UK Standards for Public Involvement in Health Research
The Chief Scientist Office have published the final UK Standards for Public Involvement paper, which aims to improve the quality and consistency of public involved in research.
A full copy of the report is available UK Standards for Public Involvement_Nov19.
SHIL Inventor Guide
Scottish Health Innovation Ltd (SHIL) have produced an inventor guide to assist inventors to work with NHS scotland and translate ideas and innovation into viable products to imporve paitnet care.
SHIL Inventor Guide available to download.
Loneliness and Isolation
All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Later Life
I came across this September 2018 Report by Age UK, ‘All the Lonely People: Loneliness in later Life’, recently.
It highlights the importance of loneliness and how when this feeling persists it can have a detrimental impact on wellbeing.
Although this Report focuses on older people, we know that loneliness can be experienced by people of all ages at different points in their lives. However, the circumstances which increase the risk of loneliness differ by age. For example, leaving education is a common vulnerable time for young people whereas the death of a long-term partner, or the sudden onset of illness or a disability more affects older people.
Organisations, activities and support needs to be available for people who are lonely, and lonely people, and those supporting them, need to be aware of what services are available and how to be able to access these.
For more information:
‘Loneliness and Health’, NHS Highland
The 2016 Annual Report of the Director of Public Health, NHS Highland, focused on tackling isolation and loneliness in older age and set out a number of recommendations that could be taken forward as a society in addressing this challenge.
It highlighted the recognition that loneliness can affect wellbeing, quality of life, premature death and contribute to diseases such as dementia, heart disease and depression.
Its recommendations include:
- that more should be done to publicise the links between loneliness and poor health, and
- that public bodies should invest in interventions to tackle loneliness.
A copy of the Report can be found NHS Highland The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health 2016.
Loneliness is just one of the themes that will be discussed by the new Highlands & Islands Ecosystem for rural mental health and active healthy ageing. The Ecosystem’s first meeting is on 26th November in Inverness.
Online access will be available for participants who are unable to join in person on the day.
The Ecosystem will bring together a community of multi-sector stakeholders interested in developing and delivering a joint agenda around rural mental health and active healthy ageing. We’ll seek to identify and address some of the key challenges and ensure that we are ‘bid ready’ for opportunities as they arise.
A significant development for rural health: The Delhi Declaration: Alma Ata revisited
The 15th WONCA World Rural Health Conference, under the theme 'Healing the Heart of Healthcare: Leaving No One Behind', brought together stakeholders of rural health and primary health care, to address current and future challenges in rural health.
The conference culminated with the unanimous adoption of the Delhi Declaration, calling for people living in rural and isolated parts of the world to be given special priority if nations are to achieve universal health coverage.
The Declaration identifies six areas as priorities to achieve “Health for All Rural People”:
- equity and access to care,
- rural proofing of policy
- health system development
- developing and educating a workforce fit for purpose
- realigning the research
- people and communities
More Support Needed for Rural Dementia
People with dementia in rural communities are increasingly isolated.
The Alzheimer’s Society issued the warning as it launched a new guide urging individuals and organisations in rural communities to address isolation for people with dementia, take action and better support people affected in their area.
Some two thirds of people with dementia are based in rural areas, with the percentage of older people occupying rural areas as high as 56%, leading many to feel very isolated.
The Scottish Global Health Collaborative
The Scottish Global Health Collaborative (SGHC) is an inclusive multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral group established to work with the Scottish Government, and partners in the wider health community (including NHS Boards, royal colleges, third sector and academic institutions), to promote effective and coordinated health sector involvement in global health.
Chaired by the Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, the SGHC aims to work to the following principles:
- Emphasis on the mutual benefit to Scotland and the host country
- No detriment to the workforce of the NHSScotland
- Work based on the need identified by the host country
- Work through partnerships.
- Sharing of information, knowledge, experience and opportunities.
- Work focussed on geographical and technical areas that maximise the impact.
- Work within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Health) and 17 (Partnership)
- Linkages with other Devolved Administrations and NHS England will be maintained for mutual benefit
All Scottish organisations actively involved in Global Health are invited to join the SGHC.
The SGHC will work with the Scottish Government, and partners in the wider health community (including NHS, royal colleges, third sector and academic institutions), to promote effective and coordinated health sector involvement in global health.
For further information and to join www.scottishglobalhealth.org
Review and Analysis of the Digital Health Sector and Skills for Scotland
This report has been produced by the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI), as commissioned by Skills Development Scotland, to investigate and analyse the Digital Health sector and its skills issues in Scotland.
A full copy of the report is available here.
Strategic Prospectus: Building the UKRI Strategy
Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. Please see below link to the UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Prospectus.
Evaluation of Macmillan cancer information and services at Argyll and Bute libraries
This report details results from an evaluation of the remote and rural pilot MCISS sites in Campbeltown and Rothesay carried out by the Rural Health and Wellbeing team of the University of the Highlands and Islands between May and September 2014. This was carried out with an awareness that the service has been running for 12 months in Campbeltown (with drop-in operating from October 2013) and 4 months in Rothesay at the time of evaluation.
The full evaluation is available here.
Why is getting to the doctor such a hassle?
I came across this article in The Medical Futurist℠ Newsletter If you’re interested in emerging healthcare technology and future of healthcare, from a US perspective, it’s worth looking at The Medical Futurist℠.
Housing and Health
Fit Homes, a collaboration between Albyn Housing, NHS Highland, Carbon Dynamic and Robert Gordon University, is creating new ways of living for people in the Highlands which has potential to transform the way health and social care services are delivered.
The central concept of the homes is that they will include ambient social, physiological and building sensors to collect data that can be monitored and responded to by a variety of agencies. These homes will be sustainable, affordable, highly adaptable and technology enabled, meeting residents’ needs at all stages of life and crucially supporting independent living at home for longer.
The concept supports residents to take charge of their own wellbeing as well as having access to an enhanced, more personalised level of support at home. The model is aimed at creating a viable, lower cost alternative to full-time residential care and prolonged stays in hospital, designed in partnership with service users, that can be replicated throughout Scotland, the UK and globally.
It's not only rural Scotland that’s recognised both the challenge and opportunity that exists in helping people live independent in the community. The Kings Fund has recently published a report about what’s been in done across England through Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, NHS England and NHS Improvement to work with social housing providers.
Reimagining Community Services
There is a great deal of innovative work going on across the NHS and beyond to improve community-based care. This is mainly happening through innovative projects rather than system-wide transformations in care delivery.
According to the Kings Fund, ‘a radical transformation of community services is needed, making use of all the assets in each local community wherever these are to be found, breaking down silos between services and reducing fragmentation in service delivery’.
The full report can be read on the Kings Fund website.
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