Public health

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.

Healthy lifestyle statistics

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that nearly twice as many people die from causes considered preventable in some parts of the country as others.

The report shows a huge disparity in healthy lifestyles between different parts of the country.

Call for papers, “A Sense of Place” – 6 August 2017

The University of Bedfordshire welcomes proposals for a conference - with policymakers in local and regional government, artists and academics through a discussion of the impact of art practice on a sense of place.

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.

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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Associate Director, Cardboard Citizens, London – deadline 30 May 2017

Cardboard Citizens use the arts to engage and inspire positive change with those who are disadvantaged. They are now seeking an experienced director/facilitator to become a key driver of their artistic ambitions.

The key objectives of the post are:

Sugary drinks could face ban in hospital shops

NHS England has announced announcing that sugary drinks will be banned in hospital shops from next year unless suppliers voluntarily take action to cut sales over the next 12 months in an attempt to address rising incidence of diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

WH Smith, Marks & Spencer, Greggs, the SUBWAY(r) brand, Medirest, ISS and the Royal Voluntary Service are the leading suppliers who have pledged to cut sales to 10% or less of their current levels.

Welsh arts and health mapping exercise to inform future practice

Arts Council Wales is conducting a survey of existing arts and health activity to inform its approach to health and wellbeing in the future. The survey will detail the nature, scope and logistics of recent, current and future arts and health project. ACW is also inviting responses from those with a professional interest in arts and health, but who do not have a specific project to report on.

New alliance of research funders to push for disease prevention

The UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) includes the Wellcome Trust, Research Councils, and the Department of Health, and is seeking sustainable and cost-effective ways of improving UK population health and reducing health inequalities by preventing non-communicable diseases. A funding call will follow later in 2017.

UKPRP is inviting expressions of interest to attend the UKPRP Networking and Collaboration event.

Community arts for health partnerships in African settings – 23 May 2017

A free Royal Society for Public Health webinar looking at two arts-for-health partnerships, focused on diabetes (South Africa) and social inclusion (Uganda).

13:00-14:00, 23 May 2017

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