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Marmot Review: two years on

The Marmot Review (Fair Society, Healthy Lives), published in February 2010, confirmed that an individual’s health is influenced by wider social determinants such as income, employment, education and environmental quality. Two years on, the UCL Institute for Healthy Equity has published data for upper tier local authorities in England on a set of indicators to…

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Recent Department of Health factsheets on NHS reform

This briefing covers a number of factsheets recently issued by the Department of Health on NHS reforms proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill. These include information on the NHS Commissioning Board and Public Health England. They will be of interest to local authority staff involved with Health and Wellbeing Boards and the transfer…

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Health Select Committee report on social care

*This briefing summarises and comments on the recent report on social care from the health select committee. *The report calls for a step change in achieving greater integration between health, social care and housing by promoting joined-up commissioning, with local models that create a single commissioning process. The report also insists there is a funding…

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Public health – outcomes framework and funding

This briefing summarises Improving outcomes and supporting transparency – a public health outcomes framework for England 2013-2016 and the Health Secretary’s announcement about public health funding. The total budget for 2013-14 will be around £5.2 billion, with around £2.2billion allocated to local authorities. Shadow budgets will be allocated for 2012-13. The outcomes framework (described below)…

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Reorganising central government bodies

In its report Reorganising central government bodies, the National Audit Office assesses the effectiveness of the Public Bodies Reform Programme. The Programme, which covers 904 public bodies, proposes the largest restructuring of public bodies in decades. Out of 496 bodies earmarked for merging, substantial reform or outright abolition, the Programme plans to abolish 262. However,…

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Health, Public Health and Social Care Round-Up: December 2011 and January 2012

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.

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On Your Radar – January 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. Given this is the first On Your Radar of 2012 it seems appropriate to focus more this month on…

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Guidance on public health transition planning

The Department of Health has produced a guide with the NHS and Local Government to support Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities in the transition of public health to local government. This guide gives a timetable for key achievements towards transition and outlines the responsibilities of the different players, including local authorities and Directors of…

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Roundtables: Independent Ageing

The LGiU held two regional roundtable events in December to discuss ways of ensuring older people have the information they need to manage their later years. The two events, supported by Partnership, were held in Nottingham and Bristol and involved senior officers and councillors from the East Midlands and South West. The events followed the…

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