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Guidance, innovation and tools

Department for Education

Funding for special educational needs support confirmed

A multi-million pound package to support children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been announced.

Department of Health

Funds to improve housing for people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities will benefit from £25 million of funding to help them live more independently in their own homes.

Public Health England

Support after a suicide: a guide to providing local services

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

Local Government Association

Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities

This report warns that the impact of loneliness and isolation on health and social care means that it must be recognised as a major public health issue.

NHS England

Paediatric intensive care surge standard operating procedure

This guidance sets out instructions for managing unplanned peaks in demand for critical care beds, across the country’s 29 paediatric intensive care units.

Scottish Government

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014: National Guidance on Part 12: Services in relation to Children at Risk of Becoming Looked After

This guidance has been written to support the wide range of frontline practitioners, managers and strategic leaders who all play an important role in supporting children and families who face adversities.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Age UK

No one should have no one: working to end loneliness amongst older people

This report warns that loneliness leads to an increased demand on health services, partly because isolated people are more likely to develop health conditions, such as heart problems, depression and dementia.

Asthma UK

Annual asthma survey 2016 report

This report finds that two thirds of people are still not receiving the basic care they need to manage their asthma, with wide variations in the level of care reported between different parts of the UK.

BBC News

NHS conditions worst ever, say leading nurses

Nurses say conditions in the NHS are the worst they have experienced. The document compiled by regulator NHS Improvement shows this winter is proving to be the most difficult for more than a decade, with nearly a quarter of patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E last week.

BBC News

Leak shows full extent of NHS winter crisis

Record numbers of patients are facing long waits in A&Es. The figures come from a document compiled by NHS Improvement, one of the regulators in England, and show this winter is proving to be the most difficult for a generation.

Department of Health

The government's response to the NHS five year forward view for mental health

This report sets out the government’s response to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce. The government will accept the taskforce report’s recommendations in full. This report provides full responses to each of the 58 recommendations made to government.


Healthwatch network reveals public’s health and care priorities for 2017

Analysis by the national health and care consumer champion, Healthwatch England, has identified the key issues the public want to see policy makers and health professionals focus on over the next 12 months.

House of Commons Health Select Committee

Suicide prevention: interim report

This report presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy.

HSC Public Health Agency

Quality Standards for Services Promoting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

Improving the mental health and wellbeing and reducing levels of suicide in the population of Northern Ireland is a key priority for the Public Health Agency.

King’s Fund

How hospital activity and funding in England have changed over time

This new analysis finds that the number of admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS budget.

King’s Fund

What if we eradicated obesity? Looking back from 2050

This essay explores a future in which obesity has been eradicated and the way in which it was tackled by national and local government as well as industry.

King's Fund

Priorities for the NHS and social care in 2017

2017 promises to be another challenging year for the health and care system, with demand for care increasing faster than the supply of resources.

NHS England

Shared commitment to quality from the National Quality Board

This framework provides a nationally agreed definition of quality and guide for clinical and managerial leaders wanting to improve quality.

NHS England

NHS England review of 2016

NHS England has published a timeline of the achievements and highlights for the NHS in 2016.

NHS RightCare

Commissioning for value: long term conditions packs

These packs contains data on a number of disease areas and elements of care. The pack is split by stages along a long term conditions pathway and enables a local health economy to look at an element, for example disease detection or prescribing, across multiple disease areas.

National Institute for Health Research

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

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.

Nuffield Trust

Nuffield winter insight: winter bed pressures

This briefing is the first in a series looking closely at some of the big issues behind pressure on the NHS in winter months. This briefing focuses on the findings of a new analysis of bed occupancy levels from NHS England situation reports for last winter.

Public Health England

Changes in the behaviour and health of 40 to 60 year olds

These two reports present the results of analysis of health-related questions on obesity, smoking, drinking and general health conditions from the Health Survey for England.

Picker Institute

After Francis policy commentary

Picker has published a policy commentary, “The After Francis policy commentary” discussing the value of collecting and reporting real-time feedback,” and how doing so can support relational care provision in NHS hospitals.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Improving care for people with long-term conditions

This report argues that pharmacist led care of people with long term conditions could deliver better results and be more cost effective.

Resolution Foundation

Live long and prosper? Demographic trends and their implications for living standards

This report for the Intergenerational Commission explores how the UK population changed over the last century and is set to change in this one. It provides an initial take on the implications for living standards across the lifetime, for individuals in different generations and for the state.

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