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Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) is setting up initial focus group for parents with experience of operative birth. The aim is for the organisation to get advice on how they develop some initial research to improve interventions and inform ongoing public involvement in a way that’s suited to and engaging for parents with something to share. Payment is offered, find out more about the focus group and how to join


The Kindred Minds BME service user led manifesto 'A Call for Social Justice' has been finalised. The Manifesto has concrete demands for change and builds upon two decades of studies on BME mental health and involved consulting with over 200 BME service users in south London. 

The manifesto is a unique resource, has been written by BME mental health service users and has a comprehensive vision for the policy and practice changes needed to improve the mental well-being of BME mental health service users.  That vision calls for wider political action to end racial injustice:

“Racism is a political issue. Inequality is a political issue. Mental health is a political issue. We should hold politicians to account.”

The manifesto makes clear the cumulative impact of interlinked areas of life on BME mental health throughout the life span, as in this striking quote:

“There's a modern day Bermuda Triangle for black men, which is located between the 3 points of; Education (the entry point), Criminal Justice and Mental Health. Thousands will pass through, but a disproportionately high number will quite literally disappear within this black man's Bermuda triangle.”

As well as race, the manifesto also looks at the intersections with gender, class, sexual orientation and refugee status, and highlights the way services do not address this:

“Services are sometimes just about able to talk about cultural appropriateness when it relates to one aspect of diversity, such as race. But they do not acknowledge that some of us experience oppression on account of other factors too, like gender or sexuality.”

The manifesto has some strong ideas for reform of mental health services at a time when the Mental Health Act Review is under way and Theresa May’s Race Disparity Audit highlighted how black people are four times as likely as white people to be detained under the Mental Health Act. Find out more about the manifesto here


The all-party parliamentary group on inclusive growth has introduced the new inclusive growth community index. This combines data on five key outcomes – consumption, healthy life expectancy, leisure, inequality and unemployment – to create an inclusive growth score (IG score) applicable to local and combined authorities up and down the UK.


Direct booking of some urgent GP appointments from NHS 111 will start to become available from October. NHS England and NHS Improvement is working with practices across the country to make sure they are ready for the change, including overcoming the technical issues some practices may face.

To help support implementation of direct booking from NHS 111 to in-hours GP practices, NHS England and NHS Improvement is providing a series of free roadshow events for GPs, practice managers and practice staff.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about the programme including gaining a better understanding of the booking process, the technical requirements for taking part and the potential financial implications.

Register to attend the event and find out more.


Independent Age have launched a guide on how to find a care home. 

Whether you're choosing a care home for yourself or a relative, finding the right information can be challenging. The guide look at what to consider and essential questions like location and cost, what you want from a home and whether a care home is actually the best option.

How to find the right care home covers: 

  • planning a move to a care home
  • where to start
  • practical questions 
  • how to choose
  • what to research
  • visiting a care home.

The advice in this guide applies to England only. A lot of it will still be relevant, but there are suggestions if you are looking for advice that is specific to other parts of the UK.

In 2017 we published a series of reports on how Camden's care homes performed against the 10 indicators set by Independent Age take a look at the joint review report and also the individual reports on our website.


The chief executive of the NHS in England has called on all social media firm to crack down on potentially harmful material after two of the biggest sites confirm they plan to act on health service demands for action.

Facebook and Instagram have announced that they will remove posts promoting ‘miracle’ cures and get-slim-quick products, which are known to have limited benefits with possible damaging side-effects.

The move follows a series of requests from health service chiefs including NHS chief executive Simon Stevens to act responsibly and protect users from content that could cause physical or mental harm.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said: “Every business should put a premium on its customers’ well-being and it’s welcome that social media giants are beginning to listen to NHS calls to rein in harmful or misleading content that could harm users’ health.

“The NHS is ramping up prevention and treatment for mental as well as physical health through our Long Term Plan. Cracking down on ads for get-slim quick pills, misleading health advice and content that can enflame concerns about body image is what responsible companies routinely now all do.”

Earlier this year, the health service warned that celebrity-endorsed ‘health’ supplements and diet techniques can do more harm than good without correct advice, with many – particularly younger – users, risking mental ill health and body image distress as a result of online content.


The latest data from a national smoking study shows that adult smoking rates fell 2.2% from January to July 2019 - equivalent to 200 fewer smokers every hour.

Latest figures from University College London suggest that smoking rates in England are dropping at the fastest rate in over a decade. Not smoking is now the norm in England - but despite smoking rates being lower than ever before, millions still smoke across the country. Stoptober is back to help encourage smokers to make a quit attempt and join those who have already quit this year.


The Carers action plan 2018 to 2020: 1-year progress review sets out the progress that has been made towards fulfilling the commitments in the carers action plan 2018 to 2020.


There were more than twice as many attendances to accident and emergency departments in England for the 10% of the population living in the most deprived areas (3.1 million), compared with the least deprived 10% (1.5 million) in 2018/19, according to official figures released by NHS Digital. The report Hospital Accident and Emergency Activity 2018/19, created in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, also shows that attendances for the 20% of the population living in the most deprived areas accounted for 27% of all A&E attendances (5.9m attendances). 

Read the NHS Digital report.


Public Health England (PHE) has laid out its plan to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities over the next five years. The document outlines PHE's role within the public health system, ten areas where PHE will focus particular effort, and the areas where PHE will build capability within the organisation to support delivery of its strategic objectives and wider activities.


Your data, our challenge: how do we work together to ensure we all get the best healthcare?

The National Institute for Health Research biomedical research centre at UCLH invites you to a panel discussion about the use of patient data in research in the NHS.

The panel includes academic researchers and representatives from UCLH, industry, the NHS and technology fields. The event provides a unique opportunity for patients and the public to put questions to researchers and policy makers and voice their opinion on how health data should be used for research.

The UK has some of the richest health data in the world which may help researchers unlock the answers to many of today's important health problems. With rapid advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence, researchers can look at large amounts of data and look for patterns that will tell us more about how best to treat individuals, and how to improve healthcare services and approaches to patient care.  But who should have access to NHS patient data for research, and how can we ensure that everyone's patient data stays safe and secure?

This event is the launch of a year-long lively programme of engagement and involvement events for patients and the public in order to better understand the needs and expectations of the public when it comes to using their health data.

Please join them to pose your questions to the panel and let them know what you think about who owns patient health data and how data should be used for research in the future. Followed by a drinks reception.

Date: 2 October 2019, 2-4pm followed by a drinks reception

Location: Wesley Hotel, 81-103 Euston St, Kings Cross, London NW1 2E

To reserve your place, please register on Eventbrite

If you would like to put a question to the panel in advance of the meeting, please email it to brcenquiries@ucl.ac.uk. Please indicate if you would like the question to be put to a particular representative on the panel.


The King's Fund is hosting a free to attend virtual conference called the big Populaiton Health Conversation. 

This free-to-attend virtual conference focuses beyond health and social care to areas where there is untapped potential for local and national action to support healthier lives. We will explore how a wide range of organisations – across local government, the voluntary sector, the private sector and local communities – have it within their power to improve people’s health.

Through a series of three hour-long online events, you will hear how local areas are making positive strides in improving the social determinants of health and wellbeing by joining up health and care, leisure, housing, transport, town planning, employment, welfare and education. 


CNWL staff took part in a highly regarded documentary from Channel 5 that looks at male suicide and suicidal ideation.

The documentary available here - https://www.my5.tv/suicidal-in-our-own-words/season-1/suicidal - explores the often misunderstood subject of male suicide and follows the work of doctors and nurses at Riverside Mental Health Centre and our Single Point of Access.

It also speaks with six men who open up about their reasons for seeking help with their mental health.

A support film provides advice for friends, relations and colleagues of those among us struggling with suicidal thoughts. This film is available here: https://www.my5.tv/how-you-can-help-stop-suicide/season-1/how-you-can-help-stop-suicide


The manifesto sets out some of the key issues that children have told the Children’s Commissioner’s Office are affecting their lives, and reflects many of the subjects the Children’s Commissioner has been shining a light on in recent years – children growing up in chaotic families, inadequate children’s mental health services, children’s safety and children living in poor quality housing such as B&Bs, converted office blocks or shipping containers.

The Children’s Commissioner’s manifesto focuses on six key themes: supporting stronger families, providing decent places for children to live, helping children to have healthy minds, keeping children active, providing SEND support for those who need it, and creating safer streets and play areas. It also sets out some of the likely costs involved alongside the policy proposals, including the Children’s Commissioner’s argument that existing statutory services must be put on a sustainable financial footing.


This report assesses how well pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are being supported.

Background to the report

At January 2019, 1.3 million pupils in England (14.9% of all pupils) were recorded as having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Pupils with SEND are among the most vulnerable in the school system.

The government substantially changed the system for supporting children and young people with SEND in September 2014, under the Children and Families Act 2014.

The aims of the reforms were for: children’s needs to be identified earlier; families to be more involved in decisions affecting them; education, health and social care services to be better integrated; and support to remain in place up to the age of 25 where appropriate.

The government has also made clear the importance of mainstream schools providing good support for pupils with SEND. During our work, we heard concerns from stakeholders and directly from parents and carers about whether children with SEND are being supported effectively and about the impact of shortcomings in support.

Content and scope of the report

The National Audit Office report assesses how well pupils with SEND are being supported. They examined:

  • the system for supporting pupils with SEND and the outcomes it is achieving (Part One);
  • funding, spending and financial sustainability (Part Two);
  • and the quality of support and experiences of pupils and parents (Part Three).

Report conclusions

How well pupils with SEND are supported affects their well-being, educational attainment and long-term life prospects. Some pupils with SEND are receiving high‑quality support that meets their needs, whether they attend mainstream schools or special schools. However, the significant concerns that we have identified indicate that many other pupils are not being supported effectively, and that pupils with SEND who do not have EHC plans are particularly exposed.

The system for supporting pupils with SEND is not, on current trends, financially sustainable. Many local authorities are failing to live within their high-needs budgets and meet the demand for support.

Pressures – such as incentives for mainstream schools to be less inclusive, increased demand for special school places, growing use of independent schools and reductions in per-pupil funding – are making the system less, rather than more, sustainable. The Department needs to act urgently to secure the improvements in quality and sustainability that are needed to achieve value for money.

For more information click here.