Public support for NHS

New research by the King’s Fund shows public support for the NHS largely unchanged over the past two decades despite economic and political challenges and changes to its structure. The research indicates that 90% of the public agree with the founding principles of the NHS as it approaches its 70th anniversary.

Other findings include:

A clear majority (66 per cent) of adults are willing to pay more of their own taxes to fund the NHS, underlining growing support among the public for tax rises to increase NHS funding.

Health Profile for England

The Health Profile for England report is the first time Public Health England has used its wealth of population health data to give an overall picture of the health of England. People are living longer than ever – life expectancy in England has now reached 79.5 years for males and 83.1 years for females. However, much of the extra time is spent in poor health.

Cambridge Hospital arts commission

Addenbrooke's Arts is seeking expressions of interest from illustrators, artists and designers for a new commission for the hospital's Paediatric Day Unit.

Details in the attached brief

Creative Health

The report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched on 19th July in the Houses of Parliament. The report, which received widespread attention in press and media, was launched by the Co-Chairs of the APPG, Lord Alan Howarth and Ed Vaizey, MP. It contains 10 recommendations for policy changes to improve the access of everyone to the arts for health and wellbeing. Supported by a comprehensive review of research and practice examples, the report offers a range of resources for everyone working in this area.

Two health ministers lose seats, and nine doctors elected

Primary care minister David Mowat and Nicola Blackwood, parliamentary under-secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation, both lost seats, to Labour and the Liberal Democrats respectively. Mowat had previously tabled the idea of merging GP practices in England into 1,500 superhubs.

The National Health Action Party challenged Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, taking 20% of his constituency vote, despite a comfortable 56% majority for Mr Hunt.

Nine doctors were elected, six Conservative, two Labour, and one representing the Scottish Nationalist Party.

Manifesto guidance from the Health Foundation and King's Fund

Both the Health Foundation and the King's Fund have published guides to promised health spending in the different parties’ manifestos. The foundation points out that “all parties remain committed to a tax-funded system” but that “teasing out what their funding pledges mean and how they compare is far from straight-forward”.

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Clinical Commissioning Group puts arts at the centre of care

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for planning NHS services for more than 125,000 people, has commited the organisation to commissioning cultural activity, using a "more than medicine" approach to support wellbeing. The CCG hopes to provide a mixed method model that others could follow.

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Share your Bright Ideas from general practice

If your GP practice is using an innovative model, the Royal College of GPs would like to hear from you, via a short piece of writing (500-1000 words) explaining the experience your practice has had in adopting an innovative model and the benefits and learning that have been taken from this.

The RCGP is keen to promote innovative models which help to reduce workload and increase efficiency within GP practices.

Public satisfaction with NHS at odds with pressures on services

Public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, despite pressures on services, according to a survey of 3,000 people conducted as part of the National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes (BSA) between July and October 2016.

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New report from People and Communities Board sets out six priorities for NHS England

The People and Communities Board has published a series of "high impact actions" it hopes will accelerate the adoption of person- and community-centred approaches to health and care. The Board's report to the Chief Executive of NHS England, "A new relationship with people and communities", sets out six key actions that will help deliver Chapter Two of the Five Year Forward View, which set out the vision of a health and care system which fully engages people in their health, care and wellbeing.


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