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Health and Social Care Update - Feb / Mar 2017

News... Events... Opportunities... Consultations... System Change... 

This is an e bulletin briefing from South West Forum which you are receiving as a member of our South West Health and Social Care Network.  It contains health and care related news and events as well as priority notifications of consultation activities.  If you have local news or events that you would like us to help you share, or queries, comments or suggestions for this bulletin,  please get in touch with me - simon@southwestforum.org.uk

Thanks, Simon

In the Region...

Equipped for the Future?
Between November 2016 and January 2017 we ran an online survey of social purpose organisations in the South West. Headline findings from our health and social care related questions included: 

  • Only two respondents said sector involvement in Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) was adequate – 30% saying the sector was not involved at all.
  • Only one respondent said sector involvement in the development of devolution plans was adequate – 39% saying the sector was not involved at all.
  • 48% need support to help them be equipped for personalisation and integrated personal commissioning in health and social care.
  • 47% need support to help them be equipped for opportunities in social prescribing and similar developments.

The full report "Equipped for the Future?" plus a summary infographic and survey data are now available here...

Embedding Social Value
Last year we worked with Devon County Council’s Public Health team on embedding social value into the procurement of their Healthy Lifestyle service. This work, funded by the Office for Civil Society, has now been published on the Department of Culture Media and Sport website and is available here…

Leadership Exchange Programme from SW AHSN
Offers those in operational and strategic roles from the NHS, industry, voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors an opportunity to spend a day with an organisation in another sector to explore new approaches to the challenges you may be experiencing.
Read more… in the South West Academic Health Science Network February Newsletter

NEW Devon CCG Acute Services Review
Have Your Say events are scheduled between 7 & 24 March. The acute services under review are:
Stroke services
Maternity, paediatric and neonatal services
Urgent and emergency care services

Find your local event and book a place here…

Have your say on services at Weston General Hospital
Residents in Somerset and North Somerset are invited to have their say on emerging ideas to build a strong future for Weston General Hospital. Find out more…

Gloucestershire STP
You can respond to an online survey here…

Bristol Older Peoples Forum, Thu 2nd March

Helping Young People Engage
We’re pleased to welcome Barnardos HYPE project to this network. HYPE works with the Community Children’s Health Partnership (CCHP) in Bristol and South Gloucestershire; supporting children and families to have a say, recognising them as experts in their own lives so that they can influence how their health services are delivered.

HYPE works with both health workers and managers in the partnership to support the involvement of children and young people in delivering its mission: INVOLVE, INCLUDE and LISTEN to EVERYONE

Find out more… Or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook

National News & Reports

NHS Wi-Fi launched in GP surgeries
NHS Wi-Fi is to be installed in 991 general practices across England by 31 March 2017 and patients will be able to access the internet free of charge in their GP's waiting room, via their smart phone or tablet. Read more…

NHS bed facts and figures
This BMA paper… presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place

Quick Access to Healthwatch Reports in your area
The Patient Experience Library has been working to bring this body of work together in a map format that can help users access information on activity across the country. View map…

Social Mobility, the class pay gap and intergenerational worklessness
People from workless households are 15-18 percentage points more likely to be workless themselves as adults, a finding which is broadly consistent across gender and age. Analysis from the Social Mobility Commission suggests that intergenerational health issues and particularly local economic conditions are fundamental in explaining this association. Read more…

From ambitious proposals into credible plans
A new Kings Fund report… examines the content of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) submitted in October last year.  A summarised extract from the report here… explores seven big questions facing STPs,

The London Quality Standards: A case study in changing clinical care
This report from the Nuffield Trust "presents insights about the implementation of complex intervention in the NHS. This work provides critical learning for future similar initiatives".  

Including, presumably, Sustainability and Transformation Plans… points out the Patient Experience Library website where you can read the report in full.

New care models: now available in GP-friendly packages
Julian Patterson, Director of Marketing and Communications at Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) discusses how Primary Care Home is the new care model to watch in 2012, concluding “Funding primary care home sites and similar GP hubs means a lower outlay with a higher chance of success and a much better return on investment than bankrolling more vanguards.” Look out for our forthcoming Primary Care Innovation briefing due out by the end of March. Read more…

Productivity, Technology and the NHS
Kingsley Manning, former chair of NHS Digital argues that, “current plans for the development and implementation of digital technologies are unlikely to have any significant impact on productivity, certainly within the lifetime of the 5YFV” Read more…

Coalition for Collaborative Care Newsletter…

Health Research Authority (HRA) - new patient and public web pages
Find out more…

Opportunities and Events

Consultation: Fixed recoverable costs for clinical negligence claims
(Department of Health)

Local public health 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. Find out more and join…

Working Together to Reduce Childhood Obesity
The National Children’s Bureau is seeking examples of programmes and interventions that support children in primary education to be healthy and physically active, particularly children who experience health disadvantages and those living in areas of deprivation. NCB wants to hear how primary schools, local authorities and voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have worked together. Deadline: 10 March 2017, details here...

Volunteering and Social Action – Making the Care Act Real
This is free, national event on 21st March 2017 will review the work led by Volunteering Matters, in partnership with the LGA, ADASS and NAVCA, for the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership’ Programme, to show how volunteering and social action have an important role to play in making real the wellbeing principle of the Care Act 2014.

The work is helping local authorities and their partners in the NHS and VCSE realise the potential of volunteering and social action to help to build stronger, more resilient communities and so promote wellbeing and deliver personalised care and health outcomes. Read more and register…

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. The course is being run in partnership with ADASS, LGA, CQC, Health Education England, Skills for Health, Skills for Care and the Department of Health. Enrol here…    For more information email england.si-mooc@nhs.net

National Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health Week 2017
The National LGB&T Partnership, working with partners across the country and from both within and outside the LGBT sector, are organising the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health Week from 13th to 17th March 2017.

Click here… to visit the National LB Women's Health Week webpage and download the briefing pack to get information and resources that will support your organisation in getting involved.

Finally - Time to Smile... try these blogs from NHS Networks

“Doctor: What can I do for you today?~
Patient: I’m worried I may have an STP…” Read more…

Or perhaps you need something rather less medical, more strategic…

“…actions are no longer enough to drive transformation, commissioners and providers are expected to consider aiming to implement High-impact Actions (HIAs) as a matter of urgency going forward.” Read more…


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