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The new national strategy for mental health has been launched

The new national strategy for mental health has been launched

New Horizons: Towards A Shared Vision for Mental Health is a cross-government programme of action to help improve everyone's mental well-being and the services that provide mental health care. The strategy replaces the 10 year old National Service Framwework for Mental Health.

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Welsh health survey: One in three take no exerciseWeb link

Ministers have been urged to do more to encourage people "off the sofa" as it emerges the amount of exercise Wales takes has not changed in 10 years.



Department seeks partners for reaching young peopleWeb link

The Department of Health is seeking partners to help it communicate with young people and those that work with them. It wants to work with organisations from all sectors to develop partnership activity and gain a range of expert perspectives to inform its work.



Government to launch £400 million drive to tackle mental health treatmentWeb link

Government to launch £400 million drive to tackle mental health treatment - Telegraph article 17th October 2011



Eating Well for Older People & Older People with Dementia: Practical guide (2011)Web link

New report provides illustrated guidance about the types and quantities of food and drink. It is aimed at all those helping and advising the elderly where there may be practical difficulties around eating, drinking and accessing food. For more, see the website at



The system for collecting and reporting Improving Access to Phsychological Therapies data will be changingWeb link

Approval has been given for the IAPT data set to be adopted as a National
Operational Standard, which will allow IAPT data to be reported centrally and used for
secondary purposes.



The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental HealthWeb link

The JCP-MH is a new collaboration between leading organisations with an interest in mental health and learning disabilities. It works with the Royal College of GPs and builds upon the National Mental Health Development Unit's previous work on commissioning and mental health.



ESRA NewsletterWeb link

Here is our Spring Newsletter. Please feel free to call Jane on 01737 772115 if you would like more information.



Professor Dame Sally Davies named as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for EnglandDownloadable document

The CMO is the Government's most senior medical advisor, responsible for providing expert advice on a wide range of issues relating to the health of the nation, including the handling of health related emergencies.



Health visitor implementation plan launchedWeb link

The plan sets out what implementing that commitment will mean for families, for health visitors and for all those who have a part to play in strengthening health visiting services.



New report claims heavy smoking in mid-life increases the risk of dementia in later lifeWeb link

A large cohort study has shown that heavy smoking in midlife was associated with a greater than 100% increase in risk of dementia, AD, and VaD more than 2 decades later. These results suggest that the brain is not immune to long-term consequences of heavy smoking.




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