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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 61

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Toolkit – Youth Social Action in Health and Social Care

This toolkit takes an inclusive and broad approach to social action and volunteering – including both formal and informal opportunities for young people to engage within health and care settings and wider activity that is often described as social action.

To view the toolkit, go to: http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/report/toolkit-youth-social-action-in-health-and-social-care/

Better Care Exchange

The Better Care Exchange is a collaborative, online space for sharing learning, information and good practice on delivering better, integrated health and social care. It brings together all key documents related to integrated care, and pools knowledge from a range of programmes including the Better Care Fund programme, Integration Pioneers and the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme.

The Exchange has been co-designed with practitioners, service users and carers, and provides support for all those involved in shaping, commissioning and providing better, integrated care.

Please click on this link to be taken to the Better Care Exchange

 

Clampdown on staffing agencies charging NHS extortionate rates

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a clampdown as part of tough new financial controls to cut down on waste in the NHS.

To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/clampdown-on-staffing-agencies-charging-nhs-extortionate-rates

How can we afford the kind of care we all want?

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has written about the need for delivering safer services and lower costs in the NHS.

To read the article, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-can-we-afford-the-kind-of-care-we-all-want

 

Simon Stevens issues clarion call to NHS leaders to redesign care for patients

The head of NHS England has issued a clarion call to health care leaders to redesign the care of patients across the NHS so that it is sustainable for the future and better able to meet the needs of patients.

Speaking to delegates at the NHS Annual Conference in Liverpool on Wednesday, Simon Stevens set out three priorities: putting the NHS on a financially sustainable footing, redesigning care, and getting serious about prevention.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/06/03/redesign-care/

Blogposts: Volunteers’ Week 2015

To mark Volunteers’ Week NHS England ran a series of blogs from volunteers, and the organisations who support them.

Obesity data challenge calls innovators to bid for new £30k prize

A £30,000 international challenge prize – the first of its kind – is up for grabs to innovators or organisations who can publish or present data on obesity in a new, exciting and useful way.

The challenge, to promote innovation in open data, is being carried out in both England and the US and will either help create an innovative tool by ‘mashing up’ existing data or will help publish data collected but not publicly available.

To read more, go to: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/06/01/obesity-data-challenge/

Reducing high smoking rates among patients in mental health units

PHE and NHS England have published new guidance to help medium and low secure mental health units best implement the NICE recommendation that all NHS funded sites should provide access to on-site stop smoking services and deliver care in an environment free of smoke. The guidance highlights case studies which show the benefits of completely smokefree mental health units, where service users are provided support to stop smoking.

Nationally 33% of people with a mental health problem smoke compared to 18.7% in the population as a whole. A PHE and NHS England survey found that smoking rates among service users in mental health units is even higher at 64%. High smoking rates among people with mental health problems are the single largest contributor to their 10 to 20-year reduced life expectancy.

View the full press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reducing-high-smoking-rates-among-patients-in-mental-health-units

Call to improve young people’s health and wellbeing in the West Midlands

Public Health England in the West Midlands is inviting public health stakeholders to join forces in providing better and more joined up services for young people across the region.

PHE’s Improving Young People’s Health and Wellbeing framework was the focus of a regional conference on Friday 5 June, held at West Midlands Fire Service headquarters in Birmingham.

The framework, for people aged 10 to 24, provides guidance and practical support on issues such as tackling teenage pregnancy, smoking and drug use, as well as promoting positive mental health.

See more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/call-to-improve-young-peoples-health-and-wellbeing-in-the-west-midlands

Rush hour challenge for cyclists, runners and walkers in West Midlands

Wednesday June 3 saw cyclists, runners and walkers try and beat car drivers during the rush hour in Birmingham, Walsall and Solihull in the annual Rush Hour Challenge.

The event was supported by PHE West Midlands as one way of encouraging people to build physical activity into everyday life and putting “Everybody Active, Every Day” into practice.

Published by PHE in October 2014, Everybody Active, Every Day is a framework for national and local action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic, responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

See the rest here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rush-hour-challenge-for-cyclists-runners-and-walkers-in-west-midlands

Engaging people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage

In January 2015 Shaping Our Lives and User Voice carried out research into the experience of user led organisations and programmes in securing funding and the challenges they face. They had been commissioned by a funder to support them in their ambition to become more user led in their funding and decision making processes. The report, Engaging people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage, is now available to read. Shaping Our Lives and User Voice are now looking to disseminate the learning as widely as possible.

If you would be interested in a workshop or training within your organisation then do get in touch with becki@shapingourlives.org.uk

To read: http://www.shapingourlives.org.uk/ourpubs.html#Engaging

 

FaithAction is looking for case studies

Building on their work on faith groups and public health, FaithAction are looking for examples of the work faith groups do to improve health outcomes, to gather information on what works and develop a resource booklet of these great stories to give ideas to faith groups and public health officials on how they can also help improve outcomes.

If you know of any groups who may be interested, please email Andrew Welsby – andrew.welsby@faithaction.net

Please also share this with your networks or anyone else you think may be interested.

Events: TLAP “Empowering and Engaging Communities” regional events

Colleagues from REF and Volunteering Matters have been assisting the Think Local Act Personal Partnership (TLAP) with arrangements for four regional events (London 2 July, Manchester 7 July, Manchester 19 July and Birmingham 14 July) that will explore how communities can be more effectively empowered and engaged in ways which help to promote health and well-being.

Details of the four events here [114kB PDF]

Person Centred Care and Volunteering: Top Tips

This top tips guide has been produced by ECORYS, In Control and Volunteering Matters. The guide has been informed by conversations with and the experience of people using personal health budgets and features a foreword from Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of the Power to Change charitable trust.

To read the guide, go to: http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/app/uploads/2015/05/Centred-care-top-tips.pdf

Huge response to Mental Health Taskforce survey

Over 20,000 people have taken part in a recently launched online survey, aimed to gather the views and expertise of families and professionals on mental health provision. The information gathered by the Mental Health Taskforce will be used to develop a national five year strategy for mental health.

Campaign: Be Clear on Cancer - Breast Cancer in women over 70

A national reminder campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer in women over 70 will run from 13 July to 6 September 2015. The Be Clear on Cancer campaign will inform women over 70 that if they see any changes to their breasts they should see their doctor straight away.

Further information is on the Cancer Research UK National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) website. Campaign materials can be ordered from the Orderline, or phone 0300 123 1002.

Event: Voluntary and community sector supporting the emotional and mental health of children and young people, July 13th, London

Free Seminar

Location: CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Street, London N1 6AH 
Date: July 13th, 10am – 2pm

National Children’s Bureau, and the Young People‘s Health Partnership are hosting this free seminar as part of their role as Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners. Following the publication of Future in mind, the report produced by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce, this event will provide an opportunity for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations working with children and young people to:

• Learn more about this DH/NHS England report and the relevance and implications of its messages for the VCS
• Look at the different roles that the VCS can play in supporting CYP mental health and wellbeing and the resultant training and support needs of VCS staff
• Share ideas, potential solutions, practice and service examples likely to help take forward key messages and address challenges highlighted

To book this event please go to the Eventbrite webpage http://volcommunitysupportingchildrenmentalhealth.eventbrite.co.uk

Health and wellbeing board VCS engagement- survey results published

Regional Voices has published the full survey report from the survey conducted earlier this year about how the voluntary and community sector (VCS) is engaging with health and wellbeing boards (HWB). 780 people responded over the three surveys. Specific questions were asked to VCS representatives on health and wellbeing boards, Healthwatch reps on the boards and to the wider VCS, interested in engaging with the HWB.

This has been the third survey about VCS engagement with health and wellbeing boards. Encouragingly, some good practice for how boards involve the VCS is emerging. However, some challenges remain. It feels like the VCS is continuing to be under-utilised by local partners in health and care.

Although there is considerable desire in the VCS to work with HWBs, only 22% of respondents reported being able to link in with local Healthwatch or a sub-group of the HWB and around 30% were able to raise issues with a VCS rep and only 9% of respondents felt their organisation was linked with the work of the HWB (a reduction since the last survey).

The survey captures good practice and challenges and makes recommendations to help improve development of working links between the VCS, Healthwatch and health and wellbeing boards.

Read the survey report and summary with recommendations: http://www.regionalvoices.org/hwb-reps/survey

Briefings: Practical guides to engagement with CCGs and HWBs

Compact Voice and Regional Voices have launched two briefings designed to help voluntary organisations to build strong partnerships with local commissioning bodies. The briefings are based on the experiences of a range of voluntary organisations who have established strong partnerships with local health bodies. Their knowledge and tips have been translated into a number of practical steps organisations can take to engage better with CCGs and health and wellbeing boards.

Practical guide to engaging with health and wellbeing boards- http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/resources/briefings-and-guidance/practical-guide-engaging-health-and-wellbeing-boards

Practical guide to engaging with clinical commissioning groups- http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/resources/briefings-and-guidance/practical-guide-engaging-clinical-commissioning-groups

Compact Voice has also produced two further guides:

Practical Guide to Engaging Police and Crime Commissioners http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/resources/briefings-and-guidance/practical-guide-engaging-police-and-crime-commissioners

Practical Guide to Engaging Local Enterprise Partnerships: http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/resources/briefings-and-guidance/practical-guide-engaging-local-enterprise-partnerships-leps

Report: Tackling Inequalities in the CJS

Clinks’ latest report, ‘Tackling inequality in the Criminal Justice System’ highlights how different groups have successfully advocated for the needs of people from equalities groups and minority communities, including people with learning disabilities, older offenders, young Muslim men, women in prison and LGBT offenders.

People from many equality and minority groups are overrepresented in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), with a large proportion of offenders facing some form of discrimination or disadvantage. The report includes useful resources, tips and recommendations for policy makers, commissioners and voluntary organisations.

“The value of this report is that it does not waste time and space rehearsing the depressing level of inequality within the criminal justice system, with which everyone is familiar. Instead, it focuses on practical ways forward grounded in the real life work of a number of pioneering voluntary sector organisations.” Russell Webster, Criminal Justice commentator

The report summarises presentations and discussions from a seminar held in November 2014, and highlights solutions to challenges for policy makers and commissioners to tackle inequality in the CJS at each stage of the commissioning cycle.

The report can be downloaded here: http://www.clinks.org/resources-reports/tackling-inequality-criminal-justice-system

The UK Civil Society Almanac 2015

The UK Civil Society Almanac 2015 is now live – you'll find all the new data on the voluntary sector here: http://data.ncvo.org.uk/

Public services must ‘wake up’ to gaps in mental health crisis care, warns CQC

People who are having a mental health crisis are not always receiving care and support when and where they need it, the regulator has found.

In a national report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns that public services, such as local authorities, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups, are failing to work together to make sure that people in their local areas have access to crisis care around the clock. Also, it found that healthcare professionals, such as those in A&E, can appear to lack compassion and warmth in how to care for and speak to people who are having a crisis, including those who have harmed themselves.

As part of its review, CQC sought views from people who have experienced different types of mental health crisis care. It found that while 86% of those who had received care and support from charities and volunteers felt that their concerns had been taken seriously by them, only 37% said that they felt this from A&E staff. This is worrying as these professionals should be trained in how to care for and respond to them. In particular, people often reported poor attitudes from staff towards their injuries caused by self-harm. Overall, only 14% of people thought the care they received provided the right response and helped them to resolve their crisis.

To read more and download the report, go to: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/new-report-looking-people%E2%80%99s-experience-care-during-mental-health-crisis

Two new care model vanguard opportunities

Health organisations and local partnerships have two more opportunities to take up the challenge to become new care model vanguards. Expressions of interest are being sought from local hospitals wanting to work on collaborative ways of redesigning acute care for patients and for parts of the country to step forward to change the way the urgent care system works.

Leading Transformational Change programme open for application

NHS Improving Quality’s Advancing Change Team is now recruiting to its Leading Transformational Change programme, offering support to help senior leaders build their transformational change capacity as they deliver system wide change.

Report: Mental health crisis review – experiences of black and minority ethnic communities

Together with the Care Quality Commission, The Race Equality Foundation has today published a report on mental health crisis care. The Race Equality Foundation report fed into the CQC report, and has also been published in it's own right.

The CQC report found that mental health crisis services are 'inadequate.' Just 14 per cent of people said the care they received was right and helped resolve their crisis. Most people had come into contact with at least three difference services, and just over one in ten people with six to ten services.

The Race Equality Foundation report found black and minority ethnic patients experience discrimination and poor service in crisis care.

The CQC report is available here

The Race Equality Foundation report is available here

Survey: voluntary sector involvement in local public health commissioning

Deadline for the survey is 3rd July

Are you an employee or a volunteer involved in management/governance within the VCSE sector? If so, a research team led by Durham University, in collaboration with VONNE (the Voluntary Organisations' Network North East) and the Universities of York and Coventry is seeking your views, through an online survey, of changes in health and wellbeing services since public health responsibilities were transferred to local government in April 2013, and how VCSE organisations are being involved.

The research team are interested in a broad range of services designed to improve health and address inequalities, 7 including community development and wellbeing; lifestyle management services; health checks; preventive initiatives as part of services for particular client groups; and involvement in health-related initiatives across local authority directorates (such as environment, leisure, planning).

To read more and take part in the survey, go to: http://www.regionalvoices.org/node/299 If you have any queries please contact: Contact Catherine Taylor at: c.e.taylor@durham.ac.uk

Survey: Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?

The survey will close at 10am on 27 July.

We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS. Consequently NHS chief, Simon Stevens, committed to exploring a shorter version of the NHS Standard Contract for low-value contracts, in the NHS Five Year Forward View (http://www.regionalvoices.org/node/265).

Regional Voices, working with NHS England, is carrying out this survey to help understand specific issues which organisations have experienced in using the NHS Standard Contract. We expect the survey to take no more than 15 minutes.

Take the survey about the NHS Standard Contract for VCSE organisations: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHS5YFV-VCSE

More information about VCSE commissioning issues in health and wellbeing and the background to this work on the Standard Contract: http://www.regionalvoices.org/NHSStandardContract NHS England will undertake its annual, wider, consultation in preparation for the 2016/17 Contract later this year, which VCSE organisations will also be invited to participate in.

If you have any queries about this survey, or would like any support filling it in, contact Emma Baylin or Yoshiko Stokoe on 0113 394 2300 or email emma.baylin@involveyorkshirehumber.org.uk

Consultation: NICE Quality Standard Consultation On Domestic Abuse – A Reminder

NICE are currently consulting on the above quality standard and responses must be sent to NICE by 5 pm on Tuesday 14th July 2015.

To read more and take part in the consultation, go to: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/GID-QSD106/consultation/domestic-violence-quality-standard-consultation

Survey: Electronic Prescription Service Patient Survey

Deadline: July 31st

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) allows your GP to send your prescription directly to your chosen pharmacy without a paper prescription. If your prescription is sent this way then you can help to improve this NHS service simply by sharing your experiences of using EPS.

If you would like to help NHS England then please take a few minutes to complete the anonymous EPS Patient Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/epspatient

The survey will remain open until the 31st of July 2015 so please share it with friends and family who may also wish to improve NHS services.

Survey: Updating the Health Charter for social care providers

People with learning disabilites have worse health than the general population. The Health Charter has been developed for adult social care providers and staff who have an important role in helping people access good healthcare and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The work was developed in a partnership between the VODG, the National Development Team for Inclusion, Mencap, the National Care Forum and Public Health England.

With over 100 care providers now signed up to the guidance we are looking to evaluate the project and to update and refresh the guidance.

Providers signed up to the charter are invited to take part in this survey. Their views and experiences will help shape a refreshed guidance.

To take part in the survey, go here

Report: Solutions from the Frontline

A new report, launched by Making Every Adult Matter (a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link, and Mind) shows that people experiencing multiple and complex needs are not getting the support they need, because policymakers are not consistently listening to them or the practitioners that support them.

Solutions from the Frontline is based on the ideas and experiences of people with multiple needs. It sets out how the new Government, as well as national and local policymakers and commissioners, can act to reduce stigma, improve services, and support people to achieve their ambitions.

The report's recommendations include:

• Listen to frontline voices and tackle stigma: The views of those with direct experience of multiple needs should be integrated into policy-making and the design and delivery of services.
• Deliver flexible and more joined-up services: Government and commissioners need to prioritise multiple needs and ensure that services are joined-up, flexible and don’t allow anyone to fall through the gaps.
• Support people towards independence: Back-to-work support providers and local authorities should improve access to personalised support and quality accommodation to allow people with multiple needs to move towards independence.

People with multiple needs exist in every community in Britain. They experience a combination of problems at once, including mental health, substance misuse, homelessness and offending behaviour. They often have ineffective contact with existing services and overuse costly emergency and crisis services as a result.

We are calling for a new approach, where people experiencing multiple needs are placed at the centre of their own support, listened to, understood and have all their needs addressed.

To download the report, go to: http://www.clinks.org/resources-reports/multiple-and-complex-needs

Gender Variance - E-learning for GPs

The Role of GPs in the delivery of trans healthcare has featured frequently in the NHS England trans and non-binary consultation events. Professor Steve Field did mention during one of the workshops on this topic that a resource for GPs was being constructed. As the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) has just announced, the new Gender Variance e-learning course, which it developed and funded, is now live on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website. GIRES is immensely grateful to the RCGP and the many individual contributors to this project.

This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria. The numbers of trans people presenting for medical help are rising rapidly with waiting lists for access to specialist providers growing longer. The mental health of those unable to access treatment is likely to deteriorate gravely. GPs have a crucial role in providing appropriate medical care, leading to very positive outcomes.

The course will also enable all trans people, including those who are non-binary or non-gender, to engage positively with their GPs when seeking medical help.

The resource can be accessed here: http://elearning.rcgp.org.uk/gendervariance

This quick link should take the learner to the summary page of the course and if they select ‘Start Gender Variance’ the page will route them through to a login page – if the learner is not registered with the eLearning Platform they are given the option to register for free, after which they will be able to access the course (free of charge).

Please note: Although the registration form asks for GMC or NMC number this is not a required field and can be left blank allowing everyone to access the course.

If anyone has difficulty in accessing the above resource, please inform GIRES at: info@gires.org.uk