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Shifting the dial

22 Nov

The UK is one of the countries at the vanguard of the wellbeing debate. In 2010 David Cameron tasked the Office of National Statistics to come up with a way of measuring wellbeing, including peoples own assessment of their wellbeing and satisfaction with their lives. Their first results were published in summer 2012, and full national wellbeing accounts will follow. Scotland has been measuring wellbeing through a dashboard of indicators since 2007.T

his report shares the findings of a project undertaken by Carnegie UK Trust and IPPR North to ask what needs to happen to ensure that measuring wellbeing is made to matter in policy-making practice. The project involved visiting six case studies that are, in different ways, further ahead than the UK with measuring wellbeing These were: the City of Somerville (Massachusetts, USA); the Commonwealth of Virginia (USA); Torontos Vital Signs project (Canada); the City of Guelph (Canada); the Canadian Index of Wellbeing; and France.

What is clear from the case studies is thatleadership is critical for a wellbeing agenda to prosper. Adopting a serious approach to promoting wellbeing requires changes to conventional policy-making processes and ways of understanding the world.

A mandate from the Government to the NHS Commissioning Board: April 2013 to March 2015

22 Nov

The first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years, is published today.

The Mandate reaffirms the Governments commitment to an NHS that remains comprehensive and universal C available to all, based on clinical need and not ability to pay C and that is able to meet patients needs and expectations now and in the future.

The NHS Mandate is structured around five key areas where the Government expects the NHS Commissioning Board to make improvements:

  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.

Life gets under your skin

22 Nov

Life Gets Under Your Skin

UCL International Centre for Lifecourse Studies has released a plain English guide to their research demonstrating how Life gets under your skin as part of the ESRC 2012 Festival of Social Science.
The booklet demonstrates how social policy related to family life, education, employment and welfare can have beneficial effects for the overall health of individuals. It also shows how multi disciplinary, longitudinal research can deliver findings valuable to the individual, society and the economy.

No health without mental health: implementation framework

14 Aug

The government has published the Mental health implementation framework, which sets out what organisations can do to make the 6 high-level objectives of the mental health strategy No Health without Mental Health a reality.

The framework has been coproduced with 5 leading mental health organisations, Centre for Mental Health, Mind, NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, Rethink Mental Illness and Turning Point. It highlights useful guidance and sources of information to help local organisations use their existing powers and resources to improve mental health and wellbeing. Mental ill health costs British businesses over 1000 per employee every year, or almost 30 billion across the UK economy. This is mostly in lost production through staff being off work or underperforming at work.

The Mental health implementation framework sets out what employers, schools, businesses, local authorities, housing organisations, voluntary groups and health and care organisations can do to promote good mental health, whether its clinical commissioning groups appointing mental health leads, schools developing awareness programmes to help staff recognise pupils at risk, or employers supporting the mental health of their workforce.

The framework also announces a new mental health dashboard, which will provide a picture of overall progress towards implementing the mental health strategy.The LGA and other national organisations signed up to the ‘The Mental Health Policy Implementation Guide’, issued by the Government on 24 July. The LGA was involved in the development of the ‘No health without mental health’, which aims to support the delivery of adult mental health policy locally.