Scotland has launched a National Rural Mental Health Forum
This was set-up as part of Scottish Government’s new ten-year Mental Health Strategy announced by Scotland’s Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, in March 2017.
Information about the Forum which has three main aims to its work can be found here:
County councils say they are having to shift “unsustainable” amounts of money towards supporting children with special educational needs. In total, 21 councils have overspent on their high-needs block over the past two years, which is a central government grant to support children with special educational needs.
Rural residents are unfairly penalised when it comes to Improved Better Care Funding, MPs have been told. The Rural Services Network issued the warning in response to an inquiry by MPs who are examining the long-term future of adult social care. The Long Term Funding of Adult Social Care Inquiry is being undertaken by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons.
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart has voiced concern over ambulance response times in rural East Yorkshire. Mr Stuart has written to Yorkshire Ambulance Service chief executive Rod Barnes following evidence of substantial local variation in emergency ambulance response performance. Mr Stuart said he was concerned that the issue of local variation had not gone away despite previous commitments by the ambulance service to tackle the problem.
In NHS’s 70th year top doctors eye a giant leap for patient care with UK space agency
In the run-up to the NHS’s 70th anniversary, Professor Tony Young led the delegation to meet representatives of the UK Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire – known as the UK Space Gateway.
Among the technology they saw demonstrated were:
Environmental monitoring: An estimated 1.2 million people are living with diagnosed COPD. Through satellite monitoring, patients and those caring for them could be given constantly updated information about air quality in their area. This could help sufferers make informed decisions and provide early warning to increased risk of respiratory distress.
In March 2017, the House of Commons Health Committee published its final report to accompany its suicide prevention inquiry. While the report recognises the Government’s focus on suicide prevention and mental health, clear messages also emerged around the preventability of suicide; how the current rate of suicide is unacceptable; and how the current rate is likely to under-represent the true scale of this loss of life.
What more can be done to reach out to rural people at risk of suicide? Jessica Sellick investigates.
How social farms can play a growing role in tackling mental health (14 May 2018)
Farms have the potential to play a far greater role in tackling the nation’s mental health problems, insists the manager of a North Yorkshire ‘social farm’. According to the most recent study into care and social farms in the UK it was found that 240 farms are providing 300,000 health and social care placements every year. (Yorkshire Post)
'Recruitment issues hitting rural health budgets' (28 March 2018)
Four Welsh health boards will have overspent by a combined total of almost £163m at the end of this financial year, analysis by BBC Wales reveals. Dr David Bailey, chairman of the BMA's Welsh council, said rural health boards were having problems with recruitment - and this was having an impact on finances, including being forced to hire more expensive temporary staff to keep services going. (BBC NEWS)
Backing for £71k grant to make kids feel safer at night (17 March 2018)
THE impact of the Hinkley Point C development on the local night-time economy could put the mental and sexual health of young people at increasing risk, West Somerset Council’s cabinet has been warned. (West Somerset free press)
The Rural Observatory provides a range of statistics often broken down by local authority area which focus on different elements of rural life. It includes of course a section on Health and Wellbeing but readers may also find information on housing and the economy which are also relevant to health and well-being.
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