What is social prescribing?

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Ahead of the plenary debate on social prescribing scheduled for Tuesday 23 May 2017, this article briefly summarises what is meant by the term ‘social prescribing’, the existing evidence base for this approach, and how social prescribing is being taken forward in Wales.

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An update on the Welsh Government’s approach to addressing the healthcare needs of children in school

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Healthcare needs in school

There cannot be much disagreement that children with medical needs must be supported to ensure they are able to access and enjoy their education and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Schools in Wales should have policies in place to administer medication. They should also be clear about how they will support children with short-term healthcare needs so that it doesn’t affect their participation in educational activities. There is also a small, but significant number of children and young people with complex and/or long-term healthcare needs, which requires more attention.

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“The pain these conditions cause women and their families is significant”. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists describe the impact of perinatal mental health problems on women and their families.

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Mental health during pregnancy and in the postnatal period

During pregnancy and after the birth of a child, women are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health problems. This period is also a time when a range of mental health conditions that a woman may have previously experienced can return or worsen. Low mood, anxiety and depression are common mental health problems that occur during pregnancy and in the year after childbirth.

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New Publication: The Public Health (Wales) Bill – Summary of changes at Stage 2

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Stage 2 consideration of the Public Health (Wales) Bill was carried out in the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on 23 March 2017.

All amendments brought forward by the Welsh Government were agreed. Whilst no opposition amendments were agreed, the Minister for Social Services and Public Health indicated that she would work with Members and consider bringing forward further amendments in a number of areas at Stage 3.

The Public Health (Wales) Bill – Summary of changes at Stage 2 (PDF, 316KB).


Article by Philippa Watkins, National Assembly for Wales Research Service.

National Assembly Committee to investigate the pace of change in Primary Care

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The British Medical Association (BMA) Wales has previously accused Welsh Health Boards of ‘playing lip service to GP cluster networks’, stating clusters lacked the support and resources to do the job. What are GP cluster networks, why are they important and what has been the pace of change?

The National Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee will today, be holding their first oral evidence session on this issue.

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