These are our children: a review by Dame Christine Lenehan

Department of Health, January 2017

Dame Christine Lenehan was asked by the Department of Health to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken to co-ordinate care, support and treatment for children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism.

This report makes 11 recommendations for government departments and partners at a national level on how to improve the system.

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Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: government response

Department of Health, January 2017

This report sets out the government’s response to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce. The taskforce report to NHS England, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, is an independent and far-reaching overview of what modern mental health services should be.

The government will accept the taskforce report’s recommendations in full. This report provides full responses to each of the 58 recommendations made to government.

Click here to access the report and other resources.

Suicide prevention: third annual report

Department of Health, January 2017

The third progress report of the cross-government suicide prevention strategy details the activity that has taken place across England to reduce deaths by suicide in the year ending March 2016.  The updates detailed in the report will help to meet the recommendations of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health relevant to suicide prevention: to reduce the number of suicides by 10% by the year ending March 2021 and for every local area to have a multi-agency suicide prevention plan in place by the end of 2017.

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Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2015: Baby Boomers: Fit for the Future

Department of Health, December 2016

This report by the Chief Medical Officer looks at the health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation (broadly, those born between 1945 and 1964).

It considers topics such as the impact of lifestyle choices on current and future health, mental health, sexual health, and screening and immunisation programmes.

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Accelerated access review: final report

Department of Health, October 2016

This report sets out recommendations on how patients could get quicker access to innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments, and medical technologies. It argues that streamlined processes could bring forward patient access to drugs by up to four years and patients will benefit from quicker access to medical technologies too. The report will help the NHS to provide the best care to patients, use funds more effectively, and create the conditions to help the life sciences industry continue to thrive.

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