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Health and Well-being news bulletin 15

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URGENT Webchat on autism

On Wednesday 7 March at 2pm David Behan, Director General for Social care, Local Government and Care Partnerships will host a webchat with Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society on issues around the implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy for England Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives.

This presents a unique opportunity for you to ask questions to them both, and to join the conversation around autism.

To find out how to take part:

URGENT A Department of Health learning event on Integrated Care: The Role of the Voluntary Sector

There are still spaces available for this event:
Date: Monday, 19th March 2012
Time: 10 – 3.30 pm, including lunch & networking
Venue: Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH.
Cost: FREE

This event will provide a learning and networking opportunity for statutory, health, social care and Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) professionals. We will share knowledge and views on the different ways in which the VCS can contribute to integrated care.

Speakers include GP commissioners, local VCS and NHS providers; DH policy Leads and representatives from NHS Commissioning Board, local government, Future Forum and National Association of Primary Care.

To book, simply email:

£22 million for ground-breaking children’s mental health programme

Up to £22m will be pumped into a pioneering programme to give children with mental health problems access to the best available services in a wider range of places. The new investment in the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project will be spent over the next three years to expand state-of-the-art psychological therapies and extend training for people working with youngsters outside of health settings, such as in schools or youth groups.

To read more: £22 million for ground-breaking children’s mental health programme

Department of Health seeks help in reaching young people

The Department of Health is seeking partners to help it communicate with young people and those that work with them. It wants to work with organisations from all sectors to develop partnership activity and gain a range of expert perspectives to inform its work.

If your organisation can provide a link to young people, find more details at: Department seeks partners for reaching young people

Free event: Eye of the Storm

NCVYS would like to invite you to Eye of the Storm – a one-day Health and Wellbeing seminar - looking at the contribution VCS groups make to the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

Eye of the Storm is for anyone, in any sector, working on health issues relating to children and young people.

When: 20th March 2012 10am – 4pm
Where: Reading
Cost: Free of charge

To book your place, please click here
View NCVYS event Youtube video here

Acting FAST can save hundreds of lives

A campaign set to save the lives of stroke victims from across the country has been launched. These hard hitting adverts, which will run until 25 March, aim to get people suffering from stroke to hospital as FAST as possible.

They will help people to identify the symptoms of stroke by acting FAST - people should look for:
Facial weakness – can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time to call 999

To read more: Acting FAST can save hundreds of lives

A short guide to health and wellbeing boards

Issued by the Department of health, the guide can be seen at:
A short guide to health and wellbeing boards

A briefing written for the voluntary and community sector by Regional Voices can be seen here [PDF, 160kB]

Health and Social Care Bill explained

A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Bill explain particular topics contained in the Bill, including its key themes. They include case studies of the policy in action, or answer frequently asked questions about the topic.

The factsheets were first published in October 2011, shortly after the Bill entered the House of Lords. They have been updated where necessary to reflect changes made to the Bill since then.

Each factsheet indicates the date on which it was last updated.

Follow this link to the factsheets:
Health and Social Care Bill explained

Have your say on draft dignity report

The Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People, set up by the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association, is inviting feedback on its draft dignity report. Focused on the care of older people in hospitals and care homes, the draft report recommends changes to culture, leadership, management, staff development, clinical practice and service delivery. Read the report and tell the Commission your views by 27 March 2012.

For more information: Partnership on dignity in care

The Public Services (Social Value) Bill

The Public Services (Social Value) Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords on Tuesday 28 February 2012. The Bill presented by Chris White MP in January this year will help to strengthen the social enterprise business sector and make the concept of ‘social value’ more relevant and important in the placement and provision of public services. New duties will be placed upon central and local government authorities to publish explicit strategies for supporting these values and the public procurement process will need to reflect and measure them. The Bill is expected to receive royal assent over the next few weeks and become an act.

Marmot Health Inequalities Indicators

London Health Observatory released this years Marmot Indicators for Local Authorities. The Marmot Indicators are taken from the report produced by Sir Michael Marmot – Fairer Societies, Healthy Lives which looked at health inequalities across the UK.

You can find the indicators for your area at:
Marmot Indicators for Local Authorities in England, 2012

NHS Funded Nursing Care Bandings 2012-13

This note sets out the position regarding the level of NHS contribution towards the costs of a place in a care home with nursing for those people assessed as requiring the help of a registered nurse. From 1 April 2012, the two rates will remain unchanged.

For more information: Nursing care bands set for 2012

Guide to commissioning for ‘social return on investment’

The SROI Network, in co-operation with the Local Government Association is pleased to announce the launch of the new Guide to Commissioning for Maximum Value.

The guide (click here) brings together a range of related practice and is intended as a starting point for further development of professional commissioning practice.