LVSC Health update October - November 2016

LVSC health & care news update comprising LVSC, London and national news - Oct-Nov 2016

November 2016

Dear colleague,

Welcome to our October edition of our regular health and care e-bulletins.

About 2 weeks ago, I published our latest social prescribing map for London.However, the map has now been slightly amended. As you can see below, I have added a little information about social prescribing initiatives that have since come to light and I have corrected a couple of hyperlinks. Please use the map listed below instead of the one circulated previously.

In two weeks time, I will be meeting the interim Complex Change Manager again from Healthy London Partnership to discuss their social prescribing implementation plan as well as plans to develop a London Regional Social Prescribing Network, so watch this space. More information can also be found in the recent Social Prescribing event report below.  If you are interested in social prescribing and would like to be added to our dedicated social prescribing contact list, please let me know.

We are also liaising with the Health Devolution programme to discuss how they can best engage with the voluntary & Community sector in London through our existing networks. In the meantime do watch the London Health and Care Devolution film below and share with colleagues and members,

Next month, I will be updating our Who's Who is Who guide for London. We are curently only funded to update the guide annually and therefore I would really appreciate it if you could let me know about any changes in your area(s). Here is the link to the map, which was last updated in December 2015.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss social prescribing, health devolution or would like an item, article or event published in a future bulletin. However, please note that my working days are now Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Warm regards


Sandra van der Feen

Policy Officer, LVSC


LVSC and Regional Voices update

London Social Prescribing map has been updated (again!)

LVSC circulated its most recent social prescribing map for London two weeks ago. However, we have corrected a couple of hyperlinks and added some information about social prescribing initiatives brought to our attention since the recent update. They will be featured with their unique pages in the December update but for now, we have listed them (shaded in light mauve) on pages 3 and 4 of the mapping document.

The map also includes a spreadsheet outlining how the projects are funded (see also page 1 of the mapping document).

Link to the updated London Social Prescribing map

As part of our Regional Voices' strategic partnership work, VC is mapping social prescribing activities in London. We will continue to update the map every quarter over the coming year. The map comprises links to social prescribing activities in London. Each link takes you to a uniquely created page with information about and contact details of each social prescriber.

We continue to work with Healthy London Partnership (HLP) to take this work forward as part of their work with commissioners and the National Social Prescribing Network. We intend to explore best practice and different models of social prescribing activities in London. We are currently also liaising with NHS England regarding social prescribing at a national strategic level.

If you know of other and emerging social prescribing initiatives not listed on the map, please email Sandra at Please note that I work Tuesdays and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

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Also from LVSC...

The Way Ahead  - an update from Lisa Greensill, Acting CEO, LVSC

I'm writing to give you information on how you can be involved in helping to shape the next steps with this important work - through coming along to an event for all stakeholders on 30th November, and considering whether you'd like to lead one of the working groups being set up to focus on making change happen.

Information on the stakeholder event we're running in partnership with GLV and London Funders - "Making it happen: co-producing the next steps for The Way Ahead" - is here and you can also find out more information and book your place at the GLV registration page.

You'll also find here details of how you can put yourself or your organisation forward to lead one of the thematic groups tasked with shaping the practical next steps to achieve change - information about the role, the support and funding available, and the process for applying, are all included in the document titled "Work with us to achieve the ambitions of The Way Ahead for Londoners".

We look forward to seeing you at the event at the end of November, and to hearing from you if you're interested in leading one of the thematic groups.  As always, though, if you've got any ideas or suggestions on The Way Ahead, or would like to find out more, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes, Lisa, Lisa Redding, Acting CEO, LVSC

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London news

Social Prescribing in London event - 22nd September report and presentations

The event was organised by the Healthy London Partnership, Social Prescribing Network and the University of East London

Evaluation report
Social prescribing in London slides

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London Health and Care Devolution film

Please share the London Health and Care Devolution film across your internal and external channels. Please note that a revised version is available on Youtube

How will devolution accelerate my transformation plans?
Watch this short film about how London Partners are working together and using devolution as an enabling tool to help health and care transformation plans go further and faster. Whilst the five London pilots develop their devolution proposals, the programme team plan to engage partners and providers on what devolved powers will mean for the city, local areas and Londoners.

If you would like to discuss how devolution could help accelerate your transformation plans, please get in touch:

#HCDevolution can help health & care transformation plans in #London go further & faster. More in this short film:

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Greater support for integration "urgently needed"

London Councils is calling on government to help smooth the path towards further health and social care integration in London through a wide ranging package of proposals to government.

London Councils executive member for social care, Cllr Ray Puddifoot MBE, said: "The health and social care system in London is facing a range of challenges and boroughs are willing to deliver the service transformation and efficiency savings needed to overcome these. But without government involvement and support, our ambitions for greater integration could falter."

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UCLPartners bolsters support for primary care across the region

Since the creation of UCLPartners in 2009, their ambition has been to bring people and organisations together to transform the health and wellbeing of the population. To do this, they work with patients and providers from across the health system to co-create healthcare solutions. As part of their work in supporting more joined up care for the population, UCLPartners is bolstering its support for primary care with the creation of a new Primary Care Development Programme.

The programme aims to support their partners to deliver the primary care strategy as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans. The Primary Care Development Programme builds on the work UCLPartners has been working on with general practice and community providers for the last three years.

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London Assembly - Domestic energy and fuel poverty in London

The London Assembly Environment Committee is conducting an investigation into domestic energy and fuel poverty in London.  It will seek to inform the development of Mayoral policy aimed at cutting carbon and helping Londoners keep warm and meet their energy needs affordably.

This is to invite views and information from you in writing.  Contributions are requested by Monday 21st November. Later contributions will be considered where possible, but as the Committee develops a report of its findings over the following weeks, it becomes harder to reflect later contributions fully.  The Committee is also taking evidence for the investigation in other ways, including a meeting at City Hall on 10 November.

Investigation outline: domestic energy and fuel poverty

Please send your contribution to (do not reply to this email).  Also let us know if you have any queries using this address.

The Committee looks forward very much to receiving your views.  They will be used to inform a report to the Mayor making recommendations for policy development.

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How can technology transform health?

As part of their brand new campaign, DigitalHealth.London is calling for healthcare professionals across all disciplines to reflect on which technologies are changing the way you work.

The campaign offers a platform for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives, allied health, support staff, etc., to share insight and experience on how technology and innovation is impacting communication, diagnostics and treatment of patients.

Join the conversation on Twitter using their hashtag #tomorrowspatient. Alternatively, record and capture your experiences via your smartphone camera, and upload your videos here for them to share.

Download the Twitter app

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National news

Number 10 launches new policy unit to improve relations with the voluntary sector

Number Ten has set up a new policy unit to improve relations with charities, faith organisations and businesses.
Charlotte Lawson, who was previously development and strategic partnerships director at the Centre for Social Justice, joined the new government relations team as a special adviser to lead on the "development of the government's relationships with the voluntary sector".

She is one of number of staff appointed by Number Ten to improve relations with key groups.

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NHS Five Year Forward View in 2017/18 and 2018/19

National NHS leaders have set out steps to strengthen collaboration across the NHS and ensure that local health and care areas are successful in delivering their blueprints for the future.

Published by NHS England and NHS Improvement, Delivering the Forward View: NHS Operational Planning Guidance for 2017/18 and 2018/19 provides NHS trusts and commissioners with tools they need to plan for the years ahead.

For the first time, the guidance covers two financial years, to provide greater stability, underpinned by a two-year tariff for NHS patients and a two-year NHS Standard Contract.

A range of additional measures to help the NHS deliver on the commitments of the Five Year Forward View have also been announced, including:

  • New incentives worth more than £100m to help tackle unnecessary delays in discharging patients from hospital;
  • Incentives to reduce people attending A&E with mental health problems;
  • Further steps to ensure the sustainability of general practice.

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Information & resources

NHS England Involvement Hub

A new Involvement hub has been launched on the NHS England website. It is a one-stop shop of tools, resources, best practice and training linked to patient and public participation. The hub is for healthcare commissioners and patients and the public who want to find out how to get involved in the work of NHS England.

The hub links users to a range of resources from NHS England and other organisations, including the voluntary & community sector, royal colleges, patient groups and NHS organisations.

If you have resources you would think would be relevant to share through the Involvement hub please email

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Case studies for the LGA (Navca)

The Local Government Association (LGA) is producing a publication exploring how local authority public health teams are working with the voluntary sector to improve health and wellbeing. This involves case studies from areas which have effective relationships with the sector and are starting to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.

If you have any case studies you would like them to consider please email Navca also thinks we should send them information about where it doesn't work. Please also send them these examples (and let us know if you would like them anonymised).

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Social Investment bodies launch £4million fund

A £4m fund to encourage charities and social enterprises to access social investment has been launched by two major social finance organisations.

The money for the two-year Reach Fund has been provided by Access: the Foundation for Social Investment, a £100m foundation set up by government to give grants to encourage social investment. The fund will be administered by the Social Investment Business.

The fund will provide grants to organisations who need specific support to be able to take on a loan, and is designed to test a new model of investment readiness support. Grants of up to £15,000 will be available.
Charities who want to use the fund must be referred by approved social investors, called Access Points, who must be willing to make an investment in the organisation if they become "investment ready".

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Quality For Health -  a quality assurance system for voluntary and community organisations delivering health services

Quality For Health is a quality assurance system for voluntary and community organisations delivering health services in local communities. The system has been designed by Voluntary Action Calderdale and is endorsed and supported by Calderdale CCG.  Quality For Health supports VCS organisations to demonstrate the difference they make through service delivery. As well as operating in Calderdale the system is now being used under licence by other support agencies around the country to support their local voluntary and community sector.

The system was recently subject to an independent evaluation by Leeds Beckett University.
Evaluation summary (90k)

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STP Engagement Guidance

Patients and the public play an essential part in the development of local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) to improve health and care and deliver the Five Year Forward View. Building on local engagement already taking place in many parts of the country, a new guide has been published that sets out how local areas can ensure people and communities at the heart of this work through good engagement and consultation.  

The document 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. It is intended to clarify the expectations on stakeholder involvement, in particular patient and public participation. It also covers legal duties around engagement and consultation.

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Improve your impact practice NCVO

As part of their work with the Inspiring Impact programme, they have designed a brand new version of Measuring Up! or small organisations. Three versions are available online now - for small organisations, medium to large organisations and funders, so start your impact practice review now.

A free step-by-step self-assessment tool, Measuring Up! allows you to review and improve your organisation's impact practice - the way you plan, evidence, communicate and learn from
the difference that your work makes.

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Improving health and care services through co-production

A recently published co-production model has been developed by patient leaders and is supported by the Coalition for Collaborative Care. The model is designed to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience of a particular condition are involved in the development of services that will make a positive difference to their lives. David McNally, NHS England's Head of Experience of Care, has written a blog about how the model is helping to embed co-production in the health and care system  and enabling patients, service users and carers to influence decision making.

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Events & training

Implementing the Care Act: Why Volunteering and Social Action Matter - Joint Volunteering Matters/ADASS/LGA/NAVCA

Event date: 22 November, London
The London regional workshop is one in a series of four regional workshops which aim to help local authorities, colleagues in the NHS and their partners in the VCSE realise the potential of volunteering and social action to help deliver the aims and requirements of the Care Act 2014.

More information and registration

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Hackney CVS training

All training will take place at Hackney CVS

Essential  Excel training

Thursday 10th November from 10am - 16.30pm
Cost: £22.50

This course is for anyone from absolute beginners or those with limited knowledge of Excel.
The session will cover:

  • The elements of the Excel interface
  • Creating a Basic Worksheet
  • Creating formulas in a worksheet

Intermediate Excel

Tuesday 22nd November from 10am - 16.30pm
Cost: £24.50

For individuals with a basic understanding of Excel who want to take their knowledge of the basic features further in a short space of time.

The session will cover:

  • Working with Functions and Formulas
  • Critical logic functions and formulas

Emergency First Aid at work
Wednesday 30th November from 10am- 16.30pm
Cost: £53.69

The course is aimed at anyone within your organisation who wishes to learn and become competent as a first aider in the workplace. It's also a life saving skill that is a huge benefit in everyday life outside the office.

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Realising the Value - Final Learning and Materials Events

The Realising the Value programme is holding two events (one in London) to share the latest learning and materials on person- and community-centred approaches. Launched in May 2015, Realising the Value is a major vehicle for delivering the 'new relationship with people and communities' set out in the Five Year Forward View.

The programme has been building the evidence-base about person-and community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing and working with local partner sites who are delivering these approaches on the ground. They are now ready to share that learning with practical tools, guides and recommendations specifically designed for system leaders, commissioners and front line professionals.

At the events you will have the opportunity to discuss their evidence, economic and policy insights and learning from behavioural science, debate what will have greatest impact across the system and identify what needs to happen next. You will be able to meet the teams from local partner sites and consortium partners to discuss how you can use the findings in your work.

The London event will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016, 09.30-13.00
Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland St, W1W 5PN

The events are the culmination of 18 months of work by the Realising the Value consortium. Realising the Value is funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and the Health Foundation, working in partnership with Voluntary Voices (made up of National Voices, Regional Voices, NAVCA and Volunteering Matters), the Behavioural Insights Team, PPL and the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University.

Please confirm your attendance by registering for one of the events. More information and registration

If you have any questions please email

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Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice - Moving Forward

Monday 28th November 2016, 11-3.30 (Registration from 10.30)
NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL

This workshop provides an opportunity to help craft a response to, and develop key recommendations for addressing, the over-representation of people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities with mental health problems in contact with the criminal justice system. The workshop will explore health and justice changes since the report, Prevalence, patterns and possibilities, and the conference Race, mental health and criminal justice: solutions for better practice. It will look to identify themes, barriers and solutions whilst highlighting the key role the VCSE can play in affecting change.

The workshop is organised by Nacro, Clinks, Race Equality Foundation, and Mental Health Consortia as part of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners Programme.

To book a place

For further information: Dave Spurgeon ( Please share with your networks.

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