The Good Childhood Report 2018

The Children’s Society, September 2018

The Good Childhood Report 2018 is the seventh in a series of annual ‘state of the nation’ reports on children’s well-being in the UK, born out of a desire to fill the gap in what is known about how children feel about their lives. It finds that one in six (16 per cent) of more than 11,000 children aged 14 surveyed reported self-harming. It looks at the reasons behind the unhappiness which increases the risk of children self-harming. The report urges the Government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

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FolksLab toolkit guide

NHS England, September 2018

This guide provides and overview of how the FolksLab toolkit works to help staff in health and care system run effective and practical workshops. A FolksLab seeks to bring different approaches to problem-solving and sharing, providing a creative opportunity for participants to:

  • Discuss topics that they are passionate about
  • Share their learning and to learn from others
  • Generate some new improvement ideas and visual representations
  • Prototype a design that they can take back to their own organisation to improve health and care for local people

The purpose of the FolksLab is to give participants space to share and understand a problem, generate multiple ideas to solve the problem and undertake a rapid prototype design, build and feedback exercise using a range of creative materials supplied.  Building a 3D prototype helps groups to picture the solution they are designing, overcome misconceptions to ensure everyone has the same vision of the solution, and gives the rest of the groups something tangible to engage with and feed back on.

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Seven principles for public engagement in science and innovation policymaking: A guide from Nesta’s Inclusive Innovation team –

Nesta, September 2018

Why should researchers, innovators and those whose jobs it is to regulate technology engage with people who aren’t like them on topics like research and innovation?

  • To give those in power a broader range of potential futures to aspire to
  • To encourage researchers and policymakers to think about broader social, political and ethical issues
  • To improve research and innovation
  • To make sure the benefits of research and innovation are shared widely

The report proposes the following 7 key principles:

  1. Supported by those with the power to change things
  2. Open to experimentation
  3. Designed with a clear goal in mind
  4. Sensible about measures of success
  5. Targeted at specific audiences and communities not the general public
  6. Beneficial for participants
  7. Informed and facilitated

Click here to view the report.

Please write to me: writing outpatient clinic letters to patients

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, September 2018

Guidance to doctors recommending they write outpatient clinic letters directly to patients and send a copy of the letter to the patient’s general practitioner. The guidance covers general aspects of letter writing and applies to letters sent on paper and electronically. This is key communication and engagement with patients, and should improve patient satisfaction. The focus of this document is on doctors’ letters but it is relevant to all clinicians who write clinical letters.

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Getting on… with life: Baby boomers, mental health and ageing well

Mental Health Foundation, August 2018

This report from the Mental Health Foundation addresses the later life of the Baby Boomer generation, paying special attention to what must be done to safeguard their mental health. This summary gives an overview of the report’s key areas:

  • health and wellbeing,
  • family and relationships, and
  • work, occupation,
  • retirement and financial security.

Click here to view the summary report.

Women In Crisis: How Women And Girls Are Being Failed By The Mental Health Act

Agenda, August 2018

Agenda report establishing growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women and girls’ wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experiences of trauma. This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report.

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