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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 18

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RAWM Health Bulletin 9 May 2012

The Role of the Health Workforce in Tackling Health Inequalities: Action on the social determinants of health - consultation report and questions

The Institute of Health Equity (IHE) has produced a draft report investigating what the Health Workforce can do to influence the social determinants of health and tackle health inequalities in a positive and constructive way.
The draft report will be used to consult with stakeholders in order to further shape the content, including recommendations that will assist health professionals to reduce health inequalities.

Even though consultation events have already taking place, the online consultation will run until 18th May 2012. IHE intends to publish its report later this year. The link to the draft report above will provide with further details, including the consultation questions and the draft report.

Mental health key to better outcomes for long-term conditions

A new Mental Health Network (MHN) report brings together the evidence across diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary heart disease, plus medically unexplained symptoms, to present a business case for investing in psychological services.

See a briefing on the report here [133kB, PDF]

For further details about the work of the MHN, visit

Health Secretary sets out objectives for NHS Commissioning Board Authority

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has set out the Government’s strategic objectives for the NHS Commissioning Board Authority and the basis against which the Authority will be held to account.

See more here [47kB, PDF]

For more on the NHS Commissioning Board go to

£1m in funding available from Shine programme

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. Its innovation programme, Shine, is open for a new round of funding applications from 1 May 2012, with over £1 million available to support up to 18 innovative healthcare teams.

The Shine 2012 challenge is to find new innovative approaches to delivering healthcare that aim to support patients to be active partners in their own care, improve patient safety and improve quality while reducing costs.

Shine is open to applications from healthcare teams based in any of the four countries of the UK, and NHS, private and voluntary sector organisations are equally invited to apply.

Do you or a colleague have a smart idea that could shine at this challenge? Pass this information on to smart thinking innovators, or for more information about the programme, visit Shine is open for applications from 1 May 2012 until 17 July 2012.

Fit for the Future – interactive social enterprise conference

Social Enterprise UK has set up this interactive conference for anyone interested in the role social enterprises and the voluntary & community sector (VCS) have to play in the delivery of health and care services.

This one day event on Thursday 17th May at the Trent Vineyard in Nottingham, explores opportunities available to social enterprises and VCS organisations, and looks at the important role they have in meeting the challenges of our health and care systems.

The event brings together key social enterprise and VCS leaders, commissioners and national health and care sector influencers as well as experts in leadership, business and organisational development.

Book your place here.

Regional Voices network members are offered a 15% discount on the early bird price with the promotional code: RV10

What does good integrated care mean to you?

Integrated care can mean different things to different people and there is no one model or way of doing it.

The King’s Fund wants to hear your views – what does good integrated care mean to you? You can tweet your ideas to them using #integratedcare as the hashtag.

Or join the debate here

Have your say on long term conditions strategy

The Department of Health is asking people to comment on what should be covered by the cross-government long term conditions strategy.

The Department of Health are drafting the strategy at the moment and plan to publish it towards the end of this year. They would like to hear from people with long term conditions, carers, health professionals, commissioners, local authorities and the voluntary sector.

Introducing the NHS Patient Feedback Challenge

Improving the experience of patients is a key stated aim for all NHS organisations and this year’s NHS Operating Framework places a “clear responsibility on the NHS to actively seek out, respond positively and improve services in line with patient feedback”.

This is why the NHS Institute is launching the NHS Patient Feedback Challenge - backed by a £1 million challenge fund to “identify, share, spread and implement excellent patient experience work across the NHS”.

Smart guides to engagement: Guides for CCGs

Good engagement with patients and the public helps deliver inclusive and successful commissioning.

The Smart Guides to Engagement series is for everyone working in or with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The guides reflect principles and practice that get results in PPE and partnerships with local authorities and community organisations.

The four guides here are not a toolkit or a checklist. They focus on people, relationships, leadership and creating value.