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How health and care infrastructure needs are considered in planning

This survey aims to further understanding of what the level of awareness is about town planning’s role in taking into account local needs for health and care infrastructure, and the working relationships at the policy and delivery levels between town planners and health professionals. The survey seeks feedback from any practitioner working in local authorities, CCGs, health and social care providers, national and local health and planning agencies across the country. The survey closes on 4 September 2017.

20th June 2017

Improving social work practice with Gypsy and Traveller communities

Research in Practice offers advice to improve social work practice with Gypsy and Traveller communities. Key points include: work more collaboratively with agencies across geographical boundaries; recognise and support the distinct cultural identity and needs of Gypsy and Traveller children; when working with people who have fear and suspicion of Children’s services, ask if they would like to have an advocate from a local Gypsy and Traveller group or a trusted friend to join them in meetings and to offer additional support.

19th June 2017

Consultation on sentencing child cruelty offences

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales is consulting on draft guidelines for sentencing offenders who are guilty of child cruelty. The guidelines cover three offences: cruelty to a child, causing or allowing a child to die or suffer serious physical harm, and failing to protect a girl from the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Deadline for responses is 13 September 2017.

19th June 2017

Mental health in primary care

This event showcased some of the best practice taking place across England in integrating mental health and primary care, demonstrating the benefits for both the mental health and primary care workforce and providing more joined-up and holistic care for patients and service users.

16th June 2017

Professionals must be aware of FGM ‘cutting season' signs

Barnardo’s children’s charity is advising professionals, including teachers, of the signs a girl may be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) as ‘cutting season’ approaches. The so-called season arrives at the start of the summer holidays, when potentially thousands of UK girls could be flown abroad to unwittingly undergo the procedure. Any teacher who suspects a pupil is going overseas for this purpose should follow normal safeguarding procedures.

12th June 2017

Sustainability and transformation plans: moving towards implementation

This event – with dates in both London and Manchester – is for the leaders of primary care, community care, mental health, acute hospital, social care, housing, voluntary and public health services who are responsible for implementing the changes proposed in sustainability and transformation plans. It has been designed to help leaders strengthen proposals into fully developed plans, and will tackle the most important questions being faced in the consideration of how these changes will be implemented. Presentations from the 24th May event in London

8th June 2017

General Election 2017: Manifesto analysis: National Voices' analysis of party manifestos ahead of the 2017 General Election

A series of member briefings from National Voices summarising the health and care aspects of political party manifestos in the build up to the 2017 General Election. As the parties battle for votes, we will cut through the headlines and assess the implications of each party’s manifesto pledges relating to health and care. As the coalition of health and care charities in England, National Voices will publish briefings on the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos as they are published. All will be published on this page.

26th May 2017

Share aware campaign

The NSPCC has launched a new video ‘Be Share Aware - safety advice from a 10 year old’ to raise awareness and give parents and carers the confidence and skills to talk to their child about staying safe online.

22nd May 2017

Contacting Childline using sign video

To coincide with Deaf Awareness Week, Childline has launched a video for deaf or hard of hearing children and young people to explain the Childline SignVideo Service as well as using sign language to discuss different types of abuse. Young people can download an app to contact Childline through a British Sign Language (BSL) SignVideo service. The young person then signs to the SignVideo interpreter who, in turn, contacts a Childline counsellor on their behalf. This service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.

22nd May 2017

Health and social care election tracker

How are health and care issues shaping the political landscape as we head towards the 2017 general election? The King's Fund's interactive election tracker looks at how the campaigns unfold and they will also examine the big issues facing health and social care.

22nd May 2017

National Fostering Stocktake - Call for Evidence

This is a call for evidence to inform a comprehensive understanding of the current fostering system in England. We (The Department for Education) want to understand what is working well and why, where improvements are needed to achieve better outcomes for children and identify areas where further research is needed. Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to conduct a National Fostering Stocktake. As a first step, they are seeking views on the current state of foster care in England and how the prospects of children in care might be improved through changes to fostering. We want to learn from those who have an interest or experience in fostering, including children and their representatives, to build a better evidence base and gain first hand and frontline insight about how the fostering system works in practice and the issues and challenges facing it. This will help us to spread best practice and to understand where changes might be needed to make a lasting impact on outcomes for children in care.

2nd May 2017

State of caring 2017

Each year we (Carer's UK) run the State of Caring Survey to help us show the reality of what it means to care for a family member or friend. We've now launched this year's survey, to help us get a full picture of what caring is like in 2017, grab a cup of tea and please fill in the confidential survey. Our campaign priorities and some of the issues we'd like to hear most about are: •Your mental and physical health •Access to breaks •Getting practical support •The quality of health and care services •Your experience at the point of discharge from hospital If you have any family or friends who are caring and would like to do the survey, please forward on the link - the more people that do the survey, the more we can use your evidence to press for change.

1st May 2017

Supporting leaders to deliver transformational change

In 44 areas in England, NHS organisations have come together with local authorities and other partners to develop sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) – ambitious, five-year plans for the future of health and care services in local areas. In this brave new world of delivering care across organisational boundaries, one challenge stands out among many: how can leaders collaborate to deliver the changes that are needed?

27th April 2017

What does improving population health really mean?

Everybody in NHS policy seems to be talking about population health. New care models are being developed to improve population health. Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) – the local plans for redesigning NHS and social care services – will, we are told, develop into partnerships to improve population health. And health care leaders in other countries, such as the United States, are also using the language of population health to define the aims of their health systems. But what does improving population health really mean? And what does it mean for the NHS?

27th April 2017

Digital Economy Bill receives Royal Assent

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced that the Digital Economy Bill has received Royal Assent. The Bill includes measures to protect children from online pornography in the UK.

27th April 2017

NSPCC research into children’s views on social media sites

The NSPCC has released figures from research looking at the views of children and young people on their confidence, knowledge and understanding of online safety. Findings from a survey of 1,696 children and young people across the UK include: 1,380 (4 out of 5) said social media sites need to do more to protect them from inappropriate or harmful content; ASKfm, Omegle, IMVU, and Facebook were rated as some of the most risky sites; children reported coming across pornography, self-harm, and bullying and hatred on social media sites. The findings have informed the development of the updated Net Aware guide for parents and carers.

27th April 2017

Net Aware social media guide for parents

The NSPCC has launched an updated Net Aware site for parents and carers. The site, run in partnership with O2, and informed by 1,696 children and young people and 674 parents and carers includes: tips showing how to help your child block or report someone targeting them; a guide to 39 of the most popular social media sites, apps and games used by children and young people including information about new apps like Pokemon Go, Periscope, IMVU, and

27th April 2017

NHS myth-busters

The debate about how to fund the NHS is never far from the headlines. Here The King's Fund examine some of the claims made.

25th April 2017

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