Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions

Arthritis UK launch new report, Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions

The report has been produced in partnership with the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England and is also endorsed by the Royal College of Practitioners, Local Government Association and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. It is intended for organisations responsible for commissioning and providing local services, as well as musculoskeletal and physical activity organisations who may find it of interest.

The report highlights the importance of providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions and details the resources that local authorities and commissioners can use to enable and support people with musculoskeletal conditions to be physically active.

Physical activity is a key part of a public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions and it has a range of benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions in terms of improving quality of life and supporting people to be independent. It can reduce joint and back pain by 25% while also improving sleep, managing stress and reducing depression, anxiety and dementia.

Download the full report here

Preventing drug misuse deaths

Public Health England has published Health matters: preventing drug misuse deaths.


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There were 2,300 drug misuse deaths registered in England in 2015. This represents an increase of 8.5% on the year before and the highest figure on record.

This guidance outlines how providers and commissioners can prevent deaths from drug abuse.  It sets out the scale of the problem, factors causing the rise in drug misuse deaths, preventing drug misuse deaths and a call for action for local authorities and the NHS.

The Office for National Statistics publishes data on deaths from drug poisonings in England and Wales and is broken down by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death.

Patient and public participation in commissioning

NHS England has published four new documents to strengthen patient and public participation in the services that it is responsible for commissioning.

The documents cover the commissioning of public health, armed forces, health and justice and specialised services.  They provide practical guidance on the best ways to involve patients and the public and include good practice examples and links to resources.

Preventing falls and fractures

Public Health England has published Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention.


The guidance is aimed at local commissioning and strategic leads with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing.  This document outlines approaches to interventions and activities helping prevent falls and fractures to improve health outcomes for older people.

The Royal College of Physicians has published Look out! Bedside vision check for falls prevention.

This guide aims to help ward staff assess a patient’s eyesight in order to help prevent them falling or tripping while in hospital.

Specialist substance misuse services for young people

A rapid mixed methods evidence review of current provision and key principles for commissioning

Public Health England (PHE) commissioned The Children’s Society to undertake scoping research in early 2016, to understand some of the opportunities and challenges currently facing those now responsible for commissioning and delivering young people’s specialist substance misuse services and to outline some critical good practice principles.

Four main commissioning principles have been developed for the commissioning and provision of specialist substance misuse provision for young people, based on the findings, research and evidence based guidelines.

This document is designed to provide prompts around some core principles for consideration when local authorities are commissioning specialist substance misuse provision, but is not intended to be a comprehensive commissioning guide.

Full review available here

The role of clinical commissioning in shaping healthy cities

NHS Clinical Commissioners has published Shaping healthy cities and economies: the role of clinical commissioning.

This report provides examples of how clinical commissioners in some of England’s major cities are helping to drive economic growth and deliver public services in a way that meets local needs.  It includes case studies from Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester.

Shaping healthy cities and economies: The role of clinical commissioning’highlights the following programmes:

  • Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is leading the work to tackle physical inactivity – which drives higher health expenditure, productivity loss, absenteeism and disability and has an overall annual cost to society of £8.2bn
  • Across Manchester a CCG led programme is supporting people to address underlying issues contributing to unemployment and help people find and maintain jobs that best suit their individual needs
  • Liverpool where the CCG is using its commissioning and procurement levers to  support the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of its population
  • Newcastle CCG is helping to drive workforce transformation and find new ways to attract and retain new staff, particularly younger people, a key need for the local economy
  • Leeds is home to one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals and a number of biotechnology companies, and has positioned itself as an Innovation Health Hub to accelerate innovation in public and private sector – through this Leeds CCGs are supporting plans to drive £1bn in investment and create 10,000 new jobs and training opportunities

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Sexual and reproductive health in England: local and national data

condom-538601_1280An updated version of Guidance to help health professionals including local government, service providers and commissioners understand the sexual health data that is available across England and how the data can be accessed. It includes data collected by
Public Health England (PHE) and other organisations.

This information provides an overview of the information available on sexually transmitted infection (STIs), HIV, contraception, conception and abortion and where to access it. It is divided into indicators (used for tracking progress), detailed local information (collation and interpretation of local intelligence) and national resources (tables and reports).

Access the full guidance: Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV in England: a guide to local and national data