New additions to the work programme
The POST Board convened on 16 September 2020 and approved three new POSTnotes. We aim to start work on these topics 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 and point us in the direction of critical literature. They even help us peer-review the final reports.
Could you contribute with literature, expertise or as a peer-reviewer? Click on the scope of the topic you are interested in below to find out.
This POSTnote will summarise the latest trends in children’s diet, obesity and related health conditions. It will review the impacts of previous policy changes such as the tax on sugar sweetened drinks. It will also examine the growing gap in outcomes for children from the most and least deprived backgrounds. Provisional start date: January 2021. Read more on childhood obesity.
Preventing zoonotic diseases
This POSTnote will review the evidence on a One Health approach to zoonoses prevention. It will focus on the animal-environment-human interface in both wild and domestic animals. This includes reviewing national and international policy approaches, and lessons learnt from previous epidemics. It will also summarise opportunities and challenges for the UK’s role in global health and biosecurity policy arenas after COVID-19. Provisional start date: January 2021. Read more on preventing zoonotic diseases.
Digital skills for life
This POSTnote will discuss the digital skills required for everyday life and employment. It will look at why parts of the population may lack these skills and which groups are most affected. It will also review the impact of the skills shortage on people and the economy, as well as ways to improve the population’s digital skills. Provisional start date: January 2021. Read more on digital skills for life.
Other work in production
- AI and healthcare
- Algorithms and accountability
- Development of vaccine technologies
- Distance learning
- Effective biodiversity indicators
- Food waste
- Heat networks
- Industry influence on public health policy
- Living organ donations
- Mental health impacts of COVID-19
- Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers and carers
- Regulating product sustainability
- Researching gambling
- Screen time and health in young people
- Smart cities
- Sustainable cooling
- Testosterone and sports performance
Large-scale woodland creation is being promoted internationally to mitigate climate change. It can also supply other benefits, such as improving biodiversity, air and water quality. This POSTnote summarises key factors influencing how much carbon is taken up by woodland, the different objectives of woodland creation, constraints to increasing UK tree cover and different finance options.
Devices with screens include game consoles, laptops and televisions. Screen use refers to activities undertaken on such devices and the time spent on them. Children’s screen use has increased over the past decade. Policy-makers and parents have expressed concerns about possible effects of screen use on children/young people’s development and health. This POSTnote provides an overview of how children/young people use screens, the opportunities and risks of this use, evidence on the possible effects on health and development, and evidence on ways to support healthy screen use.
Media headlines have predicted an increase in mental ill health among NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. This POSTnote gives an overview of the scale and quality of current evidence on the mental health and well-being of NHS staff before and during the pandemic. It also discusses how staff are supported and the options for introducing other effective interventions as the pandemic continues.