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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 3

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Up to 15 awards of between £3,000 and £35,000 are available for health charities

GSK’s IMPACT Awards are designed to recognise charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK with income between £10,000 and £1.5 million. Up to 15 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £35,000 plus free training valued at £4,000.  Visit the King's Fund website for more information.


Funding to Support to Voluntary Projects in Health and Social Care (England)

The Government has announced that applications are invited to the 2012-13 Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund that supports the voluntary sector in developing innovation across health and social care.

The fund is open to third sector health and social care organisations in England that provide a service similar to a service provided by the National Health Service or by Local Authority social services and whose activities support the Department of Health’s priorities.

Applications must be made under one of the three Funding Strands, which are Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development.

To be eligible, projects must have a national impact. This can include local projects that can be replicated nationally. There is no minimum or maximum amount that organisations can apply for. In the last funding round grants awarded ranged from £14,000 to £173,356 (for the first year allocations).

Projects supported include the British Lung Foundation which received a grant of £22,000 for “Caring for carers of people with lung diseases” and the Chinese Mental Health Association which received a grant of £22,000 for its “Chinese Mental Health Carers Project”.

The closing date for applications is 21st October 2011.  For more information please visit the website.


SHA clustering arrangements

David Nicholson has written to all SHA chief executives setting out the arrangements agreed at this week’s NHS Management Board for clustering SHAs. It includes detail on geographical areas, structures and operating model, governance, quality and safety, HR processes, national arrangements and development.  Visit the DoH website for more information.


Government to publish new data on health, schools, courts and transport

The Prime Minister has committed to publishing key data on the NHS, schools, criminal courts and transport, as part of the Government’s continuing commitment to open public services in advance of the Open Public Services White Paper. The new data will include comparative clinical outcomes of GP practices, hospital complaints and staff satisfaction statistics by NHS provider.  Visit the Cabinet Office website for more information.


Munro review of child protection – government response

The Department for Education published the Government response to Eileen Munro’s review of child protection on 13 July 2011. Government will take forward further detailed work with key partners. This will include building on the Department of Health’s work to date on the practical implications of NHS reform for safeguarding children.


New physical activity guidelines

Start active, stay active: a report on physical activity from the four home countries' Chief Medical Officers was launched Monday 11 July. These UK-wide guidelines cover early years, children and young people, adults; and older adults. This is the first time UK guidelines have included early years (under fives), as well as sedentary behaviour.


The cost of implementing personal health budgets

A new report outlines the cost of implementing personal health budgets. This is the third of five reports funded by the Department of Health explore the effectiveness of the different models examined.

This research looks at the set-up costs involved for the 20 in-depth evaluated pilot sites to implement personal health budgets. Costs examined include project management, system development, workforce development and support planning and brokerage.

The goal of personal health budgets is to give individuals more choice about the care and services they receive, by giving them more control over the money that is spent on their health care needs.


Open Public Services White Paper

The Open Public Services White Paper was published on 11 July. It sets out how the Government will improve public services. By putting choice and control in the hands of individuals and neighbourhoods, public services will become more responsive to peoples’ needs.

The White Paper sets out the government’s approach to public services by applying five key principles:

  • Choice – wherever possible we will increase choice
  • Decentralisation – Power should be decentralised to the lowest appropriate level
  • Diversity – Public services should be open to a range of providers
  • Fairness – We will ensure fair access to public services
  • Accountability – Public services should be accountable to users and taxpayers.


Centre launches briefing sheets for community groups and general practice

Following the publication of the Government’s mental health strategy, No Health without Mental Health in February 2011, Centre for Mental Health has launched two briefings in conjunction with the Mental Health Strategic Partnership, aimed at general practice and community organisations.

Download No Health without Mental Health: a guide for general practice [387kB, PDF]

Download No Health without Mental Health: a guide for community organisations [387kB, PDF]


Guidance around any qualified provider

Guidance was released last week and has plenty of implications for voluntary sector providers. View the guidance and resources to support onward communication about this policy.


NHS West Midlands Major Trauma review

The NHS is proposing to improve the care people receive when they suffer serious injury – known as major trauma – by changing how they are treated when they have an accident. Mott MacDonald consultancy is working with the NHS to conduct an impact assessment of their proposals, designed to find out what the positive and negative effects of the plans might be on:

  • the health of people using the services ambulance
  • different social groups
  • the hospitals that provide the service
  • greenhouse gas emissions

Download the information sheet [87kB, PDF]

Download the consultation form [104kB, DOC]

Please return the form no later than Wednesday 10th August.