Tobacco-free generations: protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region

World Health Organisation, August 2017

Several Member States in the WHO European Region are moving towards becoming tobacco-free: a smoking prevalence of 5% or less. Emphasis, in particular, is on protecting younger generations from smoking initiation and other tobacco-related harm. Protecting children from tobacco in the Region is essential, not only because smoking initiation is a key component of an important public health crisis, but also because Member States are responsible for supporting various children’s rights. This report highlights ongoing and emerging tobacco-related issues that affect children in the Region and examines the regulatory frameworks, commitments and other tools that Member States should use to protect children from tobacco. This also includes more novel approaches that could – and should – be used to pave the way towards a tobacco-free European Region.

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Prevention concordat for better mental health

Public Health England, August 2017

Public Health England has launched a new national prevention concordat for better mental health, focussed on preventing mental health problems and promoting good mental health. The aim is to galvanise cross-sector action to secure the adoption of effective prevention planning arrangements in all local areas (a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health commitment). As part of this PHE have published a series of documents for use by Commissioners, Providers, Directors of Public Health and local public health teams to create systems that are able to prevent mental ill health as well as treat it.

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Click here to access the guidance and additional documents.

Wider Determinants of Health: March 2017

Public Health England, March 2017

This tool brings together local indicators and resources about the wider determinants of health.

It is designed to draw attention to the broad range of individual, social and environmental factors which influence our health. It will provide the public health system with intelligence regarding the wider determinants of health to help improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

Click here to access the tool and associated data and guidance.

Delivering sustainability and transformation plans: from ambitious proposals to credible plans

The King’s Fund, February 2017

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been developed in 44 footprints across England, with the aim of transforming care in line with the NHS five year forward view. But can the proposals in STPs be delivered? Our new report looks in detail at the content of the 44 STPs and the opportunities and challenges for implementation. The report is accompanied by a short briefing that discusses the seven key opportunities and challenges facing the STPs.

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The sustainability and transformation plans: a critical assessment

Centre for Health and Public Interest, February 2017

This report assesses the published drafts for STP plans and it raises concerns around the credibility of the implementation measures outlined in the plans. It argues that the scale of the planned reduction in hospital services implies rationing and risks the collapse of some services.

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