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Health and Well-being news alert Issue 62

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New social contract between the public, health and care services

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has called for a new social contract between the public, health and care services.

In a speech to the Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference in Harrogate the Health Secretary urged the public to take more personal responsibility:

• for looking after the elderly
• for their own health
• in using finite NHS resources

He argued that, while integration of health and social care is vital to delivering the highest standards of health and care, personal responsibility needs to sit alongside system accountability.

To read more, go to:

Young People Helping in Hospital programme - announcement

Nesta have now announced the four successful pilots in the Young People Helping in Hospitals programme.

Four hospitals will benefit from an overall fund of £200,000 through the Young People Helping in Hospitals programme, funded by the Department of Health and run by Nesta.

Read more at:

PHE blogs

Preventing the disease of violence – blog by Sue Ibbotson

Violence is a public health issue. Living without the fear of violence is a fundamental requirement for health and wellbeing. PHE West Midlands,have joined up with the West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to introduce the West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance.
Read the full blog by Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, PHE West Midlands here:

LGB&T health – celebrating with pride
Last week London celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Pride, and across the country we saw Pride marches and celebrations bringing together LGB&T communities, their friends, families and allies. PHE is working on a number of important projects on improving health and wellbeing outcomes for the LGB&T community.

Read the full blog by Kevin Fenton, National Director for Health and Wellbeing, and Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing here:

PHE publishes Child Health Profiles 2015

The Child Health Profiles 2015, published by PHE earlier this month, provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, and allow comparison locally, regionally and nationally. Interactive maps and charts allow users to create customised views. PHE has also published a condensed version of the profiles for clinical commissioning groups which uses some of the same key indicators.

Profiles available here

Reconfiguration of PHE regions and centres goes live

On Wednesday 1 July, new arrangements for strengthening PHE’s local presence went live and PHE’s geographical footprint will now match the nine regions of local government.

Each of the four PHE regions will continue to be led by a director who, as well as supporting the eight centre directors, will also be the public health adviser to NHS England in their region. London remains a combined centre and region.

Study finds physically active children are happier and more confident

2 July 2015 marked the launch of this year’s ‘Change4Life 10 minute shake up’ campaign with Disney. The campaign aims to encourage children to do 10 minute bursts of moderate to vigorous activity, inspired by Disney characters, throughout the day, and every day, in order to meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity children need.

This year’s campaign launches to coincide with the publication of an evidence review by British Heart Foundation (BHF) researchers from the University of Oxford and Loughborough University, which identifies the direct benefits that physical activity has on children in terms of their physical, social and emotional development.

The new review points to strong evidence that physical activity and sport has a positive impact on children’s social skills and self-esteem. The evidence review also identified further social benefits for children as a result of physical activity including increased confidence and peer acceptance, alongside a link to friendship.

Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes report

The Low Commission has worked in partnership with the Advice Services Alliance to produce a new report on The Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes. Both the Age UK national office and local partners have provided input for the report which looks at the relationship between advice needs and services, and health. Until now the linkage between social welfare advice improving health outcomes within the context of the "social determinants" (reference - the Marmot Review Report) of ill-health has not been widely mainstreamed amongst policy makers and commissioners.

The production of the report was guided by group of experts from health and advice charities, including Age UK.

To read the report, go to:

Improving Male Health for the Next Generation

Blog by Emily Hamblin, Senior Development Officer, NCB, who asks how we change men's and boys' attitudes to health:

Patients across the country set to benefit from the roll out of proven healthcare innovations

Sir Bruce Keogh has announced the successful applicants of a scheme to make healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.

Seventeen healthcare pioneers from the UK and abroad have been identified to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator and receive national support to roll out their innovations across England.

Through the programme, individuals will receive coaching from mentors and a dedicated partner from each of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks to spread the new ways of working. The innovations will speed up diagnosis and treatment of diseases, enhance clinical safety and improve out-of-hospital care.

To read more, go to:

Children and young people give their views and opinions on health care

Nearly 19,000 children and young people have been given the chance to provide feedback on their hospital experiences. The survey was carried out by the Care Quality Commission and will supply NHS England and the Department of Health with data to assess performance against national targets on patient experience.

Nationally, 137 acute NHS trusts took part in the survey which was broken down into three age-appropriate questionnaires, specially developed to give children and young people a voice on health care.

To read more, go to:

Accessible Information Standard Approved

A new information standard has been approved which aims to ensure that patients with a disability or sensory loss receive accessible information and communication support.

All organisations providing NHS or adult social care will be required to follow the new Accessible Information Standard – known officially as SCCI1605 Accessible Information – by 31 July 2016. This includes NHS Trusts and GP practices. The Standard aims to ensure that people who have a disability or sensory loss receive information that they can access and understand, for example in large print, braille or via email, and professional communication support if they need it, for example from a British Sign Language interpreter.

Please see attached document [207kB PDF].

More information is available at or email

Young People's Health Partnership Briefing: Substance Misuse

Addaction and the Young People’s Health Partnership have published Young People and Substance Misuse, a briefing about young people’s substance misuse and how local services and commissioners can respond to this issue.

The latest official data shows that drinking and drug use among young people has more than halved over the past 10 years. Yet there are still significant numbers of young people across the country using and misusing substances, and some of these are at risk of developing severe and enduring substance misuse problems that continue into adulthood.

Health inequalities relating to substance misuse are evident, with vulnerable groups (such as those excluded from school, young offenders and care leavers) far more likely to experience substance misuse problems. This is a huge and complex issue so the document focuses on one area that Addaction believes is vital in any local approach to drug and alcohol misuse among young people: early intervention.

Early intervention best practice demonstrates what the Young People’s Health Partnership is all about: an integrated approach to young people’s health and wellbeing, building the skills of the youth sector, partnership working, and – most importantly – young people leading the way.

To read more, go here

Jeremy Hunt announces new measures to improve safety across NHS

The government has published Learning not Blaming, its full response to the Freedom to Speak Up consultation, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) report on investigating clinical incidents in the NHS and the Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust Investigation.

Jeremy Hunt told Parliament that when things go wrong “they will no longer be swept under the carpet” and that the NHS must “listen, learn and improve”.

To read more, go to:

Health Secretary sets out ambition for a 21st century NHS

Jeremy Hunt has set out the government’s vision for a patient-led, transparent and safer NHS.

To read more, go to:

Making healthcare more human-centred and not system-centred

In a speech to the King Fund, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has set out the direction of reform for the future NHS.

To read more, go to:

Public perceptions of the NHS and social care: winter 2014

This report provides the results from an Ipsos MORI survey of public perceptions of the NHS and social care services. The survey is the latest in a series of surveys that have tracked public perceptions and attitudes since spring 2000.

The data tables for this survey are available on the Ipsos MORI website.

To read more, go to:

Progress report published on transforming care for people with learning disabilities

NHS England has set out a clear programme of work with other national partners, outlined in ‘Transforming Care – Next Steps’, to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and drive system-wide change. This will enable more people to live in the community, with the right support, ideally close to home.

Led jointly by NHS England, the Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Local Government Association (LGA), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health (DH), the Transforming Care programme focuses on the five key areas of: empowering individuals; right care, right place; workforce; regulation; and data.

The Transforming Care Delivery Board (TCDB), that brings together senior representatives from the six national partners, has published a Progress Report (also in easy read) outlining what has already been delivered on the Transforming Care programme, with important milestones for 2015/16. The report acknowledges that while progress has been made, there is still much more to do to ensure that where it is appropriate, people are cared for in the community and close to home.

For more information, see the NHS England website:

New approach to the winter health campaign

For the first time, NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health, the NHS Trust Development Agency and Monitor are joining up our winter health campaigns. In previous years, there have been separate campaigns to address the challenges of winter. This year, we are developing one focused behaviour change programme to help the public know what they need to do to keep well over the winter months. There will be further information on the NHS England website as the campaign develops.

Health Secretary joins star speakers at Expo 2015

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will tell the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015 in September how technology is going to change the face of health care over the next decade.

This keynote address will be delivered at a significant time, coming four months into the new Government and just under a year after Chief Executive Simon Stevens set out his Five Year Forward View for a sustainable NHS.


Smoking in vehicles

From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.

To read more, go to:

NHS Citizen update: Start talking about how the NHS can improve

Join the conversation on how the NHS can improve

NHS Citizen has kicked off with Gather – a website and programme of events for everyone to talk about how the NHS can improve.

Citizens are discussing more than 20 conversations on different topics already:
• National management
• Treatment and services
• Local hospitals
• Community health
• Young people

Read: Join Gather to talk about how the NHS can improve

Read: NHS Citizen build has started: what’s happening?

Evaluation of the last stage of NHS Citizen

Find out more about the evaluation report into the last stage of NHS Citizen - the open design, which completed on the 31st of March 2015.

Read: Evaluation of the NHS Citizen Design

What happened to the issues raised at the Assembly last year?

The Assembly Stocktake report summarises what happened at the event in March 2015 we held to find out what progress had been made on the issues discussed at the Assembly in September 2014.

Read our report on the Assembly Stocktake

NHS Citizen at the NHS Youth Forum

The team visited the NHS Youth Forum's team-building event in Shropshire recently and discussed how they could take part in NHS Citizen.

Read NHS Citizen @ the Youth Forum, 21st of June

To find out more about NHS Citizen, visit

Taskforce report aims to boost cancer survival and transform patient experience

The Independent Cancer Taskforce has recommended six strategic priorities to help the NHS achieve world-class cancer outcomes. The cancer report outlines how an additional 30,000 patients every year could survive cancer for 10 years or more by 2020. The report sets out proposals for how patient experience can be transformed both during and after treatment.

To read more, go to:

Urgent action pledged on over-medication of people with learning disabilities

NHS England has promised rapid and sustained action following the publication of reports into the over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs to people with learning disabilities. In a letter to professionals and patients, NHS England has urged a review of prescriptions and will spearhead a “call to action” to tackle these problems.

For more information and to read the letter, go to:

Making NHS patient feedback more inclusive

Updated guidance has been published to help make the NHS’s biggest patient feedback tool, the Friends and Family Test, more inclusive.

The new guidance covers services across the NHS that are provided to children and young people – with special provisions for looked after children – as well as patients with learning disabilities, dementia, language and literacy issues or patients who are deaf or deafblind.

To read the guidance, go to:

New appointments to tackle race equality across the NHS

NHS England is pleased to announce two senior appointments to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in all NHS workplaces.

Following a competitive selection process, Yvonne Coghill OBE has been appointed as Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Implementation, and Roger Kline has been appointed as Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Research and Engagement.

To read more, go to:

Launch of the Cancer Taskforce strategy

The Cancer Taskforce has launched its strategy.

The strategy considers how to deliver better prevention, swifter diagnosis and improved treatment and care for all cancer patients. All of the priorities highlighted in the strategy seek, in some form, to address inequalities in cancer, to achieve a world class cancer service for everyone in England.

PHE has also just published the third National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) report on cancer and equality groups. This report collates the existing data on inequality and cancer.

SACN report on carbohydrates and health

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) final report on carbohydrates and health, published 17 July 2015, recommended a significant cut to the amount of sugars people consume as part of their daily calorie intake - halved from 10% to 5%. The report also recommends that consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is minimised and fibre increased.

The full report is here

New Physical activity slide sets published

PHE have just published two new slide sets presenting key data in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics.

Be Clear on Cancer campaign launched

PHE have just launched a national Be Clear on Cancer campaign to drive awareness of the risk of breast cancer amongst women over 70 including increasing their knowledge of lesser-known symptoms

National Diabetes Prevention Programme update (NDPP)

Funding allocations for demonstrator sites have been agreed for 2015/16. PHE will also be inviting expressions of interest from Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authority partners to be part of our first wave of implementation sites.

To find out more and to sign up to the NDPP newsletter update please email the team at

NHS Expo, Sept 2-3, Manchester

Please see below the Pop up university sessions confirmed for the NHS Expo. If you would like further information on these sessions, please contact the organisations listed next to them.

• Day 2, Pop Up Uni 6, 10-10:45: How technology and Apps can help drive people powered health and care, Sue Ryder, Men’s Health Forum

• Day 2, Pop Up Uni 7, 12-12:45: Win-win situations in co-produced solutions with patients and (disabled) people taking the lead, Win-Win Alliance

• Day 2, Pop Up Uni 6, 13-13:45: Working with the experts: Empowering disabled children, young people and their families to get the best out of the NHS, NCB

• Day 2, Pop-Up Uni 8, 14-14:45: Choice and Voice – perspectives from the Voluntary sector, Age UK

• Day 2, Pop Up Uni 3, 15-15:45: DevoManc: The relationship between health and housing in the new devolution agenda for Greater Manchester, National Housing Federation

• There will be a main stage session around the voluntary sector and the Care Act. This will be on the Main Stage 2 from 3pm on Day 2 and is headed up by Duncan Tree and Jabeer Butt, assisted by Clenton Farquharson (Chair, Healthwatch Birmingham) and Dr Brian Fisher .

It’s excellent that we have such a voluntary sector presence on the NHS Expo programme – remember tickets are still available for ANY VOLUNTARY SECTOR organisation to go the NHS Expo for free…

You can register for free at using the complimentary code VOLEXP1.

Once you have registered to attend, you will receive regular updates on all the latest confirmed speakers, workshops and exhibitors.

From designing to delivering a better way of regulating health and adult social care: CQC looks back on 2014/15

In the last year, the regulator of health and adult social care in England has progressed from designing, testing and evaluating its new inspection model to implementing it to make sure that people get the safe, high quality and compassionate care they deserve.

In its Annual report and accounts 2014/15 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) sets out how it has rolled out its new, rigorous and expert-led way of monitoring, inspecting and regulating health and adult social care services in England, which has people at its heart.

• Read the full press release
• Download our 2014/15 annual report
• View the infographic



Event: Health Work and Wellbeing - ‘Create Fair Employment and Good Work for all’, Leeds, Sept 10

Venue: The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ
Date: Thursday, 10th September 2015
Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Minding the Gap is pleased to announce the second in a series of six conferences that will be revisiting Marmot ( Fair Society Healthy Lives).

The central topic of the conference will be ‘Create Fair Employment and Good Work for all’.

As with past conferences this will provide us with the opportunity to explore ‘healthy, work and wellbeing – Challenges and Opportunities.

Who should attend the conference?

The conference has been designed to help support Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Elected Members, Chief Executives, DsPH, DsCS, DsASS, members of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Local Authority Regeneration Managers and Officers with broader responsibilities along with CCGs and other health professionals and colleagues from the voluntary and community sector.

To reserve a place please complete the attached Flyer and Booking Form [756kB DOC].

Right Wheelchair, Right Time, Right Now Campaign

Message from Fiona Carey - member of the National Wheelchair Leadership Alliance chaired by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

On Monday we had a great start (and some fun, in truth), launching the Right Wheelchair, Right Time, Right Now Campaign to improve Wheelchair Services in England. The service is notoriously poor, to the extent that it is causing harm, as well as waste and delays:

• On Radio 4, we were on The World At One, on the 6 O’clock News and on the 10 O’clock News
• We did interviews on Radio 5Live
• We had articles on the BBC website ( in the Guardian and elsewhere.

Now we need as many people as possible to visit and:

• Pledge support for the campaign to improve Wheelchair services
• Use the 'Resources' there to write to their local MP and Clinical Commissioning Group (there are links inside the letter templates that will help you identify these people).

Please spread this through your networks, and ask your colleagues and friends to pledge.

Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Bulletin

Friday 31st July 2015

Please see attached documents:

1. DigitalSteering Group Expressions of Interest Form (Page5)
2. GM Housing and Health Chief Executive Panel Event (Page 8)

NHS Constitution and Handbook updated

The NHS Constitution and Handbook to the NHS Constitution have been updated to reflect current policy and legislation and to make the Constitution a more practical document.

In his inquiry into the failings at Mid-Staffordshire, Sir Robert Francis QC recommended amendments to the NHS Constitution based on:

• prioritising patients
• protecting patients from avoidable harm
• providing assistance that patients need
• staff compliance with guidance

Each of these recommendations has been fully accepted and implemented within the new NHS Constitution.

To read more, go to:

Honours Trawl Birthday 2016

Please send us your nominations by Friday 14th August.

The Department of Health has commenced its trawl for honours nominations for Birthday 2016. Further information is available on the DH website, including a letter from the Permanent Secretary, Una O’Brien:

If there is anybody that you would like to put forward for consideration (whether from within your own organisation or more widely), please do not hesitate to get in touch with Tracy Beedle at – with their name, role and organisation and a few lines to explain why you think that they should be considered.

The Department is particularly keen to receive nominations for women and people from black and ethnic minorities.


INVITATION: National Maternity Review regional drop-in events - August-October 2015

Over the next few months, the NHS Maternity Review will be hosting a number of events around the country as part of its national tour to hear how women, their families and advocates, provider organisations and the professional bodies involved in maternity care feel about the current services.

Please see below for our itinerary as it currently stands. We would be very grateful if you could share this widely within your networks, and look forward to seeing many of you there.

The Review will be visiting the following locations on the dates below. Final details for some of these events will be circulated in due course.

• Tuesday 4th August, 10am-7pm - The Lancaster Suite, Preston Guildhall & Conference Centre, Preston
• Friday 7th August, 9am-4.30pm - Morton Park Family & Community Centre, Carlisle
• Thursday 13th August, 10am-8pm - Holyfields Centre, Birmingham
• Tuesday 25th August, 10am-7pm - Acorn Children’s Centre, Taunton
• Wednesday 26th August, 9am-7pm - venue tbc, Plymouth
• Tuesday 1st September, 9am-7pm - St Nicolas Centre, Ipswich
• Wednesday 2nd September, 9am-7pm - The Kings Centre, Norwich
• Friday 4th September, 9am-7pm - venue tbc, St. Albans
• Thursday 17th September, 10am-7pm - venue tbc, Sheffield
• Friday 18th September, 10am-7pm - venue tbc, Manchester
• Monday 21st September, 10am-7pm - venue tbc, East London
• Wednesday 7th October, 10am-7pm - venue tbc, Newcastle

For more information, please contact

NHS England has published the 2014/15 Annual Report

The NHS England Annual Report is now available online. This report reviews a largely successful year and looks ahead to delivering the priorities set out by the Five Year Forward View. In the report, NHS England Chairman, Sir Malcolm Grant said “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people across the service the NHS has continued to maintain such high quality services and care for our patients.”

To read the Annual Report, go to:

NHS England launches next steps of urgent care review

Eight new vanguards have been announced that will launch the transformation of urgent and emergency care for nine million people.

Building on the recent success in improving trauma survival rates, the urgent and emergency care vanguards are tasked with changing the way in which all organisations work together to provide care in a more joined up way for patients. The vanguards will benefit from a programme of support and investment from the £200m transformation fund.

For more information, go to:

Your views wanted on the draft service model published for learning disabilities

NHS England has published a draft service model for health and care commissioners, that describes what good services should look like, for people with a learning disability and/or autism, with a mental health problem or behaviour that challenges.

Developed with the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, as part of the cross-system Transforming Care programme, NHS England is now seeking views from stakeholders before finalising this in autumn 2015.

The Service Model is available on the NHS England website along with an online survey for feedback at:

Alternatively you can email your comments to

Please give your views by 6pm on 4 September 2015.

Consultation: DH publish consultation on public health grant 2015/16

This consultation closes on 28th August 2015

As part of wider government action on deficit reduction, the Department of Health (DH) has been asked to deliver savings of £200 million in the financial year 2015 to 2016 through reductions to the Public Health Grant to local authorities (LAs).

This consultation sets out possible options on how the £200 million savings might be spread across LAs and asks 3 questions on how they can be delivered most fairly and effectively.

The consultation document can be viewed here:

2016 GSK IMPACT Awards - core funding and free training for health charities

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.

Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million.

Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

Closing date: 25 September 2015

To apply or to view winners’ films go to:

If you tweet we would very much appreciate a mention, here’s some suggested text:

#GSKIMPACTUK funding for health charities. To apply

We also have a new launch film which you may like to link to: