Guides

BACCH service resumption resources: The British Association for Community Child Health (BACCH) have added several resources including guidance and science summaries to allow for the restoration of community paediatric services. This will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

Data and tools

Sexual and reproductive health: return on investment tool: Public Health England have published several resources which can be used to estimate the value of investing in prevention and early diagnosis in a specific area. Newly added, is the return on investment (ROI) tool which quantifies the costs and benefits associated with a range of sexual and reproductive health interventions. The tool focuses on young people (aged 15 to 24). The tool can be set to focus on the national level or in users’ local area (region, local authority, or clinical commissioning group). An accompanying report provides a guide to users of the tool.

National child measurement programme (NCMP): trends in child BMI: This report presents data on the trends in child body mass index from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), between 2006 to 2007, and 2018 to 2019. It reports on trends including severe obesity, obesity, excess weight. The trends are examined by ethnic groups and by socioeconomic status and reports on the inequality gaps. There were more upward trends in obesity, severe obesity, and excess weight than downward trends in boys and girls. Furthermore, the report showed that inequalities are widening in obesity, excess weight, and severe obesity across all age and sex groups.

Reports

COVID-19 and the nation’s mental health: This briefing released by the Centre for Mental Health seeks to assess the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the UK population. While it is hard to make accurate predictions given the unprecedented nature of the circumstances, the authors forecast at least 500,000 more people experiencing mental ill health if the economic effects of the pandemic mirror those of the 2008 banking crisis. Furthermore, the mental health impact of COVID-19 will not be experienced equally: people with existing mental health difficulties and risk factors for poor mental health are likely to be affected disproportionately.

Research

HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis among Adolescents in the US: This review assesses the current status of Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among at-risk adolescents aged 13 to 19 years in the USA. It provides recommendations for improving PrEP access and uptake. The review also comments on future needed directions, including specific recommendations for health care professionals. To optimize uptake, improvements in clinicians’ knowledge about HIV risk and prevention strategies should be made. Furthermore, leveraging the ubiquity of social media, encouraging family support, and performing research aimed at finding lifestyle-congruent formulations can help mitigate HIV transmission in adolescents at greatest risk for HIV.

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