Surveys and consultations

Creative Future survey – deadline 11 September

Are you a marginalised or disabled artist, writer, maker or engaging in arts activity? Creative Future is researching the barriers that marginalised and disabled artists face when accessing arts opportunities. Complete this survey before the 11 September 2015 to be in with a chance of winning £60. The survey has 24 questions (mostly tick boxes and can be completed in around 15 minutes). The research will help organisations engage more people who are marginalised and disabled.

Click here for the survey

International wellbeing comparison

The Office for National Statistics has released a set of data comparing wellbeing levels in the UK with other countries. The data examines health, cultural participation and wellbeing and shows that while Britain is financially better off than before the economic downturn of 2008, overall life satisfaction has decreased.

90% of GPs think people with dementia need more support

A new survey has revealed that three quarters of GPs think their patients with dementia rely on family as they don't get enough help from health and social care services.  90% think people need more help to cope with the lonelyness associated with dementia.

Almost as many (73%) believe their patients are forced to depend on friends, neighbours and other unpaid carers for support, while half of GPs think the NHS is doing too little to care for people with the condition. More than two-thirds believe patients don't get enough provision from adult social services after a diagnosis.

Children’s hospital experience

A national survey of almost 19,000 children and young people who stayed in hospital overnight or were seen as a day patient show most children were happy with their care. However, 40% of children complained that there were no activities or opportunities to play in hospital.

Furthermore, children with physical or learning disabilities, or mental health needs reported poorer experiences of care than those without.

Creative and Credible Survey – 1 December 2014

Creative and Credible is surveying arts and health practitioners to explore issues that arise in evaluating arts and health activities.

To complete the survey, visit: https://uwe.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/creative-and-credible-1 The survey password is: CCEsurvey1.

Care providers complain of underfunding

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), the professional organisation for domiciliary care providers has published figures showing British councils are not meeting minimum payments for homecare visits.

Just 28 councils (of the 203 authorities where an average price could be established) paid their independent and voluntary sector homecare providers fees at or above UKHCA's minimum price for homecare of £15.74 per hour.

The average price for an hour for homecare for older people in a sample week was:

* United Kingdom: £13.66 per hour

Report highlights problems in GP morale

A new report by the London Assembly Health Committee report highlights the shortage of GPs in London and the issue of low GP morale.

Key findings of the report include:

More GPs are emigrating – applications for certificates allowing them to work abroad have risen over 12 per cent since 2008

18 per cent of patients can’t get an appointment in London, compared with 11 per cent nationally

Satisfaction with GP services in London is declining – of the bottom 30 boroughs in England for seeing a GP of choice, 22 are in London

MPs call for mental wellbeing to be prioritised

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health has carried out an inquiry into ‘parity of esteem’, to assess how the Government is meeting its objective to give mental health equal priority to physical health. The report criticised the failure to prioritise mental health promotion and prevention in public health strategies: currently, only 1.4% of public health spending is allocated to mental health.

The APPG focused on three areas in its inquiry:

Reducing premature mortality for people with mental health problems

Sing to Live, Live to Sing

Kensington and Chelsea Arts Service is mapping singing provision in the borough in an attempt to identify potential partners for a new arts and health programme.

Report on decline in availability of therapy

A new survey of professional psychotherapists working in the NHS shows that access to long-term psychotherapy is deteriorating and that service users are being required to pay for private therapy.

The report shows that in the NHS and third sector:

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