Approved: Mental health impacts of COVID-19

A POSTnote on mental health impacts of COVID-19 will summarise the latest findings from research on how COVID-19 has affected the mental health of the UK population. It will highlight which groups are vulnerable and their mental health outcomes. It will also discuss policy approaches to protect mental health and how health services can adapt to improve outcomes for those affected. Provisional start date: September 2020.…

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Approved: Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers and carers

A POSTnote on mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers and carers will outline the short and long-term mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers and carers. It will review policy approaches and support services dedicated to supporting healthcare worker mental health, with focus on special measures implemented during a pandemic. Provisional start date: September 2020.…

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Approved: Living organ donation

A POSTnote on living organ donation will set out the scale and nature of living donation in the UK and analyse the policies set out in government strategy to increase living donor activity.
It will seek to explore the ethical frameworks around donation relating to altruism, autonomy and reciprocity, and the ethical principles that guide clinical teams. The note will also explore how the change to an opt-out consent system for deceased donors might influence living donation. The role of social m…

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Approved: Developments in vaccine technologies

A POSTnote on vaccine development will look at the opportunities that new vaccine technologies offer relative to conventional approaches and the latest information from current vaccine pipelines. It will also discuss policy approaches to stimulate and fast-track vaccine research and development, particularly in the context of an emerging infectious disease. Provisional start date: July 2020…

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New POST work: January 2020

The POST board has approved 7 new POSTnotes. Strategic approached to ecosystem services, reformulation of food products, testosterone and sports performance, machine learning for environmental remote sensing, marine renewables, natural mitigation of flood risk, food fraud. To contribute please click below on the scope of the topic you are interested in.…

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Approved: Testosterone and sports performance

A POSTnote on testosterone and sports performance will focus on the scientific literature that describes the relationship between sports performance and testosterone. It will examine the implications for transgender athletes and athletes with DSD, and how this informs policymaking by sporting bodies. It will also consider options to facilitate inclusive participation in sports and the ethical debate concerning fairness in sporting competition. …

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Approved: Reformulation of food products

A POSTnote on reformulation of food products will examine the technical issues that it raises for the food sector and review the progress made to date in the UK. It will compare the effectiveness of different policy approaches (such as voluntary agreements versus fiscal measures) and assess the evidence linking reformulation with the anticipated public health benefits at the population level.…

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New POST work: September 2019

The POST board has approved 10 new POSTnotes. 3D printing in medicine, Algorithms and accountability, An update on autism, Bioenergy and carbon capture and storage, Climate change and aviation, Infrastructure and climate change Online extremism, Screen time in young people, Plant genetic resources, Sustainable cooling.…

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