Health matters: obesity and the food environment

This resource outlines how councils and partners can help small food outlets and schools offer healthier food to reduce obesity levels | Public Health England

Nearly two-thirds of adults (63%) in England were classed as being overweight or obese in 2015.  In England, the proportion who were categorised as obese increased from 13.2% of men in 1993 to 26.9% in 2015 and from 16.4% of women in 1993 to 26.8% in 2015. The rate of increase has slowed down since 2001, although the trend is still upwards.

In 2015 to 2016, 19.8% of children aged 10 to 11 were obese and a further 14.3% were overweight. Of children aged 4 to 5, 9.3% were obese and another 12.8% were overweight. This means a third of 10 to 11 year olds and over a fifth of 4 to 5 year olds were overweight or obese.  In summary, nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.

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NICE guidance: managing medicines

NICE has published Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

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This guideline covers medicines support for adults (aged 18 and over) who are receiving social care in the community. It aims to ensure that people who receive social care are supported to take and look after their medicines effectively and safely at home. It gives advice on assessing if people need help with managing their medicines who should provide medicines support and how health and social care staff should work together.

Full guideline: Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View

NHS England has published Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View.

This document reviews the progress made since the launch of the NHS Five Year Forward View in October 2014 and sets out a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS to deliver a better, more joined-up service with the aim of a more responsive NHS in England in the future.

Additional links:

NHS Confederation: Ambitious NHS plan a ‘leap in the dark’, Confed chief warns

NHS Clinical Commissioners responds to Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View

How satisfied is the British public with the NHS?

Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2016 | British Social Attitudes | The Kings Fund

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This latest survey by the National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes (BSA) was carried out between July and October 2016. It asked a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 people about their satisfaction with the NHS overall, and of nearly 1,000 people about their satisfaction with individual NHS services.

Public satisfaction with the NHS overall was 63 per cent in 2016. Satisfaction with GP services was 72 per cent and, as in previous years, was higher than satisfaction with any other NHS service. The three main reasons that people gave for being dissatisfied were: long waiting times, staff shortages and lack of funding.

Read more at The Kings Fund

See also: If the NHS is in crisis, why is public satisfaction so high?

 

Guidelines on reducing sugar in food

Reduction programme could see 200,000 tonnes of sugar removed from the UK market per year by 2020. | Public Health England

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Public Health England (PHE) has published guidelines setting out the approaches the food industry can take to reduce the amount of sugar children consume through the everyday foods that contribute the most to intakes.

The guidelines include the recommended sugar limits for the following nine food groups:

  • breakfast cereals
  • yogurts
  • biscuits
  • cakes
  • morning goods like croissants
  • puddings
  • ice creams, lollies and sorbets
  • confectionery (chocolate and sweet)
  • sweet spreads, which is sub-categorised into:
    • chocolate spread
    • peanut butter
    • dessert toppings and sauces
    • fruit spreads

One of the main commitments in the Government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action was to reduce the amount of sugar contained in food. The challenge is to reduce sugar by 5% by August 2017 and overall by 20% by 2020.

Full report: Sugar reduction: Achieving the 20%

Also published is Sugar reduction and wider reformulation: stakeholder engagement , a summary of the stakeholder engagement that informed sugar reduction guidelines for industry and analysis to determine the 2015 baseline.

NHS Women on Boards: 50:50 by 2020

Report finds that though representation of women on NHS boards has shown improvement, women are still not being sufficiently represented in key leadership roles. | University of Exeter Business School | NHS Employers | NHS Improvement.

This report, written by Professor Ruth Sealy of the University of Exeter Business School, examines the steps the NHS needs to take to reach the target of equal gender representation on boards by 2020.  It summarises demographic data from 452 organisations, including arms-length bodies, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

The report reveals that of 245 NHS trusts and arms-length bodies (ALB), the percentage of female chief executives was found to be encouraging at 42.6%. But the representation of women in other key roles within these organisations was disappointing, as only 26.3% of finance directors and 24.6% of medical directors are women.

The full report is available here

Related: OnMedica: Only a quarter of key NHS leadership roles held by women