£5.45 billion budget for local public health services announced

A £5.45 billion two-year ring-fenced public health budget for local authorities has been announced by the Department of Health.

From April 2013, public health budgets will be protected for the first time, with local authorities taking the lead for improving the health of their local communities. This aims to drive local efforts to improve health and wellbeing by tackling the wider determinants of poor health.

It is claimed that funding is specifically targeted, for the first time, at those areas with the worst health outcomes.

£907m adult social care funding gap in London by 2018 predicted

The funding gap for providing adult social care in London will amount to £907m within five years, according to a new analysis by London Councils, supported by Ernst and Young.

A Case for Sustainable Funding for Adult Social Care sets out the severe financial challenges faced by London boroughs in their provision of adult social care. It highlights how councils are already taking action to narrow the funding gap by working more closely with the NHS, improving procurement and developing new ways to provide social care for older and disabled people.

King’s Fund announces Patient and Family-centred Care programme participants 2012-13

The programme aims to break new ground in improving the experience of hospital care for patients and their families, and the working lives of staff. Each year the programme seeks to develop a small number of exemplary NHS provider organisations and a team of professional staff and managers who can demonstrate their achievements to others, and bring sustainable improvement in patients' experience.

Government announces care and support reforms

The government has announced the biggest reform of the care and support system since 1948. While no new process of funding social care has been identified (especially the care of older people), the  White Papersets out a number of important changes to social care provision.

w: www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/07/careandsupportbill/

AQ launches latest findings on Philanthropy in the Arts

Arts Quarter has announced the findings from its survey of arts organisations, asking them to comment on the effectiveness of the Government and various agencies to deliver on the Philanthropy in the Arts Agenda - a set of 10 landmark proposals launched in December 2010 by Culture Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt to improve levels of private sector giving to the arts.

In all, some 361 arts organisations of all scales, regions and artforms took part and shared their concerns via an online survey which was conducted from 20 February - 16 March 2012.

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:

Health and Wellbeing boards, System leaders or talking shops?

A new report from The King’s Fund assesses the ways in which local authorities have begun to develop new arrangements with their partners – the size, composition and ways of working emerging from the shadow Health and Wellbeing boards.

Earlyarts National Strategy for Effective Practice

Earlyarts, the national body working to develop arts and creative opportunities for children, has launched its National Strategy for Effective Practice. The National Strategy details six pillars of what its members have termed as the most effective elements required to do their jobs well.

To read more and download the full Strategy visit w: www.earlyarts.co.uk/news/item/1258-earlyarts-national-strategy-for-effec...

Linking with commissioners

LAHF is planning some research into the barriers, challenges and incentives facing commissioners looking to work with the arts and we are keen to hear from you! We are looking for connections with commissioners (be they from PCTs, Local Authorities, GPs or Acute Settings) in order to find out first hand how we can help improve the opportunities for arts activity to be commissioned in health. So, if you are a commissioner or an arts organisation working with commissioners and would be willing to get in touch as we begin this work, it would be great to hear from you.

Culture in Planning Alliance

19 arts and cultural organisations who jointly campaigned to see culture included in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) have joined together to establish the Culture in Planning Alliance (CiPA). This is intended to be a voice for culture and the arts in the planning system.


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