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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 52

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Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Listening event, Oct 8, 6.30pm

CQC Listening event

Venue: West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8DX

The Care Quality Commission welcomes anyone who has received care from this trust to come along and:
• talk to them about their experiences.
• share feedback on how improvements need to be made.
• find out how the new inspections will be carried out.

Your views and experiences will help their inspectors to determine which areas to look at during the inspections.

Sign up here

 

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (Shrewsbury), Oct 14, 3.30pm

CQC Listening event

Venue: Shropshire Conference Centre, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8XQ

The Care Quality Commission welcomes anyone who has received care from this trust to come along and:
• talk to them about their experiences.
• share feedback on how improvements need to be made.
• find out how the new inspections will be carried out.

Your views and experiences will help their inspectors to determine which areas to look at during the inspections.

Sign up here

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (Telford), Oct 14, 6.30pm

CQC Listening event

Venue: AFC Telford United Learning Centre, Watling Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NW

The Care Quality Commission welcomes anyone who has received care from this trust to come along and:
• talk to them about their experiences.
• share feedback on how improvements need to be made.
• find out how the new inspections will be carried out.

Your views and experiences will help their inspectors to determine which areas to look at during the inspections.

Sign up here

 

Thousands more patients to benefit from additional £160 million for cancer drugs

Thousands more cancer patients in England will be offered vital treatments in a £160m boost to the Cancer Drugs Fund, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

For more details, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-more-patients-to-benefit-from-additional-160-million-for-cancer-drugs

Event:Workshop on increasing access to cancer screening for people with Learning Disabilities, 14th Oct 

NHS England in partnership with Public Health England is holding a workshop on ‘Increasing access to cancer screening for people with Learning Disabilities.’

Living Well for Longer: a Call to Action, to reduce premature avoidable mortality 2014, commits NHS England and partner organisations to ensure that programmes like screening are accessible to all vulnerable groups including people with learning disabilities.

We know that it is often those people who require health screening the most that are least likely to come forward and receive it. Improving access for people that are relatively disadvantaged, needs targeted interventions. The purpose of this workshop is therefore to:

- Engage with partner organisations and experts to understand the key issues preventing people with learning disabilities from accessing cancer screening
- Agree a set of tangible actions that can be taken forward to increase uptake of cancer screening for people with learning disabilities
- Commitment from individuals and partner organisations to work together on improving access to cancer screening for people with learning disabilities

The workshop will be held on:

Date: Tuesday 14 October
Time: 10.30 to 13.00 (registration from 10.00)
Venue: Mary Sumner House, Tufton Street, Westminster, London SW1

The workshop is open to those individuals/organisations who have an interest in improving the quality of care and outcomes for people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

We hope to have representation from colleagues in Commissioning Services, Primary Care, Area Teams, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GPs, Academic Health Science Networks, Charities and other relevant stakeholders to partake in discussions.

For further information or registering attendance please contact Bushara Bostan. Email bushara.bostan@nhs.net or telephone 0113 82 51143

Places are limited, so please ensure you register your interest early.

Research into service user led quality assessments

Do you work with or for people with learning disabilities? Do you have any programme of service user led quality measures or inspections? If so Scott Durairaj, Head of Patient Experience - Mental Health and Learning Disability, Nursing Directorate NHS England would love to hear from you. He is about to start a piece of research examining the use of service user led quality assessments that are in use across the NHS, social care and the voluntary sector.

If you would like to be part of this exciting research that is hoped will lead to improved experience of care across the NHS for people with learning disabilities, then please contact Paula Cruise on 07880 171820 or email paula.cruise@nhs.net

Improving eye health and reducing sight loss - a call to action

NHS England is inviting patients, professionals and the public to have their say on the provision of eye health services by reviewing the current system. Feedback from this final strand of The NHS belongs to the people – a call to action will be used to inform development of a long term sustainable plan.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/calltoaction/eye-cta/

Urgent and Emergency Care Review update

NHS England has published an update on the Urgent and Emergency Care Review. The publication reports on work with local commissioners to development their strategic and operational plans and provides an update on planning to develop demonstrator sites to trial new models, including the new NHS 111 service specification.

The update can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/keogh-review/Documents/uecreviewupdate.FV.pdf

NHS England welcomes new ‘personalised’ mental health resource

NHS England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, Geraldine Strathdee has welcomed the launch of a new mental health resource which describes what personalised, coordinated care and support looks like.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/08/29/personalised-resource/

Patient assessments show hospital improvements

A Health and Social Care Information Centre report on patient assessments of non-clinical service areas such as cleanliness, privacy, and food has shown positive improvement. The Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment were conducted across 287 organisations.

For more information, go to: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/article/5003/One-in-six-hospital-sites-score-100-per-cent-on-cleanliness-in-patient-led-assessments

New analysis shows improving cancer survival in England using world-leading cancer staging data

Cancer survival in England for breast, lung, prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer continues to improve, shows new data published in a report from Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network.

This work draws on the huge advances in the quality and completeness of cancer staging data and the timeliness of the information gathered through the National Cancer Registration Service.

Using this data, the report describes the 1-year survival analysis for patients in England first diagnosed in 2012 and sets a new benchmark for timely, robust stage-specific cancer survival analysis as a way of monitoring cancer care in England.

See the full PHE Press Release for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-analysis-shows-improving-cancer-survival-in-england-using-world-leading-cancer-staging-data

Commissioners must collaborate, cooperate and coordinate to make it work, says new guide

PHE has launched a new guide to the commissioning of sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV services.

The goal of ‘Making it work: a guide to whole system commissioning for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV’ is to help commissioners ensure that service users experience integrated, responsive services that deliver the best outcomes.

The guide highlights the importance of putting service users and their needs at the heart of commissioning to ensure they experience integrated, responsive services, and emphasises the importance of tackling the wider determinants of health.

See the full PHE Press Release for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/commissioners-must-collaborate-cooperate-and-coordinate-to-make-it-work-says-new-guide

New tool for local authorities on outcomes and expenditure

PHE published a spend and outcomes tool (SPOT) which gives local authorities an overview of spend and outcomes across key areas of business.

The SPOT includes a large number of measures of spend and outcomes from several different frameworks. Similar organisations can be compared using a range of benchmarks.

Visit PHE’s data and knowledge gateway to access data and analysis tools from across the organisation.

See the full PHE Press Release for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-tool-for-local-authorities-on-outcomes-and-expenditure

No Assumptions: A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health

National Voices and TLAP have launched: “No Assumptions: A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health”.

‘No Assumptions’ shows that personalised, coordinated care in mental health services should consider “who I am, what’s important to me, how I wish to be supported and how people behave with me”.

It describes the critical outcomes and success factors in the care, support and treatment of people who use mental health services, from their perspective. It will help NHS and council commissioners and providers of services to organise person-centred care and recovery-oriented support for mental and physical health and to know when they are achieving it.

‘No Assumptions’ is part of the Making it Real programme and a branch of the original, ‘generic’ Narrative for Coordinated Care. It is the first of four new branches setting out some of the specific perspectives of certain groups of service users and carers. It will be followed by work looking at the perspectives of older people, children and young people with complex lives and of people nearing the end of life.

‘No Assumptions’ was commissioned and endorsed by NHS England, and will be shared with the 13 other national system-leading organisations in the integrated care and support collaborative, including the Department of Health, ADASS, LGA and the health and social care regulators.

It has been co-produced with people who have lived experience of mental illness from TLAP’s National Co-production Advisory Group, together with partners including the National Survivor User Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and Certitude. It includes a number of case studies that show how good personalised, coordinated care in mental health services can be achieved around England.

To read more, go to: http://www.nationalvoices.org.uk/No-Assumptions-launched

Person Centred Care 2020: Calls and Contributions from health and social charities

National Voices, the health and care charity coalition, has set out demands for genuinely person centred care. It warns that services are increasingly fragmented and underfunded, with too little voice for patients and families, and says that fully involving people in decisions is the key to improvement.

National Voices members call on the next government to make person centred care the central ambition for health reform, and to provide consistent leadership, more funding and stability. They want to see government supporting local efforts which personalise and coordinate services, particularly for people with chronic conditions and disabilities, with public agencies, voluntary groups and local communities working together.

In Person centred care 2020: Calls and contributions from health and social care charities, National Voices members warn party leaders against radical structural reorganisations and urge that reform should start with people, not structures.

They highlight the growing evidence that care is better when people have a say in the decisions about their health, are supported to look after themselves, and can plan their care in partnership with professionals and effective services.

VCS engagement with HWBs- full survey results published

Regional Voices has published the full survey report from the survey conducted earlier this year about how the voluntary and community sector (VCS) is engaging with health and wellbeing boards (HWB).

Thanks again to the 227 people who responded, sharing their experiences from across England. Specific questions were asked to VCS representatives on health and wellbeing boards, Healthwatch representative s on the boards and to the wider VCS, interested in engaging with the HWB. This has been the second survey about VCS engagement with health and wellbeing boards.

Encouragingly, some good practice for how boards involve the VCS, is emerging. However, some issues remain. It feels like the VCS is being under-utilised by local partners in health and care. Although there is considerable desire in the VCS to work with HWBs, only 20% of respondents felt their organisation was linked with the work of the HWB.

The survey captures good practice and challenges and makes recommendations to help improve development of working links between the VCS and health and wellbeing boards. The survey will be repeated in the Winter.

Link to read the survey report and summary with recommendations: http://www.regionalvoices.org/hwb-reps/survey

Call for evidence – LGB&T social care needs

Deadline for both surveys: 31st October 2014

The National LGB&T Partnership is working with the Department of Health to develop a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) companion to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF). This work follows the publication of an LGB&T companion to the Public Health Outcomes Framework in April 2013 (www.lgf.org.uk/phof). The companion will set out the current evidence on LGB&T social care needs in relation to the framework, share best practice and lessons learnt in delivering LGB&T inclusive services.

The ASCOF is a key tool for social care commissioners in planning services, and this companion will be a significant step towards improving provision for LGB&T communities. To inform the companion we want to hear from providers and LGB&T people and carers through two surveys. The deadline for both surveys is 31st October 2014. All responses will be treated as confidential and will be anonymised if cited in the companion document.

Providers/Commissioners: To ensure our companion is informed by all available data, we are calling for local authorities, service providers and commissioners across the social care sector to share evidence and data on LGB&T people’s access, experience and outcomes in relation to the ASCOF indicators. Please complete our short survey here 

If you would like your organisation to be cited as a best practice case study in the companion, please indicate this in your survey response.

LGB&T individuals and carers: The National LGB&T Partnership also want to know how LGB&T people and their carers across England experience social care to help inform our companion piece. Please forward this link to the survey across your networks  

For more information about the project, email research@lgf.org.uk

SEN and Disability Reforms - Children and Families Act 2014

NCB's Council for Disabled Children (CDC), in their role as SEN and disability strategic reform partner to the Department for Education have published an overview of the SEN and disability reforms, a great place to start for anyone wanting to know more about the reforms and what they mean. The digest can be found at www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/resources/cdcs-resources/special-edition-cdc-digest

 

 

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) annual report: public mental health

This report, published on 9th September, looks at the epidemiology of public mental health, the quality of evidence, possible future innovations in science and technology, and the economic case for good mental health. In it CMO, Professor Dame Sally Davies makes 14 recommendations to improve public mental health services.

It also outlines the importance of both treating mental health as equal to physical health and of focusing on the needs and safety of people with mental illness.

Highlights from the report include:
• mental health is just as important as physical health, mental health services need to be valued and the scale of the burden of disease caused by mental illness needs to be acknowledged
• more needs to be done to help people with mental illness stay in work, as since 2009, the number of working days lost to ‘stress, depression and anxiety’ has increased by 24% and the number lost to serious mental illness has doubled
• there have been some very interesting technological innovations in mental healthcare and our understanding of the causes and development of mental illness is increasing through techniques such as neuroimaging, neuropsychology, genetics and blood-based biomarkers

To read the report, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chief-medical-officer-cmo-annual-report-public-mental-health

NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia: winners announced

The winners of the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia have been announced. The £80,000 top prize was awarded to Memory First, a new integrated dementia service, run by a consortium of 162 GPs across 41 practices in Staffordshire. Its pioneering joined-up approach to care has cut diagnosis times from 2 1/2 years to 4 weeks and led to major improvements in patient experience.

The other 2 winning schemes, awarded prizes of £35,000 each, are the Greenwich Advanced Dementia Service, which is helping people in the borough remain in their own homes for longer, and the Early Intervention Dementia Service in Worcestershire, which has already helped 2,000 people in the county get a more timely diagnosis.

To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-innovation-challenge-prize-for-dementia-winners-announced

Child migrant Family Restoration Fund extended

The Family Restoration Fund, which helps to reunite former child migrants with their families, will be extended until 2017.

For more information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/child-migrant-family-restoration-fund-extended

Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile?: nominations to the New Year Honours

The Department of Health is calling for nominations to the New Year Honours. Nominations should be people at all levels who have made a worthy contribution to the health and care system.

For more information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-years-honours-nomination-form-and-guidance

Empowering Patients Discussion Event

A discussion event focusing on high quality, accessible patient information, shared decision making and wider strategies to improve patients’ knowledge, skills and confidence to be active in their care and support

• 14 Oct ‘14 at Coin Street Conference Centre, SE1 9NH-London
• 10.00am -15:45pm

Invitation here

NHS England moves towards integrated health and social care

Closing date: 7 November 2014.

NHS England and partners are inviting health and social care leaders to join a programme to build a new integrated and personalised commissioning approach for people with complex needs. The Integrated Personal Commissioning programme will, for the first time, blend comprehensive health and social care funding for individuals, and allow them to direct how it is used.

Expressions of interest are being sought from the voluntary sector who will be a key partner in designing effective approaches, supporting individuals and driving cultural change.

The closing date for IPC applications is 7 November 2014. They must be made jointly by one or more clinical commissioning group and local authorities, with at least one voluntary sector partner.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/09/04/ipc-prospectus/

People have a say on future of NHS

Lord Victor Adebowale, NHS England Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive of the social enterprise Turning Point, has talked about how the future of the NHS lies in it belonging to the people and designing services people understand requires them to be fully involved in decisions NHS England makes.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/08/29/victor-adebowale/

NHS England works to improve safety in hospital discharge

NHS England is developing a range of resources to help healthcare providers improve safety when patients are discharged from hospital. NHS England is welcoming views, including from the voluntary sector, on how the current process can be improved and looking for examples of successful local initiatives for improving discharge handover processes.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/08/29/psa-communication/

Smokers encouraged to swap fags for gags

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, is encouraging smokers to swap their fags for gags to help them quit for good this October.

Top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson, Jason Bent and Dr Bob) and Andi Osho will bring a touch of the British sense of humour to help quitters through this difficult and daunting challenge.

Stoptober launched on the 8 September with a 3-minute TV ‘sketch show’ during the Emmerdale ad break, fronted by the leading comedy line-up and surprise guests. It will then be followed by a 3 week recruitment campaign to get as many smokers as possible ready to quit on 1 October.

See the full PHE Press Release for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/smokers-encouraged-to-swap-fags-for-gags

First-of-its-kind sickle cell educational resource for science teachers

In a first for the NHS, the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme has produced a set of resources for GCSE science teachers to use when teaching genetic inheritance.

The free resource supports the teaching of GCSE science and uses sickle cell and thalassaemia as models to demonstrate how serious conditions can be inherited.

See the full PHE Press Release for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-of-its-kind-sickle-cell-educational-resource-for-science-teachers

New MyNHS transparency site goes live

MyNHS has now gone live. It links to existing data that has already been published on:

• patient safety
• efficiency
• quality
• public health
• social care commissioning
• hospital food standards

The website is a joint project between the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England (PHE), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The site will be developed and improved over time by gathering feedback from users. There is a feedback button on every page so that suggestions from the health and care sector can help improve the data and metrics over time. More data from CCGs, GP practices, clinicians and mental health trusts will be added at a later date.

Clinicians, managers, patient groups and campaigners will be able to use the data to highlight the best performing areas and improve standards through competition and transparency.

To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-mynhs-transparency-site-goes-live-tomorrow

To view MyNHS, click on: http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/performance/search

Consultation - Transparency in care: visible ratings for health and care providers

Consultation closes 13 October 2014

The Care Act 2014 will give the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the power to assess health and social care providers’ performance and give each a rating. These ratings are designed to improve transparency by providing service users and the public with a clear statement about the quality and safety of care provided. The ratings will also incentivise providers to improve services.

This consultation seeks views on draft regulations to make it a legal requirement for health and care providers rated by CQC to display their performance ratings.

For more information and details on how to respond to the consultation, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transparency-in-care-visible-ratings-for-health-and-care-providers

Response to Health Select Committee’s report on long term conditions

The Government has published its response to the Health Select Committee’s report into the care, treatment and support of those with long term conditions.

The response explains the measures in place to improve the care, support and treatment of those with long term conditions, including:

• improving personalised care and support, mainly through the house of care (HOC) approach
• guidance and tools for commissioners to implement and monitor HOC approach
• system changes to improve efficiency and patient outcomes

For more information and to read the response in full, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-health-select-committees-report-on-long-term-conditions

Consultation: New Congenital Heart Disease review: launch of consultation on draft standards and service specifications

Closing date: 5pm on 8 December 2014.

NHS England has launched a twelve week consultation on draft standards and service specifications for congenital heart disease (CHD) services. This will run until 5pm on 8 December 2014.

You can find out more about the new congenital heart disease review, of which this is part, by visiting http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/chd/

The following key resources are available on the consultation hub at https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/congenital-heart-disease-standards:

• a consultation document, introducing the standards and specifications and setting out the key questions we are asking;
• the standards and specifications on which we are consulting, combined together in a single document;
• an easy-read version of the consultation document; and
• a reference pack which pulls together useful background information which has been published during the review to date.

Audio-visual materials describing the draft standards for CHD services are also available and can be found on the NHS England YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNHSEngland).

We would encourage you where possible to respond to the consultation via the consultation hub, however if this is not possible there are details on this page outlining how you can download a copy of the response form and contact details for submitting email and paper responses.

During the consultation period the review team will be hosting a number of open consultation events which will be suitable for all audiences. The events are designed to help those who attend to learn about and understand the standards and the changes these could mean to services. The events will be of an ‘exhibition style’ which will include panel displays, audio-visual materials, and team members to talk to. To view a list of these events and register to attend, please use our booking system 

Birmingham open consultation event Oct 22nd 2014: book online here

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the review team at england.congenitalheart@nhs.net

Simon Stevens commits to improving dementia diagnosis

Chief Executive Simon Stevens has told the Alzheimer’s Society Conference that NHS England is committed to improving dementia diagnosis rates. The pledge comes as NHS England publishes a new Dementia Toolkit aimed at helping GPs diagnose earlier and offer vital post-diagnostic support.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/09/10/dementia-guide/

Local action on health inequalities: evidence papers

PHE wants to support local efforts on health inequalities, recognising that local expertise is vital for this work. This is why PHE commissioned the UCL Institute of Health Equity to consider a range of social determinants and present the best evidence and information on approaches that could be applied locally.

A set of evidence papers have now been published - they summarise the links between several key areas and health, and set out what local areas can do. The Institute of Health Equity have gathered case studies to document innovative and successful approaches to inspire further action. These show that there is already much activity and plenty to learn from.

This research shows the evidence supporting action to reduce health inequalities. More information along with the evidence papers can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-action-on-health-inequalities-evidence-papers

Why sign up to the Health Charter?

People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population and die younger than their non-disabled peers.

Health and social care service providers can do something about this. Pledge your support by signing up to the Health Charter today!

Will you help to tackle this shocking health inequality?

The Health Charter, associated guidance and self-assessment tool have been developed by a partnership between the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), the National Care Forum (NCF), Sue Ryder, Improving Health and Lives (IHAL) and Mencap. A copy of the Health Charter leaflet is attached.

Find out more about what it means to sign up to the Health Charter and spread the word: http://www.vodg.org.uk/health-charter/health-charter-home.html

Mencap launches 'Hear My Voice' campaign

The Hear my voice campaign is all about giving people with a learning disability and their families the chance to speak to their political candidates. To make sure they are truly heard.

Have you ever wanted to tell your MP what you want to see changed for people with a learning disability? Well, now’s your chance.

We have launched a Hear my voice website that allows you to search for your local candidates and send them your own story. With nine months to go until the 2015 General Election, it is your chance to tell them your voice matters. In just a week, over 70 people have added their stories and over 50 candidates have given their support!

Read our manifesto and find out about the 6 key issues people with a learning disability and their families want the next government to act on.

Only when we join our voices together can we make the biggest impact.

Please add your voice to the campaign now: www.hear-my-voice.org.uk

To help spread the word far and wide that our votes and voices count, why not tweet: Join the #HearMyVoice movement. Share your story with your future MP and ask them to show that they're listening: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk or you could share and like this Facebook post

NCPC conference “Putting Ambitions into Action - New ambitions for end of life care”

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 09:00 - 16:35, London

50% off for Strategic Partners

Including Keynote from Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission

The last 12 months have seen critical developments in end of life care. The Leadership Alliance for Care of Dying People has published Five Priorities for Care which are now being implemented. The government has set up an independent review into a “national choice offer” to improve people’s quality and experience of end of life care. The CQC is carrying out a thematic review for end of life care. There is a national focus on improving the quality of evidence and intelligence. NHS England has said that it will not be refreshing the End of Life Care Strategy but will be looking instead to identify new ambitions and actions for improvement. The Neuberger review into the Liverpool Care Pathway emphasised that we need “a national conversation about dying.

It is against this background that we are holding our second national state-of-play conference for end of life care, bringing together key leaders, partners and organisations to consider the future and debate what a genuinely ambitious agenda for change should be. This will make a significant contribution towards generating a truly transformative national ambition for end of life care and enable participants to contribute to the national conversation about dying, explore the future and inform their own strategic priorities and plans.

Who should attend?

• People with personal experience of end of life care
• Commissioners, decision-makers and service providers: Strategic Clinical Networks, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health & Wellbeing Boards, Public Health, Chief Executives, Directors of Services and managers from all settings
• Local authority, social care and housing providers
• Health and social care policy makers
• Anybody working in palliative and end of life care: hospices, care homes, hospitals, GPs, community and district nurses
• Academics from palliative care, medical ethics, law and beyond

To view the full event programme, go here

To register for this event, go here

Guide on managing bereavement in the workplace

ACAS has published a guide on managing bereavement in the workplace, which NCPC & Dying Matters, and Cruse, as well as others contributed to.

To read more, go to: http://www.ncpc.org.uk/news/new-acas-guidance-managing-bereavement-work

Job: NCPC is recruiting a Community Involvement Manager

The National Council for Palliative Care is recruiting a Community Involvement Manager role.

Details are on the NCPC website and on CharityJob

The vacancy is also being promoted on social media.

The deadline for applications is 9th October.

Progress on premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

The Department of Health has published a report that shows progress against the 18 recommendations in the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities both locally and nationally.

It also recognises that more needs to be done including all local areas:

• participating fully in the Self-Assessment Framework and act on its results
• securing the provision of named care co-ordinators
• ensuring reasonable adjustments are made and audited

To read the report, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-on-premature-deaths-of-people-with-learning-disabilities

For more on the Confidential Inquiry, go to: http://www.bris.ac.uk/cipold/

A&Es and police will share information to help tackle violence

The Health and Social Care Information Centre, on behalf of the Standardisation Committee for Care Information, has published a new Standard on Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (ISTV). Under the Standard, major NHS A&E departments in England will collect and share non-confidential data about attendances involving violent crime with Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

For more information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/aes-and-police-to-share-information-to-help-tackle-violence

Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities

The Department of Health has published guidance on how health and wellbeing boards can support children with special educational needs and disabilities to get joined up care from local services.

To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-children-with-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities

NHS England publishes Annual Review

NHS England has published its first Annual Review looking at highlights from the last year including real life case studies showing how patients have been put first.

Despite many challenges in 2013/14 the review shows NHS England has made real progress on turning its ambitions into reality.

To read the review, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/09/16/annual-review/

National Conversation on Health Inequalities: event report

PHE’s role is to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce inequalities.

With the move of responsibility for public health from the NHS into local authorities there is a new opportunity for the public health system to work more effectively with local colleagues and leaders to act on those health inequalities.

The National Conversation on Health Inequalities is a Public Health England programme about reducing differences in health. The aim is for local authorities to start talking about health inequalities in their communities.

PHE has published a range of documents and a summary of discussions from sessions at the National Conversation on Health Inequalities event on 25 June 2014.

For the full press release and access to key papers clink on the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-conversation-on-health-inequalities

Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention

'Delivering better oral health' is an evidence based toolkit to support dental teams in improving their patient’s oral and general health.

The latest edition of the ‘Delivering better oral health’ guidance provides evidence based interventions and new advice on how dental health professionals can improve and maintain the oral and general health of their patients.

Many of the risk factors for general health conditions also affect oral health, such as, poor diet, smoking and alcohol misuse.

The guidance also includes advice on:

• the use of fluoride
• brushing your teeth
• how to prevent gum disease
• tooth erosion
• eating a healthy balanced diet
• stopping tobacco use
• drinking within the lower risk alcohol guidelines

For the full press release see link below:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/delivering-better-oral-health-an-evidence-based-toolkit-for-prevention

European Antibiotic Awareness Day: key messages on antibiotic use

Held every 18 November, European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is a day to encourage responsible use of antibiotics. PHE have published guidance on how to use antibiotics responsibly for patients, animal keepers and pet owners, and prescribers.

EAAD is part of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018, which focuses on antibiotics and sets out actions to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Please see links below to access the guidance and respective press release.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-antibiotic-awareness-day-key-messages-on-antibiotic-use

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/european-antibiotic-awareness-day-resources

Resources for working with health and wellbeing boards

As part of Regional Voices' ‘Supporting Influence on Health and Wellbeing Boards’, a series of short publications have been produced - for VCS reps on HWBs, Healthwatch reps on HWBs and for the wider VCS interested in engaging with health and wellbeing boards. They may also be useful for VCS organisations involved with other committee based work or in representative roles. Need for information on these topics was based on responses from the HWB engagement survey results (http://www.regionalvoices.org/hwb-reps/survey).

All resources from this project can be found on: http://www.regionalvoices.org/hwb-reps

• Supporting Influence Through Collaboration - Healthwatch working with the voluntary sector (RAISE and Regional Voices)
• Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards - Reviewing your role on the board or... an induction (Regional Voices and FaithAction)
• Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards - Voting Rights (Regional Voices and FaithAction)
• Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards - Conflict of Interest (Regional Voices and FaithAction)
• Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards - Working with Councillors (Regional Voices and FaithAction)
• Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards - Influencing the Agenda (Regional Voices and FaithAction)
• Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards - Funding Engagement (Regional Voices and FaithAction)

Case studies of best practice - call from NCB

NCB is inviting case studies of best practice examples to be shared and promoted to its members and partners; to the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England; and amongst the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners and their members.

Case studies would be added to Practice examples of collaboration between children and young people's health and voluntary sector services

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.

If you would like to submit a case study of a current or recent programme, please complete this template and email it to Emily Hamblin at ehamblin@ncb.org.uk

Event: Creative Collisions tickets released!

Uniting for Young People
Thursday 6 November
Copper Box, Olympic Park, London, E20 3HB

Following the success of the Creative Collisions conference in 2013, which energised over 500 delegates, the youth sector will once again unite on Thursday 6 November. The partnership has grown to be 10 organisations strong and our exciting venue, The Copper Box at the Olympic Park, ensures we can deliver something unique and unexpected to even more delegates this year.

This year will, for the first time, include workshops which bring more than one partner together in the true spirit of Creative Collisions. The event will also host an expanded fringe element that will provide the perfect atmosphere to stimulate thought provoking discussions. This year’s programme will include sparky debates, learning labs to catalyse change and a vibrant market place providing plenty of opportunity for delegates to meet, engage and collide with new ideas and organisations.

Taking place during Youth Work Week, Creative Collisions will draw together the force of ten youth organisations and networks; British Youth Council, the Foyer Federation, Leap Confronting Conflict, London Youth, National Citizen Service (NCS), NUS, National Youth Agency (NYA), the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), UK Youth and vInspired.

The conference will explore three themes:

• Impact & Innovation
• Social citizens
• Life, work & the future

Within each theme it will ask:

• What kind of workforce do we need?
• What kind of leadership do we need?
• What kind of partnerships do we need?
• What kind of investment do we need?

The conference aims to bring together key sector decision makers, practitioners and young people to debate these. Through collective action the conference will build consensus around creative solutions for young people, sending clear messages to policy makers that investment in young people is necessary and pays.

• Buy your tickets (from just £25) online now!
• Explore the website if you’d like to be a key element on the day: organisations can become workshop-holders, exhibitors or sponsors and we’re looking for young people to be speakers or get involved with organising and delivering the event.
Get in touch with us now (email) to help spread further sparks and creativity – tell us how you’ve made positive changes following last year’s event and we’ll feature your ideas and creations on the website.

Follow us @unitingforyouth to get updates on the conference.

Cabinet Office launches new £1 million fund to support family carers

Inspiring social action projects that support unpaid, family carers will be helped to grow through a new fund, worth up to £1 million, launched by the Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action.

The Carers Social Action Support Fund is accepting applications up to 22 October from organisations with plans to create or develop ambitious social action projects that will help to improve the lives of carers. These are individuals who look after, unpaid, a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

For more information see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carers-social-action-support-fund

Patient Experience National (PEN) Awards 2014

The PEN awards are back to celebrate fantastic achievement in UK Healthcare, and the team at PEN would love to see the initiatives and projects your organisation has been working on over the past year to improve patient experience.

This year there is a line-up of categories (http://www.patientexperienceawards.org/categories/) to choose from, so no matter what you have been working on we are sure there will be a category for you to showcase your work; and AQuA’s Wendy Lewis is a judge!

Enter now: http://www.patientexperienceawards.org/nominate-now/

For further information: http://www.patientexperienceawards.org/