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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 20

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URGENT! Shared Decision Making Learning Event

Department of Health Voluntary Sector Joint Learning Event, ‘Making Shared Decision Making a Reality’, will be held on 16 July 2012 – 10.30 to 15.45

Refreshments and Registration from 10.00am

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre
108 Stamford Street
South Bank
London SE1 9NH

This free joint learning event is part of the Right Care programme and comes as the programme enters an exciting new phase, which aims to embed the practice of share decision making among citizens, patients and those who support them, and among health professionals and their educators. For more information on the programme go to the Right Care website

The event will give voluntary sector organisations an opportunity to learn more about the Shared Decision Making Programme and give their views on the programme’s three workstreams as well as discuss what shared decision making means in practice and how the vision can be turned into reality.

To reserve a place on this free event, please complete a booking form and email it to Please see the invitation [38kB, DOC] and the programme of the day with booking details. [620kB, DOC]

URGENT! 'Commissioning for Equality' a series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau

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
This compact session for the voluntary sector and commissioners of services, will look to provide valuable local networking, information and tools and topics for better commissioning locally.

Funded by the Department of Health, this session is completely free

To book, simply click here.

For any queries, please contact Jane O'Leary from NCB on 020 7833 6835

Core funding and free training for health charities - 2013 GSK IMPACT Awards

GSK’s IMPACT Awards are designed to reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK with income between £10,000 and £1.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at £4,000.

To apply go to:

Closing date Friday 21 September 2012

The Engagement Cycle: a free on-line resource for those supporting the commissioning of health services

Refreshed for the new NHS landscape the engagement cycle offers a structured framework with online access to information, resources and case studies. Use these resources to challenge and support Clinical Commissioning Groups to collaborate widely in developing and delivering their engagement strategies and plans.

Other patient experience related resources that you might find useful can be found at:

The health and care system in April 2013 – a visual guide

The health and care system is changing. New organisations, and changes to existing roles, are being developed over the course of this year, and the new health and care system will be up and running by April 2013.

Follow the link below to find a diagram that gives a developing overview of the health and care system from April 2013 that may be useful in explaining the changes in the NHS to people.

Fair Playing Field – for the benefit of patients

Andrew Lansley has asked Monitor to carry out an independent review of matters that may be affecting the ability of providers of NHS services to participate fully in providing NHS services. This could include voluntary and community organisations.

For further information, go to:

Health Policy and the role of Local Compacts

This is an update on Compact Voice’s recent research into health and the role of local Compacts. They have now published the final report, authored by Sally Cooke, on their website at the link below:

Go to:

NHS Constitution report published

The Secretary of State has published his ‘Report on the effect of the NHS Constitution’ on patients, staff, carers and the public since its launch. The report takes into account the advice of the NHS Future Forum.

The report shows that there is strong support for an NHS Constitution and that further work is required to improve public and staff awareness. Everyone working in the health service at every level has a role to play in both raising awareness and in helping patients and staff understand how to use the Constitution.

For further information go to:

Our NHS care objectives: a draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board for improving health and healthcare

Andrew Lansley has published a draft set of NHS care objectives for consultation. 'Our NHS care objectives: a draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board' sets out 22 draft objectives that the Government proposes to ask the board to achieve.

There are 11 care objectives seeking improvements in the quality of care and outcomes. There are a further 11 objectives that include ambitions for joining up different services around the needs of individuals, for putting a stronger focus on prevention and for making shared-decision making a reality for patients.

The consultation closes on 26 September 2012.

For further information, go to:

Secretary of State’s annual report 2011/12

From 1 April 2013, the Secretary of State will be under a new duty to produce an annual report of the performance of the health service in England. In future, this will become an assessment of how well the NHS Commissioning Board has performed against the NHS care objectives described in the mandate (see previous item).

The Secretary of State has published the first annual report, a year early, to help Parliament and the public recognise how the NHS is performing and to understand the future direction of the NHS. The report shows that the NHS has maintained or improved performance against a range of longstanding clinical standards and has achieved £5.8 billion efficiency savings.

For further information go to:

NHS Heroes – nominations open

Sir David Nicholson has this week called on everyone in England to name their NHS Heroes. As we mark the 64th anniversary of the NHS, he launches NHS Heroes, a brand new recognition scheme open to all staff working in the NHS.

From now until mid-September, anyone working for the NHS who is nominated by members of the public, patients or colleagues as going the extra mile in their work, will receive a recognition certificate.

For further information, go to: Sir David Nicholson’s letter: and


Regional Voices briefing on the Health and Social Care Act

Regional Voices has produced a policy briefing for voluntary and community organisations, to inform them about the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and identify issues for voluntary and community organisations in key aspects of the Act.
See the briefing here [138kB]


Creating effective local Healthwatch organisations

Research conducted by Regional Voices in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA) and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement is presented in a new report. The report highlights both some key elements considered to be essential in creating an effective local Healthwatch organisation and also some of the challenges that were highlighted through interviews with a selection of voluntary and community sector (VCS) and LINK representatives in Healthwatch pathfinder areas.

See the report here [894kB, DOC]

Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund open for applications

The 2013-14 Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund (IESD) is now open for applications. Applicants are invited to submit proposals to develop new, innovative approaches to health and care, actively share excellent practice or improve integrated care and efficiency.

In the 2012-13 round, 74 projects benefited from funding under the scheme each receiving a share of £6.9 million. These projects, ranging from cancer services to mental health projects for young adults, are now benefiting people across the country.

For the information pack and application form, go to:

Department of Health publishes interim Winterbourne report setting out actions to improve care and support of vulnerable people with learning disabilities

The Department of Health has published an interim report as part of a review of events at Winterbourne View private hospital and a wider investigation into how the health and care system supports vulnerable people with learning disabilities and autism. The review was set up by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow following the BBC Panorama programme, broadcast on 31 May 2011, showing abuse of patients at Winterbourne View.

The interim report sets out 14 national actions to improve the care and support of very vulnerable people with learning disabilities or autism. The report is based on the findings of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following inspections carried out at similar units to Winterbourne View at the request of Paul Burstow last year. It also draws on the experiences and views of people with learning disability, autism, and challenging behaviour and their families, and the expertise of doctors, social workers and other care professionals.

To read more, go to:

Bereavement survey published

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the results of the first national survey of bereaved people. The VOICES (views of informal carers for the evaluation of services) survey was conducted during 2011 and 2012. The national survey was proposed in the End of Life Care Strategy (2008), which included a commitment to build on the existing VOICES approach – which seeks the views of carers on the care their loved one received – and then implement this nationally.

To read the survey, go to:

Giving White Paper - one year on

The short document sets out what has been achieved since the original White Paper was published in May 2011, the direction for the year ahead, announces a further £40 million over three years to promote social action and includes feedback from the Giving Summit Action Groups.

To see the paper, go to:

Games4Life aims to get the nation active this summer

The latest campaign from Change4Life, Games4Life, aims to inspire the nation to get active during this year’s summer of sport.

With more than 1,200 hours of sport on TV over the summer (which works out at 13 hours a day), Games4Life intends to build on the excitement and encourage millions of people to get involved and get active.

To read more, go to:

Personal health budget pilots: fifth interim evaluation report

The fifth interim independent evaluation report on the personal health budget pilot programme has been published by the personal health budgets evaluation (PHBE) team.

The report, ‘Personal health budgets evaluation: Experiences and outcomes for budget holders at nine months’, is based on interviews with 52 budget holders and 13 carers in the pilot.

For more information, go to:

To read the report, go to:

NHS patient feedback challenge - expert panel announced

The NHS patient feedback challenge, created and managed by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and funded by the Department of Health, is a one-year programme to find and spread great approaches to improving services, using patients’ feedback. It is an opportunity to measure how we are doing and share ways to improve the patient experience across the NHS. The NHS patient feedback challenge is backed by a £1 million fund.

For further information, go to:

"No decision about me, without me" – further consultation on proposals

This consultation sets out detailed proposals to secure shared decision-making and greater choice and control throughout the patient pathway. Consultation questions have been posed asking whether the proposals identified are appropriate. Responses are welcomed from everyone.

To read more about the consultation, go to: