Healthy living: mosques

Public Health England, June 2017

The aim of this guide is to provide mosque leaders and communities with public health evidence and recommendations, demonstrating how these recommendations link into Islamic teachings, with case study examples from local mosques.  The guide includes a self-assessment checklist for mosques to reflect on current initiatives, identify gaps, recognise achievement and develop plans for future projects.

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System launched to help tackle harms from new psychoactive substances

Public Health England, March 2017

Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is piloting a national system to help better monitor the negative effects of new psychoactive substances and share best treatment practice across a variety of settings, including A&E, sexual health clinics, mental health services, prison health services, drug treatment services and GP surgeries.

The UK-wide, easy to use Report Illicit Drug Reaction (RIDR) system will be accessible to all front line health staff. Information about the drug and its effects will be recorded anonymously using an online portal. Data from the tool will be analysed by experts to identify patterns of symptoms and harms. This will be used to inform treatment guidance and help staff deal more quickly with unknown substances, and improve patient safety.

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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.

Changes in the behaviour and health of 40 to 60 year olds

Public Health England, December 2016

These reports show how the behaviour and health of people aged between 40 and 60 has changed over the last 20 years.  The reports provide results of an analysis of health-related questions on obesity, smoking, drinking and general health conditions from the Health Survey for England (HSE) in 40 to 60 year olds between 1991 to 1993 and 2011 and 2013.

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Local Health and Care Planning: Menu of preventative interventions

Public Health England, November 2016

This Menu of Preventative Interventions outlines evidence-based, preventative public health interventions that can help improve the health of the population and reduce health and care service demand in the short to medium term.

This resource aims to help local decision makers consider evidence-based public health and preventative interventions as they seek options to address local challenges through the health and care planning processes.

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Improving the mental health of children and young people

Public Health England, December 2016

These reports describe the importance of mental health and wellbeing among children and young people and the case for investment in mental health. They also summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health among children and young people in order to inform local transformation of services.

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Building capacity: realising the potential of community pharmacy assets for improving the public’s health

Royal Society for Public Health, November 2016

This report published by RSPH and Public Health England, has identified a number of opportunities and challenges for community pharmacy teams to further support the public’s health. The report, based on research conducted in early 2016, provides a snapshot of the extent to which pharmacy teams are supporting the public’s health, the opportunities and challenges they may face and what can be done to address the challenges.

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