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Health and well-being news alert Issue 25

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RAWM Event: Have your say on the draft Care and Support Bill

When: Tuesday 16th October
Where: Birmingham Christian Centre

Presentation by a speaker from the Department of Health followed by a discussion.

Have your say on the largest overhaul of the law around adult care and support in 60 years.

See a briefing for the voluntary sector here [228kB, DOC]

Book your place on the event here

If you have particular questions about this event, please email


NHS Constitution: have your say

The NHS Future Forum led by Professor Steve Field has been asked by the Government to advise them on how the NHS Constitution can be strengthened.

Read more about this work here

RAWM has produced a briefing paper [139kB, DOC] that will give you an overview of the NHS Constitution and poses some questions for the voluntary and community sector.

You can get involved by sending Polly Goodwin at RAWM your responses to the questions by Friday 19th October – please send your replies to

These views will be collated by RAWM and passed to the SHA who will share them with the NHS Future Forum.


Dementia campaign launches

The Department of Health has launched a campaign, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, to encourage people to talk to loved ones showing signs of dementia.

The campaign is part of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. It will encourage people to have that first ‘difficult conversation’ with a friend or family member when they spot the signs and symptoms of dementia, and encourage them to visit their GP.

The Alzheimer’s Society has provided advice on how to bring up the topic with a loved one who may be showing signs of dementia.

Read more here


Recognising dementia friendly communities

The Alzheimer’s Society are leading on the dementia friendly communities strand of the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. As part of this, the Society is consulting on a recognition process for dementia friendly communities.

The Alzheimer’s Society would like to involve as many people as possible in local communities through local networks to participate in the consultation process. They have produced a consultation paper [88kB, PDF] and are asking interested people to respond by Monday 15 October to Laura Cook, Policy Officer, by email or in writing to Laura Cook, Policy Officer, Alzheimer's Society, Devon House, 58 St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LB.


New: Equality Advisory and Support Service

The new Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS), funded by the Government Equality Office (GEO) will open from 1st October 2012.

The new service is directed towards people who think they may have experienced discrimination and will not be available to employers, service providers or educators. The service aims to support individuals referred from local organisations, advisory groups, faith based organisations and other groups working within the community that support people experiencing discrimination.

The EASS will work with both individuals and organisations in order to seek resolutions for those who have a protected characteristic and who have experienced discrimination. The EASS can also provide specialist advice on human rights problems.

For more detail, see this letter [59kB, DOC] from Disability Rights UK


Women’s Health, Women’s Voices Roadshow events

The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) are hosting a number of ‘Women’s Health, Women’s Voices Roadshow events’ in England throughout the Autumn. These will be held in partnership with local women’s groups across the country to explore the new health system and how women’s voluntary sector organisations can engage and influence these changes.

• MANCHESTER, Wednesday 26th September - this event is being organised by South Manchester Law Centre. For more information, please contact

• LONDON, Wednesday 31st October – this event is being organised by the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC). For more information and to book a place, visit the WRC website or contact

• BIRMINGHAM, date tbc - this event is being organised by the Women's Networking Hub. For more information, please contact

• COVENTRY, date tbc - this event is being organised by Coventry Women’s Voices and Foleshill Women’s Training. For more information, please contact


Diagram: The health and care system from April 2013

This diagram gives an overview of the new health and care system from April 2013. It illustrates the statutory bodies that will make up the new system, oriented around people and communities and where they receive their local health and care services.

The illustration of local health services shows a range of familiar settings for health and care services and is not intended to be comprehensive – the range of services available and the way in which they are delivered will vary according to local priorities.

Read more here about how the statutory bodies making up the new health and care system will work together in the interests of patients and communities.


Facts about Carers 2012

This digest brings together key facts and figures about carers - drawn from key Carers UK and external research looking and who carers are - with statistics on employment, health, age, tasks, finances, poverty and rights.



Silent voices: supporting children and young people affected by parental alcohol misuse

This briefing [410kB, PDF] outlines key findings and themes from a rapid evidence assessment on parental alcohol misuse.

It outlines the need for earlier intervention and support from children's social care services and is aimed at policy makers and those who commission and provide local services.


Personal health budgets: the 10 features of an effective process

This paper [507kB, PDF] is part of a broader programme of work with PCT clusters in the north west of England to support the roll out of personal health budgets in 2014.


Community mental health survey 2012 - results

Care Quality Commission has published results of the community mental health survey.

This survey of over 15,000 people on their experiences of community mental health services found that they are treated with dignity and respect by the health or social care worker they had seen most recently.

However, some would have liked more support in getting help with aspects of day-to-day living.