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This is the final report of the CentreForum Mental Health Commission, chaired by Paul Burstow MP, which looked at the state of mental wellbeing in England. It calls for parity of funding for mental health which currently receives 13% of NHS spend in England but accounts for 23% of demand. It also identifies five key priorities for policy makers to improve the investment in mental health services; improve access to mental health services; and promote self-care, support and recovery in mental health.
New ways of working in mental health services: a qualitative, comparative case study assessing and informing the emergence of new peer worker roles in mental health services in England
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
A variety of peer worker roles are being introduced into the mental health workforce in England, in a range of organisational contexts and service delivery settings. The evidence base demonstrating the effectiveness of peer worker-based interventions is inconclusive and largely from outside England. This study aimed to test the international evidence base, and what is known generally about role adoption in public services, in a range of mental health services in England. It also aimed to develop organisational learning supporting the introduction of peer worker roles, identifying learning that was generic across mental health services and that which was specific to organisational contexts or service delivery settings.
International Longevity Centre -
This report presents new data to show not only the predicted growth in the number of people with hearing loss, which is set to account for almost 20% of the total population by 2031, but also highlights a £25 billion loss to the UK economy in potential economic output. The commission calls for the government to formulate an action plan on hearing loss.
Regional Voices -
This refreshed and updated guide includes contact information for health and wellbeing board representatives (both Healthwatch and voluntary sector), academic health science networks, strategic clinical networks and clinical senates.
Health Education England (HEE) -
This document brings together a range of guidance policies and procedures on the information governance framework.
House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee -
This report argues that it is essential that the government puts urgent measures in place to drastically reduce the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics. It also highlights the need for better education of medical students and greater focus on antimicrobial resistance during clinical career development.
This mental health focused atlas of variation focuses on unwarranted – or preventable – variations in the mental health and wellbeing of England's population, exposing huge differences in people's circumstances and access to services.