Health policy

National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing publishes All Party Parliamentary Group minutes

As previously reported in this newsletter the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met for the first time in early July.

Cultural Value and Social Capital

The work of arts and cultural organisations is life-enhancing and delivers positive effects on people’s health and wellbeing and on the strength of their communities, a new report reveals.

Policies for Wellbeing

A new book, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Well-being by Professor Felicia Huppert and Professor Cary Cooper has just been published in the UK by Wiley Blackwell, and is about to be published in the US and elsewhere.

Whole-person Care: from rhetoric to reality (Achieving parity between mental and physical health)

A new paper published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists based on work led by Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College, and drafted by Lucy Thorpe, Head of Policy, and Greg Smith, Policy Analyst, at The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Volunteering in health and care

Chris Naylor, Claire Mundle, Lisa Weaks, David Buck

Public health services non mandatory contracts and guidance

This non-mandatory contract is designed for use by local authorities in commissioning services to meet their new public health functions.

Spending on health and social care over the next 50 years

This report by John Appleby considers the drivers of spending on health and long-term care, and asks whether spending must or should consume such large proportions of GDP in the future, and the fiscal feasibility of this.

Health policy under the coalition government, a mid-term assessment, the King’s Fund

Sarah Gregory, Anna Dixon, Chris Ham

Written halfway through the 2010–2014 parliament, this review considers how the NHS is performing under the coalition government, following on from The King’s Fund’s major review of NHS performance from 1997 to 2010.

General practice in London: supporting improvements in quality

Veena Raleigh, Yang Tian, Nick Goodwin, Anna Dixon, James Thompson, Christopher Millet, Michael Soljak

Public health commissioning in the NHS from 2013

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and the Department of Health have published their detailed agreement showing how the NHS CB will drive improvements in the health of England’s population through its commissioning of certain public health services.


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