Department of Health

Public health spending

The Department of Health has published projected figures for 2012/13 public health spending. These figures, based on information provided by Primary Care Trusts about their public health spending in 2010/11, will help to determine local authority allocations when they take on responsibility for this spending from April 2013. The figures show significant differences between local areas, with a six fold variation in London between the area expected to spend the most (£29 million) and the area expected to spend the least (£4.7 million).

Personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare

The Department of Health has published a discussion paper which explores personal health budgets for people receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare. This is aimed towards healthcare professionals who will have a specific role in this initiative or are considering the future implementation of personal health budgets. Personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare is the first of a number of informative documents on the subject.

King’s Fund, Environments of care for people with dementia

The Department of Health has commissioned The King’s Fund to develop a number of specific programmes to enhance the environment of care as part of its work to improve the patient experience. The latest of these is a programme to improve the care environment for people with dementia to support the implementation of the national dementia strategy, involving 23 teams from acute and mental health NHS trusts who are working on a range of projects across the dementia care pathway and seeking to make acute general hospital environments less alienating.

Health Select Committee inquiry into public health

The Health Select Committee has launched a new inquiry into public health and organisations are invited to submit written evidence by noon on 13 June.

In its inquiry, the Committee will consider:

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