Launch of sexual health campaign

Public Health England has launched Protect against STIs a new sexual health campaign to encourage condom use by young adults in order to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections.

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The campaign is the first government sexual health campaign in eight years.  To coincide with the launch of the campaign, a new YouGov survey of 2,007 young people reveals current attitudes towards condom use and what prevents them from using protection.

The findings revealed that almost half (47%) of sexually active young people said they have had sex with someone new for the first time without using a condom; whilst 1 in 10 sexually active young people said that they had never used a condom.

The new research also revealed that sexual health is a challenging topic for young adults to discuss, as 56% of men and 43% of women said that it is difficult to talk about STIs with friends. Furthermore, 58% said that if they had an STI they would find it difficult to talk to their sexual partner about it.

Visit the campaign website for more information.

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Cold weather alert

NHS England has issued a Cold weather alert: level 3

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There is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 8.00am on Thursday 7 December and 6.00am on Wednesday 13 December in parts of England. Cold weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Find out more about staying well this winter.

More details about this weather alert are available on the MET Office website.

Productive healthy ageing

This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action in midlife to support healthy productive later life | Public Health England

Longer, healthier lives are a benefit to society in many ways, including financial, social and cultural, because older people have skills, knowledge and experience that benefit the wider population. There is an opportunity to utilise this increased longevity as a resource, whilst challenging ageism and the view that retirement is about ‘sitting more and moving less’.

As life expectancy rises, we must promote the concept of productive healthy ageing, which involves:

  • improved health and wellbeing
  • increased independence and resilience to adversity
  • the ability to be financially secure through work and build resources
  • engagement in social activities
  • being socially connected with enhanced friendships and support
  • enjoying life in good health

Longer, healthier lives can be a benefit to society, but this requires over-65s to be more active community and economic participants.

Full detail at Public Health England

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Older people in prison

Public Health England has published Health and social care needs assessments of the older prison population: a guidance document. This document provides evidence-based guidance on how to carry out a health and social care needs assessment of older people in prisons. It is aimed at commissioners of prison healthcare services and social care services to understand the needs of older people in prisons and commission and deliver services that meet their needs.

People who inject drugs in the UK

Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK |  Public Health England

addict-2713598_1920This latest report provides an overview of infections among people who inject drugs in the UK.  It focuses on infections among people who inject psychoactive drugs.  The accompanying documents include a briefing for directors of public health, commissioners and service providers in England.

 

Full report: Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK, 2016: an update, November 2017

‘Early warning signs’ that austerity will impact health outcomes

New report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) identifies early warning signs that austerity will affect health outcomes for decades to come.

A team of researchers at ILC-UK has written ‘Public health in Europe during the austerity years’. Using a number of independent data sources, the report finds that progress on a number of key health indicators has stalled, including life expectancy and mortality rates. The report indicates that levels of subjective health have fallen among young people aged 15 – 24 across Europe, and in all age-groups in the UK.

Cuts to preventative medicine in England, such as tobacco control programmes and sexual health services, were highlighted as austerity measures which could impact the health of young people decades into the future.

Key findings include:

  • Improvements to life expectancy and mortality rates have slowed across Europe during austerity years (2009 – 13)
  • The UK has seen the greatest fall in subjective health, with people of all ages reporting a decline in their general health
  • As a result of increasing medical costs and declining personal income, a number of countries experienced rising unmet medical needs.

Full report: Public health in Europe during the austerity years