Prevention before cure: prioritising population health

British Medical Association, April 2019

This policy paper suggests a framework for a cross-government approach to prioritising population health. The framework outlines four areas that should be considered:

  • addressing the social determinants that influence health
  • increased and sustained funding for public health
  • prioritising prevention through the health service
  • effective regulation to tackle key drivers of ill-health.

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Health and well-being at work

CIPD, April 2019

This report shows the findings of the nineteenth annual CIPD survey which explores the trends and practices in workplace health.  The findings of the report show that employers are increasingly recognizing their critical role in improving the health of the workforce. But the survey highlights some cause for concern, including an increase in stress-related absence and a lack of support for managers, who are increasingly expected to take responsibility for their team’s well-being. The report recommends that organisations invest in more training and development for managers.

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Workforce Stress and the Supportive Organisation – A framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change

Health Education England, April 2019

This framework, produced by Health Education England, aims to help health and social care employers improve the mental wellbeing of their employees.  The framework encourages employers to take a closer look at the systems they currently  have in place for managing staff wellbeing, to give greater consideration to the impact  workforce stress has on staff and to look at the role they can play in providing better support to staff who may need it.

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Comprehensive Investment Appraisal (CIA) model and guidance

Department of Health and Social Care, April 2019

The CIA is a model for the NHS to use to support economic appraisals in business cases. It replaces the Generic Economic Model. The user guide shows how the CIA model can be used to support economic appraisals in business cases. It provides guidance on the key economic principles, how these are used in economic appraisals and how the outcome of these appraisals is interpreted.

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Early access to mental health support

Children’s Commissioner, April 2019

This report looks at the amount spent on “low-level” mental health support for children in England. “Low-level” mental health services are preventative and early intervention services for treating problems like anxiety and depression or eating disorders, such as support provided by school nurses or counsellors, drop-in centres or online counselling services.  The report reveals that local areas, which included both local authorities and NHS spending, were allocated a total of £226 million for low-level mental health services in 2018/19, just over £14 per child.  The report also found large variations between geographical areas in the funding available, and where spending on services has fallen locally it has been driven by reduced spending by local authorities.

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BJPsych Advances – May 2019

The May edition of BJPsych Advances has been published.  This issue includes articles on the use of valproate in people with dementia, understanding and managing cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder in older people, and assessment and treatment of individuals at high risk for psychosis.

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