Gypsy and Traveller health: accommodation and living environment

Department of Health, January 2016

A report by the Traveller Movement, commissioned by the National Inclusion Health Board, looking at how the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers lead to poor health.

The report found that:
•two-thirds of Gypsies and Travellers reported poor, bad, very bad or health
•the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers significantly contribute to their physical and mental health
•the poor health of Gypsies and Travellers is made worse by their living environment, accommodation insecurity and community discrimination
•there needs to be closer partnership working across health and other interests to address these issues

Click here to read the report.

 

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Inclusion health: education and training for health professionals: end of study report

Department of Health, January 2016

The Inclusion Health programme aims to improve the health and well-being of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This report emphasises the need for a combination of clinical and non-clinical skills and knowledge in working with these groups, and identifies possible opportunities for strengthening education and training of health care professionals.

The report reviews:
•the level of skills, awareness and knowledge of health professionals to support vulnerable groups
•the barriers to health and care services faced by these groups
•the current professional guidance on Inclusion Health issues, that is working with and caring for vulnerable groups
•the commitment of education providers to include Inclusion Health issues in wider training, drawing on the views and experience of health professionals

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Gypsy and Traveller health: accommodation and living environment

Department of Health, January 2016

This report by the Traveller Movement, commissioned by the National Inclusion Health Board, looks at how the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers lead to poor health.

The report found that:
•two-thirds of Gypsies and Travellers reported poor, bad, very bad or health
•the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers significantly contribute to their physical and mental health
•the poor health of Gypsies and Travellers is made worse by their living environment, accommodation insecurity and community discrimination
•there needs to be closer partnership working across health and other interests to address these issues

Click here to read the report.

A zero cost way to reduce missed hospital appointments

Department of Health, January 2016

This randomised controlled trial tested the effectiveness of the reminder message sent to outpatients. Results showed if the message included the specific cost to the NHS of not attending then the patient was more likely to attend or rearrange their appointment – rather than miss it.

Click here for a summary of the research.

Open Consultation: Health risks from alcohol – new guidelines

Department of Health, January 2016

Seeks views on the UK Chief Medical Officers’ proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with the consumption of alcohol.

At the request of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), a group of experts were asked to evaluate evidence about the levels and types of health harm that alcohol can cause.  They have produced some recommendations about how health risks can be limited from drinking alcohol.  The UK CMOs considered and accepted the advice of the expert group and are consulting on the following 3 recommendations:
•a weekly guideline on regular drinking
•advice on single episodes of drinking
•a guideline on pregnancy and drinking

The consultation closes on 1st April 2016

Click here for further information and to respond to the consultation.

Department of Health response to the Law Commission’s consultation on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty

Department of Health, December 2015

The Department of Health has published its response to the Law Commission’s consultation on how the law should regulate deprivations of liberty (DoLS) for people who lack capacity to consent to their care and treatment arrangements. The consultation proposes that DoLS should be replaced by a new system called ‘protective care’. It also proposes that there should be a new code of practice. The Law Commission will publish its final recommendations by the end of 2016.

Click here to view the response.