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World Health Organization (WHO) -
This document summarizes key WHO publications in the field of air quality and health since the 1950s, which led to the development of the series of WHO air quality guidelines. It outlines the evolution of the scientific evidence on the health effects of air pollution and of its interpretation, supporting policy and other decision-makers in setting outdoor and indoor air quality management strategies worldwide. Current WHO activities and their future directions in this field are also presented.
American Hospital Association (AHA) -
This report takes a U.S. focused view on how community health services are likely to develop as hospitals redefine themselves to keep pace with the changing health care landscape. It examines how community health has the potential to become the hub for population health and to bring together multiple sectors to reduce health inequalities.
Carers Trust -
This report gives an insight into the experiences of older carers and highlights the need for greater support for these unpaid carers. Some of the key issues that are highlighted include the health of older carers and the use of personal finances to support care needs.
Nuffield Trust -
This review of the London Quality Standards (LQS), the London-wide precursor to the Seven Day Services Standards, argues that using seven-day standards as the basis for downgrading or closing hospital services is unjustified and counterproductive. The LQS aimed to reduce excess weekend deaths in hospitals and to improve access to services for patients. The review concludes that the LQS worked well as a quality improvement programme but that there was no statistical evidence on improvement on weekend mortality rates or rates of discharge.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) -
The Named Social Work pilot scheme aims to address the lack of continuity of care in social work by creating a role of a single named social worker. This report presents the interim findings on the scheme's progress and outlines the specifics of how this role is developing throughout the process of implementation.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This review summarises the latest evidence on obesity in secure mental health units. It examines the evidence on the prevalence and impact of obesity in secure settings and an investigation of potential interventions.
This report identifies three key barriers to STPs being successfully implemented and outlines a series of changes to overcome these barriers. It argues that engagement with the plans are dominated by CCGs and NHS providers with input from other parties limited. It also finds that mixed messages regarding the focus of STPs from national bodies and a lack of leadership have left STPs struggling with the challenges of reform and implementation.
Age UK -
This report discusses the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS. It calls for an emergency injection of funds in the spring budget for social care and for the development of a long-term solution to the care crisis.