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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 31

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Event: Health, housing and the impact on health inequalities

Leeds - 31.01.2013
London – 07.02.2013

The Race Equality Foundation, FaithAction and Regional Voices in partnership with the Department of Health are hosting a roundtable event, to discuss the impact of housing on health Inequalities.

See the flyer and booking form here 

Free Training: Patient Leader Programme

As part of their ambition to ‘create revolution in patient and customer services experience’ NHS Midlands and East have commissioned the development and delivery of a Patient Leaders Programme which is to be led by the Centre for Patient Leadership (CPL) and FPM

These Patient Leader programmes are aimed at providing existing and emerging Patient Leaders with the tools, skills, knowledge and support to become even more credible and effective leaders for the patient and customer voice in the Patient Revolution.

They are looking for a wide range of people to take part; the attached specification gives more detail about Patient Leaders and their role.

By attending the Patient leader programme they expect participants to:

  • Become more confident and skilled at communicating effectively;
  • Building successful relationships as patient leaders whilst influencing others in order to achieve positive outcomes;
  • Ensure that patients, carers and service users experiences and needs are taken into account and put at the centre of the healthcare system.

The free 3 days programmes are being run over in a number of venues across the Midlands and East. Please find dates and locations and a booking form for submission of expressions of interest for dates here 

See participant specification here

If you are registering independently from an NHS organisation, then they are able to offer reimbursement of your travel expenses. Please contact them for more details if that will be required.

Should you have any questions about this please contact Abby Sharpe on 0116 249 5000, or Heather Ballard on 01223 597668,

Events: Personal Health Budgets – find out more

NHS Midlands and East, along with colleagues from pilot sites from across the region, are hosting a number of events in 2013 to provide further information about personal health budgets.

January 14th Newmarket

January 15th Melton Mowbray

A beginners day - to learn the basics of personal health budgets.

The day provides an opportunity to hear from patients, clinicians and pilot site managers, and to attend workshops on a number of different subjects including how personal health budgets can be used with continuing healthcare, support planning, mental health and long term conditions.

January 23rd Leicester

Market development

A chance for commissioners and providers to learn more about how services may change in response to the use of personal health budgets to meet health outcomes. The day provides an opportunity to hear from a number of private and NHS providers, pilot sites and patients.

See below flyers for these events which include details of how to book:

Beginners day

Market development

Consultation: Defining Integrated Care & Agreeing a Narrative

Closing date: 28 Feb 2013

National Voices have been working with patients and patient representatives to develop a single compelling ‘Narrative’ for the integration of health and care. They have produced a draft narrative that is now out for consultation.

The goal is to unify the approach of the health and social care systems to delivering person centred, coordinated care for individuals and their carers. The Commissioning Board will adopt the completed Narrative and the aim is for all system leaders, commissioners and providers to adopt it too – and pledge to work to achieve it.

Find out more in a Prezi presentation here and on the National Voices website here

Give your feedback here

NHS Commissioning Board consultation on specialised services - Deadline extended from 18 January to 25 January

A public consultation on the first set of specialised service specifications and underpinning clinical policies was launched on 12 December. The consultation deadline has now been extended to 25 January.

The consultation is seeking the views of patients and carers, patient groups, charities, nurses, doctors and service providers on 120 draft service specifications and 43 clinical commissioning policies.

The consultation can be found here 

Department of Health seeks appointments to Expert Committees

The department has announced a number of positions it wishes to fill on its Expert Committees. Further information on the appointments and the applications process is available via the following links:


Extra funding announced to support people in their own homes

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb has announced an extra £40m will be added to the Disabled Facilities Grant to help people remain independent in their own homes for longer.

More details of the extra funding here


Steps set out for greater patient involvement and more choice

The Government’s response to its consultation on proposals for greater patient involvement and more choice has been published. For the first time, people who use mental health services will get more choice about where and how they get their condition treated by the NHS.

The response to the ‘Liberating the NHS: No decision about me, without me’ consultation outlines how patients will be able to choose from any provider in England when they are first referred to see a specialist in secondary care.

In addition, the response outlines plans more broadly to increase patient involvement in decisions about their care and treatment and to increase patient choice. It sets out the next steps to be taken to make ‘no decision about me, without me’ a reality in the NHS.

Read more here

Summary of responses to the draft Care and Support Bill consultation published

The Department has published a summary of the views received as part of the consultation process on the draft Care and Support Bill.

Public consultation on the draft bill was from 11 July to 19 October 2012. Over 1,000 comments were received, with around 430 unique respondents submitting written comments via email, post and the dedicated draft Care and Support Bill website.

Read more here 

Response to the consultation on local authority health scrutiny

The response to the consultation on local authority health scrutiny is now available. The report provides an overview and analysis of the responses received, the Department’s comments and the action the Department intends to take to address the points raised.

This response will inform the development of a new statutory instrument (regulations) that will come into force in April 2013.

Read the response to the consultation here


Disabled people’s community events and full report on user-driven commissioning

Disability Rights UK are holding a short series of disabled people’s community events. The events are primarily targeted at disabled people’s organisations and will deal with how disabled people can play more active roles in their communities.

See details including how to book a place here 

They have also produced a report on user-driven commissioning on six local sites, capturing work over the last 1 ½ years. The programme has been led by Disability Rights UK and Shaping Our Lives. From this they plan to produce more targeted resources.

See the downloadable report here and please send any feedback on the report to

Parkinson's UK public awareness launch

Parkinson’s UK has launched its first ever public awareness campaign which aims to increase knowledge of the condition and understanding of the impact that Parkinson’s can have on those living with it.

Full details of the campaign are here


List of the health services that will be commissioned by CCGs, and those specialist services that will be directly commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board

Information about which organisations will commission which services is included in the ‘Commissioning fact sheet for CCGs’ accessible here

More detailed information about the specialised services which are to be directly commissioned by the NHS CB and those elements to be commissioned by CCGs can be viewed in a manual via this link

Housing our ageing population: plan for implementation (HAPPI2)

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People’s HAPPI2 inquiry report found far-reaching benefits from developing good quality housing for older people, including a reduction in health and social care costs.

It makes a series of recommendations to create movement in the housing market, improve the health of older people and create new housing options for younger people and families.

View the report here




West Midlands Health and Wellbeing Briefing

Issue 5 of the West Midlands Councils Health and Wellbeing Briefing has been produced, it provides updates from some of the regional events that have been held recently and news items relating to active work streams across the region. See the briefing here

Prospects for health and wellbeing boards

This report suggests that the new health and wellbeing boards could improve integrated care, provide a more democratic approach and help develop a shared plan for their local populations.

It emphasises that building good relationships and adequate resources will be required if they are to be effective.

See the report here:

Pilot projects to improve severe mental illness services

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust hosts one of 6 local projects that have begun work to help improve access to psychological therapies for those with severe mental illnesses.

The 6 NHS demonstration sites are already leaders in the mental health field and have been chosen to implement the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s recommended psychological therapies.

Over the next 5 months, and into 2013/14, funding of £1.2m will be used to help these trusts share information with other health organisations, about how they deliver the best treatments that lead to improved patient choice and recovery.

Read more here

New version of end of life care quality assessment (ELCQuA) tool launched

The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network has released the new version of ELCQuA, now structured around the NICE quality standard for end of life care for adults. ELCQuA is a free, online tool, designed to support commissioning and service improvement across health, social care, voluntary and private sectors.

Read more here