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This September, as part of the NHS in London’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign, young Londoners can take part in the #AsthmaRapChallenge that aims to get children and young people thinking and being creative while learning and sharing essential messages about safely managing asthma. The prize is a professional recording session…Find out more

HSJ Awards 2018 shortlist for two partnership mental health projects

Two mental health projects we supported are shortlisted for this year’s HSJ Awards. The Met Police’s ‘Handover process for Voluntary Mental Health Patients in Emergency Departments’ for the Patient Safety and Improvement in Emergency and Urgent Care, and South London and Maudsley’s ‘Implementation of the s136 pan-London new model of care’ for Innovation in Mental Health…Find out more

NHS in London says take three small steps to improve lives #AskAboutAsthma

London’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign launched last week and is running until 16 September. It coincides with the return to school and peak hospital admissions for asthma. The goal is to spread the message throughout London and especially to children and young people and those who care for them that there are three simple steps they need to take to be sure they are managing their asthma safely…Find out more

Government cuts putting the health of Londoners at risk, warns Mayor

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned that enormous pressures facing the NHS and cuts to local government funding are putting the health of Londoners at risk. He urged the government to reverse the cuts to the public health grant in the upcoming spending review…Find out more

Social prescribing gains traction at NHS Expo 2018


Watch the short film: Stories from patients who have used social prescribing support and activities available in their local communities…Find out more

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In the news

BBC: Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy
Guardian: Air pollution is ‘biggest environmental health risk’ in Europe
HSJ: New chief executive for London trust
Local Guardian: New Chief Exec appointed at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Nursing Times: London mayor backs campaign to tackle nursing shortages
The Times: Matt Hancock interview: ‘GPs should not be afraid to tell patients they need more exercise’

In focus

Asthma and air pollution: Avoid it where you can and stay safe by planning your preventative medication

Hetal Dhruve, Specialist Respiratory Pharmacist for City and Hackney CCG, explains the problems with air pollution for asthma suffers and the things you can do make sure it doesn’t cause an asthma attack

“The UK has the highest rates of asthma compared to Europe. According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 1,320 people died from asthma in 2017 in England and Wales. This is an increase of more than 25% over a decade. There is growing concern that air pollution is impacting health – especially in children.

In London, it is estimated that almost 600,000 people are living with asthma. Asthma symptoms can be triggered by air pollution, particularly traffic fumes but can be difficult to avoid. On days that the pollution levels are high, people with asthma can be left short of breath and wheezing; increasing their risk of a life-threatening asthma attack. ONS data showed that 17 children aged 14 and under died from asthma in 2017 an increase from 13 in 2016…Read on


Affordability of the UK’s Eatwell Guide
This report from independent think tank The Food Foundation finds that around 3.7 million children in the UK are part of families who earn less than £15,860.  It goes on to claim that to meet the costs of the government’s nutrition guidelines, such households would have to spend 42 per cent of their after-housing income on food, making a healthy diet unaffordable.

Commissioning better oral health for vulnerable older people
These resources are designed to support commissioners in improving the oral health of vulnerable older people in all settings. The toolkit gives an overview of the impact of oral diseases in vulnerable older people and presents the evidence of what works to improve oral health to inform commissioning. The toolkit is supported by a rapid review of the evidence and a resource compendium.

Equality assessment: childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2
This paper examines the effects of the policy intentions set out by the government on people with protected characteristics.

Guidance: Department of Health and Social Care calorie model
This document outlines the modelling process used to estimate the benefits mentioned in the impact assessment for the consultation on ending the sale of energy drinks to children.

Healthy Inequalities Strategy 
The Mayors Health Inequalities Strategy sets out his plans to tackle unfair differences in health to make London a healthier, fairer city. He wants all Londoners to have the best opportunities to live a long life in good health. To achieve this, everyone needs to play a part in tackling the causes of poor health and  commit to making London a healthier, fairer city, where nobody’s health suffers because of who they are or where they live.

Healthy places
The Healthy Places programme was set up by Public Health England to support the development of healthy places and homes. It aims to ensure that health inequalities are considered and addressed when planning, developing and improving the built environment and in enabling people to have a place they can call ‘home’. This document provides an overview of the work completed by the programme from 2013 to date.

Suicide prevention: toolkit for engaging communities
The World Health Organization’s step-by-step guide to suicide prevention in the community. It describes a participatory bottom-up process by which communities (including community leaders, health workers, parliamentarians, teachers, social workers, police and firefighters and business leaders) can work together to identify, prioritize and implement activities that are important and appropriate to their local context and that can influence and shape policy and services.

The good childhood report 2018
This report examines the state of children’s wellbeing in the UK. It finds that one in six (16 per cent) of more than 11,000 children aged 14 surveyed reported self-harming. It looks at the reasons behind the unhappiness that increases the risk of children self-harming. The report urges the government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

Trends in new HIV diagnoses and people receiving HIV-related care in the United Kingdom: data to the end of December 2017
This report highlights trends found in annual HIV surveillance data published by Public Health England. The analysis shows that new HIV diagnoses have continued to decline over the past decade, with a substantial decrease over the past two years. This recent reduction has been mostly driven by fewer HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, which have decreased by almost a third since 2015.

Watch out for…

3 July to 11 October – Thrive LDN: Are we OK London? campaign
3 to 16 September – Ask About Asthma campaign
5 September – #AskAboutAsthma transforming care event
5 September – 5 October – #AsthmaRapChallenge
10 October – World Mental Health Day

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