Reforming Adult Social Care: Is it just about the money? King's Fund – 22 June 2017

This one-day event is designed for those responsible for adult social care, including commissioners and providers of services. It will focus on a key challenge facing the social care system: how to achieve more with fewer resources.

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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.

Arts Council of Wales calls for more arts and health support

The new Chair of the Arts Council of Wales has called on the Welsh Government to increase support for creative arts activity and arts therapies to improve health.

Speaking to the BBC, Phil George said: "extraordinary, rich vein of practice" involving arts and healthcare was already established in Wales, but it could improve with government backing.

"The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) already supports a lot of activity from artists in the area of health, particularly in fields like dementia, mental health and in physical areas like Parkinson's," he said.

Change to public advice to NICE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is planning changes to the way the public can help guide its areas of focus in the future. The changes present opportunities for non-health professionals to suggest areas for study and attention for the body which determines health and spending priorities for the NHS.

A City for All Londoners

The Mayor of London has produced a new strategy to drive change in the city and tackle inequality and improve social cohesion.

The report emphasises the role of culture in improving the lives of Londoners and suggests changes in planning policy, transport and care provision.

Corbyn launches art policy

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched an arts policy which pledges an additional investment of £42m annually.

The policy - part of his leadership campaign - also calls for an arts “pupil premium” for all primary age children and increased access to the arts.


What does cultural leadership mean to you?

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies is conducting a series of surveys to find out what cultural leadership means to the sector. The results will inform the World Summit discussion paper, which will in turn inform D’Art 52: Cultural leadership in the 21st century.

Read more and take part in the survey here

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.

Budget promises tax relief for museums, galleries and orchestras

The chancellor has confirmed that the orchestra tax relief scheme will come into force this 1 April 2016, while relief for museums and galleries will be in place by 1 April 2017. The new budget also makes provision for several key capital schemes in Hull, Coventry and Cornwall, amongst others.

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International Conference on Culture, Health and Wellbeing - June 2017

The second international conference is coming to Bristol UK on June 19, 20 and 21 2017.

The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Conference themes will encompass multiple art forms and will include:


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