New national academy for social prescribing established

Matt Hancock is setting out his ambition for every patient to have ready access to social prescribing schemes on the NHS.

Plans to strengthen primary care in Wales too slow

Change needs to happen at greater pace in the Welsh Government’s attempts to strengthen primary care in the country.

Ambitious new plan to halt obesity rise in Wales

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has outlined plans to make Wales’ one of the first countries to see obesity rates decline.

Policy overhaul needed to secure a healthy society

The government should overhaul policies across housing, transport and education to secure the future health of today’s young people.

Funding for more youth workers in London hospitals

Sadiq Khan has announced new investment to increase the number of youth workers in hospitals and help steer young people away from violence.

Adult social care recruitment drive continues

The Department of Health and Social Care is launching the second phase of its campaign to get more people working in adult social care.

Staffing pressures creating mental health ‘perfect storm’

Increasing pressures on access and staffing risk creating ‘perfect storm’ for people using mental health and learning disability services.

Half a million bed days saved by social care services

The LGA has claimed that vital adult social care services have helped save more than half a million bed days.

Severe obesity among children at record high

Official figures indicate that levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high.

Mental health higher priority than physical health

UK workers now place greater importance on their mental health than their physical health.

Doctor recommends banning snacking on public transport

Dame Sally Davies has said that snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity.

2.6 million expect to quit job to provide care

More than 2.6 million employees aged 45 and over expect that they will have to leave their jobs in order to care for a relative or partner.

New research into adolescent mental health

A £35 million government-backed research programme has been launched to give more support to teenagers battling with mental health issues.

Local councils to work with Epilepsy Society

The National Association of Local Councils has teamed up with the Epilepsy Society to raise awareness of the hidden disabilities in communities.

Local leaders pledge to tackle ageism

Council leaders across the UK have signed an open letter committing them to tackling ageism and talking more positively about later life.