Success rates for quitting smoking are at their highest level for a decade, according to new figures. Experts suggest the use of e-cigarettes may be an important factor. | via OnMedica
Nearly one in five (19.8%) quit attempts were successful in the first half of 2017, up from an average of 15.7% over the last decade. The figures come from researcher carried out by University College London, with support from Cancer Research UK.
The researchers collected data from over 18,000 participants using cross-sectional household surveys from January 2007 to June 2017. The findings reveal that quit smoking success rates in England in the first six months of 2017 were higher than the average rate during the preceding decade.
Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England’s national winter campaign, Stay Well This Winter returns for 2017
The Stay Well This Winter campaign will be running from 9th October 2017. The campaign encourages at-risk groups to get the free NHS flu vaccination, and to take simple, easy-to-achieve actions to avoid admission to hospital during the winter period.
A range of resources, such as leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs for the campaign are avilable to order via the Public Health England Website
PHE will again this year be supporting pharmacies to promote the key campaign messages in-store by distributing materials. All small-chain and independent pharmacies will be receiving a kit of promotional materials (including posters, shelf wobblers and leaflets) via the Healthcare Distribution Association.
This report provides a snapshot of the extent of person-centred care, based on how people report their experience of treatment, care and support. The report concludes there is a need for person-centred care to be given greater priority and a need for a strategic overhaul of what is measured.
Person-centred care is inadequately measured
A mixed picture: people’s experiences can be highly variable
Some aspects of person-centred care have improved
Progress towards involvement in decisions and being in control
Steady progress is now deteriorating, both for general practice and inpatient care
Little evidence of personalised care and support planning
Coordination of care is not measured
Family involvement is not central, and most carers need better support
Care Quality Commission (CQC) report finds that at the end of its first inspection programme of general practices 4% were rated ‘outstanding’, 86% were ‘good’, 8% were ‘requires improvement’ and 2% were ‘inadequate’.
The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017 presents findings from CQCs programme of inspections of GP practices. This detailed analysis of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England has found that nearly 90% of general practices in England have been rated as ‘good’, making this the highest performing sector CQC regulates.
New research shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. | National Childrens Bureau
Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool have analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. This briefing provides details of the mental health among this cohort.
The findings show that while the majority of 3-14-year-olds in the UK are not suffering from mental ill-health, a substantial proportion experience significant difficulties. Being from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background appeared to raise the risk.
The future of the mental health workforce | Centre for Mental Health
This report is based on insights from service users, carers and professionals and outlines a list of recommendations for a sustainable mental health workforce.
It emphasises the importance of prevention, including the role of GPs in supporting people before they reach crisis point. It describes commissioning of mental health services as in “crisis” with a “shrinking workforce, growing expectations and exhausting demands” putting pressure on staff across the country.
The report makes 22 recommendations for policy, practice, education and training, highlighting 4 key calls to action:
For mental health careers to be promoted in schools and colleges: to build on growing awareness and understanding about mental health to encourage young people to aspire to work in the sector when they’re considering their career choices
For all mental health service providers to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff: to become ‘compassionate organisations’ that care for the people who work in them
For mental health workers to get training in the skills they will need in the future, including in coproduction, community engagement and psychological interventions
For people to be able to build their careers more flexibly, working in a range of different settings and sectors, and taking on new roles as they get older