Personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare

The Department of Health has published a discussion paper which explores personal health budgets for people receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare. This is aimed towards healthcare professionals who will have a specific role in this initiative or are considering the future implementation of personal health budgets. Personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare is the first of a number of informative documents on the subject.

London NHS provider to cut third of voluntary sector funding

NHS Enfield primary care trust has confirmed that in financial year 2012/13 the voluntary sector in the borough will receive £500,000 – a third less than the historic spend of £750,000 in previous years.

The cuts were first mooted by NHS North Central London, parent organisation to NHS Enfield, following its annual review of its provider contracts in October last year. Findings of this review were discussed at the NHS North Central London and Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s January board meetings and a statement confirming the cuts released on 9 February.

London's health priorities

Saving more Londoners’ lives through the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer and tackling childhood obesity are among the key priorities identified by the new London Health Improvement Board. The board, which is chaired by the Mayor and includes representatives from the capital’s 33 local authorities and NHS London, has been set up to take a strategic pan-London approach to tackling some the biggest health problems in the capital.

GO Create and the Wellcome Trust present the 'Hands On' Project

For the past year, artist Isobel Manning has been exploring the ritual of hand washing in the hospital environment.

New interactive sculpture unveiled in Manchester

'Anyone Who Has a Heart' is a light sculpture that displays your heart rate.   

'Anyone Who Has A Heart' by Andrew Small & Steven Almond from Adam Bradley on Vimeo.

An Overview of the Health Transition

Regional Voices has updated its briefing about the health transition and the implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS), following the outcomes of the first Future Forum listening exercise. The briefing outlines the 'emerging' clinical commissioning groups, Health & Well Being Boards, HealthWatch, PCT clusters, the NHS Commissioning Board and the transition timeline. LVSC has adapted a London version of this briefing.

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Public health concerns raised

Nearly 400 leading figures in the field of public health have written an open letter to the Government outlining a range of concerns about proposed changes to the NHS and warning of the dangers of a more fragmented service. The letter – from Directors of public health and other figures including Sir Michael Marmot was sent to members of the House of Lords in advance of their review of the NHS bill later this month.

King’s Fund, Environments of care for people with dementia

The Department of Health has commissioned The King’s Fund to develop a number of specific programmes to enhance the environment of care as part of its work to improve the patient experience. The latest of these is a programme to improve the care environment for people with dementia to support the implementation of the national dementia strategy, involving 23 teams from acute and mental health NHS trusts who are working on a range of projects across the dementia care pathway and seeking to make acute general hospital environments less alienating.

NHS Future Forum publishes recommendations to Government

The NHS Future Forum has published a series of recommendations following the “Listening exercise” regarding the Government’s proposed shake-up of the NHS.

In turn the Government has announced a number of amendments to its planned overhaul including changes to GP commissioning, Health and Wellbeing Boards and issues of competition among healthcare providers. Detailed coverage of these announcements can be found here:


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