• Interactions between state pension and long-term care reforms: An overview
    The Care and State Pension Reform (CASPeR) research team (comprising of members from the Pensions Policy Institute, the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Health Economics Group at the University of East Anglia) is today publishing ‘Interactions between state pension and long-term care reforms: An overview’. A report which assesses how reforms to the state pension and the English long-term care financing system interact to affect different groups. This report has been sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation.

    The report finds that those most likely to benefit from the reforms are homeowners and high / median income earners.  Lower earning renters could lose out from the combination of reforms, if transitional protection is not introduced.

    To download the report, please click here.
    To download the press release, please click here. 5 November 2015.
  • News from the Action and Research Centre at the RSA
    Today the RSA has launched its latest report, Community Capital: The Value of Connected Communities. The final report from the Big Lottery funded Connected Communities programme, which includes contributions from PSSRU's Martin Knapp and A-La Park, is based on five years of community engagement and research with people in seven locations around the country, and partners at the University of Central Lancashire.

    The report includes findings of social network analysis and wellbeing surveys with 3,000 people and case studies of practical projects designed in cooperation with local residents that are designed to reduce social isolation and boost wellbeing.

    You can download the report here and read a blog introducing the work here. 30 October 2015.
  • Evaluation of the North West London Whole Systems Integrated Care programme
    A report led by PSSRU's Gerald Wistow 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... 2 October 2015
  • NHS health check programme wasting £450 million a year, says new report
    The BHS health check programme is ineffective and currently wasting £450 million a year in scarce reosources, 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 advertsies 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... 21 September 2015 
  • 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... 13 August 2015.
  • Attending church is the key to good mental health among older Europeans
    A study of depression among older Europeans has found that joining a religious organisation is more beneficial than charity work, sport or education in improving their mental health.
    LSE Health's Dr Mauricio Avendano said the only activity associated with sustained happiness was attending a church, synagogue or mosque.
    “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life. It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated,” he said. Read more...
    Click here to read the linked journal article. 5 August 2015.
  • Modelling a cognitive footprint to meet the global challenge of dementia
    The increase in dementia cases around the world has led to predictions of unaffordable treatment costs over the coming decades, to the point that many countries have had to develop "national dementia plans".
    In this article in The Lancet, Martin Rossor, together with PSSRU's Martin Knapp, discuss the concept of a "cognitive footprint"; similar to a carbon footprint, the cognitive footprint can either be negative or positive. This can used to assess and model potential cognitive effects of medical and public health interventions. Click here to read the full article.
  • LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year
    A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year.
    The report, prepared by LSE’s Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is the first of its kind to analyse the economic impact that dementia has on Welsh society and was the subject of a panel discussion ‘Can Wales afford to ignore dementia?’ on Tuesday 14 July at the National Assembly for Wales. Read more...
    Click here to view the full report. 7 July 2015 
  • LSE Research Festival winners
    PSSRU is delighted that two of our colleagues have won prizes at the 2015 LSE Research Festival; Madeleine Stevens’ entry, “Children at risk of developing antisocial and criminal behaviour” is a poster of research depicted in a comic strip format which came first “highly commended” in the Poster category.  The judges said "The cartoon format is unusual and engaging and tells a story that serves to personalise the topic and make it accessible. There is a useful arrangement of additional information." 
    Francesco D’Amico’s entry “Public costs for young adults with behavioural problems in their childhood” came second “highly commended” in the Group Research category. The infographic summarises the findings of a 20 year study developed between researchers from PSSRU and The University of Nottingham. 1 June 2015
  • Thousands miss out on palliative care due to unfair health system
    The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report (released Wednesday 8 April), which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients. Terminally ill patients with illnesses other than cancer; people aged over 85 years; black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups; and people living in socially deprived areas are all missing out on important palliative care services, the report from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows. Read more here.

    On 17 April, an editorial was published in The Lancet journal which comments on the findings of the report. This can be viewed here. 17 April 2015 
  • Family beliefs a barrier to aged care health reform
    A new study of 15 European countries, including the UK, by Dr Joan Costa-i-Font shows that older parents are boycotting the development of long-term care funding and insurance, fearing their children will relinquish all responsibility for looking after them in their old age. Dr Costa-i-Font says people need to adjust their expectations of family responsibility to become more in tune with reality so that much-needed reforms in the aged care sector can be pursued. 16 January 2015
  • Professor Julian Le Grand awarded Knighthood in New Year Honours list 2015
    Congratulations to Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmus Professor of Social Policy, who was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours list 2015 for services to social science and public service. To view the New Year Honours list 2015 in full, please click here. 4 January 2015
  • REF2014 Results
    Results from REF2014 reconfirm LSE as a world-leading research university, with the Department of Social Policy ranking first in the UK for the percentage of its research rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).
    All six of the Department's impact case studies were ranked 4*. LSEHSC contributed three of these to REF2014. Click here to read the full case studies. 18 December 2014
  • Advance-HTA's interim results presented in Mexico
    Dr Panos Kanavos, deputy director at LSE Health, Department of Social Policy and Aris Angelis, PhD fellow, Department of Social Policy, presented Advance-HTA project’s interim results together with other partners of the project at a two-day Capacity Building workshop in Mexico City, on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 of November. Over 70 Health Technology Assessment (HTA) experts and decision makers of ministerial and academic affiliation attended the workshop, coming from all over the Latin America region with countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay. Advance-HTA is a research project funded by the European Commission's Research Framework Programme (FP7). It comprises several complementary streams of research that aim to advance and strengthen the methodological tools and practices relating to the application and implementation of HTA. It is a partnership of 13 Consortium members led by the Medical Technology Research Group, LSE Health. More information can be found at 12 November 2014
  • Ethical Dilemmas of vaccination
    How relevant are gender and age when making policies about vaccination and does this leave governments open to claims of discrimination? Dr Jeroen Luyten, Fellow in Health Economics and Health Policy, discusses the moral and ethical issues in vaccination policy. 10 November 2014
  • LSE report reveals £8 billion cost of mental health problems in pregnancy
    PSSRU colleagues Annette Bauer, Martin Knapp, Valentina Iemmi and Bayo Adelaja have contributed to a report which amongst its key findings has discovered that perinatal depression, anxiety and psychosis carry a total long-term cost to society of around £8.1 billion a year.
    The report was produced by the London School of Economics and Centre for Mental Health for the Everyone’s Business campaign led by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and funded by Comic Relief.
    Click here to read the report in full. 20 October 2014
  • LSE Health and The Commonwealth Fund convene International Experts Working Group on High-Need, High-Cost Patients
    Across health systems in industrialised countries, as few as 5-10 percent of patients are responsible for more than 50 percent of the total cost of healthcare. These “high-need, high-cost” patients are likely to suffer from chronic diseases and multiple or complex conditions, often combined with behavioural or mental health problems and socioeconomic challenges. LSE Health and The Commonwealth Fund have launched a two-year project to compare international integrated delivery models for the care of high-need, high-cost patients and identify best practices in improving health and social care while controlling costs associated with this population.
    An International Experts Working Group met at the London School of Economics & Political Science on 11-12 September 2014, in preparation for The Commonwealth Fund’s Annual International Symposium, where senior international policymakers convened to discuss high-need, high-cost patients. Read more... (PDF). 24 September 2014
  • Final Health Inc conference
    The Health Inc FP7 project, coordinated by LSE Health, is holding its final conference, “Towards equitable coverage and more inclusive social protection in health” on 28-29 October, 2014, at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. Further details on the conference agenda can be found here.
    For a span of three years, Health Inc has explored whether social exclusion can explain the limited success of innovate health financing and social protection reforms in two Indian states (Karnataka and Maharashtra) and two West-African countries (Senegal and Ghana). In this final conference we will bring together scholars, policymakers and civil society actors from around the world to discuss our findings and debate on how to make social health protection programmes and health financing strategies more inclusive.
    If you would like to attend the conference, please follow this link to register. 16 September 2014
  • Report by PSSRU colleagues included in the latest Chief Medical Officer’s report on public mental health priorities.
    Mental health issues can arise at any age and from a variety of triggers; from maternal mental illness negatively affecting a child’s emotions into adulthood, to a bereavement which can have an effect on emotions for many years. This can transcend into physical health problems as people with mental illness are more likely to smoke or have weight problems. While the health and quality of life consequences rightly dominate the public concerns,  the economic consequences are what heavily influences public policy responses. PSSRU colleagues Martin Knapp and Valentina Iemmi have written a chapter titled “The economic case for better mental health”, which appears in the latest Chief Medical Officer’s report on Public Mental Health Priorities. Click here to read the report in full. (The chapter is located in Section 4 on page 147 of the report). 15 September 2014
  • Dementia UK, 2nd Edition: Dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year
    A new report which has been co-authored with The Alzheimer's Society, LSE and the King's College London has found that dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year - enough to pay the energy bills of every household in the country.
    Martin Knapp said ‘the cost of dementia is high, but the key question is what does that cost buy? We need to make sure that people with dementia and their carers get effective and cost-effective treatment, care and support.’
    The download the full report, click here. 9 September 2014 
  • Martin Knapp awarded fellowship at King's College London
    Martin Knapp has been awarded a fellowship as an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. Read more... 23 July 2014
  • Twins and short spaced births linked to premature death among parents
    Mothers of twins and parents who have children in quick succession have a greater risk of dying prematurely, new research from LSE shows. According to Professor Emily Grundy from LSE’s Department of Social Policy, the results show that the stresses of closely spaced, frequent births may have longer term implications for parents’ health. 16 July 2014
  • Nudging the Obese
    With obesity levels in the UK now the third highest in Western Europe, political leaders are struggling to find a solution to the nation’s expanding girth. Are nudge policies the way to go? LSE Health's Adam Oliver has written an article in The Lancet. Read more... 7 July 2014
  • Autism costs the UK £32 billion a year
    Research published in a leading international medical journal shows that autism costs the UK more than heart disease, cancer and stroke combined. A new study led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) estimates that autism costs the country at least £32 billion per year in treatment, lost earnings, care and support for children and adults with autism. Read more 10 June 2014
  • "Saving our Sanity" by Martin Knapp
    It is increasingly recognised across the world that intervening early in mental illness not only spares millions from untold misery but can save millions in finances. Martin Knapp provides an overview of a field of study that could transform this century and in which LSE leads the way in the Summer 2014 edition of LSE Alumni's Connect magazine. Read more 9 June 2014
  • A new report, co-authored by PSSRU's Prof Martin Knapp, says Mental health cuts are costing the NHS millions.
    The report's background available on the LSE News and Media section 10 April 2014
  • 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 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 12 March 2014
  • 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. 21 January 2014 

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