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New health ministerial team

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed Secretary of State for Health following the Government’s reshuffle. He is MP for South West Surrey and was previously Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.

His team consists of three new health ministers, joining Lord Howe who remains as health minister in the Lords. They are Norman Lamb, Minister of State, Dr Daniel Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Anna Soubry, also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

For further information, go to:

Social Care Reforms - Department of Health Voluntary Sector Learning Event

Where: Sheffield

When: 1st October 2012

This free event will help you understand more about the Government’s White Paper ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’ and their draft Care and Support Bill.

The proposals set out in the White Paper and Draft Bill are important to voluntary and community sector organisations. This event will give you:
• an overview of the White Paper and draft bill
• an understanding of what the bill means for the voluntary sector
• an opportunity to contribute to the draft bill consultation process

It is aimed at anyone in the voluntary sector working in social care.

To reserve a place, please complete the attached booking form [97kB, DOC] and email it to

This event is hosted by NAVCA, Department of Health (DH) Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners and Delivered in Partnership with DH and other Strategic Partners.

Public health transformation: learning event for voluntary and community sector organisations

Save the date: 29th October 2012 10am – 4pm

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

The Department of Health, Public Health England and the DH's voluntary sector strategic partners invite you to take part in a learning event on the public health reforms.

This is an opportunity for voluntary and community sector organisations to inform the public health system's leaders and to hear from those leaders.

Discussion will include:
• Tackling the wider social determinants of health, though local planning and focusing on improving health outcomes.
• Mobilising the local health economy to identify, target and effectively meet the needs of excluded groups
• The multifaceted roles voluntary and community sector organisations can play in improving the quality and effectiveness of the public’s health.

Confirmed attendees include Duncan Selbie, chief executive designate of Public Health England and senior leaders from the voluntary and community sector and from local government.

Places are limited and we reserve the right to limit the number of places per organisation if the event becomes oversubscribed.

Please complete a booking form [105kB, DOC] for the event. Please return your completed booking form to:



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

Closing date Friday 21 September 2012

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:

Working with Gypsies and Travellers - Cultural Awareness Training

Thursday 15 November 2012, Nottingham

Working with Gypsy and Traveller families is a cultural awareness day for professionals who are, or will be, working with English Gypsy or Irish Traveller clients. The training will be provided by Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (Leeds GATE) and the team will include community members.

This cultural awareness day focuses on:
• A brief history of English Gypsies and Irish Travellers
• Cultural practices
• Gypsy and Traveller families in the modern world
• Addressing stereotypes, measures to meet practitioners’ concerns and ways to address the concerns of Gypsies and Travellers
• Alternative ways to build and keep contact
• The trainers will also focus on questions from participants relating to issues in their own workplaces

The delegate fee is £125 + VAT (with discounts for team bookings).

This fee includes an information pack, copy of the Leeds GATE Toolkit (How to engage with Gypsies and Traveller as part of your work), and certificate of attendance.

Full details of the training day and booking facilities can be found at

Alternatively, you are welcome to telephone Jane Lakey on 0115 916 3104.

Events: A wider look at Commissioning... 'Commissioning for Equality'

A series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau

London - Thursday, 15th November 2012
National Children’s Bureau, 8 Wakely Street, London, EC1V 7QE
10am to 12pm
East Midlands – Thursday, 24th January 2013
The City Rooms, Hotel Street, Leicester, LE1 5AW
10am to 12pm

Three workshops in each session, including:
• Meet the Local Commissioner
• Are you ready for Commissioning? Tools and tips to get up to speed
• A look into Health inequalities

Funded by the Department of Health, these sessions are completely free!

For more information and to book, please visit the following links:
London (15/11/12)
East Midlands (24/1/13)

For any queries, please contact Amy Davies at

Kings Fund paper: Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time - Implications for policy and practice

This paper reviews the current evidence on multiple lifestyle risks and analyses data from the Health Survey for England on the distribution of these risks in the adult population and how this is changing over time.

It could provide useful evidence for voluntary and community organisations looking to fund healthy lifestyle initiatives.

Download the paper  here:

Liver Disease Outcomes Strategy - Equalities Impact Assessment call for comments

The Liver Disease outcomes strategy is due to be published in the near future.

The Liver Strategy team is asking for feedback on the Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA) draft document from individuals and groups who may have particular knowledge or expertise in terms of how liver disease impacts on those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The outcomes strategy is focusing particularly on liver disease caused by alcohol, obesity and hepatitis B and C.

Please send expressions of interest to comment on the EIA to

Due to the timetable for publishing the strategy itself, comments will have to be returned within a week of being sent the draft EIA.

Stoptober campaign will encourage smokers to quit for 28 days

Smokers are being asked to give up smoking for 28 days from 1 October in the first ever mass quit campaign. Stoptober is backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, and is the first 28-day quit attempt of its kind to encourage the nation’s 8 million smokers to give up.

Smokers who sign up will be given support and encouragement throughout the month.

They will be able to download the Stoptober app (available free from the Smokefree website) and access the Smokefree Facebook page where they will get additional tips and advice. They will also get a daily message providing additional support and encouragement throughout the month.

Join in the conversation on how to strengthen the NHS Constitution

The NHS Future Forum, which is advising the Government on how the NHS Constitution might be strengthened, is keen to hear your views.
On a new blog, members of the NHS Future Forum will explain what the NHS Constitution means to them and discuss ways of strengthening it.

Join the conversation on the NHS Constitution blog

The engagement cycle - engaging with patients and the public throughout the commissioning process

This resource is for commissioners of health services. It sets out what is required when engaging patients, carers and the public in decisions about health service provision and provides practical advice, case-study examples and links to other vital information.

This resource will support the development and delivery of clinical commissioning group engagement strategy and plans. 


NCPC Policy Roundup - September

Please see here [235kB, PDF] the National Council for Palliative Care Policy Roundup for September

Press release launching AQuA’s Ask 3 Questions Campaign

Please see here [267kB, DOC] a press release launching the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA)’s Ask 3 Questions Campaign.

The Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) has launched its ‘Ask 3 Questions’ campaign as part of its national Shared Decision Making (SDM) collaborative.

Ask 3 Questions is the patient focused part of a National Shared Decision Making programme .This is a large scale transformational programme for the NHS, involving staff, clinicians, patients and the voluntary sector, that will improve the quality of care the NHS delivers to patients.