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Health and well-being news alert Issue 26

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URGENT Should small providers be exempt from licensing?

Please send your response by 22 October.

The Department of Health is proposing to exempt small providers from the need to have a licence from Monitor and they would like to hear from as many providers as possible, whatever the size of the organisation.

If you are an NHS service provider, you can help us by completing one of three short questionnaires.

Each questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
The questionnaires are anonymous and will not be published individually.

Which questionnaire should I complete?
Please complete one of the following questionnaires for your organisation, depending on which services you provide:

Questionnaire B: independent and voluntary sector ambulance providers

Questionnaire C: independent and voluntary sector providers, other than providers of ambulance services; providers of social care who also provide NHS services; GPs and dentists providing services other than primary (general medical) services.

Any questions? Email

Find out more about the consultation on licensing.


Public health reforms: learning event for VCS organisations

Date: 29th October 2012 - 10.00 – 15.30

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

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 find attached the programme of the day [71kB, DOC] and booking form [28kB, DOC]

Healthwatch England launched

Healthwatch England, the new national, statutory consumer champion for health and social care in England, was launched on 1st October.

A key milestone in achieving the government’s vision set out in the White Paper ‘Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS’, Healthwatch England exists to ensure the public’s voice is heard at the national level.

For further information, go to: and


Mental health charities launch guides to improve local mental health services

A series of six briefings were launched on World Mental Health Day to help develop better local mental health services.

The briefings explain in practical terms the ways that the new clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, directors of public health, overview and scrutiny committees, local Healthwatch and health and wellbeing boards can make sure that there are good quality mental health services in their local area as well as improving mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the community.

Access the briefings here

New guidance to support organisations to deliver peer support for people with long term conditions

Organisations delivering or planning to deliver peer support for people with long term conditions will be able to find out more about its benefits and good practice thanks to a new guidance by the Mental Health Foundation Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics.

See the guidance here [981kB, PDF]

Clinical Commissioners Guide to the Voluntary Sector

This guide, [962kB, PDF] produced jointly by ACEVO and the NHS Alliance, is intended to support closer and more effective working between clinical commissioners and voluntary organisations.

It is the first guide of its kind and it is an important document both for CCGs and for the voluntary and community sector. It explores models for successful collaboration between commissioners and sector organisations in the new landscape of clinical commissioning and developing provider markets.

Report on VCSE involvement with the health reforms by SEUK / IVAR

This report [915kB, PDF] summarises the findings of a scoping exercise to assess the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector’s experiences of the new health structures and their perceptions and fears for future engagement.

Guide on Local Healthwatch, Health and Wellbeing Boards and health scrutiny

This guide [616kB, PDF] aims to help local leaders and others to understand the independent, but complementary, roles and responsibilities of council health scrutiny, local Healthwatch and health and wellbeing boards.

Pregnant women to be offered whooping cough vaccination

Following a rise in the number of cases of whooping cough in young babies, the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has announced that pregnant women will be offered vaccinations to protect their newborn babies.

Find out more here

Setting standards for antenatal care

NICE has produced a quality standard on antenatal care to help improve the care that women receive during their pregnancy.

Read about the NICE quality standard here [82kB, PDF] 


NICE to help drive standards in social care

From April 2013, the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will expand to include social care.

The Department of Health has agreed an initial list of joint NHS/social care quality standard topics for NICE to start working on. This includes autism in adults and children, mental wellbeing of older people in residential care and the transition between health and social care.

For further information, see here 

Equality Act - ban on unjustifiable age discrimination comes into force

From 1 October 2012, new provisions came into force under the Equality Act 2010, making it illegal to discriminate unjustifiably on the grounds of age when delivering goods and services.

To find out more, see here

Consensus statement supporting the Liverpool care pathway

Over twenty organisations have signed a consensus statement in support of the Liverpool care pathway for the dying patient, including professional bodies, third sector organisations, disease specific charities and organisations representing care homes, hospices, social services and palliative care specialists.

Read more here

New NCB policy briefing: Environmental inequalities and their impact on the health outcomes of children and young people

This briefing summarises key evidence and policy developments in relation to environmental inequality and its impact on children and young people’s health. It also analyses the policy levers and context for tackling this impact. It is intended as a tool for all those working locally and nationally to promote health equality.


The Trans Mental Health Study 2012

The Trans Mental Health Study 2012 represents the largest survey of its kind and provides crucial data on transgender people's mental health needs and experiences in the context of daily life, transition, social/support mechanisms, general health care, mental health services and gender identity services.


Compact Week 2012

Compact Week is running from Monday 5th November until Friday 9th November.

Compact Week is an annual celebration taking place across England to promote and recognise the Compact, the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for partnership working between government and the voluntary sector.

Find out more about Compact Week 2012 here

LGB&T Partnership October Bulletin

The October LGB&T bulletin is available. If you have anything (news, events, job opportunities etc) that you would like to include in future National LGB&T Partnership news, please contact us at: NationalLGB& and we will endeavour to include your submissions.

Please note that we only promote non-profit events and opportunities that are of interest to those working across the LGBT, health and equalities sectors.

See the bulletin here [598kB, PDF]