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The voluntary and community sector has made significant contributions to health and wellbeing, often reaching areas and communities that have been difficult to reach by mainstream health and social care providers. One East Midlands aims to keep the voluntary and community sector informed about these changes and where possible contribute to policy and strategy development.

Healthwatch England - Local Healthwatch: Draft Quality Statements.

Healthwatch England has been working with Leeds Beckett University and the Federation of Community Development Learning to develop a set of draft Quality Statements which outline what it means to be a local Healthwatch.

Department of Health - Local Healthwatch: progress and promise report.

Commissioned by the Department of Health and published by the Kings Fund the  Local Healthwatch: progress and promise report examines the progress made in the first 18 to 21 months of local Healthwatch. 

Peer Support: What is it and does it work? New evidence review launched by National Voice and Nesta

Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices as they launch the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? 

Young People’s Views on the NHS Constitution

National Children’s Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children have asked children and young people for their experiences of using NHS services and how the NHS Constitution can be improved. 

Care Quality Commission - Integrated care for older people review

The Care Quality Commission [CQC] are starting a new review looking at care for older people. It will explore how different services are organised and coordinated, and examine how this affects the quality of care that people receive.

National survey launched to evaluate end of life care

NHS England is seeking views on the current VOICES survey. They have set out specific areas which they are keen to get views on but have also left a section open for people to feedback comments or ideas more generally. You can respond to all or just one/a small number of questions.

A new report says a lack of recognition and communication are key to poor end of life care

A new report Dying Without Dignity that gives details of people’s poor experiences of end of life care was published on the 20th May 2015 by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Guidance on impacting NHS locally through NHS Citizen

FaithAction is looking for views to help shape its guidance on impacting NHS locally through NHS Citizen, looking specifically for individuals from faith groups who have been involved directly in, or have an interest in, influencing and shaping NHS services locally. 

GP Champions Toolkit

The Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) has published a new 'GP Champions Toolkit for General Practice' . It has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and contains actions all GPs could carry out to improve primary care services for young people. 

New resource to support the management of volunteers in the care sector

Two leading bodies representing not-for-profit care and support providers in England have joined forces to produce a toolkit to assist volunteer management.


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