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Urgent: Expressions of interest invited for voluntary sector involvement with CCGs in local health partnerships

Deadline Friday 14 December 2012

The NHS Commissioning Board is working in partnership with the Department of Health, NAVCA and Social EnterpriseUK to develop a programme of local learning sites across England to promote CCGs to work together with the voluntary sector to produce local solutions and share best practice.

More information and an expression of interest form can be found on the NHS Commissioning Board website


‘Christmas to remember’ campaign aims to raise awareness of dementia

The ‘Christmas to remember’ campaign was launched by actress Carey Mulligan and the Prime Minister at Downing Street on the 5th December. It is a joint digital campaign from Number 10, Department of Health and Alzheimer’s Society. It aims to raise awareness of dementia and encourage people to take appropriate action if they spot signs of the condition in family or friends over the festive season.

To find out more, see here


Invitation to apply to join the health and care voluntary sector strategic partner programme 2013-14

The Department of Health (DH), NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and Public Health England (PHE) are today inviting applications from voluntary sector organisations to join the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 9 January 2013

For more information and the application form and Q&A, see here



West Midlands Public Health Outcomes

The Network of Public Health Observatories has recently published their annual assessment of individual areas progress in relation to Public Health. Although these are annual assessments this is the first time that they have outlined progress against the new Public Health Outcomes Framework.

You can see the findings for the West Midlands here (select West Midlands region from drop down box) and download a profile for your area.


Dementia - capital investment fund and national pilot schemes

The Secretary of State for Health recently announced a £50m capital fund for the NHS and local authorities, working with providers to create care environments to help people with dementia live well. The process of bidding for funds is now starting. This letter from David Flory and application guidance gives further details.

To read more, see here.


CQC reports on state of care 2011/12

Care Quality Commission has published its State of Care 2011/12 report.
The report highlights staffing and skills issues that affect the quality of care of people with complex conditions.


Health policy under the coalition government

Written halfway through the 2010–2014 parliament, this review considers how the NHS is performing under the coalition government, following on from The King’s Fund’s major review of NHS performance from 1997 to 2010.

The review examines the policies introduced by the coalition government, assesses how far these will address current and emerging performance issues and identifies further action needed.

International sexual violence services review

This report provides an overview of the models of sexual assault service provision.

It aims to provide insight into the various models of service provision and funding in a number of developed and developing countries with a particular focus on the roles of government and the voluntary and community services sector.

ONS report shows wide variation in quality of care given in last three months of life across England

Wide variations in the quality of end of life care across the country are revealed in a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The first national Voices survey asked recently bereaved people about the quality of care received by their loved ones in their last three months of life. Full statistical findings were published in July 2012. This report breaks down findings from the survey by PCT clusters.

Show us you care- useful resource published on the social care reforms

LGA, ADASS and SOLACE have published this useful guide on recent reforms in social care: ‘The reform of adult social care and support: a guide for council leaders and chief executives‘.

It sets out the background to the reform debate, the key headlines from the Care and Support White Paper and draft bill, and some of the big implications for councils of the reform proposals. Although aimed at councils it is a useful summary for the voluntary sector, and shows current thinking of local policy makers and commissioners.It also recognises the importance of working in partnership with the voluntary sector.

Views that these organisations fed into the consultations on Caring for our Future and the draft Care and Support Bill chimed with what Regional Voices heard from the voluntary sector which can be read here

The Local Government Group have also launched a template letter [in box on right of page], which could be adapted locally, for LGA members to send to their MP on the urgent need for care and support reform.  

Personal health budgets pilots success leading to roll out

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has announced a roll out of personal health budgets based on successful evaluation of 20 pilots across the country over the last 3 years.

As predicted, people used their budgets in creative ways and, overall, budget holders reported that their quality of life improved. Where people were given higher value budgets and more flexibility to use them, the more successful they were.

The evaluation showed that hospital admissions were reduced through the pilot and that there is scope for £90 million savings through the roll out of this approach.

Read the evaluation report here

Independent chair to oversee review of Liverpool Care Pathway

Health Minister Norman Lamb has held a roundtable meeting with groups interested in end of life care, such as patients, families and charities, to explore the concerns raised in recent media coverage of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).

The meeting concluded it was important to understand what lay behind the reports of poor quality care. An independent chair will be appointed to oversee and validate the LCP review work, initiated by the National End of Life Care Programme, the Association for Palliative Medicine, and Dying Matters. The review will report next year.

For further information, see here.

Department of Health investment helps social enterprise to start up and grow

Investment in social enterprise by the Department of Health has helped to challenge health inequalities and tackle unmet need. The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) was launched by the Department of Health in 2007. This report by the Third Sector Research Centre describes its effects up to March 2011.

New standards of care for HIV

The British HIV Association has launched new standards for care for people living with HIV. An estimated 96,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK.

The standards are aimed at commissioners and service providers and aim to ensure that access to treatment and care is equitable, safe and effective. For the first time, they recognise the importance of patient engagement in cost-effective prescribing and medicines management.

They also define a set of auditable outcomes that should be achieved when providing care to people living with HIV.

Dr Foster publishes 2012 hospital guide

Dr Foster’s 2012 Hospital Guide reveals the quality of care provided in the NHS and rates trusts on clinical efficiency for the first time.

Centre directors appointed for Public Health England

Chief Executive Designate Duncan Selbie today announced the first tranche of Centre Director appointments for Public Health England.

Dr Sue Ibbotson has been appointed for the West Midlands. See her biography here

Contractual ‘duty of candour’ to drive a more open NHS culture

New rules to toughen transparency in NHS organisations and increase patient confidence have been announced by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter following a public consultation. The government will create regulations that require the NHS Commissioning Board to include a contractual duty of openness in all commissioning contracts from April 2013.

Read more here

Health, housing and the impact on health inequalities

Race Equality Foundation, Faith Action and Regional Voices in partnership with the Department of Health are hosting a joint event to explore the relationship between Housing and Health and its impact on health inequalities.

Speakers, delegates and members of the public will have the opportunity to discuss the extent to which poor housing is a compounding factor of poor physical and mental health.

The event is free and open to everyone and will take place in Leeds January 31st and in London February 7th. This is a morning event, between 10am and 1pm and lunch will be provided to all participants.

For further enquiries please contact: 
Farah Islam-Barrett at Race Equality Foundation
0207 428 1880