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Welcome to the August issue of DH Monthly, featuring the government’s plan for action on childhood obesity, new advice on low risk drinking, and actress Carey Mulligan’s appointment as the UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador. We’re also inviting you to have your say on expanding the Care Quality Commission (CQC’s) ratings to include more independent healthcare providers, and there’s one week left to tell us how your health data should be used.
Childhood obesity: a plan for action
The government has set out its plan to reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next 10 years by encouraging:
- industry to cut the amount of sugar in food and drinks
- primary school children to eat more healthily and stay active
Carey Mulligan appointed UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador
Actress Carey Mulligan has been appointed as the first UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador. Carey will bring international attention to the benefits of making communities dementia friendly. She aims to reduce stigma and promote understanding of dementia, a condition that her grandmother lives with. Her first action will be delivering a Dementia Friends session as part of World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September.
Have your say about Care Quality Commission ratings
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carries out performance assessments of health and adult social care service providers. Currently ratings are given for NHS trusts and foundation trusts, GP practices, adult social care providers and independent hospitals.
We’d like your views on whether the CQC should develop ratings for other sectors including:
- cosmetic surgery providers
- independent community health service providers
- independent ambulance services
- independent dialysis units
- refractive eye surgery providers
- substance misuse centres
- termination of pregnancy services
New guidelines for low risk alcohol consumption
The consultation about the new guidelines for health risks from alcohol has ended. Thegovernment has now published its response, summarising the 1,019 responses received and describing how the guidelines have been revised as a result.
The new guidelines provide the most up to date scientific information on alcohol consumption, presented clearly so that people can make informed decisions about their own drinking.
Last chance to have your say about how your health data is used
The National Data Guardian (NDG), Dame Fiona Caldicott has made recommendations for new data security standards for health and social care. You have until 7 September to give us your views about new safeguards and the consent/opt-out model for data sharing in the NHS and social care.