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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 56

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New Year’s Honours for health and social care

The 2015 New Year Honours recognise achievements of wide range of people throughout health and social care community.

People from the health and care community make up 7% of all honours, including 8 nurses who received MBEs.

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The NHS Forward View into action: Planning for 2015/16

NHS leaders from NHS England, Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and Health Education England have set out steps for delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View in The Forward View into action: planning for 2015/16.

The plan is backed by NHS England’s allocation of £1.98 billion of additional funding, which will see £1.5 billion go to frontline health services including primary care, local clinical commissioning groups and specialised services.

To read more, go to:

Mental health choice guidance published

NHS England has published updated guidance to help commissioners, GPs and providers support mental health patients in choosing who provides their care and treatment. This follows extensive consultation on the interim guidance published last year.

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Revised funding approach for palliative care

NHS England has published a revised draft funding approach for palliative care featuring a ‘currency’ for ensuring services match patient needs, offer best value and that providers are reimbursed fairly. The revision is informed by feedback received through consultation, events and seminars since publication of the original document in October 2014.

For more information, go to:

Simon Stevens pledges NHS funding to prevent diabetes

Commenting on the Health At A Glance Europe 2014 report which shows Britain has a higher rate of adult obesity than the rest of Europe, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has pledged NHS funding for a new national programme to help people reduce their risk of diabetes by eating better and exercising more.

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Friends and Family test rolled out to mental health and community health

Patients using mental health and community health services are now able to feedback on their experiences through the latest expansion of the Friends and Family Test. Patients receiving therapy for dementia, depression or addiction, those receiving care at home and people on mental health wards are amongst those who can now feedback.

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New Change4Life campaign encourages families to make sugar swaps

A new Change4Life campaign launched on January 5th 2015 by Public Health England encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making one or more simple swaps.

The campaign launches following a new survey amongst Netmums users who were polled on their views on sugar. The results highlight that nearly half (47%) of mums surveyed think their family has too much sugar in their diets and two-thirds of mums (67%) are worried about the amount of sugar their children consume.

Change4Life recommends 4 simple sugar swaps for parents/guardians to choose from, tackling different ‘sugar occasions’ in the day:
1. The breakfast swap: sugary cereal for plain cereal, like a wholewheat biscuit cereal
2. The drink swap: from sugary drinks to sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks
3. The after school swap: for example from muffin to fruited teacake
4. The pudding swap: for example from ice cream to low-fat lower-sugar yoghurt

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UK Ebola Case: What does this mean for people in the UK?

In this blog, Public Health England’s Director of Health Protection, Prof Paul Cosford, answers some questions about what the case of ebola in the UK in a health worker who travelled to Glasgow from Sierra Leone means for the public across the UK.


NCPC training workshops - The Mental Capacity Act & Advance Care Planning

Training workshops on The Mental Capacity Act and Advance Care Planning to be held at the NCPC offices in 2015. Full details are now available on the website.

The half day workshops will take place over three dates on 24th February, 25th February and 24th March 2015. Choose from The Mental Capacity Act (morning) or Advance Care Planning (afternoon), or attend both workshops over the course of a full day. Comments from attendees at previous similar workshops have been very positive, and places are limited to 20 per workshop, so early booking is recommended.

Mental Capacity Act
A recent House of Commons Select Committee found the Mental Capacity Act is not being used in practice as the legislation intended. As a result the Care Quality Commission has been charged with monitoring effective 'use in practice' across health and social care. This workshop is aimed at all staff who are required to apply the Act in practice. Make sure your knowledge and compliance are up to date.

Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is recognised as an essential element of good care. This half day workshop is designed to explore the challenges of advance care planning conversations and guide staff towards knowledge and skills which help open, and continue conversations with people as they approach the end of their lives. It is aimed at staff in a role which includes supporting people with long term and life limiting conditions in any setting. Secure your place at this essential training workshop.

New Mental Health Act code of practice

A revised code of practice for the Mental Health Act 1983 provides guidance for professionals.

The code shows professionals how to carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure that all patients receive high quality and safe care.

To read more, go to:

Parent/carer stakeholder engagement session information - children & young people's rehabilitation

Are you the parent (or adult carer) of a child or young person receiving rehabilitation services? If so, this project would like to hear from you!

The Improving Rehabilitation Services Programme has recently been established at NHS England. As part of this programme, a project has been set up to scope children and young people's rehabilitation services and to establish if there is a case of need for work to improve rehabilitation services for children and young people.

For the purposes of this project rehabilitation has a broad definition, including physical and mental health, and impacting all ages through to early adulthood. This includes (but is not limited to) children and young people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, muscular dystrophy, metabolic disorders, mental health conditions, arthritis, chronic pain, respiratory conditions, and any health condition that requires rehabilitation to support recovery of abilities after an event and/or ongoing development and independence.

To guide and inform this work we are holding stakeholder engagement sessions for parents and carers of children and young people who have received (or are receiving) rehabilitation services. We are hoping to invite parents and carers that represent a broad range of rehabilitation service needs. At these events we will be seeking feedback on your priorities regarding rehabilitation, considering the 'bigger picture' for services across the country, and for children and young people with a range of rehabilitation needs. This information is central in both making a case for future developments and in targeting the activity of the rehabilitation programme.

To register for events please click the links below.

For London event on the 23rd February 2015

For Leeds event on 10th February 2015

We are anticipating a high level of interest in these sessions, therefore cannot guarantee a place.

After the closing date for expressions of interest we will contact you and let you know if you have a place or not.

We may have to offer places to ensure representation of a broad cross section of parent/carer groups at these workshops, consistent with the scope of this project.

You may also be interested in joining the Improving Rehabilitation Services Programme, join the Community of Practice here

NHS launches new bid to beat cancer

NHS England has announced a new independent taskforce to develop a five-year action plan for cancer services that will improve survival rates and save thousands of lives. The taskforce has been asked to deliver the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, which calls for action on better prevention, swifter diagnosis and better treatment, care and aftercare for all those diagnosed with cancer.

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NHS England's Medical Director launches global search for healthcare innovations

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s Medical Director has launched the NHS Innovation Accelerator, a brand new programme which invites healthcare pioneers from around the world to bring their most cutting edge innovations to the NHS. Applications are now open.

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New resource launched to improve Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

NHS England has published a new resource with tools for commissioning effective mental health services for children and young people. The Targeted and Specialist (Tier 2/3) specification for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services builds on previous sample specifications and supports commissioners of targeted and specialist services which treat patients with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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Recommendation against national dementia screening

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has this week upheld its recommendation against screening everyone aged 65 and over for dementia.

Following an extensive review of the evidence, the Committee concluded that the current test for dementia, which is a form of questionnaire, does not accurately identify those people who have dementia and those who do not.

To recommend screening, the Committee would need to be confident that by acting early, treatments would slow or even prevent this serious disease. At the moment these treatments do not exist.

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Disability Rights UK calls for participants for an online media project on return to work

Disability Rights UK would like to hear from members of the public who are planning to return to work following a serious illness. We have been asked to find participants for an online media project which will follow a group of individuals as they aim to make the return to either their previous roles or new careers. We are recruiting for a partner initiative that is hoping to chart the progress and challenges that people experience when trying to get back to work and also offer some insight to the financial implications and resources that could be available.

Places are extremely limited and interested parties will need to be prepared to be filmed and share their experiences for short films that will be available online. In return our partners are able to offer short term financial support, access to rehabilitation services and a host of other benefits.

If you would like to find out more please email

Event: Making Personalisation and Integration a Reality, 24 February 2015 from 10.30 to 15.30 in Central London

Making health and social care support truly personal continues to be an aspiration and a challenge. A number of initiatives (NHS Health and Social Care Act, Better Care fund, personal budgets, integration pioneers and personal health budgets) as well as action on the part of agencies and professionals have attempted to give additional impetus to the user-led movement for change, however, the evidence suggests that at best the experience of service users is variable.

This seminar will seek to understand what has aided progress in developing personalisation and integration and examine ways that barriers have been addressed to deliver greater choice and control. The exploration of evidence and experiences will help identify practice that can be replicated to achieve change across geographical areas and across communities, at the same time as identifying lessons for national and local policy makers. Wherever possible attention will be paid to the cost of process of change as well as the benefits (savings, improvements in quality of life, wellbeing outcomes, independent living, amongst others). There will be workshops to showcase activity from the voluntary sector.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information, NHS England
• John Rouse, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Public Health England
• Martin Routledge, Director of the Coalition for Collaborative Care – Action for Long Term Conditions.

To book go to:

National Care Forum (NCF) Sue Ryder and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Events for Frontline Managers

The National Care Forum (NCF) Sue Ryder and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) are holding six free events in January and February 2015.

The aims of these events are:

• To provide managers with an understanding of the wider social care policy context and resources available to assist them in supporting frontline staff improve the quality of service delivery

• To promote understanding of what the new regulatory and monitoring framework looks like and its implications for staff development

The programme for each of the events is the same and will be sent out to those who have already booked a place.

Please see here for further information.

To book your place contact Helen Glasspool:


Nick Clegg calls for new ambition for zero suicides across the NHS

On Monday 19th January the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hosted a Mental Health Conference, bringing together leading clinicians, policy makers and campaign groups to discuss the future of mental health services in England.

At the conference, co-hosted by the Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb, the Deputy Prime Minister called on all NHS trusts to commit to a new ambition for ‘zero suicides’ in order to dramatically reduce suicides in our health service. This ambition has already been adopted in some areas with Mersey Care in Liverpool, South West England and East of England.

To read more, go to:

C4CC Co-production Group: new members wanted

The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) is a group of organisations who have agreed to work together to improve support for people with lived experience of long-term conditions. The aim is to ensure that people with long-term conditions can access healthcare which focuses on the whole person and where different organisations and communities work together with each individual, carer and/or family to achieve the best possible outcome.

The Coalition’s co-production group plays a central role in this work. The co-production group is a team of people with long-term conditions and carers. The group works with the C4CC central team and partners to influence and co-design the work of C4CC on an on-going basis.

We are recruiting new members to the core C4CC co-production group. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people who have experience of long-term conditions. The term ‘long-term condition’ (LTC) is used to mean “any physical or mental condition which needs long- term management and support”.

The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd February. Interviews will be held on Friday 6th, Monday 9th February and Friday 13th February 2015. If you wish to apply, please complete the application form and the equality monitoring form, and return to Wilhelmina Dowdye either by post or email on

For more information, go to:

NHS England announces £1bn investment in primary care over the next four years

NHS England has announced that patients across England are set to benefit from a £250m investment in GP premises every year for the next four years. The NHS England funding will deliver on the promise of a new deal for primary care, as highlighted in the NHS Five Year Forward View. The £1billion investment will give practices the space and capability to offer more appointments and improved care.

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New pilots to improve speed and medical accuracy of ambulance calls

Clinical experts from across the NHS, led by Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s Director of Acute Care have announced proposals for reducing wasted ambulance journeys and improving quality of 999 care. The proposals, which will be tested across two pilot sites, include giving 999 call handlers longer to take information from those making non-life threatening calls.

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Public Health England and NHS England launch joint strategy to wipe out TB

Public Health England and NHS England are to invest £11.5 million in a joint strategy to reduce and eliminate Tuberculosis (TB) in England. The action plan sets out a number of measures to improve screening, treatment, rates of early diagnosis, and tackling TB in under-served groups.

To read more, go to:

Event: Open and Transparent Healthcare

The Open and Transparent Healthcare event, taking place on 3 February 2015 at Resource London, is aimed at helping patients, patient participation groups and charities understand how opening up information about NHS services enables patient choice, and empowers patients. The event provides an opportunity to work together, using innovative ways to explore open data and transparency and what they really mean.

To read more, go to:

Chair and trustees needed for new charity: ‘The What Works Centre for Wellbeing’

PHE has supported the establishment of the charity in partnership with 16 founding partners, who have collectively provided nearly £4m of initial funding. We need high calibre non-executives to lead the centre.

Please distribute the chair/trustee advert widely before the 2 & 16 February deadlines:


National Voices Independent Trustee vacancy

We are seeking an independent trustee (i.e. not one elected by the members) to help make National Voices more diverse.

For further information go to:

Event: SAVE THE DATE: Promoting the health of looked after children, Thursday 26th March 2015, Central London

This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the updated statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department of Health (DH), for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England on promoting the health and welfare of looked after children. It will be a chance to discuss key implications and share positive local practice which will support implementation.

The event is free and is being organised by NCB as part of the Children's Partnership and the Health and Care Strategic Partners Programme.

Further information and booking details will be confirmed in due course.


Event: SAVE THE DATE: 24th March 2015 …for a conversation on Youth Obesity

This free event (in central London) will provide an opportunity to discuss the impacts of youth obesity and routes to healthier lifestyles for our nation’s young people. Attendees will also learn more about the European Youth Tackling Obesity project which will be sharing its emerging findings on peer-led social marketing approaches to tackle adolescent obesity across the EU. Anyone who works in public health, to tackle the challenge of obesity or with young people may be interested to attend.

Programme information and booking details to follow.

Report: Improving Male Health for the Next Generation

NCB has published a new report, Improving Male Health for the Next Generation, presenting findings from its survey of 138 men.

The 2014 survey asked men about their approaches to getting help and advice on health issues, and what they think might help boys and young men growing up now to look after their health as they get older. Evidence shows that men's long-term health outcomes are worse than women's for most health conditions that should affect both sexes equally.

Contributing factors include poorer health literacy in men, social expectations, and reluctance to seek help: for example, nearly one in five survey respondents said he would avoid seeking help for a mental health problem ‘at almost any cost’.

Little is known about the developing health-related knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and needs of today’s boys and young men. These survey findings – for example, that over 90% of men surveyed by NCB felt that social expectations and how males talk about health need to change – suggest priorities for further investigation and point to steps that may improve male health for future generations.

Improving Male Health for the Next Generation is available at

Review of You’re Welcome

The Department of Health (DH) You’re Welcome quality criteria lay out a set of non-mandatory standards for delivering young person friendly health services. They are designed to be used by health services themselves to assess how well their provision meets the needs and preferences of young people. The latest version of You’re Welcome was published in 2011. All young people are entitled to receive appropriate health care wherever they access it; and services across England need to take young people’s views, preferences and needs into account.

The DH, NHS England and Public Health England have therefore agreed a process with The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) to undertake a rapid review of You’re Welcome; this will be overseen by the DH, through their nursing directorate.

During the next 2 months NCB will lead a review process by inviting structured feedback via surveys from health services, commissioners and young people.

The surveys are now live at the following links:

The surveys are open until 12th February.

NCB will also be exploring contemporary research evidence, policy and legislation that underpin and strengthen You’re Welcome, and will be submitting a report to the DH, NHS England and Public Health England for consideration in March 2015.

If you would like any more information please contact Amy Davies on / 07850 926 988

Event: Can One Size Fit All? Mental Health and Employment Round Table Event – 11th March 2015, The Belmont Hotel, Leicester

You are warmly invited to a national round table discussion to share good practice and evidence in mental health and employment services, focusing on the contribution that the Voluntary and Community Sector makes.

The event will bring together national leaders in the field, research academics and practitioners to examine key evidence, guidance and best practice and provide an opportunity to discuss the implications for services including gaps and barriers and actions needed to address these.

Please see attached flyer [DOC, 27kB] for further information.

Event: Men's Health Forum training launch - free training event!

Date and Time: 2nd March 10.30 - 3.30pm

The Men's Health Forum has developed new training for people in the voluntary and public sectors interested in tackling men's poor health in their area. You can try it free and help us make it even better.

Objectives for the session:

• to outline the activities to date that have contributed to the development of the MHF training offer
• to identify specific opportunities with the strategic partners for testing/ delivering the training packages
• to test elements of the "How to " training packages and inform changes
• to provide a platform for partners to inform current and future developments of the MHF training

Venue: London, SE1
Start: 10.30, arrive from 10am

Register and more info:

#StopLookListen15 - National Safeguarding Day, NCVYS's national day of action, returns on 27 February

Second annual #StopLookListen15 day on Friday 27 February - the youth sector's chance to raise awareness of our vital role in safeguarding and child protection, and to reaffirm our commitment to the high standards we set ourselves.

NCVYS is calling on all children and youth organisations to Stop what they are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices and Listen to young people, empowering them to take an active role in managing their own safety. Our national safeguarding campaign aims to inspire and encourage children and youth organisations to show commitment to improving their safeguarding policies and standards.

What you can do
There's just six weeks to go until #StopLookListen15. NCVYS will be bringing you weekly campaign updates by email with hints, tip and resources to help you get involved, make your pledge and share your story.

In the meantime why not take a look at some of last year's pledges for inspiration, add a Stop Look Listen twibbon and keep an eye on the website for more exciting news on this year's campaign.

For further information go to:


Event: Volunteering in Care Homes – “Learn and Share” event, 25 February 2015 - Shrewsbury

Successful volunteer recruitment and selection practice

The above event will share the early results from the evaluation of this innovative national pilot project, as well as giving the opportunity to learn from the good practice already emerging from Shropshire and South Derbyshire. This event will be hosted by Shropshire Rural Community Council, one of the national pilot sites.

The project is in its second year and recruits volunteers to support residents, individually and in small groups, to maintain their hobbies and interests with the purpose of evaluating the volunteers’ impact on both the residents’ well-being and community relations. Through the learning, the project will identify the good practice that underpins successful volunteering in care homes, so that this can be more widely disseminated.

At this regional event, we will be joined by Pat Wilson, Voluntary Services Manager from University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, who will share her experiences of successfully engaging younger volunteers in supporting roles with patients. There will also be opportunities for participants to discuss the emerging themes and shape the content of the good practice tool kit.

More information about the venue and how to book [PDF, 163kB]


Workshop: Patient access to health records

Monday 2 February 2015, 10am – 4pm, Radcliffe, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

As part of its commitment to share knowledge across the NHS, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) would like to invite IT and informatics professionals, clinical leads, and patients and carers to a free expert-led workshop on patient access to health records.

Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at representatives from the following sectors:
• IT/informatics professionals
• Clinical leads with vested interest in opening up patient records
• Digital industry
• Patients, carers and the public.

To confirm your attendance for the workshop, please register at the UHB website or contact Terence Read on 0121 371 2445 or