Wellbeing East Bulletin

December 2016

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Bursary scheme for NICE annual conference

Apply for a chance to receive a 2-day delegate pass worth £149 for the NICE Annual Conference 2017. Closing date: Thursday 5th January 2017, 5pm

VODG Social Value Toolkit

VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) has launched a practical resource that supports the delivery of social value in the commissioning of social care.

Living with Dementia Guide

DEEP, the UK Network of Dementia Voices, have launched a great new guide Our Rights, Our Dementia.


New VODG report sets out ways to reduce the disability employment gap

A new report published by VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) calls for more practical solutions to close the disability employment gap. 

Refreshing ‘Transforming Participation in Health and Care’ - guidance on involving patients and the public

NHS England is in the process of refreshing its statutory guidance for CCGs on how they can meet their legal duty to involve the public in commissioning and their duty to promote the involvement of each patient in their own care. The closing date for comment is Friday 13 January 2017

Have your say on the sale of sugary drinks in hospitals - consultation up until 18 January 2017.

NHS England’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, is calling on patients and the public to share their views on the sale of sugary drinks in hospitals by responding to its consultation on the subject. 

DWP/DH Work and Health Green Paper Consultation

On 31 October 2016 the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health launched a Green Paper and consultation to help more disabled people and those with long term conditions, into work called Work, health and disability: improving lives. The consultation runs until the 17 February 2017.

Government consultation on proposals for the local system to fund supported and sheltered housing - runs until 13 February 2017

The Government has launched its consultation on proposals for the local system to fund supported and sheltered housing. It has also published its Supported Accommodation Evidence Review.              







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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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