The Impact of Creative Partnerships on the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

University of Cambridge

Authors: Ros McLellan, Maurice Galton, Susan Steward and Charlotte Page, University of Cambridge

This study aimed to explore how the Creative Partnerships programme had affected student wellbeing and the degree to which creative approaches had become embedded in areas of the curriculum other than those directly involving creative practitioners.

Dementia 2012: A national challenge

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society has launched its latest report exploring how well people are living with dementia in 2012 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dementia 2012: A national challenge presents new evidence on the experiences of people with dementia, and pulls together existing evidence, statistics and policy from a range of sources. These figures will be updated on an annual basis by Alzheimer's Society.

New Study Assesses Mental Health of Medical Students

In this study conducted by Rael D. Strous of the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center at Tel Aviv University in Israel, the mental health of medical students was assessed using self-reports.

Strous asked 110 first-year and fifth-year medical students to write a one-page synopsis of their own mental state. He encouraged them to base their diagnoses on the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, and evaluated the responses for similarities and trends.

Impact of economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London report

University College London Institute of Health Equity has published 'The impact of the economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London’ which was commissioned by the London Health Inequalities Network. The report focuses on the employment, income and housing impacts of the recent government policy changes.

The role of the third sector in delivering social care – Scoping Review

This review was commissioned by the Department of Health’s NIHR School for Social Care Research. Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have played an important part in delivering social care services for a considerable time. This role has been changing over time due to the personalisation agenda and greater integration of health and social care services.

Short and Longer Term Effects of Musical Intervention in Severe Alzheimer's Disease

This study examined short and longer term effects of musical and cooking interventions on emotional wellbeing of severe Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients.

These two pleasurable activities (i.e., listening to music, tasting sweets) that were collectively performed (i.e., playing music together, collaborative preparation of a cake) were compared in two groups of matched patients with AD (N = 14). Each intervention lasted four weeks (two sessions per week) and their effects were regularly assessed up to four weeks after the end of the intervention.

Personal health budget pilots: fifth interim evaluation report

The fifth interim independent evaluation report on the personal health budget pilot programme has been published by the personal health budgets evaluation (PHBE) team.

The report, ‘Personal health budgets evaluation: Experiences and outcomes for budget holders at nine months’, is based on interviews with 52 budget holders and 13 carers in the pilot. The findings from the interviews suggest there is widespread potential for personal health budgets to lead to improvements in health and wellbeing.

Big Squeeze 2012: surviving not thriving

LVSC's fourth Big Squeeze survey provides an annual snapshot of how the voluntary and community sector in London is responding to the recession and public spending cuts. This year's survey found 41% of respondents had closed services in 2011-12.

Arts Quarter Launches Report on Increasing Individual Giving to the Arts

Increasing Individual Giving to the Arts: Evidence, Aspirations and Potential Barriers to Success draws together the findings from two of AQ's research projects.

Progress in Measuring National Wellbeing

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published three articles reporting progress in the Measuring National Wellbeing programme: Where we live; Health; and Subjective Wellbeing. An additional article sets out the domains and measures which the ONS now plans to use for assessing wellbeing.

The release includes interactive tools that allow local area mapping and distribution analysis of the subjective well-being data.

Further results are expected in November 2012, to include a 'state of the nation' report 2 years on from the launch of the programme.

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