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A new report, co-authored by PSSRU's Prof Martin Knapp (pictured), says Mental health cuts are costing the NHS millions.

The report's background available on theLSE News and Media section|.


Launch of the WHO Consultative Committee Report - Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage

Hosted by: LSE Health and Social Care and Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

For further information, including a programme and ticket information, please see the events web page|.

30,000 people with mental health problems lose social care as funding cut by £90million

Since 2005, 30,000 people with mental health problems have lost their social care support, following a £90 million shortfall in funding due to cuts to local authority budgets, according to research by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), based at LSE.

Adjusting for socio-demographic change, this would be equivalent to 63,000 fewer people with mental health problems receiving social care since 2005 and local authorities needing to spend £260million to meet their needs.

Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez| (pictured), PSSRU Deputy Director and co-author of the research, said: “Even before the current public spending austerity programme was introduced, the adequacy of adult social care spending was an issue of concern. Overall, our findings indicate significant reductions in service provision both in terms of the numbers of people receiving care and in terms of the amount of public resources invested. The scale of reductions in spending and provision are almost certainly without precedent in the history of adult social care.” Read more|

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The Health Inc| project, coordinated by LSE Health and funded by European Commission, won the ‘Social Science & Medicine Best Poster Award’ at the ‘Health Systems in Asia’ conference in Singapore in December 2013. The prize was awarded to the project consortium for five posters presented at the event. 

Health Inc is a three year (2011 – 2014) collaborative research project between LSE Health (Alistair McGuire|, Philipa Mladovsky|, Divya Parmar| and Gemma Williams|) and five international partners, funded by the European Commission (FP7). The project explores how social exclusion restricts access to health services despite recent health financing reforms, with research conducted in Ghana, Senegal and the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

More information on the posters and the Health Inc project can be found on the Elsevier| and Health Inc| websites respectively


LSEHSC Article in Top 15 Most-Read

Health Affairs|, a leading U.S. based journal on health policy thought and research, has cited an LSE Health and Social Care article as one of it's most frequently read articles during 2013.

Written by Mark Stabile, Sarah Thomson|, Sara Allin, Seán Boyle|, Reinhard Busse, Karine Chevreul, Greg Marchildon, and Elias Mossialos|, the article, Health Care Cost Containment Strategies Used In Four Other High-Income Countries Hold Lessons For The United States, and published in the April 2013 issue of Health Affairs, was ranked number 8 in the Top 15 Most-Read Health Affairs articles of 2013.

You can see the full list of most read Health Affairs articles on the Health Affairs Blog|.

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Recessions can be good for your health, but only if you are male

Philipp Hessel| and Mauricio Avendano| (pictured) of LSE Health argue that permanent changes in lifestyle in early adulthood could provide an explanation for why men fare better in recessions. It is thought that temporary economic downturns may promote healthy living in young men who cannot afford to indulge in smoking, alcohol and over-eating, while providing more time for sport and other physical activity. They can also encourage some to become more motivated to achieve and become independent earlier, leading to better long-term career prospects and therefore better health.

Women who leave school during a recession, on the other hand, tend to get married and have children earlier, causing them to opt out of the labour market earlier, leading to poor long-term career prospects and therefore worse long-term health. Working part-time or never entering the labour market can also make women more vulnerable to poverty, particularly in the event of divorce. Read more| 


To view older items, please go to the news page|.

LSEHSC Formal Seminar: Rethinking Long-Term Care by Robert and Rosalie Kane

Date: 12th May 2014, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Venue: LSE

For further information, please see the Events page|.

Launch of the WHO Consultative Committee Report - Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage

Hosted by: LSE Health and Social Care and Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Venue: CLM.6.02, Clement House, Aldwych

Countries around the world are moving towards Universal Health Coverage. Along the way, they face difficult choices. The WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage has produced a report to offer guidance on how to make these choices fairly. This seminar presents the Group’s recommendations and offers reflection from leading academics and policy-makers in health policy.

For further information, please see the events page|.


New book:  Improving Health Services: Background, Method and Applications, by Walter Holland|

This insightful book describes how Health Services Research (HSR) can be developed and used to evaluate, advance and improve all aspects of health services. It demonstrates the need for good HSR to avoid the continuation or development of ineffective or cost-inefficient services.

Published in November 2013 by Edward Elgar Publishing|


New book: Behavioural Public Policy, edited by Adam Oliver|

How can individuals best be encouraged to take more responsibility for their well-being and their environment or to behave more ethically in their business transactions? Across the world, governments are showing a growing interest in using behavioural economic research to inform the design of nudges which, some suggest, might encourage citizens to adopt beneficial patterns of behaviour. In this fascinating collection, leading academic economists, psychologists and philosophers reflect on how behavioural economic findings can be used to help inform the design of policy initiatives in the areas of health, education, the environment, personal finances and worker remuneration. Each chapter is accompanied by a shorter 'response' that provides critical commentary and an alternative perspective. This accessible book will interest academic researchers, graduate students and policy-makers across a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Published in October 2013 by Cambridge University Press|

If ordered through the CUP website, a 20% discount is available until the end of December when you use the discount code, 'Oliver2013'.


LSE and Nuffield Health Research on Impact of Low Fitness|

"The average person in England does well below the recommended levels of physical activity – with the average person doing only four days of sports and exercise in any month. Adding to this all other types of moderate activity (including work and housework), the average person is still only about halfway to achieving the government goals with respect to physical activity"

This is part of a new report which has recently been published by Nuffield Health in conjunction with LSE Health and Social Care. Click here| to read more...


Eurohealth Volume 19 Number 4|

EU cross-border health care collaboration
This issue of Eurohealth explores various topics related to the Directive on the European Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care. Ten case studies look at specific aspects of EU cross-border health care collaboration, particularly at potential obstacles not fully covered by the Directive. Other articles look at dispensing prescriptions across EU Member States, European public health strategies, oral health in Europe, reporting health care waste in the Netherlands, the chronic care system in Spain, scaling-up e-health in Catalonia and dental health services for migrants in Cyprus.



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