Wellbeing East Bulletin

February 2017

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Working with the voluntary and community sector

UCL Partners Academic Health Science Partnership and the London Voluntary Sector Council have jointly produced a summary of the key points made in six reports on the voluntary and community sector, published throughout 2016. Largely inspired by the NHS Five Year Forward View, which identifies the need for stronger partnerships with the charitable and voluntary sector.

Digital-first public health: Public Health England’s Digital Strategy

PHE has launched their new Digital Strategy, explaining how they will make best use of digital to meet the needs of their users and fulfill their remit to protect and promote health and reduce inequalities.

Getting Involved at NHS England - a new accessible film

NHS England has released a new short film called: Getting Involved at NHS England co-produced with people with a learning disability and designed to be as accessible as possible.

NHS England launches new measures to help GPs and patients access the care they need

From Monday January 30, the NHS GP Health Service will provide confidential mental health support for GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill-health and addiction.

Carers UK: Using Online NHS And Care Services To Improve Care

Carers UK has developed a briefing to look at the development of digital services, which have the potential to continue to improve carers' experience of arranging, managing and coordinating care, their ability to care for others and to look after their own health and wellbeing.

Gender-sensitive approaches to addressing children and young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing

NCB has published practice examples showing how considerations of gender can inform work to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. 



Postcode Community Trust Grants

Postcode Community Trust support marginalised groups access skills and resources to affect change in their communities. The focus for 2017 year is on grass-roots community sport, arts, recreation, physical and mental health projects

The Shaw Trust: Partnership opportunity on the Work and Health Programme. Deadline for expressions of interest - 9am Friday 10th February.

Shaw Trust has been shortlisted in five Lots under the DWPs Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services and are looking for organisations interested in applying to become a partner on the Work and Health Programme.




NHS England Offer: Three accredited on-line learning courses available for NHS volunteers - Closing date 24th February 2017

Patients/carers/public voice representatives who are currently volunteering in the NHS Patient representatives in roles that receive an honorarium from the NHS are also eligible to apply for these courses. The courses are delivered online for people to access at a time convenient to them.

FREE 2 day programme of advice, guidance & information for parents, carers and professionals called “Planning for the Future in Transition”.

Organised by County Carers Group, the programme offers advice guidance and information sessions on issues facing Children & Young People and Young People with Special Educational Needs 

New online course for transforming learning disability services

A massive open online course (MOOC) run by NHS England has commenced for anyone working to transform care and support for people living with a learning disability, autism or both.




Health as a Social Movement - Regional Seminars

The RSA will be holding regional seminars bringing together Vanguards, policy experts and practitioners from across health and social care and the third sector to explore how we can empower people and communities to take action for health and wellbeing at scale.

Migraine Action - Join us in Milton Keynes 4 March for our Migraine Insight Event

Migraine medical professionals will be presenting on diagnosis, treatment, prevention and emerging therapies.

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 VONNE (Voluntary Organisations' Network North East),
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