Wellbeing East Midlands Bulletin

December 2015 

Welcome to our monthly e-bulletin for the Wellbeing East Midlands network (previously called the East Midlands Health and Social Care Network) containing regional and national news and policy developments for health and social care. If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing wellbeing@selfhelp.org.uk 

For further information on the Wellbeing East Midlands network visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/healthsocialcareeastmids.

Wellbeing East and Wellbeing East Midlands are moving to a new host organisation.

With the closure of one East Midlands, the two health & social care networks Wellbeing East and Wellbeing East Midlands will be moving to a new host organisation.

Regional Voices: Promoting regional VCSE engagement with NHS commissioners and Clinical Commissioning Groups - Shout Out!

Are you a voluntary, community or social enterprise [VCSE] organisation, funded by health commissioners to deliver health or social care activities or services in the East Midlands or East of England?  Wellbeing East and East Midlands want to “map” the work that is happening across the region and provide links directly to your website, where people can find out more information.

People-Powered Health: Strengthening Patient and Public Participation in the work of NHS

NHS England has strengthened its commitment to patient and public participation with the publication of a new Patient and Public Participation Policy and Statement of Arrangements

Do clinicians support people in taking an active role in their care?

NHS England conducted a survey of over 1750 clinicians to understand their support for patient activation, exploring their attitudes, beliefs, self-reported behaviours and practices which provides insight into their perceived barriers and support needs. The findings of this survey are now available.


Heath Charter update

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and National Care Forum (NCF) have launched a new report describing how providers use the health charter in practice. The report is accompanied by refreshed guidance.

New “Get Your Rights” [when using the NHS] website for Children and Young People launched

Get Your Rights is a new interactive website which has been developed in partnership and co-produced with children and young people, to support children and young people to understand their rights when using the NHS in an interactive and accessible way.

New guidance to improve services and lives for people living with bladder and bowel problems

NHS England has published new guidance to help improve the care and experience of children and adults with continence issues.  It encourages much greater collaboration between health and social care, working in partnership with the third sector, as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Giving adults voice, choice and control in social care

The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.



The role of volunteering in supporting personalisation and personal health budgets webinar, 15 December 2015, 15:00 to 16:00

The session will describe how volunteering can promote and enable person centred care and support.

Care and support event includes Dementia and Protected Characteristics launch - date for your diary

The Care and Support event will be held on Tuesday 1st March in Central London.

Regional News


East Midlands Academic Health Science Network - East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards 2015 - Winners 

Health and social care organisations from across the region have been honoured at this year’s East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards. Including: Change Makers (hosted by the Renewal Trust) and Carers Federation

About Regional Voices
This e bulletin is published monthly by Wellbeing East Midlands as the East Midlands region member of Regional Voices.

Regional Voices champions the work of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, well-being and care, across England. Regional Voices is a partnership of nine regional networks. Together, we directly connect to over 25,000 voluntary and community organisations. Our coverage is broad, deep and well-established. Our vision is for a society where voluntary and community organisations are connected with decision-makers at all levels, able to influence policy and improve community health, care and well-being through better services.

Regional Voices partnership is hosted by Involve Yorkshire and Humber,
Registered charity number 1127119   |   Company registration number 6752034



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