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Health, Wellbeing and Care

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The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health Consultation - Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives

This consultation seeks views on how we can halve the disability employment gap. Despite the current record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are out of work. Less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment, compared to 80% of the non-disabled population.

 Topics in this consultation include the role of employers and work coaches, improvements to the welfare system, investing in innovative services, occupational health support and changing the culture around work and health.

Closing date: 17 February 2017

To read more and contribute your views click here.

 

Shared Lives Plus: Helping people to live independently

Shared Lives Plus supports people who have needs which make it hard for them to live on their own, by carefully matching them with a carer to share their family and lives. In April 2016 NHS England announced £1.75 million funding for CCGs to adopt the Shared Lives approach in their area, focusing on improving independence for people with a learning disability and/or autism, mental health problems or dementia. More information can be found here.

 

NHS England - The Patient Activation Measure tool is supporting patients to manage their long term conditions.

Since June 2016 47 NHS organisations have received Patient Activation Measure (PAM) licences, funded by NHS England. The PAM tool is designed to support people to develop the knowledge, skills ad confidence needed to manage their long term conditions. Healthcare professional have been learning more about the tool at workshops and webinars. South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust hosted a webinar in October 2016 to discuss ways of integrating the tool into IT systems. NHS England will soon be publishing a good practice guide to support effective implementation of the tool.

 

Nesta and the Health Foundation - Person and community-centred care

The Realising the Value programme has conducted a thorough analysis of the evidence for person and community-centred approaches. After working with five frontline sites across England, they have published tools, recommendations and economic modelling to show how they can be successfully implemented. Aimed at health and care system leaders, commissioners and front-line professionals, the resources from the programme conclude that person- and community-centred approaches are pivotal to improving wellbeing outcomes during financially restrained times.

 

Skills for Care - The Adult Social Care and Workforce 

These nine regional reports and infographics use data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care and gives a picture of the adult social care workforce across England. The reports include data on a profile of the ageing population; the size of the adult social care workforce; an outline of recruitment and retention issues; pay rates; qualification levels; and demographic profiles of the workforce. To view the report for the West Midlands click here

NHS Clinical Commissioners - STP checklist for Governance and Engagement

Skills for Care - The Adult Social Care and Workforce 

These nine regional reports and infographics use data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care and gives a picture of the adult social care workforce across England. The reports include data on a profile of the ageing population; the size of the adult social care workforce; an outline of recruitment and retention issues; pay rates; qualification levels; and demographic profiles of the workforce. To view the report for the West Midlands click here

NHS Clinical Commissioners - STP checklist for Governance and Engagement

This resource aims to support those delivering change within their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints to work through key governance and accountability challenges. The document sets out a series of questions that can be asked locally and within boards to support effective discussion and decision-making across a place. The questions cover: governance, scrutiny and accountability; system-wide control totals; public engagement; and partnerships and collaborative working.

 

BVSC – Ageing Better in Birmingham

The second phase of the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme is looking at the underlying causes of isolation within our 4 priority communities (LGBT, Carers, Sparkbrook and Tyburn); to reduce isolation now and to prevent others becoming isolated in the future. To undertake this work, the programme is creating a Local Action Plan with each area to understand the causes of isolation and to explore potential solutions so the Ageing Better Programme is able to implement activities to address these causes. To read more click here.

 

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) – Integrated care for older people with frailty: Innovative approaches in practice

This report, written in partnership with the British Geriatrics Society, showcases how GPs and geriatricians are collaborating to design and lead innovative schemes to improve the provision of integrated care for older people with frailty. It highlights 13 case studies from across the UK, ranging from schemes to help older people remain active and independent, to those providing better services in the community, to those supporting patients in hospital.

 

House of Commons – Briefing on Carers (Nov 2016)

This briefing paper provides information about the number of carers in the UK and the issues they face. It also explains the rights, benefits and support available to carers and government policy on caring.

 

Carers Trust – Speak up for older carers campaign

Please support Carers Trust to speak up for older carers, promote the older carers' health survey and spread the campaign messages .

 

Carers UK - Pressure Points: Carers and the NHS Report  

Carers UK has published a new report ‘Pressure Points: Carers and the NHS’ which examines the role of carers in reducing emergency admissions and delayed transfers of care from hospital. Carers who had used 999 or Accident & Emergency services over the previous year were asked why they turned to emergency care. Those caring for someone admitted to hospital in the previous year were asked about whether they thought the admission to hospital could have been prevented and how well they felt supported by the discharge process and the services put in place to support them at home. The report highlights good practice and partnership working between CCGs, NHS trusts and the voluntary sector.

 

Carers UK Guide - Looking after someone - information and support for carers

 A Carers UK guide for anyone caring for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available.

 Please click here for more information and to download the guide.

 

Department of Health - Listening to People with Dementia and their Carers

A new listening programme to find out more about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers has been launched. The Department of Health’s listening programme will include different ways of gathering people’s views and experiences, both in person and online.  The first part of this work is an online survey for people who have been diagnosed with dementia in the past 2 years (since November 2014), and people who provide unpaid care for them. The survey, which is open until 31 January 2017, asks about people’s experiences of dementia diagnosis, support and awareness. It has been produced in consultation with people with dementia, their carers and our partner organisations. As well as the online survey, local dementia groups will be able to discuss the questions in groups or one to one and feed the results back to the department. To help with this, we have published guidance on holding discussions with people with dementia and carers. We want to make sure that we hear from as many people as possible, particularly those from diverse communities andthose whose voices aren’t often heard. We will be organising specific discussion groups with these communities.


Health Foundation - The Challenges and potential of whole system flow

mproving the flow of patients, service users, information and resources within and between health and social care organisations can have a crucial role to play in coordinating care around the needs of patients and service users, and driving up service quality and productivity. This report outlines an organising framework and tested methods that local health and social care leaders can use to improve whole system flow. It draws on case studies and other examples of work in this area from across the UK and internationally.

 

SALTBOX, Christian Centre, Staffordshire - Older People’s Engagement Network Newsletter

The first Edition of the Older People’s Engagement Network Newsletter is available. OPEN is jointly funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group to gather residents’ views about how services are provided for people aged 50+ living in Stoke-on-Trent. Inside you'll find information on the next Forum / Community Conversation on Health.

 

Stoke City Council – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Reports

 You can visit the Stoke-on-Trent JSNA website to access a number of reports that identify the needs of vulnerable adults in Stoke-on-Trent.