Surveys and consultations

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.

Campaign to include the arts in the EBacc

On 17 September 2012, the Secretary of State for Education announced proposals for changes to Key Stage 4 qualifications from 2015 – changing the current system of GCSEs. The introduction of a new qualification –the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is proposed with core subjects contributing to the qualification. Current proposals for the EBacc would leave all arts subjects, together with other disciplines including IT, sport, religious education, economics and business studies, sharing just 20% of curriculum time.

ixia’s Public Art Survey 2012

ixia has launched its second annual survey to continue to map the public art sector.

The survey investigates:
  The range of individuals and organisations who are engaged with public art;
  How public art is funded;
  Where public art is happening;
  Why individuals and organisations value public art.

Dementia Friendly Communities Consultation – deadline 15 October

Alzheimer’s Society is leading on the dementia friendly communities strand of the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia. As part of this, the Society is consulting on a recognition process for dementia friendly communities.

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme: Small Charitable Donations Bill – deadline 5 December

Draft regulations under the Small Charitable Donations Bill have been published for consultation.

The draft regulations set out the general administrative framework for the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which is due to be introduced from 6 April 2013.

Arts and Health South West support survey – deadline 13 July

Willis Newson is working in partnership with Arts and Health South West (AHSW) to identify the training and development needs of arts and health practitioners. This information will be used to support funding bids to develop targeted training for practitioners based on what is really needed. The organisations are keen to hear from artists, arts organisations, medical or health practitioners, community or social care workers, researchers or academics working in arts and health. 

Public health workforce consultation – deadline 29 June

A consultation has been launched to help identify and unlock the potential of the people who are responsible for improving the population’s health and wellbeing.

The public health workforce consultation is aimed at a wide audience, and the findings will be used to inform a new strategy for this group of staff.

The Local Government Association is encouraging councils to take part in the consultation.

The consultation was signposted in the public health document Healthy Lives, Healthy People: update and way forward.

Big Squeeze annual survey 2012 – deadline 11 June

This is the fourth year of LVSC's annual Big Squeeze survey, which looks at the impact of the recession and public spending cuts on London's voluntary and community sector (VCS) and the people who use their services. Reports summarise the survey results and include recommendations for policy makers, commissioners and LVSC.

Last year’s survey produced findings including:

Artists' work in 2011

a-n The Artists Information Company has published a research paper which forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists.

Department of Health: Long-term conditions strategy consultation – deadline 15 June

This consultation is seeking views on the development of a cross-government long term conditions strategy which will set out a vision for how services such as health, social care, education, housing and others can work together to improve life chances and outcomes for people living with long term conditions.

To take part in the consultation go to:


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