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  Health And Wellbeing

This policy theme covers our work on healthcare, healthy living and mental health. We are interested in health and social care, the delivery of efficiencies and fairness in the NHS, and health prevention. Our future work will be focusing on the impact of the health and social care act, the ageing society, integration and public health.

Project partners include: Niall Dixon, Harry Cayton, Professor Paul Corrigan, ACCA, Kings Fund, Asthma UK, Unison, Centre for Mental Health, Medical Research Council, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Age UK.

Getting Started: prospects for health and well-being boards
The new Health and Wellbeing Boards are an important part of the NHS reforms and central to the push for greater integration of health and social care. This report offers a timely insight into how the boards operate and what challenges lie ahead. The fact that they have widespread support and explicitly seek to strengthen partnership working between councils and healthcare commissioning groups bodes well. However, as the contributors in this report make clear there are no simple solutions and the effectiveness of the boards will be judged by how they improve outcomes, not merely because they have secured greater involvement.


Health Innovations: More for less in healthcare
Healthcare is a top policy priority for the new government and the opposition. However, despite promises to protect the health budget, the pressures of growing demand, rising costs and minimal investment mean that radical reform is no longer a choice but now a necessity. These essays explore innovations and new approaches that can help meet the productivity and cost challenge in a fairer way. The authors identify some significant opportunities for ensuring that recent progress can be carried forward. Although many of these solutions seem feasible, even in the current climate of fiscal austerity the biggest challenge may well be gaining the support of health professionals, patients and citizens.

Health Futures
This monograph follows on from recent work the Smith Institute has undertaken on health and early intervention. Over the past few years, the government has commissioned a series of reports that have helped bring a new focus to the urgent action which is required to help modernise the health service, and to make it more responsive to the needs of the citizen. But the primary focus of these reports has been to improve the existing service within the context of current pressures and expectations. Arguably, these are short-term, incremental measures, when a more radical and far-sighted approach is required. What are the challenges beyond the next 10 years? What more radical and challenging issues should government and other partners be addressing, to facilitate continuous improvement? Includes chapters by Includes chapters by Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Neil Churchill, Niall Dickson, Andrew Harrop, Tim Kelsey, Dr Richard More, Dr Maria Duggan, Harry Cayton, and Anna Dixon. 2009

Childhood mental health and life chances in post-war Britain: Insights from three national birth cohort studies

This report finds that children and adolescents with conduct and emotional problems have relatively worse prospects throughout their adult life. It is based on new findings from three national studies of the lives of people born in 1946, 1958 and 1970. It shows that mental health problems in children and teenagers have a significant impact on their chances of success in employment and family life as well as contact with the criminal justice system. People with conduct problems in adolescence were at double the risk of leaving school with no qualifications. They were more likely to be out of work or low paid, to become teenage parents and to be divorced later in life. And those with severe conduct problems were four times more likely than average to have been arrested by the police by the age of 30. Emotional problems also have a major impact. Girls with severe emotional problems were three times more likely to experience mental ill health as adults. But emotional problems slightly reduced the chances of contact with the police and had little effect on chances in employment. By Marcus Richards and Rosemary Abbott. 2009

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