Prevention is better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer

Department of Health and Social Care, November 2018

The document sets out the government’s vision for:

stopping health problems from arising in the first place
supporting people to manage their health problems when they do arise
The goal is to improve healthy life expectancy by at least 5 extra years, by 2035, and to close the gap between the richest and poorest.

A collection of case studies has been published, showing examples of good practice in preventing health problems from happening.

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Fair funding for mental health: putting parity into practice: Briefing

Institute for Public Policy Research, November 2018

The NHS is currently in the process of authoring a long-term plan that will set out what it wants to achieve with additional funding and how this funding will be allocated. This Institute for Public Policy Research briefing argues that it is crucial that this plan raises our ambitions on mental health, what parity of esteem looks like and how much it will cost to get there.

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British Journal of Healthcare Assistants – November 2018

The November issue of British Journal of Healthcare Assistants has been published.  This issue includes articles on effective wound management, raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders for healthcare workers, and the wellbeing of professional care workers.

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British Journal of Mental Health Nursing – Vol 7. No.5

Volume 7, issue 5 of British Journal of Mental Health Nursing has been published.  This issue includes articles on loneliness and mental health, eating psychopathology of staff working with patients with an eating disorder, and embedding recovery-based approaches into mental health nurse training.

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British Journal of Community Nursing – November 2018

The November issue of British Journal of Community Nursing has been published.  This issue includes articles on winter and key infection prevention practices, caseload profiling in district nursing, and improving personalization in a district nursing team.

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How Should Health Policy Respond To The Growing Challenge Of Multimorbidity?: We need patient-centred care, with more emphasis on generalist rather than specialist care and better integration between general practice, hospitals and social care: (Policy Report 39)

University of Bristol, Policy Bristol, October 2018

The number of people with multiple long-term conditions, known as multimorbidity, is rising internationally, putting increased pressure on health care systems, including the NHS. Researchers from the 3D Study – the largest ever trial of a person-centred approach to caring for patients with multimorbidity in primary care. This report discusses the challenges facing general practice and how the health care system needs to respond.  People with multimorbidity – one or more long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia – are more likely to experience poor quality of life and poor physical and mental health. They use both general practice and hospital services far more often than the general population. However, healthcare systems around the world are largely designed to manage individual diseases or episodes of illness rather than patients with complex multiple health care needs.

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Should the NHS become more of a lifestyle coach to tackle unhealthy living?

Healthwatch, October 2018

Healthwatch poll of over 2000 UK adults about their confidence in the ability of services to meet their needs today and in 20-30 years’ time.  Positively, 61% of respondents are confident that NHS and social care services are currently able to meet their immediate needs. However, when we asked people if they are confident NHS and social care services will able to meet the needs they are likely to have in the future, only 30% agreed. Respondenst had confidence in the NHS and social care services in meeting the needs of their friends and family. 62% were confident that services could currently meet these needs, falling to 27% when we asked people agree if they were confident in the ability of services to meet the needs of their friends and family in 20-30 years time. The top five factors people think will have the biggest impact on the future health of the nation were:

  1. People’s diets
  2. The level of exercise in people’s daily lives
  3. Air pollution, global warming and climate change
  4. Social isolation and loneliness
  5. The financial outlook for the country

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