Welcome to our September edition of our regular health and care e-bulletins.
I am currently updating our London Social Prescribing map. If you know of any new and emerging initiatives in London, please do get in touch. The update will include amendments to the current prescribers as well as a couple of new initiatives. I will also produce a spreadsheet outlining how prescribers listed on the map are currently funded. In the next few months I hope to produce a case study of a Council for Voluntary Service or VCS organisation involved and engaged with statutory sector organisations, including the CCG, regarding the development of a social prescribing model in London. We anticipate that a case study could yield some useful learning points for the VCSE and stautory sector alike. If you think you might be able to contribute to such a case study in your borough, please let me know.
I will be producing a briefing on the London Mayoral intentions regarding health and care in London, including how the VCSE in London might be able to engage with these agendas. In the meantime, you can visit the GLA website (see "Improving London's Health" below).
I will be following up with the Communications & Engagement Manager from London Health and Care Devolution to discuss VCSE engagement with the 5 London pilots. I will keep you informed.
I will be updating the Who's Who guide in London next month. See below for more further detail.
I am also liaising with colleagues regarding a community development and health event later this year. We will keep you posted!
In the meantime, if you would like anything published in future bulletins, please let me know.
Sandra van der Feen
Policy Officer, LVSC
Please note my working days are Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
LVSC /Regional Voices update
Who's Who guide for London
You may remember that each of the regional networks (including LVSC) have produced a "Who's Who" guide to key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, CQC, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch.
The annual update is due by the end of October. It would be really helpful for us if you could check relevant sections in your areas / boroughs to see if the contacts listed are still accurate. If there are any changes please notify Sandra van der Feen, firstname.lastname@example.org
The current guide is available on LVSC's website.
Improving London's health
The newly elected Mayor for London, Sadiq Khan declared that he wants to lead on health in the city. Amongst others he aims to be the champion for London's NHS, campaign for extra powers to coordinate health services as well as champion the need for additional funding to plug the social care gap. This sounds promising and LVSC will look at ways of working with the mayoral team to explore how London's diverse voluntary & community sector can become more effectively involved in the planning, shaping and co-delivery of health and social care in London in the future. As stated above, we also hope to produce a briefing on the mayoral intentions and how the VCSE sector may be able to hold he Mayor and his team to account.
More information on the mayoral health and care plans can be found here
Mayor of London has just announced that Matthew Ryder QC will become his Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement.
Widely recognised as one of the country's leading lawyers, Matthew was born in north London, currently lives in Brixton and began his career working for a legal aid firm in Harlesden. He has spent the last 16 years practising law at Matrix Chambers, during which time he has become one of the UK's leading barristers specialising in crime, human rights, media and privacy.
Sadiq has asked Matthew to help him address ethnic and social segregation in London to ensure Londoners of every gender, ethnicity, faith, culture, age, sexuality and socio-economic background don't just live side by side, but live truly interconnected lives.
Matthew's role will also involve ensuring that social mobility is central to the programmes led by the Mayor of London's office and he will lead on the promotion of active citizenship across the capital, which includes volunteering, mentoring and the integration of new Londoners to the city.
London Health Assembly investigation into the mental health needs of LGBT people
The London Assembly Health Committee is conducting an investigation into the mental health needs of LGBT people, as part of a wider investigation examining what the Mayor can do to support better mental health for all Londoners.
Why is the Committee looking at this
How you can help the Committee
The Committee would welcome your views on the following key questions to help inform their work.
The closing date for written submissions is 10 October 2016. Please free to pass this email on to any interested colleagues or friends.
Realising the Value - New Behavioural Insight Guides Published
The Realising the Value consortium has published two new guides written by the Behavioural Insights Team, outlining how the science of behaviour can help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing more effectively.
first guide is written for people who support
those living with long-term conditions, or who help people avoid
these conditions using person- and community-centred approaches.
Health and care professionals, voluntary or community groups, peer
supporters, carers and patient leaders will benefit most from this
The final resources and recommendations from the Realising the Value programme will be published in November 2016.
Consultation - Expanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) Ratings to Include Independent Healthcare Providers
The consultation seeks views on proposed changes to Care Quality Commission (CQC) performance assessment regulations to include ratings for additional sectors.
The Care Act 2014 requires the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to carry out performance assessments of providers of health and adult social care services. These performance assessments are provided in the form of a rating.
When ratings were introduced in 2014 they were limited to NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts, GP practices, adult social care providers and independent hospitals.
The government would like the CQC to develop ratings for other sectors that they regulate and is seeking views on this issue.
These sectors include:
The consultation closes on 14th October 2016.