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And 1, 2, 3…”Happy 70th birthday NHS!”

The NHS turns 70 this week and celebrations have been kicking off everywhere. We hope you have a chance to join in, and along with the many people who make the NHS what it is today, reflect on the amazing difference it has made to so many people’s lives…Find out more



Cancer as a long-term condition: New guide for commissioniners

The effects of cancer treatment can still be felt years after receiving it. That’s why for most people who get cancer it will become a long-term condition that needs managing. This resource offers advice and materials to support London STPs and CCGs to develop local initiatives that will help improve Londoners’ lives…Find out more



Cancer e-learning portal for primary and community care

A training portal is now online to support STPs, CCGs and educational commissioners identify gaps in local cancer training and education. It provides a repository of online courses for primary and community healthcare professionals where they are most likely to need it…Find out more



Get ready to ask about asthma!

London’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign is back on! This year it’s running from 3-16 September. Last year was a great success and this year we want to do even better. It’s three simple asks. If you’re working or caring for children and young people with asthma make sure they 1) have an asthma plan 2) can use their inhaler properly 3) have an annual review. If you’re not sure you could answer yes about your own child’s asthma care and management, talk to their GP #AskAboutAsthma…Find out more



Thrive LDN: Are we OK London?

We’re launching a campaign to raise awareness of how inequality and discrimination experienced by individuals and groups affects their mental health and wellbeing. We can only change in London if more people are aware of the impact inequality has on mental health and understand how to take action. Your support will encourage and inspire others to take part and build the movement. “Are we OK London?” will run from Tuesday 3 July – 21 October…Find out more 



The role of cities in improving population health: international insights

A summary of the King’s Fund report ‘The role of cities in improving population health: international insights’ that explores the role cities are playing in improving population health and the conditions needed for success. The report draws on international case studies to explore the conditions required for successful health governance in cities and the roles that city governments can play in improving population health…Find out more



Work for us

We are building a great team. We are looking for people who are committed to working together to make sure we create the best health and care services that enable people to live happier and healthier lives. Our current roles advertised are: London’s Child Obesity Taskforce: Board Members. Applications close 15 July, interviews start 23 July…Find out more

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In the news

Evening Standard: Charity relay recruiting Londoners to help break world record
Forbes: Best Innovative Health, Fitness And Wellbeing Treatments in London
Guardian: Five ideas from other health systems that could transform NHS
Metro: Thousands march through London to celebrate 70 years of the NHS
Nursing Times: NHS launches TV ad campaign to recruit ‘thousands of nurses’
Times: App to make NHS ‘as easy as online shopping’



In focus

Breaking down barriers for young carers in London

Naheeda Rahman, a medical student at UCL, explains an important pilot initiative underway in London to better support young carers in healthcare environments.

“Carers are vital to the health of the person they care for and indispensable to the NHS. Every year they save the NHS around £132 billion. An estimated 1 in 12 secondary school pupils are young carers – that means, under 18 and assisting in the care of a relative or friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. They care out of love, duty and a necessity borne out of gaps in care services.

Although young carers are integral to our society, they remain largely hidden. The impact that being a young carer can have has been well documented. It’s known that they’re more likely to develop physical and mental illness, and will have less success in education than their peers. Despite this, there are few initiatives specifically targeting young carers within healthcare settings.

In London, we’re challenging this by piloting identification cards for young carers. With it, we aim to address some of the barriers faced by young carers when it comes to accessing healthcare in London.

We started with a series of interviews with healthcare professionals in paediatric and adult care and with young carers. We explored their perceptions of young carers’ rights and the support they need. We also involved young carers in a workshop focused on their rights within the NHS. Six major themes emerged, with identification being the biggest obstacle for young carers trying to access appropriate support, such as information and training.We found six predominant themes: identification, support, awareness, family dynamic, young carer’s voice, impact.

The results highlighted that because they were not easily identified as a young carer when in a healthcare setting they were unable to get the care and the support they needed. The idea of an identification card for young carers grew from there…Read on




Better health and care for all: a 10-point plan for the 2020s
This final report of the Lord Darzi Review puts forward a 10-point plan to secure the future of the NHS and social care. It includes a recommendation to invest in health, not just in health care by embracing a ‘health in all policies’ approach across government and tackling public health issues such as obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.Call for evidence on approach to loneliness strategy
The government is asking organisations with expertise and experience in tackling loneliness to provide views on the strategy framework being developed. It is believed that factors contributing to loneliness include disability, ill health and caring responsibilities. The closing date for comments is 20 July 2018.Childhood obesity: a plan for action: chapter 2
This publication outlines the actions the government will take towards its goal of halving levels of childhood obesity and reducing the gap in obesity levels between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030. Part one of the childhood obesity plan was published in 2016.

NHS at 70: Are we expecting too much from this?
This paper explores the public’s expectations of the NHS, the balance between meeting those expectations and living within a constrained budget, and the question of who is responsible for keeping us healthy. It was produced for the BBC by The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Nuffield Trust.

The value of the executive commissioning nurse
CCGs are currently required to include a registered nurse on their governing body to expand the clinical knowledge and patient care experience of the board. Many CCGs have expanded this role in recognition of the contribution that executive nurses can make when embedded full-time in the day-to-day decision-making of the CCG. This NHS Clinical Commissioners posters showcases the expertise and insight that executive commissioning nurses can bring for patients, populations and the health care system.

What do women say? Reproductive health is a public health

This document presents the findings from a survey of more than 7,500 women and focus group discussions to find out how women experience reproductive health issues and some of the choices they make. The purpose of the study is to introduce reproductive health as a public health issue and inform the development of Public Health England Reproductive Health Strategic Action Plan.

Watch out for…

5 July 2017 – Happy Birthday! The NHS turns 70
3 July to 11 October – Thrive LDN: Are we OK London?
11 July 2018 – General Practice Improvement Leader programme applications open
13 July 2018 – Fast Track Cities Initiative event
8 August 2018 – Health and care explained: how the system works and how it is changing (King’s Fund)

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