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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 10

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Regional Voices are looking for case studies for the Department of Health – do you have a story to share?

Tell us about your voluntary or community organisation’s experience of the cuts and/or transition to new Health and Social Care structure:

  • Have you retained a place on the new Health and Wellbeing Board in your area – or have you lost one? Or have you secured a place the voluntary sector did not have before?
  • Are you involved with the development of HealthWatch? How is the voluntary sector in your area being engaged with the transition from LINks?
  • Where does the voluntary sector have a voice locally to influence how Health and Wellbeing services are being developed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (previously GP Commissioners) in your area?
  • How has the changing commissioning climate affected the services you deliver? How is it likely to affect your organisation in the coming months?
  • What has your organisation been doing to get ready for new commissioning models in Health and Social Care? Are you working more closely with other voluntary organisations?

If you’ve an experience to share that others can learn from, please drop an email to and we will arrange to give you a call.



Opportunity to get involved in shaping Government policy on mental health

The Department of Health is looking for people who use (or have used) mental health services, and family or friends who provide care and support to them, to join the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy.

If you are interested, visit the recruitment website quoting reference CS0779. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 5th January 2012.

Download and view the advert [124kB, DOC] or request an easy-read version by emailing Helen Steele:



All change! New horizons for local government

You are invited to join Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands at Warwick University on 9 December 2011 for a free major conference focused upon the changing landscape for local government.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Carolyn Downs, Incoming Chief Executive, Local Government Group,
  • Dai Powell, Chief Executive, HCT Group

Workshop themes to include:

  • Future of care for older people
  • Community budgets and troubled families
  • The transforming council
  • Co-operative councils
  • Open public services and the not-for-profit sector

Register now at:



New approaches to supporting carers' health and wellbeing

This evaluation of the National Carers' Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme 2009-2011 explores the work of 25 DH-funded projects which provided carers with breaks, health checks and better NHS support. It provides detailed evidence on innovation, effective practice, partnerships and engaging and involving carers.

Find out more on the Leeds University Sociology website.



Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework Handbook of Definitions

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) sets out the outcomes which matter most to users of social care in England and enables benchmarking between local authorities. A new version of the supporting Handbook of Definitions, which defines each framework measure to promote consistent reporting and interpretation, was published on 23 November 2011.

Download The adult social care outcomes framework: handbook of definitions (PDF, 450K).



Stories of success in social care: case studies set out foundations for quality, cost-effective support

Another Way: transforming people’s lives through good practice in social care, is a new report published by the VODG in response to the Winterbourne View scandal earlier this year which exposed the abuse of people with complex learning disabilities at a care unit in Bristol. Read the VODG blog or download a copy of the report [616kB, PDF].



Age UK Knowledge Hub

Age UK aims to be a centre of expertise on ageing issues and a knowledge hub for all information relating to older people. They make accessible the findings of research on the older population for free, and provide a comprehensive range of information on older people in the UK and internationally. They also provide a toolkit to gather statistics on the older population in local areas.

Have a look at the knowledge hub, where you can also sign up for their monthly policy and research bulletin.



Why Women’s Health?

Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) have published Why Women’s Health?, which outlines the main health challenges faced by women and girls and the need for a gendered approach to providing health care services.

Download and view the WHEC briefing [203kB, DOC].



Winterwatch keeps public up-to-date

A nationwide information service to help keep everyone safe and well this winter, the online hub will provide regular updates about the increased demand on the NHS during the cold winter months and offer practical advice on keeping well when the weather is very cold.

Find out more information about Winterwatch, including where you can sign up for weekly Winterwatch email alerts.



Warm Homes Healthy People Fund: 2011/ 2012

The Cold Weather Plan established the Warm Homes, Healthy People Fund for winter 2011/12 to support local authorities in England to reduce the levels of death and morbidity due to cold housing in the coming winter in partnership with their local community, voluntary sector and statutory organisations.



Safeguarding children across services: messages from research

The Safeguarding Children Research Initiative is an important element in the government response to the inquiry following the death of Victoria Climbié. Its purpose is to provide a stronger evidence base for the development of policy and practice to improve the protection of children in England. Eleven studies were commissioned and this overview focuses on the findings and also refers extensively to a further four important research studies that were also reported during the same time.