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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 50

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Care Quality Commission inspection of GPs in the Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group area

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting GPs in the Sandwell and West Birmingham areas from the 4th of August 2014.

The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences. The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary and community groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced. Please tell us about your experiences by Monday 28th July 2014.

You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to , by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Please put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title 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?

You can read more about how we carry out our inspections at


Consultation: Protecting health and care information

Deadline: August 8th 2014

We are consulting on proposals to improve how information is shared across the national health service and the social care system and in particular to support better use of use data for commissioning, for example to check hospitals are paid correctly or to check that vulnerable patients are receiving the care they need. These proposals are about making new regulations to ensure that there are robust controls and safeguards to make sure that patients’ data is secure when it is shared and that it is only shared when there is no other way of achieving the purpose.

Consultation document 


Expanding choice and improving the quality of end of life care

A review of choice in end of life care has been launched to make sure adults at the end of life, their carers and family have more choice.

To read more, go here



Making the NHS clearer for everyone

NHS England has produced a new guide to Understanding the new NHS which outlines the organisations and systems that define, sustain and regulate the NHS.

This guide replaces a previous guide commissioned by Sir Bruce Keogh for junior doctors and incorporates changes to the structure and function of the NHS. The guide provides an understandable and informative guide for everyone working and training within the NHS.


NHS England works in partnership to improve care of the dying

NHS England, as part of the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People has developed a new approach to caring for people in the last few days and hours of life

One Chance to Get it Right, focuses on the needs and wishes of those dying and the people closest to them, and is based on five new Priorities for Care, and follows the recommendations of the independent Neuberger Report that included the phasing out of the Liverpool Care Pathway by 14 July 2014.



PHE responds to health inequalities facing gay, bisexual and MSM

PHE has set out the challenge and vision for the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

The summary is the first of a trio of documents which will together provide a framework for action over the coming 6 months. This important work has identified 3 distinct but overlapping areas of concern, which disproportionately affect MSM - sexual health and HIV, mental health and the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

See the full PHE Press Release here

'Don’t just screen, intervene': improved guidance to improve the health of people living with a mental illness

PHE, NHS England, NHS Improving Quality and the National Audit of Schizophrenia have co-produced an updated version of the Lester UK adaptation of the positive cardiometabolic health resource guidance for healthcare and public health professionals to help improve the physical health of people with mental illness.

The Lester Tool is a downloadable resource designed to be used in a range of healthcare settings to improve screening and to ensure a person’s physical and mental health condition are jointly addressed. This part of PHE’s work to support people to live well for longer.

See the full PHE Press Release for details



Purchase of sugary drinks falls during healthy swaps campaign

PHE publishes new marketing strategy setting out how we will motivate and support people to make changes to improve their health.

New figures show that the purchase of sugary fizzy drinks fell by more than 8% following PHE’s Change4Life January 2014 campaign when compared with January 2013. These results come as PHE publishes its new marketing strategy setting out how PHE will motivate and support millions more people to make and sustain changes that improve their health.

See the full PHE Press Release here


Report finds some retailers ignoring age of sale warnings on e-cigarettes

The Youth Access to E cigarettes and associated products report, developed and managed by the Trading Standards Institute on behalf of PHE, reveals the results of a test-purchasing study involving young people aged under 18 attempting to buy e-cigarettes and related products from a variety of retailers.

Of 574 visits made by young people in March 2014, successful purchases were made on 227 occasions. However whilst there are concerns that young people could use e-cigarettes as a gateway into tobacco, the same survey found no evidence of this.

See the full PHE Press Release here

Major New CDC health report launched: health priorities of children and young people with neurodisabilities and their families

A three-year study carried out by the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit for Childhood Disability Research at the University of Exeter and CDC into how the health priorities of children and young people with neurodisabilities and their families priorities compare with those of health professionals has been published by the National Institute of Health Research.

CDC carried out research with over 100 children, young people and parents to find out what outcomes mattered most to them, and this was compared to the priorities of 200 health professionals. These findings has major implications when thinking about how professionals and children and families work together, in the health service, but also in other areas, such as the outcomes in the Children and Families Act 2014.

You can find out more about the project on CDC's website, and the full research can be accessed here

You can read a paper about the study's findings about outcomes here. There is also a simple easy read version available

Council for Disabled Children survey

The Council for Disabled Children is conducting a survey of those who work in voluntary and community sector organisations to find out how much they know about the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms, and how CDC can help support them better in accessing the information they need.
The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete and your responses would be greatly appreciated. 

The results will be used to inform a bigger piece of work that CDC is doing over the summer aimed at helping build resource and support for voluntary and community sector organisations working in the new SEND landscape

You can access the survey here


Blog: We need a new vision for independent living

Sue Bott has written a blog about the future of independent living and Simon Stevens' approach to a single integrated system that would assess people’s needs and allocate assistance and support based on the outcomes people could achieve in their communities.

To read the blog, go here


Core funding and free training for health charities - 2015 GSK IMPACT Awards

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

Closing date: 19 September 2014

To apply or to view winners’ films go to:

Compact Awards launch and appendix to Joint Action Plan

Nominations close Oct 1st 2014

27th June 2014 was the official launch of the 2014 Compact Awards.

The Compact Awards present an excellent opportunity to showcase and prove the impact of good cross-sector partnership working.

The Awards can be a great way of raising the profile of your work, as winners (and some of the best shortlisted nominations) are promoted widely – and published as case studies on the Compact Voice website throughout the year.

Nominations for the Awards are open from 27 June until 1 October 2014, and winners will be announced at a ceremony during Compact Week (3-7 November).

Find out more at


Call for Evidence: PIP Assessment Independent Review

Deadline: Sept 5th 2014

A call for evidence for an independent review of DWP’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment, by Paul Gray CB, started on 23 June and runs until 5 September.

Paul Gray hopes to hear from organisations and individuals who have information about how the PIP assessment is operating. He is also keen to take a broad look at all stages of the PIP claim process – from making a claim through to getting a decision, and any disputes.

Visit PIP on GOV.UK for more information.

If you have any questions about the call for evidence exercise, please email; write to PIP Independent Review Team, Room 3S25, Zone South H, Quarry House, Leeds, LS2 7UA; or phone 0207 449 7536.


Special measures scheme for failing care homes

Care homes and home care providers treating vulnerable and old people without dignity and respect will be put on an ‘unprecedented turn-around programme’, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

The move comes alongside evidence that a special measures scheme introduced in failing hospitals in the wake of the scandal at Mid Staffs has triggered ‘transformational improvements in services’.

Read more here


Plans to encourage the recovery of migrant NHS healthcare costs

The Department of Health has announced plans to help the NHS to recover more of the costs of migrant and visitor healthcare.

Read more here


Consultation: Ending smoking in cars carrying children

Deadline: Aug 27th 2014

In February, Parliament voted in favour of legislation that would make private vehicles carrying children smoke-free. The government is now consulting on the practicalities of the regulations.

The consultation on ending smoking in cars carrying children will run for 6 weeks until Wednesday 27 August.

Read more and find out how to have your say here


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Urgent & Emergency Care Regional Roadshow Event 12 August 2014 and 2 September 2014

The aim of both events is to provide an update on key areas of progress with the Urgent and Emergency care Review. They will also look to:

• assist in the process of local health and social care organisations moving towards operating within the networks envisaged by the End of Phase 1 Report;
• provide an update on NHS England's work around enhancing the NHS 111 service;
• capture (and stimulate thought around) regional innovation in the arena of urgent and emergency care.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us on one of the following dates:

Tuesday 12 August 2014
The Met Hotel, Leeds

To register for the Leeds event please follow the link below:-

Tuesday 2 September 2014
Bolton Whites Hotel, Greater Manchester

To register for the Manchester event please follow the link below:-



NHS England launches Integrated Personal Commissioning

Simon Stevens has set out plans for a new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, which will for the first time blend comprehensive health and social care funding for individuals, and allow them to direct how it is used.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Local Government Association, Simon explained that the programme will work with the voluntary sector to commission support locally for personal care planning, advocacy and service brokerage. The first wave of the programme is likely to include those with long term conditions, learning disabilities, severe mental health problems and children with complex needs.

To read more, go here

NHS England improves access to mental health services for children and young people

Following a report on specialised inpatient mental health services for children and young people NHS England has pledged urgent action to improve access to services. NHS England’s action plan will see an increase general Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service beds, an increase in case managers and introduction of more consistent criteria for admission and discharge.

For more information, go here


Professor John Young, geriatrician and National Clinical Director for the Frail Elderly and Integration explores how to improve care for older people

Dr Damien Roland, Consultant and Lecturer of Paediatric Emergency Medicine discusses the success that was NHS Change Day

Professor Alistair Burns uses a video blog to explain his ambitions for dementia services



Change4Life and Disney launch summer 10 Minute Shake Up campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a major new Change4Life campaign in partnership with Disney to get kids more active this summer holidays. The 10 Minute Shake Up campaign uses popular Disney characters alongside recognisable Change4Life animations to get children doing more 10 minute bursts of exercise, to help them reach the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need each day. Families have been able to pre-register for the 10 Minute Shake Up campaign since June and already 75,000 families have signed up.

Children need a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day, which can be achieved in 1 session or through shorter bursts of 10 minute activity. Only 1 in 5 children aged 5 to 10 currently meets the recommended target of 60 minutes of daily activity, with almost 40% of children in this age group doing less than 30 minutes per day. This breaks down to 20% of girls and 25% of boys aged 5 to 10 currently meeting the target daily amount.

See the full PHE Press Release here

Chlamydia screening and condom schemes encourage safer sexual behaviour in young adults

PHE has launched two new publications focused on encouraging safer sexual behaviour in young adults.

Young adults report being offered a chlamydia test has a positive impact on their subsequent healthcare-seeking and sexual behaviour, according to a new PHE report. After testing for chlamydia, 62% of respondents to an anonymous web survey reported they were more likely to use condoms with a new partner and 66% reported they were more likely to test for chlamydia again.

As part of an ongoing commitment to improving young adults’ sexual health, PHE and Brook have also launched an updated Condom-Card Scheme guide,’C-Card condom distribution schemes. Why, what and how.’ Condom schemes, such as C-Card, aim to ensure easy access to sexual health advice and free condoms for young people.

See the full PHE Press Release for details


Call for Examples and Case Studies: Better Care Fund and Integration - The Role and Contribution of the VCS

Deadline: 15th August 2014

During discussion of the Better Care Fund (BCF) and Integration at a recent meeting of the SP Care and Support Reform Groupt, it was noted that the VCS had a key role to play in the delivery of the ambitions for integrated care, both in terms of planning and service delivery. To help demonstrate this there is a call for examples and case studies of

  • successful local VCS involvement in the BCF and planning for integration;
  • how VCS organisations are contributing to achieving the aims of the BCF/integration at a local level; and
  • any challenges that VCS partners have encountered when attempting to engage with the BCF and planning for integration at local levels.

If you have any such examples, it would be helpful if you could send these to by Friday 15 August.



Personalisation for people from black and minority ethnic groups

The term ‘personalisation’ means different things to different people but, as used both by the previous Labour and current Coalition governments, it is about tailoring services to people’s own circumstances and giving them more control over the amount and type of support they receive.

This briefing looks at how personalisation can increase access to healthcare for people from black and minority ethnic communities, but also considers some of the challenges that it may bring.

Read the briefing here 


The jury is still out on personal budgets and race

Click here to read Jabeer Butt’s discussion piece in the Guardian

Healthwatch Special Inquiry into Unsafe Discharge

Deadline: July 31st 2014

Healthwatch the consumer champion of health and care, has launched a special inquiry to find out what happens to people discharged from a health and care setting: focusing on three consumer groups - the homeless, those with mental health conditions and the elderly.

Healthwatch are reaching out to communities right across the country through the 148 local healthwatch. Healthwatch also want to hear directly from organisations, the public, and front-line staff to understand the issues for these three groups, to learn what can be done to improve the discharge process for them, and examples of good practice.

Healthwatch England will use the evidence collected, reporting on findings and use its powers to advise the Secretary of State and the relevant national bodies, with recommended changes to policy, guidance or practice.

Healthwatch are inviting organisations to submit written evidence. And inviting the public, front-line staff and organisations to complete the on-line survey:

Deadline is 31 July.

To access the online survey and submit evidence, go here




Grants awarded for voluntary sector health and social care projects to improve people’s health and wellbeing

The Department of Health has awarded 30 voluntary sector projects grants totalling over £4 million as part of the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund and a further 11 projects have been awarded grants totalling over £1.6 million as part of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF).

To read more, go here


New FGM measures launched to ‘care, protect, prevent’

The FGM prevention programme - backed by £1.4million - is funded through the largest ever domestic funding package for FGM and is designed to improve the way in which the NHS tackles FGM and clarify the role of health professionals which is to ‘care, protect, prevent’.

To read more, go here


Supporting adult carers through community nursing

This recently published guidance provides information for district and general practice nurses, other health professionals and commissioners and providers about how community nursing can be used to support adult carers.

To read the guidance, go here


Consultation: Updating our care and support system: draft regulations and guidance

Deadline: Aug 15th 2014

The consultation on draft regulations and guidance for implementation of part 1 of the Care Act in 2015/16 closes on the 15th August.

To have your say, go here


Response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign Careless: adult safeguarding measures in the Care Act 2014

The Department of Health has published its response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign, Careless.

To read the response, go here

For more information on the Careless campaign, go to:

Making health and social care information accessible - Report of engagement activity published by NHS England

NHS England has committed to the development and implementation of a new Information Standard for accessible information and communication. The standard aims to:

• Establish a consistent, standardised framework and approach to the identification and recording of the information and communication needs of patients, service users, carers and parents, where they relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss;
• Establish ‘flags,’ alerts, prompts and other mechanisms to ensure that such needs are highly visible to appropriate staff; and
• Set out clear expectations as to how such needs should be met, supported or addressed.

An update about progress to date with the project and next steps was published in late June, and is available here

Following engagement activity to inform the development of the standard during November 2013 – February 2014, a report has now been published. This is available from the NHS England website – - in a range of accessible formats. We would like to thank everyone who contributed as part of this phase.

A formal consultation on the draft standard is scheduled to begin in August 2014, and will run for 12 weeks. Further details will be available soon.

National group to improve healthcare support for people with learning disabilities

NHS England has asked Sir Stephen Bubb, the Chief Executive of charity leaders network ACEVO, to head a new group of experts and advisors to develop a national guide for how we provide health and care for those with learning disabilities.

The group will also include healthcare, charity and voluntary sectors, as well as with people with learning disabilities and their families. It aims to design more innovative and integrated local commissioning of healthcare and housing to best support people with learning disabilities at home and in their communities, reducing reliance on hospital care.

To read more, go here


Friends and Family Test (FFT) set for roll-out to all NHS Services

NHS England has taken the next step towards expanding the FFT to all NHS services by publishing comprehensive new guidance.

The implementation guidance contains advice and support materials, all of which have been compiled following an in-depth review of FFT which many parts of the NHS contributed to, as well as voluntary partners and the third sector.

From this December, the FFT will be available in GP practices, from January 2015 in mental health and community services and extended further on 1 April 2015, to NHS dental practices, ambulance services, patient transport, acute outpatients and day cases.

The roll out of the FFT will mean many more patients will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the services they have received, enabling the public to make better informed choices about the services they use. It also means providers will be able to design care services based on the feedback and around the needs of patients.

To read more, go here




Keep healthy when travelling abroad this summer

PHE and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have published an essential factsheet to keep travellers healthy and safe while abroad on holidays.

See the full PHE Press Release for details


Clinks Publications

Clinks have published:

Navigating the health landscape in England: a guide for the voluntary sector working with offenders which provides a guide to the health world with a focus on health and justice: 

Rights and complaints procedures for health and care services helps the voluntary sector support their clients to challenge health services when they are not of the expected quality

This is a significant issue for those working with offenders (70% of prisoners are not registered with a GP) but is one that many VCSOs will share. This publication gives you the tools and the routes for complaints.

Clinks have also published two case studies of health work with offenders

• Sahir House: Achieving outcomes for HIV positive clients (2014) - Highlighting how successful partnerships with the health and care sector enabled Sahir House to provide continuity of support to a service user through the difficult transition from prison to the community

• Lancashire Women's Centres: Ensuring the best health outcomes for vulnerable women (2014) - Explores one voluntary sector organisation's experiences providing NHS-commissioned mental health services to improve health outcomes for the women they work with.

If any VCSOs are interested in finding out more about offender health, please see the Clinks webpage

ACEVO Regional Health & Social Care Conference 21 Oct 2014

Location: Leeds - Shine, Harehills Road, Leeds, LS8 5HS

Speaker: The Rt. Hon Patricia Hewitt, Former Labour Secretary of State for Health

Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014

Time: 09:30-16:30


Free for ACEVO Members

£60 Non-members

The changing face of the NHS. With an ever greater focus on prevention, personal control of health and social care budgets and an integrated health and social care system modernised to meet the demands of a growing ageing population, we ask “Has the critical role of the voluntary sector in delivering the new look health and care system been fully explored and integrated into national and local commissioning plans?

View Agenda and Book Now


Your chance to become a BSMHFT Governor

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is holding an election for eight Governor posts from August 18, 2014.

All nomination forms (including personal statement, declaration of eligibility, and photograph) must be returned by potential governors to Democracy Counts Ltd by 4pm, Thursday Sept 4

As a foundation trust, our governors play an integral role in the running of our Trust. We have 21 governors that represent a variety of areas; service users, carers, public, stakeholder organisations and staff.

If you would like to find out more about the role of a Governor and meet with our current Trust Governors, you can come along to our special member event on Tuesday, July 29 from 1pm at the Uffculme centre (B13 8QY).

The posts that are vacant are:

  • Clinical Nursing Staff – 1 post
  • Birmingham Public Governor – 3 posts
  • Birmingham Carer Governor – 2 posts
  • Birmingham Service User Governor – 2 posts

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in the future of local mental health services to become involved. The Council of Governors are consulted on any plans for changes to the way local health mental services are delivered and are responsible for appointing the Trust Chair, Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors. Governors are accountable to the members who elect them and form a vital link to the communities that the Trust serves including service users and carers.

The successful candidate will join the Council of Governors at meeting on Thursday, November 13, 2014 and will play an important part in the life of the Trust. If you are interested in the role, you are invited to stand for election and request a nomination pack as of Monday, August 18, 2014.

Full details here and a flyer to download for more information on the election.

For your nomination pack or for any enquiries, please contact Caroline Burgin, Board Support Officer on 0121 301 1096, or by emailing