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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 58

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PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia

Britain will expand its efforts to combat dementia over the next 5 years, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced as he set out a new, long-term strategy focused on boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about the condition.

Britain has emerged as the world leader in fighting dementia since 2010 with investment in research doubled, hundreds of thousands of NHS staff given specialist training and 1 million ‘Dementia Friends’ taking part in awareness sessions across the country.

The Prime Minister wants to build on that momentum both in the UK and worldwide. The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 is the next phase in the country’s effort to combat the condition

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Clinical Commissioning Groups set to take on the commissioning of GP services

NHS England has approved the first set of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups that will take on responsibility for commissioning the majority of GP services from April this year. 64 Clinical Commissioning Groups across the country have been approved to take on greater ‘delegated’ commissioning responsibility for GP services with the possibility that others may follow. This follows plans set out by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, to give patients, communities and clinicians more scope in deciding how local services are developed.

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£75,000 charitable grant to review mental health needs of military veterans

The NHS is set to benefit from a charitable grant of £75,000 to review the mental health needs of military veterans. The Forces in Mind Trust has awarded the money to fund a national review of Health Needs Assessments for veterans’ mental health and other health related needs. The work will be a collaboration between NHS England and Community Innovations Enterprise and will give the NHS the information it needs to ensure resources are spent wisely and the right services are provided in the right place.

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NHS England and Monitor set out new tariff option for providers for 2015/16

NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens and Chief Executive of Monitor, David Bennett, have written to providers of NHS-funded services setting out a new enhanced tariff option for 2015-16. It is worth up to £500m more to providers than the original package that was consulted on last November, which was prior to extra funding being made available to the NHS in December’s Autumn statement.

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PHE publishes new report “Local Leadership New Approaches: improving the health of local communities”

The report contributes some new insights into improving the health of local communities. It broadens out the idea of integration - health and social care working together can make a significant difference to people’s wellbeing, but there are other services and other stakeholders that also have a powerful contribution to make. It also focuses on implementation and describes the experiences of people who deliver such services, and of people who use them.

The report features seven case studies. Each one describes a particular programme or close partnership between a local authority and local public health or health care teams, often with the additional support of the voluntary sector.

To view the report please go to:

Under 18 conception rate continues to fall in England

New Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show the conception rate among teenagers is at an all-time low.

PHE welcomes new figures showing the conception rate among under 18 year olds dropped by 12.3% to 24.3 per 1000 in 2013, the lowest since records began. The under 16 conception rate for 2013 is 4.8 per 1000 females aged 13 to 15, a 14.3% reduction from 2012.

Since 1998, the under 18 conception rate has decreased by 47.9% - with reductions of over 60% in some top tier local authorities in England during this period. However, there remain significant variations in the under 18 conception rate across the country with the rate in some areas significantly higher than the England average.

See the rest here:

Support for CCGs to use grants launched

Grants are a fundamentally important part of the funding mix for voluntary sector organisations. However, in the post-Health and Social Care Act commissioning landscape there has been some confusion about the roles of grants and mechanisms for grant funding (see research from Regional Voices' partner RAISE: Exploring the Potential of the CVS-CCG Partnership

NHS England has now launched the Bite-size Guide to Grants (, aiming to support clinical commissioners better understand this vital funding mechanism. We hope that you will find it useful in your work with CCGs.

This outlines the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary and community (VCS) sector and suggests practical steps for commissioners about using grants to support priorities. NHS England have worked with some of the strategic partners to produce the guide. It has been published alongside a non-mandatory grant agreement which CCGs are able to use and adapt. NHS England are committed to working with voluntary sector partners to develop this agreement over the coming year and to publish other resources to support commissioners to work with the sector.

This is part of wider work to support the voluntary sector with health commissioning:

• supporting NHS England to pilot a model grant agreement (in 15/16) - also recently launched
• working with NHS England and other Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners to develop a lighter touch NHS Standard Contract for use with the voluntary sector
• taking part in the department of health/NHS England/Public Health England VCSE funding review- and encouraging you to do the same
• helping to develop a more VCSE friendly funding environment.

THE DEMENTIA CHALLENGE FOR LGBT COMMUNITIES: a paper based on a roundtable discussion, 2 December 2014

Message from Gill Boston (NCF, VODG and Sue Ryder)

At the beginning of December 2014 an extremely successful round table was held to discuss how we could improve the experience of people from LGB&T communities who may develop dementia and may need care and support.

Attached is a copy of the write up from that event [296kB, PDF], which highlights the specific challenges facing people from LGB&T communities accessing support.

Please distribute to your contacts and networks

Event:NCVO health commissioning masterclass, April 17, Birmingham

Are you concerned about changes to the way in which your services are funded?

This course will help you to understand the new funding landscape, alongside networking with commissioners and similar organisations.

What does the course cover?

The events aim to build the commercial skills of charities and social enterprises so you can be more successful in bidding for and delivering public service contracts.


The course is funded by Cabinet Office, Department of Health and ESIF and is FREE to delegates who attend.

A fee of £30 will be charged should you book and not attend on the day

Full details and how to book here


Event: Better data: Understanding health data and intelligence to make the business case, April 17, Birmingham

RAWM in partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Aims of the event

1. Accessing, understanding and applying data - look at existing local sources of statutory data and intelligence which agencies can use free of charge to support their work.
2. Collaborating around collating evidence - consider how partners could work together to encourage the use of existing public health data.
3. Developing data to evidence need - consider how agencies and commissioners might work collaboratively to collate community level data to contribute to needs assessments, opportunities and challenges
4. Building a business case to help secure funding - explore how agencies should use intelligence to present a business case for sustainability

Book online here

PM unveils tough new measures to tackle child sexual exploitation

The Prime Minister has announced new measures to tackle child sexual exploitation at a landmark Downing Street summit.

New criminal sanctions for those who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation are at the heart of a package of new measures announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Proposals for more efficient and responsive access to medicines for patients

NHS England has published proposals allowing certain health professions to prescribe or supply and administer medicines for patients. The proposals would enable four groups of registered allied health professions– radiographers, paramedics, dietitians and orthoptists – to prescribe or supply and administer medicines, giving patients responsive access to treatment. NHS England is consulting on these proposals.

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Children in the spotlight as Friends and Family Test expands

The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is set to mark its second anniversary by rolling out to millions more people when it is implemented from April 1 in NHS dental practices, ambulance services, patient transport, outpatient and day-case patient services.

Launched less than two years ago in April 2013, FFT has already allowed more than five million patients to give invaluable feedback on their experiences of care and treatment in services throughout the NHS. It has quickly grown into the biggest ever collection of patient opinion in any health service anywhere in the world and gives staff the ability to react promptly and make swift and lasting improvements to care provided.

One of the new areas that FFT will be extended to from next month includes asking children and young people under 18 what they think of the care they have received.

The FFT was first introduced two years ago to A&E and inpatient services and has since been rolled out to GPs, maternity, mental health and community services and to NHS staff. Examples of improvements to services prompted by feedback from FFT include:
• In Wessex, a GP practice taking part in an FFT pilot last year responded to patient feedback about there not being enough appointments by extending evening surgeries, creating an extra 1300 slots per year. They also used it as an opportunity to remind patients about the high number of lost appointments caused by patients failing to turn up (28 doctor appointments and 23 nurse appointments in one month alone).

• At Hillingdon Hospital in London, patients staying in hospital said noise on the wards at night kept them awake. The management launched a “Comfort at night” campaign among staff which resulted in wards having lights out or dimmed at night, extra pillows and blankets being readily available, the purchase of silent-closing waste bins, ensuring that staff wear quiet shoes and explaining to patients beforehand if they are likely to be awakened in the night for medication or checks.

Other examples of improvements have included responding to patient comments about food quality, ward temperatures, waiting times and making appointments. However, most FFT feedback has been overwhelmingly positive across healthcare organisations and many of them report that it has provided an unexpected boost to staff morale and created many more opportunities to give well deserved pats on the back to individual staff who have demonstrated excellent patient care.

Realising the value: a new relationship with patients and communities

“One of the great strengths of this country is that we have an NHS that – at its best – is ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’. Yet sometimes the health service has been prone to operating a ‘factory’ model of care and repair, with limited engagement with the wider community, a short-sighted approach to partnerships, and under-developed advocacy and action on the broader influencers of health and wellbeing. As a result we have not fully harnessed the renewable energy represented by patients and communities…” (NHS Five Year Forward View)

The NHS Five Year Forward View published in October 2014, sets out how the health service needs to change, arguing for a new relationship with patients and communities. It makes a specific commitment to do more to support people with long term conditions to manage their own health. With help of voluntary sector partners, it signals the need for significant investment in evidence-based approaches such as group based self-management education courses for people with specific conditions, as well as encouraging independent peer-to-peer communities to emerge.

To support this commitment, NHS England has set up the Realising the Value Programme which will help strengthen the case for change, identify a set of evidence-based approaches and develop tools to support their wider implementation across the NHS and local communities. NHS England is pleased to announce that a consortium led by Nesta and the Health Foundation in partnership with Voluntary Voices (National Voices, Regional Voices, NAVCA and CSV), the Behavioural Insights Team and Newcastle University, has been selected to take forward this work to empower patients and engage communities in their own health and care.

The consortium will work collaboratively with NHS England, the Coalition for Collaborative Care and other stakeholders to deliver this programme of work. This will include working closely with a small number of local implementation sites, to be identified as part of the programme. The consortium is committed to ensuring that there are opportunities for engagement and shared learning as this programme of work develops, and intend to host a forum in the spring to engage all interested stakeholders in this programme from its inception.

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Healthy Child Programme Rapid Review

PHE’s rapid review updating the evidence for the Healthy Child Programme has been published, ahead of the transfer of the commissioning of the 0-5 children’s public health services from the NHS to local government in October this year.

This brings together the evidence on ‘what works’ and will be followed by a suite of briefings which go into more depth. The transfer of 0-5 commissioning, with a full year budget of £850 million, is the final piece of the jigsaw in local government taking full responsibility for all the public health needs of children and young people.

See the report here:

Health and wellbeing website for young people launched

Created by young people for young people, the ‘Rise Above’ website aims to build emotional resilience in individuals aged 11 to 16 by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up.

It also encourages conversations about the key health and wellbeing issues that affect teens and young people.

‘Rise Above’ tackles topics that young people are most concerned about, such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health.

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Tackling Rare Diseases

28 February 2015 marked the 8th International Rare Disease Day, celebrated by over 80 countries, the aim of which was to raise awareness amongst policy makers and the public about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.

There are over 6000 recognised rare conditions and in the UK, over 3.5 million people will be affected by a rare condition at some point in their life.

Public Health England now run the ORPHANET UK office after its move from the University of Manchester. ORPHANET is an international rare disease and orphan drugs portal which aims to increase awareness of rare diseases and improve diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.

ORPHANET’s objectives are achieved by national teams responsible for collection of data on expert resources, and the UK has actively contributed to the ORPHANET database for the past decade by registering rare disease activities across the UK and Ireland.

Find out more here:

Every Moment Counts: a narrative for person centred coordinated care for people near the end of life

National Voices has published their fourth Narrative for Coordinated Care, Every Moment Counts: a narrative for person centred coordinated care for people near the end of life. The narrative sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – care looks to people near the end of life and is written from their point of view.

The narrative has been produced by National Voices and the National Council for Palliative Care in partnership with the national clinical director for end of life care at NHS England, Dr Bee Wee. It draws on surveys, the testimonies of bereaved carers, the experience of end of life care charities and the reflections of professionals that highlighted failures in coordinating and personalising the different elements of end of life care.

To read more and download the report, go to:

NCB findings from men and boys on improving male health for the next generation

The National Children’s Bureau has published two new reports addressing the important issue of male health.

Evidence shows that men's long-term health outcomes are worse than women's, yet little is known about the developing health-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of the current generation of boys and young men. Factors contributing to these disparities in outcomes include poorer health literacy in men, social expectations, and reluctance to seek help.

The reports, entitled Improving Male Health for the Next Generation, present findings from NCB's survey of men and focus groups with boys, about how men and boys approach their own health needs. The survey findings – for example, that over 90% of men felt that social expectations and how males talk about health need to change – suggest priorities for further investigation, whilst the report presenting boys’ views begins to address the gap in evidence of from this generation.

Both reports are available at

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Consultation: NHS 111 consultation

Deadline: 24 April 2015

CQC have set out proposals for how they will inspect and regulate NHS 111 services. The proposals form part of our new approach to make sure that services are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led.

Please give your feedback. Your contribution will be invaluable.

You can take part via the online form or by using the hashtag #tellcqc

To read more, go to:

Consultation: Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community

Consultation closes on 29th May

Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, and Gavin Harding MBE, Co-Chair of the Transforming Care Assurance Board, have announced the launch of ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored’ consultation.

The consultation ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored’ explores options on issues such as how people can:

• be supported to live independently, as part of a community
• be assured that their views will be listened to
• challenge decisions about them and about their care
• exercise control over the support they receive with a Personal Health Budget
• expect that different health and local services will organise themselves around their needs
• know that professionals are looking out for their physical health needs as well as their mental health needs

The document also seeks to explore views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice.

To read more and respond, go to:

Consultation: Measures to help staff speak out about patient safety

Consultation closes on 4th June

This consultation seeks views on measures to carry out recommendations in 'Freedom to Speak Up' that will help staff feel safe to speak out on patient safety

We want your views on measures to carry out the recommendations, principles and actions from the ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ review by Sir Robert Francis QC.

Recommendations in the review include:

• every NHS organisation having a “Freedom to Speak Up Guardian” who will report directly to the Chief Executive on their progress on reducing bullying and intimidation
• a new independent National Whistleblowing Guardian who will provide national leadership
• every NHS manager and leader to have training on how to raise concerns and how to treat people who raise concerns
• production of guidance for NHS organisations on how to handle whistleblowing cases
• devising and establishing a support scheme for staff who have blown the whistle
• considering evidence around whistleblowing and bullying as part of the ‘Fit and Proper Persons Test’ when appointing directors, senior managers or leadership

To read more and respond, go to:

Consultation: Updating the NHS Constitution

Deadline extended: April 6

A high number of responses have been received to this consultation, and because of the interest, the time available for people to respond has been extended until the 8th April.

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Review into medical innovation and technology: further details

Details of a review into plans to give NHS patients quicker access to innovative medicines and medical technology have been announced.

The ‘Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review’ will improve the speed at which medical innovations such as precision medicines, digital devices, apps, diagnostics and new therapeutic technologies get to patients and their families.

The review will be led by Sir Hugh Taylor, Chair of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He will be supported by an expert advisory group headed by Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University.

The aim of the review is to ensure that the UK is the fastest place in the world for the design, development and widespread adoption of medical innovations. This will help stimulate new investment, jobs and economic growth to support a stronger NHS.

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Parents to get complete picture of child’s development

The government has announced funding of £2.2 million for local authorities to implement their ‘integrated review’, bringing together assessments given by the Department for Education and the Department of Health.

Parents will have a better picture of their child’s progress at age 2 thanks to reforms including a move to bring together health and education reviews for the first time.

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New fund to improve the health of homeless people

Deadline: Bids, and supporting statements, will need to be submitted through the agency’s Investment Management System (IMS) by midday on 12 June 2015.

Homeless people will benefit from a new £55 million fund to upgrade existing accommodation and provide new housing.

The fund opened for bids on 12th March, and will be used over the next 2 years. £25 million is available for accommodation outside London and £30 million in London (£15 million from the Department of Health and £15 million from the Greater London Authority).

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Most NHS providers opt for enhanced tariff for 2015/16

Monitor and NHS England have reported that a large majority of NHS hospitals, community health services and mental health trusts have decided to move to the new ‘Enhanced Tariff Option’ for 2015/16. This improved tariff funding was made available in December’s Autumn Statement

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New era of patient care – 29 geographies lead NHS Forward View into action

The first sites that will lead on transforming care for patients across England have been announced. The 29 sites, known as vanguards, will develop local services from April, to keep people well, and bring home care, mental health and community nursing, GP services and hospitals together for the first time since 1948.

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NHS England announces national review of maternity care

NHS England has announced details of a major review of the commissioning of NHS maternity services, as promised in the NHS Five Year Forward View. The review will assess current maternity care provision and consider how services should be developed to meet the changing needs of women and babies.

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Clinical Commissioning Groups approved for joint commissioning of GP services

Over a third of Clinical Commissioning Groups have been approved to jointly commission GP services with NHS England. The new co-commissioning arrangements are part of the changes set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View to deliver a new deal for primary care

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Developing a new approach to palliative care funding

NHS England has produced a new development currency for palliative care which focuses on patient need. Following consultation and comments on the first and second drafts, this is the final development currency and will be used as the basis for further testing in 2015/16.

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NHS Code4Health programme - improving digital literacy for clinicians

Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, has launched the NHS Code4Health programme at the 2015 UK e-Health Week. NHS Code4Health will increase the involvement of doctors, nurses and care staff in improving healthcare through the adoption of technology.

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Building public mental health skills

Public Health England has this week published a new framework to build mental health skills in a wide range of professions working with children and adults in all areas of life, including work settings. The publication coincides with the third annual Public Mental Health Summit.

The framework aims to widen the responsibility for improving public mental health beyond those professions on the public health register, or with a specific role in public health. Teachers, early years workers, nurses, GPs, housing officers, psychiatrists and employers are all identified as having an important role.

The aim of the framework is to build the capacity and capability of leaders, and developing a workforce that is confident, competent, and committed to:

• promoting good mental health across the population
• preventing mental illness and suicide
• improving the quality and length of life of people living with mental illness

The framework can be accessed here:

National NHS Diabetes initiative launched in major bid to prevent illness

The NHS and Public Health England are starting a major national initiative to prevent illness by unveiling the first ever at-scale National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.The programme, which is a joint initiative between NHS England, PHE and Diabetes UK, aims to significantly reduce the 4 million people in England otherwise expected to have Type 2 diabetes by 2025.

It is estimated that a big proportion of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented, and England will be the first country to implement a national evidence-based diabetes prevention programme at scale, delivering on the commitment set out in the NHS Five year forward view and PHE’s Evidence into Action last year.

Seven innovative ‘demonstrator’ sites around the country have been chosen to take part in the initial phase of the programme, during which they will see more patients, monitor and test their local programmes, and help co-design and implement the national programme. The diabetes ‘demonstrator’ sites will test innovative ways to pinpoint those people who have a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes including for example via the NHS Health Check.

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It’s time for more conversation

The Royal Society for Public Health and Public Health England has published the results of a survey into how allied health professionals (AHP’s) participate in healthy conversations with their clients. The results show a promising engagement in public health with scope and interest to increase this further.

This report is timely because it demonstrates the commitment by AHPs to support the delivery of national outcomes for prevention outlined in NHS England’s 5 Year Forward view and Public Health England’s ‘From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health’.

The report demonstrates that almost 9 in 10 (87.6%) survey participants agree that their role should include an element of prevention, and almost 9 in 10 (86%) members of the public who responded to the survey would trust such advice if it came from AHPs. This compares favourably with other professionals including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

A blog on this topic can be accessed here:

Meaningful Participation for People with Disabilities - videos now available

In November, The Disability Partnership (Sense, Scope, Mencap and NAS) and NHS England East of England SCN ran a joint event on ensuring that people with disabilities have meaningful participation in healthcare. Videos from the event are now available, please watch and disseminate these amongst your networks and contacts as applicable.

Highlights video (an overview and taster of the day)

Expert panel session (service users and representatives sharing their experiences and tips for ensuring meaningful participation)

The videos are subtitled and transcripts are available, along with some of the presentations from the day, at

If you would like any more information please contact Sarah White:

Older gay people still experience prejudice from care staff

This blog was published on the 10th March and draws on NCF, VODG and Sue Ryder’s roundtable held on 2nd December as part of their programme of work within the Strategic Partner Programme:

Update from the Men's Health Forum

Please support Men's Health Week in June. More information is online at Please do share on social media. We use #MHW15.

Tell organisations in your network about Men's Health Week - we have some text for newsletters and websites at

End of Life Care - online survey

Deadline: Friday 1st May 2015

The Care Quality Commission is currently conducting a thematic review of inequalities and variations in end of life care. To help ensure we hear from a range of people about their experiences of care we have developed an online survey and we would very much appreciate your help in promoting this to your members and encouraging them to complete the survey.

Here is the link to the survey:

The survey will close on Friday 1st May 2015 and we will use the information people give us to help our understanding of how end of life care is experienced by individuals. These experiences are essential to us being able to develop meaningful recommendations in our review.

If any responses raise safeguarding issues these will be escalated through to our safeguarding team so that action can be taken.

Please note CQC do not have legal powers to investigate individual complaints – respondents will need to complain directly to the service in question. However, information about complaints is important to us - when we inspect services we look at whether they are safe and effective. This includes how they manage complaints.

We will be working with national voluntary organisations such as Regional Voices and the Healthwatch network to encourage feedback from particular communities and in some local areas as part of the review.

Public to see CQC ratings displayed across care services

People and their families who use care services will soon be able to make more informed choices about their care by seeing first-hand if the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has judged them as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

New rules mean health and care providers will have to make arrangements to prominently display their CQC rating from 1 April 2015. Following a public consultation in February that generated more than 730 responses, CQC’s final guidance for providers on how to display their performance ratings has now been issued..

As a result CQC has developed a suite of posters that will be automatically generated through the regulator’s website for all care services that receive a CQC rating to download, print and display. People can expect to start seeing performance ratings on provider websites as well as across premises, public entrances and waiting areas of care services from 1 April. In-line with CQC’s enforcement policy, appropriate action – including imposing a fine (fixed penalty notice) – can be taken should CQC find providers are in breach of the regulation.

The aim of this new requirement is to achieve better awareness and greater transparency for members of the public about which care services are Outstanding, Good, Require Improvement or Inadequate. By making inspection ratings more visible, CQC is helping people make more informed choices about their care, celebrating success and driving up standards.

CQC’s final guidance for care providers on how to display their ratings is available to view here:

The final guidance follows an amended regulation that was laid before Parliament on 28 January 2015 by the Department of Health that required providers to display their CQC ratings across their services and on their websites. Response to CQC’s consultation carried out in February on draft guidance proposals to help providers meet this new requirement is available to view here:



Health secretary announces $100m Dementia Discovery Fund

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced the $100m Dementia Discovery Fund at the World Health Organization’s first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia on 17 March.

Major pharmaceutical companies Biogen, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly and Pfizer have all committed in principle to investing in the project, alongside Alzheimer’s Research UK and the UK government.

These commitments mark a significant first step towards launching the ground-breaking fund. The companies involved will be working together in the coming months to develop the fund further.

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Improving mental health services for young people

The Department of Health and NHS England have published a report of the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce.

‘Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’ makes a number of proposals the government wishes to see by 2020. These include:

• tackling stigma and improving attitudes to mental illness
• introducing more access and waiting time standards for services
• establishing ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community
• improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable

To read more and download the report, go to:

Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children

The Government has published statutory guidance on the planning, commissioning and delivery of health services for looked-after children.

To read the guidance, go to:

NHS Digital Badges are live! and provide a fantastic opportunity to involve children and young people in your work!

At the NHS Youth Forum Event on the 7th March, NHS England launched 12 digital badges for children and young people (CYP)

We worked with CYP to develop the badges which are grouped into NHS Explorer for younger children and NHS Reporter, NHS Inspector and NHS Citizen for the over 8s. Click the links for a summary of the badges or the badge missions.

The badges are an exciting and fun way for CYP to find out more about healthcare, share their views and can encourage them to become more involved in their own health, while gaining recognition for their achievements. There has already been lots of enthusiasm and interest in them!

The badges are free to all schools, health or youth organisations and are hosted on a safe platform.

Do you want to hear the voices of CYP in your work?
Alongside the badges we will be running an inspirational topic campaign focusing on current health issues or initiatives –we can share information, ask for comments and encourage CYP to find out more by taking specific badges. So….. if there is something you want to engage CYP about or have an idea for an inspirational health topic or badge, please get in touch!

For further information or to share ideas please contact 07900 715213

How will we reach CYP? And how many?
• We are working with a digital platform which provides a secure channel used by 4,000 schools, with approximately 70,000 young people on the site.
• Any youth or health organisation can join for free so that CYP they work with can access the site.

National health initiative launched to prevent diabetes

NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK will work together on a major national initiative to prevent illness by unveiling the first ever at-scale National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. The programme aims to significantly reduce the four million people in England otherwise expected to have Type 2 diabetes by 2025.

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NHS England takes action to improve race equality across the NHS workforce

NHS England has announced action to improve race equality across the NHS workforce. The move follows recent reports that have highlighted disparities in the number of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in senior leadership positions across the NHS, as well as lower levels of wellbeing amongst the BME population.

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NHS Employers’ Military March Campaign

NHS Employers is launching a range of new resources aimed at supporting employers that have army, navy or RAF reservists within their workforce. Resources include case studies, blogs from medical professionals that volunteer as reservists, podcasts and a new myth-busting factsheet. Follow NHSE_Gemma on Twitter and join the conversation. #NHSreservists #MilitaryMarch.

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Public mental health leadership and workforce development framework

PHE recently launched its public mental health leadership and workforce development framework at the annual summit in Birmingham. The framework aims to inform and influence the development of public health leadership and the workforce in relation to mental health.

The aim is to build the capacity and capability of leaders and a workforce that is confident, competent, and committed to: promoting good mental health across the population preventing mental illness and suicide improving the quality and length of life of people living with mental illness. This also includes a Call to Action document with the endorsement of 14 national bodies and an encouragement to all our partners to take action to skill-up our workforce to improve population mental health and wellbeing.

The documents can be found here:

PHE publishes new guidance on promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing

The guidance, produced in partnership with the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, contains eight evidenced based principles informed by practitioner feedback on what works. If applied consistently and comprehensively they will contribute towards helping protect and promote student emotional health and wellbeing.

You can access the guidance here:

Be clear on cancer: campaign continues

PHE, in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England, has announced the next national ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ symptom awareness campaign will focus on breast cancer in women over 70.

The campaign, which first ran nationally in February and March 2014, is likely to include TV, press, digital, out of home advertising and road show events to reinforce the message, “One in three women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it.”

It will also aim to highlight how early diagnosis can improve cancer survival rates and make the disease more treatable.

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Survey: Carers UK’s State of Caring

Survey closes on the 15th April 2015

Each year the State of Caring Survey helps us to track changes over time, gather up to date evidence on the impact of caring and help us campaign for a better deal. The views and experiences shared with us are at the heart of our work with Government and decision makers throughout the UK.

To read more and take part in the survey, go to:

Carers Week 8th - 14th June 2015

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Carers Week is brought to life by the individuals, local groups, and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

This year the theme is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’. When a community is Carer Friendly, every corner – from the hospital, workplace, primary school, to leisure services and beyond – will be geared towards addressing the needs of carers. There are lots of ways to get involved. 

To find out more, make a pledge, or sign up to organise an event or activity go to

Are you ready for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015?

Every year, Dying Matters and its coalition members host a fantastic range of events and activities around the country with the aim of getting people talking about dying, death and bereavement and making plans for their end of life. This year sees the sixth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from 18th–24th May 2015, and the coalition needs your help to get as many people as possible thinking, talking and acting.

The theme will focus on the simple message: "Talk, Plan, Live". Three eye-catching postcards represent the three parts of the message, and provide advice and information on the reverse. There are posters and pop-up banners, as well as ‘Awareness Packs’ with a range of Dying Matters leaflets, DVDs and merchandise. Packs or individual resources can be ordered from the Dying Matters online shop now. After its success last year, we will also be using the hashtag #YODO again, which stands for You Only Die Once.

Please help to promote the Awareness Week and encourage people to take part by organising or attending events. Please get in touch with Marketing Manager, Mary Mc Colgan at for support with this.

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Launch of the 2015/16 Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund

Deadline for applications: Noon 22nd May
Registration and Eligibility form by Noon 8th May 2015

The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund for financial year 2015-16 has launched with the on line application system (AIMS) being open from 30th March.

You will need to ensure your Registration and Eligibility form is completed on AIMS by Noon 8th May 2015. The deadline for applications is Noon 22nd May 2015.

An e-learning module guiding you through the process can be accessed through the AIMS log-in page (in the top right hand corner of the page). All applicants should read the e-learning guide, even if you have applied before.

The Information Pack for applicants and other supporting documents can be found on the DH website:

£3 million funding for stem cell services

The funding will support a partnership between NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

This partnership will further improve the provision of stem cells in the UK. It will help patients with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders and take the total amount of investment in this area to £19 million since 2010.
This funding will also help to increase the number of young adult stem cell donors and particularly those from black, Asian and ethnic minority populations that are currently under-represented.

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Care Certificate launched 1 April 2015

All new healthcare assistants and social care support workers will be expected to get a Care Certificate within 12 weeks of employment.

The Care Certificate assesses the fundamental skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required to provide safe, effective and compassionate care. It will be awarded to staff in health and care roles who can demonstrate that they meet 15 Care Certificate standards.

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Adult autism strategy statutory guidance published

The Government has published new Adult Autism Strategy statutory guidance for NHS organisations and local authorities, as well it’s response to the consultation which ran in November and December last year. The consultation received 118 responses.

The statutory guidance updates original guidance issued under the Autism Act 2009 and the subsequent adult autism strategy. It accounts for progress and updates to the strategy made since 2010, and recent legislation like the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.

The guidance sets out requirements for local authorities and NHS organisations. It reminds them to work together and with partners, for example, in the criminal justice system or helping people with autism into employment.

Please see the news story here:

The guidance is available electronically at:

The consultation response can be found here:

In addition please see Chief Social Worker Lyn Romeo’s blog on the subject

The revised Mental Health Act (1983) Code of Practice

The revised Mental Health Act (1983) Code of Practice comes into effect on 1 April. The new Code should help deliver very significant improvements for people subject to the Mental Health Act, their families and carers.

See here for more detail:

Safer care for patients

The Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015 that aims to improve safety and quality of care has received Royal Assent.

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Consultation: Children’s epilepsy services

Deadline: June 18

NHS England has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to its service specification for children’s epilepsy surgery services. This specification was first adopted in May 2013.

Consultation will last for three months, between March 26 and 18 June 2015.

An accompanying consultation guide has been produced, containing additional information about the rationale behind the proposed changes, and is intended to help those with an interest in these services to make an informed contribution to the consultation. These can be found at

Consultation on specialised services clinical commissioning policies and service specifications

On 24 March 2015, NHS England launched a 30 day public consultation on a number of proposed clinical commissioning policies and service specifications for specialised services.

The 33 policies, five service specifications and two other commissioning products (Chemotherapy algorithms for multiple myeloma and UK Genetic Testing Network new test recommendations) will be open to a 30 day consultation period, closing on 23 April 2015.

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Call for action on hearing loss

A new ‘Action Plan on Hearing Loss’ to support services for deaf people and those with diminishing hearing has been published. The report identifies multiple health and social issues associated with hearing loss and recommends ways that services for children, young people, working age and older adults living with hearing loss can be improved.

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My life, my support, my choice: Children and young people call for coordinated care and support on their terms

My life, my support, my choice: a vision for person centred coordinated care and support for children and young people with complex lives was published on Monday 23 March by charity coalition National Voices and national partnership (for social care reform) Think Local Act Personal (TLAP). It sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – support looks to children and young people.

My life, my support, my choice is endorsed by the national Children’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership and supports the implementation of the policy initiatives and legislation that are currently shaping services for children and young people, including The Care Act 2014 and The Children and Families Act 2014.

To read the document, go to:

New evidence addresses the health inequalities of LGB&T people

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGB&T) Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework Companion Document was launched on the 12th March. It highlights the significant impact of discrimination on LGB&T people’s experiences of care and support and outcomes for their wellbeing.

The LGB&T ASCOF Companion Document has been developed by the National LGB&T Partnership working with the Department of Health, with thanks to experts from across the LGB&T community.

To download the document, go to:

Health and care services for women offenders

Clinks have published the results of our recent survey of voluntary sector health and social care services for women in contact with the Criminal Justice System. We found many fantastic examples of organisations working together to meet the health needs of these women, both directly and through proactively supporting them to engage with other health services. Despite this, the responses highlighted a number of areas where more support is needed, including mental health, trauma-informed services, support for those with complex but low-level needs and/or dual diagnosis, and addressing challenges in sharing information and making referrals between services.

To read the report, go here


Our support, our lives

Scope has published a report into integrating health and social care for disabled people called “Our Support, our Lives”. It is available here -

If you’d like to tweet please use the hashtag #OurSupportOurLives

How to Engage Men in Self-Management Support

The second in the Men's Health Forum's series of 'How To…' guides, 'How to engage men in self-management support' pulls together in a single user-friendly booklet the findings of the York review, the first ever analysis all the available evidence on men’s experiences and perceptions of various self-management support interventions and activities.

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