Public health

Better Health for London

An alliance of London health commissioners has published Better Health for London: One Year On analysing progress on linking health and social care in London.

The report shows progress against the ten ambitions for London’s health set out by the London Health Commission including improved outcomes in mental health and in children’s health.

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/BHFL_one-year-on_WEB_1.pdf

Local Government call for higher public health spending

The Local Government Association has issued an urgent call for an investment of £2bn to help transform the health and care system towards preventing ill health rather than waiting to fix problems only after they occur.

Health inequalities in London

Public Health England has published an in-depth report looking at health inequalities within London and highlighting significant differences in health outcomes between London and the rest of the country.

The report shows, for example, that immunisation uptake in London is the lowest in the country and is falling, while rates of childhood obesity in London are higher than anywhere else in the country. The report shows that social, geographical and biological differences may result in people who are worse off experiencing poorer health and shorter lives.

Million strong increase in people with multiple health conditions

New analysis from Age UK suggests that the number of people living with two or more long-term conditions will increase by 1 million over the next five years.

Dementia disparities

A new systematic literature review has found that certain population groups are markedly more at risk of dementia. Dementia is more common in women and people from African-American, black-Caribbean or Hispanic background than the rest of the population. Learning disability and lower socio-economic position both also increased the risk of developing dementia.

Arts as a resource for tackling health inequalities

Public Health England has published a series of resources to help local authorities address health inequalities. The guidance and resources emphasise that the creative arts can “help individuals build and maintain social connections and can be beneficial for health and wellbeing.”

Creative activity workbook for people with dementia

Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland has published a hands on guide to activities for carers and people with early to middle stage dementia written in a recipe format, with an activity for every week of the year.

Activities include gardening, arts and crafts, writing, trips and games, and music and song. The overall aim is to improve wellbeing and self-esteem, help with cognition and rural isolation, and simply have fun together.

New guidance for involving service users in developing recovery programmes

Public Health England has published new guidance for commissioners looking to develop activities to support people recovering from addiction and alcohol abuse.

The guidance demonstrates the value that service users place on less formal therapeutic services including creative activities.

http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/service-user-involvement-a-guide-for-drug-and-alcohol-commissioners-providers-and-service-users.pdf

Britain’s older people more isolated

The Global AgeWatch Index, an annual analysis of life for older people around the world, has identified social isolation as the key barrier to wellbeing for older people in the UK.

Britain living longer unwell

New figures show that between 1990 and 2013, life expectancy in England increased by 5.4 years: one of the biggest increases in the developed world. However, improvements in life expectancy haven’t been matched by improvements in levels of ill-health, so more people are living longer but spending more years in ill-health.

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