Guidance for social care staff on how to help people with learning disabilities get better access to medical services to improve their health | Public Health England
The health charter for social care and accompanying guidance provide information about the steps organisations and providers can take to improve the health and wellbeing of the people they support. There are practical tips as well as links to further information and useful resources.
There is also a self-assessment tool to enable organisations signed up to the health charter to measure progress and develop an action plan for improvements.
The series of short information sheets show social care staff how they can help people with learning disabilities to get better access to health services.
The documents can be accessed via Public Health England
In this latest Public Health Matters article, Helen Garnham and Gregor Henderson look at the progress made since the publication of Public Health England’s suicide prevention planning guidance
Along with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), Public Health England have produced a range of resources to support suicide prevention, and the latest release includes examples of good practice and a series of case studies.
Full detail via Public Health Matters
Annually updated alcohol, drugs and tobacco commissioning support pack for local authorities | Public Health England
This commissioning support pack will help local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and local joint health and wellbeing strategies which effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
The pack covers 4 topics, which are:
- planning alcohol harm prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
- planning drugs prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
- planning comprehensive interventions for young people
- planning comprehensive local tobacco control interventions
For each of these topics, there are:
- a set of good practice principles and indicators to help local areas assess need and plan and commission effective services and interventions
- bespoke data for each local area to help them commission effective services and interventions
Documents available via Public Health England
NICE has published a guideline on identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years.
This guideline covers identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years. Based on the stepped care model, it aims to improve recognition and assessment and promote effective treatments for mild, moderate and severe depression.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- care of all children and young people with depression
- stepped care
- step 1: detection, risk profiling and referral
- step 2: recognition
- step 3: mild depression
- steps 4 and 5: moderate to severe depression
- transfer to adult services
People at the highest risk of type 2 diabetes should be given intensive exercise and weight loss help by the NHS, NICE has recommended.
Healthcare professionals, from GPs to community nurses and pharmacists, should refer people with elevated blood sugars to exercise classes and nutrition courses, NICE has said in updated guidance. Lifestyle-change programmes, such as NHS England and Public Health England (PHE)’s ‘Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’, provide personalised help for patients to change their diet and increase their physical activity.
NICE has identified 1.7 million people as having the highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and recommends that GPs should see specific groups of patients for a diabetes risk assessment.
Full guidance: Type 2 diabetes: prevention in people at high risk
Return on investment resources to support local commissioners in designing and implementing mental health and wellbeing support services. | Public Health England
Public Health England has produced a series of resources around mental health services.
The commissioning report summarizes the evidence on promoting good mental health and reducing the impact of poor mental health, generated through a rapid evidence review.
The return on investment (ROI) tool and user guide:
- builds on the evidence in the commissioning report
- can be adapted to local conditions
- presents results showing the economic benefits of each intervention
- show you how to use the ROI tool
The barriers and facilitator report identifies issues that can make the commissioning of mental health and wellbeing interventions easier or more difficult in a local area.
Local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and their local partners (for example schools, employers, police) can use these set of resources to improve the provision of mental health services.
The documnets can be accessedd via Public Health England