Public Health England | March 2019 | Population screening: access for people with severe mental illness
Public Health England have produced guidance for commissioners and screening providers, to help improve access to screening for people with severe mental illness (SMI). NHS population screening: improving access for people with severe mental illness provides information on how to improve access to screening, for people with severe mental illness residing in mental healthcare settings.
Public Health England | March 2019 | Productive healthy ageing: interventions for quality of life
Public Health England have published Productive healthy ageing: interventions for quality of life. The Menu of Interventions (MOIs) for productive health ageing is a guide that pharmacy teams working in different healthcare settings can use to support older people to improve the quality of their lives. It suggests opportunistic, evidence-based interventions that can help provide benefits for healthy ageing. These interventions can be made by pharmacy teams, to improve quality of life for older people.
The Menu of Interventions (MOIs) for productive health ageing is a guide that pharmacy
teams working in different healthcare settings can use to support older people to
improve the quality of their lives. It suggests opportunistic, evidence-based interventions
that can help provide benefits for healthy ageing (Source: Public Health England).
Department of Health and Social Care | March 2019 | Government response to the Independent Breast Cancer Screening Review
The Independent Breast Screening Review looked into an incident in the breast screening programme in England, which resulted in thousands of women aged between 68 and 71 not being invited to their final breast screening. The review published its report in December 2018.
This document sets out the government’s response to each recommendation made in the report. The government has accepted all the recommendations.
Following publication of the report from the Independent Breast Screening Review on 13 December 2018 and the written ministerial statement that I made at the time, with the report the Department of Health and Social Care publish the Government’s substantive response to each of the 15 recommendations made in the report (Source: Department of Health and Social Care).
The Neurological Alliance | March 2019 | Neuro Numbers
To coincide Brain Awareness Week (11 – 17 March 2019), a new report has been released from the Neurological Alliance. Neuro Numbers indicates that the number of neurological cases are increasing and shows 14. 7 million neurological cases in England; a figure equivalent to 1 in 6 people in the UK living with one or more neurological conditions.
The report unites two sources of data:
Data that is collected and analysed nationally by public bodies such as NHS England or the Neurology Intelligence Network at Public Health England.
Prevalence (and, where available, incidence) estimates collated and synthesised by The Neurological Alliance with the support of charities providing support to people with specific neurological conditions.
The Neurological Alliance are calling on the different parts of the health system to work together to address the issues being highlighted by the data. Neuro Numbers highlights that 2019 is set to be a landmark year for our understanding of neurological services, with Getting it Right First Time due to report on neurology in the summer ( Source: The Neurological Alliance).
The Health Foundation | March 2019 | Labour market change and the international mobility of health workers
A new publication from The Health Foundation looks at the healthcare wokforce: exploring the migration and mobility of health workers. It also summarises the international health care labour market, and discusses policy options to respond to a growing need for health workers (Source: Health Foundation).
Public Health England | March 2019 | Tobacco and alcohol: commissioning for quality and innovation
Public Health England (PHE) have updated Tobacco and alcohol: commissioning for quality and innovation, with details of the new tobacco and alcohol commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) scheme.
This guidance supports service providers in implementing the Screening and brief advice for tobacco and alcohol use in inpatient settings CQUIN. It describes the:
Public Health England | March 2019 | Improving outdoor air quality and health: review of interventions
Public Health England (PHE) has reviewed the evidence for practical interventions to reduce harm from outdoor air pollution, stratified by their health and economic impact.
The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned 5 rapid evidence assessments that focused on vehicles and fuels, spatial planning, industry, agriculture, and people’s behaviour and sought evaluations that made direct links between actions and consequent health and health economic outcomes.
The report provides local practitioners and policy-makers with an indication of the broad range of interventions that can be used to address different problems, and which of those interventions may be worth considering further due to their potential health benefits. The report outlines principles for strategies and the future design and evaluation of interventions (Source: PHE).