LVSC health & care health bulletin Jan 2017

LVSC Health update January 2017

January 2017

Dear colleague,

Welcome to our January 2017 edition of our regular health and care e-bulletins.

We continue to have regular conversations with Healthy London Partnership as well as the National Social Prescribing network re social prescribing, including looking into a possible online resource.

Thanks to the organisations that got in touch so far regarding our latest Who's Who guide. We have made the changes and the latest version can be accessed below.

I will be updating the London Social Prescribing map in mid February. For more information, please do get in touch, otherwise see below for further details.

Best wishes,

Kind regards


Sandra van der Feen

Policy Officer, LVSC

My working days are Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays & Wednesdays only.

LVSC news

Social prescribing in London

As part of our Regional Voices' strategic partnership work, LVSC is mapping social prescribing activities in London. The map comprises links to social prescribing activities in London. Each link takes you to a uniquely created page with information about and contact details of each social prescriber.

Please note the map was last revised in October last year. Its due for a further update around mid February and will include initiatives in Barnet, Merton, Westminster, Islington and other boroughs.

We have continued to work with Healthy London Partnership (HLP) to take this work forward as part of their work with commissioners and we regularly liaise with the National Social Prescribing Network

LVSC social prescribing page with link to the map

If you are running a social prescribing project and are not listed on the map, please complete our smart survey. There is no need for a lot of detail, but the information provided will inform your unique page on the map. Alternatively, you can complete the Word version to to be returned to me at

Please note that I work Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. If you are not sure your project is eligible to be included on the map, please do get in touch.

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The Who's Who guide for London (reminder)

Each of the regional networks that comprise Regional Voices including LVSC, have produced a "Who's Who" guide of key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant contacts from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units, Public Health directors, local Healthwatch, etc. The update now also includes information about Health Devolution and Sustainability & Transformation Plans.

Thanks to everyone who informed me of changes in their areas. If you note any further omissions or out of date information, please do let me know.

Further information and access to the guide

Email: Please note my working days are Tue and alternate Tue & Wed only.

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London news

Spice Host Roundtable - Project findings and solutions

A breakfast roundtable for London health and homelessness leaders and providers in December last year, explored the outcomes and recommendations for services from the City & Hackney Time Credits pilot, a project between St Mungo's and Spice in Hackney funded by City & Hackney CCG.

Recommendations include increased opportunities for participation and giving back; healthy activities; supportive long-term relationship development; addressing access barriers; and supporting self-management of conditions.

Discussions included the importance of addressing loneliness, offering opportunities to be valued and improving wellbeing for people experiencing homelessness. The group felt that Time Credits offer a specific opportunity to address these issues.

To read more click here and to access the full report

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Care City innovation test bed

The system partnership includes:

  • BHR Integrated Care Coalition: NELFT NHS Foundation Trust; Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS University Trust; Barking, Havering and Redbridge CCG; London Borough of Barking and Dagenham;  London Borough of Redbridge and London Borough of Havering and BHR GP Federation
  • Waltham Forest CCG
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • UCLPartners (Academic Health Science Network)

The Test Bed covers the 1million+ population of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge (BHR) and Waltham Forest.

The Care City Innovation Test Bed will address barriers to innovation within the NHS and Social Care. Their focus is on technological innovations which can help support older people with long term conditions, older people with dementia, and carers to help meet the challenge of building a sustainable health and social care system.

By bringing together 11 innovators with the health and care partners in north east London, Care City marks a step-change away from the traditional approach of isolated technology pilots to a shared, system-wide approach to evaluation and spreading new ideas.

More information can be found on the NHS England website

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National news

Social care spending has fallen below £554 minimum in most areas

Local authorities across the country are spending well below the £554 per week minimum amount recommended for the residential care of older people, new figures have shown. Statistics across the country for 2015/16 show that the vast majority fall well below a "floor price" cited by the Local Government Association (LGA)

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Better Care Fund support

NHS England has commissioned SCIE and partners PPL to support Better Care Fund implementation in 2017.
They will be arranging a series of masterclasses and webinars and supporting regional networking, in order to share emerging practice and learning.

More information can be found here

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NHS England Announces £101 Million New Vanguard Funding

NHS England has announced £101 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the new care model vanguards.

The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill health and save funds.

In addition to the funding, the vanguards will continue to receive support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness new technology including apps and shared computer systems. They are also receiving help to develop their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local populations.

To read more, visit the NHS England website

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Putting Small Charities at the Heart of Public Services

The expertise and knowledge of small charities should be used to help shape and deliver public services across the country, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson announced on the 13th December last year.
Three new measures have been announced as part of a programme to help tackle the challenges of getting small charities into the public service supply chain, they are:

  • Developing a placed based Public Service Incubator that helps small charities get commissioned. The Incubator will enable them to collaborate with commissioners and develop services that improve the lives of those in need. It will record the barriers that small charities encounter in this process and create guides to overcoming them. What is more, the incubator will show the positive difference we can achieve when all parts of our communities work effectively together.
  • Exploring the development of a commissioning kitemark that will set out a best practice standard. Commissioners will be able to use this standard to show their commitment to small charity-friendly commissioning. It's hoped this will lead to positive long-term change, giving the voluntary sector fair opportunities to access the public service market
  • Recruiting a voluntary, community and social enterprise crown representative. This role will centrally champion commissioning practices that help small charities contribute effectively to public services. It will also function as an intermediary between government and the voluntary sector.

Mr Wilson has also announced that Sir Martyn Lewis will chair a voluntary sector-led implementation group on these proposals, to put them into practice.

To read more, visit the government website

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Ahead of the Arc - APPG (All Parliamentary Group for Disability) Disability Report

This report goes back to an investigation by MPs and peers from six political parties and offers Government (and the Joint Work and Health Unit) a plan to support a million disabled people into work. It draws out many ways of making use of the public sector's substantial procurement power to benefit disabled people who are currently out of work.

To read more, visit the Disability Rights UK website

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CQC has launched a formal consultation on its next phase of regulation

The consultation document, 'Our next phase of regulation: A more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach', follows the CQC strategy for 2016 to 2021, published in May 2016, which sets out an ambitious vision for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people get high-quality care.

CQC want your views on a number of proposals for implementing the five-year strategy.

These proposals are aimed at achieving:

  • A more integrated approach that enables us to be flexible and responsive to changes in care provision
  • A more targeted approach that focuses on areas of greatest concern, such as safety, and where there have been improvements in quality
  • A greater emphasis on leadership, including at the level of overall accountability for quality of care
  • Closer working and alignment with NHS Improvement and other partners so that providers experience less duplication.

Some of the proposals apply to all regulated sectors, including:

  • A reduction in the number of assessment frameworks that inspectors use to help make judgements about a service from 11 to just two - one for health services, and one for adult social care.
  • A set of principles to guide our approach to regulating in a changing landscape of care provision, including new care models and complex providers.
  • Updated guidance for registering services for people with a learning disability and/or autism.
  • We will continue to work with people who use services, providers, professionals and our other local and national partners to co-produce our approach.

If you would like to share your views, please read and respond to the consultation on the CQC website

The consultation closes on Tuesday 14 February 2017.

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Public Health Glossary Launched

As outlined in the Five Year Forward View, the future of the next generations and the sustainability of NHS depend on a  radical upgrade in prevention and public health. In order to deliver on this large scale change, it is crucial that all organisations within the health and care sectors work together when developing national policies and resources and that these are underpinned by consistent language.

To support this, with their Library and Knowledge Service colleagues, Health Education England has developed a glossary of public health terminology.  The aim is that these terms will help to inform investment in training and workforce development in prevention and population health.

If you would like to receive a downloadable version of the glossary, or have suggestions for improving it, please contact the population health and prevention team on

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Events & training

The Work, Health, and Disability Green Paper

LVSC, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Department for Health, will be holding a consultation event for the London voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector, on the Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The aim of the Green Paper is to help disabled people and people with long-term health conditions into employment. It will take place on Thursday 2nd February 1:30pm-5pm in the conference room, London Voluntary Sector Council (LVSC), 2nd Floor, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP. For more information, including to book a place, please click here.

The deadline to respond to the Green Paper is 17th February.

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UCLPartners masterclass: Working with the Voluntary and Community Sector (reminder)

Date:Tuesday 14th March

Time: 2.30-4.30pm

This masterclass will focus on working with the voluntary and community sector, and will be based on the summary document produced by UCLPartners and LVSC.

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Voluntary Sector in Health & Social Care - Race Equality Foundation

Date: Thursday 16 February

Time: 2.30pm - 16.00pm

Venue: Race Equality Foundation, 12 Greenwood Place, NW5 1LB - Map

This free event will bring you up to speed on the big developments in health and social care. You will hear about the  VCSE Review of how health and social care should be supporting the voluntary sector. You will also hear about local developments in London and examples of key developments in social prescribing, health and justice and new models of healthcare.

Registration details

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Invitation to Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector partners for an update webinar on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (reminder)

Date: 30 Jan 2017
Time: 12noon-1pm

NHS England would like to invite voluntary, community and social enterprise sector partners to join us for an NHS England webinar for a national update on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

The webinar will include:

  • An update on the STP process so far
  • Opportunities being developed at national level for involvement of VCS partners in ST
  • Examples of how the VCS has been involved in plans to date
  • Questions and discussion

To join the webinar please contact Jonathan Leahy via email: and Jonathan will provide you with the joining instructions for the webinar.

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