Learning for Health
With serious pressures facing our health service across Wales, Learning and Work Institute and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are teaming up to look at how we can work better together to deliver services which support prevention and promote wellness.
Released last week, the annual report from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales highlights tackling health inequalities as one of the biggest challenges facing Wales and with an estimated £21 million spent on the prescription of anti-depressants last year we have to start thinking about how we deliver better holistic and integrated services.
Research from Professor Sir Michael Marmot highlights the social determinants of health and the link between low levels of skills and education, unemployment and poor health. Numerous reviews and reports evidence how participation in adult learning, both formal and informal, impacts on physical and mental health and wellbeing (Wider Benefits of Learning). We also know that learning a second language or a new skill improves the function of the brain.
On 1st December, Learning and Work Institute and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are holding an event showcasing research and examples of good practice that have linked both health and education. The event is supported by the University of South Wales and will take place on Thursday 1st December 9.30 – 16.00 at USW, Newport City Campus