Department of Health

Ten-year disparity in life expectancy across England

According to new research from Imperial College London, poverty across England is causing a ten-year disparity in life-expectancy - and children growing up in the poorest homes are 2.5 times more likely to die at an earlier age than those growing up in wealthier homes. The study examined Office for National Statistics data on deaths recorded in England between 2001 and 2016.

Secretary of State for Health focuses on creativity and culture

In a speech at the King’s Fund on 6 November, Matt Hancock focused heavily on the role of creativity and culture in social prescribing and across the health spectrum.

Acknowledging the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, he said:

New Loneliness Strategy lists arts and culture as key areas

The government's new Loneliness Strategy, published on 16 October, discusses a cross-governmental approach to loneliness that builds on the Secretary of State's pilot work with social prescribing. The Prime Minister's Introduction to the Strategy says that:

New Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

The Health Foundation is to establish a new Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre to develop long-term thinking about health services in the UK. 

The Centre will provide independent projections, research and analysis with a network of academic partners and expects to provide around £10 million of funding over the next five years through an open and transparent commissioning process in 2019.

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Sharp rise in mental health problems in young people

The proportion of young people reporting long-term mental health problems in England rose by six times between 1995 and 2014; those with the largest increase were aged 16 to 24. The fundings stem from a UK-wide research collaboration between University College London, Imperial College London, Exeter University and the Nuffield Trust, that gathered data from over 140,000 people aged 4-24.

Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

New government investment in social prescribing

The Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, has announced a £4.5m scheme to support social prescribing. The new fund has the potential to support arts on prescription schemes across the country.

Funding comes from the Health and Wellbeing Fund, itself part of a programme of government investment in the voluntary sector.

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.

King’s Fund Health Podcast

The King’s Fund has launched a new monthly podcast investigating big ideas in health and social care.

The first episode looks at health funding and asks about public satisfaction with the NHS.

PHE Community Guidance

Public Health England has produced a new set of resources for participatory and community approaches to developing positive health outcomes. The guidance includes approaches to social prescribing and building community wellbeing.


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