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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 40

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Event: SEWM’s Health and Wellbeing Network Launch – 26th Nov 2013


SEWM’s network launch will take place at Portway Lifestyle Centre at the end of November.

Book your FREE place to attend here

Sponsored by Sandwell Leisure Trust and in partnership with Citizen Coaching, SEWM are running this event to bring together organisations working in the social care, health and wellbeing sector.

Exhibitor opportunities: There are exhibitor opportunities available on a first come, first serve basis open to organisations working in the sector.

If you are interested in exhibiting please email

Event: Alcohol licensing and the public’s health, 5th Dec 2013, 9.30 -13.00 (lunch included)

Registration 9.00am
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC)
138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

A partnership event hosted by Learning for Public Health WM, aimed at colleagues working in the arena of Public Health, Policy and Strategy, Licensing, Planning, Environmental Health and Developers. This half day event aims to focus on the urgent need to influence the public health agenda in licensing policy and to share ideas in strategy, data and examples of best practice.

To register for a place please contact:

Webinar: Joint Learning Event: Voluntary Sector Intelligence and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments, 16th Dec 2013

This webinar is aimed at local, regional and national voluntary organisations who want to influence commissioning and the new health structures, particularly looking at joint strategic needs assessments. Speakers will come from across the country and sectors- including from the public health team at Wakefield Council, from the National Housing Federation, Public Health England, the Department of Health and Regional Voices.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Be more influential in local health strategies, through the JSNA
  • Use evidence you already have to influence strategy, through the JSNA
  • Consider what evidence may be available elsewhere or that you may want to collect in order to influence health strategies

Full details and online booking here:



Help the Department of Health to connect with the frontline: Connecting Programme, a response to Francis

The Department of Health (DH) Connecting Programme is part of the response to the Francis Inquiry observation that DH staff are not connected to the reality of the frontline NHS.
The programme helps Regional Voices to address this perception and to proactively facilitate more opportunities for DH staff to gain first hand insight of the experiences of those using not just the NHS, but all parts of health and care services in a variety of settings- including the voluntary and community sector.
The Programme is being run with DH leaders and key influencers in the first instance, with gradual roll out to senior policy makers and policy teams in 2014.
If you are interested in working with DH on this programme, email and cc

Full details of the programme here:

Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework interactive data map

Easier to access data about adult social care

Regional Voices is keeping track of new databases/resources that are open for the voluntary sector to use. If you're making the case to a commissioner/policy maker/funder- it's good to have the most up to date evidence- to back up what you are saying. It can complement the data you bring from your organisation.
The latest tool available is around adult social care- Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) data is now presented in a map that allows people to find out more about care services in their area (for older people, disabled people, people with mental health issues and carers). You can compare your area with adjacent areas, the region and national averages.

More here:

CQC Dementia Review

The Care Quality Commission is undertaking a themed inspection programme looking at the quality of dementia care. During this inspection programme, they are looking at:
• the quality of support provided to people with dementia to enable them to maintain their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
• how the care provided aims to reduce admissions to hospitals from care homes and avoid unnecessary lengths of stay in hospital.
• how services work together when people move from one service to another.

They will inspect care homes and acute hospitals in 22 local authority areas across the country between late November 2013-February 2014, and then publish a report for each service that we inspect and a national report that highlights key themes, what works well and what needs to improve. People’s experiences of care and the quality of their pathway of care will be at the centre of the review and the inspections. It is very important for them to hear from as many people with dementia and their families and carers as we can during the programme.
You can email your information to and you can call us on 03000 616161. There is also an online form you can use if you wish. All the details are shown on the webpage which you can link to from here

More info here:



Personalised GP care will bring back old-fashioned family doctors

Giving millions of elderly people a dedicated GP personally accountable for their care around the clock will bring back the era of the old-fashioned family doctor, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced.

For further information, go to:


Boost in specialist mental health midwives to combat post-natal depression: Government statement

There will be more trained specialist mental health midwives in the NHS to help women at risk of suffering from post-natal depression.

To read more, go to:



Improving Care for Dying People – Online comments - your views are needed

Following the publication of More Care, Less Pathway, the report of the independent review into the Liverpool Care Pathway, the views of the public, families, carers and health professionals are being sought on proposals to improve care for people in the last days of life, and their families and carers.

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP – chaired by NHS England) is coordinating an official system-wide response to the recommendations in the independent report. As one part of its wide range of work the alliance is keen to hear views and ideas about how care in the last days of life can be improved, focusing specifically on its proposals for a set of desired outcomes for people who are dying which, supported by guiding principles, should be the basis of care in different settings and circumstances. In addition to recently advertised regional workshops we are also seeking views via an online comments.

Anyone wanting to find out more and to feedback their views and ideas on the Alliance’s proposals for outcomes and guiding principles should visit the NHS England website before 6 January 2014:

The alliance plans to publish a detailed system wide response to all the recommendations outlined in the report of the independent review which will provide an update on the wide range of work being carried out in response to the recommendations made in the report.



Recruiting Now…… Patient and Public Voice representatives for members of national Patient Safety Committees

The Patient Safety team in NHS England are currently recruiting a number of patient and public voice (PPV) representatives to sit on six Patient Safety Expert Groups and on the national Patient Safety Steering Group. The application form and information pack for the Expert Groups and for the Steering Group are attached above. The closing date to apply for either/or both the Steering Group and the Expert Groups is 9am, 2nd December 2013. Interviews for the national Patient Safety Steering group only will be held on the 9th January 2014.

For further information about these roles or application pack/ and application form please see



NEW: NHS England Youth Forum!

Recruiting young people now!

The British Youth Council is helping NHS England bring together a group of young people to help shape health services. This group, the NHS England Youth Forum, will bring together a diverse range of young people to give advice and opinions on healthcare policies, provide ideas on how services can be improved and hold both Commissioners and the NHS England Board to account for their decision making.

The group will come together 3 times a year to work directly with decision makers regarding key areas of work. The work will be decided in partnership with the young people’s group. They will also be involved in on-going work throughout the year. This will involve connecting via email and social media, as well as taking part in discussions, reviewing and feeding back on materials outside of meetings.

For those who would like to get involved in this work but don’t want to commit to the group, or for those who apply but are unsuccessful (as spaces on the group are limited), there will be still be an opportunity to get involved. NHS England want to have wider discussions and get feedback from lots of young people about key issues. This will be done through forums such as a dedicated Facebook page that has recently been set up.

Deadlines for applications are 4th December 2013

If you have any further questions please contact Hugo on

For further information, or to apply please see -



PHE’s Public Health England's Healthy People, Healthy Places programme launched


How to improve health through better planning and design was debated by councillors and public health professionals on 13 November at the launch of PHE’s Healthy People, Healthy Places programme.

Helping to improve the nation’s health through better planning and design to reduce the impact of a poor physical and natural environment is a PHE priority and the Health Equity and Impact team is leading on this with the HPHP programme

See the full PHE Press Release here, and links to two briefing papers on obesity and the environment here:



The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund

The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, a new funding stream through the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to support England’s most vulnerable young people. It will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

Organisations can apply for a development, evidence or scale-up grant from 8th November until 6th December 2013. Successful organisations will have a strong track record of reaching and creating positive impact for the most vulnerable young people as well as be able to demonstrate strong evidence of need. Applications can come from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, public bodies (for example Local Authorities) and businesses with a social mission or a clear objective in their corporate social responsibility policy towards increasing social action, or businesses involved in the delivery of public service.

The grants will fund work with young offenders, young people in care or leaving care, and other groups of disengaged and vulnerable young people.

The Fund will focus on improving the outcomes of society’s most vulnerable young people, including academic performance, work outcomes, reducing reoffending and improving health outcomes. It will consider proposals from social action based projects supporting young people as well as those that involve social action opportunities for young people. Applicants can either apply for funding for new projects or to further develop existing programmes.

Applicants will be able to attend one of four workshops in London and the north of England in November 2013 to help them make the most of the application process.

More information on the Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Grant Fund including criteria and how to apply is available at