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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 48

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Helping people live well for longer

This paper sets out how the health and care system will become amongst the best in Europe at reducing levels of avoidable mortality.

To read more, go here

Launch of the new Health and Care Partnership

The new Health and Care Partnership was launched on 20 April to replace the Department of Health's National Stakeholder Forum.

This new Partnership is to develop a more inclusive, open and ongoing relationship with our partners. The Department wants to develop new ways of working as a Department and increase clarity about their new role in the system. Also, they are keen to build on recent increased satisfaction with how DH engages stakeholders.

For further information, go here

NHS Standard Contract eContract system

The NHS Standard Contract is now managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre on behalf of NHS England. There are no changes to the eContract web address and logins, and commissioners and providers should not notice any change in system functionality, speed or availability.



Dr John Matthews, Chair of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, discusses the Health and Wellbeing Board Peer Challenge

Dr Nadim Fazlani, Chair of Liverpool CCG and the NHS Commissioning Assembly CCG Development Working Group, explores Parity of Esteem 

Dr Kate Granger explains the importance of the NHS focusing on health, care and compassion 

Dr Geraldine Strathdee discusses improving employment support for people with mental health issues 


PHE publishes end of life care profiles for CCGs

PHE’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) has published end of life care profiles for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for the first time.

The profiles draw together a wide range of information to give an overview of variations in cause and place of death, by age and sex, for each CCG in England.

The profiles are available from the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network website.

See the full PHE Press Release here

Making integration of young people’s services a reality

Three new briefings from Youth Access and The Young People's Health Partnership provide important guidance to commissioners in the NHS and local authorities on how to integrate services for young people, join up the commissioning of young people’s services and end the “cliff-edge” of support for young people in transition from children’s to adult services.

The briefings are entitled:
• Making Integration A Reality: Developing effective holistic services for young people in transition (by Youth Access and The Young People's Health Partnership)
• Making Integration A Reality: Joining up the commissioning of young people's services across health, social care, housing and youth services (by Youth Access and The Young People's Health Partnership)
• On The Right Tracks: A guide to commissioning counselling services for young people (by Youth Access)

The briefings are available here

For further information, please contact James Kenrick (; 020 8772 9900)

Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Freedom

CHANGE and Lumos are organising a national event (Our Voices, Our Choices, Our Freedom) for all people with learning disabilities. This event will take place in Leeds on Thursday 26 June, 10am to 4pm at Shine.

Please find attached the booking form for the event.

When you have filled in the form please send it back to us as soon as possible to

New task force to support specialised commissioning

NHS England has set up an internal task force to make immediate improvements to the way in which specialised services are commissioned. The task force comprises seven distinct workstreams, with a particular focus on financial control in 2014/15, and planning for the 2015/16 commissioning round.

To find out more, please read here.

Widening Digital Participation

Please find attached an article on the Widening Digital Participation programme.


Tim Kelsey explains the important next steps in the programme

Professor Alistair Burns discusses the dementia prevalence calculator

‘Nothing about us without us’: why listening to children and young people makes for good public health

The PHE 'Public Health Matters' blog is about a recent children and young people's engagement event ran by PHE and supported by the National Children’s Bureau, where a group of young people met PHE’s leaders on young people’s health to discuss what matters to them about health and wellbeing.


Dementia Friends campaign launched

PHE and Alzheimer’s Society have joined forces in a major new campaign to help create a more dementia friendly society.

People can become Dementia Friends by interacting with a new online video, developed by PHE as a complement to the face to face information sessions run by Alzheimer’s Society. You can find out more and watch the video here

See the advert and full PHE Press Release here

Webinar: VCS Evidence + Health Commissioning. Learning from the Citizens Advice Bureau 12 June, 9.45 for 10 - 12

This free webinar is being held in response to a growing appetite from the voluntary and community sector to think about the evidence they need to put their case to commissioners. It is being held by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners Programme.

The webinar will be an opportunity for participants to think creatively about evidence that could influence health service commissioning in their area, learning from the example of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

By the end of the webinar participants will:

• have developed ideas for how they can use their own data to influence commissioning
• be aware of the CAB's Health and Poverty Tool and know how other voluntary and community sector organisations can use it
• have considered what evidence may be available elsewhere or that they may want to collect in order to influence health strategies

Link to the full programme and how to book a place

The recorded webinar will be available online afterwards.

A new website for young adult carers – ‘Matter’

Carers Trust’s new online community for young adult carers to connect, share stories, and exchange trusted support is now live.

Built for and by young adult carers, Matter is part social network, part online advice centre. It is a safe online space to help 16–25-year-old young adult carers feel less isolated from others in similar situations. Users can post updates, comment on and like each other’s posts, and exchange private messages.

If you work with young adult carers please share this resource with them.

Young Adult Carers event at Nottingham University, 24th-25th June

Carers Trust are joining with The University of Nottingham, NUS and young adult carers to deliver a free and exciting event which gives young adult carers, aged 16-25 the chance take a break and find out about further education, careers and much more besides.

Please forward this invitation on to relevant contacts including young carer services, adult carer services, youth services, schools and colleges so that they can take advantage of this unique opportunity. 


Foundations Housing, Health & Care Integration Toolkit

A toolkit has been launched to demonstrate how interventions in the home can contribute to outcomes outlined in Adult Social Care, Public Health and NHS England frameworks.

The Housing, Health and Care Integration Toolkit has been produced by Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies (HIAs) and handyperson services. It aims to help housing support providers to build a case for the inclusion of home-based services in local authority housing strategies which feed into the plans of Health and Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The toolkit will be updated regularly.

Care Bill becomes Care Act 2014

Royal Assent has been granted to the Care Bill and as a result it is now the Care Act 2014.

The Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in over 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support and introducing a cap on how much people will have to pay for the costs of care in their lifetime. It also delivers key elements of the Government’s response to the Francis Inquiry, establishes Health Education England and the Health Research Authority as statutory bodies, makes changes to the Trust Special Administrator’s regime and strengthens safeguards around sharing patient data.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb talks about the biggest reforms to the social care system in more than 60 years

NHS England makes commitment to carers

NHS England, with input from charities and partner organisations, has committed to give carers the recognition and support they need. In its Commitment to Carers document NHS England sets out how it aims to help carers provide better care and to stay well themselves. The document lists 37 commitments spread across eight key priorities which include raising the profile of carers, education and training, person-centred coordinated care and primary care.

To find out more, go here

Regional Innovation Fund now available

A Regional Innovation Fund of £2.5 million is now available to promote the adoption of innovation and spread of best practice across the NHS. The fund is open to NHS England, as well as the NHS and Academic Health Science Networks.

Bids can be developed alone, or through collaboration with other partners such as providers, local government, the third-sector, private healthcare and industry.

For further information, go here


Professor John Young, NHS England’s Director for Integration and Frail Elderly Care discusses the need to recognise frailty as a long term condition. 

Professor Alistair Burns discusses his support for the Dementia Friends campaign.

Professor Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent Care for NHS England, updates on the Urgent and Emergency Care Review.

Dr Martin McShane acknowledges the vital role of carers and discusses the vital culture change needed to help them


PHE publishes independent evidence papers on e-cigarettes

Reports commissioned from leading academics examine the evidence on risks and opportunities.

You can see the reports and the full PHE Press Release here

Connecting Housing and Health

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has produced a number of new resources focusing on housing association’s offer to health.

Housing associations are keen to explore ways of working effectively with the NHS and public health to address unmet health needs among tenants and the communities in which they operate. Some housing associations are also embarking on new business opportunities in working with health commissioners and providers in developing integrated models of health, care and support, positioning themselves as healthcare providers or entering into joint ventures with NHS Trusts.

The NHF has produced four new briefings called Connecting Housing and Health, which set out different housing association offers to health offer and provide learning to housing associations on health commissioning and NHS providers. They sit alongside the Routes into Health briefings, which explain the new NHS structures to housing associations and ways to engage with health.

They have also produced two new briefings to support housing associations in partnership with NHS providers, which look at the disposal of NHS land and quality governance.

For more information about the Federation’s Health Partnership Project, visit their health partnership hub.

Women’s mental health report

WHEC has published its report ‘I am more than one thing’ exploring issues around women’s mental health.

This report builds on existing evidence to highlight women’s experiences of poor mental health and wellbeing and their interactions with the mental health system.

The full report and executive summary are available at

TSRC Research on Third Sector Leadership

Message from Dr Heather Buckingham, Department of Theology and Religion, Birmingham University

A working paper on a piece of research by the Third Sector Research Centre into leadership in the third sector at a national level in the UK has been published.

For the papers, go here


Focus on Enforcement review leads to more effective regulation of care homes

The government has welcomed commitments from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to improve regulatory enforcement, in partnership with the adult care sector.

To read more, see here

NHS Citizen

Are you passionate about the NHS in England? Would you like to see changes?

NHS Citizen is new and will give everyone the chance to have a say in decisions about the National Health Service in England. In public meetings and on the internet, they are looking at ways for people to come together to send their thoughts and ideas to NHS England which will be acted upon to secure improved care for patients.

NHS Citizen is still being designed and discussions are being held online and meetings arranged across England to get ideas and feedback about what NHS Citizen should look like and how it will work.

There are a number of NHS Citizen events in the next few months including one in Liverpool on 29th May and a two-day event in Bristol on 24th and 25th July.

You can see more details and book a free place on our website or by emailing or calling (details below)

You can see more information about the project on You can also join the conversation on Twitter at @NHSCitizen or like the Facebook page: NHSCitizen.

For regular updates you can join the mailing list by signing up on the website or email or call 01273 764025.


Mental health staff to introduce physical ‘MOT’ to reduce deaths

Mental health staff will soon give lifestyle MOTs to patients to reduce avoidable deaths. Mental health trusts will receive financial rewards for carrying out checks, including smoking status, weight, blood pressure, glucose and fats, and ensuring identified illnesses are treated.

Research shows that many patients with serious mental illness are dying of the same conditions as the general population, but up to 15 years earlier. Sufferers often do not access healthcare in the same way as the general population so introducing checks and getting treatment started while they are admitted to hospital is crucial.

For more information, go here


Colin Royle, whose father has dementia, examines the anxieties of personal health budgets

Dr. James Woollard, Clinical Fellow to Dr Geraldine Strathdee, discusses technology in mental health care

Dr Nadim Fazlani, Chair of Liverpool CCG and the NHS Commissioning Assembly CCG Development Working Group, asks how we make the right changes in the NHS

Professor John Young, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Integration and Frail Elderly, looks at care from a new perspective

Dr Geraldine Strathdee praises a new scheme to engage with young people about their mental health medication

Opiate and crack use continues to fall, alongside significant decrease in injecting

The number of opiate and crack cocaine users in England has fallen again according to independent research published by PHE.

Overall, there has been a 10% fall in the number of opiate and crack users since 2004 to 2005 with the largest reductions being seen in the last few years. These reductions in use are mirrored by a fall in numbers entering treatment for dependency.

Read the report here

See the full PHE Press Release here


Event: Fit for the future?

9.30-3.30, Wednesday 2 July 2014
Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA

Effective organisations scan the horizon and plan ahead. These days that's hard to do. Everything is changing - demography, public services, technology, social attitudes.

There are new ways to volunteer, new forms of funding and new ways to organise social movements. So, where does this leave the established voluntary sector?

This conference will introduce you to some of the significant changes and consider what they mean for the VCS. Two leading thinkers are joining in, as well as influential people from Yorkshire and Humber.


  • Tessy Britton is a social entrepreneur with challenging ideas about how we can create a viable, sustainable society, as well as a participatory economy and society. Tessy will look at what will change and imagine what it could mean - positively, for everyone @TessyBritton
  • Karl Wilding is the Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He will reflect on this changing landscape for charities and voluntary action, considering what we need to focus on to be fit for the future @KarlWilding

Mini Seminars

Mini seminars, with experts in their field, will offer to focus on the changes that will impact affect health and social care, the local economy, skills, how we care for each other and anti poverty strategies.

By the end of the conference you will have:

• expert updates on the policy horizon
• stimulating new ideas
• an understanding of the changes impacting on the VCS and what we need to consider as a practical reaction
• met and networked with leading thinkers and local practitioners, as well as new and existing colleagues.

Prices and how to book

Please complete this booking form and return it to: by midday on Tuesday 24 June. For further information, please call 0113 394 2300.

For more info

New fund to help VCSE organisations become more sustainable

The Cabinet Office is seeking views on a new £40 million fund to help voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations secure their futures.

To read more and respond to the consultation, go here

The deadline for responses is 24 July.

Involvement Launch Event

Central Midlands Commissioning Support Unit
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 from 10:00 to 13:00 (BST)
Leicester, United Kingdom

Involvement is here.

Become part of a more engaged healthcare community. Connect with health, third and public sector peers, and patient experts; access support, tools and resources to help you create real change.

Join them for the launch, with David Gilbert - Engagement Cycle author and Centre for Patient Leadership co-director.

The Patient and Public Participation (PPP) programme is delivered by Central Midlands CSU on behalf of NHS England.

Sign up here


NHS England Patient and Information Directorate Open House Day

17th June 2014, 10.30am-3.00pm, Leicester Tigers Stadium, Aylestone Rd, Leicester LE2 7TR

The Patients and Information Directorate at NHS England invites you to the second national Open House event. Building on the first event in January we are pleased to announce that the June event will take place simultaneously in four venues across England, enabling a far greater number of people to attend.

Open House in Leicester

As well as hearing about national programmes such as at this event in Leicester, you will be able to meet some of the NHS England team in the Midlands and East and participate in two of three workshops covering:

Patients in Control: People’s lives can be transformed when they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health, when they are able to shape their care and treatment to fit with what is important to them. There is growing evidence that patient participation improves outcomes and quality of life and provides value for money. This workshop will give you an opportunity to find out more from Luke O’Shea, Head of Patient Participation, NHS England, about the programme for patient participation.

• Patients Online: This session will enable you to find out more about our work to increase the number of patients who can access their health records online, book GP appointments online and have online consultations, and how you can help this to happen
• Transparency and participation in NHS England: This workshop gives the opportunity to find out more about NHS England’s transparency and participation strategy and influence its development. During the session we will share the latest findings of a study into the economic benefits of investing in data and technology in health and social care.

Book online here