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Evaluation of the North West London Whole Systems Integrated Care programme

A report led by PSSRU's Gerald Wistow (pictured) has been published on the findings of a study carried out between February 2014 and April 2015 to evaluate the early stages of an integrated care programme in North West London.

The evaluation does not aim to draw a verdict on the success of integrated care and the impact on care services in North West London, but rather to assess and provide feedback on the approach to designing an integrated care programme. Read more...


NHS health check programme wasting £450 million a year, says new report

The NHS Health Check programme is ineffective and currently wasting £450 million a year in scarce resources, according to a new report from LSE and University of Liverpool.            

The programme invites everyone in England aged 40–74 without cardiovascular disease (CVD) for a check every 5 years. Its website advertises that health checks, branded as “mid-life MOTs”, can prevent heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease stroke and dementia, as well as provide support and advice to help individuals manage and reduce their risk of future disease.

However, according to the report, Invited Debate. NHS Health  Checks—a naked emperor?, published in the Journal of Public Health, the NHSHC programme fails to achieve both of these primary objectives. Read more...


The internet is both harming and helping older people in social interactions

Almost five million Britons aged over 64 do not have any internet skills, with many older people believing digital technology is “too difficult to use” and a luxury rather than a tool for improving life quality.

The report, co-authored by Jackie Damant and Martin Knapp, found that digital technology has the potential to both harm and help social networking. It can lead to a breakdown in traditional forms of social interaction but also allow older people to maintain contact with distant friends and relatives through email and Skype, alleviating loneliness. Read more...


Ernestina Coast: Unsafe abortions in Zambia

Around 30 per cent of maternal deaths in Zambia each year are due to unsafe abortions. In the linked video, produced by the Department of Social Policy at LSE, LSE Health's Dr Ernestina Coast explains why Zambian women continue to take unnecessary risks to end unwanted pregnancies, despite abortion being legal in their country since 1972.

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Lessons from Europe: Exploring New System Models for Active & Healthy Ageing Date: 23 September 2015
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Venue: Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

In conjunction with the NHS European Office, Universities UK and LSE Health, UCLPartners are hosting the seminar focusing on innovation in the design of health and care systems for active and healthy ageing, drawing on examples from the 32 European Reference Sites recognised as pioneers by the European Commission. This is an exciting opportunity to meet and listen to senior European colleagues leading innovative community-driven change programmes. 

Click here for further information.

LSE-ICL Forum on Medical Innovation: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing on Innovative Therapies
Date: Wednesday 14 October 2015
Time: 13:30 - 18:00
Venue: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, London

The number of innovative medical technologies addressing high unmet medical need and offering significant improvements in survival and patient quality of life has increased in recent years. In some cases, innovative therapies introduced are offering a cure rather than long-term maintenance. The high cost and potential budget impact of these technologies has raised concern amongst decision-makers. This event is a unique opportunity to bring together clinical expertise, technical innovation and scientific thinking to discuss the latest developments in medical innovation, recent challenges and future prospects.

Click here for further information.

HEPL 10th Anniversary event
Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 18:15 - 19:45 
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House (Ground Floor), LSE

An event to mark the 10th anniversary of Health Economics Policy and Law will take place at the London School of Economics from 18:00 - 19:45 on Thursday 22 October 2015. The programme will begin with some words about HEPL from Patrick McCartan of Cambridge University Press. There will then be short statements from some of the members of HEPL’s International Advisory Board on what they think the biggest challenges will be in health care policy, either from the perspective of their own country or internationally, over the next 10 years. The presenters reflect the mix of disciplinary perspectives on which HEPL focuses (i.e. economics, political science and law).

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Evidencing the Care Act: science supporting practice
Part of: ESRC’s Festival of Social Science 2015 
Hosted by: Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE
Supported by: NIHR School for Social Care Research

Event 1:

Date: Saturday 7 November 2015
Time: 13:30 - 17:00
Venue: LSE

An afternoon of comedy and drama will feature contributions from comedians and actors who have portrayed aspects of the Care Act alongside social science researchers discussing evidence around those aspects.

Further details of speakers will be available shortly. Register here.

Event 2:

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Venue: LSE

A series of interactive workshops will provide space to discuss the current social science research on aspects of the Care Act, sharing collective research evidence on key themes and discussing implications for practice to support evidence-informed implementation of the provisions of the Act.

Current research evidence will be presented followed by evidence from policy and from practice to support facilitated interactive discussion with all participants.

Please see the Events page for further information, including registration links for individual workshops.

LSEHSC Formal seminar presented by Rudi Westendorp

Date: Monday 16 November 2015
Time: 12:30 - 13:30 (lunch from 12:15)
Venue: TBC
Speaker: Rudi Westendorp, Professor of Old-Age Medicine at the University of Copenhagen and author of the forthcoming book Growing Older Without Feeling Old

“His book explores key issues arising from our increasing lifespans, and helps to answer some of the burning questions of out time, such as; What do longer life spans mean for the way we organise our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer? Does it help to eat less, or to take hormones, vitamins, or minerals? And what can we learn from old people who remain full of vitality, despite illness and infirmity?”

He will be presenting on some of his work/elements of the book. Further details to be confirmed in due course.
To view all forthcoming and past events, please see the events page.

New Eurohealth, Special Gastein Issue on Securing health in Europe 

Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 3

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth addresses many topics covered in the 2015 European Health Forum Gastein on the topic Securing health in Europe: balancing priorities, sharing responsibilities. Health leaders from WHO, the EU, Austria, Luxembourg, and other important institutions present their views and ideas. The Observer section covers: Securing health in all policies, Affordability of new medicines, Securing the health workforce, and Innovative approaches for mental illness. The International Section contains articles on: The power of patients, The power of the International Health Regulations, Enhancing public health preparedness, and Strengthening primary care. The Systems and Policies section looks at: Financial stability (Czech Republic), Key reforms and challenges (Luxembourg), and Long-term care reform (The Netherlands).


New Eurohealth on Health system developments in former Soviet countries

Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 2

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth Observer section looks at the challenges and achievements of former Soviet countries with regards to primary care, specialised and inpatient services, and pharmaceutical care as well as reforms in Ukraine and challenges to universal coverage in Uzbekistan. Other articles include: Health priorities for Luxembourg’s EU Presidency; Care for older people in Denmark and Norway; Dutch expectation on out-of-pocket payments; Inequity in long-term care use in Spain; and Eurohealth Monitor.



Assessing Improvements in Dementia Care and Support

The Department of Health (DH) commissioned a team from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (as part of the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) and with support from the NIHR School for Social Care Research) to conduct a review to map data available and to summarise key research evidence on trends in dementia care in England over recent years, particularly since 2009.

The report "Independent assessment of improvements in dementia care and support since 2009" is now available - click here.

To view more publications, please see the publications page.

Listed below are the three most recent blog posts from the LSEHSC blog:

Primary health care should play bigger role in treating chronic kidney disease
A new review article suggests that primary health care should play a bigger role in managing early-stage chronic kidney disease. Olivier J. Wouters and Dr. Panos G. Kanavos, two of the co-authors of the study, discuss these findings. Chronic kidney disease (CKD), which involves the gradual loss of kidney function, is one of the most common health conditions in the […]

Learning from an intrepid pioneer: integrated care in North West London
by Judith Smith and Gerald Wistow There is broad agreement in policy circles that integration of health services and social care is something that really should be sorted out, and soon. Evidence from the Nuffield Trust and LSE evaluation of the largest of the original 14 National Integrated Care Pioneer sites announced by the then Health Minister Norman Lamb in […]

Internet delivers mixed messages for older people
by Geoff Ellis How will the internet impact on older people’s ability to maintain social networks in coming decades? A new report argues there will always be a generational divide in capabilities and preferences about information and communication technology (ICT), and this could materially and socially disadvantage some older people. Jacqueline Damant and Martin Knapp of the Personal Social Services […]


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