Heatwave plan for England: Protecting health and reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves

Public Health England, August 2018

Updated Heatwave Plan for England which aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat for:

  • the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
  • professionals working with people at risk
  • individuals, local communities and voluntary groups

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A consensus statement: Reproductive health is a public health issue

Public Health England, June 2018

Document intended to be the starting point to develop a 5-year cross sectoral action plan for reproductive health. Can also be used as a reference point for healthcare professionals to inform prioritisation and planning. An agreed statement between partners about a vision for reproductive health which is centred on the 6 pillars of reproductive health.

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That Age Old Question

Royal Society for Public Health, June 2018

Royal Society for Public Health report that reveals that ageist views are held across the generations, and that an ageing society is viewed by many as a challenge rather than an opportunity. We are making a number of recommendations aimed at addressing some of the key drivers and negative consequences of societal ageism. It calls for:

  • Bringing services such as nurseries, youth clubs, and care homes under the same roof
  • Positive ageing to be addressed within schools
  • Employers and government to support employee wellbeing and resilience in preparation for later life
  • Employers and government to promote age diversity in workplaces
  • Healthcare professionals to be trained on the effects of ageism in clinical and care settings
  • Ageing and ageism in wider society
  • An independent review of the representation of older people in the media
  • The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) to include “age” in the
  • Editors’ Code of Practice as a characteristic by which journalists must not discriminate
  • Facebook to include “age” as a protected characteristic in its community standards on hate speech
  • An end to the use of the term “anti-ageing” in the cosmetics and beauty industries

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Hepatitis C in the North West Annual report 2016

Public Health England, May 2018

Hepatitis C in the North West is still a major public health concern, however, rates since 2014 have remained stable. Estimates suggest at least 40,000 people across the North West acquired hepatitis C infection, and of those 27,000 have developed chronic infection. However, the number of infected people who have not been diagnosed remains high with an estimated 16,000 out of 40,000 (40%) at risk.

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Adding extra years to life and extra life to those years: Local government guide to healthy ageing

Local Government Association, March 2018

The population is ageing. Over the last 10 years the number of people aged over 65 in England increased by a fifth – that’s nearly 1.7 million extra older people. But while the greater longevity is to be welcomed, far too many of those later years are being spent in poor health. That is bad for the individual and bad for the state. The longer a person spends in poor health the more health and care they need, so tackling it is a priority for local government aiming to reduce the impact of long-term conditions, turn the tide and make sure that those in old age are able to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence for as long as possible.

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What makes us healthy?: An introduction to the social determinants of health

The Health Foundation, March 2018

This guide explores how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system. It also shows that many people don’t have the same opportunities to be as healthy as others.  It identifies  how circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age: the social determinants of health. These can enable individuals and societies to flourish, or not.

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Calorie reduction: The scope and ambition for action March 2018

Public Health England, March 2018

Report from Public Health England that identifies public support for the government working with businesses to develop products with fewer calories and in smaller portions.  It calls on the food industry to achieve a 20% reduction in calories by 2024 in product categories that contribute significantly to children’s calorie intakes (up to the age of 18 years) and where there is scope for substantial reformulation and/or portion size reduction.

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