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London Patient voices sought

The Centre for Public Scrutiny is looking for three patient representatives to join the London Patients Voice, a citizen scrutiny panel.

Londoners’ health

The London Health Commission has issued a call for a range of public health interventions to improve the health of Londoners. The proposals came as a result of a major investigation into London’s health led by Lord Ari Darzi which found half of all adults in the capital are overweight or obese and that 4,200 deaths each year are directly related to poor air quality.

London names three mental health priorities

The London Health Board has identified three key themes to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners: adolescent resilience, mental health in the workplace and the roll out of a London-wide digital support service aimed at supporting Londoners with low- level mental health needs.

Healthy Schools London

Over 1,000 schools in London have now signed up to the Healthy Schools London programme to improve pupils’ health and wellbeing. The scheme aims to use a range of approaches including creative activities to improve children’s health and emotional wellbeing.

Fourth Plinth at Royal London

The two winning maquettes for the next Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square are now on display at the new entrance of The Royal London Hospital. Hans Haacke and David Shrigley were announced in February 2014 as the winning artists for the next two Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square. Their artworks will be unveiled in the square in 2015 and 2016 respectively but the maquettes are on display now.

London arts spend defended

Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture, has appeared before the House of Commons select committee for Culture, Media and Sport to give evidence about the distribution of arts funding in London relative to the rest of England. She described the ways the Mayor’s £14m culture budget is spent and defended the proportion of Arts Council funds spent in London.


Pan-London End of Life Alliance

A new network designed to look at ways of improving end of life experiences for Londoners and their families is due to meet for the first time.

London’s additional social care bill to top £1bn

Changes to adult social care could leave London boroughs with an additional bill of £1.14billion – equivalent to half the current annual cost of adult social care for the capital – according to London Councils. The proposed lifetime contribution limit for individuals of £72,000 along with other changes is expected to cost London’s boroughs an additional £1.14bn by 2020. London Councils also warned that people are not clear about the likely costs of care in old age and called for a campaign to raise awareness of costs.

London’s independent Health Commission

The Mayor of London has established a new independent London Health Commission to come up with innovative ways to meet the city’s health and healthcare needs. The Commission, chaired by Lord Ara Darzi, is looking at four specific themes. These are: improving the quality and integration of care; enabling high quality and integrated care delivery; healthy lives and reducing inequalities; health economy, research and education.

CoolTan Arts innovation award

London arts in mental health organisation CoolTan Arts has won an ‘Innovation Award’ for its Mental Health Wellbeing Advisers Project. Created by the South London Membership Council, the Innovation, Diffusion and Excellence in Healthcare Education and Training awards were created to celebrate innovation and educational excellence. The winning CoolTan Arts project, which has been awarded £50,000, aims to develop Mental Wellbeing Advisers that will enable people to actively participate in their own recovery.


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