LVSC health update Feb 2016

Welcome to LVSC's health e bulletin providing you with regional and national information, policy and events from LVSC, Regional Voices, DoH, NHS England, Public Health England and London's VCS.

February 2016

Dear colleague,

You may be aware that we have an exciting event coming up on March the 23rd: New Models of Care - Working Together for a Healthy London. We are co-delivering the event with London for All.  It offers great opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to share good practice and learning with other VCSE organisations, commissioners , other funders, policy makers, healthwatches and academia on the new models of care agenda.

Our London vanguard briefing (see below) has been updated to include the 6 NHS England principles which could support the VCSE, patient bodies and vanguards co-produce more effectively.

We have also produced a briefing on integrated pioneers in London (see below) as well as short paper outlining the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) Demonstrator Sites,which I hope you will find helpful.

Our social prescribing map for London will be updated again in a few weeks time. Another 4 social prescribers have completed the survey and they will be added to the map. I have also set up a meeting with the Clinical Lead, Transforming Primary Care, Healthy London Partnership, (NHS England (London) to explore how we might work together on a London social prescribing report. I will keep you informed.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch (Mon-Wed only) if you would like to discuss any of the items in this bulletin or you would like to include an item in a future newsletter.

Warm regards


Sandra van der Feen

Policy Officer, LVSC

Mondays - Wednesdays only


LVSC health update

New Models of Care: Working together for a Healthy London

Wednesday 23rd March, 10.00am - 4pm

The last few years have seen dramatic changes to the way health and social care services are structured and funded. The health needs of the population are changing and goring more complex but there and there are increasing scientific and technological opportunities to support patients and their carers.  The NHS's  Five Year Forward View has a key focus on prevention and patient centred interventions but what are the opportunities for the VCS, policy makers and commissioners in terms of co-producing and commissioning new models of care interventions?

LVSC (through is constituent membership of Regional Voices) and London for All are holding a free all day conference to consider some of the challenges and opportunities for VCSE and Statutory bodies to work together to design and deliver services to improve the health of Londoners

Event objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the opportunities for the VCSE, patient bodies and their members to co-produce and influence health and care policy and initiatives especially relating to the New Models of Care.
  • Provide opportunities for commissioners, including CCGs and policy makers to better understand the work, role and added value of the VCSE in co-producing, designing and delivering services at a local and regional level.
  • Identify the gaps and barriers to effective cross sector working in the design, commissioning and evaluation of services in London
  • Agree recommendations and actions to enable more effective design, commissioning and evaluation of services in London

The event is aimed at:

  • Voluntary, community & social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations;
  • Statutory sector bodies including: Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England (including Healthy London Partnership), Public Health England (including London Public Health Knowledge & Intelligence Team),  Vanguards, Integrated Care Pioneers,  London Clinical Senate and Strategic networks, local authorities, public health teams, LHO (Knowledge & Intelligence team), London Health Board, Greater London Authority, London Councils, etc.
  • Commissioning Support Units (CSUs)
  • Healthwatches
  • Academic institutions including Academic Health Science Networks
  • London Funders

You can register here

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London vanguard guide

LVSC has updated the guide to include the 6 NHS England principles which could support the VCSE, patient bodies and vanguards co-produce more effectively.

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Integrated Care Pioneers in London - a LVSC & London for All briefing

The briefing paper provides an overview of the integrated care pioneers in London.  It includes links to a range of case studies and support available to enable shared learning, good practice and co-production across the sites and between the sectors.

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London news

London health devolution

The government has produced a policy briefing on the London Health Devolution agreement. The government says: "The London Partners' ground-breaking plans for transforming health and care provision across the nation's capital are strongly supported by the government and national health system bodies. Their plans will help to secure improvements in the health and wellbeing of London's diverse 8.6 million residents, addressing inequalities in health outcomes and radically reshaping healthcare provision across the city, in line with the aspirations of the NHS Five Year Forward View."

London Councils has also produced a report outlining progress on sections of the London Proposal for devolution since the Spending Review. The report focuses on employment, skills and Health. It "includes work within boroughs and borough groupings to embed governance arrangements and ensure that capacity is in place to ensure effective commissioning, contract management and oversight is in place".

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Greater London Authority London Datastore

London Datastore contains 80 health data sets including life expectancy at birth and age 65 by ward; hospital admission rates, health inequalities strategy indicators, etc. It provides regional wellbeing indicators. London shows to be the second lowest on subjective indicators.

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Healthy ageing centre in north east London announced as NHS Test Bed

Older people and carers in north east London are set to see the regeneration of health and social care as their region becomes a world-class site for innovation and excellence in healthy ageing.
Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England announced last month that north east London will be placed at the forefront of innovative care as one of seven NHS Test Beds in the country.

Care City - a centre for healthy ageing innovation, research and education - will receive a £1.7m boost in funding to pioneer and evaluate new technologies to deliver measurable health improvements for the local population.

The centre, which officially launched in Barking last month, was set up by NELFT and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and brings together health and social care organisations, along with UCLPartners, to work across the four London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

More information van be found on the UCLPartners website

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London Leadership Academy

London Leadership Academy is a pan-London leadership development organisation, working across all NHS organisations to design, deliver and commission outstanding leadership development that makes a real difference to staff delivering care to patients and service users.

London Leadership Academy supports those leading organisations and their teams, to have the space and time to learn about their own leadership capabilities as well as building skills and confidence to become great leaders in their organisations.

Information about the London programmes

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National news

Social prescribing

Voluntary Action Rotherham Social prescribing evaluation findings

The evaluation findings for the Voluntary Action Rotherham social prescribing service, which focuses on people with long term health conditions, have been launched.

The conclusions drawn in the report include:

  • Positive impact on reducing emergency admission and A&E attendances - with a marked change for those under 80
  • Cost reductions for commissioners
  • Improved patient experience and satisfaction with care
  • Improved health and wellbeing of local people, through more engaged communities and a more sustainable and vibrant VCS
  • Contribution to the growing national reputation and interest in social prescribing

Full report
Summary report

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NCVO blog: Social Prescribing: a new way of working or today's hot topic?

An interesting blog by Lev Pedro following his participation at the recent new National Social Prescribing Network inaugural event in London. LVSC also took part at this event.

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Impact of Spending Review on healthcare examined

The Health Committee held an oral evidence session as part of its inquiry on the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review on health and social care.

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Better Data - Making the Third Sector Case for Health Improvement

The findings from the Better Data research into how the voluntary & community sector (VCS) and public sector partners can effectively utilise and share data have been published. The report calls for a national approach to help third sector organisations to use data resources to meet the needs highlighted by the NHS England Five Year Forward View.

The Better Data agenda was developed in conjunction with Public Health England and Regional Voices delivery partner One East Midlands to help third sector organisations use publicly available data sources. In the current financial climate the need for organisations to demonstrate their worth to commissioners has never been greater.

The key recommendation, based on telephone surveys with the Regional Voices network of third sector infrastructure organisations (including LVSC) and Public Health England colleagues, is the development of a national approach to equip third sector organisations to access, understand and apply available tools and resources. This principally includes the PHE Knowledge and Intelligence gateway and NICE guidance. This could be achieved through awareness raising sessions, sharing of good practice and information and building the capacity of the third sector engage with Public Sector partners.

More information on the Regional Voices website
Building evidence report

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The latest report from the Realising the Value consortium has been published

The Realising the Value consortium has published the report: At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities. It brings together evidence on what good person- and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing look like and their potentially wide-reaching benefits.

In particular, the programme focuses on five areas:

  • peer support
  • self-management education
  • health coaching
  • group activities to support health and wellbeing
  • asset-based approaches in a health and wellbeing context.

The report includes a wide range of evidence and practical examples to support the work of commissioners and other decision-makers seeking to find ways to empower individuals and communities in their health and care.

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Shorter-form version of the NHS Standard Contract for NHS commissioners

NHS England has developed a shorter-form version of the NHS Standard Contract, for NHS Commissioners to use when commissioning certain non-primary healthcare services of relatively low complexity and value.  The shorter-form Contract may be used for services commencing from 1 April 2016, and is about a third of the length of the existing full-length Contract, and is much simpler and less burdensome to use.

A consultation on this shorter-form NHS Standard Contract 2016/17 has now been published on the NHS Standard Contract 2016/17 webpage.

The following documents have been published:

The consultation document describes how NHS England has developed the draft shorter-form Contract, and asks a number of specific questions. The draft user guide describes how the shorter-form Contract should be completed and managed.

NHS England also welcomes comments on any aspect of the draft shorter-form Contract, and on the draft NHS shorter-from Contract User Guide.

Stakeholders are asked to submit comments to by Friday 16 March 2016. The final shorter-form Contract will be published in final version shortly afterwards, for use during 2016/17.

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National Association of Primary Care

Primary Care is the first point of contact that most of us have with the health system. It provides a holistic, person centred approach to care rather than focusing on disease oriented services.
Through Primary Care the majority of preventative and curative health needs, health promotion and care monitoring requirements are fulfilled. This is a result of the combination of universal access and comprehensive services delivered by the multi-professional teams who work to address the health needs of the population. Primary Care co-ordinates the integration of patient care in a sustained partnership with patients and informal care givers.

The Primary Care Home model: The PCH is a form of multispecialty community provider (MCP) model. Its key features are:

  • provision of care to a defined, registered population of between 30,000 and 50,000;
  • aligned clinical financial drivers through a unified, capitated budget with appropriate shared risks and rewards
  • an integrated workforce, with a strong focus on partnerships spanning primary, secondary and social care; and
  • a combined focus on personalisation of care with improvements in population health outcomes.

More information on the Primary Care Home model can be found here..A programme and selection of  Rapid Test Sites is currently being developed and more information can be found on the PCH model page. It also contains information whether private providers or independent not-for-profit organisations/partnerships can apply or be involved.

There are currently 15 Rapid Test sites
More information on the National Association of Primary Care

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Information & resources

How does money flow through the health service in England?

Guardian health infographic: this is really informative and includes:

  • NHS England's budget breakdown
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups' (CCGs) spending breakdown
  • Public Health Spending and more!

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Developed by the advice and technology charity Lasa, socialcareinfo is a new web tool designed to help people find details of the social care support available to them locally; national information about their rights and entitlements; and details of local independent advice organisations.

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Fuel Poverty: How to improve health and wellbeing through action on affordable warmth - UK Health Forum

The guide aims to improve health and wellbeing through warm and healthy housing and reducing energy costs for vulnerable households. It is aimed particularly at directors of public health, clinical and non-clinical staff in public health teams and other members of health and wellbeing boards. While this resource is not specifically aimed at voluntary and community sector organisations, such agencies may find this guide helpful in understanding local levers and public health commissioning and delivery arrangements and how they can best support strategic planning and delivery of affordable warmth interventions for their beneficiaries. In addition to the full guide, an eight-page summary is also available to download.

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Events & training

Gangs, Serious Youth Violence and Mental Health training

There is a full day of free training on Friday 4th March 0930-1630 at LVSC's offices, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP.

The day is entitled: Mental Health, Early Warning Signs and Triggers for Young People. It is specifically for those working with those who involved in work with gangs and serious youth violence. The sessions include: Mental Health of young people in Gangs, Common Mental Health illnesses (Depression, Bi polar, Suicide) and Common Mental Health illnesses (Conduct disorder, Learning disability, ADHD, Substance misuse & Dual diagnosis).

More information on the course content is here. To book a space, please email Please book on as soon as are able, before Friday 26 February.

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NHS England & Public Health England - Health Inequalities Webinar series

Please make a note in your diary to join us for the next of our Health Inequalities focussed webinars - Reducing health inequalities and premature mortality - two for the price of one.  The webinar will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday 7th April.

The webinar will be in two parts, the first presented by Terry Blair-Stevens from Public Health England on the original rationale behind the Preventing Premature Mortality audit and the second presentation by Dr James Simpkin from Brighton & Hove CCG looking at the next steps, evaluating existing research and progress on the action plan.

To register your interest click on the link: Register
Or, for more information email including 'Webinar' in the subject title.

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Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health conference

This is the Faculty's fourth conference

There is a small amount of money for bursaries to support attendance from organisations who otherwise could not afford it, and the Faculty separately fund and support attendance by homeless people and other very marginalised groups.

Contact Alex Bax, CEO for more information:

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NHS England new events area on its website

NHS England has launched a new events area on its website. This new section has everything you could want to know about events in one place from upcoming NHS England events for professionals across the health and care system, to the conferences NHS England will be exhibiting at in 2016.

You can also contact the Events team at

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