LVSC Health update September 2016

LVSC's health and care monthly update September 2016

September 2016

Dear colleague,

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.

Warm regards


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,

The current guide is available on LVSC's website.

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London news

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

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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.

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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 issue?
Research indicates that members of the LGBT community have higher instances of mental health problems than the rest of the population. According to Public Health England, one in two LGBT young people in the UK reported self-harming at some point in their life and 44 per cent reported having thought about suicide. The Health Committee wants to find out more about the mental health of LGBT people in London and what can be done to improve support.

How you can help the Committee
The Committee is inviting organisations and individuals to submit views and information to the committee, giving you the opportunity to influence our work. They are also organising a roundtable event at City Hall on 25 October 2016. If you would like to be involved please email

The Committee would welcome your views on the following key questions to help inform their work.

  • Why is it important to focus on the mental health needs of LGBT people?
  • What are the main mental health challenges faced by LGBT people today?
  • What can be done to promote better mental health for LGBT people and prevent mental ill health?
  • How do stigma and discrimination affect the mental health of LGBT people?
  • What are the main barriers for LGBT people trying to access mental health support?
  • What steps could mental health service providers take to make their services more accessible for LGBT people?
  • What evidence is there of what works to improve the mental health of LGBT people?
  • How effectively are the needs of LGBT people incorporated into mental health service commissioning?
  • What examples of good practice are there in London and further afield?
  • What are the key issues faced by organisations working to support LGBT mental health in London?
  • What can the Mayor and the London Assembly do to support better mental health for LGBT people?
  • Who else needs to be involved in addressing the mental health needs of LGBT people, and how?

The closing date for written submissions is 10 October 2016. Please free to pass this email on to any interested colleagues or friends.

Follow @LondonAssembly and please tweet with #AssemblyHealth and #LGBTMentalHealth.

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National news

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.

The 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 guide.
The second guide is aimed at people who champion these approaches in health and social care more broadly including commissioners. It outlines how behavioural science can spread the take-up of person- and community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

The final resources and recommendations from the Realising the Value programme will be published in November 2016.

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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:

  • cosmetic surgery providers
  • independent community health service providers
  • independent ambulance services
  • independent dialysis units
  • refractive eye surgery providers
  • substance misuse centres
  • termination of pregnancy services

The consultation closes on 14th October 2016.

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Community Grants to Highlight Patient and Public Participation in the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS)

There is still time to apply for NHS England's 'celebrating participation in healthcare' community grants scheme. Grants of up to £1000 are available to VCS organisations that want to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.

To apply you must be a VCS organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way - it could be by producing a film, animation or comic - it's up to you!

The deadline for applications is midnight on 21st September 2016.

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Events & training

Personal Health Budgets Learning and Development Days

Voluntary Voices are holding a series of 3 learning and development days in various locations across England to support the creation of a Personal Health Budget learning and support network for the voluntary sector. These days will offer an opportunity to gain information, advice, and guidance on the Personal Health Budget process, both nationally and locally from NHSE and CCG colleagues, and individuals and organisations engaging with lived experience.

The organisers are requesting a commitment to attend the 3 scheduled learning events as a minimum, with a view to building an ongoing learning and development network for your area.

Sessions will run at various locations across England from 28th September - 17th November 2016. More information and booking details are available on the Regional Voices website

The London event will take place on 10th Nov 2016. Booking details on eventbrite

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The Cumberland Initiative - Festival of Evidence 4th and 5th October

For those wanting to share or know more about simulation, modelling data and evidence of improvement for healthcare that is robust and efficient.

Costs: £190 for the two days, including dinner on 4th October and breakfast on 5th October. The festival will take place in Slough.

The Cumberland Initiative have interest from lots of different groups and are still building on that they hope will be a unique community and an unusual mix of backgrounds and skill sets, especially:

  1. Expert modellers with data and models to share
  2. People who know nothing about modelling but want to know more
  3. People who have tried to use numbers to change their world but have not been successful and who are looking for better methods or collaborators.

Information from earlier festivals can be found below:
The value of modelling and simulation in health care
Modelling health care scenarios

Registration details are available here

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