Monthly Archives: January 2017

Extended hours in primary care linked to reductions in minor A&E attendances

By National Institute for Health Research (2016)

This briefing summarises the findings of a study that found that practices that offered additional appointments showed a reduction in the number of their patients attending emergency departments for minor conditions but that there was no overall reduction in emergency visits. Costs were reduced for emergency departments but by less than the cost of the additional appointments. These findings suggest additional appointments may help reduce minor A&E visits but may be more costly overall.

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Support after a suicide: A guide to providing local services

By Public Health England (2017)

This practical guidance helps commissioners understand why and how they can deliver support after suicide (also known as postvention support) in their local areas.

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Preventing suicide in England: Third progress report on the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives

By Department of Health (2017)

This progress report details the activity that has taken place across England to reduce deaths by suicide in the year ending March 2016. The updates contained in this report will help to meet the recommendations of the NHS five year forward view for mental health that are relevant to suicide prevention: to reduce suicides by 10 per cent by March 2021 and for every local area to have a multi-agency suicide prevention plan in place by the end of 2017.

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Specialist substance misuse services for young people: a rapid mixed-methods evidence review of current provision and main principles for commissioning

By Public Health England (2017)

PHE commissioned The Children’s Society to undertake scoping research, to understand some of the opportunities and challenges currently facing those now responsible for commissioning and delivering young people’s specialist substance misuse services and to outline some critical good practice principles. Four main commissioning principles have been developed for the commissioning and provision of specialist substance misuse provision for young people, based on the findings, research and evidence-based guidelines.

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