This project identifies ‘uncertainty’ as a habit-forming structure that undermines the individual’s ability to manage sustainable health. In conclusion, we argue that there are macro and micro-political implications for future policy research that aims to address the increasing rates of obese and over-weight people in the UK. read on Fat Chance? Exploring the evidence on who becomes obese
This second report, based on extensive research and analysis, addresses a critical question posed in the first report: how can the people of Manchester be encouraged to take greater ownership for their health outcomes? If lifestyle and behavioural choices are critical factors driving present and future health outcomes, then this is a key question – one brought sharply into focus by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens’ call to reinvent health as a ‘social movement’ with personal responsibility at its heart. read on A Shared Responsibility - Tackling Inequalities in Health Across Greater Manchester
This is the second report on the VHA – NHS transatlantic Leadership Exchange which began in 2013, but which also builds on the Exchange Programme relationship dating back to 2002. Previous exchanges have led to numerous service improvements and this document details new lessons learnt and how delegates have begun to promote and introduce more efficient ways on working back in their local health communities. Scaling up technology enabled care services have the potential to support improved self-management of long term conditions, facilitate seven-day a week services and improve productivity through more efficient pathways. read on Learning from Connections: Lessons from the NHS-VHA Leadership Exchange on the adoption of digital health
The ‘Head of Wellbeing’ concept was informed by four key considerations. The first was opinion from education professionals who see a clear need to raise wellbeing support within the whole-school community, for both pupils and staff. The second was the wide evidence base that acknowledges the health benefits – and economic sense – of prevention and early intervention. The third was that pupil wellbeing support is not always widely available, meaningful and coordinated: it is all too easy for schools to turn wellbeing initiatives into tick-box exercises. And the fourth, in an age of rising demand, sustainable health and wellbeing support has to include an ‘asset-based’ approach, drawing upon the skills, knowledge, connections and potential in a community. read on Head of Wellbeing: An essential post for secondary schools?