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This guidance is for all those involved in promoting older people's mental wellbeing. It focuses on practical support for everyday activities, based on occupational therapy principles and methods. This includes working  with older people and their carers to agree what kind of support they need. It replaces the guidance 'mental wellbeing and older people'

NICE recommendations include the following:

  • Offer regular sessions that encourage older people to construct daily routines to help maintain or improve their mental wellbeing. The sessions should also increase their knowledge of a range of issues, from nutrition and how to stay active to personal care.
  • Offer tailored, community-based physical activity programmes. These should include moderate-intensity activities (such as swimming, walking, dancing), strength and resistance training, and toning and stretching exercises.
  • Advise older people and their carers how to exercise safely for 30 minutes a day on 5 or more days a week, using examples of everyday activities such as shopping, housework and gardening. (The 30 minutes can be broken down into 10-minute bursts.)
  • Promote regular participation in local walking schemes as a way of improving mental wellbeing. Help and support older people to participate fully in these schemes, taking into account their health, mobility and personal preferences.
  • Involve occupational therapists in the design of training offered to practitioners.

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Statutory guidance on the planning, commissioning and delivery of health services for looked-after children.

This guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • commissioners of health services for children
  • NHS England
  • designated and named professionals for looked-after children
  • GPs, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists
  • managers and staff of services for care leavers, and personal advisers
  • teachers
  • health visitors, school nurses and any other professional who is involved in the delivery of services and care to looked-after children

It aims to ensure looked-after children have access to any physical or mental health care they may need.

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Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a terrible crime with destructive and far reaching consequences for victims, their families, and society. It is not limited to any particular geography, ethnic or social background, and all councils should assume that CSE is happening in their area and take proactive action to prevent it.

This is not just a job for the lead member for children's services or the local director of children's services. This pack is aimed at elected members at all levels. We all have a role to play in keeping children safe, and councils cannot stamp out CSE without the help of the wider community. Councillors have a key role to play in this, and should not be afraid to raise these issues within the communities they represent.

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The ASCOF measures how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter most to people.

The Framework:

  • supports councils to improve the quality of care and support services they provide
  • gives a national overview of adult social care outcomes in 2013 to 2014
  • looks at how the framework will be developed in future

The ASCOF Handbook of Definitions sets out the technical detail of each measure, with examples to minimise confusion and inconsistency in reporting and interpretation. The Handbook for the 2015 to 2016 ASCOF will be released in the spring. This resource can be accessed by clicking here:


The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey is an annual survey for England that took place for the fourth time in 2013-14. The survey is designed to cover all service users aged 18 and over in receipt of services funded wholly or in part by Social Services during 2013-14. It seeks to learn more about how effectively services are helping service users to live safely and independently in their own homes, and the impact of services on their quality of life. The survey is also used to populate some of the measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.

These statistics provide useful insights into the lives and experiences of the members of our communities who rely on social services. They will be of use not just to people who plan, provide or use services, but also more widely to all those who take an interest in the vital support that social services can provide to some of the most vulnerable in society. The information provided in this report is provisional and there will be a more detailed report, including fully validated data, which is due to be published on 9 December 2014.

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This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on promoting the quality of life of looked-after children (including babies) and young people[1]. It is particularly relevant to directors and executive members of children's services and to the work of health and wellbeing boards. It may also be of interest to local safeguarding boards. The guidance can be accessed and downloaded by clicking here:

A map that shows the population estimates of individuals who provided one hour plus of unpaid care per week in Bolton by ward.

A map that shows the population estimates of individuals who provided one hour plus of unpaid care per week in Bolton by ward.

This research looks at the experiences and preferences of low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people in balancing work and care responsibilities. It examines the particular challenges faced by these ethnic minority groups, and the challenges for employers and policy. It found that:

  • Discrimination prevents low-income ethnic minority people from balancing work and care;
  • Many people are unaware of free childcare provision for 2-4 year olds;
  • Benefit changes are likely to make it more difficult to balance work and care for these people;
  • Attitudes towards caring vary greatly across ethnic groups; and
  • Caring responsibilities were predominantly taken up by women.


These profiles draw together a wide range of information to give an overview of variations in cause and place of death, by age and sex, for each clinical commissioning group (CCG) in England. The profiles will help commissioners and providers of end of life care get a clearer picture of the end of life care needs of their local populations. They will help with the planning and delivery of services and will support drives locally towards improving end of life care. You can view the profiles by cliking here and exploring the resources on the left hand side of the page.

Related Resources

End of life care profile for Bolton

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