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|Joined-up care in early years
From Thursday (October 1) the commissioning of key services, including health visitors – registered nurses or midwives who lead & deliver health services for children – and family nurses, who provide services such as intensive support for young mums, has switched to local authorities from the NHS. For councils, this is the ‘final piece of the jigsaw' after public health responsibilities transferred to them in April 2013.
The Local Government Association, which represents over 370 councils in England & Wales and has campaigned for the 0-5 transfer, says the momentous move will ensure councils are responsible for health ‘from the cradle to the grave’. A more holistic, joined-up approach to healthcare, it will not just be about clinical care but will provide better access to a range of services, including housing, benefits, employment & leisure, which are inherently linked to healthy living.
In preparation for the transfer, councils and school nurses have been working together to co-ordinate & deliver public health interventions for school-aged children. This includes reducing childhood obesity, under-18 conception rates and the prevalence of chlamydia; and the management of mental health disorders.
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|Healthcare models of the future NHS
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has recently announced radical new options for the future of local hospitals across the NHS. The new models being developed by 13 new hospital Vanguards represent the next stage of implementing the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Acute Care Collaboration Vanguards are designed to spread excellence in hospital services & management across multiple geographies. By contrast, the 37 vanguards already launched mostly focus on integrating care between GPs, social & community care, mental health and hospital services within their local area.
|Without them Social Care and the NHS would collapse
|NHS England recently published an End of Year Progress Summary reviewing progress made on 37 commitments made to carers in May 2014. The Commitments to Carers were based on what carers said was important to them. A good start has been made with 32 commitments completed and others continuing to be monitored. But more work needs to be done on the Five Year Forward View commitment to finding new ways to support carers.
|Slavery is not something that ended 250 years ago
|The PM celebrates the “unique and valuable celebration of the African-Caribbean community” for Black History Month (October 2015).
|It would be a ‘Big Vote Loser’ to do anything else
|Following VW’s admission of using ‘defeat devices’ in diesel cars, the government has announced that UK taxpayers will not incur higher Vehicle Excise Duty if their existing vehicles are found to be fitted with illegal software that manipulates emissions tests. The government has also announced it will look at whether the illegal software used by VW is being used elsewhere.
|No such thing as a free lunch
|If you’re among the many who make use of free Wi-Fi services in our shops, hotels, train stations and airports, you may have noticed how different the sign-up process can be – ranging from just a simple click, to completing a lengthy form before you get online. With so many organisations responsible for public Wi-Fi and the widely differing requests for personal information the ICO has decided to take a look at some of the Wi-Fi networks available on the UK high street.
|Charities only function properly with adequate funding
|The Cabinet Office has launched its Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme. Worth £100,000, it is seeking to appoint between 1 & 3 training providers to help charities to fundraise more effectively. The Programme will provide expert training to small charities with an annual income of up to £1m.
|Cabinet Office: Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme launched
|Deadline ‘resuscitated’ and moved back
|The deadline for people to make a claim if they believe their ongoing care should have been funded by the Welsh NHS is being extended, the Welsh Government has announced.
|WAG: Extended deadline for people to claim for continuing healthcare funding
|Do we want to reduce traffic in cities or not?
|Bus funding needs a total overhaul in the Spending Review to protect under-threat services for the elderly, disabled & commuters, councils say. In a major report, the Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England & Wales, calls for a package of funding reforms & less red tape, allowing councils to do more to support bus services.
|LGA: Bus funding needs a ‘total overhaul' in Spending Review, councils say
|A ‘sacrifice’ that must not be forgotten
|The public can now apply for tickets to attend Somme centenary commemorations in Thiepval, in France, next year. The ballot will be open until 18 November, the day the battle ended in 1916.
|Common sense decision
|Public Health England has announced legislative changes that will potentially have a significant impact on homeless services and their ability to respond to opiate overdoses. This could not be more timely in a wider context that has seen heroin & morphine deaths rise in the UK by two-thirds in the past 2 years.
|Homeless Link: Lifesaving legislation for a faster response to opiate overdoses
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