Public health

Health Secretary outlines priorities

The re-appointed Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has set out his priorities for the next five years. He highlights a focus on public health (with a particular emphasis on childhood obesity), General Practice and the culture of targets rather than outcomes in the NHS.

He was speaking at an event at the King’s Fund and the speech can be viewed here: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/jeremy-hunt-seven-day-nhs-services

Research links “purposeful activity” with improved dementia experience

New research has found that purpose in life is associated with a substantially reduced risk of Alzheimer disease and with a greater capacity to cope with the illness.

Mayor’s response to London Health Commission

The Mayor of London has published his response to the London Health Commission's report 'Better Health for London', including a £250,000 commitment for the London Healthy Workplace Charter.

Calls for community role in health

A new guide from Public Health England and NHS England calls for a shift to more person and community centred ways of working in public health and healthcare. It sets out a number of aspirations for local authorities and the NHS to develop community hubs and commission community organisations to tackle health inequalities.

Creativity in the frame for young people’s public health

Public Health England has issued a new framework to address the specific health needs of young people including an emphasis on enabling young people to explore their creativity as a tool for maintaining wellbeing.

The framework offers practical support to councillors, health and wellbeing board, commissioners and service providers and encourages an approach focused on wellbeing and resilience. It notes that the two factors young people reported as helping them cope with emotional challenges were talking to family (53%) and doing something creative (49%).

Everybody Active Every Day

Public Health England has published ‘Everybody active, every day’, a national, evidence-based approach designed to encourage physical activity. The framework incorporates recreational activity including dance and other forms of cultural engagement.

PHE has co-produced the framework with over 1,000 national and local leaders in physical activity and is calling for action from providers and commissioners in: health, social care, transportation, planning, education, sport and leisure, culture, the voluntary and community sector, as well as public and private employers.

Sports support

A partnership between mental health charity and Sport England has led to a £2m fund to offer sports opportunities to 75,000 people experiencing mental health problems. When the programme is launched next year, people experiencing mental health problems - such as depression and anxiety - will be supported to join mainstream sports clubs, go to the gym or take up a new sport.

Londoners’ health

The London Health Commission has issued a call for a range of public health interventions to improve the health of Londoners. The proposals came as a result of a major investigation into London’s health led by Lord Ari Darzi which found half of all adults in the capital are overweight or obese and that 4,200 deaths each year are directly related to poor air quality.

King's Fund report on health and social care

Think-tank the King’s Fund has published a report calling for wholesale re-design of the NHS and social care systems. The report recommends changes to taxation to increase health budgets by £5bn and improve entitlements to social care, as well as streamlined localised health commissioning.

Rapid rise in obesity costs

The Local Government Association has released figures showing that local authority spending aimed at tackling obesity has risen by 20% over the past year to £127m.

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