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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 43

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Event: Joint Learning Event on Health and Housing

30th January 2014, London, Venue: TBC

Register now!

The Race Equality Foundation, FaithAction and the National Housing Federation, in collaboration with the Department of Health Public Health England and NHS England, will be holding a learning event aimed at addressing health inequalities through better housing.

Background:
Over the past 20 years, a growing body of evidence has emerged regarding the negative health effects of living in poor quality housing, which has been estimated to cost the NHS around £600 million per year. Initiatives aimed at improving the quality of housing have seen significant improvements in social housing. Increasingly, social landlords are playing an active role in addressing health inequalities through a range of initiatives.

However, significant challenges exist, including the persistence of poorest quality housing in the private rented sector with a range of groups being over-represented in this accommodation, including older people, people with disabilities and people belonging to ethnic minority groups as well as homeless families with children.

The event will:

• Highlight examples of good practice in promoting equality and addressing health inequalities in the provision housing;
• Provide an opportunity for seldom heard voices, including those of tenants, to participate in identifying good practice and agreeing action;
• Identify action and learning that can be taken forward by delegates to improve partnerships and address health inequalities with housing providers at local level;
• Identify lessons that can be shared with the sector and inform national policy and practice; and
• Explore what else can be done to ensure housing providers can work within new health and social care structures to play their part in reducing health inequalities and delivering equality

At the event, they will also be launching Better Housing briefing 24, "The Housing Conditions of Minority Ethnic Households in England”, which can be accessed here: http://www.better-housing.org.uk/briefings

For more information, please contact Zoe Gardner at zoe@racefound.org.uk or register at the following link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joint-voluntary-sector-learning-event-on-health-and-housing-tickets-9510481105

 

 

ASCOF website

This website enables the DoH to make outcomes information on adult social care services more accessible to people who use care and support services, and the wider public.

A key role of the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) is to support improvement in adult social care services, by enabling local people to hold their council to account for the quality of the services they provide.

In the site, DoH presents data from the ASCOF in a user-friendly way for use by the public to enable them to find out about their local authority’s social care services, and to support them in conversations with their local authority about these.

To use the ASCOF website, users can select their local authority from the map or drop-down menu, or type in their postcode to find information on outcomes including quality of life, satisfaction with care services and feeling safe. Local authority performance is shown against national, regional and similar local authorities’ performance

 

‘We must tackle health inequalities’ says NHS England’s chief financial officer

New funding formula for local health commissioners more accurately reflects population changes and includes a specific deprivation measure

Funding for NHS commissioners will rise from £96bn to £100bn over the next two years, so despite wider public sector budget cuts the NHS is being protected from inflation at a time of austerity.

Changes to the way in which funding levels for local health services are worked out will help ensure that funding matches the needs of local populations, it was heard yesterday.

Following an extensive review, NHS England’s Board yesterday agreed a new funding formula for local health commissioning based on more accurate, detailed data and including a deprivation measure specifically aimed at tackling health inequalities.

For further information, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/12/18/tackle-health-inequalities/

 

NHS Citizen Info

If you want to keep up to date and be involved in the work to develop NHS Citizen please keep an eye on: http://nhscitizen.demsoc.org/ and http://www.nhscitizen.public-i.tv/core/

We also tweet using #NHSCitizen

The Case for Care Leave: Families, work and our ageing population

Carers UK has published a short report The Case for Care Leave setting out the case for a statutory right to paid care leave for carers who are combining work and caring.

With a rising number of families providing care to ill, frail or disabled loved ones, the impact of caring responsibilities is being felt not just by families but workplaces, employers and the economy.

This report sets out the personal costs for families and the economic costs for businesses and the Exchequer of families being forced to give up work because they cannot get the right support.

With ‘family-friendly’ workplace support for parents of young children continuing to rise up the political agenda and our recent landmark report Supporting Working Carers, bringing together HM Government and employers – we now believe the time is right to renew our calls both for short-term paid leave and discussions on options for longer periods of leave to provide care.

This campaign kicked off with a piece by Jackie Ashley in the Guardian with whom we are working in partnership on this work. We hope to be communicating more about the campaign over the coming weeks and months.

 

Child health in the new NHS: Results of a survey by the National Children's Bureau and the NHS Confederation

In autumn 2013 the NHS Confederation and National Children's Bureau (NCB) led an independent survey of those directly involved in the commissioning, management and delivery of health and related services.

Their aim with this survey was to monitor the impact of the health reforms on provision for children and young people. The survey was designed to take the temperature of the system in the immediate aftermath of the transition to new structures. The results provide a useful snapshot of the mood of, and perceived challenges facing, children's health services in the current economic and political climate, and views on what reforms have, at this early stage, achieved.

This report presents the results of our survey and some analysis and reflections on the findings. The conclusion sets out our overall analysis of the main lessons from the survey for both national policymakers and local commissioners and providers.

To read the report, go to: http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/1100604/child_health_survey_report_final.pdf

 

 

Event: ACEVO Health & Social Care Conference 2014 – Tuesday 25 March 2014

This year’s event will consider how to better distribute health and social care resources so they meet the needs of the UK population.

Key note speaker Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, will give an update on the opposition’s plans for health and social care after 2015 and also give an opportunity to have your say.

This conference is recommended for anyone working in health and social care who is interested in hearing the latest thinking from charity and system leaders.

For more information and to book your place, please go to: http://www.acevo.org.uk/health-and-social-care-conference-2014

Care Quality Commission’s new approach to inspecting community health care

Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published their ‘fresh start’ document, which sets out new ways for inspecting health care in the community. This will include more inspections carried out by larger teams and spending more time observing care.
Health services are now increasingly likely to be delivered in people’s homes, health centres and community hospitals and this makes joined up care between different providers and agencies important.

The new approach to inspecting these services will see teams include:
• expert CQC inspectors
• sector specialists and clinicians – for example nurses, health visitors, allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, GPs, paediatricians, sector directors and managers
• experts by Experience – our comprehensive inspections will always involve people who have experience of using care services.

You can read more about the new plans by visiting the CQC website: http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/news/new-approach-inspecting-community-health-care

Extended NHS charging for visitors and migrants

Visitors and migrants who wish to use NHS services will have to pay, the Government announced on the 30th December as part of its clampdown on abuse of the NHS.

To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extended-nhs-charging-for-visitors-and-migrants

 

NICE issues guidance to encourage people to make resolutions for life, not just New Year

New guidance from NICE will support everyone wanting to be healthier permanently, by eating well, being more active, stopping smoking and sticking to safe drinking limits.

Many people start the new year wanting to change and become healthier but they are often unsupported and struggle to stick to their resolutions. The guidance from NICE is intended to help health services and local authorities make the most of their resources to promote a culture of health in their areas, using the evidence about what works and what helps people to make those changes permanent.

The guidance will help health and social care professionals, local authorities and local and national policy-makers to implement robust, evidence-based activities aimed at improving individuals' health and wellbeing and tackling health inequalities.

The guidance complements existing NICE public health guidance on alcohol, obesity, physical activity, and smoking.

To read more and listen to Paul Lincoln, chair of the Programme Development Group and chief executive of the UK Health Forum, go to: http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/NICEIssuesGuidanceToEncouragePeopleToMakeResolutionsForLifeNotJustNewYear.jsp

To view the guidance document, go to: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&o=14347

Access to psychological therapies campaign

Department of Health’s response to the 'We Still Need to Talk' campaign about psychological therapies.

The department has made improving mental health, and treating mental illness, a key priority for NHS England. One of the core objectives in the department’s Mandate to NHS England is to put mental health on a par with physical health, and close the health gap between people with mental health problems and the population as a whole.

For more information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/access-to-psychological-therapies-campaign

 

The Care Bill: factsheets

Please see the link below which contains 19 factsheets and a glossary that accompany the Care Bill.

For the factsheets, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-care-bill-factsheets

 

 

 

Small and medium sized enterprises action plan

Please see the link below about how the department of health will support its small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

For the information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-action-plan-published

 

NHS England Research and Development Strategy Consultation

This is an open 7 week consultation for the NHS England Research and Development Strategy.

It will cover the period from Thursday 12th December until Thursday 30th January.

The strategy and feedback consultation form is available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/gov/research-dev-strategy/

Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) engagement extended

As part of the system wide response to recommendations in More Care, Less Pathway the LACDP is currently seeking views on what high quality care should look like for people in the last days and hours of life, no matter where they are being cared for.

The engagement has now been extended until Friday 31 January 2014 to allow as many people as possible to take part.

To find out more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/lac/#involve

Change proposals for specialised services

NHS England is currently developing a five year vision and strategy for the commissioning of specialised services. Patients, public and professionals are invited to get involved and contribute ideas from ideas of how changes could be made to specialised services.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/01/07/change-proposals/ and http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/commissioning/spec-services/five-year-strat/a3-proposals/

Event: NCPC Conference: A Good Death in Hospital: Compassionate Care for all

NCPC are running a conference on 10th February 2014, to support improvements in end of life care in hospitals.

Please feel free to forward the information to any colleagues who might be interested.

Bookings can also be made by clicking the link below: http://www.ncpc.org.uk/event/good-death-hospital-compassionate-care-all

DLA to PIP: reassessment areas extend

Department for Work and Pensions are inviting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants living in Wales, the Midlands or East Anglia, to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP): if their disability-related needs change; they reach age 16; or if they reach the end of their award.

From 13 January 2014, these areas extended to postcodes beginning DG, EH, TD and ML.

From 3 February, areas further extend to postcodes beginning CA, DL, HG, LA and YO.

An individual can also choose to claim PIP instead of their DLA if they live in one of these areas.

For more information, including a postcode map, visit the PIP toolkit.

Empower 300 young African Caribbean men to help reduce stigma and discrimination

Time to Change, the mental health anti stigma programme, run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, is launching a pilot project with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to empower 300 young African Caribbean men to help reduce the stigma and discrimination they may encounter when accessing services in mental health settings.

Whether you are a young African Caribbean man or a statutory or voluntary staff member who work with young African Caribbean men, all are welcome all to come and find out more and to have their say.

If you feel passionate about this topic and would like to help make positive changes, please join in on 21st January 2014, 13.30-17.00 .

Full details and how to book a place: http://www.rawm.org.uk/news-events-jobs/events/time-change-young-african-caribbean-men-project-launch-event