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Health and well-being news alert Issue 32

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Health, Housing and the impact on Health Inequalities events

Race Equality Foundation, FaithAction and Regional Voices and the Department of Health are hosting two Roundtable events in London and Leeds that will bring together the Health, Housing and Voluntary sector.
• Leeds event: January 31st 2013
• London event: Feb 7th 2013

For further details please go here.

Consultation: New specifications and policy added to specialised services

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has added seven new draft service specifications and a further clinical policy for specialised commissioning to its current consultation. The consultation period for these new additions will run until 22 February 2013.

The newly published draft clinical policy is Complex Endovascular Stent Grafts in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The proposed service specifications are in the areas of respiratory (complex home ventilation and severe asthma); colorectal: complex inflammatory bowel disease; brachytherapy; infectious diseases and opthalmology for both adults and children.

Views are invited from clinical staff, public, patients and groups with an interest in these specialist areas, as well as providers and commissioners.
Link here

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

A briefing for the voluntary and community sector on Making Every Contact Count has been produced. This is important for voluntary sector health providers who may find MECC as a requirement in future contracts.

See the briefing here [788kB, DOC]

Children and young people’s health and wellbeing in changing times

The NHS Confederation has published a report on the impact of the health reforms on children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

It makes key recommendations and provides support and evidence to national government and bodies, and local organisations and professionals. It shares best practice of where local areas are innovating effectively to improve health outcomes.

See the report here.

 

 

Self-assessment tool for care home managers

Progress for Providers is primarily for managers of care homes supporting people with any type of dementia, at any stage.

The tool may also interest families of people with dementia who may be looking for a care home and wish to know how to assess the homes they are visiting.

See the tool here.

The social value guide

This guide by Social Enterprise UK is designed to help with embedding social value in commissioning and procurement practices.

It aims to help those in local government or public bodies who are affected by the Social Value Act prepare for its implementation in January 2013.

See the guide here.

Royal College of General Practitioners show video on benefits of telehealth

A new telehealth video featuring both clinicians and individuals, first shown at the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) conference 'Making Sense of Commissioning', is now available to view. The short film highlights some of the key reasons why clinicians are recommending telehealth for their patients, and the direct benefits of telehealth for individuals.

View the film here

 

Public Health England Centre Announcement

Chief Executive Designate Duncan Selbie has announced the first tranche of Centre Director appointments for Public Health England (PHE). Current Health Protection Agency (HPA) Regional Director in the West Midlands, Dr Sue Ibbotson will formally take up post as Centre Director for the West Midlands at the beginning of April 2013, when PHE goes live.

Having initially trained as a GP before undertaking public health specialist training, Sue has a diverse public health experience in a number of senior roles since her appointment as a consultant in public health medicine in 1993. She has held posts in the West Midlands since 2000.

Dr Rashmi Shukla has been appointed as Regional Director for the Midlands and East of England, Public Health England.

See Rashmi’s biography here

 

 

£5.45 billion budget for local public health services announced

A £5.45 billion two-year ring-fenced public health budget for local authorities has been announced. From April 2013, public health budgets will be protected for the first time, with local authorities taking the lead for improving the health of their local communities. This will help drive local efforts to improve health and wellbeing by tackling the wider determinants of poor health.

Building on advice from an independent expert group – the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) – funding is specifically targeted, for the first time, at those areas with the worst health outcomes.

In 2013/14 the total budget for local public health services will be just under £2.7 billion. In 2014/15 the budget will be just under £2.8 billion. Every local authority will receive a real terms increase in funding.

See full details of public health allocations here.

Report casts doubt on benefits of joint commissioning

A new report on joint commissioning in health and social care has found the perceived benefits of collaborative working, such as efficiency savings and improvements to services, often lag behind the reality.

The study, carried out by professors at the University of Birmingham for the National Institute of Health Research, warns that new financial pressures will make joint commissioning and joint working even harder in the future.

Find out more here.

CCGs strain to hear voice of patients

CCGs understand the need to engage with patients but questions remain about their ability to translate good intentions into effective plans and to hold their nerve when unpopular decisions need taking.

These are among the findings of a new report based on interviews with 18 people from six CCGs including the clinical lead (usually the chair), accountable officer and lay board member.

See the report here.

Guidance on registering a vision impairment as a disability

The Department of Health has published information on how to register a vision impairment as a disability.

Being registered as partially sighted or blind enables that person to access a range of benefits to help them manage their condition and the impact it may have on their lives. People who are experiencing problems with their eyesight can ask their GP or optician to refer them to a consultant ophthalmologist (a doctor who specialises in treating eye conditions).

Find links to the guidance here.

Spotlight on engagement for stroke services

NHS Improvement has published Spotlight on Patient and Public Engagement and Experience for Stroke.

More details here.

NCB launches ‘Talking Wellbeing’ - a discussion kit for young people

‘Talking Wellbeing’ has been developed by young people working with the National Children’s Bureau, Our Life and NHS Sefton, with help from Sefton Council and Sefton CVS. It details how to run a five-step focus group for 14-19 year olds, exploring health issues in a guided yet flexible way.

The kit will be of interest to:
• Youth workers or teachers as part of a session or lesson plan
• Social care workers wanting to improve the wellbeing of those in their care
• Local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Local Healthwatch organisations wanting to involve children and young people in the development of local health and well-being strategies and public health services
• Groups of young people concerned about the wellbeing of their friendship group.

Further information about ‘Talking Wellbeing’ is available from www.ncb.org.uk/talkingwellbeing or by emailing health@ncb.org.uk

The NHS Mandate - A briefing for local Age UKs

The Department of Health published the Government’s first ever Mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board which presents the objectives for the health service for the next two years. Details here

The Mandate is structured around five key areas of health care identified by the Government as being most important to people.

The attached briefing [172kB, PDF] summarises the key areas of the mandate

Right Care decision aids

Right Care has launched 14 patient decision aids.

The aim of the Right Care shared decision making programme is to embed shared decision making in NHS care. This is part of the wider ambition to promote patient centred care, to increase patient choice, autonomy and involvement in clinical decision making and make “no decision about me, without me” a reality.

Patient decision aids help people think about healthcare decisions in the context of their lives. They have written information that is accurate and balanced, ask questions to let you think how the treatment consequences might affect you, and summarise your reasons for choosing, or not choosing, an option.

Access the decision aids here