Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 19 October 2018
Loneliness doesn’t discriminate. It impacts all ages and may be triggered by regular life occasions, reminiscent of transferring residence, or turning into a mother or father or carer. We all know that good well being is predominately about having a enough revenue, an honest residence and friendship and so the concentrate on loneliness from the Authorities’s new strategy couldn’t be extra well timed or related. What issues is what will get finished by way of this technique and PHE can be working with these concerned in its improvement to transform this into concrete motion.
Straight related to this was the formal launch, additionally this week, of the Nationwide Centre for Rural Well being and Care, a pioneering initiative to concentrate on the well being and wellbeing of the 9 million individuals who reside in rural areas in England. Round 86% of our land mass is rural and folks dwelling in these areas are ageing at twice the speed of these in city areas. There’s excellent news in that folks in rural areas reside on common two years longer and toddler mortality in these areas is healthier, however good jobs are tougher to seek out and infrastructure, reminiscent of transport and good broadband, may be sparse and naturally loneliness can be a key issue. The centre is up and operating and can be growing its work programme with a concentrate on what works.
In relation to illness prevention, solely clear water issues greater than vaccination. This yr marks 50 years for the reason that UK began vaccinating towards measles, essentially the most infectious sickness recognized to humankind. Throughout this time, this extremely cost-effective vaccine has prevented 20 million instances of measles and saved hundreds of lives. This additionally implies that numerous GP visits and hospital admissions have been averted, liberating up NHS sources. We have now revealed a blog outlining the historical past of the vaccine which is a extremely attention-grabbing learn.
Bodily inactivity is answerable for one in six UK deaths, which is the same as smoking and is estimated to value the UK round £7 billion annually. This week PHE revealed an evidence review in regards to the well being advantages for disabled adults turning into extra lively and a brand new infographic, which you’ll see beneath, has been developed on behalf of the 4 Chief Medical Officers of the UK. Each of those have been developed in collaboration with 350 disabled adults, 10 incapacity organisations and over 50 well being professionals. Extra on this to comply with in 2019 as our proof assessment influences coverage.
And at last, congratulations to PHE’s Head of Specialist Microbiology Technical Providers Neil Bentley, who has been awarded a prestigious Honorary Physician of Well being Sciences from Anglia Ruskin College. That is becoming recognition of his excellent contribution to well being science, together with his sturdy management in Sierra Leone establishing medical laboratories which enabled Ebola exams to be rotated in 24 hours and saving lives.