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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 46

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Mental Health crisis concordat

The document sets out the principles and good practice that should be followed by health staff, police officers and approved mental health professionals when working together to help people in a mental health crisis.

It follows the refreshed Mandate for NHS England, which includes a new requirement for the NHS that “every community has plans to ensure no one in mental health crisis will be turned away from health services”.

Landmark Children And Families Act 2014 gains royal assent

The new Children and Families Act - given royal assent on the 13th March - will mean changes to the law to give greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life.

Read more here

NHS charges from April 2014

NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from £7.85 to £8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014

To read more, go here

Update to charging arrangements for adult social care services

The Department of Health has published updates to:
• the Fairer Charging Policies for Home Care and other non-residential social services guidance
• Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG)

CRAG and the Fairer Charging Guidance provide statutory guidance to local authorities on how to interpret the regulations on charging for residential and non-residential care and support.

To read more, go here

Report: Effective health care for vulnerable groups prevented by data gaps

A report, from the Data and Research Working Group of the National Inclusion Health Board (NIHB) concludes that health care needs of the most vulnerable groups in society not being met because of gaps in health information and data gaps.

Click here to read Hidden needs: identifying key vulnerable groups in data collections: vulnerable migrants, gypsies and travellers, homeless people, and sex workers

Better Care Fund plan clarifications

Following the initial submission of draft Better Care Fund plans, a number of common issues arose that have now been addressed by updating resources. Documents which have been refreshed include technical guidance, a planning template and the statistical calculator.

For more information, go here

Blogs

Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia, NHS England discusses the major changes in how dementia is tackled

Jane Cummings explores putting compassion at the heart of healthcare

Olivia Butterworth reflects on her experience from two days at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2014

Obesity and disability: children and young people

PHE has published a paper examining the evidence linking obesity and disability in children and young people. The paper looks at a range of impairments or health conditions associated with disability and explores the main obesity-related chronic health conditions that can develop during childhood and adolescence.

The paper can be seen here

EU-wide agreement on how to crack down on TB in cities

TB in western European countries is concentrated in big cities, according to a study published today in Eurosurveillance. The research also found that while the number of TB cases continues to reduce in some countries in Europe the rate of TB within some of Europe’s big cities continues to increase.

See the full PHE Press Release here

PHE launches Act FAST campaign

The Act FAST TV campaign urges people to call 999 if they spot the signs of a stroke. The ads show people the signs and symptoms they should look for to identify someone suffering from a stroke:

• Facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
• Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?
• Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
• Time to call 999

See the full PHE Press Release and campaign video here

New national planning policy and guidance aims to promote health and reduce inequalities

PHE welcomes the Department for Communities and Local Government’s newly published National Planning Practice Guidance which recognises the importance of local infrastructure planning in the development of healthy communities.

The policy framework and guidance can be seen here

Don't ignore a persistent cough

A PHE Be Clear on Cancer campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer, has been considered so successful it is being repeated. When the campaign first ran, from May to July 2012, around 700 extra people were diagnosed with lung cancer when compared to the same period in the previous year.

See the full PHE Press Release here

Making it easier for civil society to work with the state – progress update March 2014

The Cabinet Office’s update to Making it easier for civil society to work with the state was published on the 10th March.

The updated report provides a progress update on opening up public service delivery to the voluntary sector since December 2012. It also sets out how the government has been improving access to public service delivery opportunities for the voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSE) sector by:
• improving commissioning
• increasing voluntary sector competitiveness
• encouraging volunteering

To read the update, go here

Meningococcal B vaccination programme to be introduced

The Department of Health will work to introduce the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine into the childhood vaccination programme.

Following independent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the Department of Health will work to introduce the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine into the childhood vaccination programme.

To read more, go here

System leaders sign Statement of Declaration on tackling health inequalities and advancing equality

Sir David Nicholson has made his commitment to advancing equality and tackling health inequalities by signing a Statement of Declaration. In signing, Sir David has pledged to champion change on bringing together the equality and health inequalities agenda and raise ambition at every level of the system to remove barriers to change.

To read more, go here

NHS England publishes data on transfer dates for people with learning disabilities, autism and behaviour that challenges

NHS England has published the first set of quarterly data prompted by the Winterbourne View Concordat aimed at getting better care for people with learning disabilities, autism and behaviour that challenges.

To read more, go here

Beverley Bryant - Creating safer wards and hospitals through new technology

Beverley Bryant, director of strategic systems and technology, NHS England discusses how the use of cutting edge new technology can improve the patient experience by creating safer wards and safer hospitals.

To find out more, go here

Martin McShane - Spotlighting Parity of Esteem for mental health patients

Martin McShane, national clinical director for long term conditions, NHS England; explains how NHS England has shined a spotlight on mental health and the commitment to Parity of Esteem, which ensures mental health gets treated the same way physical health does.

For further information, see here

Successful bids announced for £10 million capital funding to support drug and alcohol recovery

New government investment of £10 million has been awarded to services that are supporting drug and alcohol recovery across England.

The capital funding is being distributed by PHE via local authorities to service providers that support projects which contribute towards helping their clients to overcome dependency from drugs and alcohol. Sixty-seven awards have been made, with the amounts ranging from £3,500 to £873,000.

See the full PHE Press Release for more information and examples of successful projects

 

PHE’s 2014 Child Health Profiles published

The Child Health Profiles 2014, published on Wednesday by PHE, presents a picture of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using 32 key health indicators which help local organisations work in partnership to improve health in their local area.

The Child Health Profiles can be seen here

See the full PHE Press Release here

 

Summary of NCBs event 'Addressing health inequalities for care leavers'

A free half-day seminar organised as part of the Children’s Partnership and NCB’s role as a strategic partner to the Department of Health.

Young people leaving care continue to face a wide range of inequalities, including poor health outcomes. Following recent reforms to the health system and publication of the cross-government Care Leavers Strategy, this free event for colleagues across the voluntary, health, and local government sectors explored how key national initiatives are being delivered in practice to benefit young people leaving care.

See the summary and presentations

National LGB&T Partnership Survey Summary

Please see here the National LGB&T Partnership Survey Summary.

Event: Caring for older people with hearing loss, Apr 30, Birmingham

Time: 11:30 to 14:00.
Venue: Birmingham City Football Club, Birmingham

The average age of hospital patients is over 80 and 90% of over 80 year olds have hearing loss. The purpose of the event is to launch a Hearing Loss Toolkit, which is a guide for NHS Hospital Trusts to supporting older people with hearing loss. The toolkit has been developed by Action on Hearing Loss in partnership with the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the Department of Health.

Please see here the Nursing Practice Launch Flyer with further information.

To book a place at the event, please email Shamila Nazerali at: shamila.nazerali@hearingloss.org.uk or tel: 0121 450 8980, textphone: 0121 450 8983, stating any communication support, access or dietary requirements.

For more information, go here

Guides published to support patient and public participation in the NHS

NHS England has launched four "bite-size guides" which aim to support patient and public participation in the NHS. These guides are linked to the Transforming Participation in Health and Social Care Guidance (published last September).

More details on the Regional Voices site here

Consultation: New fitness test for health and social care leaders

The government is introducing a new check across the health and care sector to make sure directors who are unfit for their roles are removed.

To read more and give your views on the new fit and proper person’s test, go here

This consultation closes on 25 April 2014 5:00pm

Consultation: Statutory duty of candour for health and adult social care providers

The Department of Health seeks views on changes to Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration requirements to introduce a duty of candour.

This consultation closes on 25 April 2014 5:30pm

For more information, go here

 

NHS and social care: public perceptions 2013

Please see the link below to the findings from the spring and winter 2013 surveys.

Here's the survey

NHS England backs cancer campaign

NHS England is supporting a campaign launched by The Sunday Times, which aims to improve cancer care. The campaign focuses on swifter diagnosis, faster and more consistent treatment across the country and more advanced radiotherapy.

To find out more, go here

Child Protection information sharing project

NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have launched a series of short films to promote the benefits of the child protection information sharing project.

Using a combination of animations and interviews, the films demonstrate how effective information sharing will help the NHS protect children at risk of cruelty who visit unscheduled care settings.

Find out more here

NHS England Blogs

Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information writes about the Friends and Family Test (FFT)

Clare Howard, Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer calls for more patients to use pharmacists for health care advice

Dr Graham Jackson, Clinical Chair Aylesbury Vale CCG and Vice Chair Buckinghamshire HWB, reflects on the first year of reforms to Health and Wellbeing Boards

PHE commits to tackling TB

PHE welcomes stakeholder comments on collaborative TB strategy published for consultation to mark World TB Day.

The strategy includes PHE’s five-year ambition to see a sustained annual decrease in TB and a reduction in health inequalities associated with the disease, by ensuring action in all local areas with high rates of TB, to tackle the infection.
 
See the strategy here

Care Quality Commission update

Update from Lucy Hamer from CQC

The forthcoming CQC inspections are scheduled – please send evidence of good/poor quality care to CQC. Individual stories, reports and surveys are all very helpful to understand people’s experiences of care.

Acute trusts inspections
The list of 20 acute trusts can be found here

The first 10 of these 20 trusts will be inspected at the end of April and early May so any feedback about these trusts would be very helpful before then.

These 10 include two in the West Midlands: Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Burton-on-Trent, and George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton.

Mental health and community health trusts
The list of mental health and community health trusts can be found here - it includes Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Check on a sample of GP practices in CCG areas between April-June
We are inspecting 12 CCG areas between April-June to check on a sample of GP practices in those areas. The CCG areas can be found here - it includes South Warwickshire

Emergency mental health review call for evidence
Call for evidence for our emergency mental health review – here is the link for more information on this review and how you can feed in evidence

 

Your experiences of Queens Hospital & Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting the Queens Hospital in Burton on 23rd April 2014. To help our inspection, the team are keen to hear evidence from local voluntary and community groups about the quality and safety of care at this hospital trust.

You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to hospitalinspections@cqc.org.uk or you can ring 03000 616161. Please put the name of the trust you are sending information about in the title of the email to help us pass it to the right inspection team.

You can send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified. We will use your information to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection. The inspection team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:

• Is it safe?
• Is it effective?
• Is it caring?
• Is it responsive to people’s needs?
• Is it well-led?

Public listening event
There will also be a public listening event that you may want to attend or promote. This will be held on Wednesday 23 April 2014, 6.30 – 8pm, Burton Town Hall, Burton-upon-Trent.

More information
You can read more about how we carry out our inspections at www.cqc.org.uk

Thank you very much for helping CQC to understand people’s experiences of care. An inspection report will be available after the inspection and published on our website.

Lucy Hamer, Involvement Team Leader, Care Quality Commission

Event: Better Together - tackle offender health inequalities in partnership with the voluntary sector, Apr 28, London

FREE one-day conference for the health and care sector

At Better Together you will…
• Identify how working with offenders helps you meet your targets
• Find out the key health and care needs of offenders and their families
• Discover how the voluntary sector can help you engage with offenders and their families
• Understand how to overcome the barriers to engaging with offenders and their families

Confirmed speakers include:
• Dr Éamonn O'Moore, Director for Health & Justice Team, PHE, & Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons
• Kate Davies, Head of Public Health, Armed Forces and their Families and Health & Justice Commissioning NHS England
• Jenny Talbot, Director, Care not Custody programme, Prison Reform Trust
• Kate Aldous, Communications & Partnership Manager, Clinks
More details here

To book your free place please contact robert.price@clinks.org or for more information please call 020 7248 3538