Wellbeing East Bulletin

February 2015

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 wellbeingeast@one-em.org.uk.

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

Social Prescribing Mapping - call out for examples in the East and East Midlands

Regional Voices’ partner organisations, including Wellbeing East and East Midlands are collecting examples of Social Prescribing projects from across the country.

Better Data: Making the Third Sector Case for Health Improvement - Research findings published

The findings from the Better Data research into how the third sector and public sector partners can effectively utilise and share data have been published. 

Publication of “At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities”

The report brings together evidence on what good person- and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing look like and their potentially wide-reaching benefits. 

Rotherham VCS Social Prescribing annual evaluation report now available

The annual evaluation report provides an updated assessment of the social and economic impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Service between September 2012 and March 2015 

New report highlights men’s attitudes to health

Public Health England (PHE) have published a report  on research which shows a discrepancy between how much men rate their health and what they feel they can do to influence it. 

Consultations and Surveys

Consultation on specialised services clinical commissioning policies and service specifications - closes 27 February 2016

NHS England’s 30 day public consultation on a proposed number of new products for specialised services, including service specifications and clinical commissioning policies closes on 27th February 2016

Overseas visitors and migrants: extending charges for NHS services - Consultation closes 7 March 2016

DH is consulting on extending charging for healthcare into primary care, and all NHS-commissioned care for some types of visitors and migrants

Disability Matters Call For Evidence - survey closes Friday 11 March 2016

Disability Matters are collecting evidence and case-studies from young disabled people, parent carers and those who work or volunteer with disabled people

CQC seeks views on its vision for the future - consultation responses by 14 March 2016

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

NHS England has developed a shorter- form version of the NHS Standard Contract

A consultation on this shorter-form NHS Standard Contract 2016/17 has now been published on the NHS Standard Contract 2016/17 webpage. Stakeholders are asked to submit comments to england.contractsengagement@nhs.net by Friday 16 March 2016. 

Care Act for carers: One year on - Call for evidence closes 18 March 2016

Carers Trust is holding a commission to find out how the new provisions in the Care Act are working for carers, one year on. 

Mental health services for veterans survey - deadline for responses 5pm 31 March 2016

We want our services to be easily accessible to veterans, to take account of their experiences, and to give them high-quality and sensitive care, treatment and support – regardless of when they leave the armed forces. So the NHS wants to hear from anyone who has opinions to offer

Is your child using, or have they recently used, paediatric services in a hospital?

The National Children’s Bureau Research Centre is carrying out a new project to better understand how hospital paediatric services work with children, young people and their families. 

Training and Events

New events area on the NHS England website

This new events area on the website has everything you could want to know about events in one place, from upcoming NHS England events for professionals across the health and care system, to the conferences NHS England will be exhibiting at in 2016.

Demonstrating Value Webinar: Tuesday 1 March 2016 at 14.00 -15.30

This Demonstrating Value Webinar: Working with people with mental health problems and other vulnerabilities in contact with the criminal justice system is aimed at helping the voluntary and community sector (VCSE) demonstrate its value in providing services. 

Active Communities Alliance event, 15 March 2016 - London

The Active Communities Alliance is newly established and open to everyone who is involving people and communities in the provision of health and wellbeing support, across the health and care system.

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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