Wellbeing East Bulletin

May/June 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.

VCSE Review Report Published

The final report of the VCSE Review has been launched. 

Shorter-form NHS Standard Contract for 2016/17: User guide now available

The NHS Standard Contract must be used by NHS commissioners (Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England) when commissioning clinical healthcare services other than primary care. Until now a single (tailorable) version of the NHS Standard Contract has been published. But now, for the first time, an alternative, shorter, form may be used in certain circumstances

NHS England Plan - Transforming General Practice

The General Practice Forward View sets out a plan to support the transformation of general practice over the next five years and improve services for patients.

NHS England Sets Out Local NHS Funding

NHS England has published indicative figures for how much each part of England could see its NHS budget grow by 2020 along with the funding available for transformation.

Practical Guide to Healthy Caring

NHS England, with Carers UK, Carers Trust, Age UK, Public Health England and carers networks, has produced a Practical Guide to Healthy Caring

Public Health England’s Strategic Plan published

PHE has published its strategic plan for the next four years: Better outcomes by 2020.

Commissioning for Value Packs

NHS England and Public Health England have published three new Commissioning for Value (CFV) packs to help CCGs identify the best opportunities for improving value for their populations.

Community Approaches to Health and Wellbeing - New Guidance

Kevin Fenton, PHE’s National Director for Health and Wellbeing, reflects on NICE’s new guidance on community engagement in his latest blog for Public health matters, and shares some recent highlights from PHE’s work on community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing.

Involving the Public in Primary Care Commissioning

New guidance has been published for commissioners on how to involve patients and the public in the development of primary care services.

HSCIC is changing its name to NHS Digital

From July 2016, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) will change its name to NHS Digital, building on the role it plays in directly supporting the NHS and social care services.

National Co-production Week: Nothing about us without us. Monday 4 - Thursday 8 July 2016

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)'s National Co-production Week is the first event of its kind, celebrating the benefits of co-production, sharing good practice and highlighting the contribution of people who use services and carers in developing better public services.

Carers Strategy Call for Evidence - Deadline 30th June 2016

Department of Health welcome any comments and views for the current consultation on  a new strategy to support carers, or advice on how they might reach some of the stakeholders representing the diversity of carers.

NCVO publishes a discussion paper for charities regarding the EU Referendum, taking place on 23 June 2016.

Relatively little has been written about the impact of the EU on the voluntary sector so this paper aims to provide a guide to the debate on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) for voluntary organisations. 

Funding /Opportunities

HIV Innovation Fund 2016/17 - closes 15 June 2016

PHE’s HIV Innovation Fund is back and is now open to entries for 2016/17. 

New Funding for Mental Health Crisis Safe Places

Government opens bidding to fund health based places of safety to stop those in mental health crisis being held in police cells.

Peer Leadership Academy opens for applications

NHS England’s Personal Health Budget Team and the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme are currently welcoming applications from patients, carers and families to join their Peer Leadership Academy for 2016/17

Regional Information

CQC Inspection of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust - Broomfield Hospital June 2016

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust Broomfield Hospital on 14 to 17 June 2016


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.

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