Inquiry Report into NHS England’s Five Year Forward View:Behaviour Change, Information and Signposting

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Kings Fund Library Update

Health and Wellbeing Boards Bulletin:

Guidance, policy and research: District council’s contribution to public health

In partnership with District Councils’ Network, we have produced a set of slides that illustrate the key role played by district councils in keeping us healthy. Please feel free to use them in your office, in documents or presentations. These slides are based on ‘The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity’, an independent report written by The King’s Fund but commissioned by District Councils’ Network.

district_councils_public_health_jan_2015 These slides are based on The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity, an independent report written by The King’s Fund but commissioned by District Councils’ Network.

district-council-contribution-to-public-health-nov15 This report was commissioned by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) in 2015. Its intention is to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the role of district councils in improving the health of their citizens and communities. It focuses on district councils’ role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles.


Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. These documents support the local implementation of MECC activity and the development of training resources

Implementation guide: MECC_Implementation_guide_FINAL                                                         Training checklist: MECC_Training_quality_marker_checklist_FINAL


Public health outcomes framework: February 2016 data update

The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system, and groups further indicators into four ‘domains’ that cover the full spectrum of public health. The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live, but on how well they live at all stages of life. This update uses recent data to update indicators and includes equalities and inequalities breakdowns for some indicators.

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Health profiles: February 2016 data update

These profiles have been developed to improve availability and accessibility of health and health-related information and they provide a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. This update uses recent data to update some of the indicators.

Updated indicators:  Health_Profiles_online_tool_updates_February_2016                                     Public Health England:,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH36D,1


Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities

There is growing recognition that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities, which merits the attention of local authorities. Building on the latest evidence, this guide set out a range of actions for effectively combating loneliness.

Guide: Guide_ combating loneliness


Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

The arts are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

Report: PHE_Arts_and_Health_Evaluation_FINAL















Child and Maternal Health

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Knowledge update:  5 February 2016


National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network news
Child Health Profiles for local authorities 2016 We recently asked for your feedback to help us develop Child Health Profiles 2016. You can now read the feedback and our response. The profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally. This year, we’ll be publishing the Child Health Profiles on 15 March 2016.

Children’s public health 0-5 years – national reporting following the transfer Public Health England (PHE) has published data from the interim reporting system to collect health visiting activity at a local authority resident level. The data covers quarter 2 of 2015/16 (July to September 2015). Information is presented at a local authority, PHE centre and England level.

In the News

We do not accept responsibility for the availability, reliability or content of these news items and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.

NSPCC: 96% say support for children after abuse “inadequate” In a survey of more than 1,000 professionals working with children after abuse, over 50% said that tight criteria to access local NHS mental health services means these children are increasingly struggling to access vital help.

NSPCC: Getting the right support early is vital if children are to recover from abuse This blog post from the Chief Executive of NSPCC argues that the government must increase the number of vital services that can help children move forward towards the future they deserve.

NHS Choices: Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens “Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated,” The Daily Telegraph reports. This ‘Behind the headlines’ article examines the evidence behind this report.

NHS England: Thank you for today The Chief Nursing Officer for England marks Young Carers Awareness Day, which recognises more than 700,000 young people in the UK who provide care and support to family and friends.

Home Office: Landmark law to tackle psychoactive substances passed A landmark Bill to end the trade in harmful psychoactive substances and protect young people in the UK from the risks posed by these drugs received Royal Assent today.

Children & Young People Now: Self-harm in youth custody on the rise Annual youth justice statistics collated by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) show that in the year ending March 2015 there were 1,315 incidents of self-harm in custody.

NHS England: Abi’s story…life as a young carer In this blog post to mark Young Carers Awareness Day, a young carer describes the selfless sacrifice she, and many others like her, make to look after loved ones.

More of the same? A report on how voluntary sector youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS) are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda Last March, a Government taskforce proposed greater investment in voluntary sector Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) as a way of addressing the current inaccessibility of mental health services for young people. This report examines how YIACS are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda, focussing on a number of themes, such as integration and co-production, that will determine the success of CCGs’ Transformation Plans from the voluntary sector’s perspective.

It’s time campaign report This report sets out the thinking behind NSPCC’s It’s Time campaign, which is calling for every child and young person who has been abused to get the help they need to rebuild their life. It summarises the available evidence on the number of children who are abused, the impact child abuse can have and how the right support can help turn lives around. It also looks at the current shortfall in the provision of therapeutic services and outlines what needs to change.






Let’s Carry on Talking…

The 4 February was Time to Talk Day, the national campaign from Time To Change to encourage and get more people talking about mental health.

Over 17,000 conversations about mental health have already been logged today and #timetotalk has been trending on Twitter.

There are loads of events taking place across England and if you’d like live updates on what’s happening you can follow Time to Change on Twitter and Facebook 

So keep the conversations going and keep the nation talking.



Network for Mental Health

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NSUN News and updates from their blog;

Training in Bristol: understanding personality disorder     Self Injury Support

Organised by Self Injury Support, this one day course, to take place on 17 February, gives a better understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) through hearing about the everyday experiences of people with a ‘borderline personality’ diagnosis. It enables you to identify practical areas of support in line with current best practice and experience-led research. You can read more about this session here


Peer support film launches in Nottingham as launched its new film.   IMH Nottingham.gif

Following the success of their tandem-inspired film last year, the team has co-produced another exciting instalment in collaboration with Self Help Services, based in the North West. Having developed a strong relationship with Self Help, founded on the principles of peer support, the team wanted to take the opportunity to share this with a wider audience, as a celebration of true co-production and the power of peer support.

ITV London are looking for people to share experiences of IAPT      ITV London.jpg

ITV London have put together a package around the difficulty in accessing IAPT services in London, and are keen to from hear people’s personal experiences with a view to filming a segment for the programme. Is there anyone in London who is currently struggling to access IAPT or did struggle to access IAPT who would be willing to speak to them?

James Harris at the Mental Halth Foundation can tell you more about the project. James will also be able to explain what talking to the media can entail.



Dementia Intelligence Network: Launch of the Dementia Profile

The National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network (NMHDNIN) have announced the launch of the dementia profile and data catalogue.

 The dementia profile gives commissioners, local decision makers and health professionals access to local data and intelligence across the whole pathway of dementia care; from prevalence and diagnosis through to end of life. It will enable local teams to transparently compare themselves against other areas in England, or those with similar demographics.

The profile hosts data for six key domains: prevalence, preventing well, diagnosing well, living well, supporting well, and dying well.

 Accompanying the dementia profile is a data catalogue, which lists and grades all of the dementia data that the DIN is currently aware of or has had requests for. The data catalogue is the first step in ensuring all gaps in dementia data are filled, and aims to stimulate conversation across organisations and promote joint working to make more data available for potential inclusion within the dementia profile.

Using data to improve dementia care in England

Source: Public Health & Social Care Bulletin/15.1.16


Coercive or controlling behaviour now a crime (29/12/15)

Victims who would otherwise be subjected to sustained patterns of domestic abuse will be better protected under a new offence, which has come into force.

The government’s new coercive or controlling behaviour offence will mean victims who experience the type of behaviour that stops short of serious physical violence, but amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, can bring their perpetrators to justice

The offence will carry a maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both.



Report on support for mothers and babies in prison (15/12/15)

A new report: ‘Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and their Babies in Prison’ launched by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families, part of Family Lives (APOF) and the Hallam Centre for Community Justice highlights how mothers and babies in prison can often benefit from residing in a supportive Mother and Baby Unit (MBU).

The report draws attention to the often relentless and complex struggles of mothers in prison which are compounded by the high levels of mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm and domestic abuse amongst this group.  Women whose babies have been taken into statutory care during a prison sentence are particularly vulnerable and often reluctant to engage with services.  The report also outlines some of the problems faced by mothers when they are released from prison and stresses the need for through the gate support.