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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 44

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Prime Minister's Challenge Fund project

In October 2013, the Prime Minister announced that there would be a new £50 million Challenge Fund to help improve access to general practice and stimulate innovative ways of providing primary care services. The Challenge Fund will support at least nine pilots covering up to half a million patients, with at least one in each region of England to support spread of innovation. This will include extended opening hours, greater use of web-based and mobile technology, and joining up urgent and out-of-hours care.

The Government has asked NHS England to lead the process of inviting expressions of interest and overseeing the pilot schemes. The project is now live and Expressions of Interest are being sought on a national basis.

We are keen to ensure we have representation from patient groups on the assessment panel. We have developed a detailed timeline for this project and the assessment panel will need to assess applications in the first two weeks of March, with two x two-hour assessment meetings taking place 17 and 18 March.

If you or any members of your organisation are interested in being involved please can you contact Kate Tattershall on: kate.tattershall@nhs.net

Event: NHS England to host the most important health and care event of 2014

Expo will see more than 10,000 people from across health and care and the voluntary and community sector meet to explore opportunities to transform health and care services by putting patients in control. The event will feature keynote speeches from some of the most influential people in the health and care system along with a series of high quality courses focusing on transformational change and innovation. From commissioners and clinicians to patient leaders and innovators, anyone who wants to be a change agent in health and care should come to Innovation Expo 2014 on 3 and 4 March at Manchester Central.

Register now to take advantage of our early bird rate and join the conversation on twitter #Expo2014

To read more and register, go here

Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group for specialised services recruitment

The Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group (PPVAG) is an NHS England committee which helps NHS England put the patient and carer perspective at the heart of commissioning. The group, which is accountable to the NHS England Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group, is seeking a chair and up to eight members, with a closing date for applications of 19 February 2014.

For the applications, go here

NHS England's Excellence in Participation Awards 2014

The NHS England Excellence in Participation Awards 2014 are now open for applications. The awards celebrate good practice in participation within the NHS and the contribution of individual patients, service users, carers, families and the public in supporting and shaping the work of the NHS

For applications, go here

Event: Addressing health inequalities for care leavers – free NCB seminar (London)

NCB is organising a free seminar on the theme ‘Addressing health inequalities for care leavers’ on Tuesday 4th March 2014.

The event will be held at NCB and will be an opportunity for colleagues across voluntary, health and local government sectors to explore implications of recent changes to the health system and get an update on key initiatives including the Care Leavers Strategy, Access All Areas campaign, MindEd Programme and NICE quality standard for the health and well-being of looked after children and care leavers.

Confirmed speakers include Alan Bell, Team Leader - Vulnerable Children, Department of Health, Kevin Woods, Assistant Director, Children in Care Division, Department for Education, Dr Linda Sheppard, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Dr Cathy Street, Principal Research Officer, National Children's Bureau, and Martin Hazlehurst, National Manager, Catch 22 National Care Advisory Service.

To find out more and book a place please visit here

Events: NAVCA Health Roadshows

NAVCA is working in partnership with a number of members around the country to deliver events exploring aspects of the current health agenda. The sessions will assist learning, reflection and discussion of key activities to increase inclusion of the local voluntary community sector and the communities they serve in meeting local health needs.

We are working with host members to shape each day to meet local needs, whilst exploring the national implications of the delivering health and social care services through the voluntary and community sector.

We are planning events in:

• Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 10 Feb
• Thurrock - 4 Mar
• Halton & St Helens - 7 Mar
• Bournemouth - 12 Mar
• Nottingham - 21 Mar
• Birmingham - 18 Mar
• Bromley/Croydon - 25 Mar
• Milton Keynes - 26 Mar
• Sheffield - 27 Feb

For more information visit here

EU procurement directives

NAVCA has been working with the Cabinet Office on the transition of the new EU Procurement Directives, which were approved by the EU Parliament this week. A focus of this work has been on the new “light touch” regime for health, social and other services.

In the new “light touch” regime contracts with a value below £750,000 Euros will not be covered by the EU procurement regime (unless there is concrete evidence that a contract is of interest to bidders from other member states). We are debating what procurement should look like for these services? We’ve all complained of previous practice, so what would a good process be?

Email rachel.rhodes@navca.org.uk if you would like more information or to get involved.
 

Consultation to improve regulation of health and social care providers

Proposed changes to Care Quality Commission registration requirements set out basic level of care that all health and care organisations must provide.

The consultation asks for views on new draft regulations that will introduce fundamental standards as legal requirements that all providers of health and social care must meet to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This consultation will run for 10 weeks, closing on 4 April 2014.

For the consultation, go here

Making mental health as important as physical health

Following the launch of the government’s new mental health action plan closing the gap: priorities for essential change in mental health, the social care news blog is inviting comments and suggestions on achieving parity of esteem for mental and physical health.

For further information, go here

New film launched to raise further awareness about use of NHS patient data

NHS England has launched an animated video to raise awareness of how patient data are set to be collected and used to help improve care for all. The video, ‘Better Information Means Better Care’, compliments a leaflet of the same name that is currently being delivered to every household in England. These materials are part of a wide range of awareness-raising work that NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre are doing to support GPs in ensuring their patients know about how data are used and the choices available to patients.

For more information, go here


Events: Better Care Fund webinars launched

NHS England are running a number of webinars over the next couple of weeks to support local areas with their Better Care Fund plans. The Better Care Fund is a single pooled budget to support health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas.

For further information, go here

Campaigning doctor to speak at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014

A terminally ill doctor will speak at Expo to explain how her patient experience led to a campaign aimed at raising levels of compassion among NHS staff. Dr Kate Granger will join other highly influential health and social care speakers at Expo on March 3 and 4, Manchester Central. Inspiring and interactive, Expo will feature a series of talks and high quality courses in a newly themed 'pop up university' focusing on transformational change and innovation. Register now to take advantage of our early bird rate and join the conversation on twitter #Expo2014NHS

To register, go here

Join the discussion on better use of health information

The Informatics Services Commissioning Group is inviting people to join its discussions to influence the commissioning of all health and social care information and technology services.

To join the discussion, go here

Event: Addressing health inequalities for care leavers - NCB seminar

Tuesday 4th March 2014, 10.00am - 1.30pm

National Children's Bureau, 8 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7QE

Young people leaving care continue to face a wide range of inequalities, including poor health outcomes. This free half-day seminar is an opportunity for colleagues across voluntary, health and local government sectors to explore how national strategies are being implemented to improve the health of young people leaving care. Following recent reforms to the health system and publication of the cross-government Care Leavers Strategy, it will be an opportunity to:

• Get an update on key policy and initiatives including the Care Leavers Strategy, Access All Areas campaign, MindEd Programme and NICE Quality Standard for the health and well-being of looked after children and care leavers
• Inform how cross-sector initiatives including Access All Areas can help champion the health needs of care leavers
• Share and discuss examples of good practice and network with others in the field

Confirmed speakers include:

• Alan Bell, Team Leader - Vulnerable Children, Department of Health
• Kevin Woods, Assistant Director, Children in Care Division, Department for Education
• Dr Linda Sheppard, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
• Dr Cathy Street, Principal Research Officer, National Children's Bureau
• Martin Hazlehurst, National Manager, Catch 22 National Care Advisory Service

The National Children's Bureau is organising this event as part of the Children's Partnership and its role as a strategic partner to the Department of Health. Places are available on a first come, first served basis. Lunch will be provided.

To reserve a free place please visit our Eventbrite page.

The social impact bond "Ways to Wellness"

The social impact bond ("Ways to Wellness", at VONNE) continues to develop in the North East around social prescribing for people with long term conditions. The local CCG in Newcastle is ready to sign the "head of terms" so the next step is to look for investors. They have also been working closely with NEQOS (North East Quality Observatory Service) around metrics for the bond.

Read the bulletins from Ways to Wellness to hear about the development of the SIB and read more about resources available to support the development of SIBs.

The international Social Value Competition

The international Social Value Competition to drive innovation in the North West (VSNW and Unlimited Potential) is now complete and groups with the winning ideas are now working with foundation trusts.

The competition has been a way of supporting innovators outside of the system to help address wicked healthcare problems in innovative ways. Main themes of projects funded have included intergenerational support in Salford, user led approaches in mental health in the Wirral and the mainstreaming of a course in Knowsley to support women with post-natal depression. Another project is being looked at, to be embedded in the community: Men's Sheds.

Read the learning in the report from the Social Value Competition

Disabled People Leading Inclusive Communities

Are you making your local community more inclusive for disabled people? If so, Disability Rights UK wants to hear from you

We know that Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK are doing great work to make sure that all disabled people have equal opportunities to be involved in their local community and that disabled people’s voices are really heard in decision-making processes. We want to find out more about how communities are made ‘inclusive’ for everyone living with disability or long-term health conditions – so together we can influence change in commissioners and spread good practice. This is an opportunity to give national profile to what you are doing and what you have learnt.

Some DPOs work with local services to make sure leisure and transport facilities are easily accessible; some groups have started small businesses with programmes that help young disabled people to develop employment skills; others have set up ‘people’s parliaments’ so that disabled people’s voices are heard by the local council. Whether it’s to do with using local services, volunteering, accessing information, getting a job, attending events or getting involved in politics or faith organisations – lots of things are going on that help disabled people to participate fully in their local community.

Whether you’re a DPO working alone on a small project or you’re collaborating with organisations, schools, businesses, service providers or local councils on something much bigger, Disability Rights UK want to hear from you. We want to collect examples of best practices into a central resource that everyone can access so you can advertise your successes and also learn from what other groups are doing. We also plan to use the information to advise local commissioners on their role in working with disabled people and DPOs to make local communities more inclusive. We will publish details of projects on-line and in our guidance for DPOs and local councils, but all personal information will be kept confidential.

If you think you have a good example of something that makes communities more inclusive for disabled people let us know at Inclusive-Communities@DisabilityRightsUK.org, and copy in Bernd.Sass@disabilityrightsuk.org or 020 7566 0116,

or

by post to Disability Rights UK, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London, EC1V 8AF. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to find out more.

Public Health e-Learning Toolkit (PHeLT)

The UK Health Forum has launched a new e-learning portal, called Public Health e-Learning Toolkit (PHeLT).

PHeLT has been created specifically to provide support in using information for those working in public health, who may not have access to other e-learning resources (such as those available through the NHS).

PHeLT concentrates on two areas of information skills:

• critical appraisal
• ethical use of information (i.e. understanding copyright and avoiding plagiarism)

With a public health focus in mind, PHeLT contains resources that support the use of information sources that are uniquely important to public health, such as unpublished reports created by government, NGOs and third sector organisations. These types of documents are known to be an important source of evidence in public health, but there is little existing support in the way of evaluation checklists to support those who need to appraise these kinds of documents. The toolkit aims to fill this gap in provision by highlighting existing checklists for these kinds of documents. We hope to continue to develop PHeLT by developing our own critical appraisal checklist for grey literature and case studies.

PHeLT links to existing, freely available resources that provide guidance on these topics. All content featured on PHeLT is freely available online and PHeLT itself is also free to access.

To visit the portal, go here

 

Health and Wellbeing Board - Voluntary Sector Engagement Survey Launched

Regional Voices has launched its second survey that asks the voluntary sector about engagement with health and wellbeing boards- what is working well, what could work better and what support would help. Results are being used to influence policy makers, develop support mechanisms and share interesting practice.

Results from the first survey can be viewed at: http://www.regionalvoices.org/hwb-reps/survey

The survey is aimed at each of:

• voluntary sector representatives on health and wellbeing boards
• Healthwatch representatives on health and wellbeing boards
• the wider voluntary sector

It asks about routes into the health and wellbeing board- how the voluntary sector is able to influence the joint strategic needs assessment, the health and wellbeing strategy and local commissioning. We hope to capture how engagement with the boards is changing over time.

Link to the survey about engagement between the voluntary sector and health and wellbeing board in your area

The survey should take 10-15 minutes to fill in (depending on how much you would like to say). Closing date for the survey will be 10am on 6 March.

Further surveys will be taken throughout the duration of this two year project, to enable us to tailor support and be well informed when talking to policy makers. The more people who respond to this survey, the better we will be able to influence policy makers and the more tailored the support programme for the voluntary sector can be, so please circulate this survey around your networks.

This survey is part of a Department of Health funded project which aims to support voluntary sector influence on health and wellbeing boards- a critical new body in the health and social care landscape.

To find out more about this project and to get involved you can read more on Supporting Influence on Health and Wellbeing Boards Project

Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities Programme - Applications now open for 2014

Message from Chelsea Beckford, Project Support Coordinator, Think Local, Act Personal Partnership

Following the continued success of the Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities programme, we are delighted to announce that we have secured funding for two more cohorts and that applications are now open.

The innovative programme explores how leaders can grow and nurture local social capital in order to build stronger communities and improve health and wellbeing. The programme has previously targeted senior leaders and clinicians and will continue to do so, with a second cohort of operational/commissioning/project managers running alongside. Both groups will have the opportunity to learn and share best practice around the leadership skills required to embed co-production into organisations and enable strong and empowered communities to grow and flourish.

The programme, which first ran in 2012, is a joint venture between the National Skills Academy for Social Care, Skills for Care, Thames Valley and Wessex NHS Leadership Academy, Think Local Act Personal, ADASS and the Local Government Association. It aims to recruit leaders who want to be part of a movement for change and to think radically about the challenges and opportunities of a community-based approach. Participants will join a growing network of graduates who are becoming thought leaders in their own right around social capital, its role in health and social care, and the role of public service leadership in shaping the communities that citizens need and want.
The programme involves a series of one-day workshops, action learning sets, one-to-one leadership coaching sessions, a Myers-Briggs (MBTI) analysis of personality style and a specialist 360 degree feedback diagnostic.

The New Economics Foundation's evaluation of the 2012 programme found, "The leadership course was regarded in positive terms unanimously by those that attended. It was described as "excellent", "inspirational" and perhaps most crucially, has already led to new leadership behaviours in those attending." It also found that, "Most of those who attended the course had already begun to transform their role or services is evidence of the extent to which the course inspired."

To read the evaluation, go here

To register your interest please email leadership@nsasocialcare.co.uk