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Music for Dementia site

The Utley Foundation's Music for Dementia 2020 website has launched as an information hub to promote the impacts of music for people living with dementia. The site was created in response to recommendations made by the Commission for Dementia and Music, published earlier this year and coordinated by the International Longevity Centre UK.

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Value of small charities

New research by the Lloyds Bank Foundation identifies the impact that small and local charities have on their communities, especially in tackling social issues like homelessness, domestic abuse or mental ill health. It calls for an overhaul in the way in which public bodies commission services to make it easier for small charities to deliver services.

Bursting the Biomedical Bubble

A new report from NESTA argues that UK policy needs to shift dramatically away from the existing model of support for biomedical research which is dominated by big pharmaceutical industry towards research into social and non-traditional health solutions.

It argues that this approach will generate balance in research but would require significant political will to “tackle the power and influence of the biomedical community in shaping research priorities and the allocation of resources.”

New Zealand Bids for Arts on Prescription

The New Zealand Arts Council has proposed establishing a national arts on prescription scheme for people with poor mental health.

In a submission to the national Government’s review on mental health, Creative New Zealand proposed establishing a formal arts on prescription scheme nationally. The country established a “green” prescription scheme in 2004.

Co-ordinating Health and Care

‘Destined to sink or swim together’ is a new report from the Richmond Group of major health charities calling for better integration between the health and social care sectors, more investment in public health and an increased role for the voluntary and community sector in delivering healthcare.


Health in Scottish Culture Plan

A draft cultural strategy produced by the Scottish Government places a strong emphasis on health as a key outcome for investment in culture.

The strategy - which is open for consultation until September 2018 cites the impact culture can have on those experiencing the greatest health inequalities.


NICE Guidance on Dementia

Revised guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests that tailored activities are the best way to offer support for people with a dementia diagnosis.

“Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers” suggests that activities designed to promote wellbeing and tailored to people’s preferences will promote cognition and independence. It also advises that group reminiscence work should be offered to people living with mild to moderate dementia.

Deadline for Government Loneliness Consultation

A Government consultation on what works to tackle the health implications of loneliness is due to conclude on 20 July 2018.

The consultation is seeking responses about what works to prevent loneliness and how this could be better supported. The consultation will support the creation of the Government’s Loneliness Strategy.


New £250m Fund to Test New Health Research

The Wellcome Trust has announced a new fund to invest in areas of research in health which do not conform to traditional research protocols. The Leap Fund will launch in 2020 and will focus on new areas of research and “left-field ideas”.

New culture and health ministers

A government reshuffle has seen Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt replaced by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. The new Culture Secretary is Jeremy Wright the former Attorney General.



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