Health, Ageing and Support: survey of views of people aged 50 and over: A study for the Department of Health

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

This report provides the results from an Ipsos MORI survey of the views of people aged 50 or over on health, ageing and support. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, and fieldwork took place between 4 January and 21 February 2016.  Key findings are:

  • People aged 50 and over take their physical and mental health seriously; they name numerous actions they take to maintain their health. Eating healthily is seen as important for both physical and mental health.
  • However, nearly half do not think a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia.
  • Loneliness is seen as a big problem for older people and people aged 50 and over think society is not doing enough to prevent it.
  • Attitudes to care and support services are mixed but generally less positive than we see for the NHS. There are still large numbers unable to give an opinion either way (as seen in the 2015 Public Perceptions of the NHS and Social Care Tracker Survey).
  • There are doubts over whether hospitals provide the same standard of emergency care seven days a week.
  • There is a long way to go in terms of uptake of new digital channels, but this age group (who are higher service users) are more likely than the general public to have used them.
  • There is a lot more to do to ensure people prepare for future care costs and have the support they need to care for those close to them.

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The Network and Information Systems Regulations 2018: Guide for the health sector in England

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

The Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations came into force on 10 May 2018. The regulations place security and reporting requirements on ‘operators of essential services’, including in the healthcare sector.  The Department of Health and Social Care has incorporated the regulations into its approach to implementing the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards. These data security standards apply to all health and care organisations.

This guide sets out what this means in practice for health and care organisations, including compliance with the regulations and how this will be overseen.

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Think Autism strategy: governance refresh

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

The 19 objectives of the Think Autism strategy have been grouped under the following headings:

  • Measuring, understanding and reporting needs of autistic people
  • Workforce development
  • Health, care and wellbeing
  • Specific support
  • Participation in local community

This refresh outlines the implementation activities required to deliver its intended outcomes.

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Chief Social Worker for Adults Annual Report 2017-18: From strength to strength: Strengths-based practice and achieving better lives

Department of Health and Social Care, March 2018

Annual Report of the  Chief Social Worker for Adults (England) that focus’ on strengths-based practice  an approach that recognises everyone as citizens, including those in the most vulnerable circumstances and those with long-term needs. It’s about supporting their rights, acknowledging responsibilities and  empowering them with skills and expertise. It calls don social workers to deliver safe and best outcomes for people with health and care needs; and identifies social work priorities over the coming year to further raise the quality and profile of adult social work across an integrated system.

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Facilities for child and adolescent mental health services (HBN 03-02)

Department of Health, June 2017

This guidance covers the design of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) accommodation for children and young people aged up to 18 years.

It provides full descriptions of rooms that are specific to CAMHS and are not contained in other health building notes (HBNs).

You can use the schedule of accommodation to calculate local project-specific requirements.

You can use the stakeholder needs and quality of life checklists to assess scheme compliance.

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Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals

Department of Health, March 2017

This resource looks at how health professionals can support adults and young people over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households.

It will help health staff to identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse.

Click here to view the resource.