centres; The study does not support a representation of the British drinking culture as one which is characterised by excessive consumption and drinking to intoxication, although this is one aspect of the culture; High risk occasions are found across all age, sex and socioeconomic groups but the majority occur within those aged over 35 and of high socioeconomic status; Drinkers of lower socioeconomic status have fewer occasions but consume more per occasion, which may partly account for the paradox that drinkers of lower socioeconomic status have higher alcohol-related mortality rates despite being less likely to drink and having lower average weekly consumption if they do so; Policy-relevant factors such as price and health considerations influenced participants' drinking occasions, but these intersected with and were filtered through drinkers' own experiences and circumstances.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Community pharmacies may be a useful place to deliver stop smoking services 
This NIHR review provides evidence that 'stop smoking' interventions delivered at a community pharmacy, are effective and probably cost-effective for stopping smoking among adults, especially when compared to usual care without nicotine replacement. These interventions often include such things as behavioural support and nicotine replacement therapy and were most effective when both were delivered together. The review also looked at other community pharmacy-delivered interventions, like weight loss. But the evidence was less strong for the long term impact of these. The review included 19 studies of mixed quality and study designs, eight of which were carried out in England. Community pharmacies can be more accessible than GP services and have the potential to play a key role in delivering public health initiatives especially for hard to reach populations, but so far evidence of their effectiveness is limited to smoking cessation.

Source: UK Health Forum

Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction

This report published by the Royal College of Physicians aims to provide an update on the use of harm reduction in tobacco smoking, in relation to all non-tobacco nicotine products but particularly e-cigarettes.  It concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society.

Source: RCOP Royal College of Physicians

3.Proven reoffending statistics quarterly: July 2013 to June 2014

4.Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET): January to December 2015

  • 27 April 2016

  • Welsh Government

  • National Statistics

5.Deaths registered by area in England and Wales, monthly provisional: March 2016

  • 26 April 2016

  • National Statistics

6.FOI: early years dataset as at 31 December 2015

Rich and poor lifespan gap 'widening' 

The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since the 1870s, research suggests.

 

Give e-cigs to smokers, say doctors     

Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body.

The UK's Royal College of Physicians says there is resounding evidence that e-cigarettes are "much safer" than smoking and aid quitting.

With the right checks and measures, vaping could improve the lives of millions of people, it says in a new, 200-page report.   

Children in care 'too often denied mental health treatment'  

Children in care are too often missing out on treatment for mental health problems despite being four times more likely to experience them, say MPs.

The Commons Education Committee says children fostered in England are sometimes denied treatment simply because they move placement too often.

They should instead be given priority for mental health support, the committee says in a report.    

 

Worsening depression 'may predict dementia risk' 

Symptoms of depression that steadily increase over time in older age could indicate early signs of dementia, scientists have said.

Other patterns of symptoms, such as chronic depression, appear not to be linked, a study found.

Dutch researchers looked at different ways depression in older adults progressed over time and how this related to any risk.

 

 

Week Commencing 18 April 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

CentreForum Commission On Children And Young People's Mental Health: State Of The Nation

This is the first report from the commission and their research has revealed the problems young people face when trying to access mental health care. Services turn away, on average, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of children and teenagers referred to them by their GPs, teachers or others. The analysis of services’ eligibility criteria shows that this is often because there are high thresholds for access to their services, preventing often the most effective treatment of mental health conditions - early intervention.

Source: CentreForum/King’s Fund

 

Tackling Poor Oral Health In Children: Local Government's Public Health Role

This briefing outlines the roles and responsibilities of local government in commissioning oral health services for children. The briefing includes some case studies and signposts to useful resources to support the commissioning of these services.

Source: Local Government Association (LGA) 

 

Global report on diabetes 
This first WHO Global report on diabetes underscores the enormous scale of the diabetes problem, and also the potential to reverse current trends. The political basis for concerted action to address diabetes is there, woven into the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Political Declaration on NCDs, and the WHO NCD Global Action Plan. Where built upon, these foundations will catalyse action by all.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

European Health Information Gateway

This portal provides access to curated health data and information from official WHO sources and joint data collections with partner organisations such as the European Commission and OECD. 

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)/King’s Fund

 

NOMIS

UK Census 2011 Key and Quick statistics: UK Census 2011 Key and Quick statistics released (12/04/2016)

  1. Major towns and cities geography: New geography released (18/03/2016)

     

  2. The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

  3. 'Good Public Health Practice' revised More
  4. Maternity Services Monthly Statistics - November 2015, Experimental statistics
    Published: 6 April 2016.
  5. Prescription Cost Analysis, England - 2015 [NS]
    Published: 7 April 2016.

  6. HES-DID Data Linkage Report - Provisional Summary Statistics, April to November 2015 (Experimental Statistics)
    Published: 8 April 2016.

  7. NHS Safety Thermometer Report - England March 2015 - March 2016
    Published: 8 April 2016.

  8. Data on written complaints in the NHS - 2015/16 Quarter 3, Experimental [NS]
    Published: 13 April 2016.

  9. Numbers of Patients Registered at a GP Practice - April 2016

    Published: 14 April 2016.

  10. Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2014 to March 2015 - April 2016 release

    Published: 14 April 2016. 

  11. Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2015 to November 2016

    Published: 14 April 2016.

     

    NHS England

 

GOV.UK

  1. Prison population figures: 2016

2.Monthly hospital activity data for February 2016

  • 14 April 2016

  • NHS England

  • Official Statistics

3.Waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients for February 2016

  • 14 April 2016

  • NHS England

  • Official Statistics

4.Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - Apr to Nov 2015

  • 14 April 2016

  • Official Statistics

5.Justice Data Lab statistics: April 2016

6.Numbers of patients registered at a GP practice: April 2016

  • 14 April 2016

  • Official Statistics

7.FE data library: further education and skills

8.Youth custody data

9.Dementia assessment and referral return for January 2016

  • 6 April 2016

  • NHS England

  • Official Statistics

10.Maternity Services Monthly Statistics Nov 2015

12.Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19 in 2015

13.Deaths in England and Wales in 2015

  • 7 April 2016

  • Official Statistics

14.Dementia assessment and referral return for January 2016

  • 6 April 2016

  • NHS England

  • Official Statistics

15.Maternity Services Monthly Statistics Nov 2015

  • 6 April 2016

  • Official Statistics

 

 

 

Week Commencing 11 April

Local authorities role in public health: Briefing for the children and young people's voluntary sector 
Local authorities' public health role also includes ensuring that there are plans in place to protect the local population from health threats, including plans for emergencies, preventative measures such as immunisations and screening and monitoring the plans individual providers have in place. They are also required to provide Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with population health advice, for example supporting the development of joint strategic needs assessments.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Dementia advisers survey

A survey into the provision of dementia adviser services in clinical commissioning groups and local authorities in England.

Source: DoH

 

An investigation of public knowledge of the link between alcohol and cancer 
Almost 90 per cent of people in England don't associate drinking alcohol with an increased risk of cancer, according to a new report commissioned by Cancer Research UK. Drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of seven different cancers - liver, breast, bowel, mouth, throat, oesophageal (food pipe), laryngeal (voice box) - but when people were asked which, if any, health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? just 13 per cent of adults mentioned cancer.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Youth mental health: New economic evidence 
This report examines the economic challenges of youth mental health problems in England. The main focus is on adolescents and young adults. The report summarises findings from a review of the international evidence on the economic impact of youth mental health services, an analysis of the economic implications of youth mental health problems including the failure to recognise or treat them and an evaluation of two models of youth mental health service provision in England. We make a number of recommendations. This is the first study of the economic impact of youth mental health services in the UK.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Ageing, transport choice and healthy living 
This discussion paper from Insall & Coe aims to provoke discussion about the transport and travel choices we make as individuals, the wider physical, social and cultural environment within which we make them, and how these relate to older people's experience. It is a contribution to the Foresight 'Future of an ageing population' project.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

HSCIC

2.FE data library: further education and skills

3.Youth custody data

4.HES-DID Data Linkage Report, Provisional Summary Statistics, Apr to Nov 2015

  • 8 April 2016

  • Official Statistics

5.Prescription Cost Analysis, England 2015

 

 

Week Commencing 4 April 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

The relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect: an evidence review

This evidence review identifies and discusses evidence about the relationship between poverty and child abuse and neglect. It explores the economic costs of child abuse and neglect and outlines broad policy implications, with a particular focus on the UK.  Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

 

Road injury prevention: resources to support schools to promote safe active travel
This document set outs the resources available to support schools in promoting safe and active travel.  It is primarily for staff working in education settings, but will be of wider interest, including to local public health, school nursing and road safety staff.  Source: Public Health England

 

Dental quality and outcomes framework (DQOF): 2016 to 2017

The DQOF indicators for 2016 to 2017 measure performance in clinical effectiveness, safety and experience of patients and data quality.  Source: DoH

 

Can Twitter improve your health? An analysis of alcohol consumption guidelines on Twitter 
This article is the first in the feature to highlight the social network site Twitter as a tool for health information and it reports on a study by Emma Hughes, who completed an MSc in information and library studies at Aberystwyth University in 2014. Emma's research investigated the quality of health information available on Twitter, in particular the information available on UK alcohol consumption guidelines. Her research suggests that users searching for this information would need certain literacy skills to interpret it correctly. However, there is no doubt that Twitter is an increasingly popular resource for information dissemination and health professionals, and organisations should be encouraged to use it frequently as a tool for sharing information. Source: UK Health Forum

 

Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain

"Meditation could ease the agony of back pain, a study suggests," the Daily Mirror reports.  Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Psychologically informed environments: a literature review
This review, commissioned by St Mungo’s, examines the evidence in relation to the effectiveness of psychologically informed environments for single homeless people. The paper provides an introduction to the concepts of homelessness, trauma, mental health and complex needs as well as elaborating on the concept of a psychologically informed environment.  Source: Mental Health Foundation

 

Health Matters: Midlife Approaches To Reduce Dementia Risk

This resource provides information on approaches to reducing the prevalence and incidence of dementia. It outlines key statistics about the characteristics of the population with dementia and the risk factors leading to dementia. Finally, it outlines the role that CCGs and local authorities can take in the prevention of dementia.  Source: Public Health England (PHE)

 

Ageing, transport choice and healthy living 
This discussion paper from Insall & Coe aims to provoke discussion about the transport and travel choices we make as individuals, the wider physical, social and cultural environment within which we make them, and how these relate to older people's experience. It is a contribution to the Foresight 'Future of an ageing population' project.   Source: UK Health Forum

 

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Multi-agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults

Source: Home Office, Department for Education and Department of Health

 

Local tobacco control profiles for England: February 2016 data update 
The Local Tobacco Control Profiles data update for February 2016 has been published by Public Health England (PHE). The data are presented in an interactive tool that allows users to view them in a user-friendly format. The profiles provide a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level. These profiles have been designed to help local government and health services to assess the effect of tobacco use on their local populations.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Aiming high: why the UK should aim to be tobacco free
This report, produced jointly with Cancer Research UK, sets out a plan of action that the government should follow over the next 5 years to maintain progress on tackling tobacco. This includes an ambition for a ‘tobacco-free UK’ by 2035 where less than 5% of the UK population smoke across all socioeconomic groups.   Source: UK Health Forum


Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks 
The main message emerging from this new comprehensive global assessment is that premature death and disease can be prevented through healthier environments and to a significant degree. Analysing the latest data on the environment-disease nexus and the devastating impact of environmental hazards and risks on global health, backed up by expert opinion, this report covers more than 100 diseases and injuries.

Source: UK Health Forum  

NHS Outcomes Framework 2016 to 2017   Source: DoH

 

HSCIC

 

 

GOV.UK

1. UK armed forces operational deaths post World War 2: 2016

31 March 2016

MOD

Official Statistics

Part of a collection: UK armed forces operational deaths post World War 2

2.  UK armed forces suicide and open verdict deaths: 2015

31 March 2016

MOD

National Statistics

Part of a collection: UK armed forces suicide and open verdict deaths: index

3. UK armed forces land transport accidents: 2011 to 2015

31 March 2016

MOD

Official Statistics

Part of a collection: UK armed forces land transport accidents: index

4. UK armed forces deaths in service: 2015

31 March 2016

MOD

National Statistics

5. Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics: provisional January 2016

6.       Children looked after in England including adoption: 2014 to 2015

​7. Working and workless households: Oct to Dec 2004 to 2015

  • 30 March 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

 

BBC

Junior doctors' row: Government hit with second legal challenge over contracts

A second legal challenge has been made over the government's decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England.

NHS staff campaign group Just Health started proceedings after raising £100,000 in four days online.

 

Police psychological sick leave up 35% in five years

Cases of UK police officers and staff taking long-term sick leave for psychological reasons have risen by 35% over the last five years, statistics obtained by BBC Radio 5 live suggest.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show cases rose from 4,544 in 2010-11 to 6,129 in 2014-15 despite police workforces shrinking.

There was also a steady increase in overall long-term sick leave.

The government said policing was "stressful" and forces must help staff.

The BBC's 5 live Daily programme contacted 46 police forces across the UK, and 40 provided information.

Data showed the number of police employees on long-term sick leave - defined by forces as either 28 or 29 days or more - rose from 19,825 in 2010-11 to 22,547 in 2014-15.

 

The King’s Fund

 

Statistics and data

 

 

 

 

Weeks commencing 21 March and 28 March 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Road injury prevention: resources to support schools 
This briefing on road injury prevention is primarily for staff working in education settings, but will be of wider interest, including to local public health, school nursing and road safety staff. It: presents a snapshot of data highlighting important messages of relevance to schools signposts to a range of resources that are available to support effective road safety education across key stages 1 to 4 shares some insights from local practice by outlining steps that some schools have taken to promote safe active travel.  Source: UK Health Forum

 

Child Health Profiles 2016 published by Public Health England  Source: PHE

 

Informing policy for young people’s health

The latest update data from the 2013 and 2014 surveys of over 200,000 young people in Europe and North America covers diverse aspects of adolescent health and social behaviour, including self-assessment of mental health; obesity and body image; dietary habits; engagement in physical activity; support from families and peers; tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use; and bullying.  The latest report focuses on the effects of gender and socioeconomic differences on the way that young people grow and develop.  Source: The World Health Organisation Europe

 

Key facts and trends in mental health: 2016 update 
The 2016 Update of Key Trends in Mental Health provides an overview of the major trends in the mental health sector. Compiled from a wide range of sources, the factsheet sets out available data relating to: investment in services trends in morbidity suicide and homicide rates service activity use of mental health legislation mental health of children and young people service user experience inequalities experienced by people with mental health problems workforce and staff satisfaction.  Source: UK Health Forum

How to look after your mental health in later life 
The Mental Health Foundation booklet provides practical ways to help people stay mentally well in later life. One in five older people living in the community and two in five people living in care homes experience depression or poor mental health. Research shows that there are five key issues that can have an impact on the mental wellbeing of older people: 1.Discrimination 2.Participation in meaningful activities 3.Relationships 4.Physical health 5.Poverty     Source: UK Health Forum


Start active, stay active: report on physical activity in the UK 
These revised and updated guidelines on physical activity in the UK, issued by the four Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland draw on global evidence for the health benefits people can achieve by taking regular physical activity throughout their lives. Includes Infographics on Physical Activity Guidelines.   Source: UK Health Forum

 

Awards showcase array of NHS improvements arising from patient feedback

From maternity wards to GP practices, from emergency departments to dental practices, the results of the national Friends and Family Test Awards, announced today, demonstrate that NHS providers are listening to patient feedback and that services are continuing to improve because of it.   Source: NHS England

 

Get Well Soon: Reimagining Place-Based Health

This report, by the Place-Based Health Commission chaired by Lord Victor Adebowole, argues that the NHS must construct a 15 year plan to shift money out of hospitals and into investment in communities. It demonstrates that the health service in its current form is not sustainable, and sets out a new plan for shifting the system to focus on preventing illness, shorten stays in hospitals and help people live independently for longer.   Source: New Local Government Network (NLGN)/King’s Fund

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

  1. WHO: cross-national health behaviour in school-aged children survey
  2. Age UK analysis of hospital bed days lost due to lack of social care provision
  3. Statistics on abortion
  4. The NHS in Scotland: statistics
  5. Direct access audiology waiting times, January 2016
  6. Mixed sex accommodation breaches, February 2016
  7. Diagnostic imaging dataset, March 2016
  8. Winter health watch summary, 17 March 2016

Statistics and data

Bringing together physical and mental healthreport looks at a third dimension of integration – bringing together physical and mental health.

Read the report

 

GOV.UK

1.FE data library: apprenticeships

2.FE data library: vocational qualifications

3.Vocational qualifications dataset

  • 24 March 2016
  • Ofqual
  • Statistical data set

4.Pupil absence in schools in England: 2014 to 2015

5.Vocational and Other Qualifications Quarterly: Oct to Dec 2015

  • 24 March 2016
  • Ofqual
  • National Statistics

6.Characteristics of children in need: 2014 to 2015

7.Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2015

8.Road conditions in England: 2015

9.Further education and skills: statistical first release

  1. Road conditions in England: 2015

    • 24 March 2016
    • Official Statistics
  2. Analysis of travel times on local ‘A’ roads, England: 2014

    • 17 March 2016
    • Official Statistics

 

HSCIC

NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity - England, Quarter 3, 2015-16

Published: 17 March 2016.

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England - Quarter 3, October 2015 to December 2015

Published: 17 March 2016.

Learning Disabilities Census Report - Further Analysis: England, 30th of September 2015 
Published: 18 March 2016.

Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Commissioner census (Assuring Transformation), February 2016, Experimental Statistics 
Published: 18 March 2016.

GP Contract Services - GP Practices in England, 2014/15
Published: 22 March 2016.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Report - December 2015 Final, January Primary 2016 and most recent quarterly data (Quarter 2 2015/16)
Published: 22 March 2016.

CCG Outcomes Indicator Set - March 2016 release
Published: 23 March 2016.

Provisional Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators for England - December 2015, by provider
Published: 23 March 2016.

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data April 2015 - January 2016; Special topic - Eating Disorders
Published: 23 March 2016.

Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) - Deaths associated with hospitalisation, England, October 2014 - September 2015
Published: 23 March 2016.

PHE

Dementia resources

Data

 

Right Care @lerts Blog Digest

Document of the Week (15th Feb): Answering the cancer commissioning questions that really matter http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/document-of-the-week-15th-feb-answering-the-cancer-commissioning-questions-that-really-matter/

Three questions on cancer commissioning that have been answered by PHE through expert cancer data, analytical, commissioning and population-healthcare advice

NHS figures indicate variation in readmission rate among patients discharged at weekends http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/nhs-figures-indicate-variation-in-readmission-rate-among-patients-discharged-at-weekends/

BMJ news reports the likelihood of emergency readmission to hospital within seven days of discharge may be higher among patients discharged at weekends

Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/walking-the-tightrope-communicating-overdiagnosis-in-modern-healthcare/

This analysis argues that communication that empowers the patients, clinicians and policy makers to think differently about overdiagnosis will help support a more sustainable healthcare future

Hospitals Focus on Doing No Harm

http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/hospitals-focus-on-doing-no-harm/

This is the second of two New York Times' articles on reducing harm.

Reducing preventable hospital readmissions: a way forward http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/reducing-preventable-hospital-readmissions-a-way-forward/

This article looks at ways to reduce costly medicines-related hospital readmissions in the NHS

 

Week Commencing 14 March 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

The relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect: an evidence review

This report published by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation identifies and discusses evidence about two key aspects of the relationship between poverty and child abuse and neglect: the impact of poverty on a child’s chance of being abused or neglected and the impact on adult poverty of abuse or neglect in childhood. It explores the economic costs of child abuse and neglect and outlines broad policy implications.  Source: JRF

Opinions and Lifestyle Survey: adult drinking habits in Great Britain, 2014 
The Office for National Statistics reports that in Great Britain in 2014, there were 28.9 million people who reported that they drank alcohol in the week before being interviewed for the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. This equates to 58% of the population. Focusing on those who drank alcohol, 12.9 million (45%) drank more than 4.67 units (around 2 pints of 4% beer or 2 medium (175 millilitre) glasses of 13% wine) on their heaviest drinking day. This is a third of the recommended weekly limit - the value you would drink if you drank 14 units spread evenly over 3 days. Of these, 2.5 million (9%) drank more units in one day than the weekly recommended amount of 14 units (6 pints of beer or 1.4 bottles of 13% wine). Young people were less likely to have consumed alcohol; less than half (48%) of those aged 16 to 24 reported drinking alcohol in the previous week, compared with 66% of those aged 45 to 64. While overall being less likely to drink alcohol, young drinkers were more likely than any other age group to consume more than the weekly recommended limit in one day. Among 16 to 24 year old drinkers, 17% consumed more than 14 units compared with 2% of those aged 65 and over.  Source: UK Health Forum

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) 
The latest update to the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data tool shows that nationally, alcohol-specific deaths fell by 3% to 17,755 deaths. Alcohol-related deaths have seen a slight increase, year on year, from an estimated 22,330 in 2012 to 22,976 in 2014. Alcohol-related deaths include conditions that are partially related to alcohol, such as heart disease and certain cancers. The LAPE tool presents data for 23 alcohol-related indicators in an interactive tool, which helps local areas assess alcohol-related harm and monitor the progress of efforts to reduce this.  Source: UK Health Forum

Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy 2016-2026 
The Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People (PPYP) Strategy aims to drive actions that will decrease the cycle of deprivation associated with pregnancy in young people under 18. This is the first Scottish Strategy focused on pregnancy and parenthood amongst young people. It aims to increase opportunities available to young people to support their wellbeing and prosperity across the life course.  Source: UK Health Forum

Building the foundations: Tackling obesity through planning and development 
England has one of the highest rates of unhealthy weight of other western countries. The prevalence of obesity in England has more than doubled in the last 25 years. And if we go on as we are, the rate of obese people is expected to double in the next 40 years. Obesity is a complex problem that requires action from individuals and society across multiple sectors. This report builds on the learning and knowledge included in the TCPA's 2014 document 'Planning healthy-weight environments'. Produced in partnership with PHE, the report identified a series of themes and more specific elements that help to create healthy-weight environments.  Source: UK Health Forum

Smoking could cause disease in more than 1.3 million over the next 20 years
Tobacco will continue to devastate UK lives, with around 1.35 million new cases of smoking related illnesses expected to occur over the next 20 years according to a new report published today (Wednesday) No Smoking Day. 
If recent trends were to continue, Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum calculate that this shocking total – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield – would include 580,600 cases of cancer. 
If recent trends were to continue, the number of smokers would be on track to fall to 10 per cent by 2035, but Cancer Research UK is urging the government to adopt a bold ambition for a tobacco free UK – meaning only around five per cent smoke in the next 20 years. 
Achieving this ambition could mean 97,000 fewer new cases of smoking-related disease over the next 20 years, including around 36,000 cases of cancer. 
Download the full report here: http://bit.ly/1RzlmMn    Source: UK Health Forum

Public Health Specialist Stocktake

This review, commissioned by Health Education England, Public Health England and the Department of Health, is designed to provide guidance on future training numbers for the public health specialist workforce in England. Findings from the report suggest that there are at least 1,200 specialists working in England, with 75 to 80 per cent of them employed by local authorities and Public Health England. It also forecasts a general increase in the supply of public health specialists but highlights the potential impact of the constraints following the 2015 comprehensive spending review.  Source: Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI)/King’s Fund

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

09/03/2016 | Report reveals real challenges and concerns about healthcare public health. dimension – bringing together physical and mental health new frontier for integrated care

 

HSCIC

HES-DID Data Linkage Report - Provisional Summary Statistics, April to October 2015 (Experimental Statistics)
Published: 4 March 2016.

HES-MHLD Data Linkage Report - Summary Statistics, November 2015
Published: 4 March 2016.

Female Genital Mutilation - October-December 2015, Experimental Statistics, Enhanced Dataset
Published: 8 March 2016.

General Ophthalmic services workforce statistics - 31 December 2015 [NS]
Published: 9 March 2016.

NHS Safety Thermometer Report - England February 2015 - February 2016
Published:9 March 2016.

Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2014 to March 2015 - March 2016 Release

Published: 10 March 2016.

Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2015 to October 2015

Published: 10 March 2016.

Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - February 2016
Published: 11 March 2016.

 

NHS England

Hospital Activity Data, January 2016

11 March 2016 - 09:30

The latest statistical data relating to elective and non-elective in-patient admissions, outpatient referrals and attendances for first consultant outpatient appointments have been published. The information relates to provider and commissioner based data and is gathered from providers within NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and Independent Sector Organisations. Detailed information is available at: Monthly Hospital Activity […]

Combined Performance Summary, January 2016

10 March 2016 - 13:14

Performance statistics for January 2016 were released at 9.30am on Thursday 10th March 2016 covering the following: the NHS 111 service; ambulance quality indicators; A&E attendances and emergency admissions; waiting times for diagnostic tests, referral to treatment for consultant-led elective care, cancer services; and delayed transfers of care A combined performance summary is available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/combined-performance-summary/ More […]

 

GOV.UK

1.     Youth custody data

o    11 March 2016

o    MOJ and YJB

o    Official Statistics

o    Part of a collection: Youth justice statistics

2.     Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - Feb 2016

o    11 March 2016

o    HSCIC

o    Official Statistics

3.     Maintained schools and academies: inspections and outcomes Sep 2014 to Aug 2015

o    10 March 2016

o    Ofsted

o    Official Statistics

o    Part of a collection: Maintained schools and academies inspections and outcomes: official statistics and Ofsted Annual Report 2014/15

4.     Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England, Apr 2014 to Mar 2015 - Mar 2016 Release

o    10 March 2016

o    HSCIC

o    Official Statistics

5.     Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England, Apr to Oct 2015

o    10 March 2016

o    HSCIC

o    Official Statistics 

6.     Healthy Life Expectancy at birth by Upper Tier Local Authority and Area Deprivation, England: 2012 to 2014

o    10 March 2016

o    ONS

o    National Statistic

7.     NHS Continuing Healthcare Activity - England, Quarter 1, 2015-16

o    9 March 2016

o    HSCIC

o    Official Statistics

8.     Conceptions to women aged under 18 in England and Wales: Oct to Dec 2014

o    9 March 2016

o    ONS

o    National Statistics

9.     Conceptions in England and Wales: 2014

o    9 March 2016

o    ONS

o    National Statistics

10. Female Genital Mutilation – Oct to Dec 2015, Enhanced Dataset

o    8 March 2016

o    HSCIC

o    Official Statistics

11. Opinions and Lifestyle Survey: adult drinking habits in Great Britain, 2014

o    8 March 2016

o    ONS

o    National Statistics

12. Forced Marriage Unit - Statistics 2015

o    8 March 2016

o    FCO and Home Office

o    Official Statistics

 

Right Care @lerts Blog Digest

Review shows how NHS hospitals can reduce variations, save money and improve care http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/review-shows-how-nhs-hospitals-can-reduce-variations-save-money-and-improve-care/

Lord Carter's final report sets out how acute trusts can reduce unwarranted variation in productivity and efficiency across every area in the hospital

 

 

The King’s Fund

Statistics and data

 

BBC

Dentist charges to rise 5% in England

Charges for NHS dental treatment in England will rise by 5% this year and next, the government has announced.

By 2017-18, a routine examination will cost more than £20, with more expensive procedures including crowns exceeding £240.

 

 

UK Health Forum

Smoking could cause disease in more than 1.3 million over the next 20 years

08 March 2016Tobacco will continue to devastate UK lives, with around 1.35 million new cases of smoking related illnesses expected to occur over the next 20 years according to a new report published today (Wednesday) No Smoking Day. If recent trends were to continue, Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum...

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 7 March 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

WHO outlines ways to prevent and mitigate childhood hearing loss
The report published by The World Health Organisation suggests that of the nearly 32 million children across the world living with disabling hearing loss, 60% of this can be prevented.  This new report highlights that if hearing loss is detected early enough, and if children receive the care they need, they can reach their full potential.

Source: WHO

 

Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
This report sets out recommendations to tackle obesity in children and young people around the world. The recommendations are presented under the following areas: promote intake of healthy foods; promote physical activity; preconception and pregnancy care; early childhood diet and physical activity; health, nutrition and physical activity for school-age children; and weight management.

Source: World Health Organization

 

Drink wise, age well: alcohol use and the over 50s in the UK
This report presents research from a survey of more than 16,700 people exploring alcohol use and behaviours in the over 50s population. The report explores a number of themes including an analysis of why older adults may engage in drinking that puts them at risk from alcohol-related harm and an analysis of the population groups that require particular attention.  Source: International Longevity Centre

 

Home Improvements: A social justice approach to housing policy 
The difficulties people face when they do not have that stability can often lead to the sort of outcomes which blight not just their lives, but also the communities they live in; family breakdown, crime, poor health and education outcomes, dependency on drugs and alcohol. Whilst it is difficult to establish direct causal links between unstable housing and such outcomes, it is hard to argue against the idea that life is very much harder without a stable home from which to grow. So this report also looks at how mistakes of the past have contributed to this and how such mistakes can be avoided in future.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Building The Foundations: Tackling Obesity Through Planning And Development

This report outlines the actions and role that councils can take in helping to prevent and reduce the prevalence of obesity. It examines the role of town planning in contributing to the public health agenda and includes examples from various local authorities around the country. 

Source: Local Government Association (LGA)/King’s Fund

 

Active ageing and the built environment 
Practice briefing which looks at how different aspects of the built environment can promote and sustain active ageing. It explains how the built environment and well-designed outdoor spaces can enhance the long-term health and wellbeing and looks at the role that social housing providers, housing with care, and local authorities can play. It also outlines key national and local policies that support active ageing and the build environment . Examples of good and emerging practice are provided throughout to illustrate key points. It is intended for those working in social housing, local government, public health and the care and support sectors to understand their roles and aims to improve integration and partnership working between health, social care and housing.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Daily e-cigarette use increases quit attempts and reduces smoking with no effect on cessation

Daily e-cigarette users are more likely to reduce and attempt to quit tobacco smoking than non-users, but are no more likely to report abstinence.

Improved measurement of e-cigarette use in future observational studies will improve our understanding of the relationship between e-cigarettes and smoking cessation.

Source: Evidence Based Nursing


Smoking cessation strategies may increase quit rates among adults of low socioeconomic status

Interactive technology can be used to engage low socioeconomic smokers in effective tobacco treatment outside of the traditional clinical setting.  Nurses should encourage all smokers to use evidence-based cessation strategies, including telephone-based counselling and pharmacotherapy.  More research is needed to address social and contextual factors impacting tobacco use.

Source: Evidence Based Nursing

NHS Chief announces plan to support ten healthy new towns

The head of NHS England will today announced plans to create ten NHS-supported ‘healthy new towns’ across the country, covering more than 76,000 new homes with potential capacity for approximately 170,000 residents.

Source: NHS England

 

Every Breath We Take: The Lifelong Impact Of Air Pollution

This report, written with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, sets out the impact air pollution is currently having on our nation’s health. Each year in the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution which plays a role in many of the major health challenges of our day. It has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia. The health problems resulting from exposure to air pollution have a high cost to people who suffer from illness and premature death, to our health services and to business. In the UK, these costs add up to more than £20 billion every year.

Source: Royal College of Physicians/King’s Fund

 

At the heart of health: realising the value of people and communities 
This report, published jointly with The Health Foundation, provides an overview of the evidence on what good person- and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing look like. The report presents evidence to demonstrate the benefits of person- and community-centred approaches across 3 dimensions: mental and physical health and wellbeing; NHS sustainability; and wider social outcomes.

Source: National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

ONS

Business Register and Employment Survey: Consultation on change to method of accessing data (24/02/2016)

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

  1. Immigration statistics, October to December 2015

2.Childcare and early years survey of parents: 2014 to 2015

3.Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 19 February 2016

  • 1 March 2016

  • National Statistics

4.Local Alcohol Profiles for England: mortality indicators, 2016 annual data update

  • 1 March 2016

  • Official Statistics

  • Alcohol Bulletin

    • 26 February 2016

    • National Statistics

6.Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes

7.Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: Feb 2016

  • 25 February 2016

  • National Statistics

     

     

    The Kings Fund

     

Statistics and data

Statistics and data

 

 

 

Week commencing 29 February 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Cancer registration statistics, first release, England, 2014 
Main findings from the latest Cancer registration statistics included: The number of new cases of cancer in England continues to rise and in 2014 there were 296,863 cancers registered, an equivalent to 813 per day. More cancers were registered in males (150,832) than females (146,031). Across the majority of cancer sites more males are diagnosed with cancer than females. This is a persistent feature of the data, reported in previous registration years. The age-standardised incidence rates for newly diagnosed cancers were 670.8 per 100,000 people for males and 546.1 per 100,000 people for females. The rate takes into account the different age structures between males and females. Breast (15.6%), prostate (13.4%), lung (12.6%) and colorectal (11.5%) cancer continue to account for over half of the malignant cancer registrations in England for all ages combined.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Breast cancer: proportion of women screened after their first invitation falls to decade low

The proportion of women aged 50-70 screened for breast cancer after their first invitation fell to 63.3 per cent in 2014-15, down from 65.8 per cent last year and 70.1 per cent in 2004-5.

Source: HSCIC

 

The National Obesity Framework 
The topic of weight/obesity has dominated discussions and commandeered headlines sometimes on a daily basis. As a consequence, emphasis on the population's health has focused upon weight to the extent whereby aesthetic issues (such as size) have become conflated with judgements about health and fitness. The holistic strategy for the Framework proposed by The All-Party Parliamentary Group, is involving inter-departmental and inter-sector co-operation and collaboration, cascading information and good practices and where required, pooling resources, is designed to help the population to distinguish between what is relevant to health and what represents an unhelpful detour resulting from adverse pressure in society. The report addresses: Pregnancy, The Early Years, Lifelong Health, The Role of Schools, and The Role of Industry.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

HSCIC Correction to the Sun and Daily Mail articles on Under-12s weighing more than 15st

Source: HSCIC

 

Dementia in the Family: The impact on carers 

The report explores the experiences of people who are caring for family members with dementia, highlighting the heavy toll the condition can take on family carers. 'Dementia in the Family: The impact on carers' shines a spotlight on the daily realities for these people, which are shared by many of the 700,000 people in the UK who are caring for a loved one with dementia. In-depth interviews with the carers reveal how dementia changes family relationships, leaves people socially isolated, and affects both the health and finances of family carers. All too often, family carers sacrifice their own well-being to ensure their loved one has the best care possible. Their experiences underline the urgent need for research to defeat dementia.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, Adult smoking habits in Great Britain, 2014 
This report highlights some of the characteristics of adult (16 years old and over) smokers in 2014 and the findings on e-cigarette users in Great Britain in 2015 using The ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. The percentage of current smokers in Great Britain has remained at 19% compared with 2013, but the percentage of male smokers has reached its lowest ever value of the series. Average daily cigarette consumption has also reached its lowest value of the series. The percentage of people using e-cigarettes is 4%. Women are slightly more likely to be e-cigarette users than men. The main reason given for using e-cigarettes was to aid in quitting smoking.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 

Building better places: Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment

This report of the Lords Select Committee looks at recent trends and pressures affecting the built environment, the importance of that environment for health and wellbeing and how we could build better environments that would be sustainable over the long term. The report considers current needs for housing, both quantity and quality, the response of the Government, and whether it is sufficient to create healthy, sustainable environments.

Source: House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment

 

NOMIS

Business Register and Employment Survey: Consultation on change to method of accessing data (24/02/2016)

HSCIC

5.Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: Feb 2016

6.Live tables on house building

7.Children's social work workforce 2015

8.Rough sleeping in England: autumn 2015

9.House building in England: October to December 2015

10.Immigration statistics, October to December 2015: data tables

11.Location of UK regular service and civilian personnel quarterly statistics: 2016

12.NHS health check quarterly statistics: February 2016

13.NHS Outcomes Framework indicators, February 2016 release

14.Immigration statistics, October to December 2015

15.Provisional A&E Quality Indicators for England, Nov 2015, by provider

16.Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and A&E data, Apr-Nov 2015

17.Breast Screening Programme, England Statistics for 2014 to 2015

 

 

BBC

Rise in wellbeing found in late 60s

The wellbeing of people in their 60s increases as they reach the age of 70, according to a national survey.

 

Tooth decay still on the rise among English children

The number of children in England having their teeth removed because of decay has increased for the fourth year in a row, new figures suggest.

In 2014-15 there were 33,781 cases of children, aged 10 and under, needing the removal of one or more teeth - a rise of 3% on the previous year.

The Chief Dental Officer for NHS England, Sara Hurley, described the figures as "disappointing".

 

UK Health Forum

Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

26 February 2016A new report from RCP and RCPH examines the impact of exposure to air pollution across the course of a lifetime. Hannah Graff, our Senior Policy Researcher, is acknowledged for her contributions to the report and the literature update UKHF submitted as evidence for the report has been included.

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 22 February 2016

 

CURRENT AWARENESS BULLETIN

The future of child health services: new models of care

This briefing published by The Nuffield Trust describes the current state of child health and quality of care in the UK, including problems around increasing use of hospitals to treat conditions that could be dealt with in other settings; capacity issues in primary care; and the often disjointed care provided between hospitals and the community. It then looks some examples of new models of care which have been emerging both within the Vanguard scheme and inspired by it and how they are responding to these issues.

Source: The Nuffield Trust

Dental Quality And Outcomes Framework (QOF) For 2015-16

This document provides details of the dental QOF indicators to be used to measure performance of the existing pilots and new dental contract prototypes in 2015 to 2016.

Source: DoH/King’s Fund

 

Short And Sweet: Why The Government Should Introduce A Sugary Drinks Tax

This report, produced jointly with UK Health Forum, argues that a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks could reduce obesity rates in the UK by five per cent by 2025 - equal to 3.7 million fewer obese people. It also predicts that the tax could save the NHS about £10 million in healthcare and social care costs in 2025 alone.

Source: Cancer Research UK

 

Alcohol-related deaths in the UK, registered in 2014
Key findings from the latest figures on alcohol-related deaths in the UK: The majority of alcohol-related deaths (65%) in the UK in 2014 were among males. Alcohol-related death rates were highest among 55 to 64-year-olds in 2014. For both sexes, Scotland had the highest alcohol-related death rates in 2014. However, Scotland has also seen the fastest decrease in its rates since they peaked in the 2000s. Alcohol-related death rates for both sexes were significantly higher in the north of England than the south in 2014. England and Wales are the only UK countries where alcohol-related death rates for females were significantly higher in 2014 than 1994.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Mental Health and Housing 
The report identifies which types of supported accommodation successfully meet the needs of people with mental health problems and draws on the expertise of people living and working in these settings across England to capture the issues on the ground. The report makes several recommendations in relation to the quality of supported accommodation, the need for co-production in the design and development, the need to invest in the recruitment and continuous professional development of staff, the development of and support of staff to understand and implement the approaches articulated in polices and, finally, the need to put resources into ensuring that appropriate accommodation is available and provided to those in need, including people with mental health problems.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

The homelessness monitor: England 2016 
The Homelessness Monitor: England 2016 is the fifth annual report of an independent study, funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

NOMIS

DWP benefits: August 2015 data released (17/02/2016)

Claimant count / jobseekers allowance: January 2016 data released (17/02/2016)

 

 

 

GOV.UK

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Report

  • 23 February 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

Mental health and learning disabilities statistics monthly report: final November 2015 and provisional December 2015

  • 23 February 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

Deaths registered by area of usual residence in England and Wales, provisional monthly figures: January 2016

  • 23 February 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

BBC

Hunt's 6,000 deaths 'were unverified'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt used unverified and unpublished study data to back his policy plans for a seven-day NHS, the BBC understands.

 

Junior doctors set to hold more strikes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35644659

Junior doctors are to take part in three more strikes and launch a judicial review as part of their fight against the government's decision to impose a new contract in England.

The government condemned the announcement by the British Medical Association, which comes two weeks after ministers said they would force the changes on doctors from the summer.

Ministers say the contract will improve services, and strikes are unnecessary.

 

 

Right Care @lerts Blog Digest

Document of the Week (1st Feb): Delivering a healthier future – how CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/document-of-the-week-1st-feb-delivering-a-healthier-future-how-ccgs-are-leading-the-way-on-prevention-and-early-diagnosis/

 

This report showcases a range of innovative case studies from across the country, which demonstrate the difference that clinically led commissioning is making

National Diabetes Audit highlights regional variation in care and treatment http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/national-diabetes-audit-highlights-regional-variation-in-care-and-treatment/

The National Diabetes Audit 2014-2015 presents findings for the care of 1.9 million people in England and Wales with diabetes.

Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals

http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/reducing-preventable-harm-in-hospitals/

This blog looks at how hospitals can better improve patient safety

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

 

 

Week Commencing 15 February 2016

Faculty of Public Health

 

HSCIC

·NHS Safety Thermometer Report - England January 2015 - January 2016

Published: 10 February 2016.

·Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England - September 2015 [NS]

Published: 10 February 2016.

·Special Topic: A Study on Varicose Vein Treatments, Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England 
Published: 11 February 2016.

·Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2014 to March 2015 - February 2016 Release
Published: 11 February 2016.

·Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2015 to September 2015
Published: 11 February 2016.

·Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - January 2016
Published: 12 February 2016.

 

NHS England

 

GOV.UK

  1. Prison population figures: 2016

2.Monthly hospital activity data for December 2015

  • 12 February 2016
  • NHS England
  • Official Statistics

3.Youth custody data

  1. Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses: Jan 2016
    • 12 February 2016
    • HSCIC
    • Official Statistics
  2. UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2011: data tables

6.Violent crime and sexual offences in England and Wales: financial year ending 2015

  • 11 February 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

 

NHS Networks

Improving acute psychiatric care for adults

This report highlights system-wide problems in mental healthcare in England including variable quality of care on inpatient units, inadequate availability of inpatient care or alternatives to inpatient admission, and patients remaining in hospital for longer than necessary due to inadequate residential provision

 

BBC

Poor mental health care 'ruining lives'    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health   

Mental health care is so poor and underfunded that "lives are being ruined", a taskforce set up by NHS England says.

 

Over-65s in England 'living longer than ever before'  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35550407

Older people in England are living longer than ever before, a report from Public Health England says.

Figures show that for those aged 65, men can expect to live for another 19 years and women a further 21 years.

 

In the Mind

Top Stories

 

Mood self-assessment: Could I be depressed?

Full article Mood self-assessment: Could I be depressed?

 

What is mental health?

BBC News gives an basic introduction to the issues around mental health.

Dr Phil Hammond on father's suicide

 

ITV NEWS

PM 'committed' to mental health care reform as report paints bleak picture of sector in UK

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-02-15/pm-committed-to-reform-as-report-paints-bleak-picture-of-uk-mental-health-services/

David Cameron has said he is "committed" to putting mental healthcare on a par with physical care, as a damning report lays bare the failings of the sector.

The report, released today by an independent taskforce, said the mental health sector has suffered years of neglect and a lack of funding.

It found only 15% of people who need psychological therapy in England get access to care, according to details leaked over the weekend.

 

Mental health services face long road to reform

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-02-15/mental-healthcare-reform-faces-long-road-ahead/

ITV News correspondent Richard Pallot writes:

One in four of us will have a mental health problem in our lifetime, and the truth is, as it stands today, many of us will never get the treatment we need.

Why?

Well, a new report lays bare that services across much of England are understaffed, underfunded and in many instances, not fit for purpose.

Suicide levels up by 10 percent, new mothers with depression failed, children treated hundreds of miles from home, three quarters of us with issues never even treated - just a few headlines from an exhaustive list of failing parts within this sector.

Jonny Benjamin - Twitter

Jonny Benjamin ‏@MrJonnyBenjamin 5 hrs5 hours ago London, England

I'm on the way to @GMB to talk about #MentalHealthTaskforce report. Lots to talk about. Read more here http://www.itv.com/news/2016-02-15/pm-committed-to-reform-as-report-paints-bleak-picture-of-uk-mental-health-services/ …

Jonny Benjamin - Twitter

Jonny Benjamin ‏@MrJonnyBenjamin 5 hrs5 hours ago Lambeth, England

Big week for mental health!Today's #MentalHealthTaskforce report, BBC's #InTheMind series & Kate Middleton's HuffPost mental health takeover

 

 

UK Health Forum

Being overweight or obese could cause 700,000 new UK cancers by 2035

A new report from the UK Health Forum and Cancer Research UK has found that rising rates of obesity and overweight could lead to 700,000 new cancer cases in the UK, as well as millions of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. This would cost the NHS an additional £2.5 billion a year by 2035 over and above what is already spent on obesity related disease. 

The study shows that a one per cent reduction in the number overweight or obese people every year could prevent more than 64,000 cancer cases over the next 20 years and save the NHS £300 million in 2035 alone. The report calls on the Government to act now and introduce a 20p per litre tax on sugary drinks as well as a 9pm watershed ban on TV advertising of junk food as part of a comprehensive children’s obesity strategy.

 

 

The King’s Fund Data and Statistics

 

Right Care @lerts Blog Digest

 

Document of the Week (1st Feb): Delivering a healthier future – how CCGs are leading the way on prevention and early diagnosis http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/document-of-the-week-1st-feb-delivering-a-healthier-future-how-ccgs-are-leading-the-way-on-prevention-and-early-diagnosis/

This report showcases a range of innovative case studies from across the country, which demonstrate the difference that clinically led commissioning is making

National Diabetes Audit highlights regional variation in care and treatment http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/national-diabetes-audit-highlights-regional-variation-in-care-and-treatment/

The National Diabetes Audit 2014-2015 presents findings for the care of 1.9 million people in England and Wales with diabetes.

Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals

http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/02/reducing-preventable-harm-in-hospitals/

This blog looks at how hospitals can better improve patient safety

 

 

Week Commencing 8 February 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity 
The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to the WHO Director-General culminating in a two-year process to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally. The ECHO report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese. At least 41 million children in this age group are obese or overweight, with the greatest rise in the number of children being obese or overweight coming from low- and middle-income countries. The report contains six key recommendations: Promote intake of healthy foods; Promote physical activity; Preconception and pregnancy care; Early childhood diet and physical activity; Health, nutrition and physical activity for school-age children; Weight management.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Drink Wise, Age Well: Alcohol Use and the Over 50s in the UK 
This report demonstrates that there is a pressing need for action to reduce alcohol-related harm in older adults across the UK. This first State of the Nation Report from the Drink Wise, Age Well programme is a comprehensive overview of alcohol and ageing today; how much older adults drink, and why they might drink. One major issue identified in this report is the lack of understanding and knowledge in relation to units and recommended alcohol guidelines.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Measuring National Well-being, Personal Well-being in the UK, 3 year data 2012 to 2015
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) began collecting data on personal well-being in April 2011 and regularly publishes these figures to tell us more about how people across the UK feel about their lives. This release presents some early findings from the three year personal well-being dataset for April 2012 to March 2015. This particular dataset allows for more detailed analysis of local level data and of sub-groups in the population than is possible from the annual dataset. Key findings include: Those aged 65 to 79 tended to report the highest average levels of personal well-being; Ratings of life satisfaction and happiness were at their lowest, on average, for those aged 45 to 59; Well-being ratings fell amongst the oldest age groups (those aged 75 and over) - this fall was steepest for feelings that activities they do in life are worthwhile; Those aged 90 and over reported higher life satisfaction and happiness compared with people in their middle years; Average anxiety ratings increased through early and middle years, peaking between 45 to 59 years, but then subsequently falling and remaining relatively unchanged for those aged 65 and over.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Psychological Health Of Military Personnel

This POSTnote examines the impact of military service on the psychological health of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families. It outlines what is known about the effectiveness of interventions, and highlights areas for further research.

Source: Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)/King’s Fund


Mental health and housing

The report focusses on five approaches to providing supported accommodation: care support plus; high level integrated support; homelessness; complex needs; low-level step down and later life. The report makes several recommendations in relation to the quality of supported accommodation, the need for co-production in the design and development, the need to invest in the recruitment and continuous professional development of staff, the development of and support of staff to understand an implement the approaches articulated in polices and finally the need to put resources into ensuring that appropriate accommodation is available and provided to those in need.

Source: The Mental Health Foundation

 

Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation 
This cross-government strategy will tackle head on the flatlining levels of sport participation and high levels of inactivity in this country. Through this strategy, the government is redefining what success in sport means, with a new focus on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development. In future, funding decisions will be made on the basis of the outcomes that sport and physical activity can deliver.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Physical activity and tobacco: Let's join forces! 
Physical activity and healthy eating are often targeted as the key health behaviours in healthy living programming. Tobacco use is rarely discussed in physical activity programming. Find Your Stride is a new learn to walk/run program for individuals who use tobacco or have recently quit.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 

Right Care @lerts Blog Digest

 

Document of the Week (25th Jan): Using Behavioral Economics to Design Physician Incentives That Deliver High-Value Care http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/01/document-of-the-week-25th-jan-using-behavioral-economics-to-design-physician-incentives-that-deliver-high-value-care/

 

This study found that behavioral incentives like loss aversion can be as important as financial rewards in influencing physicians

 

Head injuries increased after American state stopped requiring motorcycle helmets to be worn http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/01/head-injuries-increased-after-american-state-stopped-requiring-motorcycle-helmets-to-be-worn/

 

According to this study, in the three years after Michigan repealed a mandatory motorcycle helmet law, deaths and head injuries among bikers rose sharply

 

Why cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives” - and what we can do about it http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk/index.php/2016/01/why-cancer-screening-has-never-been-shown-to-save-lives-and-what-we-can-do-about-it/

 

This study argues that overall mortality, not disease-specific mortality, should be the benchmark against which screenings should be assessed

 

 

 

Kings Fund

 

Statistics and data

HSCIC

·HES-MHLD Data Linkage Report - Summary Statistics, October 2015

  • 5 February 2016
  • HSCIC

·Mental health community teams activity for quarter ending December 2015

  • 5 February 2016
  • NHS England
  • Official Statistics
  • Official Statistics

·UK suicides registered in 2014

  • 4 February 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

·National rough sleeping count: 2015

  • 4 February 2016
  • Welsh Government
  • Official Statistics

·Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional estimates: July to September 2015

·Dementia assessment and referral for November 2015

  • 3 February 2016
  • NHS England
  • Official Statistics

·Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom: 2014

  • 2 February 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

·Deaths registered in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 22 January 2016

  • 2 February 2016
  • ONS
  • National Statistics

·Health Profiles: February 2016 data update

  • 2 February 2016
  • PHE
  • Official Statistics

·Public health outcomes framework: February 2016 data update

 

BBC

The challenge of saving lives with 'big data'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35491177

  • 7 February 2016

  • From the section Health

    Every day, more data about our lives is being generated than ever before. When it comes to saving lives, the bigger the data the better - but what to do with it all?

     

    Duchess of Cambridge releases video urging emotional support for children

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35520019

    The Duchess of Cambridge has released a video talking about the importance of helping children to cope with difficult times.

     

    Heads warn over pupils' untreated mental health issues

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35502394

    Children's untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers.

    The National Association of Head Teachers says with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern.

ONS

Suicides in the UK, 2014 registrations

Latest suicide statistics for the UK, England (including figures for regions) and Wales.

Coverage: UK

Geographic breakdown: Region

04 Feb 16

Statistical bulletin

Economic Review, February 2016

The main economic stories from National Statistics produced over the latest month, painting a coherent picture of the UK economic performance using recent economic data.

Coverage: UK

Geographic breakdown: UK and GB

03 Feb 16

Article

Characteristics of tourism industries, 2014

Changes in tourism employment, the regional distribution of tourism employment, and the characteristics of those employed in the tourism sector in the UK.

Coverage: UK

Geographic breakdown: European (NUTS), Region

03 Feb 16

Report

Alcohol-related deaths in the UK, registered in 2014

Alcohol-related deaths in the UK, its 4 constituent countries and regions of England. Comparisons are made between 2014 and previous data from 1994 onwards.

Coverage: UK

Geographic breakdown: Region

02 Feb 16

Statistical bulletin

At what age is Personal Well-being the highest? (Short story)

Personal Well-being estimates by age

Coverage: UK

Geographic breakdown: Country, Local Authority, Other

02 Feb 16

Report

 

 

Sports England

This Girl Can delivers results one year on

http://www.sportengland.org/media-centre/news/2016/january/12/thisgirlcanbirthday/

12 January 2016

Millions of women and girls inspired to get active by our ground-breaking This Girl Can campaign.

As we blow the candle out on the campaign’s first birthday, 2.8 million 14-40 year old women say they have done some or more activity as a result of our campaign.

 

 

Week Commencing 1 February 2016

 

Current Awareness Bulletin

Mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies and toddlers: needs assessment report
The National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network has published a new needs assessment report for each local authority and clinical commissioning group on perinatal and infant mental health. The report brings together local data and evidence on risk factors and estimates of the number of women with a range of maternal mental health conditions. It can be used to inform local needs assessments by giving commissioners an indication of perinatal and infant mental health need in their area.

Source: National Child & Maternal Health Intelligence Network

 

UK 'world's worst' at breastfeeding

Rates of breastfeeding in the UK are the lowest in the world, an international study shows.

Source: BBC News

 

Three quarters of diabetes patients now meeting blood pressure targets

National Diabetes Audit also highlights wide regional variation in care and treatment

Source: HSCIC

 

2016 Hunger Report - the nourshing effect : ending hunger, improving health, reducing inequality 
Key messages from the 2016 Hunger Report on Health Inequalities in the United States include: Nutritious food is essential to healthy growth and development and can prevent the need for costly medical care. Many chronic diseases the main drivers of cost growth and poor population health are diet-related The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other high-income country but compares poorly with these others on key population health indicators such as life expectancy and child survival. Socioeconomic inequalities drive population-wide health disparities. Socioeconomic factors such as housing, education, employment opportunities, and access to healthy food have a larger impact on health outcomes than medical care. Even as hunger rates decline in every region of the developing world, wide-scale malnutrition from vitamin and mineral deficiencies continues to impose a devastating cost on individuals. In addition, rising levels of obesity and related chronic diseases are imposing a huge burden on weak health systems in developing countries.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Quality concerns in a review of portion size

This Cochrane review found that people ate and drank more when offered larger-sized portions or when using larger tableware (such as plates, bowls, bottles or glasses). Unfortunately the underlying research was moderate to low quality and the implications for commissioning and public health practice will require judgment and local knowledge.

The increase in consumption was about 215 to 279 kcal or 12 to 16% of the average energy intake for a UK adult. Adults increased their intake about twice as much as children. The findings, nevertheless, re-enforce NICE guidance, which recommends encouraging people to limit their portion size.

The results also support public health programmes that try to reduce food or drink intake by including advice on portion size. No research on the portion size of alcoholic (as opposed to non-alcoholic) drink consumption was found.

Source: NIHR Signals

 

Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens

"Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated," The Daily Telegraph reports

Source: Behind the headlines

 

Obesity slide sets 
PowerPoint slides presenting key data and information on adult and child obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics - updated for 2016. These can be used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Higher Quality Dementia Care

This policy briefing paper outlines the fact that one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and the annual societal costs to the UK exceed £26 billion.

Source: Centre for Health Economics

 

Oral health of older people in England and Wales
This review brings together data from existing national, regional and local surveys of oral health in older people. It combines this information with social, demographic and health data to provide a summary of what is already known about the current and future oral health needs of older people in England and Wales.

Source: Public Health England

 

Using data to improve dementia care in England
This interactive dementia profile allows bespoke comparison of key dementia statistics between local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in England. The profile shares information such as: the number of people with dementia broken down by area and age; the number of people who have received an NHS health check; the number of people who have depression; and where people with dementia die.

Source: Public Health England

 

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - April 2015 to September 2015 
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015. It includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up. It also presents in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women and breakdowns by age group, gender, ethnic group and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Region and Local Authority (LA) levels.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

UK 'world's worst' at breastfeeding

Rates of breastfeeding in the UK are the lowest in the world, an international study shows.

Source: BBC News

 

Suffering Alone At Home: A UNISON Report On The Lack Of Time

This report is based on an online survey of 1,100 homecare workers and data obtained from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to 152 local authorities in England that commission social care visits. It reveals that 74 per cent of councils in England are commissioning 15 minute home care visits, in contravention of NICE guidance which states that visits shorter than half an hour should only be made of visits are part of a wider package of support and allows enough time to complete tasks and check on patient wellbeing.

Source: Unison/King’s Fund

 

NOMIS

Latest News

Population Estimates: 1991 to 2000 data now available (28/01/2016)

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

http://www.fph.org.uk/events/commissioning_workshop%3a_informatics_in_health_and_care_service_planning

 

Commissioning workshop: Informatics in health and care service planning

Date: 11 February 2016
Venue: London

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) will be delivering a one-day workshop aimed at understanding the current challenges faced by commissioning, national policy imperatives and the need for an 'integrated intelligence' approach.

In the increasingly competitive environments of the NHS and local authorities where limited budgets are available, the robust planning and evaluation of health and care services has become more important than ever. Commissioners across public health, the NHS and social care increasingly need to use linked datasets to answer complex questions relating to whole-system transformation.

The following five key aspects towards designing and developing linked datasets will be covered on the day:

Youth justice annual statistics: 2014 to 2015

 

Week commencing 25 January 2016

Current Awareness Bulletin

Cancer survival for children in England: 2014 
This report provides information on 5 year cancer survival estimates for children aged 0 to 14 years diagnosed from 1990 to 2009 and followed up to 2014. Main points from the report: The general trend of increasing 5-year survival has continued for all children (aged 0 to 14 years) diagnosed with cancer in the 20 years from 1990 to 2009. This pattern of increasing 5-year survival is evident in each of the age groups 0 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years and 10 to 14 years. Interpretation of survival estimates should be focused on overall trends up to 2009, rather than estimates for any particular year. This is because the number of children diagnosed each year is relatively small and the survival estimates for single calendar years are therefore less stable.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

The cost of the school holidays: Meeting the needs of low income families during school holidays 
This report was written by Deborah Butcher, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland. The Cost of the School Holidays study was designed to inform a Glasgow Life feasibility study exploring ways in which holiday provision could better meet the needs of families living in poverty and ensure uptake by children and young people from low income households. Key findings include: Over one third of parents responding to the survey said that they had found it hard to pay for meals in the holidays; parents had higher heating and utilities bills during holiday periods, particularly in winter; children could recognise financial pressures on their parents and the impact this had on their holiday experiences; many working parents don't have access to affordable consistent holiday childcare which fits with their working hours. The project was commissioned by Glasgow Life with the financial support of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health

 

Health Equity Indicators For The English NHS

This research highlights the breadth of health inequalities between the richest and poorest in England. It finds that the richest fifth of people in England can expect to live at least 12 more years of life in full health than the poorest fifth. Despite their shorter lives, poorer people make more use of NHS services - especially emergency services. It identifies reducing inequality in health care outcomes rather than access to care as a priority for the NHS.

Source: Centre for Health Economics, University of York (CHE)/King’s Fund

 

Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues

"Stop blaming SAD for your bad mood – it doesn't exist! Seasonal changes have 'NO effect on depression,'' the Daily Mail reports.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Dementia Profile 
Public Health England has published a new Dementia Profile, providing access to local authority and CCG level data across the whole dementia care pathway. This profile has been developed to support the work of the Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) in providing health intelligence with which to inform the provision of care of people in England who have dementia. The Dementia Profile tool provides indicators arranged into six data domains: Prevalence Preventing well Diagnosing well Living well Supporting well Dying well There is also a User Guide and a Data Catalogue which lists and highlights all dementia data currently available at CCG and local authority level.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Later Life in 2015: Views and experiences of people aged 50 and over 
The report explores how the three dimensions of a good later life health, financial security, and social connections contribute to overall wellbeing.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Stop Smoking Services at threat as funding comes under pressure
 Commissioned by Cancer Research UK, this report asked tobacco control leads from 126 local authorities across England about their stop smoking services, their budgets and how well their services were integrating since moving to local government in 2013. The report finds that in two out of five areas funding is being cut back. In addition half of all services are being reconfigured or recommissioned indicating a high level of change across the country.

Source: Cancer Research UK

 

Evidence brief: How can we best protect non-smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke? 
Research clearly shows that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Comprehensive smoke-free laws are the only effective means of eliminating the risks associated with smoking. Article 8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control forms the basis of international action to reduce the burden of disease attributable to second-hand smoke. Smoke-free legislation works, but it is of key importance that certain indicators are not measured prematurely. Doing so would raise the risk of incorrectly portraying low levels of impact and, thus, of jeopardizing political support of the policy. The regional evidence showing the impact of smoke-free legislation for the nine countries in the WHO European Region that meet the eligibility criteria for inclusion in this brief is presented in light of statements commonly made in connection with the proposed introduction of smoke-free legislation.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

International Profiles Of Health Care Systems 2015

This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization and governance, health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency and integration, use of information technology and evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.

Source: Commonwealth Fund

 

 

Kings Fund

Statistics and data

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HSCIC

2.Secondary school performance tables in England: 2014 to 2015

3.Counselling for children and young people: financial year ending March 2014 (Experimental statistics)

  • 21 January 2016

  • Welsh Government

  • Official Statistics

4.Learning Disability Services Monthly Statistics - Commissioner census (Assuring Transformation), December 2015, Experimental Statistics

  • 21 January 2016

  • Official Statistics

5.School and college performance tables in England: 2014 to 2015

6.A level and other level 3 results: 2014 to 2015 (revised)

7.Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils: 2014

8.Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2014 to 2015

  • 21 January 2016

  • National Statistics

  • Part of a collection: Statistics: GCSEs (key stage 4)

     

    BBC

    Schools ranked by raw GCSE results for last time

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35364398

    Schools in England are being judged on the basis of raw GCSE results for the last time, heralding the end of school league tables in their present form.

    Head teachers are welcoming changes that means from next year, schools will be measured on a broader range of results across eight subjects.

     

    Inspiring school on the wrong side of the tracks

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35282743

    Where children grow up has a far greater impact on their education than it did 30 years ago, according to analysis by the centrist think tank the Social Market Foundation.

    It examined a wide set of results, including verbal reasoning tests, done by 11-year-olds enrolled in two major studies.

    For both sets of children, the parents' socio-economic background was the most significant factor.

    For those born in 1970, according to the authors, it didn't really matter where in England they were born and grew up - but for those born in 2000, regional difference had become "a more powerful predictive factor".

     

     

 

Week Commencing 18 January 2016

The Kings Fund

Statistics and data

 

 

 

Current Awareness Bulletin

Long-term mental health effects of bullying during adolescence
A UK prospective cohort study found that young people who experienced frequent bullying at age 13 were more likely to report depression at age 18 than those who were not bullied.

Source: Eyes on Evidence

 

Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs

"People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs," the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral fat levels.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

A quarter of adults diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime

Source: HSCIC

 

Dementia Profile

This new profiling tool aims to help enable a major change in the way dementia data will be used at a local level. It will allow users to create a bespoke comparison between local authorities and CCGs in England and shares key information such as the number of people who have dementia, broken down by area and age; the number of people who have received an NHS health check; the number of people who have depression; emergency hospital admission numbers; and where people with dementia die.

Source: PHE/King’s Fund

 

Health Impacts Of The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway: A Natural Experimental Study

The aim of this study was to assess whether or not investment in new high-quality transport infrastructure was associated with an increase in active commuting; wider health impacts of changes in travel behaviour; determinants of the use and uptake of active commuting; and how changes in travel behaviour were distributed in the population and related to the wider social context.

Source: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)/King’s Fund

 

NHS Health Checks 'prevented thousands of heart attacks'

"NHS Health Checks scheme hailed as 'remarkable success'," Pulse magazine reports, while The Sun adds "GP quiz [is a] life saver".

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Reading Between The Lines: Results Of Tobacco Control Leads In Local Authorities In England

In this report tobacco control experts from 126 local authorities across England have been asked about their stop smoking services, their budgets and how well their services were integrating since moving to local government in 2013. The report finds that in two out of five areas funding is being cut back. In addition half of all services are being reconfigured or recommissioned indicating a high level of change across the country.

Source: Cancer Research UK/King’s Fund

 

The role of case studies as evidence in public health 
New report from the UK Health Forum. Background: Case studies are used in evidence-based public health and are generally considered useful in public health. Case studies vary in quality and content and are difficult to find and critically appraise. Methods: This study used a mixed methods approach; a literature review, a content analysis of a sample of case studies and a small number of qualitative interviews on the use and usefulness of case studies. The aim of the study was to define, explore and make recommendations around the nature and use of case studies in public health. Results: Our research points to the role that case studies have in public health in capturing real experiences of public health work in a specific time and place, and as 'stories' of what interventions or event took place. They are produced by a variety of organisations and vary in content and purpose. There are potential guidelines to aid the production of case studies and to aid the critical appraisal of case studies, enabling translation into practice and replication. Conclusions: Case studies capture local knowledge of programmes and services, and illustrate processes and outcomes that cannot be captured in other ways, and this is what makes them valuable. They would benefit from guidelines and templates to improve the format, replicability and assessment and they would benefit from a higher rating in evidence hierarchies as they often describe complex interventions, implementation and different contexts.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

 

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

12/01/2016 | E-cigarettes: an emerging public health consensus

 

HSCIC

·Numbers of patients registered at a GP practice: January 2016

  • 19 January 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

·Focus on - Dementia

  • 19 January 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

·Health Survey for England - 2014, additional chapters

  • 15 January 2016
  • HSCIC
  • National Statistics

·Health Survey for England - 2014, additional chapters

  • 15 January 2016
  • HSCIC
  • National Statistics

·Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses: Dec 2015

  • 15 January 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

·Cancer survival for children in England: 2014

  • 15 January 2016
  • ONS
  • Official Statistics

·Mental health in the UK armed forces: background quality report

·UK armed forces mental health quarterly statistics: financial year 2015/16

·Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): annual data tables

·Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - Apr to Sep 2015

  • 13 January 2016
  • HSCIC
  • Official Statistics

 

UK Health Forum

Being overweight or obese could cause around 700,000 new UK cancers by 2035

06 January 2016A new report from the UK Health Forum and Cancer Research UK has found that rising rates of obesity and overweight could lead to 700,000 new cancer cases in the UK, as well as millions of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. This would cost the NHS an additional £2.5...

 

Good Morning Britain

Ex-Army medic calls for better care after combat

A senior British Army medic, who was nicknamed Florence of Arabia and awarded the nursing Victoria Cross, says she's been completely abandoned by the Ministry of Defence after suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 

BBC

David Bowie thanked by Cardiff end-of-life care doctor

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-35342756

A doctor specialising in end-of-life care has written a letter to David Bowie thanking him for helping him talk to people about death.

Dr Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff, said it prompted a "weighty" discussion with a dying woman.

His letter, published on the blogs website page of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), has been retweeted by Bowie's son, Duncan Jones.

48-hour junior doctors' strike off

Next week's 48-hour junior doctors' strike in England has been called off by the British Medical Association as talks with the government continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 11 January 2015

Current Awareness Bulletin

5 year olds eat and drink their body weight in sugar every year 
Public Health England has launched a Sugar Smart App as a new addition to the Change4Life campaign, encouraging parents to get Sugar Smart and take control of their children's sugar intake. The Change4Life campaign follows revelations that 4 to 10 year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes a year, or around 22kg - the average weight of a 5-year-old. The Sugar Smart App has been launched to help parents see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. The free App works by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Oral health of older people in England and Wales

Source: PHE

 

Change4Life Sugar smart

This raises awareness of how much sugar is contained in everyday food and drink.  The app works by scanning barcodes and revealing total sugar in cubes or grams.  The Changeforlife advertising campaign suggests that on average children aged four to ten years old are consuming 22kg of added sugar a year.

Source: PHE

 

New alcohol advice issued

New proposed guidelines on alcohol, drawn up by the Chief Medical Officers of the UK, have been published today.

Source: Behind the Headlines

 

Gypsy and Traveller health: accommodation and living environment

National Inclusion Health Board (NIHB) report: effect of insecure housing and poor living conditions on health of Gypsies and Travellers.

Source: DoH

 

Suicide prevention: suicides in public places 
This practice resource has been developed to assist people with a responsibility for suicide prevention in local authorities and partner agencies and includes templates for action and advance planning. The resource aims to address the national suicide prevention strategy’s objective to reduce access to the means of suicide.

Source: Public Health England

 

Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment

  • £290 million to provide specialist care to mums before and after having their babies
  • First ever waiting time targets to be introduced for teenagers with eating disorders and people experiencing psychosis
  • Nearly £250 million for mental health services in hospital emergency departments
  • Over £400 million to enable 24/7 treatment in communities as safe and effective alternative to hospital

Source: DoH/NHS England

 

Data Factsheet: Determinants of Obesity: Child Diet 
This series of factsheets (previously known as Key Data Briefings) compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity. They will be updated regularly.

Source: UK Health Forum

 

Data Factsheet: Determinants of Obesity: Adult Diet 
This series of factsheets (previously known as Key Data Briefings) compiles up-to-da