LVSC health additional update Sept 2016

Additional LVSC / Regional Voices health and care update Sept 2016

29th September 2016

Dear colleague,

Welcome to an additional brief update on health and care from LVSC through our constituent membership of Regional Voices. I hope you will find the items of interest. A fuller bulletin will be produced again at the end of October.

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.

London news

London Councils Health & Care Devolution Emerging Needs

The report focuses on estates, integration and prevention with a number of emerging tasks assigned to each. It's important for the VCSE to become engaged with the 5 London pilots especially with regards to integration and prevention. LVSC will be discussing VCSE engagement again soon with the London Health & Care Devolution Programme team. Watch this space.

Here is also more information on the health devolution pilots in London

See also Principles for Devolution (Devolution & the Voluntary Sector Summit: Navca, CFG, Locality & Children England.

It includes short sections on voice & advocacy; financing devolution and public service.

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Social Prescribing research surveys for London

Healthy London Partnership is working on writing a chapter on social prescribing for children and young people, and parents and carers. They are looking for contributions towards this chapter, whether this is about ideas or opinions or recommendations of good practice.

As part of the research on this, they have created two surveys, one for children and young people, and one for parents and carers. The links to each are below. It would be very useful if voluntary & community sector organisations in London could promote the surveys in their newsletters and to relevant contacts and members.

The survey closing date is 13th October. The surveys should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.

Parent/carer survey

Children/young people survey

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National news

The NHS Improvement NHS Operational planning and contracting guidance

The guidance was recently published. It explains how the NHS operational planning and contracting processes will now change to support Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and the 'financial reset'. It reaffirms national priorities and sets out the financial and business rules for both 2017/18 and

The guidance argues that good organisations cannot implement the Five Year Forward View and deliver the required productivity savings and care redesign in silos. Only through a system-wide set of changes will the NHS be sure of being able to deliver the right care, in the right place, with optimal value. This means improving and investing in preventative, primary and community based care. It means creating new relationships with patients and communities, seeing the totality of health and care in identifying solutions, using social care and wider services to support improved productivity and quality as well as people's wellbeing. The NHS claims we need new care models that break down the boundaries between different types of provider and foster stronger collaboration across services - drawing on, and strengthening, joint work with partners, including local government. The report states that solutions will not come solely from within the NHS, but from patients and communities, and wider partnerships including local government, and the third sector; and effective public engagement will be essential to their success.

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Engaging Local People - a guide for local areas developing sustainability & transformation Plans (NHS England)

This document set out in the form of questions and answers, is for teams developing Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) in each of the 44 footprint areas, and the statutory organisations which form part of them. Local statutory bodies are responsible for engaging and consulting on their proposals and the relevant legal duties around engagement and consultation are set out in section 4 and Annex A.
It is intended to clarify the expectations on stakeholder involvement, in particular patient and public participation. It will be of particular interest to communication and engagement leads for STPs and footprint leaders.

While the emphasis of this document is on patient and public participation, it is important that as part of their planning processes, those working to deliver STPs consider how they will engage with the governance structures of each of the constituent organisations across their footprint area.

See also:
STPs Explained - Guidance from the Kings Fund
NHS Transformation Plans - Attempts to close the Funding Gap - Nuffield Trust

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Influenza season is underway

You might be aware that the 2016/17 influenza season is underway and this is the time to get vaccinated against this serious viral infection.

Individuals who have an underlying health condition such as chronic heart disease, diabetes and asthma, neurological conditions, chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease, asplenia and immunocompromised individuals, are at a greater risk of developing complications due to influenza.

It is therefore really important to signpost individuals with one of these underlying health conditions to get their FREE influenza vaccine through their GP practice or the local Pharmacy (Pharmacies that have signed up to the Flu vaccination scheme).  Carers are also able to obtain their FREE Influenza vaccination at their GP Practice or at their local pharmacy.

For further information please contact Sana Rabbani ( or Sobia Chaudhry (

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Nesta Health Lab report "Health as a Social Movement: The Power of People in Movements" launched.

The report was produced as part of NHS England's Health as a Social Movement Programme.
There is a unique power to people in social movements - one in which purposeful citizens have the determination and courage to stand up, speak out and seek change in the issues that matter to them and their loved ones.

The AIDS movement, the breast cancer movement and the disability rights movement have all aimed to transform people's experiences of their own illness and the systems which shape it.

Social movements have been gaining increased attention, especially in the context of health and care, as an effective and timely bottom-up approach to system-level change.In their purest form movements are messy, dynamic, and emergent. They arise outside formal institutions and beyond established power structures. They challenge and disrupt. They often make society, elites and institutions deeply uncomfortable as they challenge accepted values, priorities and procedures.

The interface between social movements and institutions also create challenges which surface healthy tensions: How can formal institutions work with something as restless and intangible as a movement? Who is accountable to whom? Can shared purpose be created without co-opting citizen-led change? What are the limits of social movements?

This creative tension between people and institutions lies at the heart of our work on People Powered Health. This report proposes the need for a new model of engagement that draws effectively on both the efficiency and scale of institutions and the dynamism and agility of movements.

And, follow the conversation at #RSAhealth.

For more information please contact:

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Hackney CVS training

Hackney CVS have just launched our latest Training brochure- full of low cost or free training for those from the voluntary & community sector (VCS). The training programme kicks off with their Ready Steady Start programme- three courses for start-up businesses.

Get a ready Steady Start training
More information on other courses and workshops (Oct-Dec 2016)

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London Fire Brigade - Project Officer (Health) Full-time

An opportunity has arisen to work in the Community Safety Department in the role of Fire Safety Project Officer - Health, based at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters.

Closing date 12th October

London Fire Brigade is one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world and the busiest in the country.

Through their analysis of incidents they are aware that the causes of poor health outcomes are primarily the same as those that determine risk from fire. The Fire Safety Project Officer role will be responsible for facilitating a range of projects which deliver London Fire Brigade's ambition of building safer and healthier communities by establishing an integrated relationship with services focused on improving health outcomes across London's diverse communities.

The postholder will have the opportunity to work with the Healthy London Partnership through the London Fire Brigade on a number of "Fire as a Health Asset"projects.

More information and application pack

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