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Event: Making health and wellbeing boards a success
11 September 2012 | The King's Fund, London

As those responsible for setting up and running health and wellbeing boards work towards making them operational by April 2013, this conference will explore the challenges and opportunities facing these new structures.
John Wilderspin, National Director, Health and Wellbeing Board Implementation, Department of Health, will give the keynote address..

Come together with NHS, local authority and third sector colleagues to explore how to cement the growing relationships that will make health and wellbeing boards a success.

Book here


Consultation on joint strategic needs assessment and joint health and wellbeing strategy guidance

Deadline: 28 September 2012

Proposals for the duties of health and wellbeing boards have been published by the Department of Health. The draft guidance provides a framework for NHS and local government to work together to undertake joint strategic needs assessments(JSNA) and joint health and wellbeing strategies (JHWS). The voluntary and community sector can make valuable contributions to this process.

There is an eight-week public consultation on the draft guidance that:
• lays out duties that underpin JSNAs and JHWSs to be undertaken by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities through health and wellbeing boards from April 2013
• explains how JSNAs and JHWSs will fit together with commissioning plans in the health and care system
• sets out how the JSNA and JHWS process will enable the NHS and local government to make real improvements to the health and wellbeing of local people.

Respond to the consultation online


Wanted: pioneers for flexi-volunteering

Department of Health is funding a system that manages volunteer availability hour-by-hour. It is ideal for localised volunteering taking up small amounts of time. That might include placements such as support for older people, carer breaks (sitting), shopping services, peer-to-peer support, re-ablement, transport bookings, supported living, residential or daycare support or ad hoc projects. The funding makes the service free for volunteer involving organisations delivering health/social care services in England.

The system can sit within your website, within your branding, following your rules. All the data belongs to you. It can allow “self-management”: volunteers and service users empowered to make their own arrangements day-to-day. A video introducing the technology is at:

A first wave of launches with the technology are scheduled for August. AgeUK, CarersUK, Mencap and Volunteer Centres are involved. WRVS already use the system. Details of these projects can be found at

If you are interested in exploring how the system could work for you please contact Yau Haoming at the Slivers-of-Time Social Business: / 0207 954 9295.

Guidebook for measuring wellbeing

This nef guidebook is designed primarily for voluntary organisations and community groups delivering projects and services and aims to improve the design and delivery of services through the use of wellbeing outcome measures.

Publication of the mental health implementation framework

The Mental Health Strategy: Implementation Framework sets out what some of the fundamental changes to the health and care system will mean for mental health. It also provides practical steps that different organisations – including employers, local authorities, the NHS, clinical commissioning groups, primary care, and social care can take to improve mental health cost effectively using their existing levers and powers.

Five of the UK’s five leading mental health organisations – Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Turning Point, Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network – have worked in partnership with the government to draw up the plans.
Find out more at

This briefing provides an overview of the implementation framework, focusing on those areas that are most relevant to providers of NHS mental health services.

Applications for Workforce Development Dementia Fund now open

The Department of Health has commissioned Skills for Care to support the delivery of a national learning and development programme for the adult social care workforce supporting people with dementia.

Skills for Care will make £2.4 million available to employers through the Workforce Development Dementia Fund to support the completion of relevant accredited qualifications by those members of the workforce who support people with dementia

For more information, go to:

Local Healthwatch update

Local Healthwatch regulations – a summary report of engagement
This report sets out the key issues that arose from discussions with stakeholders and provides information on the Department of Health’s approach to the drafting of the Local Healthwatch regulations.
Read Summary Report: Issues relating to local Healthwatch regulation

NALM Local Healthwatch development progress report
NALM asked Local Authorities questions on five areas that relate to the funding of LHW, transition of LINks to HealthWatch, involvement in developing Health and Wellbeing Board and public engagement in the development of LHW.

This report presents their data and initial analysis. NALM will make recommendations to Ministers, the HealthWatch Programme Board and Local Authorities once further analysis is complete.

See the report here


Clinical commissioning in action

This publication shares learning from CCGs around England in the form of case studies.


VODG/NCF social care reform commentary

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and the National Care Forum (NCF) have produced a commentary on the Government’s Care and Support White Paper, which was published on 11 July, along with a draft Care and Support Bill and funding progress report.

See a copy of the commentary here [251kB, PDF]

Independent experts set out recommendations to improve children and young people’s health results

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum has published its proposals on how health-related care for children and young people can be improved.

The independent Forum identified several themes that it says are key to making the improvements needed:
• putting children, young people and their families at the heart of what happens
• acting early and intervening at the right time
• integration and partnership
• safe and sustainable services
• workforce, education and training
• knowledge and evidence
• leadership, accountability and assurance
• incentives

To read more, go to:
To hear more about the work of the Forum, go to:

A stitch in time - the future is integration

This briefing looks at integration and collaboration in health and social care and highlights the benefits that an inclusive approach brings to the delivery of care in both sectors.

It includes examples of successful models of integration from within the UK, where NHS organisations are now working more effectively with other public sector providers as well as independent providers, and from Western Europe, where integration between the public and independent sectors is more widely accepted.

See briefing here

Anna Bradley confirmed as Chair of Healthwatch England

Anna Bradley has been appointed as Chair of Healthwatch England. She is also being appointed as a member of the board of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Anna is currently the Chair of the General Optical Council, a trustee at Addaction and is a non-executive director of Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust.

Healthwatch is the new consumer champion for health and social care in England. It will exist in two distinct forms – Healthwatch England, at national level, and local Healthwatch, at local level.

Healthwatch England will be a national body representing the views of service users and the public. It will use these views to influence national policy and provide advice to Monitor, the NHS Commissioning Board, the Secretary of State and English local authorities, as well as providing leadership and support to local Healthwatch organisations.

Dates for your Diary

‘Living well with Long Term Conditions – what can the Voluntary Sector contribute?’
• Wednesday 14th November 2012
• 10:00am – 3:15pm
• CBI Conference Centre, London WC1

This FREE event will bring together delegates from all over the country to consider the reality of the lives of people with long term conditions, to hear about the policy aspirations, and to share examples of positive practice in helping people to live well and manage their own health, using all the resources available in their local communities.

Keynote presenters include Sir John Oldham, National Clinical Lead, QIPP, Long Term Conditions and Urgent Care. The target audience is Chairs of CCGs, commissioning leads for long term conditions and services for adults, local Age UKs, public health professionals, voluntary and community sector organisations, practice managers, policy makers and think tanks.

To view the programme and to book, please click here

For any enquiries please contact Vida Pantelic at or phone 020 3033 1084

The King's Fund annual conference 2012: Transforming the delivery of health and social care
28 November 2012 | The King's Fund, London

They are offering a 10 per cent discount if you book before 31 August 2012 – see here

The conference will take a critical look at current NHS performance and then focus on what constitutes a high-performing health care system and what needs to be done to sustain the future of the NHS, including:
• enhancing the role of patients in the care team
• changing professional roles
• rethinking the location of care
• using new information and communication technologies
• harnessing the potential of new medical technologies
• making intelligent use of data and information.

The conference provides an opportunity to network with senior NHS and local government colleagues and cement the relationships that will help you in your role.