Tuesday, 3 January 2012
The new year must be filling me with
enthusiasm - this is my second blog post today! It is always good
to have time at home with family over Christmas and New Year, and
time to reflect.
Six months into being President of the
College, this afternoon I have a meeting at the Academy to review
what, if any more, we can do about the Health Social Care Bill,
with respect to bringing about the changes we wish to see and/or
whether at this late stage the Academy might withdraw support for
the Bill. No doubt this will be an interesting meeting.
Reflecting over Christmas, whilst looking
through book chapters for a new book I am editing, has led to me
linking together more clearly the themes of resilience and
recovery. Resilience and recovery do indeed seem the appropriate
theme for 2012, in light of the emergence of new initiatives on
public health across the UK, and with the reality of what may be
happening to services over the next 12 months.
Today has mainly been about sorting through
the postbag. I have received a fascinating report from the European
Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction,
Mortality related to drug use in Europe: Public health
implications. I've also watched a short DVD from the
Prison Reform Trust entitled Talking justice: Talking
sense. As always, with their many publications, the Trust
explores the scope of community solutions to crime, and you can
watch it on their website.
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