Improving mental health: recognising the vital role of charities

Three in four people with a mental health problem in England receive little or no treatment, so there is a long way to go before mental health achieves ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health.

In her latest Kings Fund blog, Lisa Weaks argues that the voluntary and community sector is key to helping address this challenge.

Antimicrobial Resistance Review

The Review for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has published a third paper Securing new drugs for future generations: the pipeline of antibiotics.  This latest paper proposes a set of interventions which directly address the specific problems of antibiotic development.

The proposals are intended to radically overhaul the antibiotics pipeline over the next 20 years.  The proposal costs are modelled on achieving 15 new antibiotics a decade, of which at least four should be breakthrough products.

Additional link: BBC News report

Video release for international nurse and midwife day

The Chief Nursing officer for England has released a video to mark International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife.

The video highlights the following areas:

  • The focus of the NHS Five Year Forward View on preventing ill health, promoting health and wellbeing, and working with patients and communities in delivering new models of care.
  • The Shape of Caring Review and the importance of investing in consistently high quality education and training for nurses, midwives and care assistants.
  • The principles of the recently re-launched Nursery and Midwifery Council Code.

Increase in mental health staff working with police and courts

Half of the country is now covered by a new service to make sure people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities such as debt or homelessness are supported in police custody and the courts. Sixteen new ‘Liaison and Diversion’ teams are now up and running, bringing the total to twenty six  schemes nationwide and covering 28.5 million people or half of the country. The first wave of ten schemes, which see specialist mental health workers working alongside police officers, were launched in April last year. In the first twelve months the services have helped 16,315 adult cases and 2,450 children and young people’s cases access specialist support when in contact with the criminal justice system.

Alcohol consumption trends

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use Economics and Public Health Policy. The report highlights that harmful drinking is on the rise among young people and women in many OECD countries, partly due to alcohol becoming more available, more affordable and more effectively advertised. In the UK the report highlights that the levels of alcohol consumption were above the OECD average and had increased during the last 30 years. In 2011, an average of 10.6 litres of pure alcohol per capita was consumed in the United Kingdom, compared with an estimate of 9.5 litres in the OECD.

Additional link: BBC News report

RPS – New Animation on Minor Ailment Services

This video was developed with pharmacist Jasmeen Islam, Deputy Head of Medicines Management at the North West Commissioning Support Unit for the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

RPS President Ash Soni said: “We want the public and other health professionals to better understand the care that pharmacists can offer, and this animation is part of that.
 “Research shows the results for patients are just as good when they are treated for minor ailments at a pharmacy as when they are treated at a GP surgery or A&E.