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Health and well-being news alert Issue 28

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Urgent: NHS Values Summit - 28th November, Leeds

When: 28 November 2012, 12 – 2pm. A buffet lunch will be provided.
Where: Leeds
Book by: Friday 16 November

The NHS Values Summit is part of a six-month programme of engagement across the health and social care services to meet, listen and learn from a wide range of people. This will inform the activities of the Personal, Fair and Diverse (PFD) Council, formerly the NHS Equality and Diversity Council.

The aim of this event is to bring national and local leaders from across health and care together, with local community representatives to create a greater understanding of how people’s differences can affect their experiences, health outcomes and quality of care.

This event will take place at the Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University. Click here for directions to the Rose Bowl.

Please confirm your attendance by Friday 16 November by emailing or calling 0113 2545917.


Consultation: Effective Practice Guidelines: FGM

Closing date: 30 November 2012

The Home Office is reviewing the effectiveness of multi-agency practice guidelines in relation to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). They would like to hear views from all professionals that work with, support and safeguard women and children affected by FGM, including health and social care professionals in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

FGM is an issue that effects individuals, and communities and is also a practice that will only be effectively challenged through partnership working.

Complete the survey here.


Consultation: New rights for NHS patients

The closing date for comments is 28 January 2013.

Proposed changes to the NHS Constitution will give patients stronger rights. Single sex accommodation will be included in the constitution for the first time, along with stronger rights for patients to be told about mistakes and a right to have complaints acknowledged within three working days.
The change is part of a wider consultation asking the public and the NHS how they think NHS Constitution can be strengthened. The proposed changes to the NHS Constitution would be the first major set of changes since it was introduced three years ago.

The consultation follows work carried out by the NHS Future Forum on how the Constitution could be strengthened. The Government accepts the Forum’s recommendations in full and the new proposals reflect this.

Find out more and respond to the consultation here.

Role of VCS in public health promoted by PHE Chief Executive

As the NHS is restructured, RAWM is continually promoting the importance of engaging with the voluntary sector to improve health and reduce health inequalities across the West Midlands.

At the Department of Health’s Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership joint learning event last week, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England, told participants that “it is inconceivable that the voluntary and community sector could not be a partner in relation to the discussions about how to make things better“. It is great that the importance of the voluntary sector in meeting public health outcomes is understood so early in Public Health England’s existence. Read Duncan Selbie’s thoughts on the value of the voluntary sector in public health.

RAWM is a partner in Regional Voices which champions the work of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, well-being and care, across England. Regional Voices is a partnership of nine regional networks. Together, we directly connect to over 25,000 voluntary and community organisations.


Cold weather plan for England 2012

The Cold Weather Plan advises NHS and other organisations on how to prepare for the effects of winter weather on people’s health.

The plan provides advice for individuals, communities and agencies on how to prepare for and respond to severe cold weather (see p.28 for advice to community and voluntary organisations). It is supported by a Met Office cold weather alert service that started on 1 November and runs until the end of March 2013.

The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC)

The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) is a consortium of leading women’s organisations providing expertise on improving the health and wellbeing of all women and girls in England. It is a Strategic Partner of the Department of Health. WHEC is committed to reducing women and girls’ health inequalities by building the capacity of the women’s voluntary and community (VCS), and strengthening the voice of women at a national and local level.

If your group or organisation is interested in joining the WHEC network, please visit and scroll to the bottom of the page.


The Effective Patient Leader Programme

National Voices is working with the Centre for Patient Leadership to run a Patient Leader Programme and is inviting members to put forward participants for the pilot programme. There will be up to 20 places and the programme will run in London in early 2013.

National Voices is a coalition of health and social care charities in England. They work together to strengthen the voice of patients, service users, carers, their families and the voluntary organisations that work for them.

See more about the leadership programme and National Voices here.


One million friends will help make life better for people with dementia

The Dementia Friends scheme, launched by David Cameron, is the country’s biggest ever project to change the way people think about dementia.

Under the scheme, which is led by the Alzheimer’s Society, people will be given free awareness sessions to help them understand dementia better and become Dementia Friends.

The scheme aims to make everyday life better for people with dementia by changing the way people think, talk and act. The Alzheimer’s Society wants the Dementia Friends to have the know-how to make people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.


Health inequalities and population health

This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on population health and health inequalities.


Hospital2Home resource pack

The Hospital2Home resource pack has been endorsed by Norman Lamb MP, Minister of care services.

The pack contains essential information for all the professional sectors that have a role in hospital discharge for older people in England. It contains information, suggestions for action, case studies and checklists for considering older patients’ housing situations in hospital discharge and transfer of care and for improving integration of housing and support into the process for discharging older people.

See the leaflet for organisations with support people on discharge from hospital here.

Download all resources here.


People with learning disabilities speak out on plans for social care

This report compiles opinions from people with learning disabilities on the government’s plans for social care and how their lives will be affected by the proposals.

It reveals that while service users and their relatives feel that some of the proposed reforms would make a really positive difference, almost all are concerned about current levels of funding for care, what is going to happen to their benefits and how their support will be affected as a result.


Personal, Fair and Diverse Council to launch as part of the NHS Commissioning Board

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) has announced that it is to change its name to the Personal, Fair and Diverse Council.

The name change has been agreed in response to the council’s new responsibilities for health inequalities and human rights as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and supports its wider role to act on behalf of the whole health and social care system.

The choice of name mirrors the vision at the heart of the work carried out by the EDC, including its successful Personal, Fair and Diverse Champions campaign, which is run on behalf of the council by NHS Employers.

The name also promotes the values of the NHS Constitution and the creation of fairer, more inclusive workplaces and health and care services for everyone.

See more information here.


Healthy Living and Social Care theme launched as part of Red Tape Challenge

Ideas are invited about how to remove excessive burdens and reduce bureaucracy across the health and social care sector, in the latest round of the Government's Red Tape Challenge. Healthcare providers and members of the public can comment on more than 500 Department of Health regulations, covering a range of areas across quality of care, mental health, the NHS, professional standards and public health.

Read more here