Progress of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: On the road to parity

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, October 2018

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health report of an in depth inquiry into the progress of the government’s mental health strategy, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. The findings can be split into three main themes:

  • investing in core services for adults severely affected by mental illness;
  • increasing the mental health workforce;
  • better oversight and collective responsibility for mental health

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Better health and care for all: A 10-point plan for the 2020s: The final report of the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care

Institute for Public Policy Research, June 2018

This final report of the Lord Darzi Review puts forward a 10-point plan to achieve this, as well as a 10-point offer to the public which sets out what the health and care system will be able to offer if this plan for investment and reform is adopted.

  1. Invest in health, not just healthcare.
  2. ‘Tilt towards tech’ to create a digital first health and care system.
  3. Unlock the potential of health as a driver of wealth.
  4. Make social care free at the point of need.
  5. Establish a ‘New Deal’ for general practice, mental health and community services.
  6. A radical simplification of the system.
  7. Revitalise quality as the organising principle of health and care.
  8. Invest in the talent of the team.
  9. Provide time and resource to transform health and care.
  10. Set out a long term funding settlement for health and care.

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The current landscape of obesity services: a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity, May 2018

Report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity which calls for:

  • Development of an obesity strategy for children and adults involving all stakeholders  to strengthen existing services and replicate best practice across the country.
  • Obesity/weight management training should be introduced into medical school syllabuses to ensure GPs and other healthcare practitioners feel able and comfortable to raise and discuss a person’s weight, without any stigma or discrimination.
  • 9pm watershed on advertising of food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt to protect children during family viewing time.
  • Government should lead or support efforts by the clinical community to investigate whether obesity should be classified as a disease in the UK, and what this would mean for the NHS and other services.
  • Calls on Government to commission or support the development of a thorough, peer-reviewed cost benefit analysis of earlier intervention and treatment of patients with obesity.

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Sustainability and transformation in the NHS: Department of Health and Social Care

National Audit Office, January 2018

Report from the National Audit Office that finds that the NHS has received extra funding, but this has mostly been used to cope with current pressures and has not provided the stable platform intended from which to transform services. Despite its overall financial position improving, the NHS is struggling to manage increased activity and demand within its budget and has not met NHS access targets. Furthermore, measures it took to rebalance its finances have restricted money available for longer-term transformation, which is essential for the NHS to meet demand, drive efficiencies and improve the service. Repeated short-term funding-boosts could turn into the new normal, when the public purse may be better served by a long-term funding settlement that provides a stable platform for sustained improvements.

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Accountable Care Organisations – Briefing Paper

House of Commons Library, January 2018

An Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) is a model of healthcare organisation where a provider, or group of providers, takes responsibility for the healthcare provision of an entire population. There is no fixed definition of an ACO, but the organisation usually receives an annual, capitated budget to deliver contractually agreed health outcomes. The proposed introduction of ACOs in the NHS in England has generated some commentary as to a potential increase in private sector involvement, in part due to the model’s origin in the American healthcare system. This briefing paper explores this, as well as the future roles of CCGs and GPs in an ACO system.

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While your back was turned: How mental health policymakers stopped paying attention to the specific needs of women and girls

The Mental Health Foundation, January 2018

This report from the Mental Health Foundation identifies that the mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. In last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis level. This report will:

  • identify pressure points and social determinants of mental health and wellbeing in young women and girls, to support the development of tailored mental health guidance aimed at preventing mental health problems for those at highest risk
  • improve the understanding of how to prevent mental health problems in young women by decision makers.

Click here to view the full report.