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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 13

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Information from the Mental Health Partnership

Hestia are holding a conference called: Co-Production in a New Era : Creating Solutions Together.
When: 26 January 2012
Where: Strand Palace Hotel in central London

Keynote speakers are Tess Jowell, MP (Shadow Minister for London) and mental health campaigner and comedienne, Ruby Wax.

There will also be a Q&A panel consisting of a number of experienced people including:

Peter Beresford
Director, Centre for Citizen Participation, Brunel University; Chair, Shaping Our Lives

Mike Seal
Service User and Author “Not About Us Without Us: Client Involvement in Supported Housing”

Stephanie Royston-Mitchell
Strategy Manager, Kingston Strategic Partnership for Alcohol and Drugs

Mimi Nunez Trejos
Service User Campaigner and Consultant

Anthea Sully
Director, Learning Disability Coalition

Martin Webber
Programme Leader, MSc in Mental Health Social Work with Children and Adults, Institute of Psychiatry

The conference briefing and agenda is available to view on the booking website:


Reforms in Offender Health Management: Equipping your organisation to navigate the changes

Date: 27th February 2012
Time: 10am till 3pm
Location: Fazeley Studios, Birmingham
Cost: £45

The policy landscape for offender health is changing drastically. The Breaking the Cycle consultation, justice and health reform Bills, payment by results and the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s competition strategy, mean that the commissioning environment will be radically transformed. As the voluntary sector, we will be required to compete with large private and public sector providers or to work in partnership.

FaithAction, Nacro, Action for Prisoners’ Families, Men’s Health Forum and the Mental Health Providers Forum have come together to host an event to give you all the information, practical assistance and inside knowledge you need to enable your organisation to successfully navigate its way through this period of transition.

You can book a place on this event online. An invoice will be sent to you upon completion of the booking process with a confirmation e-mail.


Government accepts Future Forum recommendations

The NHS Future Forum has given its second set of reports to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in which it sets out a series of recommendations to improve the quality of patient care and achieve better outcomes. The government has responded to the Future Forum and accepted its recommendations.

Download the summary Future Forum report [PDF, 619kB].
View the Government’s response.


Sexual Orientation Monitoring

Everything you always wanted to know about sexual orientation monitoring... but were afraid to ask, aims to encourage public sector organisations to take the lead in implementing sexual orientation monitoring, by highlighting the benefits for organisations, staff and service users.

This workbook by NHS North West and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation makes use of case studies and examples from the work of the NHS and wider public sector research to offer a step-by-step guide to the process of sexual orientation monitoring, illustrated with best practice examples and real-life case studies.

You can read more on the NHS North-West website and The Lesbian & Gay foundation website.