LVSC Health update July-August 2016 (1)

Welcome to our July-August 2016 health and care ebulletin

August 2016

Dear colleague,

Welcome to our July-August edition of our regular health and care e-bulletins.

I expect to update our London social prescribing map again soon. We are also supporting Healthy London Partnership with their Social prescribing Implementation plan due to be launched sometime in October this year. Also note the upcoming Social Prescribing event on the 22nd of September (see below for further information).

I look forward to working with the London Health & Care Devolution Programme Team on voluntary & community sector engagement with the 5 London devolution pilots.

I am also liaising with my LVSC colleagues ( London for All, Employment & Skills, Criminal Justice System - Safer Future Communities) regarding a potential health related event later this year.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss social prescribing, health devolution or would like an item, article or event published in a future bulletin. However, please note that my working days are now Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Warm regards


Sandra van der Feen

Policy Officer, LVSC


LVSC /Regional Voices update

Health Devolution in London

Here is a reminder of our recent publication on health devolution in London largely replicated from the London Health & Care Devolution Programme team newsletter. More insight about VCSE engagement with the pilots will be coming soon so watch this space....

In the meantime, if you want to sign up to their newsletter, please email

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Mapping social prescribing in London - reminder

We  hope to update the map again soon pending the number of additional and new projects that have come /will come to my attention in the next few weeks.

Link to the current London Social Prescribing map

As part of our Regional Voices' strategic partnership work, LVSC is mapping social prescribing activities in London. We will continue to update the map every quarter over the coming year. 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.

We are also working with  Healthy London Partnership (HLP) to take this work forward as part of their work with commissioners. We intend to explore best practice and different models of social prescribing activities in London.

Please note that in order to qualify for entry on the map, your service shouldn't be just about signposting people to services. Social prescribing initiatives should also provide support for users to access a social prescribing service or range of services.

If you fit the criteria, you are cordially invited to complete our survey which will inform your project's unique page on the map. Your input into the survey will also provide useful information for our work with HLP.

Link to the survey

If you know of other and emerging social prescribing initiatives not listed on the map, please email me at Please note that I work Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

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London news

Date for your diary: Social Prescribing Network - London event

Thursday 22nd September,
Central London venue tbc shortly

Aims: This free event is for commissioners, providers and general practitioners to start a conversation, exploring the benefits of social prescribing and community centred approaches in managing long-term conditions, reducing social isolation and improving mental health. The event will support clinical commissioning groups, single transformation plan areas, local authorities and general practitioners to consider the potential of social prescribing and how it can be embedded in transformation work to upstream prevention, reducing the pressure in general practice, as well impact on long-term acute system pressures.

This event will make the case for social prescribing, provide evidence of impact, consider the spectrum of models available, funding arrangements, setting up programmes and what support may be needed over time to manage governance, risk and evaluate impact.

More information including venue and booking details to be confirmed soon by the  Healthy London Partnership and the Social Prescribing Network. I would very much appreciate it if you don't contact me (Sandra van der Feen) about registering for this event.

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Foodie experts highlight London's food challenges (Centre for London)

Centre for London states that London has one of the most exciting and creative food scenes of any city on the globe, but it also faces some big challenges - food poverty, obesity and the decline of local high streets. Their latest edition of London Essays looks at the way we eat in the capital and includes contributions from Henry Dimbleby, Rosie Boycott and Lisa Markwell.

Explore the full collection of essays

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UCLP Partners annual report for 2015/16

UCLPartners says that the annual report highlights the year's successes for the UCLPartners, AHSC, AHSN and their role in education, as well as showcasing the progress made by the Clinical Research Network North Thames (CRN) and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North Thames (CLAHRC), and the North Thames Genomic Medicine Centre - roles that bring people and organisations together to transform the health and wellbeing of the population.

Some of the key successes from the partnership, include:

  • 3 million patients benefitting from innovations via NHS Innovation Accelerator
  • 11,000 more staff trained in dementia awareness
  • 55,000 people accessing innovative trial treatments through the Clinical Research Network
  • 3,000 patients and carers involved in UCLPartners projects
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital conducted the first embryonic stem cell surgery to reverse vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital treated the first patients to receive a genetic diagnosis through the 100,000 Genomes Project
  • The Barts Heart Centre has improved outcomes for patients with heart disease - with approximately 300 fewer deaths per year than expected at St Bartholomew's.

UCLPartners is concentrating on three themes to ensure they best meet the needs of the partners to deliver a sustainable health and care system for the population:

  • Discovery science harnesses world-class academic and clinical expertise to speed up the development of new treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies.
  • Innovation into practice enables academics, healthcare professionals, industry and patients to work together to speed up innovation into routine practice in the NHS and social care.
  • Population health and place-based care will lead UCLPartners in supporting population-based transformation for the six million people served by the partnership and those further afield. This will include providing a platform of support for organisations that are connecting across the system to deliver sustainable, population-based (or place-based) care.

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National news

Patients have their say on GP services

Patients have been giving feedback on their experiences of GP services by taking part in the annual GP Patient Survey, and the findings have now been published. Around 850,000 people took part, making it the biggest patient survey in the country. Findings will help commissioners and healthcare providers to understand what is working and what needs to be improved. Patients and patient groups can access the figures, including breakdowns for their local areas and they can make use of a practice comparison tool.

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Brexit: Implications for the Voluntary Sector - NCVO

Their initial analysis of Brexit: This is NCVO's first overview of Brexit for voluntary organisations following the event:

  • It is likely that the impact of Brexit in the short term will be over-estimated; but impact in the long-term will be under -estimated
  • Their analysis focuses on risks: but amidst much uncertainty our commentary requires many assumptions. These may change
  • In particular, there are different Brexit scenarios - such as whether the UK remains in the single market. NCVO will reflect on these in their next overview.

NCVO report

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CAMHS Transformation and the Role of the VCS

Youth Access and the Young People's Health Partnership have published a report showing that CCGs and local authorities are increasingly turning to voluntary sector delivery models to drive CAMHS transformation. In particular, many local commissioners are enthusiastically embracing the YIACS (Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services) model, recognising it as key to the provision of more accessible, integrated, early intervention and prevention services without the clinical and age barriers inherent in statutory Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The report, entitled 'A Foot in the Door', focuses on eight themes that are of particular relevance to voluntary sector providers: Engagement of VCS; Involvement of Young People; The YIACS model; Investment in VCS; Early intervention; Tackling the social determinants; Transitions - meeting the needs of young adults; transparency & protectionism.

Press release

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New Integrated Personal Commissioning Emerging Framework

NHS England, in partnership with the Local Government Association published The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Emerging Framework

Setting out the future model of care for patients with some of the most complex needs in England, the framework is based on learning from the programme so far and sets out the changes required to deliver more joined up health and social care, and enable patients and families to commission their own care through personal budgets. It signals the start of national rollout of IPC, with new areas being asked to signal their interest in becoming early adopters of IPC through local Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

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New Case Studies - Using NHS Grants to Meet Patient Needs

These three case studies from Regional Voices show how innovative use of NHS grants to voluntary & community sector (VCS) organisations can help respond to the needs of patients and the public and also target health inequalities. The case studies illustrate examples of the NHS and the VCS working together effectively to improve people's health and wellbeing in their local community.

If you know of examples in London, please contact Sandra van der Feen, LVSC at

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Six principles for engaging people and communities

National Voices has published the following documents which were produced by the People and Communities Board (chaired by Jeremy Taylor):

The six principles were developed by the People and Communities Board, in conjunction with the new models of care vanguards sites, to give practical support to services as they deliver the new relationship with people and communities; set out in the Five Year Forward View.

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What Works Wellbeing Forum

This forum is where people can be connected with different views and perspectives: academics, organisations, decision makers and individuals in useful conversation and action. If you want to discuss wellbeing, help find evidence of what works and connect with a range of people interested in wellbeing, then please join the forum.

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How do you use information to make decisions about care?

NICE is working with SCIE to make the summaries of NICE social care guidance clearer and easier to understand. To enable them to do this, they would like to get feedback from people who look for information and guidance from NICE and other organisations to help with making decisions about care - either for themselves or others.  They want to find out what type of information they look for, where they go to find it and how they like to see it presented. Specifically, NICE and SCIE want to talk to people who buy their own home care and care home managers.

Telephone interviews are being conducted between 25 July and 23 August, and NICE would appreciate your involvement. If you are happy to take part, please contact: or phone 0161 870 3265 for further details.

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GSK Impact Awards nominations are open

The GSK Impact awards in partnership with The King's Fund are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. Award winners receive a range of benefits including funding, training and publicity.

Registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, and with a total annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million, can apply on the King's Fund's website until 21 September 2016.

GSK's IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training and development valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. Hear from this year's winners about the benefits of winning an award.

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