Monthly Archives: June 2014

Functions of the local public health systems

By Faculty of Public Health (2014)

This document sets out the public health functions of local authorities in England and is intended to replace the draft minimum standards for public health teams published by FPH in November 2013.

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The Bradley Report five years on: an independent review of progress to date and priorities for further development

By Centre for Mental Health (2014)

The Bradley Report was a six-month independent commission which reviewed the extent to which offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities could be diverted from prison. This report looks at what has happened in the five years since the Bradley Report was published. It finds that there has been concerted action to improve support for people with mental health problems and those with learning difficulties in the criminal justice system, but this will need to be sustained for at least another five years to put the vision into practice nationwide.

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Why asthma still kills? The national review of asthma deaths

By Royal College of Physicians (2014)

The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), run by a consortium of asthma professional and patient bodies, led by the Royal College of Physicians, looked into the circumstances surrounding deaths from asthma from 1 February 2012 to 30 January 2013. The NRAD is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England, NHS Wales, the Health and Social Care division of the Scottish government, the Department of Health, and the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).


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Use of health and social care by people with cancer

By The Nuffield Trust (2014)

This report presents the results of a study into the primary, secondary and social care use of people diagnosed with cancer. Improved survival rates, earlier detection and an ageing population have led to cancer incidence increasing, but it is now seen as a chronic condition rather than necessarily a fatal illness. This shift has led to a growing focus on survivorship, and on the long-term needs of those living with and after cancer. To find out how this impacts on the use of health and social care services, the study used data linkage methods to track the patterns of service use across health and social care in the year after people were diagnosed with cancer. It shows clear evidence of a social services response to a person being diagnosed with cancer.

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A measure of change: an evaluation of the impact of the public health transfer to local authorities on alcohol

By  Alcohol Research UK (2014)

This report looks at local alcohol services and commissioning following the transfer of Public Health teams to local authorities. It is based on a survey of CCGs, Directors of Public Health and service providers in 30 local authority areas. It finds a greater focus on alcohol issues but expresses concerns over funding.

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Focus on: antidepressant prescribing: trends in the prescribing of antidepressants in primary care

By The Nuffield Trust (2014)

This research, conducted jointly between The Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation, reveals that the financial crisis and subsequent recession saw a significant acceleration in the numbers of antidepressants prescribed by GPs. This striking increase is despite the incidence of depression having risen much more slowly over the same time period, meaning that either antidepressants were heavily under-prescribed in 1998, or they are heavily overprescribed now.

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Public Health Outcomes Framework: overarching indicators

By Public Health England (2014)

The Public Health Outcomes Framework data tool has been updated and indicators on cancers diagnosed at an early stage have been included as a preliminary data for the first time. Alcohol-related hospital admissions from the Local Alcohol Profiles for England have also been added. The web-based tool, which is refreshed quarterly, brings together available indicators from the framework to help local authorities and others understand how well public health is being improved and protected. The next update is due in August.

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