Public health

Stark Challenges in Social Care

A report by the Association for the Directors of Adult Social Services reveals the long term problems facing local authorities in delivering care for older residents with 78 per cent of councils expressing concern about their ability to meet the statutory duty to ensure care market stability within their existing budgets.

WHO physical activity guidance

The World Health Organisation has included dance in its guidance on physical activity. Its new report ‘More Active People for a Healthier World’ cites dance as an important part of implementing “a whole-of-community approach to increase levels of physical activity in people of all ages and abilities”.

The report notes that levels of inactivity are increasing rapidly and in some countries, 70% of the population is now inactive.

Wider Determinants of Health Tool

Public Health England has updated its resources for professionals looking to address the social factors which influence health outcomes. It brings together links to a range of resources including cultural activity which can improve health through tackling social issues.

Loneliness Measures Published

The Office for National Statistics is developing new tools to measure loneliness and has published initial analysis to measure the frequency of people’s feelings of loneliness. In 2016 to 2017, 5% of adults in England reported feeling lonely “often” or “always”. Health conditions and social connections play a significant factor in whether people are likely to be lonely: people in poor health or who have conditions they describe as “limiting” were at particular risk of feeling lonely more often.

Civil Society Strategy

The Government has launched a consultation on civil society to assess what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. The consultation will contribute to the development of a new strategy designed to maximise the impact of charities, government and business on building communities.

PHE Data Hub

Public Health England has launched a single access hub with data analysis tools and resources for people working to support public health and reduce health inequalities.

Public Health England new central hub

Public Health England has been given the go-ahead to create a world-leading public health science campus at Harlow in Essex.

PHE Harlow, as the site will be known, is expected to employ up to 2,750 people by 2024, with scope for further expansion. The £400m campus will see PHE relocate from facilities at Porton in Wiltshire, Colindale in north London, as well as its central London headquarters to a single centre of excellence for public health research, health improvement and protection. Building work is expected to start in 2019 with phased occupation starting in 2021.

CQC report finds health services at full stretch

The Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report has been published. It shows that demands on health care and adult social care services in England continues to rise and warns that “staff resilience is not inexhaustible” and “future quality is precarious”.

The report finds that “the number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. We have an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise.”

Substantial new dance programme for older people in Yorkshire

One Dance UK, People Dancing and Yorkshire Dance, supported by the National Lottery and Sport England's Active Ageing Fund, are launching a new dance programme across Leeds, Bradford and Doncaster to engage inactive people aged 55 and older in physical activity. The partners will be working with Leeds University to evaluate the project.

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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.

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