Education, inequalities and disability

New research says UK 30 year olds without qualifications are more likely to be disabled than university graduates in their 60s.

People with low levels of education are also more likely to have a disability that puts them out of work. 

A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights that disability is a growing aspect of inequality in the UK.

The report is part of the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Find out more and download the report on the Institute for Fiscal Studies website here.

Major conditions report leads the way for upcoming new strategy

A report from the Department of Health and Social Care looks at what change is needed in the way health and social care services deal with major health conditions.

It says the model of care in England needs to change so providers can deal with multimorbidity more effectively.

The report comes ahead of a promised UK Government major conditions strategy. 

Download the report from the GOV.UK website here.

Study: Social reference cues can reduce misinformation sharing

A study looking at misinformation on social media has found a possible new approach to reducing sharing.

Social reference cues show information both on what users share and what they do not share.

A study of nearly 1,500 social media users found a combined misinformation flag and social cue reference reduced the amount of COVID-19 misinformation shared and improved overall sharing quality.

Authors say this approach has the potential for wide application.

Read the full study on the JMIR website here.

Concerns over contraception misinformation

A BBC report has outlined doctors’ concerns about a potential link between contraception misinformation sharing on social media and increased abortion rates.

The number of terminations carried out in Scotland rose by almost a fifth between 2021 and 2022.

The number of 16 to 19-year-olds accessing abortion services also increased.

There are concerns this is being driven in part by false and misleading information on apps such as TikTok.

Read the full report via the BBC website here.

Personalised Care Week highlights health inequalities 

The role of personalised care in tackling health inequalities is a major theme of September’s Personalised Care Week.

Run by the Personalised Care Institute, the awareness week includes webinars, a free half-day conference and a range of educational materials.

It takes place from 25-28 September.

Sign up for the conference and webinars via the Personalised Care Institute website here.

Healthcare and prevention through a multi-generational household approach

In this blog, Slough GP Priya Kumar outlines a project supporting people at risk of health inequalities.

The project, which involves reaching out to residents and empowering them to self-care, has increased take-up of health prevention opportunities.

Read Dr Kumar’s blog on the NHS England website here.

Partners release resources to support Scottish Women’s Health Plan

The ALLIANCE and the Scottish Government have released information resources on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Designed to support the Women's Health Plan for Scotland, they include a webinar, leaflet and PCOS myth-busting graphic.

Find out more on the ALLIANCE website here.

Ex-forces veterans urged to access specialist services

UK Government ministers are encouraging veterans and service leavers to declare themselves to their GPs.

From there they can be referred to specialist healthcare pathways run by NHS England and services charities.

Dedicated mental and physical health care pathways for veterans include Op COURAGE and Op RESTORE.

Find out more from the GOV.UK website here.

Dementia-friendly design resources for World Alzheimer’s Month

Charity AbilityNet is offering a range of free dementia-friendly resources to support World Alzheimer’s Month this September.

Download the resources from the AbilityNet website using the following links:

Care Quality Commission seeks user hub members

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inviting people to join its CitizenLab service to help shape its work.

CitizenLab allows people to share ideas and opinions on the health and care sector through surveys and polls.

CQC uses what it learns to improve its services and information.

Sign up to CitizenLab on the CQC website here.

NHS England launches world-first programme for diabetes care in under 40s

PIF member NHS England has launched a new programme T2Day: Type 2 Diabetes in the Young.

The programme will see around 140,000 people aged 18 to 39 years old get tailored health checks and support with diabetes management.

NHS England is the first health system in the world to offer a national, targeted programme for this high-risk group.

Read more about the programme on the NHS England website here.