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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.

New Hackney mosaics

Hackney Council has unveiled a series of mosaic panels in Shepherdess Walk Park created by people recovering from drug and alcohol problems. Working with artist Tessa Hunkin, project participants worked on the project over a period of 2 years to create the five panels.


London - the loneliest place in Britain

In the same week as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt decried the “national shame” of loneliness among older people, London was revealed as the loneliest place in Britain with 52% of Londoners feeling lonely “to some extent”. The figures were revealed as part of a BBC survey. The Campaign to End Loneliness reports that loneliness is associated with poor mental, physical and emotional health, including increased rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cognitive decline and dementia.

Profile highlights London’s health inequalities

The latest update of London’s poverty profile – an independent analysis of available data – indicates that the number of people living in poverty in London is significantly higher than the rest of the UK. 28% of Londoners are living in poverty as compared to 21% in the country as a whole; many of those living in poverty are from working families. Further to this, poverty in the outer London boroughs is on the rise. This is the fourth edition of the annual survey (which is carried out by New Policy Institute).

Call to Action in London

NHS England (London) has launched a new publication ‘Call to Action’, which aims to stimulate a public debate about the challenges facing health and care in London.  This builds on NHS England’s national Call to Action document published in July, which made the case for systematic changes to the NHS.  The publication calls for patients, the public and those working for or with the NHS to contribute suggestions and ideas for the ways in which the NHS can meet the diverse health challenges in London.

New forum for arts psychotherapy research

The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training has established a research forum to investigate how the arts psychotherapies professions can work together to achieve large-scale research projects. The forum aims to involve researchers from art, music and drama therapies with a particular interest in defining clinical interventions. The forum plans to meet twice a year in London.

Who’s Who Guide to the Health Service

Regional Voices, which works to champion the role of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, wellbeing and care across England, has produced a Who’s Who guide to the key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region.  The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, Care Quality Commission, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch. 

Database of arts impacts

London Councils has compiled a database of resources to demonstrate the impact that culture and leisure services can have on economic and social objectives across a range of council services. The database includes toolkits, research and statistics from a range of sources linked to particular focus areas including health, crime, the environment and young people.



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