This report offers in-depth analysis into the challenges and potential presented by automation and AI in health care and highlights wider implications for the future, setting out considerations for policymakers and the NHS. As well as describing some of the most promising areas of application of automation and AI to health care, the report also explores the challenges, constraints and practical considerations for making the most of automation and AI. The report goes beyond simply considering their potential, to engaging with what it will take to realise the long-term benefits for patients, the public and NHS staff.
How do we get the best out of automation and AI in health care?
Race and Ethnic Disparities
National Voices statement on the Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
Thu, 1 April 2021
As the leading coalition of health and care charities, it is the work of our 170 members that connects us to the experiences of millions of people, covering a diverse range of health conditions and communities. We are deeply troubled by the approach the Commission has adopted and the conclusions it has reached. Like some of our members have done already, we reject the report’s assertion that structural racism isn’t a major driving factor behind racialised disparities blighting health and wellbeing in this country.
Collectively, we have ample evidence about the poorer health status of many Black and Brown communities, and the worse outcomes they often derive from health and care services. The data ranges from maternity services to mental health, and from COVID-19 to pain management. The health service itself has acknowledged that as an employer and service provider it falls short of the standards of equity and inclusion it needs to abide by. The same is far too often true for the sector we work in. Of course, race and other inequalities (such as poverty) intersect - sometimes in toxic ways – but it is simply disingenuous to use this insight to deny the existence of racism.
We need to take the evidence as read, and we need to move on from describing the problem to deploying solutions. In doing so, we need to listen to the experiences of people whose lives are made harder by racism and other inequalities. We do not need to agree on everything, and we can constructively argue about the best strategies for inclusion and equality. But we cannot in good faith deny the facts. National Voices commits to playing our role in leading voluntary and community groups to advocate for and support better health for all.
Safeguarding Children presentation
Following Paul Osman's presentation on Safeguarding Adults, he has also produced this Safeguarding Childeren presentation
Suicide by middle aged men
This reports on findings from a national study combining multiple sources of information that provide a detailed account from families, friends and professionals on the stresses men in their mid-life face before they take their lives.
The study provides rich data on the adversities middle-aged men were facing prior to their death, that we hope will help inform policy, public health strategies, and safer practice in all front-line agencies, including the identification of barriers to accessing services, and ultimately reduce suicide rates.
The findings described in this study do not cover deaths that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Infographic - suicide by middle aged men
Stats - National Confidential Inquiry into suicide and mental health safety
National Confidential Inquiry into suicide and safety in mental health
The NCISH database includes a national case series of suicide by patients under the care of mental health services over more than 20 years. The current suicide database stands at over 144,000 deaths by suicide in the general population, including over 36,000 patients. This internationally unique database allows NCISH to make recommendations for clinical practice and policy that will improve safety locally, nationally and internationally - read the report