QOF shows little impact on inequalities says report

13 May 2011
The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) has had little direct impact on improving health or reducing inequalities, according to the King’s Fund. Their new report looked at the QOF, a pay-for-performance scheme produced in 2004 by the General Medical Services contract which incentivised PCTs on the quality of care they provided.

Research reveals cost of poor housing in Wales

13 May 2011
Poor housing in Wales costs the NHS £67m a year according to new research from Shelter Cymru. The report - The Cost of Poor Housing in Wales, jointly funded by Shelter Cymru and the Building Research Establishment Trust, calculates the costs of accidents and ailments caused by problems in the home such as electrical safety and damp and mould. “The links between bad housing and physical and mental...

NICE walking and cycling guidance published

13 May 2011
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has produced guidance on walking and cycling. The guidance is in two parts: Part 1 - Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as a form of travel or recreation Part 2 - An assessment of the wider impact of walking and cycling on health and other issues, such as congestion, climate change and the local...

Childminders need to work in partnership

13 May 2011
Childminders need support to engage with other professionals according to the Chair of the National Childminding Association (NCMA). Sue Davis who takes over the role in September stresses the need for childminders to be supported during a time of policy change and budget cuts. "There are all sorts of things happening such as the select committee’s report on Ofsted and Graham Allen’s early...

Road Safety Framework launched

13 May 2011
The government has launched its road safety strategy - The Strategic Framework for Road Safety. The Department for Transport’s strategy is an important step in placing road safety on the policy agenda and is particularly significant for those working in child accident prevention. Child pedestrian casualties are five times higher in the 10% of most deprived areas in Great Britain compared to the...

Child Safety Week 2011

13 May 2011
Child Safety Week, the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT’s) flagship education campaign is taking place on the 20th to the 26th June 2011. The campaign is an excellent opportunity for practitioners working with families and children to raise awareness of the number of accidents that seriously injure or kill children every year and the steps we can take to help prevent them. The emphasis of...

Help improve our websites

18 April 2011
Do you work with children and families either as a senior policymaker/practitioner or as a frontline practitioner? We’re doing some web user research into who uses our websites and how we could improve them. If you can spare an hour to be interviewed and to carry out some simple tests on our sites, then we’d like to hear from you. The research sessions The sessions take place on the 9, 10 and 11...

Baby study receives financial boost

15 April 2011
The largest ever UK-wide study of babies and young children has received a £24.25 million investment boost from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The study will track health, well-being and social circumstances of over 90,000 UK babies and their families from pregnancy through to early years.

Commissioning Support Programme report shows improvement

12 April 2011
The Commissioning Support Programme, which supports children’s trusts in their commissioning activities has produced its final report showing a 20 to 30% improvement in the standard of commissioning. The report 'Learning from the Sector, Providing for the sector' evaluates the success of the two-year programme and highlights where the programme has produced improved outcomes for children as well...

UK children's health falling behind Europe says report

12 April 2011
A new report says that the government's health reforms will fail to deliver improvements to children’s health services, which already lag behind those of Europe. The report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and authored by a number of academics and doctors says that the care provided by children's health services in the U.K is too often centred around the needs of the organisation rather...