Wellbeing East Bulletin

March 2017

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 up-to-dates on news about the Regional Voices networks please visit www.regionalvoices.org 

Wellbeing East and Wellbeing East Midlands e-bulletins are taking a break!

With the closure of The Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme (SPP) we are taking a break while we wait to hear if Regional Voices has been successful in securing funding as part of the new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme called the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Keep up-to-date on any news about the Regional Voices networks by visiting www.regionalvoices.org

New guide published on care planning in dementia

NHS England has developed a guide Dementia: Good Care Planning, with input from people living with dementia, their carers’ and health and social care professionals. 

Don’t miss the link: how housing supports health targets, saves money and promotes better care - Sue Adams OBE

New NHS England Quick Guide on Health and Housing which identifies how housing and health can work together to ‘prevent and reduce hospital admissions, length of stay, delayed discharges, readmission rates and ultimately improve outcomes for people’.

New Guidance to NHS England Commissioners to Strengthen Patient and Public Participation

NHS England have published  new guidance to strengthen patient and public participation in NHS England’s direct commissioning activities.

New leaflets to help vulnerable patient groups register with a GP published

NHS England has co-produced a series of leaflets which give advice to vulnerable patients from asylum seekers and refugees, homeless people, Roma or traveller groups on how to register with a GP. 

Public Health England has published the 2017 Child Health Profiles.

The profiles draw together information to present a picture of child health and wellbeing in each local area in a user-friendly format.

Local public intelligence online community

Public Health England (PHE) is piloting an online space on Knowledge Hub to share information about local knowledge and intelligence products and services. Our Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (LKIS) will run the space.

Health Matters: Obesity and the food environment

You are invited to take part in a teleconference and question and answer session to launch Public Health England’s latest edition of Health Matters Health Matters: Obesity and the food environment

New Briefing - Information Governance and Smaller Charities

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) briefing in response to organisations providing assurances that they are practicing good information governance when being contracted by the NHS 

Building Dementia Friendly Faith Communities

FaithAction has produced a collection of inspiring examples of how faith communities from different traditions are supporting people living with dementia, along with their families and their carers.

Public health working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

Volunteering Matters and The Local Government Association have produced a report which show how public health and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) are working together to make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

Actions to Deliver a “New Relationship with People and Communities”

The People and Communities Board has published a series of ‘high impact actions’ for accelerating the adoption of person- and community-centred approaches to health and care. 

Healthwatch animation highlights good practice in working with veterans to understand mental health needs

A new animation has been produced by Healthwatch Norfolk, which showcases how it involved veterans in the development of mental health services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Funding Opportunities

Speaking Up Helpline. Provider Wanted! - deadline Monday 27 March 2017 at 11:00am

The Department of Health are looking for an organisation to provide a Speaking Up package of services for people who work in the NHS and Adult Social Care sector and for providers of NHS services and Adult Social Care services

EMAHSN Patient and Public Involvement Award - apply now!

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) is offering a funding boost for vital community and voluntary groups that provide important support for patients to help shape local health services. Groups can apply for funding up until the 5 May 2017.


Have your say on secure mental health services’ specifications

As part of the Mental Health Service Review programme, NHS England has published a 90-day public consultation on two new service specifications (and two separate appendices) for adult secure low and medium mental health services. 

Adult Secure Low and Medium Mental Health Services Consultation - closing date for responses 11 May 2017.

As part of the mental health service review programme NHS England has launched a 90-day public consultation on the two new service specifications for the Adult Secure Low and Medium Mental Health Service.

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),
Registered charity number 1084083   |   Company registration number 4061592


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