Looking to the future, is it just too trendy?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

After decades of short term funding, reactive policy making and short planning cycles we should be delighted to finally see genuine moves to longer term thinking with things like the establishment of the Foresight projects in England and the Well-being of Future Generations Act in Wales. And these do seem to have helped to stimulate policy makers and public sector organisations to at least start to think and plan for the longer term. For...

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Barnsley is pioneering a multi agency initiative to tackle poor mental health among children.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Mental health practitioners are being embedded in secondary schools across Barnsley in a pioneering multi agency initiative to tackle poor mental health among children. The £1.3m scheme is being funded by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered in all 10 Barnsley secondary schools by Wellspring Academy Trust, an agenda-setting multi academy trust which operates schools across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Teams of mental health nurses...

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Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics. Up to two thirds of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience psychotic episodes, yet the distressing symptom is still widely under-recognised and is challenging to treat. Current antipsychotic treatments have little impact on alleviating symptoms, yet can have devastating side effects, leading...

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The Labour Party’s NHS policy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Labour promised much for the NHS at its’ recent Conference. Here are some reactions. The NHS faces one of the toughest winters in its history. Last year hospitals were already stretched far beyond their capacity, with more than four thousand extra beds having to be opened. Financially, trusts face a £6bn hole in their budgets this year. Add a bad outbreak of flu into the picture, and the outlook is truly grim.  A one-off financial bung (Labour...

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Measurement really matters: academic perspecitve

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Felicia Huppert, Director of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, takes us through her perspective, grounded in academia and practice, to underscore the importance of good wellbeing measures. If something is worth measuring, it’s worth measuring well. Easy enough to agree; harder to put into practice when we look at subjective wellbeing. Yet, even as governments around the world shift...

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