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Supporting leaders to deliver transformational change

In 44 areas in England, NHS organisations have come together with local authorities and other partners to develop sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) – ambitious, five-year plans for the future of health and care services in local areas. In this brave new world of delivering care across organisational boundaries, one challenge stands out among many: how can leaders collaborate to deliver the changes that are needed?

27th April 2017

What does improving population health really mean?

Everybody in NHS policy seems to be talking about population health. New care models are being developed to improve population health. Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) – the local plans for redesigning NHS and social care services – will, we are told, develop into partnerships to improve population health. And health care leaders in other countries, such as the United States, are also using the language of population health to define the aims of their health systems. But what does improving population health really mean? And what does it mean for the NHS?

27th April 2017

NHS myth-busters

The debate about how to fund the NHS is never far from the headlines. Here The King's Fund examine some of the claims made.

25th April 2017

General election 2017

As we head to a general election on 8 June 2017, The King's Fund examine the big issues around health and care. They will be adding to this page over the coming weeks.

25th April 2017

Loneliness a concern for thousands of children

The NSPCC has published findings from Childline counselling sessions with young people experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation as they struggle with the pressures of growing up. Findings include: there were 4,063 counselling sessions about loneliness in 2016/17 and 73% of these counselling sessions were with girls.

19th April 2017

Education staff worried about reporting child abuse & FGM – ATL Survey

More than a quarter of education staff (28.8%) are worried they could be perceived as prejudiced or racist if they report concerns about honour-based abuse and child abuse linked to faith and belief, according to an Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) survey.

19th April 2017

Resilience and vulnerability in children who have experienced abuse

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series features a blog by Dr Andrea Danese and Dr Helen L. Fisher from King’s College London explaining how greater knowledge about resilience could help to support children who have been maltreated.

10th April 2017

Charity launches drive to recruit Muslim adopters

A humanitarian charity is to launch the UK’s first dedicated programme to tackle the shortage of Muslim applicants to adopt children. The Penny Appeal, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has won £200,000 funding from the Department for Education to support the 12-month project.

10th April 2017

Listening and participation resources

Resources around young children's listening and participation from the National Children's Bureau. Includes a set of eight leaflets on a range of topics, containing details of research, practice and methods that work with young children from birth to eight.

10th April 2017

Heads Together mental health campaign

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released ten films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign. The films feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems – from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement

7th April 2017

Out of the Blue films

Out of the Blue is a series of films, created by Best Beginnings, to help take the country to the Tipping Point where everyone knows that mental health is as important as physical health. In Baby Buddy there are currently 83 Out of the Bue films, in addition to 200+ other films. The Out of the Blue films: 12 short films to help you understand your baby and support bonding, and support your baby's brain development 64 short films to support your mental health in pregnancy and after your baby is born 7 documentary films including an introduction to maternal mental health, a film for fathers and films on OCD and PTSD

7th April 2017

Perinatal mental health problems in fathers are common and legitimate, but we need better ways to reach and help them

This Mental Elf blog post reviews a recent qualitative study of fathers’ views and experiences of their own perinatal mental health, published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth: Fathers’ views and experiences of their own mental health during pregnancy and the first postnatal year: a qualitative interview study of men participating in the UK Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) cohort.

7th April 2017

Charities across the UK benefit from Tampon Tax Fund

Seventy organisations across the country will share £12 million from the Tampon Tax Fund, helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the country.

6th April 2017

Listening to Young Disabled Children

This guidance on listening to young disabled children, includes inspiring examples of listening practice and significant updates on policy following the Children and Families Act, 2014. It's a must-read for everyone working directly with young children and their families. It highlights why it’s important to listen to young children and provides information on how adults can do this well to enable children’s right to express their views on matters that affect them, and to have their views taken into account.

6th April 2017

Give More Get More: Meet the grantees

As we get older, volunteering is increasingly seen as an enabler of a happy and healthy life. Despite this, intensive volunteering placements for the over 50s are relatively rare in the UK. In order to explore what it would take to recruit these volunteers, Nesta and the Office for Civil Society launched the Give More Get More fund, to develop and test intensive volunteering programmes.

29th March 2017

Realising the Value: four months on

Last November, the Realising the Value programme published its final reports. Now is a good time to look back on the work we have done. Realising the Value aimed to enable people to take an active role in their own health and care, in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. This was an 18-month programme funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and The Health Foundation, working with Voluntary Voices (made up of National Voices, NAVCA, Regional Voices and Volunteering Matters), the Behavioural Insights Team, PPL and Newcastle University.

29th March 2017

Jo Cox Commision on Loneliness: spotlight on older people

Gransnet conducted a survey in association with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, and the results reveal worrying findings when it comes to the older generation. Over half (56%) of Gransnet users who are lonely say they have never spoken about their loneliness to anyone, with the vast majority of that number saying their close friends and family would be quite surprised, or even astonished, to hear they feel lonely. Published today to mark the launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness: spotlight on older people, the survey also reveals that 93% of Gransnet users admit it's possible to feel lonely even when you have a partner or family, with 82% agreeing that talking about feelings of loneliness is much easier when they are online and anonymous.

27th March 2017

Child sex offence recorded on average every 10 minutes in UK

The NSPCC has released figures which show that the number of child sex offences recorded by police forces in the UK rose to 55,507 in the last year, an increase of almost a fifth from the previous year. A Freedom of Information request revealed that 3,565 crimes were against children aged 10 and under; and 2,799 crimes were against children not yet attending primary school. To address the increasing number of recorded child sex offences the NSPCC is calling for: specialist training for police investigating online child abuse; investment in early intervention services to help children recover; effective rehabilitation for child sex offenders to prevent them from hurting more children.

27th March 2017

Trialling what works in retaining volunteers aged 50 and over

At a time when there is increasing pressure to do more with less across our public services, the need to find better models of service delivery and ways to reduce cost could not be more pressing. So what solutions are out there, and how do we know what works? The Join In Stay In fund aims to find out. One part of the solution is recognising where volunteers can improve public services in ways paid professionals are unable to do alone. Volunteers can spend time in ways the public purse can’t stretch to (such as through mentoring). Nesta and the OCS has a strong track record in growing social action, and this fund will build on our collective legacy.

22nd March 2017

'Gap year style' volunteering for the over 50s - what can we learn?

Together with the Office for Civil Society, NESTA have funded five organisations who will test just that - new intensive volunteering opportunities for people aged 50 and above, working alongside public services. We’re interested in understanding how an intensive volunteering - gap year-style - model might work for people aged 50 and above. Does it help to enable more volunteers to contribute to causes they care about and still fit in with their existing commitments and do the individuals supported benefit more from an intensive approach? Do both the patients (and staff) in the A&E department feel more supported and reassured because you’re with them throughout the entire process? Can you still collect the grandchildren from school on a Wednesday and help a teacher to develop a child’s love of reading on a Thursday? They will be sharing the learning from these new intensive initiatives as they develop and publish the models for success so that others can replicate.

22nd March 2017

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