Parkinson’s UK relaunches Get It On Time campaign 

PIF member Parkinson’s UK has relaunched a campaign to help people get their medication on time in hospital.

Get It On Time highlights the harm done to patients when medication is delayed.

Last year only 42% of people with Parkinson’s admitted to hospital in England received their medication on time.  

A joint statement published by Parkinson’s UK and 7 other organisations outlines how the Government can act. 

The statement is signed by fellow PIF members Diabetes UK, Epilepsy Action and Rethink Mental Illness.

Find out more on the Parkinson’s UK website here.

Prioritising prevention of childhood ill health

A new report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AOMRC) makes the case for prioritising the prevention of ill health in childhood.

Securing our healthy future: Prevention is better than cure has 10 key actions for UK government to improve child health. These include:

  • Creating a cabinet-level minister for children and young people
  • More preventive measures in childhood for healthy weight and oral health
  • Improving vaccination uptake
  • Supporting child mental health services.

Read the full report on the AOMRC website here.

Unequal impact of COVID-19 report goes forward to national inquiry

Recommendations in a report about health inequalities during COVID-19 are going forward to the national pandemic inquiry.

The report is based on a workshop of National Voices members.

It explores how the health of certain people was disadvantaged during the pandemic.

This includes people from minority communities, disabled people and people living with long term conditions. 

Download the report from the National Voices website here.

How community pharmacy can do more for population health

A new report says community pharmacy can play much a greater role in delivering policy goals for population health.

The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust report was commissioned by Community Pharmacy England.

Authors point to ways in which community pharmacies can help prevent ill health and relieve increasing pressure on primary care.

This includes reducing health inequalities by acting as health and wellbeing hubs.

However, the report warns its vision cannot be delivered without changes to the law, as well as additional funding

Read more via the Nuffield Trust website here.

Call to adopt PRSB information standard for person-centred care

In this article, Dr Nilesh Bharakhada calls for a strategic national direction to achieve a single, holistic view of people’s health information.

He says this can be achieved by NHS trusts, integrated care systems and healthcare suppliers adopting PRSB’s information standard.

Dr Bharakhada is executive clinical director for health and care for PIF member PRSB.

Read the full article via the DigitalHealth website here.

Plans to expand co-production work

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) has announced new investment in co-production to help those with lived experience play a pivotal role in social care.

The project is being delivered in collaboration with National Co-production Advisory Group.

It is hoped it will open up TLAP’s work to more people wanting to get involved in project, policy, co-design and co-production workshops.

Find out more from the TLAP website here.

Gambling harm linked to mental health issues

Findings from the Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm’s roundtable event are shared in a new report.

The discussion event in May highlighted the link between mental health and gambling harms.

It involved people with direct experience as well as addiction treatment experts.

The report includes recommendations for areas to investigate and improve, including education to reduce stigma.

Read more via the ALLIANCE website here.

Autumn weather changes prompt migraine warning

PIF member The Migraine Trust has warned seasonal weather change can trigger migraines.

An article by headache nurse specialist Rhia Bola lists weather changes that may set off a migraine and suggests ways to reduce the impact.

Find out more on The Migraine Trust website here.