LVSC health & care health bulletin Nov-Dec 2016

LVSC's monthly health & care e bulletin - November-December 2016

December 2016

Dear colleague,

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.

Kind regards


Sandra van der Feen

Policy Officer, LVSC

My working days are Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays & Wednesdays only.

London news

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

The guide on supporting sustainability and transformation in health and care can be found here, which includes examples of work across the partnership.

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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.

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National news

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...

  1. Policy/professionals: if this is an area of work where you have current workstreams or interest please get in touch with Sarah White ( They are keen to pull together as many resources and as much insight as possible.
  2. Networks: they want to hear from as many people as possible so please share the attached with your networks.
  3. Social media: it would be great if you can share the online survey on social media.  A suggested tweet: Do you or a friend/family member use care and support services? @sensetweets would like to hear from you

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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.

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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.

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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.
Patient groups and patients and the public can comment on the existing guidance, and what they would like to see in the updated guidance by emailing

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.

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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: Work, health and disability: improving lives.

The gap between the employment rates of disabled people and non-disabled people is 32% and despite a record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long term health conditions, are out of work.

With all the evidence showing that work is a major driver of health, the Green Paper launches a wide-ranging debate about recognising the value of work as a health outcome and an opportunity to make sure that people get the support they need and improve their health.

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The Green Paper - Work, health and disability: improving lives

Proposals include:

  • a review of Statutory Sick Pay and GP fit notes to support workers back into their jobs faster and for longer;
  • encouraging Jobcentre Plus work coaches to signpost claimants to therapy;
  • the launch of a consultation on Work Capability Assessment reform;
  • encouraging employers to work with their employees with long-term health conditions to stop them from falling out of work; and
  • a wide-ranging debate about recognising the value of work as a health outcome.

Disabled people, employers, health professionals and a wide range of other stakeholders are being asked for their views on how to make sure the health and welfare systems support those who can work with better opportunities to stay in employment, while protecting those who can't work.

The consultation runs from 31 October 2016 to 17 February 2017.

Please also see here the link to press release

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Sustainability and transformation plans in the NHS - Kings Fund

Based on interviews with senior NHS and local government leaders in four areas, The Kings Fund new report looks at progress in developing sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). Despite criticisms of the process so far, the report urges the government and the NHS to continue to back STPs as the best hope for delivering long-term improvement in health and social care.

Barney Mynott, Head of Public Affairs, Navca  has written a blog on how this report can help the voluntary & community sector get involved with STPs.

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In Control - Independent Living Survey

Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) partner, In Control recently published a report on behalf of the Independent Living Strategy Group, presenting the findings from an online survey looking at what impact the Care Act is actually having on the day-to-day lives of disabled people living in England.

Some of the results found that more than half of respondents felt their quality of life had reduced in the last 12 months, and just less than two thirds of respondents who said their support needs had been assessed in the past 12 months were not aware of how much money was available to support them. One result in particular, however, highlighted the importance of conversation with 86 per cent of respondents stating that when their Local Authority had assessed their needs, they felt they had been listened to.

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Resources & information

Realising the Value: ten key actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing

The Realising the Value consortium recently launched a set of practical resources to show how person- and community- centred approaches can help to shift power to people and communities. Based on the learning and recommendations from the programme, Halima Khan, Executive Director, Nesta Health Lab and Will Warburton, Director of Improvement, The Health Foundation, set out ten key actions to put people at the heart of health and wellbeing. Read the blog here.

Nesta newsletter
Nesta is an innovation foundation with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. Nesta's newsletter is published on a weekly basis. You can sign up here.

A range of useful resources can be found on the Realising the Value website

These include amongst others:

  • Realising the Value (final report from the Realising the Value programme drawing together key learning & recommendations)
  • New Approaches to value in health & care
  • Economic modelling tools
  • Supporting self care

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VODG Social Value Toolkit

VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) has launched a practical resource that supports the delivery of social value in the commissioning of social care.

The VODG Social Value Toolkit promotes increased cooperation between social care commissioners and providers. The guidance has been created in response to the fact that while there are resources to support commissioners to implement the Social Value Act, less guidance exists for social care providers.

The new toolkit reflects an approach to commissioning which creates maximum value for money from public spending by realising additional benefits from providers - at no extra cost to the public purse.
Harnessing social value is an essential route to tackling inequalities. VODG's toolkit guides social care providers on how to demonstrate the added value that not-for-profit organisations deliver.

VODG will continue to work with VCSE partners to showcase the delivery of the best possible quality services within the current financial constraints, and will work collaboratively with commissioners to explore all opportunities to maximise social value.

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Events & training

Wellbeing and work - 18 January 2017

10.30am - 1pm
Race Equality Foundation
Unit 22 Deane House Studios
27 Greenwood Place
London NW5 1LB

Most employers and managers want to reduce work absences and particularly those related to health issues.  There is growing interest in supporting employees' wellbeing at work and the Better Health for London priority to 'Make work a healthy place to be', is one such initiative.
This workshop in partnership with the Fit for Work Team, will provide an overview of the issues around work and wellbeing:

  • Looking at the national context and policy on health and work;
  • Greater London Authority initiative;
  • Exploring work place health, and
  • Exploring how participants are supporting work as a healthy place

This workshop is aimed at Managers and Supervisors within the voluntary and community sector.

You can register on eventbrite

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