A spectrum of obstacles: an inquiry into access to healthcare for autistic people

Westminster Commission on Autism, July 2016

Following a seven-month inquiry and a consultation of over 900 people, the Westminster Commission on Autism launches its inquiry report and calls for improved access to healthcare for all autistic people. It calls for greater training of health professionals to increase awareness of the health care needs of autistic people; the implementation of annual health checks for autistic people; and also that CQC should establish autism-specific inspection questions into their inspection framework.

Click here to read the full report.

Healthcare innovators have two weeks left to apply for the 2016 NHS Innovation Accelerator

NHS England, July 2016

National and international healthcare innovators have two weeks left to apply for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), with the deadline for applications at 5pm on Monday 1 August 2016.

The NIA, now in its second year, is seeking evidence-based innovations which improve health outcomes and give patients access to the latest products, services and technology at lower cost. This year it is looking for innovations that address one or more of three population health challenges: prevention, earlier interventions, and long term condition management.

Click here for further information on how to apply.

Thousands to benefit from kick-start of mental health services transformation

NHS England, July 2016

Thousands of children and adults of all ages with conditions such as psychosis, depression and anxiety will be among the first to benefit from improved services as work starts on a major transformation programme for mental health care.

NHS England have published ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health‘, which outlines the changes people will see on the ground over the coming years in response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations to improve care.

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A healthier life for all: the case for cross-government action

The Health Foundation, July 2016

The Health Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group have jointly published a comprehensive, accessible collection of essays setting out the current and emerging threats to health and wellbeing and what we know about what works to address them. The essay collection concludes that addressing the wider determinants of health is critical to ensuring the prosperity and wellbeing of British society as well as easing pressure on the NHS. The essays support the view that a more proactive approach to tackling poor health across all policy areas is urgently needed, to help ensure individuals, families and communities can thrive.

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Delivering an equal right to sight

See Ability, July 2016

This report examines current evidence and examples of good practice to advocate for people with learning disabilities about what is important to them in the provision of eye care and sight tests. It finds that people with learning disabilities are at high risk of developing sight problems but that support is lacking in assisting this group in accessing the services needed to prevent sight loss. The report highlights examples of projects and initiatives to improve access to eye care for those with learning disabilities.

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Best start in life:Promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people

Local Government Association, July 2016

This reports suggests that tackling mental illness in children should begin before they are born, at a time when expectant mothers can suffer mental health problems. The report states that early interactions and experiences directly affect how a child’s brain develops and concludes it is vital that intervention is made at this critical stage to reduce the chances of mental illness developing in children.

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