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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 60

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Event: Empowering and engaging communities: regional events - Birmingham July 14th

TLAP together with NHS England, Coalition for Collaborative Care, Public Health England and NHS Alliance is running a series of regional events on the topic of building community capacity. The events will aim to:

• Build an understanding of the key research, evidence and practice that supports building community capacity
• Provide the experience of coproducing a community capacity building action plan based on local priorities
• Reach an agreement on further support for embedding the action plan.

Events will run from 2nd July -14th July across the country with one in Birmingham on July 14th.

For more details and information on how to register please see:

New resource to support the management of volunteers in the care sector

Two leading bodies representing not-for-profit care and support providers in England have joined forces to produce a toolkit to assist volunteer management.

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and National Care Forum (NCF) launch a volunteer management toolkit today. The toolkit complements existing resources by addressing key questions raised by frontline service managers.

• Where and how can we find volunteers with the right skills and values?
• What support do volunteers require?
• How do we go about demonstrating the impact and value of volunteering within our services?

Launching the report Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive, said:

“Never has it been more important to support frontline managers to build the capability and capacity of volunteers in the sector. Our intention has been to produce a practical resource that will make a strong contribution to sector development”.

Des Kelly, NCF executive director said:

“Not-for-profit care providers have a long and established tradition of working with volunteers to add value to the support services they provide. As the Care Act is implemented and new models of care and support services emerge the contribution volunteers can make will be increasingly important. Our guide will help managers with this vital task”.

The development of the VODG/NCF volunteer management toolkit has been supported by Volunteering Matters and Sue Ryder through the Department of Health’s voluntary sector strategic partner programme. The next steps for VODG and NCF are to run a series of regional workshops for care providers.

To download a free copy of the toolkit, including an executive summary, please visit or

Internalised stigma as a barrier to access to health and social care services by minority ethnic groups in the UK

Several studies have documented the role of stigma as a barrier to access and use of health and social care services in different settings, most of them offering suggestions on how to minimise the impact on those at risk of stigmatisation.

Despite the availability of research and subsequent interventions, such as See Me and Time to Change, stigma remains a constant risk factor for ill-health and wellbeing amongst vulnerable groups, particularly minority ethnic communities in the UK).

Most research and subsequent interventions into stigmatisation focus on tackling external stigma, defined here as stigma directed towards individuals by external players, for example, friends, family and members of the community or wider society. This article rather examines the issue of internalised stigma, that is, the individual’s own sense of devaluation and discrimination.

It is informed by existing literature and findings from a pilot qualitative research study involving HIV positive immigrant Black African men and their families living in London. The paper concludes with policy and practice suggestions to tackle health issues relating to stigma.

To read more, go to:

Applications invited to join the NHS Youth Forum

Deadline - 11.59pm on 7th June

NHS England and the British Youth Council are excited to announce that they are now recruiting for the 2nd year of the NHS Youth Forum and we are looking for young people aged 14 - 25, from across England to be part of it!

The group this year will be made up of 25 young people. Up to 7 will be selected from the outgoing forum (from 2014); 4 will be selected from the NHS regional projects highlighted in a recent grant (these will be directly selected by the projects), 4 will be elected through BYC Conventions across the 4 NHS regions of North, London, Midlands / East of England and South West / South East and 10 places are open to any young people across England who meet the criteria; who essentially have an interest in health.

We are looking for people who are both passionate about youth representation and the improvement of services for all young people, as well as trying to ensure that the group is fully representative of all young people across England.

Open application: This is open to any young person, who meets the criteria, living in England

To read more and apply for one of the places, go to:

Peer Support: What is it and does it work? New evidence review launched by National Voice and Nesta

Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices as they launch the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?

There is evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. The review also showed that there is a limited understanding of the different forms of peer support, how best to deliver support and the forms of training and infrastructure to get the most impact from it; so, further evidence is needed to fully understand the impact it has on the health service and individuals with long-term health conditions.

The peer support literature review analysed over 1,000 research studies on peer support from around the world to find out who is involved in it, the type of support provided and why. The findings showed that peer support can take many forms, such as informal telephone calls, group get-togethers, online forums or structured training.

Existing evidence examined by the review showed that peer support is worth investing in as a way of tackling long-term health conditions but knowledge on the service could be strengthened by commissioning more robust and detailed evaluations of the impacts and reasons why peer support works better in some contexts and for some groups. This could be done through systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials or by evidence that detailed how support was offered or what the most useful components were.

The publication of the research coincides with the recent launch of Realising the Value, a new initiative to find, test, share and roll out the best ways that people with health conditions work with their communities and health professionals. Realising the Value is delivered by a large consortium with a strong track record and expertise in the area of putting people at the centre of their own care. Consortium partners include Nesta, the Health Foundation and National Voices.

Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? can be downloaded and read here

Please share this with your networks and if you are sharing this on social media please use #peersupport.

Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children: implications of new joint statutory guidance - report

NCB and the Children's Partnership hosted this free seminar as part of its role as Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner and Strategic Partner to the Department for Education (DfE). The event provided an opportunity to disseminate and examine the joint statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department of Health (DH) on promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children.

The guidance is for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England. There were opportunities to consider the specific issues, challenges and opportunities for addressing some key areas such as mental health, SEN and disability and adoption support.

Briefing, notes and presentations from the event are now available here

Online course: Influencing decision makers and commissioners

NCVO has produced a new online course on influencing decision makers. It’s free to all.

Through this practical four part course, funded by the Cabinet Office, you will learn how to influence decision makers and commissioners. NCVO will support you in defining your approach, identifying your target audience and evaluating your progress.

Course structure

• What you want to influence and why
• Who you want to influence
• Connecting with decision makers and commissioners
• Communicating and tailoring your message

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course you will:

• feel confident about putting together a plan of action for influencing
• get more clarity on your target audience
• be able to tailor your message as appropriate and evaluate your progress.

To read more and take the course, go to:

Simon Stevens calls for bold action to make NHS fit for the future

In his first speech since the general election, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens shared his vision for a new partnership between the public, the government and the health service on three broad fronts – prevention, care redesign, and efficiency linked to new investment.

To read more, go to:

Mental health staff working with police and courts now cover half of England

New Liaison and Diversion teams are now in place across half of the country to ensure that vulnerable people are supported in both police custody and the courts. The first wave began in April 2014 and this initiative has recently expanded to cover 28.5 million people as part of a two year trial.

For more information, go to:

Innovation Test Beds search extended

Health and social care innovators now have until 12 June to express an interest in being part of the Test Beds Programme.

The programme, which opened on 26 March, is inviting expressions of interest from innovators from any sector in the UK and internationally who want to test their ideas to deliver health services in better ways at scale, and in a real clinical setting.

Through the programme, and with the support of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), innovators will partner up with NHS and social care sites to trial new technologies, digital services and other innovations in service delivery with the potential to bring big benefits to patients.

In practice, a test bed site could mean equipping patients with wearable technology, combined with a new working pattern for clinical and nursing staff, all with the aim of helping people manage long-term conditions, address issues early and reduce preventable trips to hospital.

Over the summer, AHSNs will identify NHS and social care organisations as potential ‘test bed sites’ which will be matched to appropriate innovators. The partnerships will then receive national support to implement high potential innovations that respond to local clinical needs.

More information on the programme is available at: There are also a number of opportunities to find out more about the programme and ask questions.

More details here:

Children's Epilepsy Surgery Service - Patient and Public Workshop - 10th June 2015

NHS England are currently consulting on proposed changes to the service specification for the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service. The three month consultation was launched in March and will run until 18 June 2015. A consultation guide has been produced, containing information about the rationale behind the proposed changes.

To make sure that the voices of patients, their families and interested members of the public are heard, NHS England are holding a workshop where there will be the opportunity to discuss the potential impacts and benefits of the proposals. This event will also be a chance to meet with other people with an interest in, or experience of the children’s epilepsy surgery service.

The workshop will take place in central London on Wednesday 10 June, 10am until 1pm (registration open from 9.30, final hour will be for networking with other participants).

NHS England recognise that it may be difficult to travel to attend the workshop in person and will therefore run a webinar of the event where you can view the slides and listen to the presentations in real time and even join in the Q&A via twitter or email.

If you would like to attend the workshop or join the webinar please register here as soon as possible as places are limited.

If you have difficulties in registering on the website or if you are unable to attend but would like to join the Webinar please call Victoria Ward – 0113 825 5129 or email

NHS England would appreciate a wide range of views on the proposals, including from children and young people themselves. If you are not able to attend the workshop, please visit the website and feed in your views via the online survey and please do share this information widely for others to input their views too.

Events: Would you like to empower your staff and volunteers to help improve the health and wellbeing of older people? June 17th, Coventry and June 23rd, London

The Cascade Training Programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, has trained over 1400 volunteers and staff across 70 organisations to support over 5500 older people. AgeUK are running two free events which they’d like to bring to your attention.

1. Spreading the Word!
17th June 2015, 10:30 – 16:00
Coventry University Technology Park, CV1 2TT
Reaching older men, BME communities, befriending and telephone befriending; we’ll take a look at the approaches used by the programme’s consultants to empower staff and volunteers to confidently tackle these areas. Presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops.

2. Come to Tea! (Or…breakfast at least): Health and Wellbeing in Care Homes.
23rd June 2015, 9:00 – 11:45
Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA
The ‘Come to Tea’ project has worked with 16 care home providers to train over 500 volunteers and staff to support over 2200 care home residents. Join Age UK and NAPA (National Activity Providers’ Association) for a unique opportunity to find out how your organisation can be empowered to work with care homes to do the same.

Please get in touch with Kathleen O’Donnell on as soon as possible if you or someone in your organisation would like to attend.

Takeover Day Toolkit

Takeover Day is the national event where public, private and voluntary sector organisations give young people the opportunity to be involved in decision making about issues that affect their lives.

Coordinated by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, it’s a chance for organisations to engage directly with the young people who access their services. This means young people can be involved with decision making and influence policy and practice, to develop better services.

The Young People’s Health Partnership has put together a toolkit for health services which are considering taking part in Takeover Day 2015.

You can download the toolkit here

Accompanying resources can be found here

GP Champions Toolkit

The Association for Young People’s Health (one of the YPHP members) has published a new GP Champions Toolkit for General Practice. It has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and contains actions all GPs could carry out to improve primary care services for young people. The work, which was carried out in partnership with Youth Access (another YPHP member) and the RCGP Adolescent Health Group, was funded by the Department of Health and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The work that led to the development of the Toolkit concluded that collaboration between GPs and the voluntary sector was highly successful, although the model of work was different in each of 10 pilot sites. Joined-up working was most effective where new services were commissioned and fully funded by external bodies, as in Liverpool where the CCG funded a new drop-in service, and in South London, where the LeSoCo College of further education provided resources for weekly pop-up GP clinics on its three sites.

But it also uncovered worrying trends - a significant proportion of young people weren't registered with a GP and telephone triage systems for appointments were a barrier for young people.

The read more and to download the GP Champions Toolkit for General Practice, go to:

Guidance on impacting NHS locally through NHS Citizen

FaithAction is looking for views to help shape its guidance on impacting NHS locally through NHS Citizen, looking specifically for individuals from faith groups who have been involved directly in, or have an interest in, influencing and shaping NHS services locally.

They have created a survey to gather responses here

Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations 2015

Guidance in making and recovering charges for NHS hospital treatment from overseas visitors not exempt from charge has been published.

To read the guidance, go to:

Webinar: Using NHS Land – Opportunities for Health and Housing Partnerships, June 4th 

• 3:00pm - 4:00pm, 4 June 2015

The National Housing Federation is a strategic partner for NHS England, Department of Health and Public Health England. We are developing models and perspectives around social value with NHS trusts and primary care estates around surplus land to develop affordable housing and delivering better health outcomes.

Book your place now here

This webinar will explore potential opportunities for more cross-working between National Housing Federation members, NHS Trusts/Foundations, Community Health Partnerships, NHS Property Services, CCGs and Local Authorities.

The Federation’s Health Partnership Co-ordinator, Patrick Vernon, will lead the webinar. Sarah Raper, Executive Director at Community Health Partnerships, will speak about the current rules relating to disposal of NHS land and future opportunities for partnership working, and Hilary Blackwell, Partner Real Estate at Capsticks Solicitors LLP, will share her ideas around joint venture models and partnership working.

Event: Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children: implications of new joint statutory guidance, July 9th, Birmingham 

NCB and the Children’s Partnership is hosting this free seminar as part of our role as Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner and Strategic Partner to the Department for Education (DfE). This event will provide opportunity to disseminate and examine the joint statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department of Health (DH) on promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children.

The guidance is for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England. The event will provide opportunities to consider, with colleagues, implications for local implementation, to share ideas and potential solutions and examples of existing local practice which could support this.

This is a repeat of the event held in London in March this year.

Speakers to include:
• Michael Allured, Team Leader Education & Health of LAC, DfE
• Alan Bell, Team Leader Vulnerable Children, DH
• Helen Hipkiss, NHS England
• John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research & Development, BAAF

To register for this event please go here