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Dementia friends campaign- a voluntary sector role

You'll have seen on tv and in the local press that Public Health England and Alzheimers Society launched the Dementia Friends Campaign last week.  The voluntary and community sector has a massive role to play, in the communities it works with, and in its own staff, in supporting people to cope with the symptoms of dementia. You might want to consider encouraging your staff and service users to become Dementia Friends.

New fund to support older people and reduce pressure on hospitals

A new £2 million fund has been launched- Reduce Pressure in Hospitals Fund- by the Cabinet Office, with NHS England, Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and ADASS. It aims to reduce the number of older people who find themselves having to go to A&E or being admitted to hospital when it could have been avoided, and many stay longer in hospital than they would like, or are discharged and find themselves being readmitted shortly afterwards.

Care Quality Commission consultation on inspection of services till 4 June

Between Wednesday, 9 April and Wednesday, 4 June 2014 the Care Quality Commission wants to find out what people think about how they are planning to change the way they regulate, inspect and rate care services. The changes include things like:  

Appreciation of how the VCS can support the NHS and improve outcomes

Two things have leapt at me this week- both from the North East- about how the voluntary and community sector can really impact on health.

Simon Stevens- the new Chief Executive of NHS England, replacing David Nicholson, in his first speech (on Tyneside) last week, tells of "the critical role of the Third Sector, and the innovation value of new providers”

In his view, that when resources are so tight :

Public Health England is facilitating a national conversation on health inequalities

PHE is launching a national conversation about health inequalities to better understand the English public’s perception and experience.  They hope that through listening to communities across the country, they will be able to better understand the public’s view of health inequalities, how they are affected by them and hear suggestions for what might help narrow the gap. The project involves speaking with public health professionals and community leaders and holding a series of workshops with members of the public to gain valuable insight into how people are living now.

Guides published to support patient and public participation in the NHS

NHS England has launched four "bite-size guides" which aim to support patient and public participation in the NHS. These guides are linked to the Transforming Participation in Health and Social Care Guidance (published last September).

Emergency Mental Health Review - Call for Evidence from Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has launched a Call for Evidence from anyone who has experienced a mental health crisis in the past two year and tried to get help from local services. Service users, carers and community groups are all encouraged to share their experiences of crisis care.

VCS orgs invited to Collaboration, Co-commissioning and Working Together a NHSE Network Leaders event,18 Mar, London

NHS England invites voluntary and community sector organisations to join them at a "Network Leaders" event.  The theme for the day will be Collaboration, Co-commissioning and Working Together.  The full-day session has been co-produced by the NHS England Commissioning Development and Patients and Information Directorates and representatives from several of the local and national networks.

Grants announced for vol sector to support take up of personal health budgets

NHS England has launched a programme for the voluntary and community sector to help them 'gear up' for personal health budgets so they have the knowledge, capacity and expertise to inform their local communities about personal health budgets. From April 2014, people eligible for NHS continuing healthcare will have the 'right to ask' their clinical commissioning group (CCG) for a personal health budget and from October 2014, they will have the 'right to have' one. However most people don't know what a personal health budget is, let alone that they will soon be entitled to have one.

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