Wellbeing East eBulletin

January 2016

Welcome to our monthly e-bulletin for the Wellbeing East 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 network visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/healthsocialcareeast.


Latest version of the updated Who’s Who in the East of England launched

The latest version of the updated Who’s Who in the East of England: A directory of key health and social care contacts in the East of England January 2016 is now available to download

The new mandate to NHS England for 2016-17 published.

This mandate sets out objectives to 2020, sets requirements relating to the Better Care Fund, and sets NHS England’s budget for five years.

NHS England allocates £560 billion to deliver Five Year Forward View

The NHS England Board has decided how the health service will spend its budget for the next five years, including the additional £8.4 billion funding growth announced in the November Spending Review. 

More CCGs set to take on commissioning of GP services

NHS England has announced that another 52 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been authorised to take on delegated responsibility for commissioning GP services.

Have you ever been an outpatient, or know someone who has?

NHS England’s Patient Choice Unit is holding a series of regional patient engagement events to find out what patients know about their legal rights to choice and how they would like to receive information about their outpatient appointment options. The findings from these events will inform improvements to the national patient choice programme and will help to shape a national awareness raising campaign.  


Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Public Consultation -have your say!

This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in outcomes that matter to patients, especially the voluntary sector, to contribute to shaping how NHS England uses its resources to understand more of what’s important to patients, and the difference that certain procedures have on patient’s quality of life

Proposals for CQC to set fees for all aspects of its inspections - Consultation closes on 1st February 2016

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 gives CQC the power to charge for the registration of health and adult social care providers of regulated activities

Care Quality Commission Consultation - Code of practice on confidential personal information

What is this consultation asking people to comment on?

We are asking for people's views on whether our updated Code of practice provides a consistent and lawful approach to obtaining, using, disclosing and handling confidential personal information across all areas of CQC's work. We are asking whether the Code of practice is clear and easy to follow, and fully explains why and how we may need to use people's confidential personal information, and whether it reassures people that by following this Code, their information will be handled safely and appropriately at all times.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking views on its plans for the next five years as it develops its approach to regulation.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is also asking for views on its proposed approach to using data, which will support a risk-based approach to regulation. In turn, this will support a more targeted and tailored inspection programme that allows CQC to inspect services rated good and outstanding less frequently and to lend greater support to those performing less well.

A national consultation about getting yourself active - Consultation closes on 31st January 2016

Nationally we are keen to hear from disabled people directly who may live in other parts of the country. This is to understand what the barriers are to taking part and indeed if people are using personal budgets for physical activity and sport. 

Framework for Patient and Public Participation in Primary Care Commissioning: please can you help us?

The views of patients and the public, and our staff, are very valuable to us in shaping our future approach to participation - The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Friday 12 February 2016. We would be really grateful for your views.


Vanguards Support Directory

This directory outlines the support currently available from the Five Year Forward View arm’s length bodies and some of the voluntary sector strategic partners.

New Dementia Profile Tool

PHE’s National Dementia Intelligence Network has published a new Dementia Profile on Fingertips, presenting a major change in the way dementia data will be used. This is the first time that transparent and bespoke comparison of data across the whole dementia care pathway has been made available in one, interactive online platform.

Adult Autism Strategy progress report published

The progress report on Think Autism - the updated strategy for adults with autism in England was published on Thursday 14 January

About Regional Voices
This e bulletin is published monthly by Wellbeing East as the East of England 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,
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