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Health, Wellbeing and Care

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Personal Health Budgets Learning and Development Days


Voluntary Voices are holding a series of 3 learning and development days in various locations across England to support the creation of a Personal Health Budget learning and support network for the voluntary sector. Thse days will offer an opportunity togain information, advice and guidance on the Personal Health Budget process, both nationally and locally form NHSE and CCG colleagues, and individuals and organisations engaging with lived experience.

The organisers are requestiing a commitment to attend the 3 scheduled learning events as a minimum, with a view to building an ongoing learning and development network for your area. Sessions will run at various locations across Engaldn from the 28th September - 17th November 2016. More informaiton and book details can be found here.


Successful Bids to £15 Million Mental Health Fund

Forty-one projects will benefit from a share of £15 million to improve provision of mental health places of safety, the government has announced.

The Department of Health funding is supporting the creation of new places of safety and the refurbishment of existing sites, to prevent people experiencing a mental health crisis, who have committed no crime, from being placed in a police cell.

To read more click here.


Realising the Value - New Behavioural Insight Guides Published 

The Realising the Value consortium has published two new guides written by the Behavioural Insights Team, outlining how the science of behaviour can help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing more effectively.

The first guide is written for people who support those living with long-term conditions, or who help people avoid these conditions using person- and community-centred approaches. Health and care professionals, voluntary or community groups, peer supporters, carers and patient leaders will benefit most from this guide.

The second guide is aimed at people who champion these approaches in health and social care more broadly including commissioners. It outlines how behavioural science can spread the take-up of person- and community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

The final resources and recommendations from the Realising the Value programme will be published in November 2016.


Consultation - Expanding CQC Ratings to Include Independent Healthcare Providers

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to Care Quality Commission (CQC) performance assessment regulations to include ratings for additional sectors.

 The Care Act 2014 requires the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to carry out performance assessments of providers of health and adult social care services. These performance assessments are provided in the form of a rating.

 When ratings were introduced in 2014 they were limited to NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts, GP practices, adult social care providers and independent hospitals.

 The government would like the CQC to develop ratings for other sectors that they regulate and is seeking views on this issue.

The consultation closes on 14th October 2016. To find out which sectors and read more and to respond please click here.


New Wellbeing Courses Now Available Across the Black Country  

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s Community Wellbeing service will be hosting a variety of wellbeing courses across Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley free for anybody to attend.


The wellbeing courses will specifically focus on:


• The PLUS Programme

• Introduction to Mindfulness

• Social Anxiety Management 

• Creative Writing

• Healthy Eating

• Grief and Loss

• Women’s Wellbeing

• Beauty Basics

• Men’s Grooming

• Basic ICT


Click here to find out more



The Richmond Group of Charities

Real lives: listening to the voices of people who use social care


In summer 2016, working in collaboration with the British Red Cross and Royal Voluntary Service, The Richmond Group of Charities commissioned The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust to undertake a series of interviews with individuals with experience of using social care services. The aim of this work was to complement and add value to a wider piece of research being undertaken by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust to examine the future sustainability of the social care system, Social Care for Older People: Home Truths (published 15 September 2016). The personal experiences of people needing care and support and their carers outlined in Real Lives illustrate the key issues and challenges facing local authorities, policymakers and those who depend on services.


University of Birmingham

Who knows best? Older people’s contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions


The authors of this report interviewed 104 older people, exploring their experiences of emergency admissions. The research focused on whether the older people felt it was appropriate to be admitted to hospital and whether they thought anything could have prevented their admission. The findings of this study confirm the belief that older people have an important role to play in helping understand the nature of emergency admissions and to devise appropriate responses to their rising numbers. The report concludes that ignoring this expertise could be detrimental to ensuring older people get the appropriate care they need.


NESTA :  Supporting self-management: a guide to enabling behaviour change for health and wellbeing using person- and community-centred approaches

This guide outlines how the science of behaviour can help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing. It is written for people who support those living with long-term conditions, or those who help people avoid these conditions using person- and community-centred approaches.


Kings Fund:  How to involve and co-produce with patients and communities

Implementing the six principles

Developing a new relationship with patients and communities is key to closing the three gaps identified by the NHS Five Year Forward View: health and wellbeing, quality of care and treatment, finance and efficiency.

Bringing together national leaders and local innovations from across the country, this event will demonstrate how you can implement the six principles which set out the basis of good person-centred, community-focused care.

The date of the event is 1st November, 8.30pm - 5pm.

To find out more click here.


Moving from the margins: the challenges of building integrated local services – a discussion paper by Collaborate and Turning Point

Moving from the margins is a discussion paper produced by Collaborate and Turning Point that presents seven key insights for building integrated public services.

The overriding message for Moving from the Margins: The challenges of building integrated local services is simple: local integrated services should be at the heart of strategies for social renewal and public service reform. The fundamental change that this approach implies – shifting power away from ‘producers’ and towards communities – is incredibly hard to make happen. But there are people and places that have started to do things differently and their approaches can be learned from and built on.

The report’s seven insights range from the need to shift the narrative from austerity to one of social challenges in a place, to the value of building system infrastructure that enables collaboration. The combination of the current political, economic, and social context coupled with the presentation of credible model of community-led integrated care, makes a compelling argument for these to be taken seriously.


Engaging local people – a guide for local areas developing sustainability and transformation plans

This document is for teams developing Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) in each of the 44 footprint areas, and the statutory organisations which form part of them. It is intended to clarify the expectations on stakeholder involvement, in particular patient and public participation. It also covers legal duties around engagement and consultation and will be of particular interest to communication and engagement leads for STPs and footprint leaders. 


NHS England – Vanguards


Supporting staff to work differently


The Workforce Redesign Team has produced two short films about how staff working in different ways can improve care for patients and w the working lives of staff. The films focus on the work of East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Sutton Homes of Care vanguards.


NHS  Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016


Paul Maubach, Chief Executive, Dudley CCG (part of the Dudley Multispecialty Community provider vanguard), reflects on the achievements of vanguard since the last Health and Care innovation Expo 2016.


British Medical Association - Growing Older in the UK


This eport from the British Medical Association (BMA) aruges that the UK's ageing population and its families are being failed by a fragmented health and social support system. It highlights how the health and life changes of older people are being negatively affected by the holes in the safety net of health, social and other welfare services. To download the report click here.


UCL Institute of Health Equity - Inequalities in mental health, cognitive impairment and dementia among older people


This report focuses on inequalities in the experience and prevalence of poor mental health, cognitive impairment and dementia and the impact of social isolation, lack of mental stimulation and physical activity, before and after retirement, and in later old age. If finds that these issues can exacerbate the risks of poor mental health, cognitive impairment and dementia in later life and are experienced disproportionately by people in lower socio economic groups. It also provides a brief summary of life course social determinants that increase the risk of poor mental health, early onset of cognitive decline and the symptoms of dementia. To download the report click here.



Business in the Community - Mental health for employers toolkit


Business in the Community  (BITC) has partnered with Public Health England to produce a free, online toolkit to help every organisation support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees. It will help employers take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and provides a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support. The download the toolkit click here.


Strategy Unit (NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit), Health Services Management Centre (University of Birmingham) and ICF International. – A learning Event on Multi-disciplinary Teams


Date of event

Thursday 17th November 10am – 4pm


BVSC, 138  Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR


Multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) are emerging as a means of delivering patient-centred integrated care and are at the heart of many of the new models of care in Vanguards and Sustainability and Transformation Plans. These teams are evolving differently across diverse health and social care settings to meet local needs. This learning event is an opportunity to come together to share understanding and experience of MDTs through presentations of up-to-date evidence and case studies exploring what works in practice, with opportunities for sharing, discussion and reflection. To find out more and book click here.