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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 5

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On the Radar: Regional Voices update

Regional Voices feeds “voice” from the voluntary sector, and its beneficiaries, across England, into policy makers around health and social care. RAWM’s Health Policy Associates, Polly Goodwin and Karen Garry, are part of the Regional Voices network. If you have any thoughts on an of the issues raised in this update do contact us by email:
Download the Regional Voices July 2011 update [79kB, DOC].


SHA cluster chief executives appointe

On 11 August, alongside the SHA cluster chairs, Sir David Nicholson interviewed for the SHA cluster chief executive posts and the following appointments were made:

  • Ian Dalton CBE to the post of chief executive of NHS North of England.
  • Sir Ian Carruthers to the post of chief executive of NHS South of England.
  • Sir Neil McKay to the post of chief executive of NHS Midlands and East.
  • Dame Ruth Carnall continues as chief executive of NHS London.

SHA cluster chief executives will assume their roles on Monday 3 October 2011. Until that time, all existing SHA chief executives and interim SHA chief executives will remain in place.

Ian Cumming OBE, currently the chief executive of NHS West Midlands and the lead SHA chief executive on quality, will be taking on a new national leadership role as managing director for quality during transition.


New NCB LINks research report

This report looks into the involvement levels of children and young people in LINks across England. It shows that many LINks are struggling to give children and young people a voice in their health and social care.

NCB is calling for the Health and Social Care Bill to be amended to make it very clear that national and local HealthWatch organisations have to explicitly and reliably involve the voice of all health users and this MUST include children and young people in their work.

Download NCB's 'LINks' involvement of children and young people' report [PDF 306KB].

Big Society Bank launched

The Big Society Bank – now officially named Big Society Capital – became a reality at the end of July with the establishment of two expert boards. In addition, the first investment from dormant accounts has gone to the Private Equity Foundation, an organisation whose mission it is to support disadvantaged young people into employment, education or training.

Find out more information.


Consultation on proposed changes to Care Quality Commission legislation

The Government is seeking views on a number of proposed changes to regulations for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration.

The proposals outlined in the consultation document include changes that will improve the effectiveness of current regulatory arrangements for health and social care and reduce the burden on providers.

The consultation closes on 7 October 2011.

Find out more information.


JSNA: A Springboard for Action – new Toolkit launched by LGID

The Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID) toolkit 'Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: A Springboard for Action' has now been launched with Ministerial endorsement from Paul Burstow, Minister of State (Care Services). It can be found on the VODG JSNA Resources website.

The toolkit makes reference throughout to the important role of the community and voluntary sector in JSNA, commissioning and the new health and wellbeing boards.

For general information on how LGID is supporting local authorities to address community wellbeing visit:


Homeless Link

A new health needs audit tool has been developed by Homeless Link. The Health Needs Audit is a way to gather information about the health of people who are homeless in your local area. It can be used by local authorities, voluntary sector agencies and health services in partnership.


Conference: ‘Discovering Men’s Sheds: The Effect on Men’s Health, Well-being and Informal learning’

Thursday 29 September 2011
Ramada Jarvis Grand Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES
Jointly organised by Age UK, NIACE, Men’s Health Forum and Leicester University.

Research has shown 300,000 older men in the UK say they leave their home once a week or less and half a million older men in the UK are lonely. This event will bring together delegates from all over the country to learn about the ways in which informal learning, health and wellbeing and the Men’s Shed initiative interrelate. Participants will explore the activities in Shed’s impact positively upon men’s health and well-being and the Age UK’s three pilot Men in Sheds projects.

Conference fee: £45 (to include tea/coffee and lunch)

Free places: There are a limited number of free places available to people without access to funding from a group or organisation. Please apply for a place online via or return your booking form to arrive at NIACE by Tuesday 30 August 2011. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

For further information about this event, email using the subject title 'Discovering Men’s Sheds’.


Self Care Week 2011

Self Care Week 2011 will take place from 14-20 November 2011. This is an opportunity for NHS, social care and voluntary sector organisations to raise awareness of what's available locally to help people take care of themselves.

Find out more information.


Launch of the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma outcomes strategy

On 18 July, the Secretary of State for Health launched the outcomes strategy for COPD and asthma. The strategy’s overarching objectives will help transform respiratory care, covering all the stages from prevention and early identification, to chronic disease management and end-of-life care.

Find out more information.