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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 49

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‘NHS News’ to become ‘Informed’

As part of a series of planned improvements, from 3 June NHS News will be replaced by a new bulletin called Informed. Informed has been designed to deliver the very top key NHS England corporate stories and events news straight to your inbox every Tuesday, helping you stay in the loop with what’s hot for the organisation. Contributions that fit this new purpose are still welcome and should be submitted by midday each Thursday.

For the contributions document, go here

Guidance published on patients’ choice in mental health care

NHS England has published guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers to help them support patients to choose their mental health care. From 1 April 2014 patients with mental health conditions have had the same rights as physical health patients to choose where they have their first outpatient appointment. They are able to choose any clinically appropriate provider in England as long as a CCG or NHS England has a contract with them.

For more information, go here

Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care’

WHEC has published ‘Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care’. The includes findings from a survey with 300 women as well as focus groups with BME women, refugee and asylum seeking women, women living with HIV, LGBT women, and women with learning disabilities. It was produced by Maternity Action with support from Imkaan, Positively UK, Change and ELOP

Click here to read the report
Click here to listen to the podcast

'Facing the challenge of realising social value' and 'Working together to deliver social value

NCB and FaithAction have released two short films, 'Facing the challenge of realising social value' and 'Working together to deliver social value'. The films are aimed at voluntary organisations and commissioners operating in the health and care sectors to address the needs of children, young people and families. Recorded at recent events on 'Realising social value', the films capture a range of perspectives from experts in service provision, commissioning, policy and research, on what social value means and how it can be delivered, measured and demonstrated.

The events formed part of NCB and FaithAction's 'Commissioning for Equality' project, funded by the Department of Health to support third sector equalities organisations to effectively engage in the new health commissioning environment. Both films can be accessed via

Part of the Picture: lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s drug and alcohol use in England

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are often unable to get the right support for substance use as health services are not set up to meet their specific needs. A five-year study into drug and alcohol use among LGB people in England found they are seven times more likely to take illegal drugs compared to the general population, and twice as likely to binge drink.

Research carried out by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) found there were significant drug and alcohol problems in the community, with between a quarter and a fifth of the study’s participants indicating substance dependency.

A suite of reports has been published along with recommendations and is available for download here.


Mapping Health and Wellbeing Boards’ priorities

An interactive map highlighting the priorities of all Health and Wellbeing Boards across England is now available. By selecting a theme, for example smoking or healthy living, the map will highlight all areas citing it as one of their health and wellbeing priorities. By signposting similar priorities adopted by health and wellbeing boards, opportunities for learning and sharing experience can be identified. By selecting a single area on the map you can view a summary of the local priorities, and access links to the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and data reports produced through LG Inform and LG Inform Plus highlighting measures of health and wellbeing for the area.

A link to the latest Health Profile from Public Health England for the area is also provided here


Care Act 2014: launch of care and support consultation

The Department of Health is seeking views on how local authorities should deliver the care and support reforms in the 2014 Care Act

To read more, go here

To have your say, go here

The consultation is open until Friday 15 August.

A further consultation on the reforms that come into effect from April 2016 - which include the cap on care costs - will take place this autumn.

Care Act 2014 Part 1: factsheets

These provide an overview and the duties and powers local authorities will have in the future and can be viewed here



Event: Future of Health conference, 21 November 2014

NHS England’s award winning long term conditions conference, Future of Health, will be take place on 21 November in London. The conference, which recently won Best Event of the Year at the prestigious British Media Awards, will feature a People’s Panel of patients who will give instant feedback on what is presented and hold speakers and healthcare professionals to account. Delegates also be able get involved, sharing solutions and innovations on a national platform, while also networking with up to 1,000 colleagues from across the country.

For further information, go here

Powerful stories reveal success of person-centred approach in social care

A new report published by VODG, in association with Department of Health Strategic Partners the National Care Forum (NCF) and Sue Ryder, and in collaboration with cross-sector partnership Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP), demonstrates VODG’s commitment to delivering the vision for personalisation.

The report Making it Real: personalisation in social care, a case study report (PDF, 3.3Mb), illustrates in practical terms through case studies, how the Making it Real initiative has the power to transform adult social care. It describes how Making it Real enables families and carers to judge how far they are at the centre of care and enables providers to mark progress towards personalisation.

New resource on Health and Wellbeing Boards' local priorities

The LGA has just made available a new resource on its LG inform site showing the priorities that have been identified by Health and Wellbeing Boards across the country. 

How to use it: Select your priority from a drop down menu – for example “dementia”, “mental health and wellbeing”, “better start in life for children” – and the map highlights every HWB area that has adopted that priority.

You can then click on the local area in question for links to their local health and wellbeing strategy, and data about local population health.


Wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care consultation conclusion

The Government’s response to the wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care consultation has been published.

To read the document, go here

Mental Capacity Act: government response to the House of Lords Select Committee report

The government has responded to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The response sets out a system-wide programme of work over 2014 to 2015 and beyond that the government believes will make a real improvement to the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act

For further information, go here

Government expanding support to beat homelessness

Government departments have united to expand support for vulnerable people, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins and Communities Minister Stephen Williams have said.

Over £65 million of funding from across Whitehall is being offered to councils and other organisations to tackle homelessness around the country.

To find out more, go here

New support launched to help children with complex health needs overcome the barriers to ‘An Ordinary Life’

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has launched a package of new support materials to raise awareness of the aspirations of children with complex health needs and their families, and to highlight the opportunities available to improve their lives.

Please find the press release here

Open Data on health and social care

NHS England and GovLab have jointly launched the open data era in health and social care report, a blueprint for accelerating the use of open data in health and social care settings. The report sets how the availability of open data, within proper safeguards, to care providers, patients and researchers can maximise the social and economic value of healthcare data and spur new innovations and efficiencies.

To find out more, go to:

Resources from the LGA

These two resources from the LGA were mentioned in a recent Strategic Partner working day:

Public health transformation nine months on: bedding in and reaching out This resource commissioned by the LGA and PHE describes how public health in a number of councils has started to use the opportunities of a local government setting to improve health and wellbeing.

See the publication here

In good shape – learning and good practice from the early health and wellbeing peer challenges

See the publication here

How to Make Person Centred Care Happen - Evidence for Person Centred Care Launched

National Voices, the health and care charity coalition, is launching a new set of take-away resources which set out the best ways to engage people and make person centred care happen.

Called Evidence for Person Centred Care, this rich set of resources is designed to make it easy for commissioners and providers to access, understand and make use of the best evidence for various approaches to involving people in their health and healthcare.

Free NCB Briefing on the Annual Report of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum

This briefing summarises for colleagues in the children and young people’s voluntary sector key points from the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum report 2013/14. This includes setting out key progress, concerns and new challenges made to the health system. A summary of key steps set out in the 2014/15 Mandate to Health Education England, published alongside the Forum’s report, is also included as an annex.

For the briefing, go here

Global Dementia Legacy Event: David Cameron’s speech

The Prime Minister spoke at a summit of world health and finance leaders in London about dementia, finance and social impact investment.

To read the speech, go here

UK commits to new action to find breakthrough on dementia

The Prime Minister has committed to new action to accelerate progress on dementia drugs, with a focus on patents, funding and patient access to new medicines.

To find out more, go here

Rewarding military and civilian medical excellence

Nominations for the 2014 Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards are now open.

For more information, go here

The deadline for nominations is Sunday 27 July.

Details of the awards, including how to make a nomination, are available at

Public Health Minister’s Award

Jane Ellison, the Minister for Public Health, has established the Public Health Minister’s Award as part of the Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) public health awards scheme. The theme for the Award’s first year will be workplace health.

The Award will recognise the public and private organisations that have developed innovative approaches to improving the health of their workforce and families. We will be looking for organisations to nominate projects and services that address significant health and wellbeing issues that affect their workforce. If you know of, or work somewhere, that is committed to improving its employees’ health please encourage them to apply.

The application process will run from the RSPH website, see the link below, and will close on Friday 18 July 2014.

To judge the nominations, Professor David Walker, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, will chair an expert panel with a range of experience across public health, business and the public sector.

To read more, go here


New Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Networks

PHE has launched a new health intelligence network in partnership with NHS England, supported by the Department of Health and key stakeholders.

The National Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Networks, consisting of 4 pilot profiling tools (went live on 18 June 2014), will support the delivery of improved physical and mental wellbeing services in local areas and reduce the negative impacts of ill health.

The Networks operate collectively and will provide commissioners, local decision makers and other health professionals with authoritative intelligence, research and evidenced best practice using the PHE Fingertips platform. It provides indicators about risk factors, prevalence, access to services, outcomes and finance, and includes profiling tools looking at:

• common mental health disorders
• severe mental illness (including psychosis)
• community mental health profiles (updated from last year’s publication)
• neurology (emergency admissions and epilepsy)

Tools relating to children and young people’s mental health, co-existing mental health and addictions issues and dementia are under development, and will go live at the end of the year.

See the full PHE Press Release for details

Call to Action on Domestic Abuse and Homeless Services

FaithAction are running a series of ‘Call to Action’ opportunities for faith based organisations to get in touch and inform our report on how faith works in Domestic Abuse and Homeless services.

We are after case studies, examples and information about current services – whether that being their sole piece of work or whether they just support a small number of those affected by the above issues. We will also be holding round table discussions in Birmingham and London – further information and how to book can be found on our website:

For further information, please call: 0845 094 6350

Listen again - webinar on Voluntary Sector Evidence and Health Commissioning- learning from the example of Citizens Advice

The full presentation with links to further resources etc of the recorded Strategic Partners webinar “Voluntary Sector Evidence and Health Commissioning- learning from the example of Citizens Advice” is available on:

Speakers were Claire Driffield (Citizens Advice) Jeremy Vanes (CAB Wolverhampton), Lesley Faithful (Sheffield Mental Health CAB) and Jo Whaley (Regional Voices)


Professor Alistair Burns welcomes the launch of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Dementia Roadmap 

Joe McCrea reflects on a remarkable runaway success NHS Change Day 

Dr Martin McShane gives his definition of Parity of Esteem 

Luke O’Shea, explains how ‘patient activation’ could help over 1.5 million people in England with a long term condition 

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

Olivia Butterworth, NHS England’s Head of Public Voice, discusses the latest in a series of Open House events for the Patients and Information Directorate