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.

Two London heritage projects to explore history of healthcare

The two projects will explore the history of healthcare thanks to nearly £100,000 from the National Lottery, in the build-up to next year’s 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Eastside Community Heritage (ECH) will work with current and retired NHS staff to explore the history of Harold Wood Hospital in London, and the Arts Assassins, South London Gallery’s young people’s forum, will be investigating the history of the Peckham Experiment, a pioneering health movement initiated in south east London 23 years before the foundation of the NHS.

The evolving NHS

The Kings Fund has published a range of papers which explain recent changes in the structure and strategy of the NHS. The papers offer guidance on new care models and the ways in which different parts of the NHS are working together.


Join the NICE Board – deadline 1 August 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is seeking to fill five Non-Executive Director posts. Non-Executive Directors help guide NICE as it works to improve outcomes for people using the NHS, public health and social care services.

The five roles are for an Audit and Risk Chair, a consultant in hospital medical practice, one with a background in public health, one with a background in social care and one as a patient/lay representative.

Guide to community centred approach to health

Public Health England and NHS England have published a guide calling on health commissioners to engage more with local community and volunteer groups to improve people’s health. The guide says commissioners should “use the family of community-centred approaches as a tool to consider potential options for commissioning health improvement and preventive services”.

Report analyses role for culture in local services

A new report by the New Economics Foundation sets out a new model of public services utilising arts and cultural organisations in preventing harm and reducing people’s need for acute services.

The report notes that arts and cultural organisations have long been overlooked by commissioners of public services because commissioning can often be focused on more traditional models of service provision, and procurement documents can be so highly specified that they leave little room for innovation in how organisations meet the outcomes that people and commissioners want.

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.

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.

Patient satisfaction analysed

The Kings Fund has undertaken a longitudinal study of responses to the NHS’s annual inpatient survey over the past 13 years. The study notes improvements in some areas but finds London hospitals consistently performing worse than hospitals in other parts of the country.

Health devolution in London

The Government has introduced a health devolution agreement for London signalling significant changes to the way health services are commissioned in the capital. New services designed to integrate physical and mental health and focusing on prevention will be introduced locally.

The agreement will begin with five devolution pilots to be launched across London focused on different topics:


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