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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 39

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Public and patient involvement- useful guidance published by NHS England

Whatever you call public and patient participation/ engagement / voice / is definitely a hot topic at the moment.

NHS England have published a useful guide for clinical commissioning groups about the principles and practicalities of involving patients and the public in decisions about health care

More details and comments here


Disability Rights UK and Shaping our Lives

Disability Rights UK and Shaping our Lives are aiming to increase numbers of user led organisations providing peer support/influencing policy- they want to promote charities setting up Use Led Organisations (ULOs). 

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Who's Who in the regions- guides to health and social care refreshed

The overwhelmingly popular Regional Voices' Who's Who guides are being relaunched today, having been updated with social care contacts too.  Thank you to everyone who sent in updates to us- things have been changing so fast, it's been good to be able to make changes as you've spotted new contacts.  So keep sending us things you spot have changed.  Either to or to the regional Health Coordinator- whose details are in each guide.


Guide available to download here


Care Quality Commission’s review of dementia care – we would like to hear about your care.

CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We are inspecting hospitals and care homes in 22 local authority areas between November and January to check how well they care for people with dementia.  We will be writing a national report about dementia care and whether people experience good care across the different services they have to use.

Further details here [51kB, DOC]


Care Minister announces proposals to deal with rushed care visits

Tougher checks may be introduced to help clamp down on rushed home care visits Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has announced.

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services conference (NCAS), he said that from next April the Care Quality Commission is proposing to look at whether home care visits are long enough to respond to people’s needs. They will also consider looking at how staff working conditions might be impacting on care.

To find out more, go to:


Jon Rouse on Care Bill implementation at NCAS

Jon Rouse spoke about implementing the Care Bill at the NCAS conference 2013.

To read the speech, go to:


Office of the Chief Social Worker: new appointees start

Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, and Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, started in September.

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Talking Health - A new NCB and CDC film, produced with support of REF and others

The National Children's Bureau and Council for Disabled Children are proud to unveil a new film, Talking Health, which looks at what is important to children and young people about their health. Filmed by Dust and Scratches, an independent film production company, children and young people talk about what helps them to stay healthy, their own experiences of using health services and make suggestions about what the Government could do to help them live healthier lives

Please watch, share, use and enjoy.


NHS England sets out the next steps of public awareness about

NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) set out the next steps to raise public awareness about – a programme that will use information to improve the safety and care of patients.

To find out more, go to:


A Citizens’ Assembly will put people at the heart of everything the NHS does

Two development days are taking place on 22 and 23 October towards the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly. Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, explains more about the Citizens’ Assembly and how it will empower people in a 21st Century NHS.

To read more, go to:


National Osteoporosis Society launches STOP AT ONE campaign

New research from the National Osteoporosis Society shows a fifth of women do not receive an osteoporosis diagnosis until after three or more fractures. A fracture relating to osteoporosis occurs once every two minutes, across the UK, with one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 suffering a break as a result of poor bone health.

Ahead of World Osteoporosis Day on 20 October, the National Osteoporosis Society launches a public campaign called STOP AT ONE to raise awareness of the link between fractures and bone fragility, especially among those aged over 50 who have broken a bone following low trauma.

Further information is available at:


PHE’s national seasonal flu campaign launches

The campaign launches this week, encouraging uptake of the flu vaccine amongst the most at-risk groups.

For the first time, a nasal spray vaccine will be offered to healthy 2 and 3 year old children as they are more likely to transmit the virus to other more vulnerable groups, including infants and older people.

The full PHE Press Release can be found here:


Hajj pilgrims reminded if unwell not to make the trip this year

PHE and National Travel Health Network and Centre are reminding people planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to check the latest health advice issued in light of on-going cases of respiratory illness caused by the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

See the full Press Release here:


Joint PHE and WHO prison health conference

Prison health experts came together on the 15-16th October at this conference organised by PHE and the World Health Organisation as part of PHE’s role as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons. The theme of the conference was ‘delivering high quality healthcare in prisons and continuing care beyond the prison wall’.

See the conference website here:


Kidney cancer on the rise

More people are being diagnosed with and dying from kidney cancer in England today, compared to 10 years ago according to latest figures. One of the reasons people do not receive an early diagnosis is believed to be the public’s lack of awareness of key symptoms.

These figures have been released as the new NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign launches this week.

See the full PHE Press Release here:


Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England.

Dr Dominik Zenner, head of the PHE TB screening unit said

“This would involve screening for latent TB among high risk groups - people aged 16 to 35 years, who entered the UK in the past 5 years from a country with an incidence of 150 cases per 100,000 or higher.”

See the full PHE press release here:


Insight into the social interactions of babies helps reveal how infections spread

A new collaborative study, from Public Health England and parenting club, Bounty, found infants have little contact with adolescents and spend more time with their mothers than anyone else, providing valuable information on the best strategies to protect this age group from infections.

See the full PHE Press Release here:


Alcohol treatment system continues to perform well but there is more to be done

In 2012 to 2013 more people have come forward for specialist treatment and the number who successfully completed their treatment continued to increase. While the number of new clients entering treatment is increasing year on year, it is vital to continue to widen the availability and accessibility of specialist support to all who can benefit.

See the full PHE Press Release here: