Welcome to our November-December edition of our regular health and care e-bulletins.
I am currently looking into developing a basic "toolkit" for voluntary & community sector organisations intending to set up / initiate social prescribing projects. For obvious reasons, I don't want duplicate existing resources and those under development and to that end, I am liaising with the National Social Prescribing Network regarding similar work they are planning. Watch this space...!
Brendan McLoughlin from Healthy London Partnership (HLP) and I met up again a couple of weeks ago. You may remember that Brendan is developing two implementation documents for London's Clinical Commissioning Groups regarding self care and social prescribing. LVSC has provided ongoing support & advice to help inform the two documents. The resources will be circulated as soon as they are finalised by HLP.
I am also in regular contact with the London Health & Care Devolution team. A senior team member provided an overview of the programme to one of LVSC's networks recently which led to a useful dialogue. We aim to provide regular updates on how this work is developing and will continue to liaise with the devolution team.
This month, the Regional Voices' network coordinators including LVSC, have been tasked to spent 2 days updating the Who's Who guides ( Who's Who guide for London). I will provide contacts for London's Sustainable Transformation Plans and London Health & Care Devolution leads. As its a comprehensive resource, I won't have the capacity to check whether all contact details under the different headings are still correct. Therefore, I will ask you where possible, to let me know about any changes in your areas or boroughs.
The London Social Prescribing Map will also be updated again early to mid January next year. Additions will include programmes in Merton, Islington, Westminster, Greenwich, Hounslow and Richmond.
Sandra van der Feen
Policy Officer, LVSC
My working days are Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays & Wednesdays only.
Exploring support for Sustainable Transformation Plans (STPs)
For the first time leaders from Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STPs) footprints across the UCLPartners geography came together last month to explore opportunities for partnership support.
Colleagues from four local STP footprints attended the UCLPartners round table event and discussed the local health and care challenges with some of the country's top clinical and academic experts in end of life care, mental health, healthcare evaluation, workforce development, diabetes and healthcare innovation. The purpose was to build on the links already in place between the partnership and emerging footprint plans; to understand how UCLPartners can best apply its expertise, in collaboration with local expertise and ambition, to enable the implementation of priorities of the STPs; and to identify some common areas that could be addressed across the whole UCLPartners geography.
Chaired by UCLPartners Interim Managing Director, Dr Charlie Davie, STP leaders contributed to a debate about priority areas, providing clear suggestions about where UCLPartners and its areas of strength and influence might help accelerate pace and magnify impact. Of the themes that were highlighted, UCLPartners' ability to collaborate across healthcare, academia and industry stood out as a unique offer.
They will be continuing this conversation with partners across the region to help co-design and develop their best approaches to supporting colleagues in STPs. For further information and to join the conversation please email UCLpartners at email@example.com
The guide on supporting sustainability and transformation in health and care can be found here, which includes examples of work across the partnership.
London Marathon Charitable Trust
The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) provides grants from £5,000 to £150,000 towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities. All of London is covered by the grants and LMCT is keen to see applications from London boroughs. Information about how to apply is available on their website.
Sense Survey - Achieving Long Term Independence
Sense is starting a new piece of work on achieving long term independence which is hoped to be build up into a campaign early in 2017. They are currently in an intelligence gathering phase and would appreciate your support and input.
"We know that family members often become the predominant carers for their loved ones. As a consequence, those being cared for may not always have the independence they would like and those providing care ask themselves 'what will happen to my loved one when I can no longer support them?' This can be a major concern and cause of anxiety for many families. They want to find out how "widespread this problem is for people with complex needs and their families. Sense also want to understand how people end up in this situation and what the potential solutions could be."
How you can help...
New innovations benefit millions of patients
NHS England has announced eight health innovations to join year two of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, a scheme to make evidenced healthcare innovations more widely available to patients. Last year the scheme supported the roll out of 17 innovations benefiting three million patients. This year's innovations will help to prevent ill health, improve the management of long term conditions and early intervention into diseases.
Stay Well This Winter
A national campaign to help people prepare for winter weather has been launched by NHS England and Public Health England. Those most at risk, including people with long term health conditions and the over 65s, are encouraged to visit their pharmacist at the first sign of a cough or cold, get their flu jab and keep their homes warm. In support of Self Care Week, the Self Care Forum is also calling on people to make more use of their local pharmacist this winter.
Give your views on guidance about involving patients and the public
NHS England is updating
guidance for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on how they
should involve the public in commissioning and ensure that patients
are involved in their own care.
The closing date for comments is 13 January 2017. Please include your name and contact details in the email. Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Participation at NHS England, has written a blog about the approach being taken to updating the guidance.
Launch of DWP/DH Work and Health Green Paper
On 31 October 2016 the Department of Work and Pensions and the
Department of Health launched a Green Paper and consultation to
help more disabled people and those with long term conditions, into
Work, health and disability: improving lives.