Improving Londoners' Health

The Mayor of London has launched a consultation on his health inequalities strategy which will provide an opportunity for the voluntary sector to outline their role in working collaboratively with the Greater London Assembly to tackle inequalities in health. The consultation presents an opportunity to represent different ways of tackling inequalities in health.

Westminster Hall debate on arts and health – 11 October 2017

Following the publication earlier this year of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing - Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on the Effects of the Arts on Health. The debate will be on 11 October 2017 from 4.30-5.30pm: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/commons/speakers-... and is to be moved by the Rt Hon. Ed Vaizey MP, the Co-Chair of the APPG.

Family Arts Campaign launch new Age-Friendly Standards

The Family Arts Campaign has launched new Age-Friendly Standards, which provide guidance for cultural organisations welcoming older family members. There are already 65 early adopters of the Age-Friendly Standards including Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Creative Health

The report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing launched on 19th July in the Houses of Parliament. The report, which received widespread attention in press and media, was launched by the Co-Chairs of the APPG, Lord Alan Howarth and Ed Vaizey, MP. It contains 10 recommendations for policy changes to improve the access of everyone to the arts for health and wellbeing. Supported by a comprehensive review of research and practice examples, the report offers a range of resources for everyone working in this area.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The VCSE Alliance succeeds the Health and Care Strategic Partner Programme, which ended on 31 March 2017, and has been created to

  • improve health and care systems
  • address health inequalities
  • help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing

Its member organisations are

Controversial ministerial restructure separates arts from digital culture

The digital remit will now cover the creative industries, broadcasting and media, and be led by Matt Hancock, while arts and culture will be removed from Mr Hancock’s remit to come together with heritage and tourism, steered by first-time minster John Glen.

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Read the DCMS blog from John Glen

Call for papers, “A Sense of Place” – 6 August 2017

The University of Bedfordshire welcomes proposals for a conference - with policymakers in local and regional government, artists and academics through a discussion of the impact of art practice on a sense of place.

National Campaign for the Arts pushes government on education

In a statement released after the general election, chair of the NCA, Samuel West, has expressed “huge concern” at the absence of arts in education n the conservative manifesto, and has called on the new government to “find more room in the Primary curriculum for the arts, ensure all schools are properly funded to allow for trips to theatres, museums and galleries and think again about the downgrading of arts subjects through their exclusion from the EBacc”.

King’s Fund and Health Foundation assess implications of the election for the NHS

The King’s Fund has published on the likely impact the election will have had on policy regarding the NHS. Its Chief Executive, Chris Ham, suggests that a minority government will “strengthen the hand of NHS England in implementing the Five Year Forward View and continuing its work to achieve financial stability and improvements in performance”. Dr Jennifer Dixon, however, writing for the Health Foundation, outlines rising discontent with measures to control NHS spending, and suggests that “big rocks loom under the waterline” for the government.

Two health ministers lose seats, and nine doctors elected

Primary care minister David Mowat and Nicola Blackwood, parliamentary under-secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation, both lost seats, to Labour and the Liberal Democrats respectively. Mowat had previously tabled the idea of merging GP practices in England into 1,500 superhubs.

The National Health Action Party challenged Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, taking 20% of his constituency vote, despite a comfortable 56% majority for Mr Hunt.

Nine doctors were elected, six Conservative, two Labour, and one representing the Scottish Nationalist Party.


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