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PHE Health and Social Care Staff Wellbeing Event, Mar 18, London

PHE is running a national event on the health and wellbeing of staff working in the NHS and social care sector. It will be held at the Kia Oval, Kennington, London SE11 5SS.

"We know that people in work are healthier and use health and care services less than the unemployed. However, work can also damage health and, without the right support, ill health and poor wellbeing can cause people to leave the workplace. These issues cost the health and care system billions of pounds a year.

Evidence also suggests that staff wellbeing is a good predictor of patient experience, and that individuals are better able to deliver dignified, compassionate care if they are themselves well supported. Despite this, health and care staff tend to be more at risk of work-related ill health and sickness. The question then becomes: Why is this the case, and what can we do about it? The event will bring together 150 professionals from across health and social care to consider these questions, and to build some consensus around next steps.

It would be great if you could join us on the day. Please also circulate this opportunity around your professional networks, as we are keen to hear from a range of partners".

To view the programme and book your attendance please visit the event website

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact or 0207 654 8027.

Measuring the impact of volunteering, Mar 20, London

10.30am to 3.00pm, Thursday, 20th March 2014, Central London (venue tbc)

Volunteering is on the national health and social care agenda – is it on yours?

The King’s Fund report on “Volunteering in Health and Care” recommends the critical role of volunteers in building a sustainable approach to health and social care and encourages service providers and commissioners to take a much more strategic approach towards volunteering.

Booking online here


Employing Personal Assistants and Tax, Mar 21, Birmingham

Disability Rights UK are working, together with the Low Income Tax Reform Group to run a series of half day events exploring the tax implications of employing a personal assistant to meet health or social needs.

These free events - aimed at disabled people employing PAs, health and/ or social care professionals and independent living support services - are a must to attend to get the latest information on employer obligations, employed/self-employed, real time information, and helpful information and advice.

Midlands event: Friday 21st March, Birmingham, Irwin Mitchell

Places will be given on a first come first served basis

To register your interest please contact Karen Earl  or call 07411 067367

For further information about the events please contact Sue Bott or call 020 7566 0127

Faith, Health & Wellbeing Seminar, Apr 9, Birmingham

The University of Birmingham, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
Wed 9th April 10.00-4.00 (registration 9.45)
Orchard Learning & Resource Centre, Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak

Speakers & topics

  • 'Get Well Soon" Archana Jain Co-founder of Disease Free World
  • ‘Are there Lessons for us from the Developing World?’– Dr Peter & Mrs Jean Rookes, Researchers, Christian health services in Developing Countries, 3rd Sector Liaison Officers, Birmingham Council of Faiths.
  • ‘Tackling Domestic Violence & Abuse In Faith Communities’ Kudakwashe Nyakudya, Founder Director, Kahrmel Wellness
  • Health Service Public Consultations – the faith perspective on assisted conception, end of life care, dementia strategies, etc’ Christine de Sousa, Commissioning Support Unit
  • 'Providing Spiritual support in a Hospice Setting' Saskia Barnden, Chaplain Co-ordinator Family and Carer Support Team, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice

Tea and coffee can be purchased on site, but delegates are requested to bring their own packed lunch.

The Orchard Learning and Resource Centre is accessible by the 61, 63 and 98 buses from the City Centre and approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Selly Oak Station. Free parking is available around the site.

The event is free of charge, but please contact Peter and Jean Rookes to book a place at, phone 0121 477 2282.


CQC inspection: GP Out of hours services, Shropshire

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting GP Out of Hours Services in Shropshire, run by ShropDoc.

They need to hear from anyone who has used the Out of Hours Service in the past year.

The various ways to share your experiences are in this download including a link to a survey which needs to be completed by Monday Mar 10 2014

CQC inspection: Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting Russells Hall Hospital from 25 – 27 March 2014.

To help the inspection they would like to hear from anyone who has recently used the hospital in Dudley.

You can share your experience in a number of ways – more details here

Consultation on Ill-treatment or wilful neglect in health and social care services

The Department of Health seeks views on the details of a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of users of health and social care services.

This consultation closes at 31 March 2014 5:00pm

For more information, go here

A Call to Action - Improving dental care and oral health

NHS England is calling for a debate about the future shape of dental services in England. View the slide pack setting out why things need to change and complete the survey by 16 May 2014.

For the survey, go here

Consultation on changes to 15 of NHS England's specialised services specifications

NHS England has launched a three-month consultation on changes to 15 of its specialised services specifications, as well as asking for views on a new document relating to specialised maternity services.

The service specifications have already been subject to public consultation; however, stakeholders registered with the relevant Clinical Reference Groups felt that the changes to the documents proposed were significant enough to warrant further consultation. All proposed changes are highlighted within the individual documents for ease of reference.

Consultation is open until 21 May 2014.

To view the documents and find out how you can contribute your views, please go here




Procurement process to accredit the best commissioning support suppliers launched

NHS England is creating a unique framework agreement for commissioning support services which will allow Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England and others to buy some or all of their commissioning support needs. The framework has been developed to answer calls from local clinical commissioners who have asked for a simpler and less costly process for securing the support they need. NHS England is inviting bids from any organisation or group of organisations that can deliver the services in scope.

For further information, go here

NHS England launches grant programme for personal health budgets

NHS England has launched a programme for the voluntary and community sector to help them 'gear up' for personal health budgets so they have the knowledge, capacity and expertise to inform their local communities about personal health budgets.

From April 2014, people eligible for NHS continuing healthcare will have the 'right to ask' their clinical commissioning group (CCG) for a personal health budget and from October 2014, they will have the 'right to have' one. However most people don't know what a personal health budget is, let alone that they will soon be entitled to have one.

To find out more about the grant programme and how organisations can apply on the in control website

Disabled People Leading Inclusive Communities

"Are you making your local community more inclusive for disabled people? If so, we want 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.

If you think you have a good example of something that makes communities more inclusive for disabled people let us know at, and copy in 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".

‘What a good consultation looks like’

Find a link below to some guidance published on ‘what a good consultation looks like’ by Compact Voice who produced a very short guide to ‘Ensuring meaningful engagement when consulting’.

The guidance is available on their website at:


Securing a health service fit for the future

Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority have agreed to fund a series of projects to help eleven health economies develop integrated five-year plans that effectively address local challenges and secure sustainable quality services for patients.

For further information, go here

Series of impact assessments published alongside Care Bill

Impact assessments have been produced to accompany the Care Bill.

To read the impact assessments, go here

Key groups join forces on vision for sustainable future

NHS England, Public Health England and the Local Government Association among many others have joined up to shape the Sustainable Development Strategy. The strategy is designed to address sustainability challenges, potentially saving millions of pounds.

To read more, go here

Wellbeing and health policy

Please see the link below to a document which provides evidence on why wellbeing matters to health throughout someone’s life, and what policy makers can do about it.

For the document, go here


Points of view - Strategic commissioning should be second nature in social care

John Adams OBE, General Secretary the Voluntary Organisation Disability Group (VODG), writes that Strategic commissioning should be second nature in social care.

To read the full article on the National Skills Academy website, go here

Tim Kelsey responds to the Guardian on

NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, Tim Kelsey, responds to the Guardian’s story regarding police and other organisations being able to access patient information as a result of

To read the response, go here

Learning from across Big Lottery Fund Health & Wellbeing initiatives

"When you’ve invested £160m in hundreds of health and wellbeing projects you want to know what impact that money’s had. The Big Lottery Fund has published new webpages this month to showcase evidence about the most effective projects to improve Wellbeing. The new Health & Wellbeing resources bring together the learning from across Big Lottery Fund Health & Wellbeing initiatives, including:

• how to increase physical activity in local communities
• how mental health can improve through projects delivered by voluntary and community sector partnerships with local health agencies
• how healthy eating can be improved across the generations
• how to measure the cost benefit of wellbeing initiatives

The £160m Wellbeing Programme funded hundreds of projects across England and our evaluation of this programme has contributed substantially to our evidence base.

Meeting public health outcomes
The funded projects have made an impact not just in the above domains but have also provided evidence of how the most successful partnerships and projects have achieved wellbeing improvements. Big Lottery hopes the learning will help local authorities and community organisations to design, commission and manage projects that can achieve National Health Improvement outcomes, specifically related to the diet, weight, physical activity, and self-reported wellbeing indicators.

Measuring wellbeing in your area
The new well-being evaluation includes the ONS National Wellbeing Measures but we also measure impact against the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Health & Wellbeing Scale and IPAQ physical activity measures. Big Lottery Fund have made all this information publically available on our Wellbeing Methodology page so that local practitioners and commissioners can see what’s possible in terms of Wellbeing measurement and, if they wish, use the measurement tools we have commissioned to do so.

Further information
You can get all the latest news and resources related to the current Wellbeing programme and evaluation on the news page".

Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Special Administration

The Secretary of State for Health has made recommendations for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in a written statement to Parliament.

To read the written statement, go here