Public health

Culture at the heart of cities

A new report by the World Cities Culture Forum reveals that the cultural and creative sectors are increasingly recognised as critical to the success of leading cities around the world. It cites the growing body of evidence for culture’s role in supporting health as a key argument for investing in the arts.

Health inequalities report

A new report from the Office of National Statistics shows significant inequalities in health outcomes across the country. People living in some parts of the country can expect an additional 16 years of good health than people living in poorer areas.

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.

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.


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