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Health, Wellbeing and Care

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Care Quality Commission report: Building Bridges, breaking barriers

This report follows the CQC's review of integrated care for older people. It looks at how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers. It finds that some older people are being denied personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration across local systems and makes various recommendations to make improvements. Download report here.

Government Office for Science - Future of an Ageing population 

This report brings together evidence about today’s older population, with future trends and projections that identify the implications for the UK. It is hoped that this evidence will help the Government to develop policies needed to adapt to an ageing population. Download report here.

Public Health England - Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces 

Public Health England’s new framework helps organisations create e-cigarette policies that will support smokers to quit and stay smokefree, while managing any risks specific to their setting. The framework acknowledges that workplace environments vary greatly and there is no one-size-fits-all approach; a factory or warehouse is a very different setting to a nursery school, with different considerations to make. It sets out five important principles for an approach based on our current knowledge of e-cigarettes. The framework can be downloaded here.


The Health Foundation and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Health – A Healthier Life for All: The case for cross government action July 2016 

The Health Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group have jointly published a comprehensive, accessible collection of essays setting out the current and emerging threats to health and wellbeing and what we know about what works to address them. Health experts and politicians have come together in A healthier life for all: the case for cross-government action to call on the government to tackle the drivers of poor health by making health improvement an objective in all policy areas – in recognition that it is fundamental to a prosperous and sustainable society. To read more click here.

 NHS England - Implementing the five year forward view for Mental Health

This plan outlines the changes people will see on the ground over the coming years in response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations to improve care. It is intended as a blueprint for the changes that NHS staff, organisations and other parts of the system can make to improve mental health. The plan also gives a clear indication to the public and people who use services what they can expect from the NHS, and when. The plan also outlines further details on key commitments to greater funding for mental health services. To download the plan here.


Diabetes UK - State of the nation 2016: time to take control of diabetes

This report brings together evidence from recent national diabetes audit reports covering care processes and treatment targets, inpatient care, pregnancy and foot care. It sets out actions to improve the delivery support, care and prevention of diabetes in England. Some of the recommendations include greater support for lifestyle and behavioural changes; for CCGs to develop an improvement plan to tackle variation in treatment outcomes; and greater patient education to enable self-management. To download report click here


Tinder Foundation - Health and digital: reducing inequalities, improving society - an evaluation of the Widening Digital Participation programme

In July 2013, the Tinder Foundation and NHS England began the three year Widening Digital Participation programme, aiming to help more than 220,000 people improve their digital health skills. This report presents an evaluation of the key statistics, themes and learnings from the final year of the programme, as well as providing a summary of the key findings across the three year programme. Download the report here.


Localis - Local empowerment: how to achieve a sustainable health service

This report, sponsored by KPMG, recommends that local areas should negotiate health devolution deals directly with the government to empower local leaders to drive integration, transformation and financial sustainability in their local health and care economies. It argues that much more NHS funding should be raised and controlled locally with local NHS and local government leaders devolved total control of their entire local health budget. Correspondingly local areas should be increasingly free of central government control and direction, with greater local flexibilities. Download report here.


Regional Voices - NHS grants case studie

These three case studies show how innovative use of NHS grants to voluntary organisations can help respond to the needs of patients and the public, and also target health inequalities. The case studies illustrate examples of the NHS and the voluntary sector working together effectively to improve people's health and wellbeing in their local community. To read more click here

 Institute of Public Policy Research - Devo-health: what and why?

This booklet sets out the context of devolution and the questions which will be addressed in the IPPR programme of work on this area. It also sets out some initial hypotheses and devolution and health care which will be tested in the course of this research programme. To read more

Department of Health - Dementia atlas 

This interactive map of England allows people to make comparisons about the quality of dementia care in their area, on issues such as prevention, diagnosis and support.


Royal Society for Public Health - Arts, health and wellbeing day 1st December 2016, London 

The Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group has been created for Royal Society for Public Health members to promote and contribute to developments in research, policy and practice in the field of arts, wellbeing and health. It takes an inclusive approach, embracing health, social care and other settings, all age groups, all types of artistic activity, and all the diverse ways that the arts can help improve wellbeing and health. This one day conference will explore the contrasts and commonalities between theoretical perspectives, research methods and professional practice in creative arts therapies, medical/health humanities and arts, health and wellbeing. For more information and to book click here


CCG Inequality Indicators

Indicators developed by CHE have been adopted by the NHS to help local areas reduce potentially avoidable A&E admissions arising from social inequality. The indicators focus on emergency admissions for patients with long-term conditions and they highlight variations between CCGs on inequality performance. Between April 2015 and April 2016, there were 264,000 excess hospitalisations associated with socioeconomic inequality. CHE have developed an online tool which allows you to explore inequalities with CCGs.

38 Degrees - Sustainability and Transformation Plans - Early areas of Action

38 Degrees commissioned Incisive Health to review all publicly available documents on sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). This report brings together all the available information and identifies key emerging themes in the plans. It identifies the NHS deficit as a key driver of some of the measures outlined with STP footprint plans, alongside service transformation to support quality improvement. The full results of the investigation can be found here.


Walsall Public Health - Free Voluntary Sector market warming engagement and investment events

The aim is to improve Health Community Resilience in Walsall and tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. Voluntary and community organisations in Walsall are invited to attend. The Making Connections Walsall Healthy Grants Programme will be launched at the events and the day will include: presentations, workshops, information on how voluntary groups and community organisations can become involved and guidance on the funding process. Expressions of Interest will also be accepted on the day. Download the flyer here with dates and times of events.


Public Health England (PHE) - Indicators included in the 2016 Health Profiles

The Health Profiles provide a snapshot of health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using a range of charts and information. The indicators and definitions used have been updated for 2016 and this document outlines the details of these changes. Health Profiles can be found here.


 Healthwatch England - Greater Manchester Service Change Engagement

This report is the result of research conducted in conjunction with then local Healthwatch organisations in Greater Manchester which examined public and patient opinion on how health and care needs should be met in the future. The research focused on ways that services can work better together and ways that healthy communities can be encouraged and fostered in local areas. The report can be downloaded here.


Kings Fund - Integrated Care Summit - 6th October 2016

A key opportunity to learn about integrated approaches to improving population health. The summit will feature lessons from national and international accountable care systems and other emerging new care models. To find out more and book click here.

National Children's Bureau -  Gathering Evidence about Improving Children and Young People's Mental Health 

The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a vital role in supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. As part of this yea's Health and Care Strategic Partners Programme, the National Children's Bureau and the Young People's Health Partnership are carrying out two information gathering exercises into which may be of interest.

Firstly we would like to hear, via a short survey, what needs to happen for the Government's vision for improved mental health services to be realised for all children and young people and how organisations working with particular groups of children have been involved in service transformation. In this survey we would like to hear from VCS organisations working across children and young people's mental health, particularly those working with specific groups of children who may have poorly understood needs. Your responses will feed into a report for the Department of Health and the wider sector to support improvements in children and young people's mental health to be published in early 2017. The survey will be open until 25th September.

Secondly we want to gather examples about the work the VCS does to prevent children and young people's mental health problems and support resilience.  We will be showcasing all published examples to those leading the transformation of mental health services for children and young people in the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and beyond. Please complete this short form and send it back by the 18th September at This is a great opportunity to showcase your organisations work and good practice from across the VCS.


Repesentative Vacancy - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust

The Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust currently has a vacancy for a voluntary sector representative to join their Council of Governors.

Do you have an interest in mental health and a desire to support the Trust in providing the best services it can to the populations they serve, to challenge the Board that this is happening and to help the Trust engage with people within the consituencies?

You would need to bring good ideas on how best to engage through voluntary sector organisations, and to put forward views on key areas such as service re-design, strategy, and key issues such as reducing stigma etc.

If you would like to be considered for this role please email Helen Cobain for more information and an application pack. Email Tel: 0121 678 8830.

Application deadline 12.00 noon Friday 30 September 2016.