Beyond the NHS: Addressing The Root Causes of Poor Health
As a country we are still overly preoccupied with cure rather than prevention and it is leading to an inefficient allocation of public spending and stagnating health. There is an urgency to address the root causes of poor health and this can only be achieved by tackling the social determinants. It has been estimated that healthcare is only responsible for between 15 and 43% of health outcomes. This is the conclusion of a new report that focuses its attention on the social determinants of health, as research consistently indicates that these account for a far larger share of health outcomes.
The report looks beyond healthcare and the NHS, to investigate the social and economic conditions that can cause ill health in the first place. The report suggests that there is an urgent need to reorient health policy towards tackling the root socioeconomic causes of poor health. From poor quality housing to knife crime, from skills deprivation to in-work poverty and homelessness, the great socioeconomic challenges of our time are also our great health challenges.
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Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees FREE Home Energy Visits
These visits aim to reduce people’s energy bills whilst keeping them warm and well at home by offering:
- Practical advice about keeping warm
- Information about winter benefits
- Advice about smarter use of energy
- Referral to other useful services if needed
- Installation of free energy saving devices such as draught excluders, radiator panels, timers and cold alarms
- Installation of free energy saving light bulbs
And best of all, it is all FREE
Age UK is working with E.ON and First Utility to provide Home Energy Visits. The aim of the visit is to deliver practical energy efficiency information and expert advice to older people. The project will enable people to change energy use behaviour and benefit from small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills whilst remaining warm and well in their own homes.
How do I get a free home visit?
To qualify for the Home Energy visit you must be :
- Over 65 and on low income (below £16,190 p.a )and /or
- Over 65 and living with a disability or other medical condition
- Over 65 and living in a hard to heat property.
For more information or to book your home energy check, please contact us on 01422 252040 / 01484 535994
Earlier this year, many of our readers were involved in a Healthwatch survey about the NHS Long Term Plan.
The resulting report has now been published, and can be found here along with a response from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership. https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/get-involved/longtermplan.
The report has gone to all the key decision making boards in the region. The 5 year plan for the NHS in West Yorkshire and Harrogate has to be written by the autumn and it will include a chapter on mental health, carers, and urgent care, all the themes from the NHS Long Term Plan. So each programme lead for each of these areas is going to be asked to include a section in their chapter on how they have listened to and incorporated what people have said from the report.
And that is just the way it is being used at a West Yorkshire and Harrogate level, each local area (Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield) will also be using it to inform the development of their local plans regarding health.
If you would like to keep up to date with Healthwatch’s work, you can sign up to receive news from your local Healthwatch using the links below.
Healthwatch Kirklees https://healthwatchkirklees.co.uk/contact-us/
Healthwatch Calderdale https://www.healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk/
Are you looking for a way to share your time and give something back to the community?
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are currently recruiting volunteer befrienders. Join them in helping older people love later life through personalised activities, friendship and getting out and about.
Contact Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees on 01422 252040 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
An study in the journal “circulation” claims that preventable noncommunicable diseases, mostly cardiovascular diseases, are responsible for 38 million deaths annually.
However, a few well-documented interventions have the potential to prevent many of these deaths, but a large proportion of the population in need does not have access to these interventions.
The study looked at the global mortality impact of 3 high-impact and feasible interventions: scaling up treatment of high blood pressure to 70%, reducing sodium intake by 30%, and eliminating the intake of artificial trans fatty acids.
Read the full study