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URGENT! Local Government Transforming the Public's Health: Vision and Ambitions for the New Public Health System in the West Midlands - Conference 2nd July 2012
Please return your booking form by Friday, 22nd June 2012 to secure your place as this is an invitation only event.
Venue: Hall 11, International Convention Centre, Birmingham Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Chair: Chris Bull; Chair of the Public Health Engagement Group and Chief Executive, Herefordshire Public Services
Facilitator: David Brindle, the Guardian newspaper's public services editor
Booking form and agenda here.
URGENT! NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2012

Nominations to be in by 29th June 2012.
The NHS Leadership Recognition Awards which aim to recognise outstanding leaders and leadership practice in the NHS. The awards are open to anyone working for, or on behalf of, the NHS in England.
See here for details

Social Enterprise Investment Fund to open for applications
The Department of Health has announced a further investment of £19m over the next year for social enterprises.
Since the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) was launched in 2007 the Department of Health has invested over £100m in more than 600 social enterprises like Jamie’s Farm, Norcare, Jets Foundation and HCT Group working across a wide range of health and social care areas including disability services, mental health, substance misuse, carers organisations and those supporting people with long-term conditions. SEIF investment packages, which include grants and loans, have supported organisations at different stages, helping them become investment ready and then to scale-up and grow.
Applicant Workshops
To help potential applicants to the SEIF, the Department is organising a series of workshops in conjunction with Local Partnerships and Social Investment Business (SIB), due to take place this July. The dates for the workshops are:

  • 11 July in Taunton
  • 16 July in Leeds
  • 19 July in London

All existing social enterprises working in health and social care including public health and children’s services are eligible to apply. Right to Requests and Right to Provides working in health and social care that are yet to spin out are also eligible. To find out more on eligibility for the Fund please either visit or call 0191 261 5200.
Details of priorities for the 2012/13 Fund will be available shortly.
For more information on the workshops, please email

A wider look at Commissioning - workshops
'Commissioning for Equality' a series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau is coming to Birmingham on:
Date: 17th July 2012, 10am till 12pm
Venue: Nishkam Centre, 6 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9BH
Cost: Free!

Three workshops in one session including:
• Meet the Local Commissioner
• Are you ready for Commissioning? Tools and tips to get up to speed
• A look into Health inequalities
To book, simply click here
Any queries, please contact Jane O'Leary at NCB on 020 7833 6835

Making Shared Decision Making a Reality
Department of Health Voluntary Sector Joint Learning Event

Patients should be actively involved in clinical decision making and supported by healthcare professionals to make fully informed choices that take into account their needs, wishes and preferences about investigations, treatment and care.
The event will give voluntary sector organisations an opportunity to learn more about the Shared Decision Making Programme and give their views on the three workstreams as well as discuss what shared decision making means in practice and how the vision can be turned into reality. For more information on the programme go to the Right Care website:
When: 16 July 2012
Where: Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 9NH
To reserve a place on this free event, please contact to register your interest

Views sought on detailed proposals to secure shared decision-making and choice for patients
The DH have launched a consultation proposing a model of shared decision-making all along the patient pathway, which should be relevant irrespective of patients’ conditions, their clinical pathway or progress along it. The model indicates where patients would be expected to have more say in decisions about their care in primary care; before a diagnosis; at referral to secondary care; and after a diagnosis had been made.
The consultation is running until 31 August 2012. Please encourage your contacts to have a look at the materials and to feedback online.

Department of Health consultation responses and Information strategy
The Cabinet Office has issued a current call for evidence to understand whether there is value in enshrining in legislation a right to choice as part of the open public services agenda.
DH has also published its Information Strategy.
Links to these can be found here.

Health and Social Care Act explained
A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explain particular topics contained in the Act, 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 and have since been updated to reflect the changes made during the Act’s Parliamentary passage.
See the factsheets here

West Midlands - Health and Wellbeing Board Development Programme
West Midlands Councils (WMC) is collaborating with the Local Government Association (LGA), NHS Midlands and East and the regional Department of Health (DH) team to co-ordinate support and development for Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB), across the West Midlands.
See the latest WM briefing here

Dangerous cuts are putting vulnerable people at risk
A new British Red Cross study shows that elderly and vulnerable people are being put at risk by swingeing cuts to home-based care.
See the full article and download the report here

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) 2011 – An Overview for the Voluntary and Community Sector
Please see attached a briefing and a guide that give an overview of the EDS for the voluntary sector.

Responses to AQP webchat questions
During a recent DoH webchat on Any Qualified Provider, the large number of questions sent in meant that there was not enough time to answer them all during the chat. The AQP policy team provided answers to them afterwards and they are now published here.
GP practice data and comparative tool available to patients and professionals
The publication of GP practice data aims to provide the public with information on services they access on a regular basis, enabling individuals to make informed choices and decisions. GP practices are usually the main or first port of call for patients seeking health care advice or treatment within the NHS.
To find out more, go here

World Class Procurement for the NHS - Call for evidence and ideas

Procurement can play a valuable role in driving quality and value and stimulating the economy. Whilst some improvements in NHS procurement are evident, the pace of change is not sufficient to meet the financial challenge facing the NHS.
DoH acknowledges the need for more innovative procurement processes and more widespread procurement of innovation. DoH seeks your views on the things it needs to do to transform procurement in the NHS. The call for evidence and ideas will close on Friday 27th July 2012. For more information on the review and how to contribute, please visit:
If you have any questions or would like to submit your views via email, please contact:

What works: Engaging BAME communities in health
Sharing findings from CRBH Project's Action Research
Free Event

The Workers’ Educational Association is holding a free seminar in the West Midlands to share findings from its action research project called Community Research for Better Health (CRBH).
CRBH project carried out community research into the barriers that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups face to leading a healthy lifestyle. After identifying barriers, the project set up pilot health education activities to address some of the barriers in Birmingham, Sandwell and Stoke-on-Trent (areas with the poorest health statistics within the West Midlands). At this event the project will share the two year action research findings on:
• Recommendations from the pilot health education activities on strategies that have worked and why they worked as well as the lessons learned that could inform your policy and practice
• Discussion on how using community development and action research approaches can help you with your work around improving health for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
Who is the event is for:
• Health improvement managers
• Health promoters
• Community development workers
• Health education tutors/organisers
• Health and social care organisations
• Sporting bodies/organisations
• Physical activity coordinators
• Public Health professionals
• GPs/Practice Managers
• Community Researchers
• Health Researchers
• Community organisations
• Anyone else interested in health improvement
Book your place
This event will be repeated in the following areas, click on the area event you would like to attend to book your place:
2nd July 2012 (Birmingham)
13th August 2012 (Sandwell)
3rd October 2012 (Stoke-on-Trent)
Please note: places are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis so book early!
'Other' highlights missed opportunities
Representatives from Learning for PH WM, RAWM and Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health Trust have been working in partnership with a local theatre company called 'The Hearth Centre' to bring to you a theatrical production called 'OTHER'. 'Other is written by Lorna Laidlaw, local writer, TV actress and award winning director.

'Other' traces Tobias’s life in reverse, from his arrest and sectioning back through to his childhood. A fascinating and intensely moving performance, highlights the missed opportunities for intervention in Tobias’s life. The play asks searching questions about the identity of people whose lives and identities don’t fit into the neat boxes on monitoring forms.
'Other' will be followed by an interactive workshop in which Theatre Forum techniques will be used to address the questions raised by the play with the outcome of suggesting how services can be successfully co-designed and co-delivered.

The purpose of the event is to bring together health professionals (principally commissioners), providers in the not for profit sector (voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises) and other stakeholders including West Midlands Police Authority and Local Authority Heads or departmental leads to look at developing a West Midlands commissioning pathway for mental health and well-being.

The event will take place on 5th July 2012 at the Birmingham Christian Centre. For further information about the event and registration details please see flyer.

Please note places will be limited for each organisation, and delegates will be sent a confirmation email approximately one week prior to the event.