Policy

Parliament examining the links between arts and wellbeing - 11 December 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing is running a series of events aimed at producing a report looking at how government policy can improve wellbeing. The first of these events is addressing the question - what can government do to increase the wellbeing generated by its subsidies to the arts?

Australian arts and health policy framework

Australia’s Health Minister has formally endorsed the country’s National Arts and Health Framework. The endorsement follows the support received earlier this year by the Cultural Minister and means that the arts and health sector has now received state, territory and federal backing. The Australian Institute for Creative Health which supported and coordinated the development of the framework celebrated the formal endorsement. The Institute’s Chairman, Michael Brogan, said ““A national framework signals what we are trying to do in arts and health as a nation.

APPG for arts and health

The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is acting as the secretariat for a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts and Health. Planned by Lord Howarth of Newport, the APPG will enable backbench parliamentarians, of all parties and in both Houses, to be informed about significant practice and developments in the field of the arts, health and wellbeing. It will also examine and discuss relevant government and opposition policies, enable Ministers and others in significant decision-making roles to make presentations and be questioned.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing - 11 December 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing is running a series of events aimed at producing a report looking at how government policy can improve wellbeing. The first of these events is addressing the question - what can government do to increase the wellbeing generated by its subsidies to the arts.

It will take place between 17:30 and 19:00 on 11 December 2013 in Committee
Room 18 in the House of Commons.

A summary of comments made during the House of Lords debate

A summary of comments made during the House of Lords debate “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the arts to the nation’s education, health and emotional well-being.” 25th July 2013:

 

Parliamentary Debate

The House of Commons hosted a parliamentary debate on the value of the arts and creative industries which featured a number of MPs citing the impact that the arts can have on individual and community health and wellbeing. A full transcript of the debate can be found here

w: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130619/debtext/130619-0002.htm#13061976000001

London Health Board launched

The first meeting of the new London Health Board took place on Monday 20 May at City Hall.

The London Health Board is a partnership between local government, the NHS and the Mayor of London. Chaired by the Mayor, the Board comprises 15 members including leaders appointed from London Councils, four mayoral appointments and five health service leaders. 

Department of Health expands scheme to support NHS staff

The scheme, called Schwartz Center Rounds, allows NHS staff to get together once a month to reflect on the stresses and dilemmas that they have faced while caring for patients. Robert Francis QC specifically pointed to the positive impact of Schwartz Center Rounds in his report. The Department of Health has announced a grant of almost £650,000 over the next two years to the Point of Care Foundation to expand the scheme.

Department of Health seeks views on NICE standards to improve quality of social care – deadline 26 April

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has launched a 12 week consultation to establish a full set of NICE quality standards and guidance for social care.

The Department of Health is seeking ideas from care users, their families and carers, service commissioners, care providers and front line staff to help decide on future topics for NICE guidance and standards.

The role of NICE in driving up the quality of social care is outlined in The Caring for our Future White Paper.

Government to cut back on red tape for community entertainment

The Government has announced plans to cut regulations around neighbourhood events.

The change will mean that community venues – including community centres, schools, village halls and hospitals - will be exempt from licensing restrictions. They will be free to put on cultural events like dance displays and concerts without having to apply to the local council for a licence, where the number of people in the audience is fewer than 500. Venues serving alcohol alongside theatre performances will still need a licence.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Policy