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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 53

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Cancer patients increasingly positive about their care

NHS England has welcomed results from the national cancer patient experience survey 2014 showing that 89 per cent of cancer patients feel their care is excellent or very good. The results show an improvement on last year’s results despite the NHS treating more patients for cancer than ever before.

For more information, go to:

NHS England’s Medical Director Professor shares plans for high-tech care

Sir Bruce Keogh has outlined NHS England’s plans for further developing Technology Enabled Care Services. The plans could see technologies such as smart phones and biosensors transform the way patients engage in, and control, their healthcare.

To read more, go to:

New Director of Specialised Commisioning

Richard Jeavons will be joining NHS England as the Director of Specialised Commissioning. Richard will establish the new national specialised commissioning function and take forward the work of the specialised commissioning task force.

To read more, go to:

Public Health England (PHE) sponsors sexual health award

Public Health England (PHE) is delighted to announce its sponsorship of a new award for best practice in whole system commissioning to be presented at Brook and FPA’s UK Sexual Health Awards 2015. They are encouraging those who work in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV (SHRHH) to nominate colleagues demonstrating best practice.

Best Practice in Whole System Commissioning will join the 9 other prestigious awards which celebrate best practice in SHRHH at the annual event.

PHE identified system leadership as one of its key objectives for SHRHH and has developed a guide to help commissioners ensure that service users experience integrated, responsive services that deliver the best outcomes. PHE wants to recognise the excellent work commissioners are undertaking in a highly complex system. Your nomination can be for anybody who works directly or indirectly on commissioning.

The panel is looking for:

• evidence of undertaking and developing a whole systems approach to commissioning
• examples where teams and organisations have maximised opportunities to jointly commission across different parts of the SHRHH system
• maximised opportunities to tackle the wider determinates of health
• evidence of putting people at the centre of commissioning to improve patient journeys and experience
• inspirational people and teams who work to foster great working relationships across the sector within commissioning
• evidence of drawing on the views of clinicians and service users to inform commissioning decisions
• individuals and teams deserving of recognition for their hard work and dedication to SHRHH commissioning

For the full press release and information on how to make your nominations, see link below:

PHE’s alcohol, drugs and tobacco division joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) support pack

PHE’s alcohol, drugs and tobacco division has published a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) support pack on 1 October 2014 to help local areas develop JSNAs and local Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWs) that effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.

The support pack, which now in its third year is reviewed and updated annually, consists of eight resources covering young people’s substance misuse and adult alcohol, drug and, for the first time in 2014, tobacco use.

For each topic area there are good practice evidence-based prompts to support local areas to assess need, plan and commission effective services and interventions. The second component for each topic is a bespoke data pack for every local authority to support needs assessment and commissioning.

To view the support pack, go to:

Your help to improve older people’s access to talking treatments: Take the first step

Age UK is working with NHS England on a new campaign to improve older people’s access to “talking treatments” (also known as talking therapies). Older people are currently dramatically underrepresented as service users and we believe this is, in part, due to a perceived stigma attached to seeing a ‘therapist’ or receiving ‘counselling’.

The ‘Talking Treatments: Take the first step’ campaign aims to fight misconceptions and stigmas and help more older people get the help they need. The message they need help to spread is: ‘If you’re feeling worried, stressed or low– it’s not “just your age”. Take the first step – talk to your GP about talking treatments.’

DoH Strategic Partners are getting behind this cause and supporting the campaign, which is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme hosted by NHS England.

National Housing Federation guide on housing and the local health economy

Prescription for Success is a new guide which aims to transform the housing sector’s offer to health, enabling them to build a robust business case to commissioners and become a crucial part of the future of the NHS. Through developing innovative community-based services, housing has a vital role to play in reducing the demand on acute health services and tackling health inequalities.

This guide, created in partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), explains how the health economy works, and what commissioners are looking for, including the kind of evidence they expect to see from prospective providers.

For a copy of the guide, visit:

Friendly Places

FaithAction is running an initiative called Friendly Places. This helps faith groups to recognise that they have the capacity to provide places of support and acceptance for those struggling with mental health issues. We want as many groups as possible to sign the Friendly Places Pledge:

• I believe that there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of mental health.
• I pledge to support faith groups in my community to become Friendly Places which welcome and support those struggling with their mental health.

The pledge can be signed online at

Please disseminate through your networks and encourage all groups to whom this might be relevant to sign up!

Want to influence the direction of research for public health?

The National Institute for Health Research has a number of vacancies on The Public Health Research Programme's Programme Advisory Board (PAB).

The role of the PAB is to provide high level strategic advice on the nature of public health research needed. Membership of the board offers the opportunity to contribute to and influence the future direction of public health research.

NIHR welcome applications from senior public health decision makers, particularly those working for charities, the third sector and health protection, from across the UK.

To read more and apply, go here 

The deadline for applications is 1pm Monday 17th November 2014.

Paul Lincoln, UKHF, is on the Board and will be happy to answer any questions:


MindEd is a free online education resource for adults to learn about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. View the short film (2 mins) at to find out why improving our knowledge of children's mental health is so important.

The MindEd e-portal contains over 200 bite-size e-learning sessions covering a range of mental health-related topics which can be accessed 24/7 and used in your own time or for group learning.

The development of the MindEd programme was funded by the Department of Health and supported and developed by a consortium of medical royal colleges and child health charities, including NCB. They hope that you will find this resource valuable and encourage you to share information about MindEd with your colleagues, friends and networks, with the aim of improving the knowledge and understanding of the one million adults who have a duty of care for children and young people.

Children and Young People's Health Policy Information Group

The Children and Young People’s Health Policy Information Group is chaired by National Children’s Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children.The Group seeks to represent a strong, independent voluntary and community sector voice on children and young people’s health issues.

If you are interested in joining the Children and Young People’s Health Policy Information Group please contact Andrew Fellowes (

New Cabinet Office & Hospice UK Social Action End of Life Support Fund

The Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action and Hospice UK yesterday (2 October 2014) launched a fund of up to £1 million to support existing projects that engage volunteers in social action to enable continued social interaction and to improve the experience for people at end of life and their families.

The national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK (previously known as Help the Hospices) will run the fund.

The Social Action End of Life Support Fund will focus on projects that provide compassionate support. Successful applicants will build on existing ways that volunteers improve the experience of people at end of life and their families: by reducing isolation; meeting emotional needs; and maintaining connections with networks in the local community.

The fund, which is accepting applications up to 7 November, will help projects to grow and widen their reach, building capacity in communities to support people at end of life, with the impact of each thoroughly evaluated.

The fund is open to applications from charitable and NHS hospices, hospitals, care homes, UK registered charities, public bodies, social and community enterprises. Organisations can find out more about the Social Action End of Life Support Fund and apply online for funding by 5pm on 7 November 2014 via the Cabinet Office website:

CQC Update

The CQC published a significant set of guidance recently which sets out its new approach to inspecting and rating services across hospitals, mental health and community health services:

QCQ have also published how it will judge adult social care services in future – explaining what it will look for to decide whether they are outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate:

Finally CQC has published a signposting document setting out its proposed approach to inspecting substance misuse services in future:

Boost for carers from rise in allowance threshold

The government has announced that from April 2015, the earnings threshold for Carers' Allowance will be raised to £110 a week.

This is a rise of £8 on the previous limit of £102. The change means that more people will have the opportunity to work part-time and still be eligible for the full £61.35 a week Carers’ Allowance.

To read more, go to:

First ever NHS waiting time standards for mental health announced

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services with the introduction of the first ever waiting time standards. Bringing treatment for mental health problems on a par with physical health will end years of discrimination. There will also be £120 million to improve mental health services.

To read more, go to:

Consultation: NHS England consultation on Never Events Policy Framework

NHS England has strengthened its position as one of the safest and most transparent healthcare systems in the world by publishing the Never Events Policy Framework Review consultation.

The purpose of the consultation is make it is clearer as to what needs to be done, and by whom, to prevent never events. Part of the review will also consider financial penalties for never events, and how this might be included in the NHS Standard Contract for 2015/16.

The review is focusing on five key issues: the purpose, definition, list of, management, and application of learning from never events.

The reviewed draft framework will be available online at until 31 October 2014.

Individuals are invited to provide their views using an online survey.

The overall aim of the review is to keep patient safety as a focus for action, and to foster a culture which aims to share learning and improve, rather than to blame and penalise.

For more information, go to:

To give your views via the online survey, go to:

Future of Health Conference – 21st November 2014

Future of Health is a one day conference on the 21st November, 2014 at Kensington Olympia in London, run by NHS England, UCLPartners and Dods.

Last year’s conference - focusing on improving care for patients living with long-term conditions - was a great success with a footfall of over 1000 participants, significant press coverage, and a British Media Award for best event.

Most notably it started a conversation on what was important to people with long-term conditions, led significantly by the People’s Panel, who eloquently told their stories and what they wanted from the health and care systems. This gave the conference a feel unlike any other.

For more information on the conference, go to:

To register to attend the conference, go to:

NHS England gives patients greater control over care

Patients with complex and ongoing health and care needs now have the right to a personal health budget giving them greater control over how their health budget is spent. This right is part of NHS England’s work to improve personalisation of care for people living with long term, disabling or life limiting health conditions.

To read more, go to:


Changes to GP contract for better patient services

NHS England has agreed positive changes to the national GP contract. The changes agreed with the British Medical Association include improved provision of online services such as appointments and medical records for patients and named GPs for all patients who take lead responsibility for co-ordination of services.

To read more, go to:

Ebola surveillance and contingency planning ongoing in UK

Public Health England is continuing to work with government colleagues to ensure the UK remains alert to, and prepared for, the risk of Ebola. The overall risk of Ebola to the UK remains low.

The UK contingency plans for Ebola have always been based on the assumption that there is a low, but nevertheless real, risk of importing a case of Ebola from West Africa. However, it is important to remember that even if a case is identified here, the UK has robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that the affected countries should conduct exit screening for individuals with unexplained illness consistent with potential Ebola infection. WHO also recommends that Ebola cases or contacts should not undertake international travel, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation.

However, entry screening in the UK is not recommended by WHO. There are no plans to introduce entry screening for Ebola in the UK. This would require the UK to screen every returning traveller, as people could return to the UK from an affected country through any port of entry. This would be huge numbers of low risk people. PHE has provided UK Border Force with advice on the assessment of an unwell patient on entry to UK.

For the full press release see link below:

Call for evidence – LGB&T social care needs - surveys close on 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 ( 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:

FaithAction National Conference – Faith Too Significant to Ignore

Wednesday 19th November 2014
Registration 10.00 – 10.30am
Conference 10.30am – 4.30pm
Church House, Westminster, Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ

The first part of the day includes a range of speakers from central government giving their views on the significance of faith. Visit to see a list

The second part will offer a selection of seminars to equip you for a rapidly changing socio-economic landscape. Topics include:

• Taking faith into the public square – overcoming barriers to affect your local community.
• Faith is good for your health – we’ll show you how.
• The best ways to make commissioning work for you.
• How to build community, belonging and identity – an introduction to Creative English.
• Building for the long term – 5 ways to make your organisation more sustainable.

For further information and prices, visit

Maternal health and wellbeing

In September 2014 an exploratory seminar - Maternal health and wellbeing: examining key influences, impact and routes to better health for children and their mothers was held. This brought together a range of stakeholders to debate the impact of maternal health during pregnancy, the impacts on health in the early years and on the longer term outcomes for children.

The seminar report ( highlights some current good work, identifies where improvements can be made, begins to look at who or what is needed to make changes, and lists the most important areas for development.

To find out more about NCB's work in this area please contact Amy Davies

New guide demonstrating how local Age UK services help people with dementia

An updated version of the Living Life with Dementia guide (funded by the DHSPP) is now available for Partners to access via this link

The guide, containing updates on the latest dementia landscape and policy drivers, includes a wealth of case studies from local Age UKs, demonstrating the range of services available for people with dementia and their carers. The case studies include quotes from older people living with dementia, who are using these services, bringing to life the ways in which policy can be translated into positive, practical and life changing action.

For further information on this guide, please contact Emma Bingham

London Friend wins National Diversity Award!!

London Friend, one of the members of the National LGB&T Partnership, has won a National Diversity Award in the LGBT Community Organisation category. The awards were handed out at a ceremony on 26th September and celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals working to promote equality and diversity.

London Friend’s Chief Executive Monty Moncrieff has published a blog about winning the award and the importance of recognising the vital work specialist LGBT organisations do supporting the health and wellbeing of their community.

To read more about the award, go to:

To read Monty’s blog, go to:

Consultation: Adult social work: knowledge and skills

This consultation seeks views on a draft statement explaining what adult social workers need to know after their first year in employment.

DH also wants to know if you think the statement will help inform national minimum assessment criteria for social workers in adult services.

The draft statement has been put together by the Chief Social Worker for Adults, following Professor Croisdale-Appleby’s review of education of social workers with adults.

The consultation closes on 12 December 2014.

To read more and to respond, go to:

Providing better help and support for mental health services

The Secretary of State for Health talks about the government's plan for improving mental health.

To read the speech, go to:

Consultation: Making health and social care information accessible

Last chance to have your say on the draft accessible information standard!

NHS England’s consultation on the draft accessible information standard is currently underway, but closes on 9th November 2014.

The standard aims to establish a clear 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).

Please read the consultation document ( and tell us your views using our online survey (

Alternatively you can visit to access information about the draft standard and the questions in an alternative format.

More information is available at or email with any queries.

Please make sure that you have your say before the consultation closes on 9th November 2014.

New mental health ratings welcomed

NHS England has welcomed the publishing of ratings for mental health hospitals on MyNHS. Publication will help drive up standards and give patients greater understanding of their treatment by providing information about their local service in one central place.

The ratings can be found here:

NHS England works to improve access to cancer drugs

NHS England is seeking views on proposed changes to the way the Cancer Drugs Fund operates. Experts believe that changes would improve patient access to the most effective drugs, encourage pricing that delivers value for money and put the fund on a much firmer footing for the future.

To read more, go to:

New ambassadors to help increase diagnosis of dementia

New ambassadors are to spread the word about the importance of diagnosing more patients with dementia. The seven from across England and Scotland, will help GPs use the best possible methods to diagnose more people in a bid to help improve patients’ and their carers’ quality of life.

To read more, go to:

Public Health Approaches to End of Life Masterclass

The End of Life Partnership will be holding a masterclass on Thursday 27th November 2014 at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The masterclass is entitled “Approaches to End of Life” and will aim to highlight the rationale for Public Health Approaches to End of Life and the importance of bringing the two paradigms together. This event will enable individuals to explore the successes and challenges of establishing public health approaches which focus on improving End of Life Experience and Care.

The masterclass will be chaired by Pauline Ong, Professor of Health Services Research at Keele University and will include keynote presentations from:

• Professor Allan Kellehear, Professor of Community Health, School of Health & Education, Middlesex University
• Nuzhat Ali, Lead- Older Adults Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
• Rachel Zammit, Macmillan Head of Public Health and Wellbeing, The End of Life Partnership

For more information and details of how to book please follow the link:

Premier League football clubs kick-off Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign

Four Premier League clubs from across the country have put their rivalry to one side to support Public Health England’s campaign to increase awareness of a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers – blood in pee.

Latest figures reveal that only 1 in 3 people survive bladder or kidney cancer beyond 12 months if diagnosed at a late stage, compared with more than 9 in 10 who survive at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage. Visible blood in pee is a key symptom in many bladder and kidney cancers and those who notice it, even if it’s just the once, should see their doctor without delay.

With the support of the Premier League and football clubs Liverpool FC, West Ham United FC, Southampton FC and West Bromwich Albion FC, this campaign aims to keep the ‘blood in pee’ message at the front of people’s minds.

For the full press release please see:

Public facing campaign to discuss dying and how to improve end of life care

Sue Ryder launches its first public facing campaign to discuss dying and how to improve end of life care. Specifically, the campaign is calling for dedicated and expert 24/7 advice, support and co-ordination for anyone at end of life and their families.

Their freedom of information research of all CCG areas (with 180 responses) showed that only 8% of areas offered a comprehensive package. This service needs to be more commonly available to support carers and those dying to have a better experience and to enable more people to be cared for and die in, the place of their choice. It will also reduce hospital admissions.

More information on the campaign can be found here:

Coverage here:

SEN and Disability Reforms Resources

The Council for Disabled Children at NCB has produced an Outcomes pyramid to help parents and professionals identify outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs.

It is based on a piece of work carried out as part of the CHUMS research study into health outcomes, led by researchers from the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit. CDC spoke with over 100 children, young people and parents about the outcomes that mattered to them and found that they could be visualised as a hierarchy and the EHC outcomes pyramid was developed as a tool to help bring that process to life.

To read more and download the outcomes pyramid, go to:

Healthwatch England Annual Report and Complaints Report Launched

Two new Healthwatch England reports, were launched at the Houses of Parliament on the 14th October.

Suffering in Silence examines the public’s experience of making a complaint. It concludes that significant structural reform is needed to create a health and social care complaints system that welcomes, supports and responds to people’s concerns.

Healthwatch England’s Annual Report describes the achievements of Healthwatch England in the last 12 months and demonstrates, for the first time, the power of the Healthwatch network. You are encouraged to take just four minutes to watch a film to see the story of Carol White and her father George about the difference that the recommendations Healthwatch Wakefield put forward to George’s care home have made.

This film encapsulates what we have learnt this year - how Healthwatch England and local Healthwatch are able to achieve more by working together to ensure that the voice of the public is brought to bear in decisions about how health and social care services are planned, organised and delivered nationally and locally.

To read more about Suffering in Silence, go to:

To read Healthwatch England’s Annual Report and watch the film, go to:

Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation

The Department of Health has published the statutory guidance to support implementation of Part One of the Care Act 2014:

A Government response to the consultation on the draft regulations and guidance has also been published:

The Care Act Factsheets have been updated:

Invitation to attend the launch platform showcasing DH work on eliminating violence against women

TIME: 09:00 – 14:00

The Department of Health is hosting an event to mark UN Elimination of violence against women on 25 November as part of its work to raise awareness of the impact that violence and abuse has on those affected. We would like to invite you to participate in this event and to see what the Department has been doing to raise awareness and develop resources for members of staff affected by domestic violence and abuse.

There is also the opportunity to have a stall at the event to promote what your organisation is doing.

Domestic abuse is estimated to have cost the economy £15.7 billion in 2008 including £1.7 billion in health care costs. We want to ensure that every victim is treated with dignity and are tackling negative attitudes to girls and women to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.

Please do let us know if you are able to attend. RSVP to Sam Leigh (

Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

Launched at the policing and mental health summit of October 2014, this booklet helps the police to identify those who may have particular needs or vulnerabilities and suggests the most appropriate response.

To read booklet, go to:

The NHS Five Year Forward View

The NHS Five Year Forward View was published on 23 October 2014 and sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. It has been developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Patient groups, clinicians and independent experts have also provided their advice to create a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.

To read more and download the document, go to:

Next steps towards primary care co-commissioning events

These Regional Roadshows are being held to inform and support CCGs and NHS England teams, as well as other wider stakeholders, on the development of the primary care co-commissioning agenda in light of the next steps towards primary care co-commissioning.

The first of these events will take place on 19 November in Leeds between 10.00am and 4.00pm. For more information on this event, go to: – testing communication and engagement plans

NHS England announced recently that it is going to work with GP-led clinical commissioning groups in four areas of the country to help develop the programme as it moves into a ‘pathfinder stage’. The programme will be rolled out in participating GP surgeries in the CCG areas of Leeds North, West and South and East, Somerset, West Hampshire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Over recent months NHS England has been working with voluntary sector colleagues and other stakeholders to understand how the programme can best support patients to make informed choices about sharing their data. It would now like to test the communication and engagement plans developed for the pathfinder stage in relation to potentially excluded groups and follow up on the suggestions that have been made on how we can work through voluntary sector channels and networks.

To this end, they’ve arranged two webinars where they will outline the plans, clarify questions, and seek further input, expertise and knowledge that will inform approaches for the pathfinders:

• Webinar 1: 3 Nov 2014, 11am-1230pm – focusing on communication and engagement with people who need accessible formats
• Webinar 2: 6 Nov 2014, 1pm-230pm – focusing on communication and engagement with other potentially excluded groups.

To attend one of the webinars, please contact Bethany Plummer. If you can’t make these dates but would like to review the plans and feedback via email or a conversation with one of the programme team, please also get in touch with Bethany.

Tel: 0113 825 3279

Technology Enabled Care Services Programme

In September Professor Sir Bruce Keogh outlined NHS England’s plans for further developing Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS). This was discussed by Strategic Partners at the recent meeting of the technology and information subgroup. The TECS programme has been born out of its predecessor, the 3millionlives programme. NHS England undertook a review of the programme in April 2013 which has led to a shift in its strategic direction.

The TECS programme has been re-focused to address the demand from health and social care professionals for support and practical tools to commission, procure, implement and evaluate technology enabled care services.

From Evidence Into Action: Public Health England’s new priority document

On Thursday 23rd October Public Heath England published ‘From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation's health’, [pdf] which should be read in tandem with the NHS 5 year Forward View. The Forward View makes clear that getting serious about prevention, tackling obesity, alcohol and tobacco and helping us all to live healthier lives is essential both for better health and for a sustainable NHS. PHE has expanded on this message in our own priorities document.

They have looked at the evidence to identify where they should focus our efforts to make the most difference for public health. As a result, they are committing ourselves to securing improvement against seven priorities:

• Tackling obesity particularly amongst children;
• Reducing smoking and stopping children starting;
• Reducing harmful drinking and alcohol related hospital admissions;
• Ensuring every child has the best start in life;
• Reducing the risk of dementia, its incidence and prevalence in 65-75 year olds;
• Tackling the growth in antimicrobial resistance; and
• Achieving a year on year decline in tuberculosis incidence.

They recognise that these priorities are, rightly, ambitious. They cannot deliver them alone. However, they believe they can be delivered by PHE, working together with their partners in local and national government, the NHS, the voluntary and community sector, industry and academia.

They would like your active support to help them to transform the public’s health. This document is their invitation to you to join them in applying the evidence of what they know works to achieve the step-change in the nation’s health that we all seek.

For the full document please see:

PHE cold weather plan helps you protect your health

Practical things we can all do to minimise the risk to our health this winter have been spelt out in the 2014 Cold Weather Plan for England.

It is estimated that every year there are more than 25,000 excess winter deaths in England, many of which are preventable. The plan, which is published by Public Health England, the Local Government Association and NHS England, offers advice that people can take, before and during the winter, to reduce the risks to health.

The PHE Winter Health Watch website will also launch early November and brings together PHE’s weekly monitoring of winter-related illnesses and deaths.

For the full press release please see:

‘Legal high’ and e-cigarette poison queries climb

Poisons specialists have flagged rises in calls and online queries about treating users of new psychoactive substances, misleadingly known as ‘legal highs’.

The Public Health England commissioned National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) has published its annual report for 2013 to 2014. There it has noted further increases in enquiries about so-called ‘legal highs’, especially about man-made cannabis substitutes.

To access the full report please go to:

Get everybody active every day

PHE has co-produced 'Everybody active, every day', an evidence-based approach to improve the nation's health through everyday activity.

The new framework for national and local action addresses the national physical inactivity epidemic, responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

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PHE launches local authority liver disease profiles

The profiles show geographical variation in a preventable killer of working age adults.

Some populations are more affected by liver disease than others. For example, the male mortality rate is 4 times higher in some local authorities compared to others. Similarly, there are large variations in hospital admissions from liver disease.

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NCPC’s ‘Putting Ambitions into Action - New ambitions for end of life care’ conference, 12th November, London

This is NCPC's second national state-of-play conference for end of life care, bringing together key leaders, partners and organisations to consider the future and debate a genuinely ambitious agenda for end of life care

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.

Including Keynote speeches by: Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission & Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England

Click here for more information, including the full event programme, and click here to book your place.

Please contact Kate McNaboe, Events Manager if you’d like any more information regarding the event, email / phone 020 7697 1520

Disability Public participation event, 26th November, Peterborough

The Disability Partnership (Sense, Mencap, Scope and The National Autistic Society) has joined forces with NHS England and the Strategic Clinical Network (East of England) to host an exciting new public participation event on November 26th 2014. The event will focus on enabling and supporting people with disabilities, service providers and commissioners, to work together to ensure meaningful participation in health and social care.

The day includes:

• The opportunity for service users to share their experiences of participation and engagement directly with key decision makers in health and care and explain how they can best be involved and supported
• A range of workshops on different aspects of supporting people with disabilities to participate
• The chance for key decision makers to share their current projects that they would like input with

When: Wednesday 26th November 2014

Where: Deafblind UK Conference Centre, John and Lucille van Geest Place, Cygnet Rd, Peterborough PE7 8FD

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register for this event here:

If you have any queries please contact Sarah White ( , 0300 330 9258)

NCB's Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) campaign, Plan If - ‘The four steps you need to take now for your children’

Last week saw the launch of the Plan If awareness campaign which encourages all parents to put in place a legacy of practical and personal things which would make a difference to their children should one or both parents die.

CBN has created a dedicated website to help parents prepare their own Plan If. This comprehensive, user-friendly resource has simple steps parents can follow, with manageable actions they can carry out:

• This Week (includes making a will, appointing guardians, thinking about insurance)
• This Month (includes financial affairs, digital assets and online accounts, writing a letter to your child)
• This Year (includes planning end of life care, capturing your family history, recording thoughts about your funeral)

Integrated Personal Commissioning: Realising Person Centred Care Through Volunteering - Joint CSV/ECORYS/In Control learning events

These four events will explore how volunteers and volunteer involving organisations can contribute to and help deliver integrated, person centred care, in the context of ambitions of the Integrated Personalised Commissioning programme announced by NHS England in ‎August 2014. They will be of interest to local voluntary sector organisations as well as commissioners and providers in health and social care.

The events will feature input from:

• Clinical Commissioning Groups
• NHS England
• People who have experience of using Personal Health Budgets

Run in partnership between CSV, ECORYS and In Control and with the support of NHS England, Public Health England and Regional Voices, the learning events will also provide participants with the opportunity to contribute to the development of guidance on how the volunteer involving sector can help ensure that people with health and care needs are able to access and make most effective use of the resources and support (including personal health budgets) to shape the care that is meaningful to them in their lives.

The events are free to attend and you can register via the following links:

Cambridge, 10 December 2014

London, 28 January 2015

Preston, 3 February 2015

Leeds, 11 February 2015

If you have any enquiries, please contact Emily Michelis,