Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Southern Policy Centre has been exploring how we should respond to one of the biggest challenges facing society today: how we ensure the health and wellbeing of our population. We’re interested in understanding what those challenges are for the central South and how organisations across the region can work together to find innovative solutions.

Our work follows three broad themes:

Blog posts relating to the Southern Policy Centre’s research into health and social care in southern England:

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Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life

Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life Introduction The University of Winchester and Southern Policy Centre have been working together to encourage what we believe is a timely and important debate about how we can secure a better life for all members of society. On 26th January the University hosted the third in a series of seminars exploring aspects of our health and wellbeing at different stages of life, this one looking at how we can give…

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Briefing-Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life

Starting Well Southern Policy Centre has been exploring the health and well-being of communities in the central South: what will allow everyone to enjoy full and active lives. In a series of three seminars hosted jointly with the University of Winchester, we aimed to encourage a wider discussion and debate about our society and how we can secure a better life for all. The first seminar in 2018 discussed how our society’s demographic make-up is changing, with a growing proportion…

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Hancock’s health reforms – lessons from history

Hancock’s Health Reforms – lessons from history When Matt Hancock announced that Integrated Care Systems would see ‘the NHS and local councils take decisions about local health together’ it rang a bell. A quick internet search and there it was, in the NHS Plan 2000: ‘For the first time, social services and the NHS will come together with new agreements to pool resources.’  According to the current Health Secretary’s White Paper ‘integrating care has meant more people are seeing the benefits of…

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Data Analytics & Social Care: using data to improve care outcomes

Final report from the Seminar and Workshop – 3 December 2020 In December 2020 Southern Policy Centre (SPC) and Nquiringminds (NQM) completed a 21-month project – Care Analytics. The project, supported by Innovate UK, explored how social care authorities can use Artificial Intelligence techniques and a wide range of data to guide service improvement, support decision-making and allow for more efficient use of resources. An important output was an analytic tool which used local authority date to provide detailed assessments…

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