- Prime Minister Theresa May announced that more than 1,000 teenagers a year will be given mental health training to help them cope with the pressure of exam and build up their self-esteem. She will unveil plans to make a new mental health awareness course part of the National Citizen Service programme for teenagers in a bid to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety.
- According to a new study, the number of pensioners aged 65 or older who will need a residential care bed will rise by 85.7 per cent by 2035 – amounting to 189,043 extra places required. And by 2025, an additional 71,215 care home places will be needed in England for 353,000 older people with complex care needs compared with today.
- Two APMS practices in Essex are facing closure after local health bosses found the premises to be ‘not fit for future service’. NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG and NHS England have decided not to renew the contracts for The Wickford Health Centre and The Gore Surgery, which is are held by South Essex Managed Care and cover seven thousand patients.
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More than one thousand teenagers a year will be given mental health training to help them cope with the pressure of exam and build up their self-esteem, the Prime Minister announces today.
Theresa May will unveil plans to make a new mental health awareness course part of the National Citizen Service programme for teenagers in a bid to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety. Mental health issues disproportionately affect young people, with over half of mental health problems starting by the age of fourteen and seventy five percent by the age of eighteen. The course will be developed with mental health experts and NCS graduates and be delivered as part of the organisation’s programme to prepare young people for the challenges of adult life and work.
Theresa May announced: “Mental health issues can have a devastating effect on young lives and that’s why making sure young people are fully supported both inside and outside of the classroom is a key priority for me.
Under the plans the NCS is developing a dedicated mental health awareness course for teenagers talking part in NCS and offering mental health training for more than ten thousand frontline NCS staff to improve support to young people. Officials said this would give them “a space to talk about mental health issues as part of a group – breaking the stigma about talking about such issues”.
The number of pensioners aged sixty five or older who will need a residential care bed will rise by eighty five point seven percent by two thousand thirty five – amounting to one hundred eighty nine thousand forty three extra places required. And by two thousand twenty five, an additional seventy one thousand two hundred fifteen care home places will be needed in England for three hundred fifty three thousand older people with complex care needs compared with today, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Longer lives means more elderly people facing substantial care needs; the number of over-sixty fives with significant health problems nearly doubled between nineteen ninety one and two thousand eleven and is set to increase again.
Professor Carol Jagger, lead author from Newcastle University, said: “The past twenty years have seen continued gains in life expectancy, but not all of these years have been healthy years. Older people are spending more of their remaining life with care needs. Though most of the extra years are spent with low dependency – including help with activities such as washing, shopping or doing household tasks – older men and women are spending around one year more requiring twenty-hour care. Between nineteen ninety one and two thousand eleven, life expectancy increased for both men from seventy nine point nine to eighty two point six and women from eighty one point five to eighty five point six and the proportion of years living with low, medium or high dependency increased. Those with a low level of dependency were classed as such if they needed help less than once a day with tasks such as washing, shopping and housework; those with medium dependency needed care at regular times each day and those with high dependency needed round-the-clock care.
Two Alternative Provider Medical Services practices in Essex are facing closure after local health bosses found the premises to be ‘not fit for future service’. NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG and NHS England have decided not to renew the contracts for The Wickford Health Centre and The Gore Surgery, which are held by South Essex Managed Care and cover seven thousand patients. They say this want to ensure premises are fit for purpose, and they hope this move will ‘strengthen GP services’. General Practitioner leaders in the area agreed with the commissioners’ decision to close the practices, ‘assuming their neighbours can take on the extra patients’. The contract to run Wickford Health Centre will expire on January thirty one two thousand eighteen, while The Gore Surgery’s contract will end on February twenty two thousand eighteen.Wickford Health Centre houses two practices, only one of which will close after the contract expires.
Doctor Brian Balmer, chief executive of Essex LMC, said the LMC is concerned about whether local practices have the capacity to take on patients and ‘if they’ll be funded properly to do so’.
He said: ‘They have previously had arrangements where GPs had a sudden influx of patients and it was a considerable amount of work and the services recognise that.’But he added that the phone ‘has not lit up’ following the announcement of the practice closures, ‘because we are losing practices all the time’.