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Health and well-being news alert Issue 27

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Event: Living well with long term conditions, What can the voluntary sector contribute?

When: 10am - 3.15pm, Wednesday 14 November 2012
Where: CBI Conference Centre, London

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, hear about the policy aspirations, and 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.

To book onto this event, please go to:

See the event programme here [224kB, PDF]

Event: Women’s Health Women’s Voices

When: Thursday 8th November 10.30am – 2.30pm

Where: Coventry

FWT in partnership with Coventry Women's Voices are hosting a conference to update women's groups and organisations in Coventry on the current restructuring of health and care services.

This is part of a series of national roadshows organised by WHEC (Women's Health & Equality Consortium) to capture key messages and issues arising which will inform WHEC's policy work with local and national government.

Booking essential, see form [107kB, PDF]

Ask your Pharmacist Week 2012

This year, Ask Your Pharmacist (AYP) Week will take place from 5 to 12 November.

The focus will be on engaging men to take a more active interest in their medicines and drawing attention to the pharmacy-based services available to them.

Evaluation of last year’s AYP week showed a marked increase in awareness. The percentage of people recognising that a local pharmacy is more than a place to pick up medicines rose from 25% to 73%.

More information is available from the National Pharmacy Association website.

National Self Care Week 2012

Did you know that national Self Care Week runs from 12-18 November? The national campaign aims to raise awareness of self care among people with long term conditions and the general public. This year’s theme ‘Self care for life – growing older healthily’ focuses on the support people with long term conditions should expect from the NHS and social care to support them to self care.

Please support the Week and raise awareness across your networks. A range of free resources are available for you to use in local activities.

Download these and the first Self Care Week 2012 newsletter from the Self Care Forum’s website at

Event: Clinical Commissioning Groups - What’s it all about?

Department of Health Voluntary Sector Joint Learning Event

When: 27 November 2012

Where: Central London

This FREE joint learning event will give voluntary sector organisations an opportunity to get a better understanding of Clinical Commissioning Group’s, their authorisation process and delivery. The event will also be an opportunity to explore the potential for partnerships between these new CCGs and voluntary and community sector organisations once CCGs become fully-fledged statutory organisations from next April.

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

Save the date and see future RAWM bulletin for confirmation of venue, timings and booking form.

Buy a season ticket to reduce prescription costs

Did you know there is a way to save money on prescription charges by buying a season ticket (called a prescription pre-payment certificate)? There are two types of certificate:
• A 3-month certificate - which covers the cost of all your prescriptions over a 3-month period for £29.10.
• If you need prescriptions over a longer period of time you can buy an annual certificate for £104. This can be purchased by direct debit. If you need three prescription items a month, the annual certificate will save you over £170!

Prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for about £2 per week.

For more information on how to obtain a pre-payment certificate go to:

£65m to Sustain and Transform Free Advice for Better Future

Launched on 26 October, the Advice Services Transition Fund is a Big Lottery Fund programme, providing up to £65m to help local not-for-profit social welfare advice providers in England to adapt and transform over the next two years, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

This represents a real opportunity for the social welfare advice sector to transform and become more resilient in a new economic climate. The fund will provide some support for ongoing service provision but the majority of the funds will be targeted at enabling collaborative partnerships of not-for-profit organisations to re-shape services and become more cost-effective, resilient and better able to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

To read more, go to:

The fund website is now live at

Hospital patients need high quality food and drink

Principles outlining what patients should expect from hospital food have been announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. These include the provision of high quality and healthy hospital food and drink, and patients being given a choice from a varied menu. A particular focus will be on the most vulnerable such as older people, a top priority for the Secretary of State. These principles will be a feature of new patient-led assessments covering areas such as hospital food, cleanliness, privacy and dignity.

For further information go to:

Equality duty to make reasonable adjustments

Although the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled service users is not new, the Department of Health wants to makes sure all service providers are aware of their responsibilities. Where a provider does not comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments in the provision of services of a public nature, it will be committing an act of unlawful discrimination. Further guidance is available in chapter 7 of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Statutory Code of Practice for Services, Public Functions and Associations.

To find out more, go to:

Advocacy: a voice for our future – new report

Better safeguarding, greater personalisation and improved support planning are among the benefits of advocacy, as evidenced in a new report from the national umbrella group of voluntary sector providers of social care, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) with advocacy organisation VoiceAbility.

Advocacy, the report shows, helps prevent, detect and respond to abuse by enabling disabled and/or vulnerable people to learn about and gain confidence in promoting their rights.

See a copy of the report here [781kB, PDF]

Addressing the Needs of Young People Experiencing Depression and Substance Misuse problems

This briefing summarises key findings from a project conducted by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) to explore how health and children's services are responding to the needs of young people who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, depression combined with substance misuse problems.

To read the brief, go to:



Toolkit for black and minority ethnic family carers

This toolkit is a resource to address barriers black and ethnic minority (BME) family carers face when accessing services.

It is available to practitioners and a wide range of organisations working in adult and children services. The toolkit provides practical support and opportunities for joint working between community groups, multi-agencies and the families themselves to ensure family carers are given the best support available.

New hospital 2 home discharge pack to support care of older people

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has launched the Hospital 2 Home resource pack designed to support older patients returning from hospital.

The Hospital 2 Home resource is designed to make it easier for health and social care professionals involved in hospital discharge to support older patients in returning home safely after a hospital stay and reduce the risk of readmission to hospital.

To find out more, go to:

Cold Weather Plan for England 2012 published

The Cold Weather Plan aims to prepare for the effects of winter weather on people’s health.

It provides advice for individuals, communities and agencies on how to prepare for and respond to severe cold weather as part of wider winter planning. And it is supported by a Met Office cold weather alert service that starts on 1 November and runs until the end of March 2013.

To read more, go to:

Funding for care homes specially designed for people with dementia

Up to £50 million will be available to NHS trusts and local authorities, working in partnership with care providers, to help tailor hospitals and care homes to the needs of people with dementia. The care providers involved will need to sign up to the Dementia Care and Support Compact, which commits them to providing first rate care and support for people with dementia and their families.

For more information go to:



Supporting disabled people into employment

Skills for Care has extended its “I Care… ” series by a range of further resources co-produced with Disability Rights UK to support disabled people into social care employment.

Please see link


Social Change Great Giving Funders Award

Ecorys have been shortlisted for the Directory of Social Change Great Giving Funders Award for a second year in a row.

They have been nominated for the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF). For more information, go to:

HSCVF’s beneficiaries are Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) that are not-for-profit. They have adapted their application procedures to ensure applicants’ time inputs are minimised through online application processes.

If you would like to cast your vote click here 

Please note that voting will close on Monday 11 November.

SOLACE Guide to Commissioning and Sourcing

"When the Salami's Gone", by Eric Bohl of Activist Group, provides an insider's view into what commissioning and sourcing mean to local authorities. It sets out to demystify what is still a developing field; takes a hard and dispassionate look at current trends; and provides advice on the ingredients of success.

Read this guide here