Service specification: integrated substance misuse treatment service prisons in England – NHS England

This service specification describes a fully recovery orientated, integrated prison substance misuse treatment service, which covers traditional drugs of abuse, psychoactive substances, illicit abuse of prescribed and over the counter drugs and alcohol.

Less waste, more health: A health professional’s guide to reducing waste – Royal College of Physicians

This report report explains how health professionals can positively influence societal health and wellbeing by making simple changes to the procurement and disposal of medical supplies. It offers case studies and 12 recommendations setting out how everyone from individual to

Health in Private-Rented Housing: (Postnote Number 573) – Houses of Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

This POSTnote looks at the quality of housing in the UK private rented sector and explains the effects that housing conditions can have on health. It also looks at interventions to improve housing quality in the private rented sector and

Cardiothoracic Surgery: GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report – GIRFT Programme

Report that finds that changes to the way cardiothoracic surgical services are organised and delivered in England will bring substantial benefits for patients suffering from conditions such as blocked arteries, lung cancer, and heart valve disease. It recommends: more efficient

Women and HIV Invisible No Longer: A national study of women’s experiences of HIV – Sophia Forum and Terence Higgins Trust

Sophia Forum and Terence Higgins Trust one-year study aiming to explore the needs and experiences of women affected by HIV.  It finds: Over half of women (58%) living with HIV in the UK have experienced violence in their lives Almost

New initiatives to support staff retention: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – NHS Employers

In 2017, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust set up a corporate retention group comprising HR business partners and stakeholders from clinical staff groups, to develop a strategy to retain staff with key skills and experience. Case study describing how the

Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery: NICE guideline [NG93] – NICE

This guideline covers services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and behaviour that challenges. It aims to promote a lifelong approach to supporting people and their families and carers, focusing

A poor tax: Council tax in London: Time for reform – Institute for Public Policy Research

Report that demonstrates how council tax has become increasingly regressive with regard to property values – the cheaper the property, the more you are likely to pay as a proportion of the property value. Leaaving council tax unreformed is becoming

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms – NHS England

From April 2018 all CCGs are expected to expand IAPT by commissioning IAPT services integrated into physical healthcare pathways. This document supports this expansion by setting out the treatment pathway that underpins the access and waiting time standards, which all services should seek

The value of business to the Third Sector – Institute for Public Policy Research

Institute for Public Policy Research report exploring the nature of the relationship between the private sector and Third Sector Organisations (TSOs). It provides insights into the extent and depth of support received from business, as well as the value of support

How much would it cost to reduce child poverty in Scotland? The financial scale of child poverty in Scotland – Institute for Public Policy Research

Report from the Institute for Public Policy Research that identifies a reduction and eradication of child poverty in Scotland requires a whole-Scotland approach involving a combination of increased earnings for the poorest households (through inclusive growth), and increases in social

Water Fluoridation: Health monitoring report for England 2018 – Public Health England

Report that compares data on the health of people living in areas of England with differing concentrations of fluoride in their drinking water supply.  It finds improved dental health in areas that are fluoridated and taken alongside the existing wider research, the results

Learning from experiences of Universal Credit: Research conducted on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation – BritainThinks

BritainThinks report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looking at individuals living on full service Universal Credit to understand their experiences of the new benefit and their spontaneous and prompted priorities for change for the benefit. It finds for a

Maintaining momentum: driving improvements in mental health care – Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report reviewing complaints that finds vulnerable patients with mental health conditions are being let down by the NHS, causing them and their families needless suffering and distress. It reports that NHS mental healthcare staff can

The public finances: a historical overview: (Briefing Number 8265) – House of Commons Library

Briefing paper looking at trends in public income, spending and debts during this time, and comments on how the money was raised, spent and scrutinised by Parliament over the last 300 years.

Low carbon heating of homes and businesses and the Renewable Heat Incentive – National Audit Office

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme to encourage a switch from fossil fuel heating systems to renewable and low-carbon alternatives in homes and business premises in Great Britain. It pays people and businesses money in the form of

Improving Health and Care through the home: A National Memorandum of Understanding – Public Health England

Renewed Memorandum of Understanding that brings together key organisations, decision-makers and implementers from across the public and voluntary sector, to maximise opportunities to embed the role of housing in joined up action on improving health and better health and social

Understanding recovery from a family perspective: A survey of life in recovery for families: (Alcohol Insight 149) – Alcohol Research UK

Results of a survey looking at recovery from a family perspective. For family members, recovery is experienced in two senses. They observe the journey of the recovering drinker; however, they also embark on their own journey of change as a consequence

Public health transformation five years on – Local Government Association

Public health has been part of local government for five years now. We are well beyond the stage at which public health teams have ‘bedded in’ to local authorities and at which local authorities have learned what public health is