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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 51

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Consultation: Care Act 2014: funding allocations for new adult social care duties

The consultation closes on 9th October 2014.

As part of the Care Act 2014 local authorities will be granted new duties. The Department of Health is asking for views on how the funding for 3 of these new duties will be allocated.

The 3 duties and funding available in financial year 2015 to 2016 are:

• additional assessments for the cap on care costs: £175 million
• universal deferred payment agreements: £108.5 million
• social care in prisons: £11.2 million

For more information and to give your views, go to:

Consultation: Changing how the GMC decides on doctors’ fitness to practice

The consultation closes on 25th September 2014.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is responsible for regulating doctors and the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) oversees the regulation of all healthcare professionals, protecting the health and safety of the public by ensuring fitness to practise.

The Department of Health is seeking views on proposed changes to the way each body carries out its regulatory functions.

For more information and to give your views, go to:

The Dalton Review

The site is open until 31 August

This is an online call for views. We want to hear from a wide range of individuals and organisations – the comments, ideas and suggestions we receive will ensure that those issues that matter most to patients and the public shape the work of the review, and help inform Sir David Dalton’s recommendations.

Other activity in the last few months:
• On 1 July, the King’s Fund and the Foundation Trust Network published Future Organisational Models for the NHS: Perspectives for the Dalton Review. It draws on a range of perspectives and looks at the evidence base for introducing different models.
• On 4 July, Sir David provided an update on the review’s progress to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.
• On 8 July, Sir David held a live Q&A hosted by the HSJ.
• Sir David and his team recently visited South London’s Elective Orthopaedic Centre and Hinchingbrooke Health Care, which demonstrated different organisational models for delivering NHS care. They were also invited to Paris to see the work of Generale de Sante. Blogs about these visits will appear shortly on the Dalton Review pages of HSJ.

Don’t forget – if you or your organisation would like to contribute further to the work of the Dalton Review, visit our engagement site or email us direct at or contact us via twitter #DaltonReview2014.

NHS England publishes Annual Report

NHS England has published its first Annual Report and Accounts setting out its achievements in the last year and its aspirations for 2014/15.

The report features key milestones since its inception in April 2013, the annual accounts and a Directors’ report. In his introduction Chief Executive Simon Stevens recognises the major transition that has seen two thirds of health service funding entrusted to local groups of family doctors and other clinicians.

To read the report, go to:

Sir Bruce gets behind 7-day services

NHS England’s National Clinical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, has described provision of 7-day services across the NHS as his number one priority. Speaking at an NHS Improving Quality event in London, Delivering Services, Seven Days a Week, Sir Bruce told delegates: “We all know in our heart of hearts the service we offer at weekends isn’t as good, and we have to tackle that and do the right thing.”

To read more, go to:

Payment system changes to encourage better care and financial efficiency

Monitor and NHS England are seeking views on proposed changes to the NHS payment system. The proposals for the 2015/16 national tariff are designed to help maintain financial discipline while promoting high quality care for patients in tough economic conditions and encourage a speedier expansion of innovative patterns of care to meet the needs of patients.

For more information, go to:

National Eye Health Improving Eye Health and Reducing Sight Loss – A ‘Call to Action’ Event

NHS England is pleased to announce that the National Eye Health Improving Eye Health and Reducing Sight Loss – A ‘Call to Action’ event will be held on 8 September 2014 from 10:00 - 16:00 at the Thistle Marble Arch Hotel, London, W1H 7EH

This unique event will bring together the discussions that will have taken place across the country under the 'call to action' for eye health that was launched in June.

Places are limited so please click here to book your place:

Ebola risk remains low in England: surveillance and support continues

PHE is monitoring the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, Ebola) outbreak in West Africa. The risk to the UK remains very low.

PHE has published a risk assessment of the current Ebola outbreak for the UK resident population and UK citizens in West Africa. PHE has also published advice for humanitarian workers working in the affected areas and also a general information factsheet.

See the full PHE Press Release for details:

Child flu vaccine pilots announced for second year

Child flu vaccine pilots enter their second year, and a new set of locations have been announced.

See the full PHE Press Release for details:

Young Researchers required - National Children's Bureau (NCB)

The research department at NCB are seeking young people as researchers to join two of their specialist groups. The diabetes specialist group will be looking at several projects about children and young people's experiences of living with diabetes. The health transitions group is a project looking at older young people living with disabilities who may be making the move from children's health care to adult health care.

For more information, go to:

Interested applicants can complete the online application form:

European Youth Tackling Obesity (EYTO) - National Children's Bureau

In the UK, obesity affects one in three children. It is a profound health inequality linked to poor overall life chances. The EYTO partnership ( has been formed in response to research highlighting a need for effective and targeted social marketing approaches, created with young people's active involvement.

The NCB website has a range of EYTO resources including a systematic review ( and a grey literature review ( of learning from previous social marketing initiatives to tackle obesity amongst young people.

Practice examples of collaboration between children and young people's health and voluntary sector services - National Children's Bureau

Using specific case examples, this document shows how health and the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) can work together to develop and deliver effective services for children and young people. These case studies represent new and long-established partnerships; health organisations commissioning VCS providers; services delivered in health settings and in the community and an organisation with collaboration between health and VCS professionals at its heart.

To read the document, go to:


Review of choice in end of life care – can you help the people you work with have a voice in this?

Jo Black, the NCPC’s Community Involvement Manager, is leading on a project to find out more about the kinds of choices that are important to people at the end of life and what needs to happen for them to be met. Her main focus is reaching out to people who aren’t normally heard. She’s at the planning stage at the moment, but in principle, would you be interested/willing to help the people you work with have a voice in this? Jo will work with you to make sure this involves as little work as possible and is beneficial/rewarding for you/the people you work with.

If you would be interested in principle, would it be possible to arrange a brief telephone call with Jo to discuss the kind of information we’re seeking to find and how we might go about it? Email:; phone 020 7697 1520

Jo looks forward to hearing from you and in the meantime, these links tells you a bit more: and

Symposium - Valuing volunteering in Health and Social Care: using research to make the case for investment

10:00am – 4:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Rooms 408 / 412, Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University

This symposium is hosted by the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, CSV and Leeds Metropolitan University and will explore how the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector can use research to demonstrate the impact of volunteering to commissioners and funders in the health and care economy.

Visit to reserve your free place.

NHS outcomes framework review

The consultation closes on 12 September 2014.

The Department of Health is asking for thoughts on current proposals and long term planning for the NHS outcomes framework. The document asks specific questions on 4 main areas of the framework:

• Mental health
• Children and young people
• Health inequalities
• Patient experience/safety

Feedback will be used to update and improve the NHS Outcomes Framework.

The NHS outcome framework measures performance in the health and care system and presents a national-level narrative on how the NHS in England is working.

To read more, go to:

National opportunity for getting involved in dental services improvement

Closing date for applications 5 September

NHS England is looking for patients, carers and voluntary sector partners to get involved in its dental commissioning work. There is an opportunity to join five dental commissioning working groups – closing date for applications 5 September.

NHS England is keen to ensure that perspectives of groups which experience inequalities in access to dental services are represented. 

The contact for more information is Dionne Hilton, Dental Pathways Programme Manager,

Invitation to take part in the NHS Citizen Assembly and NHS England’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Message from NHS Citizen Team

We would like to draw your attention to the NHS Citizen’s Assembly and the NHS England AGM in London on Thurs 18th September 2014

The event will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Westminster, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE.

NHS Citizen has been at the drawing board stage for over a year, and it is now time to get people together to see how an NHS Citizen Assembly Meeting will work in practice.

NHS Citizen ( allows members of the public to put forward their thoughts, concerns and vision for the future of the NHS. These ideas will then be discussed at the NHS Citizen Assembly Meeting, where Members of the Board of NHS England, NHS senior managers and members of the public will work together to shape the future of the NHS.

The day will contain lots of opportunities for patients, carers and members of the public to debate, deliberate and work together to explore solutions to issues important to health and well-being in England.

The organisers would be grateful for your support for this ground breaking event. There are a number of ways in which you can help:
1) The event will be driven by what is important to the patients and the public - you, a stakeholder or citizen, could flag the issue by completing this google.doc form and submitting it to be published on the gather space. Throughout August they will be encouraging discussion on the flagged issues to highlight those with the greatest support, evidence and participation. Five issues will be selected in early September.
2) They are also keen to involve people in the running of the events, and would welcome contributions, for example filming, social reporting, photography, facilitation etc. (this information can be submitted within the booking process)

Further information on how to register for a place is here: - Please note places are limited - to ensure they have voices from different age groups and areas of England they reserve the right to allocate places accordingly. Should you require any help with registering please phone either 0113 8248486 or 0113 825 1338.

If you require support to attend the event please contact Mary Newsome: – 0113 825 1338 to discuss how they can help you.

Please note that NHS England will only pay travel, expenses and accommodation for patients, carers and volunteers to attend the NHS Citizen Assembly - the NHS England Assembly which follows on from this is a public event and will not be covered by our expenses policy.

Consultation: Chaplaincy guidelines

This consultation closes on 29 September 2014

NHS England has published draft guidelines for chaplaincy in the NHS in England. These guidelines will replace NHS Chaplaincy (2003) and serve to update and improve the provision of chaplaincy-spiritual care across the NHS. The guidelines are intended to support the development of care for all forms of religion and belief.

The Guidelines Document can be found at

Please post your comments to

A stakeholder event is planned on 24 September from 10.30am to 3pm in Birmingham. To book, go to:

NHS takes action to tackle race inequality across the workforce

The NHS Equality and Diversity Council, chaired by Simon Stevens have announced action to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace.

Read the press release here:

Find out more here:

Register to attend NHS England’s AGM

NHS England will be holding its Annual General Meeting on 18 September 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE, starting at 17.30 with registration from 17.00.

Register your attendance here:

Standardised packaging can save lives and boost local economies

PHE figures reveal the potential benefits that standardised packaging of tobacco products could bring, not only for health, but in savings of around £500 million – providing a real economic boost to the most deprived communities.

See the full PHE Press Release here:

Businesses risk losing billions unless they adapt: report reveals the future cost of dementia

PHE and Alzheimer’s Society, who recently joined forces to launch the Dementia Friends campaign, release a new report on the future financial implications to the nation’s businesses of dementia, and call on employers to adapt their working environment to support the increasing numbers affected by the condition.

The report, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) reveals that by 2030, dementia caring obligations will cost companies more than £3 billion.

See the full PHE Press Release for details:


Consultation: National review of choices in end of life care

Consultation closes on 30th September 2014

As you may be aware, Claire Henry, the NCPC’s Chief Executive, is chairing a national review of choices in end of life care, to help the government shape its national choice offer.

They would welcome submissions from you, or any of your colleagues, who would be interested in offering views on:
• What a “national choice offer” for end of life care should consist of
• How a “national choice offer” for end of life care could be achieved

There are two sessions where any people with personal experience they can offer views in person:
• 4th September 2014 in London
• 24th September 2014 in Leeds

The consultation for this review is now open and the consultation paper can be found here: - where you will also find the response template, and more information.

Any responses or queries should be sent to

Survey for men: What might help today's boys and young men to lead longer, healthier lives - National Children's Bureau

NCB wants to identify what might help today's boys and young men develop into confident users of health information and services by completing a short, anonymous online survey. We're asking adult men to share their views because preventable health problems and premature mortality are affecting too many men in the UK, with one in five dying under the age of 65. Amongst 20-24 year olds there are five male suicides for each female suicide ( There is also evidence that men have lower levels of health literacy than women and are less likely to acknowledge illness or to seek help (

We would like to hear from any men aged 16+ and living in England, from professional networks and beyond! Any assistance in reaching young men (16-24) is particularly appreciated. The survey is also available in a printable format.

To access the online survey, go to:

Blog: Keeping children at the top of the health agenda is key to tackling health inequalities - National Children's Bureau

In a recent article on the NCB blog, Policy Officer Keith Clements considers how progress can be maintained on children's health:

Takeover Day – 21st November 2014

What is Takeover Day?

Takeover Day is organised by the office of the Children’s Commissioner and it takes place on Friday 21st November 2014. The day gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. Children benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do.

How to get involved

If you deliver or commission services for young people, we’d like you to invite a group of young people to come and spend the day with you, learning more about how you make decisions about services and influencing your thinking about what you do. You could ask young people to hold a workshop for you, chair your meetings or review some of your policies and procedures.

Perhaps you could arrange for your services to be mystery-shopped and invite young people to make recommendations for improvement. There are lots of ways you can involve young people in your decision making, for example, last year young people ran a workshop for the Executive board of NHS England and each board member made a pledge about young people’s services.

What kind of support can we get?

The Young People’s Health Partnership is working with young people to put together a Takeover Day Toolkit to support you in taking part in Takeover Day. It will have advice and information for young people and professionals, including lots of ideas of activities you might take part in and tips for making the day a really valuable one for everyone involved. The toolkit will come out in August and will be available to download online.

Where can I get more information?

If you are interested in taking part in Takeover Day, please contact or follow @YPHealth on Twitter for more information as the project develops. You can find out more about the Young People’s Health Partnership here:

To read more about Takeover Day, go to:

Complaints Guide and NHS Constitution easy read

The Department of Health has been developing two documents aimed at increasing the impact of the NHS Constitution:

• An easy read version of the NHS Constitution, to help to ensure that it is accessible to a range of audiences – The easy read has recently been published and is available online at:

• A short, simple guide on making complaints and giving feedback about NHS care, to sit alongside the NHS Constitution and help patients and the public understand how they can raise concerns if NHS care or services fall short of the standards in the NHS Constitution – The Department is inviting comments on a draft of this guide to ensure that it is as clear and helpful as possible for patients. We welcome as much feedback as possible.

A draft of the guide and an online survey are at

You can make comments on this draft until Monday 8 September 2014. If you have any questions, please email the NHS Constitution team at

Consultation: Draft accessible information standard

The consultation closes on 9th November 2014.

NHS England has committed to the development and implementation of a new ‘accessible information standard.’

The standard aims to establish a clear and consistent framework, and provide direction to the health and adult social care system, such that disabled patients, service users, carers and parents receive accessible information (such as correspondence in easy read, braille or via email) and communication support (such as a British Sign Language interpreter).

Following engagement activity to inform the development of the standard, a consultation has been launched. People with an interest in accessible information and those who will be required to implement the standard are invited to comment on the draft standard. This includes patients, service users and carers, health and care professionals and organisations, voluntary organisations, patient groups and communication professionals.

Please read the consultation document and tell us your views using our online survey, or visit our website to access information about the draft standard and the questions in an alternative format.

More information is available at

Developing a national framework for local commissioning of community based support for people with learning disabilities

NHS England has asked Sir Stephen Bubb, the Chief Executive of charity leaders network Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), to chair a steering group to develop recommendations for the development of a national framework for local commissioning of community based support for people with learning disabilities. This will specifically respond to the pledge set out in the Winterbourne View Concordat (

Campaign to tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Home Office launched a campaign on the 2nd June to raise awareness of FGM using the NSPCC FGM website as a place for parents and carers, and other members of the community to seek advice, support and information on FGM from trained professionals. It also encourages people to report suspected cases of FGM. The website can be found here:

The NSPCC also have a page on the website which provides further information specifically for professionals:

You can also access the updated FGM Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines which support front line professionals in recognising and preventing FGM here:

Antibiotic Guardian Pledge campaign

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics.

November 18th is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. As part of that Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the devolved administrations, several professional bodies/organisations and members of the public have developed the Antibiotic Guardian Pledge campaign which is now live at PHE is asking everyone in the UK, the medical community and the public, to become an Antibiotic Guardian.

Creative English Innovation Fund

We're pleased to announce that the Creative English Innovation Fund is now open for applications!

The current application period will run until 22nd September

What is Creative English?

Creative English is the newest project from FaithAction, the managers of the Together in Service programme. Funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government and developed in association with Queen Mary University, the Creative English course uses innovative ‘soap opera’ style sessions to teach English through real-life conversational situations and help build their confidence when talking to others.

What is the Creative English Innovation Fund?

The Creative English Innovation Fund provides grants of £7,500 or £10,000 to faith and community groups in order to develop innovative and sustainable ways of teaching English to some of the hardest reach communities in the UK, which also help raise confidence and increase social mobility of its participants, and meet the aims, values and objectives of Creative English.

How Do I Apply?

The application process will be carried out via the Creative English website, where you can also find a host of additional guidance and documentation to assist with your application.

The current application period will run until 22nd September, and successful projects will begin delivery from October, with the funding covering six months of operation. One further application period will run after the current one.

To learn more, go to:

Learning from the best to make the NHS better

Sir David Dalton has written about the importance of the NHS sharing and learning from best practice, whether from inside or outside the NHS.

His review is looking to the best of the NHS, to see how they are structured, to understand how different ways of organising can enable the generation and standardisation of best practice.

To read more and to share your views, go to:

NHS England works in partnership to provide £2 million of support for vulnerable patients this winter

NHS England has announced that up to eight voluntary sector organisations will share £2 million to provide extra help over the busy winter months. Groups like Age UK will run local projects that target those most at risk of admission to hospital and who need extra support when they are discharged.

To read more, go to:

Patients to benefit from new NHS England ‘Accessible Information Standard’

NHS England has begun a consultation on its ‘Accessible Information Standard’, designed to improve patient access to information through British Sign Language interpreters, and formats such as ‘easy read’ and braille.

To read more, go to:


Survey reveals more needs to be done on choice for patients

Results of a survey for NHS England and Monitor, have shown that less than two fifths of patients were offered a choice of hospital when being referred for an outpatient appointment. Patients have a legal right to choose as set out in the NHS Constitution.

For more information, go to:

PHE urges freshers to get MenC vaccine before beginning university

PHE is urging new students to ensure they get vaccinated against meningococcal C (MenC) infection before beginning university in September.

In the UK, all children are offered MenC vaccine to protect them against MenC infection but, as the protection offered by the vaccine can wane, a booster for teenagers was added last year. For the next few years, university freshers will also be eligible for vaccination, until the teenagers who have had the booster reach university age.

See the full PHE Press Release for details:


Time-limited opportunity for free physical activity motivational interviewing materials (Let’s Get Moving) – By 31 October

Requests must be made by 31st October 2014

We know that engaging individuals in physical activity at a 121 level can be challenging. Motivational interviewing supported by the Let’s Get Moving toolkit has been shown to be effective in supporting individuals to achieve the CMO recommended level of an average of 150 minutes of physical activity per week and supporting people out of inactivity.

In advance of moving to a digital strategy, there is a final chance to secure free printed ‘Let’s Get Moving’ motivational interviewing packs, the DH-developed evidence-based physical activity intervention. Requests must be made by 31st October 2014.

Content of packs can be viewed at:

These resources can be ordered be order free of charge from: (Note: Search for product code 298594 or Let’s Get Moving or link on the right).


As a motivational interviewing (MI) approach, these materials require deliverers to be MI-trained. Therefore materials are appropriate for organisations / individuals who are:

1. Currently delivering Let’s get moving; or
2. Able to train staff in Let’s get moving (i.e. 3 hours for MI-trained staff or 1.5 days for non-MI-trained staff (which also develops MI skills); training is delivered by MI trainers experienced inLet’s Get Moving)
3. Able to commission staff to be trained in and deliver Let’s Get Moving

Public Health England has commissioned a new e-learning module from BMJ Learning on Motivational Interviewing techniques which will be launched in September. This is a free resource that has been developed with Prof Stephen Rollnick, former Professor of Healthcare Communication at Cardiff University and the co-author of several key text books on motivational interviewing techniques. We hope that it will further support practitioners at a local level to use MI techniques in their work to promote physical activity.

If you have any questions about this, please contact:

Comparing Apples with Oranges- using VCS Evidence in Health and Care Commissioning

Regional Voices has been working with partners at NHS Confederation and the Local Government Association to demonstrate the evidence that the voluntary and community sector (VCS) holds that can be used by commissioners and policy makers, to help build on the strengths of communities and help better meet the needs of local populations.

The briefing, primarily aimed at members of health and wellbeing boards, but relevant to both other statutory and VCS partners, gives an overview of the knowledge, expertise and insight that voluntary and community sector organisations may hold about their local communities and diverse groups of people within these, as well as the different ways this knowledge can be used to enhance joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and commissioning.

Drawing on examples from around the country, it aims to support health and wellbeing boards think about the way they currently use VCS evidence and to help them consider the different ways they could be using it. Regional Voices has also produced a suite of case studies looking, in more depth, at different approaches to sharing "evidence"- in all shapes and sizes. These range from client data, insight from services, routes to support commissioners engage specific communities, partnerships to co-design solutions and different ways infrastructure organisations are supporting local organisations to develop the evidence based.

Comparing Apples With Oranges? How to make better use of evidence from the voluntary and community sector to improve health outcomes and supporting case studies:

The LGF to become an LGB&T charity

For the past decade, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) has described itself as a lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, mainly focused on supporting people with issues related to their sexual orientation. However, following unanimous support at the latest Trustees’ meeting, The LGF is excited to announce that the charity will become trans* inclusive in the future.

This significant decision follows 18 months of conversations, meetings and more recently consultations with representatives of trans* community groups in Greater Manchester. These led to a formal request from the local trans* groups to the LGF’s Board, which was both welcomed and accepted.

To read more, go to:

Briefing on the Better Care Fund

The Carers Trust has just produced a briefing on the Better Care Fund on behalf of the Care and Support Alliance. It outlines the changes that have taken place to the Fund and how the funding will work, and encourages local voluntary sector organisations to contact their commissioners. It also gives a couple of examples of positive engagement.

The deadline for submission of local plans is 19 September, so it is important that local organisations take advantage of this short window.


Autism Professionals Network

An opportunity to connect with other professionals working with autism.

Autism West Midlands would like to invite you to the Autism West Midlands Professionals Networking Series on Thursday, 4th September 2014 from 5.30-7.15pm.

We will be joined by Dr. Yasmin Delargy-Aziz, a Consultant GP to Leicestershire County Council, who will speak about her work with autism.

Dr Delargy-Aziz has been working on a project with Leicestershire County Council to increase the awareness of autism amongst GPs. She has established an educational resource booklet, "Top Tips for diagnosing, supporting and meeting the needs of people on the autistic spectrum", which was distributed across GPs in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.

Price: £20 per person- To include light bites and refreshments

Venue: Autism West Midlands, Regent Court, Birmingham, B15 1NU

Booking: Please book on our online shop

For further information, please email Jodie Mytton on or call 0121 450 7582

Shape of Caring Review

Patient and public engagement event, Monday 29th September 2014, 6-8pm

Birmingham ….. BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

Healthcare staff want to strive for safer, better care for patients, but they need preparation, support and development to provide consistently good care. The Shape of Caring Review, led by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, will ensure that throughout their careers, nurses and care assistants receive consistent high quality education and training which supports patient care.

As part of this review, we want to meet with patients and members of the public to gain their perspective; we would like to speak to patients with long term conditions/their carers, young carers, and 16-18 year olds who are interested in entering a career in health.

A focus group session has been arranged for the evening of the 29th September 2014, from 6-8pm at, BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action (programme to follow). Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be provided. Places are limited so please register early.

The event provides you with the opportunity to make your voice heard on a number of important issues including the training of nurses and care assistants, continuing professional development, mentorship and preceptorship; tell us about good practice, what is working, what isn’t and what needs to change.

Further information about the review can be found at:

To register your place click here: