PHE Cancer Board Plan

 Public Health England (PHE) has published PHE Cancer Board Plan 2017 – 2021 a plan for PHE staff.  This internal plan outlines PHE’s approach to co-ordinating PHE’s cancer work for the next five years. It highlights how PHE will work in partnership with others to achieve the recommendations.

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Combating the ‘super-size’ snack culture

NHS England has announced hospitals will get financial incentives in 2018/19 if they implement new guidelines to reduce obesity, diabetes and tooth-decay.  The guidelines include 80% of confectionery stocked do not exceed 250Kcal, 75% of pre-packed sandwiches and savouries contain 400kcal or less, and 80% of drinks stocked must have less than 5g of added sugar per 100ml.

Children’s mental health care in England

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published Children’s voices: a review of evidence on the subjective wellbeing of children with mental health needs in England.  This report summarises the published qualitative evidence on the subjective wellbeing of children with mental health needs and draws out key findings from the evidence, identifying important gaps.  The Commissioner has also published Briefing: children’s mental healthcare in England.  This briefing, sent to all MPs, sets out the Commissioner’s concerns around the lack of access to mental health support services for children.

Funding social care

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group has published True costs: why we cannot ignore the failure in social care funding.  This report sets out the pressures facing voluntary sector organisations supporting disabled people.  It identifies the three key challenges as an increasing demand for services; rising costs of providing services and workforce recruitment and retention problems.

Emergency bowel surgery audit

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has published Third Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) December 2015 to November 2016.  This report includes data from the second Organisational Audit performed in October 2016 and from the third annual cycle of patient-data collection. The Organisational Audit provides information on how hospitals have organised their emergency surgical service, and whether this service meets published standards for facilities and governance.