health and health care

Looked after children and young people: we can and must do better

This publication is intended for everyone who is concerned with looked after children and young people and their families. This includes: elected members, local authority staff, staff in voluntary organisations, private providers, foster carers, health professionals and those involved in developing and improving children’s services.

Mental health, resilience and inequalities

This report aims to demonstrate how poor mental health is a significant cause of wider social and health problems, including: low levels of educational achievement and work productivity; higher levels of physical disease and mortality; violence, relationship breakdown and poor community cohesion. In contrast, good mental health leads to better physical health, healthier lifestyles, improved productivity and educational attainment and lower levels of crime and violence.

Development and Testing of the Scottish GP Access Survey Questionnaire

A report describing the development and cognitive testing of the covering letter and questionnaire to be used in the GP Access Survey 2008/09.

Better wheelchair services

Plan for Scotland’s wheelchair and seating services changes by 2010. The changes will affect all five of the wheelchair and seating centres in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

General household survey: results for 2007

The General Household Survey (GHS) is an inter-departmental multi-purpose continuous survey carried out by the ONS collecting information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain.

Putting people first: A shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care (HM Government 2007)

This protocol outlines transformation required to support personalisation, encompassing joint strategic needs assessment, commissioning that stimulates quality provision, and locally agreed approaches using community resources.

Transforming community services: enabling new patterns of provision

This enabling guidance is intended to help primary care trust providers of community services to move their relationship with their commissioners to a purely contractual one and consider what type of organisations would best meet the future needs of patients and local communities, and how change can be managed to support the transformation of services to patients.

My health: health action planning and health facilitation for people with a learning disability

This DVD asks viewers to consider their physical health, mental health and aspects of their life style that contribute in good or bad ways to both of these. It advocates regular physical health checks and the creation of a personal health action plan as part of a personalised and joined up service. It also describes the role of 'health facilitators', who can be friends, relatives or another trusted individual, to act as a broker between health services and a person with learning disabilities.

Healthy Care

The Healthy Care Programme is funded by the Department for Education and Skills and developed by the National Children’s Bureau. It is a practical means of improving the health and well-being of looked after children and young people in line with the Department of Health Guidance Promoting the Health of Looked After Children (2002) and the Change for Children Programme.