Bringing together physical and mental health

King’s Fund

This report makes a compelling case for integration; It gives service users’ perspectives on what integrated care would look like and highlights 10 areas that offer some of the biggest opportunities for improving quality and controlling costs.

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Preventability and Causes of Readmissions in a National Cohort of General Medicine Patients

JAMA Internal Medicine

This study using medical record data of general medicine patients (n=1000) concludes that high-priority areas for preventing readmissions include better communication among health care teams and patients, enhanced disease monitoring, and better support for patient self-management

International Validity of the HOSPITAL Score to Predict 30-Day Potentially Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

JAMA Internal Medicine

This cohort study testing the accuracy of the HOSPITAL score in USA, Canada, Switzerland and Israel, concludes that the tool has the potential to identify patients in need of more intensive transitional care interventions to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions.

Improving staff health

NHS England has announced that from April, hospitals and other providers of NHS care will be funded to improve the support they offer to frontline health staff to stay healthy.  They will be able to earn their share of a national incentive fund worth £600m in 2016/17 if they: offer frontline nurses, therapists, doctors, care assistants and other staff access to workplace physio, mental health support, and healthy workplace options; take action on junk food and obesity by ensuring that healthy food options are available for their staff and visitors; and increase the uptake of the winter flu vaccine for their staff.

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Public Health England launches One You

Public Health England has launched One You.

This campaign suggests that living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.

One You PHE

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Everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.

‘One You’ aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and in later life.

Latest figures show that life expectancy at older ages is at record levels, yet many are spending their retirement living in ill health. Currently 15 million Britons are living with a long-term health condition, yet studies show living healthily in middle age can double your chances of being healthy when you are 70.

The campaign will help adults to move more, eat well, drink less and be smoke free. One You will also provide information on how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better.

The campaign encourages adults to start by taking a new online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed.

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