Department of Health

New ministerial teams for health and culture

New teams are heading up the Departments of Health, and Culture, Media and Sport after the recent reshuffle.

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Referendum implications for NHS finances

The Health Foundation has produced a briefing on the implications for NHS finances of the referendum results. They outline the current state of finances for NHS providers in 2015/16, what this implies for the total Department of Health budget, and the scale of the financial challenge facing the health service for the near future.

Volunteers improving health and wellbeing

The Department of Health has published a review of the challenges facing voluntary and community organisations working to support people’s health and wellbeing. The report makes a number of recommendations for Government focused on putting wellbeing at the centre of health and care services, and making community organisations an integral part of health and care delivery.

Alzheimer’s Society rounds on new budget

The Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society has criticised the lack of support for people with dementia and their carers in the latest budget and warned of ‘dark days ahead’.

Jeremy Hughes said:

'Today’s budget simply hasn’t delivered for people with dementia and their carers, many of whom rely on social care for essential support such as help with eating and dressing. With no mention of any new money for social care, and the threat of £3.5billion further spending cuts to come, the system remains in crisis.

DoH consults on improving services for carers

The DoH are developing a new strategy for carers – and is seeking the views of carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.

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The Care Quality Commission needs your views on health and adult social care regulation

The way health and social care is delivered has changed and is continuing to change, with increasing numbers of acute NHS trusts providing social care, more GP federations, and technology playing a greater role in the way services are delivered – coupled with the challenge of a growing elderly population with multiple service needs.

The CQC’s consultation document covers six themes, responding to these challenges. You can watch the six themes in an animated presentation here.

Creative commissioning for better outcomes, seminars nationwide - 16 March–17 May

A series of events in partnership with Public Health England, Local Government Association, Royal Society for Public Health, Arts Council England.

Seminars in Manchester, Torquay and Birmingham share learning from the Cultural Commissioning Locality Projects. These have brought together managers and commissioners in health, public health and local authorities with arts and cultural organisations to test and develop creative approaches to achieve better outcomes.

King's Fund quarterly report reveals deepening financial crisis and worsening care

Survey responses from 83 NHS Trusts forecast a deficit of around £2.3 billion by the end of the year. The latest quarterly monitoring report from The King’s Fund suggests that the Department of Health risks breach parliamentary protocol by overspending its budget.

For the first time since the survey began in 2011, more than half of trust finance directors said that quality of care in their local area had worsened in the past year.

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Mental Health Taskforce Report published

The independent Taskforce was set up in March 2015 by NHS England to develop a five year strategy for mental health in England. It comprised health and social care leaders, professional bodies, charities and experts by experience. Rethink Mental Illness and Mind engaged over 20,000 people with the taskforce through a national survey and regional workshop events.

New interactive ratings map for care homes

The CQC’s new tool aims to help build a picture of services across the country. Designed for the public and providers, the map allows access to the most recent inspection reports, and provides a comparison of ratings by postcode or geographic area.

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