Surveys and consultations

PLACE Assessments published

The results of the first ever patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE) have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The assessments involved teams of patients and independent evaluators visiting hospital wards and reviewing non-clinical services such as cleanliness, food, hydration, and the extent to which the provision of care with privacy and dignity is supported. The measurements for “Condition, Appearance and Maintenance” showed enormous variation between different hospitals from scores of 100% for some hospitals to well below 50% for others.

Government figures show increase in arts participation

More than half of all adults in England have visited a museum or gallery over the past year according to the latest update from the Government’s Taking Part survey. The 53% figure, which is higher than ever before shows a marked increase from the 42% of adults who had visited a museum or gallery in the year the survey started in 2006. Alongside this, 78% have attended or participated in the arts over the year from July 2012-June 2013, again an increase on previous years. Over the same period, library attendance has dropped significantly.

CQC call for information

As part of its pilot of a new inspection regime, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for input from patients and the public as to services at several London hospitals. Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust, University College London Hospitals and Barts Health are among hospitals being visited this autumn by inspectors as part of a new process following the Francis Review into care at mid-Staffordshire Hospitals. As part of the new process, people are being invited to public events to describe their experience of the hospitals.

Strategic Commissioning survey

A consortium led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has been awarded funding from Arts Council England designed to help arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning. The programme is hoping to provide a range of activities and advice for the arts, museums and libraries sectors.  It will also work to create a greater awareness amongst public service commissioners of the potential for arts and culture to deliver their outcomes.

Commission on Residential Care –call for evidence

Think tank Demos has issued a call for evidence as part of its Commission examining residential care. The Commission, which is chaired by former care services minister Paul Burstow MP, was formed to develop a new vision of residential care that would fulfil the demands of a new generation of care users. Its aim is to create a vision for the future of residential care which can deliver on the outcomes that 21st century care users want and value.

DCMS open consultation: Classifying and measuring the creative industries – deadline 14 June 2013

The purpose of this consultation is to update the ways in which the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) classifies the Creative Industries. Input is invited from interested parties.

The current classification system used by DCMS has been in existence since 1998.



Developing accredited training for delivering arts projects in prisons – deadline 5 April 2013

A new pan-European project is seeking to develop an internationally accredited training programme for delivering arts projects in prisons. With funding from the European Commission, Cred-Ability will develop modules covering all aspects of delivering arts programmes in prison, common to EU arts practitioners, over the next two years.

Artists, practitioners and organisations already delivering arts in prisons, individuals interested in doing so, and facilitators and prisons organising arts activities, are being invited to contribute to the development of the modules.

Arts Alliance Research, North East, Central and South West

Northumbria and Bath Spa Universities have been commissioned by the Arts Alliance to carry out a series of case studies investigating the impact that arts practice in the criminal justice system might have on adults and young people desisting from crime. The research will primarily take place in the North East, Central and South West areas of England.

The role of arts in the delivery of adult social care

A team has been commissioned by Skills for Care (SfC), in partnership with Skills for Care and Development (SfC&D) and Creative & Cultural Skills, to undertake an evidence review and activity mapping exercise with a focus on exploring the role of arts in the delivery of adult social care. As part of the fieldwork phase of the study, the research team is seeking information on evidence and activities relating to the use of arts in the delivery of adult social care. The study will have a particular emphasis on workforce development.

National Offender Management Service outcome measurement research

The National Offender Management Service is seeking to develop a new outcomes measurement tool for arts and mentoring interventions.


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