health care

National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2004

This Act of Scottish Parliament brings forward legislation to reform the National Health Service by introducing provisions in relation to the dissolution of NHS Trusts; establishing Community Health Partnerships; placing a duty on Health Boards to co-operate with each other; extending Ministerial powers to intervene to secure the quality of healthcare services; placing a duty on Health Boards and Special Health Boards to involve the public in the planning, development and operation of health services; and placing a duty on the Scottish Ministers and Health Boards to take action to promote h

Measure for measure : using outcome measures to raise standards in the NHS

Paper focusing on information about the quality of health services and looking at ways in which it can lead to better quality healthcare for all. It argues that the information needed to improve services is not always available and that a deeper level of information along with measures such as patient-based outcome measures are required to change health care for the better.

A systematic review of integrated working between care homes and health care services

This study aims to evaluate the different integrated approaches to health care services supporting older people in care homes, and identify barriers and facilitators to integrated working.

Examples of HIV-related discrimination

This factsheet discusses the way that HIV-related discrimination can intrude into many contexts and many parts of the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) and people thought to be HIV positive. It argues that for PLWHA, or those assumed to be HIV-positive, no area of life is untouched by stigma and no area of life is invulnerable to discrimination.

Mental health and employment

This report presents findings of a qualitative research project commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to investigate the relationship between mental health and employment. The research was conducted during 2007 by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and the Institute for Employment Studies.

Dementia: what every commissioner needs to know: guidance on delivering the National Dementia Strategy for England

This guide had been developed to help commissioners of health and social care services to understand how to effectively commission services for people with dementia and their carers.

Living with pain (Radio 4 Science)

Geoff Watts explores the almost universal experience of living with pain and the different ways we react and cope with it in three programmes. The first programme in the series looks at the range of experience of human pain and how scientists understand it. The second programme discusses acute pain. In the third programme the process of coping with pain is examined. Geoff Watts discovers how pain management clinics are using a huge variety of different techniques, including medication, art therapy and acupuncture, to help chronic sufferers live as normally as possible.

Sure Start children's centres: survey of parents

A survey of 1,496 parents and carers was carried out between August and October 2008 to quantify the reach (i.e. awareness and usage) of Sure Start Children’s Centres among the target population (that is, parents and carers of children aged under five years and expectant parents). The survey was limited to children’s centres which were designated by March 2006 and so had been established for several years.

Equally Well : report of the ministerial task force on health inequalities

The Ministerial Task Force on health inequalities was set up by the current Scottish Government. The aim is to tackle the inequalities in health which prevent Scotland reaching its potential. This document meets the Task Force’s commitment to report on what now needs to be done to tackle health inequalities more effectively.

A call to debate, a call to action : a report on the health of the population of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 2007-2008

Report documenting the key public health challenges facing the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and laying out priority actions to tackle these challenges. Issues discussed include inequalities in health, obesity and alcohol misuse.