Study: HPV prevalence demonstrates importance of involving men in prevention strategies

A systematic review exploring the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in men has highlighted the importance of effective prevention strategies.

The review of studies which took place between 1995 and 2022 found almost 1 in 3 men worldwide carry at least one type of genital HPV.

1 in 5 men are infected with one or more high risk HPV types which carry the most risk of causing cancers in both men and women.

The authors say their results emphasise the importance of incorporating men in comprehensive HPV prevention strategies.

This could reduce HPV-related illness and death in men and ultimately achieve elimination of cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases.

Read the full study results on the Lancet website here.

Creative Health Review report enters final stages

The Creative Health Review is now in the final stages of analysing its findings.

Creative health involves using activities like visual and performing arts, crafts, film, literature, cooking and gardening to prevent ill-health and promote health and wellbeing.

The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched a Creative Health Review in October 2022.

The final report is due in December 2023. 

Read more about the review and how to get involved on the NCCH website here.

Annual #AskAboutAsthma campaign widens scope

The 2023 #AskAboutAsthma awareness campaign will focus on wider factors affecting children and young people’s asthma care.

This includes issues such as housing, mould and vaping. 

The campaign runs from 11-17 September.

A downloadable campaign toolkit includes posters, copy, and graphics and messaging for social media. 

Download the toolkit from the campaign web page here.

Progress on fixing the digital divide

The Good Things Foundation has published a report outlining its digital inclusion milestones.

Core achievements from April 2022 to June 2023 include the National Digital Inclusion Network reaching 3,277 member organisations.

By 2025, the charity wants to engage 1 million people and help them benefit from the digital world.

View the impact report on The Good Things Foundation website here.

Call for action as older population continues to grow

Age UK has highlighted shortcomings in health and social care in the face of a growing older population.

Its State of Health and Care of Older People, 2023 report points out the fastest growing UK population group is the over-85s.

This group is projected to grow by two-thirds over the next 20 years.

The report says there are both short and long-term problems in health and social care provision.

Urgent action is needed to make improvements.

Read more and download the report from the Age UK website here.

Survey: Two questions for effective personalised care

The Coalition for Personalised Care (C4PC) is asking two questions to help it understand barriers to personalised care.

The organisation would like people who use health and care services to answer the following questions:

  • What does personalised care within health look like for you?
  • What are the barriers for you accessing good personalised care within health?

The answers will feed into C4PC’s strategy for the future.

Take part in the survey here.

Last chance to enter GSK IMPACT awards

There is just one day left to enter the GSK IMPACT Awards.

The awards, funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King's Fund, provide funding, training and development for charities working to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

They are open to health-related charities that are at least three years old with a total annual income of between £150,000 and £3 million.

Stage 1 applications close at 5pm on Friday, 1 September.

Find out more and apply via The King's Fund website here.

Report praises strong start by integrated care systems

A report from the NHS Confederation explores how integrated care systems (ICSs) have progressed in 2022 and 2023.

It says ICSs have made a strong start during a difficult period.

However, there are still barriers to progress which need action at a national level. These include:

  • Staff shortages
  • A lack of funding for social care
  • NHS finances, including unexpected cuts to integrated care board running costs.

Access the full report on the NHS Confederation website here.

Survey: Patient views on pharma’s environmental impact 

Patient groups are invited to share their views on the pharmaceutical industry’s impact on the environment and health. 

Independent research organisation PatientView is running the survey.

Take part via SurveyMonkey here.