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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Mental health services for post 16 students in England
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8163
This House of Commons briefing paper gives an outline of: recent studies on the mental health of students, Government mental health policy for students, support in further and higher education providers, the legal duties of providers and discusses issues raised.
Waiting times in England, Wales & Scotland: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02639
Waiting times for hospital treatment, accident and emergency, and diagnostic tests: Social Indicators page. SN/SG/2639.
Health expenditure in England and the UK: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02640
Health expenditure: Social Indicators page. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2640.
Beds and activity in England: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02641
Beds and activity in England: Social Indicators page.
Antimicrobial resistance
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8141
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant and increasing threat to public health globally. It is estimated that in the US and Europe alone, antimicrobial-resistant infections currently cause at least 50,000 deaths per year with hundreds of thousands more dying in other areas of the world.
Tobacco control policy overview
Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8116
The Government’s new tobacco control plan was published in 2017, and seeks to reduce smoking overall and target this inequality in smoking rates. The ambitions in the plans include reducing smoking in adults, young people and pregnant women, ensuring a parity of esteem for those with mental health problems, and supporting evidence based use of innovative technologies to reduce smoking, such as e-cigarettes (now the most popular method for quitting smoking in England ).
The regulation of e-cigarettes
Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8114
This briefing paper provides an overview on the regulation of e-cigarettes.
Health and Social Care Integration
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7902
This House of Commons Library briefing paper analyses recent policy and debate on the integration of NHS-provided healthcare and local authority-provided social care in the UK. This has been a key policy priority for successive Governments, with the aim of improving patient care and saving money for the NHS and local authorities.
NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors
Published Monday, October 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN03051
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at the rules for charging of overseas visitors for the use of certain NHS services. The paper also explores exemptions from the charging requirements, the development of the policy over time and proposed future changes.
Reconfiguration of NHS services (England)
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8105
House of Commons Library briefing on reconfiguration of NHS services, including recent policy developments, information on consultation and scrutiny powers, and drivers of major service changes.
Professional regulation in health and social care
Published Friday, September 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8094
House of Commons Library briefing on professional regulation in health and social care
Sustainability and transformation plans and partnerships
Published Friday, September 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8093
House of Commons Library briefing on NHS sustainability and transformation partnerships and plans
Brexit: the August negotiations
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8082
What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens' rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the 'divorce bill' demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?
The structure of the NHS in England
Published Friday, July 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7206
This Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the funding and accountability relationships within this NHS in England, and an introduction to the roles of key organisations including NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission. This briefing also highlights some key health policy issues, including patient safety, funding, and the integration of health and social care.
Delayed transfers of care in the NHS
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7415
This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at policy and statistical trends on delayed transfers of care - patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are unable to do so - in the NHS.
NHS whistleblowing procedures in England
Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06490
This Commons Library briefing sets out the current rights and procedures for NHS staff to raise concerns about safety, malpractice or wrongdoing at work (popularly known as “whistleblowing”).
Sure Start (England)
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7257
The development and impact of the Sure Start early years programme since 1998, from the initial targeted, local partnership-run programmes through to universal local authority-run children's centres, to reforms introduced by the Coalition Government.
NHS Commissioning of Specialised Services
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7970
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the commissioning of specialised services by the NHS in England, for patients with rare or complex conditions. How the commissioning process works is set out in further detail, as well as analysis of the financial management and transparency of specialised commissioning, and recent reforms introduced by NICE and NHS England, including reforms to the Cancer Drugs Fund.
NHS Winter Pressures: 2016/17 summary
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07057
Summary of NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England in 2016/17. Includes data on pressure levels, bed occupancy, accident and emergency diverts, NHS 111, and bed days lost to Norovirus closures.

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