How fit were public services for coronavirus?: The report produced in partnership by the Institute for Government and the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy looks to assess the preparedness and resilience of 9 key public services (hospitals, general practice, local emergency support services, adult social care, children’s care, schools, the police, criminal courts and prisons) in the years running to the pandemic to see how fit these services were to withstand and tackle the pandemic. The report also offers practical and inexpensive recommendations to ensure that public services are better positioned to tackle shocks in the future.

Primary and community care: In the latest Quality Watch update by the Nuffield Foundation, this report includes the latest trends in the quality of primary and community care. The latest indicators include access to GP services, Confidence and trust in clinicians, antibiotic prescribing, GP referrals etc.


Association Between Fat Mass in Early Life and Later Fat Mass Trajectories: In order to investigate whether a rapid increase in fat mass percentage (FM%) in the first months of life is associated with higher trajectories of body fat mass during the first 2 years of life, a birth cohort consisting of 401 healthy were assessed. Study findings showed that a rapid increase in fat mass percentage during the first 6 months was associated with higher trajectories of body fat mass during the first 2 years of life. These findings suggest that the first 6 months of life are a critical window for adiposity programming, having significant implications for primary health care.

Psychosocial interventions for violence exposed youth: Violence in all forms is known to affect youth’s mental health. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in addressing the sequelae of violence exposure on youth (15–24 years old) and evaluate whether moderating factors impact intervention effectiveness. The study found an uncertainty around the benefits of the interventions due to the small number of studies. The study also noted that no prior study had assessed the impact of structural violence.

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Integrated care systems: This four half day virtual conference run by the Kings Fund from 12th – 16th October looks to discuss the future of integrated care systems, particularly as the country approaches the deadline of having every part of the country covered by an integrated care system by April 2021, as set out in the NHS long term plan. On the 26th of August, they are also running a free online event to discuss evidence-based solutions to improve people’s outcomes and experiences of care.

Quality improvement and patient empowerment: Another free online event run by the King’s Fund on the 9th of September aims to discuss the proven benefits that technological solutions offer to complex problems and how technology can transform the quality of care and patient experience. It uses the orthopaedic pathway used in in Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust as a case study to explore in depth how the adoption and integration of technology can help NHS trusts deliver on elective surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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