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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 6

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On the Radar: Regional Voices update

In this edition of the On the Radar update:

  • Future Forum: Phase 2
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • Any Qualified Provider
  • Public and Patient Engagement and the NHS Commissioning Board
  • New Briefings Published for the VCS:

- An Overview of the Health Transition
- Influencing the New Health System in a Local Area

For more on Regional Voices, contact Polly Goodwin by email:

Download the Regional Voices September 2011 update [87kB, DOC].


Briefing update – Regional Engagement Strategy Development for EDS WM

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is being designed by the NHS for the NHS, to improve the delivery of personalised, fair and diverse services to patients, to provide equal opportunity and treatment of staff and to support the NHS to demonstrate compliance with the Equality Act.

Download the latest briefing update [188kB, DOCX]
Download the EDS Grades Manual [635kB, PDF]


Adult social care engagement exercise launched

The government has launched ‘Caring for our future: shared ambitions for care and support’ – an engagement exercise with people who use care and support services, carers, local councils, care providers and the voluntary sector about the priorities for improving care and support. The discussion will inform will inform a government white paper on social care reform and a progress report on funding reform that will be published in spring 2012.

Visit the Caring for our future website for further information.


NHS support for social care: provision of support for memory services

Following publication of the first national audit of dementia services, the Department is providing £10m of additional support to social care via PCTs for memory services. Following agreement of areas of investment and the outcomes expected, PCTs should transfer the funding to the relevant local authority.

Further information is available on the Department of Health website.


Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of doctors

The General Medical Council (GMC) is consulting on draft guidance entitled ‘Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of doctors’. The consultation closes on 14 October 2011. The GMC is interested in views of organisations, doctors, nurses, social workers, young people, parents, carers and others who have a role in child protection.

Details can be found on the GMC website.


Dying, death and bereavement practical workshops

Dying Matters, the national coalition to raise awareness of dying, death and bereavement, is holding a series of short, practical training days on how to open up the conversations around end of life issues.

The sessions assume little or no background knowledge/experience and as such would be useful for many of your members/member organisations. They are being held on:

  • October 10th – Birmingham
  • November 9th – London
  • December 8th – Manchester

Further details can be found on the NCPC (National Council for Palliative Care) website.


In Your Own Words - Better practice in commissioning and using interpreting and translation services in health and social care

18th November 2011, London

A learning event on interpretation and translating services in health and social care is being held at NCVO in partnership with the Department of Health, Race Equality Foundation and regional partners Mothertongue, Everyday Language Solutions and Sunderland City Council.

Invited speakers are from the Department of Health, the voluntary and community sector and the private sector. There will be workshops on key themes and an opportunity to discuss and contribute to vital learning in this sector. Admission is free, although places are limited. For further enquiries, please contact Farah Islam-Barrett by email:

Download the event flyer 195kB, PDF].


Offender Health Commissioning: Make a difference with the voluntary sector
13th October 2011, 8:45am until 2:30pm, London

The policy landscape for offender health is changing drastically. The Breaking the Cycle consultation, justice and health reform bills, payment by results and the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s competition strategy mean that the commissioning environment will be radically transformed. Voluntary organisations will be required to compete with large private and public sector providers or to work in partnership with them. This presents major challenges.

Department of Health Strategic Partners FaithAction, Nacro, Action for Prisoners' Families, Mental Health Providers Forum and Men’s Health Forum would like to invite you to this free event to examine the role and ‘fit’ of the voluntary sector in the emerging policy and commissioning landscape.

With guest speakers from the Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, Turning Point, Nacro and other voluntary sector organisations, this event will provide the latest policy updates and hear direct from the voluntary sector about the vital role it has to play in the new landscape.

Download the event programe [103kB, PDF].


Afiya Trust online survey: How are the cuts affecting you?

The Afiya Trust is assessing the impact of spending cuts on Britain’s black and minority ethnic communities. It is especially interested in how the cuts have affected health and social care service delivery to BME communities, and voluntary sector and community organisations.

Complete the online survey.


Key Facts and trends in mental health
Mental Health Network – NHS Confederation briefing

Main headings:

  • Updated figures and statistics (about mental health)
  • Key trends in morbidity & behaviour
  • Wider societal changes and challenges
  • NHS budget and spending projections
  • Quality, safety and user experience

Download the key facts full document [570kB, PDF].


NCVO Vulnerable People and Climate Change Project
supported by VODG, Equalities National Council BME Disabled People & MHPF

NCVO is undertaking a major project between 2011 and 2013 to help vulnerable people in England and the voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) that support them to better understand how a changed UK climate may affect them, what they might need to do to prepare for it, and how these organisations and individuals can help to mitigate climate change.

During the project NCVO will work with several cohorts of organisations from particular sub-sectors who as part of their mission have clear social objectives, to create:

  • networks of organisations with similar missions able to share project insights and experiences together, and more widely with others in their field
  • an opportunity for each participating VCO to use the knowledge they gain to run an in-house climate change project with service users – spreading understanding of the issues to people likely to face particular risks from this major societal challenge, and building a deeper appreciation of implications for future service delivery.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Kate Damiral, Climate Change Officer, tel: 020 7520 2540, email:

Download the project overview [77kB, DOC].


Linking Public Health to the Olympics:  Leaving a lasting legacy from London 2012 in communities throughout the UK

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity that is creating a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We are a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, and we have 16 programmes with over 100 arts, sports and education projects currently taking place across the UK. From Stirling to Swansea and Belfast to Brighton, our projects are helping to build a lasting legacy from the Games in communities across the country.

Go to for further details.


National End of Life Care Programme

The September edition of the National End of Life Care Programme newsletter is now available to download [821kB, PDF].


Working with young people: IAPT guidance

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to those working in IAPT services, as well as commissioners and providers of services, regarding working with under 18 year olds.

Download the guidance for Commissioners, IAPT service providers and those working in IAPT services [152kB, PDF].