The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.
The Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has finished its first stage evaluation of the integration pioneer programme. The evaluation describes the types of activity pioneers are involved in, the barriers they are facing and solutions they are identifying.
Gardens and Health, a new report from the King’s Fund, looks at the many and diverse relationships between gardens, gardening and health. Gardens and health brings the wide range of evidence on gardens and health together for the first time, looks at positive examples and examines the business case.
The health sector is developing a focus on place-based health and care systems that are organised around localities and community involvement. This briefing examines how council leaders and chief executives can participate in this unfolding agenda so that a place-based approach can reinforce local priorities.
In light of the large differences in physical activity between people living in the most and least activity-friendly neighbourhoods in urban Scotland, this briefing looks at how local authorities can facilitate physical activity in low-activity areas, and address health inequalities at the same time.
The Policy Innovation Research Unit has finished its first stage evaluation of the integration pioneer programme. PIRU concludes that it is too early to expect major progress from the pioneers, but the challenges of major new national policy initiatives and serious financial pressures could hinder rapid progress in future.
On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations. This edition focuses on the Queen’s Speech. This OYR is recommended especially for new councillors to get up to speed with the national agenda and what is happening in parliament and in select committiees.
As part of the DfE's strategic planning for the development of the childcare market to ensure there is sufficient provision to meet the Government's manifesto commitment to secure an additional 15 hours childcare a week for working parents of 3 and 4-year olds, the DfE has published an economic assessment of the market and childcare…
The National Audit Office (NAO) has conducted a study of the DfE's early years and childcare provision, especially in the light of plans to extend the free entitlement to provision to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds. The study looks at the successful delivery of existing provision but…
This briefing highlights recent developments in air quality policy in Scotland, with particular consideration of the ‘Cleaner Air for Scotland’ strategy document published by the Scottish Government in November 2015.