PLACE Assessments published

The results of the first ever patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE) have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The assessments involved teams of patients and independent evaluators visiting hospital wards and reviewing non-clinical services such as cleanliness, food, hydration, and the extent to which the provision of care with privacy and dignity is supported. The measurements for “Condition, Appearance and Maintenance” showed enormous variation between different hospitals from scores of 100% for some hospitals to well below 50% for others.

CQC call for information

As part of its pilot of a new inspection regime, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for input from patients and the public as to services at several London hospitals. Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust, University College London Hospitals and Barts Health are among hospitals being visited this autumn by inspectors as part of a new process following the Francis Review into care at mid-Staffordshire Hospitals. As part of the new process, people are being invited to public events to describe their experience of the hospitals.

Tackling Public Health Priorities Through the Social Determinants of Health consultation – deadline 25 May

The Institute of Health Equity (IHE) has developed an approach to interventions to improve public health through the social determinants of health (SDH).  It is envisaged that the approach and the tools developed would aid Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs), their partners and service providers to identify, develop and enable the commissioning of health interventions which address the SDH and health inequalities.

The approach and accompanying analysis are currently out for consultation. The consultation documents and the question reply sheet are available here:

Arts Council England responds to the Henley Review of Cultural Education

The Government has published Cultural education in England: An independent review by Darren Henley for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Arts Council England has published a detailed response and is pleased the review recognises cultural education as a central aspect of all children and young people's lives.

West Midlands Arts Health & Wellbeing Network, website to launch Feb 2012

Creative Health CIC and Staffordshire Arts & Museums Service have announced their plans to merge the praXis and Creative Remedies websites and develop a new resource for arts and health practitioners across the region.

National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing – a charter for arts and health

Over the past year, regional organisations from across the country have been working together to establish a new National Alliance for arts, health and wellbeing. As part of this process, a series of events are taking place across England to develop a Charter that will set out the mutual values for those working in arts, health and wellbeing and embody the founding principles for a National Alliance.

Marmot Review European Consultation – deadline 25 November

The European Office of the WHO has commissioned a European Review on the Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide.

Health Select Committee inquiry into public health

The Health Select Committee has launched a new inquiry into public health and organisations are invited to submit written evidence by noon on 13 June.

In its inquiry, the Committee will consider:

The Munro Review

The final report from the Munro Review of Child Protection has been presented to Government ministers. It includes a range of recommendations that are likely to have significant implications for the way that child protection services are run at a local level. The review is particularly clear that the child protection system must be fully focused on the needs of individual children and young people, rather than centrally imposed processes and targets, and that the role of elected leaders is vital in driving improvements in local authorities.


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