Dying on the streets: The case for moving quickly to end rough sleeping

St Mungo’s, June 2018

Presents findings from a national street outreach survey showing that:

  • 79% of respondents said rough sleeping had risen in their area in the last five years, compared to just 3% who said it had fallen
  • Only 21% of respondents said their outreach service had seen a real terms increase in funding in the last five years. 31% reported a funding decrease, despite the rise in the number of people sleeping rough.
  • 63% of respondents were aware of someone who had died while sleeping rough in their local authority area in the last year. However, only 23% had any experience of a review being carried out in their area following the death of someone sleeping rough.
  • 64% of respondents said access to emergency accommodation for people sleeping rough had got harder compared to five years ago.
  • 70% of respondents said access to mental health services for people sleeping rough had got harder compared to five years ago, and 42% said the same for access to substance use services.

The report makes 10 recommendations for the forthcoming national rough sleeping strategy.

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JAMA Psychiatry – July 2018

The July edition of JAMA Psychiatry has now been published.  This issue includes articles on individual and area-based socioeconomic factors associated with dementia incidence in England, the association of substance use disorders with conversion from schizotypal disorder to schizophrenia, and the association between muscular strength and cognition in people with major depression or bipolar disorder and healthy controls.

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Ideas for the NHS long-term plan from the Centre for Ageing Better

Centre for Ageing Better, June 2018

This paper sets out the case for why NHS England should make some bold commitments to healthy ageing in its long-term plan and suggests some ideas for actions it could take and some areas for action with others. It looks at:

  • Prevention
  • Supporting people managing long-term conditions and living with disabilities
  • Work and health
  • Housing and health

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Dementia and people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments

Public Health England, June 2018

This guide is part of a series of guides looking at reasonable adjustments in a specific service area.  It is intended to help staff in public health, health services and social care to ensure that their services are accessible to people with learning disabilities who may have, or be developing, dementia. The guide can also be of use to family and friends of people with learning disabilities.

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Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV: Evaluation Framework Workbook

Public Health England, June 2018

This tool has been developed to support the evaluation of sexual health, reproductive health and HIV (SH, RH & HIV) interventions at the local level. This workbook takes the user through the steps required to plan and carry out an evaluation and allows them to detail specifics about their intervention and planned evaluation. Applying the tool will help users to identify the areas of their intervention where more understanding is required and form an evaluation plan.

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Evaluation of interventions in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services: An introductory guide

Public Health England, June 2018

This guide provides an introduction to the evaluation of public health programmes and interventions. It is written primarily for practitioners interested in evaluation of interventions in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services; however, it contains many general principles that may be applied to other public health areas.

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