The nhs role in tackling health inequalities

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Younger adults with a severe mental illness have a particularly inflated risk of physical illness particularly asthma, diabetes, hypertension and obesityas do those living in the most deprived areas. As the report notes, the data behind it comes from GPs recording data about patients on a register produced for the Quality and Outcomes Framework: Put simply, poor physical health starts much earlier in life for people with a severe mental illness, and it gets more complex more quickly.

This strategy expresses the Government's commitment to tackle the long term drivers of poverty through early intervention and prevention. It noted that measures already planned include strengthening duties on individual partners through a new statutory duty on all relevant partners whether acting nationally, regionally or locally to work together to improve outcomes for local communities through participation in CPP s.

They do not occur randomly or by chance. The Equally Well UK collaborative builds on a similar programme in New Zealand and Australia, creating a learning network that will bring about change that makes a difference.

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There is a need to reflect on what we are doing for this age group, in order to reassure ourselves that our approach is balanced between treatment and prevention.

We also know there are wider factors such as having a mental health diagnosis or being diagnosed with diabetes that can increase the risk of CVD. The difference between statutory and voluntary organisations is not their need for money, it is that typically statutory organisations control that money, and VCSE organisations do not.

The VCSE sector can often manage with less money than other kinds of organisation, because it is often better at drawing on different kinds of resources as well: The Christie Commission also argued that 'building personal and community capacity, resilience and autonomy' should be a key objective of future public service reform.

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To build on assets means involving people and recognising that: Scale of the problem CVD is a family of diseases often caused by atherosclerosis — the furring or stiffening of artery walls.

Premature mortality among people with a severe mental illness is 3. Achieving better joint working across agencies and services, as well as involving local communities and target groups, were seen as cornerstones for successful delivery on health inequalities.

But there were several key factors that require attention if the strategy was to be fulfilled. These areas are now at risk of not being able to provide the services needed by their population, so we need to tackle these differences in funding as a matter of urgency.

Community Planning Partnerships are key to tackling health inequalities and must be fully supported to achieve the transformational change required. It was noted that the key learning points were replicated by other pilots which focussed on different health issues, and that the learning overlapped with the aspirations set out by the Christie Commission.

The key learning from the test sites included: Whilst part of the focus should be on tackling the fundamental causes of inequalities, such as through the Child Poverty Strategy, there should be continued effort on coordinating approaches to tackle the wider environmental causes.

Dianne commenced her career as an academic in and joined the Gwent School of Nursing specialising in community education.

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In the Scottish Government's response to that report - Renewing Scotland's Public Services [13] - engaging individuals and communities in decisions about services is seen as key, if public services are to become more efficient and more effective at meeting people's needs.

This has significant implications for mental health services as well as primary care, acute and community health services and public health.

For example, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Kingston on Thames have had multi-agency systems in place for many years and successes have been reported by international programmes like the HIPPY programmeto help parents teach young children at home, and Families and Schools Together.

The report concludes that poor physical health is significantly more common and more complex among people with a severe mental illness than average in England, and that primary care services have an important role in tackling this inequality. CHEX and Evaluation Support Scotland are joining forces to offer free workshops to support you to understand the role that you and your organisation play in tackling health inequalities and take steps to measure your impact.

This training is funded by NHS Health Scotland through the National Learning Collaborative on Inequalities. The role of the NHS in tackling health inequalities The NHS has the capacity to tackle health inequalities by providing excellent services targeted at, and accessible to those who need them.

Despite this, real health inequalities in our society persist. That’s why the Labour Party is prioritising this issue for wide ranging discussion and consultation this year.

Health inequalities can have significant, detrimental impacts on physical health, mental health and life expectancy, and present a significant cost to society as a whole. ‘Natural Solutions to Tackling Health Inequalities’ report highlights the evidence of the benefits of green spaces to health and wellbeing outcomes, and the inequalities in use of, and access to, natural environments across England.

Between and we developed a series of local government briefings for a range of public health topics.

We no longer have the capacity to maintain these to an acceptable standard and the information is now out of date, so these were removed from our website on 30 March

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