• The POST board has approved 7 new POSTnotes.
  • Effective biodiversity indicators
  • Hydrogen
  • Living organ donations
  • Mental health impacts of COVID-19
  • Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers and carers
  • Reforestation
  • Smart cities

New additions to the work programme

Work on these topics will start in the coming months. To produce POSTnotes, advisers and fellows talk to a variety of stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and the third sector. These experts help us identify important themes, point us in the direction of critical literature, and even help us peer-review the final reports.

To contribute with literature, expertise or as a peer-reviewer please click below on the scope of the topic you are interested in.

View our guidance for expert contributors.

Effective biodiversity indicators

A POSTnote on effective biodiversity indicators will review the evidence base for the likely indicators of the UK Biodiversity Strategy to 2030.
It will look at the challenges associated with these, such as vagueness of targets, incomplete understanding of the mechanisms driving changes in the state of biodiversity, data availability and the optimal number required. It will also review the wider value of biodiversity indicators. Provisional start date: September 2020. Read more on biodiversity indicators…

Hydrogen

A POSTnote on hydrogen will cover the latest developments in low-carbon hydrogen production, as well as developments in applications across transport, industry and heat more generally. Read more on hydrogen…

Living organ donations

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 media in finding donors is also topical, as recipients seek suitable donors outside the NHS transplant system. Websites that seek to match donors and recipients, some of which charge recipients a fee to register, are a recent development in the UK; guidelines advise clinical centres not to proceed with such cases.
Provisional start date: November 2020. Read more on organ donations….

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. Read more on metal health impacts…

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. Read more on mental health impacts on healthcare workers and carers….

Reforestation

A POSTnote on reforestation will summarise the strategies for identifying optimal areas for successfully restoring woodlands and the possible means of incentivising this. It will look at the evidence for the optimal approaches for providing climate and biodiversity benefits, and the challenges that will need to be addressed. Provisional start date: September 2020. Read more on reforestation…

Smart cities

A POSTnote on smart cities will give an overview of the current landscape and the infrastructure smart cities require. It will look at the benefits and challenges of smart cities and progress towards developing them in the UK and elsewhere. Provisional start date: September 2020. Read more on smart cities…

Other work in production