Monthly Archives: July 2016

Commissioning infant feeding services

By Public Health England (2016)

Public Health England and Unicef UK have developed guidance to support the commissioning of evidence-based interventions to improve breastfeeding rates across England. The toolkit consists of three parts: infographics which highlight the key issues; good practice guidance for commissioners; and guidance on effective data collection, monitoring and reporting.

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Towards a new age: the future of the UK welfare state

By The International Longevity Centre (2016)

This publication features contributions from more than 20 leading public figures on the reforms necessary to ensure the future of the welfare state. It discusses the reforms to housing, health, education, the labour market, pension and welfare needed to ensure the future sustainability of the UK welfare state. The aim of the publication is to explore how population ageing might impact on the welfare state and what reforms to the welfare state might be necessary in order to ensure long run sustainability and maximise wellbeing?

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Years of Good Life Based on Income and Health: Re-Engineering Cost-Benefit Analysis to Examine Policy Impacts on Wellbeing and Distributive Justice

By Centre for Health Economics (2016)

This paper proposes a practical measure of individual wellbeing to facilitate the economic evaluation of public policies. It shows how evaluating policies in terms of years of good life gained can complement and generalise conventional cost-benefit analysis in terms of money. It also aims to show how years of good life could be measured in practice by harnessing readily available data on three important elements of individual wellbeing: income, health-related quality of life, and longevity.

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British Social Attitudes Survey

By NatCen Social Research (2016)

This year’s British Social Attitudes survey focused on the consequences of seven years of austerity for social and political attitudes in Britain. The chapter on the NHS explores levels of dissatisfaction with the NHS and how this has changed over time and in relation to trends in NHS funding. It examines new data identifying the reasons for NHS dissatisfaction and satisfaction.

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Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries

By The King’s Fund (2016)

This report looks at the evidence on new roles and ways of spanning organisational workforce boundaries to deliver integrated health and social care. Commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association, it finds increasing focus on roles which facilitate co-ordination and management of care, development of existing roles to increase the skill-mix and enable the provision of more holistic care, and a limited number of truly innovative roles, the most notable being care navigators and community facilitators, enablers or link workers. Given that many of the skills required for integrated care already exist within the workforce, it suggests the central question is how to use those skills more effectively to support boundary-spanning activities.

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