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Health and well-being news alert Issue 29

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URGENT: Living well for longer- does your service help reduce death from the 5 biggest killers?

The Secretary of State for Health has stated one of his top priorities is to reduce preventable mortality from the five biggest killers (cancer, stroke, heart, lung and liver diseases). Regional Voices, and the other Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners, are working with the Department of Health to gather evidence about prevention, diagnosis and treatment for the five biggest killers across the protected characteristic groups identified in the Equality Act 2010, and carers.

If you work to reduce the impact of these diseases with a particular group of beneficiaries we would really like to hear from you, ideally by the 30th November. Your submission should be no longer than 1000 words. Your points should be backed up by weblinks to evidence supporting your points wherever possible, and can be a mixture of disease specific and cross cutting issues. This will feed into the production of the Equality Analysis for ‘Living well for longer’.

Please send your submissions to mailto:


Event: Excellence in Equality: Taking Our Achievements Forward
NHS North West, December 3rd, Central Manchester

Places are still available for anyone wanting to attend the NHS North West's major equalities event in Manchester on December 3rd.

For more information, please go to -

The event is free of charge.

‘NHS North West have been responsible for a significant number of the equality innovations that have occurred in the NHS over the last 5 years. It is our pioneering work on equalities performance measurement which provided the basis for the Equality Delivery System. We produced the framework which professionalises equality practice in the NHS. We developed educational resources in the form of race and LGBT history timelines. We funded the creation of 'Pride in Practice' and commissioned the development of guidance on monitoring. We created the Health Equality Library Portal (HELP) and pioneered a fair and sustainable way of engaging with Equality Stakeholder partner organisations.

Much more besides, including work to develop the evidence base for improving the experience of trans people.'

'We are using the event to launch a new history timeline about Disabled People and their relationships to medicine and the NHS through the ages.'

Part of the afternoon will include a Question Time style panel discussion on the future of equalities, chaired by Peter Tatchell.


Training: Risks, Legal Challenges and Solutions in Consortia

NAVCA advise there are places still available on both dates.

Risks, Legal Challenges and Solutions in Consortia
• Friday 14th December 2012, Voluntary Action Islington, London, 10am to 4pm
• Friday 25th January 2013, Birmingham, 10am to 4pm

This training is their advanced level training for anyone who is setting up or supporting the formation of a consortium to deliver services and follows on from their introductory level training. The programme covers a wide area and includes legal structures, legal documentation, competition law and employment issues. The trainer is Shivaji Shiva, who delivered NAVCA's highly rated contracts training and has written their recently published guide to contracts

Further details of the training are here


£5.4 million volunteering fund to benefit charities

Health and Social Care charities are to benefit from an injection of £5.4 million to support local health and care programmes through the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund.
13 organisations bid for funding and were chosen for outstanding achievement. They have been awarded money which will help to support projects in local communities.

A full list of organisations awarded funding can be found here

Find out more here



NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-2014 – focus on measuring health outcomes

The NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-2014 sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators that will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for improvements in health outcomes, as part of the government’s mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board.

See the framework here


Adult social care outcomes framework 2013/14 published

The secretary of state launched the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework for 2013/14.

The framework has been strengthened with new measures and has been further aligned with the NHS outcomes framework and the public health outcomes framework, supporting all parts of the health and care system to work together to support people to live better for longer.

To accompany the three outcomes frameworks, the Department has published Improving Health and Care: the Role of the Outcomes Frameworks, which sets out in more detail how the frameworks work together to support delivery of the Department’s vision for health and social care.


First mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board published

The Department of Health has published the first mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board, providing the long-term direction for the NHS. It sets a number of objectives for the NHS and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to preserving its founding principles as laid out in the NHS Constitution – a comprehensive service for all, based on clinical need and not ability to pay or background.

For the first time, success will be measured by how well the NHS achieves the things important to people.

For further information see here



Winterwatch launches for 2012

Winterwatch is now providing regular updates about how the NHS is coping with the increased demands on its services in the cold winter months and weekly information on levels of flu-like illness and the uptake of flu vaccination.

You can sign up to get alerts when any new NHS data or flu updates are published.

Winterwatch, originally launched in 2010, is part of a wider suite of work by the Department, such as the Cold Weather Plan, Keep Warm Keep Well, and the Warm Homes Healthy People Fund, that will help protect people and keep them informed about the effects of severe winter weather.

For further information, read here 



Simple Guide to Payment by Results

This simple guide to Payment by Results (PbR) provides an introduction for newcomers to PbR, from NHS health professionals, managers and administrators, to people engaged in academic study and interested members of the public both in the UK and abroad.

Payment by Results is the transparent rules-based payment system in England under which commissioners pay healthcare providers for each patient seen or treated, taking into account the complexity of the patient’s healthcare needs. PbR promotes efficiency, supports patient choice and increasingly incentivises best practice models of care.



Asset Based Approach to Health and Wellbeing

The guidance on Joint Strategic Health Assessments (JSNAs) recommends that Health & Wellbeing Boards take an ‘asset-based approach’ to planning – but what does it mean?

These two reports provide useful background:
Follow these links: A Glass Half Full and What Makes Us Healthy?


Time to Think Differently – New King’s Fund programme

The King’s Fund has launched a new programme of work to stimulate debate about how to address the future challenges facing health and social care. You can join the debate and help generate new thinking about how to deliver services in the future.

See Time to Think Differently


A primary care approach to mental health and wellbeing: Sandwell

This report presents a detailed case study of the journey Sandwell’s health commissioners went through to respond to a number of important health inequalities within its local population.

It focuses on how its health service commissioners responded to specific health inequalities to develop a primary care-led approach to improving mental health and wellbeing.

See the report here


Evaluation of the first year of the equality delivery system (EDS)

Shared Intelligence have published their report ‘Evaluation of the equality delivery system for the NHS’, looking at how the EDS has been adopted in NHS organisations. It highlights improved local engagement and awareness of equality across the NHS leadership and workforce, and also identifies where lessons can be learnt. The findings will feed into the ongoing review of the public sector equality duty, led by the Government Equality Office.

Read more here


Trans* Health Matters CONFERENCE 12th March 2013

Public Health & Well-being Conference
Engaging with the Trans* Community

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: London Lighthouse, 111 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT

There is no charge to attend this conference

There are a limited number of travel bursaries available for those who are unwaged or from unfunded community organisations. The venue is fully accessible and the conference will be a comfortable and safe space for all trans* people who attend.

Please pass this on to anyone else that you think would be interested in attending.

Find out more here