Welcome to the October - November 2015 edition of our regular health ebulletin bringing you news from LVSC, Regional Voices (of which LVSC is a constituent member), the Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and Care Quality Commission.
Ebulletins may include information from London's voluntary & community sector (VCS) as well as regional policy news - e.g. from the Greater London Authority, NHS England (London region), London Senate, etc.
We also intend to keep you up to date on the government's Five Year Forward View, including the vanguards in London.
If you wish to discuss any items to be included in future bulletins, please feel free to contact me.
Sandra van der Feen
Policy Officer, LVSC
Mondays - Wednesdays only
LVSC health work update
LVSC has responded to the VCSE Review (see below). I have also produced a VCSE review related blog which can be read on the VCSE review website - see also below.
Our co-production in integrated care case study produced in partnership with Chelsea & Kensington & Chelsea Social Council and Healthwatch Central West London has been published (see below). It has been shared with NCVO colleagues who are leading on the VCSE review consultation.
This week, I will start work on our social prescribing map for London. This will be an ongoing piece of work and therefore not a complete map when published later in December. We are aware of a number of social prescribing models in London already, including Bromley by Bow (Tower Hamlets), Southwark, Redbridge, Bexley but please get in touch if you know of others that could be included. The London map will comprise links to the individual social prescribers with a page on each with information we will obtain through a short survey and links to key website pages. Please contact me for more information, should you want to find to find out more.
This week, I will be meeting the Office of London CCGs with the aim to better support regional engagement between commissioners, the VCSE sector and the people it supports.
I have held a useful telephone conversation with the Sutton Care Homes vanguard leads. In due course I will produce a case study about how they operate and work in partnership, including with the VCSE. For now, I have drawn up a short document about the vanguards in London including links to some of their work areas and publications. It also describes LVSC's role in relation to the vanguards including our future plans to promote good practice.
For more information please feel free to contact me: email@example.com
Co- producing in integrated care case study
The case study looks at the benefits, barriers, challenges and potential solutions around co-production in integrated care in North West London. Effective co-production as well as CCGs commissioning of VCS led preventative services could ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients and service users and save scarce NHS resources. The case study was carried out in partnership between LVSC, Kensington & Chelsea Social Council (KCSC) and Healthwatch Central West London (CWL).
Healthwatch CWL helped the West London CCG (WLCCG) set up its engagement structure including the Patient Participation Groups and the Patient Reference Group. Then, as part of its integrated care programme, WLCCG started to develop Whole Systems Integrated Care (WSIC) with the aim of co-producing better outcomes and experience with and for patients. KCSC and Healthwatch CWL were keen to be involved in a co-production model to inform the development of this. WLCCG commissioned Healthwatch CWL and KCSC to conduct the patient and voluntary sector engagement part of the work. KCSC also conducted a survey amongst their members on the subject of unit costs set against WSIC outcomes to see whether there may be potential for VCS commissioning opportunities within WSIC in the future.
We have also produced a summary version which can be downloaded here
LVSC's responses to the VCSE review and our blog
Our blog on the role of the VCSE in co-producing new models of health and care can be read here
LVSC survey about Care Quality Commission (CQC) engagement with the VCSE sector
Can you help us build a better picture of health & care organisations in the VCSE sector to enable CQC better regulate, monitor and regulate high quality care? If so please complete the short survey below.
Link to the survey
Nationally, CQC is working with Regional Voices (of which LVSC is a constituent partner) in the delivery of their public engagement strategy 2015-16, specifically, the testing of new approaches to achieve their ambition of developing regional relationships and information sharing with the voluntary and community sector.
Partnerships are vital to CQC in their role of monitoring, inspecting and regulating health and social care services. Through partnerships of many types, CQC is better able to make sure fundamental standards of quality and safety are met through the exchange of information and the sharing of people's experiences (especially those unable to speak out).
As part of the process of developing new approaches, we are inviting you to help us build a better picture of health & care organisations in the VCSE sector in London by completing a short survey. We want to gauge your views as you share a similar agenda making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care.
We welcome your involvement by inviting you to complete this survey yourself and by sharing it widely with organisations and groups within your own networks.
Can you also support us by promoting CQC at your events and / or AGMs?
Are you a local, sub regional or regional voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation? Can you help us share information about the Care Quality Commission?
CQC would like to better engage with the VCSE. You may have seen our recent mailing outlining CQC's engagement plan as well as our short survey above. We anticipate that the engagement plan and feedback from the Regional Voices' network partners will enable CQC better engage with the sector in the future. Furthermore, you could also help raise awareness amongst the organisations / groups or service users you support by making a brief statement about CQC at any up and coming events or AGMs. If you would like a short description that could be read out at your events, please contact Sandra van der Feen at LVSC.
Health Inequalities in London
This report by Public Health England summarises the importance of health inequality, the economic case for investment and descriptive analysis of health inequalities in London. Its purpose is to describe the importance of health inequalities; describe the economic case for investing in health inequalities and provide a descriptive analysis of health inequalities in London.
Better health for London: one year on
The partners of the London Health Board have just published, Better Health for London: One Year On. The report shows the progress being made by the partners and other organisations across London that are working together to improve health and health care across London. It describes what has been achieved against the ten ambitions for London's health set out by the London Health Commission.
Graphs showing dramatic changes in the most deprived areas in London
The University of Sheffield has put together very interesting
graphs showing quite dramatic changes in the most deprived areas in
London from 2014-2020 (contrast with the rest of the country which
didn't change much).
Growing Health Champions visit Bromley by Bow Centre - social prescribing in practice
Growing Health Champions recently visited the centre and gained more insight to the Bromley By Bow Social Prescribing model and the horticultural activities that they have in place. You could also have a look at the Bromley by Bow website where you will find a number of useful documents pertaining to policy initiatives and developing & sharing good practice. Further to the discussion around practically implementing social prescribing within projects, you may be interested in the Social Prescribing seminars that they organise at the Centre.
See also LVSC's future social prescribing map in the LVSC health work update above.
Is Britain fairer?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have launched Is Britain fairer?, the biggest review to date of Britain's progress to date towards equality and human rights.
The report looks at various areas of life, including education, health, security, employment, standard of living, participation, influence and voice. Whilst there have been improvements, inequalities have widened in a number of areas. Some of the health challenges include:
Gearing up for one of the most fundamental changes in NHS history
Sir Bruce Keogh has outlined an emerging strategy for Personalised Medicine in the NHS. NHS England's National Medical Director said it would involve moving away a from a 'one size fits all' approach to the treatment and care of patients with a particular condition, to using diagnostics, genomics, data analytics and other technologies to identify the underlying cause of disease. He told NHS England's Board this was the way to ensure the right patient gets the right treatment at the right time.
The NHS five year forward view: one year on - the Kings Fund
It's a year since the publication of the NHS five year forward view, which outlines how NHS services must change to move towards the care models required for the future.
The Kings Fund's Chris Ham's blog below reflects on how the new care models are developing and you can catch up with highlights from the Kings Fund recent event on multi-specialty community providers.
NHS England's Annual General Meeting: The NHS Five Year Forward View one year on
This year's NHS England Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 21 October. One year on from the launch of the Five Year Forward View, the event discussed progress made over the last 12 months towards delivering on our shared plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable health service. It also provided the opportunity to hear about some of the new initiatives the NHS is working on and how it plans to address future challenges. Watch the NHS England AGM video on the NHS England website. The AGM generated a number of questions, answers to which will be posted on the website soon.
Health Secretary outlines measures for greater patient power
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has
outlined plans "for the most patient-focused NHS culture
The new ratings, broken down by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will not only be based on local data but will also be verified by experts in each field, including:
Initial ratings, based on the current CCG assessments, will be published in June 2016. As part of the government's transparency agenda, this will both spread best practice and help bring about improvement where services are underperforming. This will create a complete picture of care quality in the NHS.
Update on the Primary Care Transformation Fund
Earlier this year, the first GP practices had bids supported in principle for investment for the period 2015/16 from the £1 billion four-year Primary Care Transformation (formerly Infrastructure) Fund. The majority have focused on much needed improvements in access to clinical services by extending existing GP premises. These bids are subject to formal approval against a range of technical criteria.
From 2016/17, Clinical Commissioning Groups will lead proposals for how funding should be invested in future years in line with their broader plans for delivering improved, joined up out-of-hospital services. Proposals will need to demonstrate how they increase capacity for clinical services and deliver a wider range of services out of hospital.
To read more, visit the NHS England website
Quick Guides to get ready for winter
NHS England and partners have published six Quick Guides aims to bring clarity on how best to work with the care sector. Got a hospital discharge problem? Want to find out how Leicester has achieved a 60 per cent reduction in care home admission costs? Want to finally break down the myths around sharing patient information and assessments? Want to use other people's ideas and resources?
Five issues to be discussed at NHS Citizens' Assembly - 25 November 2015
NHS Citizen is a national programme to give the public a say on healthcare matters and influence the NHS. The Citizens' Jury have chosen the five issues they feel should go forward at the NHS Citizens' Assembly next month. They are:
The Assembly, to be held at London Excel, will bring senior NHS England leaders together with citizens to deliberate health and well-being issues. It will be an interactive session with participants encouraged to contribute to discussions and work together collaboratively.
NHS England & Public Health England - Health Inequalities Webinar series
Please make a note in your diary to join NHS England and Public Health England for the first of their Health Inequalities focused webinars.
The first webinar will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday
This webinar will be hosted by Vittoria Polito from Public Health England and a guest speaker from a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The webinar includes presentations on the Atlas of Variations, and the Commissioning for Value Packs/Pathways from the CCG perspective with time for questions and comments.
To register your interest click here
Or, for more information email England.firstname.lastname@example.org including 'Webinar'
in the subject
LVSC will support NHS England's Equality & Health Inequalities Unit (Commissioning Strategy Directorate), to help ensure that the VCSE is included when the programme is being developed.
Information & resources
Migraine: Supporting children, young people and their families
Migraine Action offer support to all those affected by this misunderstood neurological condition. They offer a friendly confidential helpline and a wealth of information for managing the condition.
In the UK alone, 1 in 10 young people suffer with migraine and they hope to work closely with organisations in the North-East to raise awareness and circulate their 'Ride the Lightning' guides for children, young people and families.
Get in touch today for free physical copies delivered directly to your organisation on email@example.com
Breathe Arts Health Research Recognised by Lambeth NHS with Prestigious Innovation Award
Breathe recently received their recent NHS Award for "Innovation in Lambeth". The organisation which uses the arts as a basis for pioneering healthcare programmes, is pleased to announce it has won the inaugural "Innovation in Lambeth" prize at the borough's NHS Clinical Commissioning Group's recent Lammy Awards.
Andrew Eyres, Chief Officer, NHS Lambeth Clinical
Commissioning Group said:
Building Better Opportunities: second tranche of projects now open
The Big Lottery Fund have now launched the second round of their Building Better Opportunities programme. This round includes 61 new funding opportunities across 18 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) areas.
Details of the projects now open for applications can be found on here.
In London the projects now open for funding are:
Common Mental Health covering the following geographic areas
Refugees covering the following geographic areas
Complex Needs/ SMD covering the following geographic areas
The deadline for stage one applications is 12 noon Monday 30 November 2015.