Department of Health

Applications to join the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance 2017-18

The Department of Health has published an information pack for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations considering joining the alliance, prepared by the Department of Health Voluntary Sector Engagement Team in partnership with NHS England and Public Health England.

The new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme will seek to achieve its objectives through two co-dependent funded mechanisms:

Social prescribing: From rhetoric to reality, King’s Fund – 18 May 2017

Social prescribing involves empowering individuals to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to non-medical and community support services. This event, run in partnership with the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine, brings together national leaders and innovative local areas to provide a platform for enabling strategic collaboration and sharing of best practice.

King’s Fund leadership summit – early-bird registration deadline 1 March 2017

The seventh national summit focuses on the consequences of the NHS Five Year Forward View across the health sector, and is designed to support experienced leaders from the third sector, NHS, local government and private sector.

The summit will be held on 9 May 2017 at the King's Fund, London.

Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society call for urgent government action

The two charities have demanded both short and long-term responses to the developing crisis in social care. Age UK suggests that social care will collapse in the worst-affected areas as early as 2018.

Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society represent the sector’s acknowledgement of the need for “a short-term injection of new money in to the system and leadership towards a long-term solution”.

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CQC to partner with charities and patient advocacy groups

The Care Quality Commission has announced it will be working with a number of ‘Tell us about your care’ partner organisations: Carers UK, Disability Rights UK, Mind, The National Autistic Society, Patients Association, and the Relatives & Residents Association.

The organisations will pass information to the CQC with the aim of improving its regulation of health and care services, and helping to identify best practice.

Chris Day, Director of Engagement at the Care Quality Commission, said:

BMA and King's Fund criticise government approach to NHS spending

The BMA chair, Dr Mark Porter, has said that the government is failing to address a crisis in the NHS and social care and 'falling well short' of its commitment, while the Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, Chris Ham, has questioned government plans for mental health services, suggesting that despite the Prime Minister’s recognition of their importance, ‘promised increases in funding have not materialised in many areas’.

Prime Minister urged to review NHS and social care spending

The chairs of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Committee of Public Accounts and the Communities and Local Government Committee have jointly written to Teresa May to call for ‘a new political consensus’ to develop long-term solutions to the funding crisis in health and social care.

Listening to people with dementia

The Department of Health has launched a listening programme to capture the views and experiences of people with dementia and their carers in order to try to assess what difference its work to tackle dementia is having and where further improvements to the delivery of services and support may be needed at a local level.

Directors of Public Health

Public Health England has published an updated list of every Director of Public Health in the country.

Mental health transformation programme begins

The government’s response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations has begun with a focus on children and adults of all ages with conditions such as psychosis, depression and anxiety. A new publication – ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ – outlines the forthcoming changes.


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