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In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

Analysis of all-cause Mortality in the Substance Misuse Treatment Population Deaths January 2012 to August 2020

In this article, Martin Smith, Recovery Lead for Substance Misuse Services at Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, shares his analysis of mortality rates in the substance misuse treatment population between January 2012 and August 2020.

Sexual Health: Inclusive Sex and Relationships Education for LBGT+ and LGBT+ SEND Young People

Historically, there has been a lack of inclusive sex education in schools. Many LGBTQ+ and SEND students have reported feeling left out. We heard from Nick Dunne, Head of Education at the sexual health charity Brook. He outlined the detrimental impact of a lack of inclusion and why accessible education is so important.

Sexual Health: Improving Access to LARC and Developing Women’s Reproductive Health Hubs

Liverpool City Council have developed a 3-year vision to address sexual health problems within the city. We heard from James Woolgar, Advanced Public Health Practitioner and Sexual Health Lead at Liverpool City Council on the logistics of the approach, the push for better contraception rates and the benefits of a reproductive health hub approach.

Sexual Health: Addressing and Finding Solutions to Sexual Health Inequalities

The 2020 State of the Nation Report on Sexual Health highlighted that some groups are disproportionately susceptible to contracting STIs. We heard from Dr Michael Brady Medical Director at the Terrence Higgins Trust and Sexual Health and HIV Consultant at King’s College Hospital. He discussed the scope of these inequalities and the impact on individuals and wider society.

Adult Safeguarding: Providing Inclusive Safeguarding Services for BME Communities

There is a significant lack of referrals to safeguarding services from ethnic minority communities. Junaid Hussain shares ways of supporting professional services to better engage with ethnic minority communities via improved training and awareness for the need for high-quality support.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults and Domestic Abuse

The statistics around domestic abuse in the UK are shocking and safeguarding services are integral to the protection of victims of abuse. Janine Roderick, Head of Learning Together at the Social Care Institute for Excellence shares the essential safeguarding tools used to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Adult Safeguarding: Safeguarding Adults in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Although most legal restrictions have now been lifted, the impact of Covid-19 is still very significant on safeguarding services. Dr Sheila Fish provides insights into the recovery of safeguarding services during and post Covid-19.

Engaging with Rough Sleepers to Improve Uptake of Drug and Alcohol Support

Every area has a distinct homeless cohort, and blanket policies are not the answer. Councillor Trish Hardy of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council explains that treating each area as unique and taking the time to learn the intricacies of the rough sleeping population is vital to helping individuals.

Providing Inclusive Sex and Relationships Education for Young LGBT+ People

LGBT+ young people face a multitude of challenges at school. This case study discusses those issues and how schools can better represent their LGBT+ students through more inclusive RSE.

Understanding Digital Inclusion: Accessing Online Services

In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalised, digital exclusion is a widening social issue. This article looks at digital inclusion and why online exclusion needs to be tackled.

Digital Inclusion: Ensuring Accessible Digital Services

Robin Christopherson MBE and Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, discussed ways of ensuring digital services are accessible for people living with disabilities and impairments.

Liverpool City Council: Promoting Better Sexual Health Services for Women

Liverpool is England’s 6th largest city with a population of 498,048. The population has risen by 12.6% since 2009. There are areas of deprivation with high teenage pregnancy rates, as well as high abortion rates. We heard from Liverpool City Council about their current women’s sexual health strategy through the distributions of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) and the development of Women’s Health Hubs.

Addressing Sexual Health Inequalities

Sexual health inequalities are unfair and avoidable differences in sexual health across the population, and between different groups within society. This article examines inequalities in sexual health and offers up practical solutions to better support the groups who are most affected.

Public Health Campaigns: Developing Clear, Community-Led Messaging in the Fight Against HIV

Kat Smithson spoke to us about ways of developing clear, community-led messaging in the fight against HIV.

Public Health Campaigns: Tailoring Communication Strategies towards Minority Groups to Improve Engagement with NHS Services

Altaf Kazi from NHS Blood and Transplant spoke to us about tailoring communication strategies towards minority groups to improve engagement with NHS services.

Public Health Campaigns: Adapting Public Health Communications Strategies

Tracy Daszkiewicz spoke to us about ways of adapting public health communication strategies in public health campaigns.

Using Electronic Data Systems in End-of-Life Care

EPaCCs keep a saved, electronic care plan for the last year of a patient’s life on a purpose-built database. Dr Steve Plenderleith spoke to us about the use of Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems and ways that they can improve end of life care in palliative medicine.

Improving End-of-Life Care for Patients with Learning Disabilities

Louise Jenkins spoke to us about ways of implementing workforce training programmes to improve end of life care for adults with learning disabilities.

Tackling Multiple Disadvantage with a Multi-Agency Approach

This article will look at how best to frame multiple disadvantage, why the current system is failing, and examine some practical steps that can be taken to improve the services provided.