What Works Centre for Wellbeing

A new and independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing has been launched in Bristol. It is the latest addition to the ‘What Works Network’, which was launched by the Government last year to improve public services through evidence-based policy and practice. The launch has been accompanied by a research programme looking into the impact of culture and other policy areas on wellbeing.

The ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ has initial funding of more than £3.5m over 3 years, with in-kind resourcing and the support of the following founding partners:

Health and Wellbeing Boards' local priorities

The Local Government Association has recently made available a new resource showing the priorities that have been identified by Health and Wellbeing Boards across the country.
The searchable resource enables people to select different priorities (eg dementia, children, etc) and highlight areas nationally which are working on that priority area. It also includes local health and wellbeing strategies, and data about local population health.

Anxiety Festival launches

The Anxiety Arts Festival has unveiled its programme with over 80 events taking place in London throughout June. Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from different angles: from medical, social and historical perspectives to individual, collective and contemporary viewpoints.

Mosaic launch

Mosaic is a new digital publication designed to highlight different ways that aspects of current research and development in biology and medicine impact on health and society. Produced by the Wellcome Trust, the weekly e-bulletin will aim to highlight current trends in life sciences in an accessible and easily shared format. It is free to subscribe to Mosaic.


New tool to link environment and health

Imperial College London has launched a new environment and health atlas for England and Wales to provide interactive maps showing the links between health and environmental factors. The maps show geographical variations for 14 different health conditions alongside environmental factors. They have been developed as a resource for the public, researchers and anyone working in public health and policy to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental agents and health conditions in England and Wales.

Mental health heritage book and DVD launched

‘CoolTan Arts Stays Up LATES’, is a newly published collaborative book and DVD on mental health heritage. The publication is the finale of a year long HLF funded project in which CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle volunteers researched and led a series of guided gallery tours at The Science Museum’s ‘Lates’ evening events.

Launch of CultureCase

Kings College London has launched CultureCase - a new, free-to-use, web resource that aims to put academic research to work in the cultural sector. Made up of carefully selected academic research from universities and scholars around the world the website includes short accessible summaries of academic research that demonstrate the impacts of arts and culture. Its creators hope that it will be a tool for arts organisations to advocate for the value of culture, apply for funding and inform programming, marketing and strategic decision-making.

Public Health Film Society – festival launch

The new Public Health Film Society has launched its 2014 Festival with an event in Oxford. Designed to facilitate discussion and debate about major public health issues the organisers hope the festival will provide a “springboard for action to reduce poverty, improve social inclusion, and provide advocacy for marginalised communities.”


New MAP identity

The MAP Foundation, set up by Michele Angelo Petrone in 2002 has developed a new identity and website The aim is to develop an online community of people who have been affected by cancer including patients, carers, families and friends.  Using the arts as a means of expressing the impact of life threatening illness, initially painting, drawing, photographs, poetry and creative writing they will be able to upload images and share stories  “for every step of their cancer journey” with others.

Who’s Who Guide to the Health Service

Regional Voices, which works to champion the role of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, wellbeing and care across England, has produced a Who’s Who guide to the key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region.  The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, Care Quality Commission, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch. 


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