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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 11

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Palliative care funding pilots 2012/14

The Department of Health is looking for expressions of interest from organisations interested in becoming a pilot site to gather the information needed to inform the creation of a new funding system for palliative care for adults and children, and to consider the proposals of the independent Palliative Care Funding Review Report.

Listening to experience – an independent inquiry into acute and crisis mental healthcare

People with urgent mental health issues struggle to access the emergency treatment they need, according to a new independent inquiry Listening to experience released by charity Mind on 21 November.

Download the report on acute and crisis care.


At Your Bidding

At Your Bidding is a free guide for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services, published in partnership with the Local Government Association.

The guide aims to:

  • Provide some context about the commissioning of public services so that trustees can understand the potential implications and impact of commissioning at a strategic level on their charity
  • Outline the issues to consider and the decisions that trustees have to make regarding bidding for service contracts

This publication is not a detailed technical manual on how to tender. The focus is squarely on the key issues that individuals need to be aware of in fulfilling their duties as charity trustees.

Download the guide from:


Event on tackling gambling related harm amongst young people – NCB

Limited places are available at this free event being organised by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) to explore the issue of problem gambling amongst children and young people.

We would like policy makers and practitioners with an interest in this issue to attend on Wednesday 14 December 2011, 12.30-3.30pm at NCB, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP to Katherine Street by emailing or by calling 0207 843 6309.

The event will be an opportunity for organisations working with young people to:

  • Gain an overview of the issue of gambling related harm amongst young people
  • Share experiences in relation to gambling related harm amongst young people
  • Help identify potential policy and practice solutions to address gambling related harm
  • Learn about funding opportunities for a pilot project being planned by RGF to reduce gambling related harm.


In Your Own Words

The successful Learning Event: In Your Own Words: Better Practice in Commissioning Interpreting and Translation Services in Health and Social Care took place on 18 November in partnership with Race Equality Foundation, Sunderland City Council and other regional partners from the South and North East. The event was well attended by delegates from across the English Regions with some also attending from outside of England.

Feedback from the event has been extremely positive and tangible actions are planned. Download presentations, speaker bios and an expanding Learning resource.

The importance of ITS services to the quality of access, information and patient experience across health and social care was clearly highlighted on the day. As such, the Race Equality Foundation is interested to hear from other organisations and individuals who work with communities who need ITS services. Please contact the Foundation through the link above to get involved.