Expression of Interest

Early Years Innovation Partnership: Nesta, an innovation foundation is looking for expressions of interest from local areas to build long-term innovation partnerships to improve outcomes for children in the early years. The partnership aims to use the local area’s deep knowledge and new ideas with Nesta’s capabilities of service innovation and improvement to support the most disadvantaged children to reach school with a good level of social, emotional, and cognitive development. The webpage provides key information need to apply including the application process, key dates, and eligibility criteria.

Data and tools

EIF maturity matrix: Maternity and early years: Published by the Early Intervention Foundation, this self-assessment tool was constructed to support local partners in understanding their position on early childhood interventions, identifying areas for improvement and to deliver positive changes to children’s outcomes. The matrix can be completed individually, or as structure for a group discussion. The matrix works best when a range of stakeholders participate in order to build a more systems-wide approach to improving outcomes for children.

Reports and briefings

Adolescent mental health evidence brief 1: Prevalence of disorders: This is the first in a series of evidence briefings looking at adolescent mental health. The first evidence briefing focuses on the prevalence of mental health disorders among adolescents aged 11-19 years in England. The findings presented from this survey are from data across four waves: 2020, 2017, 2004 and 1999. The findings show rates of mental disorders have been increasing since 1999, with findings exacerbated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gradual increase in rates may be attributed to increased awareness and help-seeking behaviours, reduced stigma and improved screening but they may also represent an increase in prevalence rate.

Research

Experiences of healthcare, including palliative care, of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families: Using a longitudinal qualitative approach the authors aimed to understand the experiences and perceptions of healthcare services (including palliative care) of children with life limiting and/or threatening conditions and their family members. Thematic analysis of the interviews suggested experiences of fighting a fragmented healthcare sstem with palliative care considered a distinct service as opposed to a broad approach with access dependent on the availability of specialist services. The study calls for an urgent need to create a more child and family centred approach that builds on trusted, interpersonal relationships with healthcare professionals, effective care coordination to allow for palliative care to be fully integrated into the wider healthcare of these children.

Join In

Population health global summit: The King’s Fund is hosting a one-day free virtual event on 2nd December between 10AM and 4PM. Sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement, this event will bring in experts to speak on the delivery of population health locally and globally, the development of population health strategies and new integrated care models and will draw in on national and international examples of best practice. Sign up here.