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Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society

The House of Lords select committee on charities has published its important new Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society report. It… more>>

Eat well Guide update

The UK’s national food guide has been updated in light of recent recommendations made by the Scientific Advisory Committee on… more>>

Health in rural areas

The Local Government Association has published Health and wellbeing in rural areas: case studies. This document presents case studies to encourage… more>>

Funding social care

The independent think tank Reform has published Funding social care: the role of deferred payment agreements. This report explores whether housing… more>>

Transforming health and social care

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has published Creating the five year forward view for social care: how transformed and integrated… more>>

Public health – making the best of limited resources

A collection of case studies shows how local authorities continue to make progress on health and wellbeing and tackling health… more>>

Social work: essential to integration

A Department of Health briefing explains the contribution social workers can make to health and social care integration initiatives. It… more>>

Dying from inequality: socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour

This report from the Samaritans links a higher risk of suicide with inequality. Socioeconomic disadvantage or living in an area… more>>

National physical activity framework updated

Public Health England has published Everybody Active, Every Day: Two years on an update on the national physical activity framework. The… more>>

Is healthy eating affordable?

The Institute of Economic Affairs has published Cheap as chips: is a healthy diet affordable? This report uses data from two… more>>

Drug and alcohol prevention in schools

Public Health England has announced new funding to expand the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) programme for schools… more>>

Shocking 24% increase in tooth extractions performed on children aged 0-4 in last decade

New analysis by the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons shows there been a 24% rise… more>>

NHS prescription charges to increase

The Department of Health has issued a written statement setting out new charges for NHS prescriptions, wigs and fabric supports, and… more>>

Diversion and Resettlement Service Stories of Success

The criminal justice system can be an intimidating and frightening place. Mind recognise that some people who become involved in… more>>

Prisons and Courts Bill to improve access to justice and better protect the vulnerable

Plans to revolutionise the courts to make them more straightforward and efficient, and deliver swifter justice for victims, have been… more>>

Greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming

A new offence of sexual communication with a child will be introduced, and measures to support victims of sex crimes will… more>>

Childcare Choices website

Parents can now pre-register for the government’s new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website. The… more>>

National Counter Terrorism Awareness Campaign 2017

This campaign, launched on 6th March, is the first campaign to utilise the ACT platform and is a national public… more>>

New guide published on care planning in dementia

Personalised care planning is crucial in supporting people living with dementia and their families and carers. To support this, NHS… more>>

Finding the right social care: a new guide for people needing support

This practical guidance launched by VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) aims to help people choose the right social care support.… more>>

‘Lack of money’ prompts care firms to end council contracts

From the BBC Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount… more>>

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation 

The Charitable Foundation’s two priority areas are alleviating poverty and improving health / saving lives. To do so the Charitable… more>>

Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25)

Originally published in 2011 as Managing charity assets and resources (CC25), this has been updated and covers the most common… more>>

Minimum/Living Wage rates change

National Minimum Wage The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by… more>>

The allocations of the additional funding for adult social care

This policy paper from Government presents the allocations of the additional funding for adult social care announced at the Spring… more>>

New report brings together data on drug misuse

An annual report that brings together information from a variety of sources to give a joined-up picture of drug misuse… more>>

Shifting the balance of care: Great expectations

This research from the Nuffield Trust draws on an extensive literature review to assess the realism of the narrative that… more>>

Five year forward view for mental health: one year on

NHS England has published a report outlining the progress made in the first year of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.… more>>

Working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

The Local Government Association has published Public health working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector: new opportunities and… more>>

Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing

This quality standard from NICE covers the health and wellbeing of all employees, including their mental health. It describes high-quality… more>>

Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing

This quality standard from Nice covers community engagement approaches to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities, and initiatives… more>>

Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has responded to the latest report from the… more>>

A quarter of young men self-harm to cope with depression, says survey

From the Guardian One in four young men are turning to self-harm as a result of depression, anxiety and stress,… more>>

Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

From the BBC Maps have revealed "hotspots" of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of… more>>

Prosecutions ‘rare’ for abuse by home carers

From the BBC More than 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against carers working in people's homes across the… more>>

Drug and mental health admissions highest for a decade

From the BBC More patients are being admitted to hospital in England for drug-related mental health issues or poisoning than… more>>

Government must keep pushing on with National Commitment on End of Life Care

Ilora, Baroness Finlay, is calling on the Government to keep moving forward with the National Commitment on End of Life… more>>

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

This briefing from the Child Poverty Action Group presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report… more>>

Worked up? Speak up – care of older people

CQC want more older people, and their families and friends to share their experiences of health and social care with… more>>

Insurance Arranger Age UK North East Lincolnshire

Deadline 17th March £8.50 an hour - Part-time 16 hours per week with the view to hours increasing to 35… more>>

New draft charities bill expected in the summer

Civil Society has reported on the Law Commission’s expected publication of a draft charities bill in the summer, containing its proposals for… more>>

Volunteers’ Week 1st- 7th June 2017

NCVO have announced that this year's Volunteers' Week campaign will be 'You make the difference'. The message can be used… more>>

Voluntary Arts Week

Voluntary Arts Week takes place each May, in cities, towns and villages across the UK and Republic of Ireland. It’s… more>>

The Road Ahead: What Will 2017 Mean For Charities?

Each year the NCVO  publishes The Road Ahead, a report that builds a picture of the challenges and opportunities coming up… more>>

Health and Social Care Integration

This report from the National Audit Office (NAO) warns that progress with integration of health and social care has, to… more>>

Social care funding

The House of Commons Library has issued the following briefing paper relating to social care:  Adult Social care funding (England) … more>>

Retirement on hold: supporting older carers

A report from charity Carers’ Trust gives an insight into the experiences of older carers and highlights the need for… more>>

The health and care of older people in England 2017

This report from Age UK discusses the immense challenges facing older people who need care every day. To read it… more>>

Healthy Lives for People in the UK: Introducing The Health Foundation’s Healthy Lives Strategy

Good health is an asset. It is necessary for a prosperous and flourishing society. The greatest influences on our wellbeing… more>>

Maternal mental health

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in association with The Maternal Mental Health Alliance have published Maternal Mental Health:… more>>

Ofsted launches new social care common inspection framework

A range of children’s social care settings will be subject to the same social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) from 1 April… more>>

Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care

Taken from The Guardian Theresa May has been urged by charity chiefs to stop the NHS rationing treatment for seriously… more>>

STPs explained

NHS England published an online animation explaining how and why STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) proposals are trying to improve… more>>

Just about managing: Four million more people living on inadequate incomes in modern Britain

Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing at best, according… more>>

Early deaths among care leavers revealed

From the BBC News website Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in… more>>

Uefa to launch study into link between playing football and dementia

From the BBC Uefa has commissioned a research project that will examine the links between dementia and playing football. Tentative… more>>

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

Article from the BBC Brain scans can detect autism long before any symptoms start to emerge, say scientists. The earliest… more>>

New Bereavement Support Payment

A New Bereavement Support Payment has been announced by the Minister for Welfare Delivery.  The payment will be introduced for… more>>

Council tax rises will not fix local government funding crisis

Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local… more>>

Actions to deliver a ‘new relationship with people and communities’

The People and Communities Board has published a series of ‘high impact actions’ for accelerating the adoption of person- and… more>>

‘Borrowed time’ to save social care system from collapse

A new report from Age UK has concluded that we are living on borrowed time to save the social care… more>>

NICE seeks to support new mothers with mental health problems

Some symptoms of mental health problems, such as changes to appetite or sleeping patterns, can be masked by what is… more>>

Impact of fathers on children’s mental health

The Centre for Mental Health has published Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health. This briefing highlights the… more>>

Improving outcomes for children and families

The Local Government Association has published Improving outcomes for children and families in the early years: a key role for… more>>

Improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network has launched an eLearning package Improving the physical health of people with… more>>

Social prescribing

The King’s Fund has published information on its website examining What is social prescribing?   The information explains what social prescribing… more>>

Staying put: developing dementia-friendly care and support for people with a learning disability

A report from several voluntary sector organisations calls for an improvement in the way that the needs of people with… more>>

Live Long and Prosper? Demographic Trends and their Implications for Living Standards

According to a report from the Resolution Foundation, people are living longer. A century ago new-borns were expected to live… more>>

Good Practice in Social Prescribing for Mental Health: The Role of Nature-Based Interventions

Social prescribing is used for a wide range of client groups, including people with mild to moderate mental health problems,… more>>

Burning Injustice: Reducing Tobacco-Driven Harm and Inequality

The APPG on Smoking and Health launched this Inquiry to review current action on tobacco control by central Government, local… more>>

Supporting Carers: Mental Health Carers’ Assessments in Policy and Practice

The Care Act 2014 introduced a duty on local authorities to offer carers an assessment of their needs, in order… more>>

National diabetes audit 2015-16

NHS Digital has published in partnership with Diabetes UK National Diabetes Audit – 2015-2016: Report 1, care processes and treatment targets.… more>>

Health and social care indicator update

The Health Foundation in partnership with the Nuffield Trust has published updated indicators relating to a range of areas in health… more>>

The Better Care Fund – NAO report

The Better Care Fund has not achieved the expected value for money, in terms of savings, outcomes for patients or… more>>

The Hospital Broadcasting Association Impact Report

The Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) has just published it's "white paper into hospital broadcasting" with contributions from hospital radio stations, staff within… more>>

Mental health carers’ assessments

The Centre for Mental Health has published Supporting carers: mental health carers’ assessments in policy and practice.  This briefing summarises… more>>

Women’s experiences of maternity services

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and National Childbirth Trust have published Support overdue: women’s experiences of maternity services… more>>

NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs

From the BBC website The length of GP consultations in the NHS is "crazy" and risks undermining care if more… more>>

Unexpected mental health deaths up 50% in three years

From the BBC website The number of unexpected patient deaths reported by England's mental health trusts has risen by almost… more>>

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

This campaign is starting a national conversation about the scale and impact of loneliness in the UK.  You can follow… more>>

Prison suicides rise to record level in England and Wales

A record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, figures show. The Ministry of… more>>

The Role Of Community In Our Health, Wealth And Happiness

A study just published finds that disconnected communities could be costing the UK economy £32bn every year. The research, commissioned by… more>>

Royal College of Paediatrics launches landmark State of Child Health report

Launched on 26th January, The State of Child Health brings together data for the first time on a comprehensive list… more>>

Understaffed and underfunded NHS ambulance services ‘getting worse’, watchdog warns

Understaffed and underfunded NHS ambulance services are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with rising demand, the Government’s spending watchdog has said.… more>>

Rough sleeping rises at appalling rate, charity says, as figures show 16% rise

Taken from the BBC More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England's streets, a 16% increase… more>>

Charges proposed for out-of-hours GP appointments in England

According to an article in the Guardian, patients could face paying their family doctors for out-of-hours appointments and minor procedures… more>>

Care home funding gap will result in divide between rich and poor areas, providers warn

Council fees gap could see care homes abandoning less affluent areas, Care England warns following publication of new research A… more>>

Landmark ruling for wheelchair users on buses

Bus companies must end ‘first come, first served’ policies for wheelchair spaces on buses, after a landmark Supreme Court ruling… more>>

CQC sets out updated registration guidance for providers that support people with learning disability services

As part of the consultation for their next phase of regulation, the CQC are seeking views on draft updated guidance for… more>>

Dementia support for a hidden population

People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia. This shocking statistic,… more>>

Lenehan review into care of children with learning disabilities

Dame Christine Lenehan was asked by the Department of Health to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action… more>>

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2016 to September 2016

This quarterly report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2016… more>>

Suicide Prevention: Interim Report

This report from the House of Commons Health Committee presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to… more>>

NICE argues for mental health checks for all with learning disabilities

Experts acknowledge that mental health problems may be more difficult to diagnose for people with learning disabilities.  NICE has produced… more>>

New mental health services to help 30,000 people

A range of mental health services starting next month will provide support for tens of thousands of people living with… more>>

Children warn of smoking risks in hard-hitting campaign

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a campaign to highlight the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. For more… more>>

Depression: let’s talk

The World Health Organisation has announced World Health Day 2017 will focus on depression.  At the core of the campaign… more>>

Commissioning and delivering support after a suicide

Public Health England has published Support after a suicide: a guide to providing local services. This resource provides practical guidance… more>>

Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM

Taken from the BBC news site Plans to "transform" attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young… more>>

Oral Health Promotion in the Community

This quality standard from NICE calls on local authorities to include oral health as part of their general health promotion… more>>

Living Near Major Roads and the Incidence of Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis

A Population-Based Cohort Study Emerging evidence suggests that living near major roads might adversely affect cognition. This research has found… more>>

NHS and social care priorities for 2017

The Kings Fund has identified five main priorities for 2017. Priorities for the NHS and social care in 2017 examines… more>>

Combating Loneliness: A Guide for Local Authorities

The guide, produced by the Campaign to End Loneliness, Age UK and The Local Government Association,  offers a brief summary… more>>

Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities

This report from NHS Digital finds that people with learning disabilities have poorer health and shorter life expectancy than those… more>>

Realistic Resolutions – #Try2017

We all should do a minimum of 150 minutes' physical activity a week to stay healthy. Building a 20 minute… more>>

Asthma UK survey 2016

Asthma UK has published its latest Annual Asthma Survey 2016 report. The report finds that there is still variation in… more>>

What if…we eradicated obesity?

The Kings Fund has published another essay from the ‘What If’ hypothetical scenarios series What if we eradicated obesity? Looking… more>>

The changes in health behaviour of 40-60 year olds

Public Health England (PHE) has published Changes in the behaviour and health of 40 to 60 year olds between 1991… more>>

It Turned Out Someone did Care: Childline Annual Review 2015/16

The report is calling for local authorities to count how many abused children need access to therapeutic services; for increased funding… more>>

Two thirds of people with asthma still not receiving basic care, finds Asthma UK report

Two thirds of people are still not receiving the basic care they need to manage their asthma, with wide variations… more>>

Community services offer best hope of stemming rising tide of hospital demand

A new analysis from the King’s Fund finds that admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS… more>>

Delivering care in every setting – survey results

NHS Providers has published the results of a survey examining capacity and supply of ‘out of hospital’ care and the… more>>

Investing in mental health services

NHS Providers has released findings from a survey of mental health trusts leaders regarding their experiences of the 2017/18 –… more>>

Suicide prevention

The House of Commons Health Committee has published Suicide prevention: interim report Fourth Report of Session 2016–17. The Health Committee… more>>

The role of public health in the prevention of violence

The Faculty of Public Health says that health professionals can help to break the cycle of violence in families and… more>>

New Change4Life campaign encourages parents to ‘Be Food Smart’

Children consume half the daily recommended sugar intake before the morning school bell rings, according to Public Health England (PHE).… more>>

First major survey of Britain’s attitudes on obesity

The findings of the first British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey on obesity, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), have been… more>>

Deaths of people with learning disabilities or mental health problems not properly investigated says CQC

The CQC’s review of the way NHS trusts review and investigate deaths has found that opportunities to learn from patient… more>>

Unmet social care needs

IPSOS Mori has published Predicting unmet social care needs and links with well-being: findings from the secondary analysis. This report… more>>

Social care funding and the care home market

The House of Commons Library has published Social care funding and the care home market (England). This note considers the… more>>

Dementia care: what is Truth?

The Mental Health Foundation has published What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care. Commissioned by… more>>

Child nutrition and diet

The Children’s Food Trust has published State of the Nation report 2016: what children in the UK are eating The report… more>>

Government backs social project helping disabled people into work

A new two-year project to support people with learning disabilities and autism to find work has been launched by the… more>>

Charity Commission clarifies its approach to using new powers

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published its responses, and supplementary information, following… more>>

Chief Medical Officer Annual Report: Baby Boomers – Fit for the future

This report by the Chief Medical Officer looks at the health of the ‘baby boomer’ generation (broadly, those born between… more>>

Reducing opioid related deaths in the UK

Maintaining the capacity and quality of drug treatment is essential to prevent further increases in opioid-related deaths, government drug advisers… more>>

Scale of avoidable loss of life by suicide is unacceptable

Report to inform suicide prevention strategy The Health Committee has published an interim report to allow the emerging themes from… more>>

Charity reveals ‘shocking’ spend of less than 1 per cent on public mental health

Local authorities spend on average less than 1 per cent of their public health budget on mental health 13 local… more>>

Quality Standard: Mental wellbeing of older people

NICE has published a new Quality Standard Mental wellbeing and independence for older people (QS137). This quality standard covers interventions… more>>

‘Deeply worrying’ waits for hospital beds

By Nick Triggle, BBC Health correspondent More than one in 10 patients in England face long delays for a hospital… more>>

In work poverty hits record high as the housing crisis fuels insecurity

According to a report by the New Policy Institute, one in every eight workers in the UK - 3.8 million… more>>

Missing out: the identification challenge

Based on findings from Carers UK’s State of Caring Survey 2016, this research explores the time it takes for people… more>>

NHS Digital Annual report on mental health

NHS Digital’s annual Mental Health Bulletin provides a comprehensive picture of people who used adult secondary mental health and learning… more>>

Realising the Value: Ten Key Actions to put People and Communities at the Heart of Health and Wellbeing

This is the final report of the Realising the Value programme  led by Nesta and the Health Foundation It sets… more>>

Dementia rights

Housing LIN has published Our Dementia, Our Rights. The purpose of this guide is to bring together in one place… more>>

Older People’s Care Survey

This report from the Family and Childcare Trust gathers data from local authorities about local care costs and availability. It… more>>

Stop the Scandal: The Case for Action on Mental Health and Rough Sleeping

According to a report published by the homelessness charity St Mungo’s, people sleeping rough with a mental health problem tend… more>>

The Failure of Privatised Adult Social Care in England: What is to be Done?

This report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest describes the role that privatisation has played in the… more>>

The State of Social Care in Great Britain In 2016

This report from Leonard Cheshire Disability looks at the state of social care in Britain today and how a crisis… more>>

Mental health of children and young people

Public Health England has published The mental health of children and young people in England. This guidance document describes the… more>>

Understanding Adolescent Neglect: Troubled Teens – A Study of the Links Between Parenting and Adolescent Neglect

According to this report, a significant proportion of teenagers are not being offered crucial care, protection and emotional support and… more>>

One in 14 people now waiting for operations as demand on NHS soars

Taken from the Guardian Demand for medical care is rising so fast and hospitals are so busy that one in… more>>

Regulators issue joint alert about compliance with data protection law

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, and the Fundraising Regulator, are issuing an alert… more>>

Sure Start closures almost doubled last year, figures show

Taken from the Guardian website Labour and an early-years charity have expressed alarm after government figures showed that 156 Sure… more>>

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

According to an article on the BBC News website, the prime minister is understood to be considering plans to allow… more>>

Self-care attitudes and behaviours in the UK

New PAGB (Proprietary Association of Great Britain) research exploring how people use GP and A&E services shows that if they… more>>

Case for routine prescribing by pharmacists for long term conditions

Community pharmacists must be able to routinely prescribe medicines for people with long term conditions and refer them directly to… more>>

Increase in prevalence of mental health symptoms

Mental health disorders have risen by a quarter over the past decade, according to the adult psychiatric morbidity survey. Click… more>>

Competition watchdog launches review of UK care and nursing homes

The CMA has launched a market study into care homes for the elderly, to review how well the market works… more>>

The impact of benefit sanctions

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is not doing enough to find out how sanctions affect people on benefits,… more>>

Community pharmacies- building capacity

The Royal Society of Public Health in partnership with Public Health England has published Building capacity: realising the potential of… more>>

Funding Stop smoking services

Cancer Research UK and ASH have jointly published Cutting down: the reality of budget cuts to local tobacco control –… more>>

Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (Mind the Gap)

The Royal College of Physicians has published the third annual Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) report Mind the Gap! … more>>

Carers’ briefing

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on Carers. This paper provides information about the number of… more>>

Inclusion for disabled children, young people and their families

The Charity Disability Matters has published Disability Matters in Britain 2016: Enablers and challenges to inclusion for disabled children, young… more>>

National Paediatric Asthma Audit

The British Thoracic Society has published the BTS National Paediatric Asthma Audit. This audit examined the demographic profile, severity at… more>>

Improving mental health care

NHS England has set out plans for improving mental health care. £40m is to be allocated to und new specialist… more>>

New standards announced for government grants

New standards published by the Cabinet Office are intended to  ensure that grants will be effectively managed across government. These… more>>

Sports Council’s new volunteering strategy published

In the past, volunteering in sport has been seen as something people do for the benefit of others. Whether it's… more>>

Realising the Value – the evidence for person-centred and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing

The Health Foundation has published four documents as part of its ‘Realising the value’ programme: What the system can do:… more>>

Adult social care: Market shaping

The Department of Health has published Adult social care: market shaping. This guidance sets out how to create personalised, high… more>>

Funding child and adolescent mental health services

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published information and an interactive map which highlights the variations on the planned spend… more>>

Children and young people’s mental health

The Education Policy Independent Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health has published Children and Young People’s Mental Health:… more>>

Proof of ID may be needed for NHS care, says health chief

Taken from the BBC website Patients could have to show proof of identity to get some NHS care, the senior… more>>

Dementia rates show signs of falling

According to an article on the BBC news website, drawing on published research, there is growing evidence that the dementia… more>>

Report reveals tens of thousands of teenagers are neglected at home

Tens of thousands of teenagers across England are suffering neglect at home, according to a major new report by The… more>>

NEMHDU November newsletter

The November newsletter of NEMHDU (North Of England Mental Health Development Unit) is now available as a download from their… more>>

Change & challenge: the voluntary sector’s role in transforming rehabilitation

Change & challenge is the second report in a series by Clinks looking at the voluntary sector's role in Transforming… more>>

2016 becomes worst year ever recorded for suicides in prisons

More than 100 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales so far this year,… more>>

Universal Credit Full Service National Roll Out To 2018 Announced

Transition Rollout Schedule – April 2017 to September 2018 In May 2016 the full Universal Credit service for all claimant… more>>

Charity Property Matters Survey results

The Ethical Property Foundation has published its most recent Charity Property Matters Survey This is the third survey since 2012… more>>

NHS £8bn budget plan ‘not enough’, say hospital bosses

According to NHS Providers, the  membership organisation and trade association for NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services that… more>>

Monitoring the Mental Health Act report

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16, the CQC’s annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA),… more>>

Councils risk ‘legal action over care cuts’

From the BBC website: Council cuts to care in England are so severe there is a real risk families may… more>>

Health and housing

NHS England has published Quick Guide: Health and Housing. This quick guide provides practical resources and information for clinical commissioning groups… more>>

Quality care for older people

The Nuffield Trust has published Using data to identify good-quality care for older people. This report describes the results of… more>>

Adult Social Care Funding: 2016 State of the Nation Report

Since 2010 councils have had to deal with a 40% real terms reduction to their core government grant and the… more>>

Stay Well This Winter

NHS England and Public Health England have launched their national campaign #staywellthiswinter. The main message is to Stay Well This Winter… more>>

Child poverty in the UK

The Campaign group End Child Poverty has published its latest Child poverty map of the UK 2016.  The map provides… more>>

Sugar reduction and obesity: 10 things you need to know

This is a simple ten point guide to obesity and sugar reduction, as part of Public Health England’s wider campaign… more>>

Young disabled people’s experiences of using services

A report from Scope finds that young disabled people are experiencing poor quality care and support planning, a lack of… more>>

Helping People Look After Themselves: A Guide On Self-Care

This report from the Local Government Association (LGA) calls for a new culture of care to reduce the pressures on… more>>

Think tanks press government to tackle social care

The King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation are urging the government to address the critical state of social… more>>

Making personal budgets dementia friendly: a guide for local authorities

Deep-seated misconception of personal budgets and dementia is preventing local authorities from delivering person-centred care. Alzheimer’s Society is calling on… more>>

People in prison should receive the same level of care as those outside, says NICE

New guidance from NICE will ensure that people in prison receive the same standard of healthcare as those in society.… more>>

Improving health through the home

Public Health England has published Improving health through the home: a checklist for local plans and policies.  This checklist is… more>>

Sustainability and transformation plans in the NHS

How are they being developed in practice? Based on a series of interviews with senior NHS and local government leaders… more>>

Home health tests: the dangers of DIY diagnosis

People who diagnose their own illnesses by trawling the internet or talking to friends risk damaging their health, pharmacists have… more>>

Listening to people with dementia and their carers

A new listening programme to find out more about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers starts in… more>>

Sore throat sufferers urged to take pharmacy test

Taken from the BBC website Sore throat sufferers will be encouraged to visit their pharmacist instead of their GP for… more>>

Proposed action to cut sales of sugary drinks in hospitals

Deadline 18th January NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens is calling on patients and the public to have their say… more>>

Complaints about home care up by a quarter, report finds

Extract from The Guardian Complaints about care provided in people’s homes rose by a quarter over the last year, while… more>>

Innovative HIV prevention projects awarded £600,000

Public Health England (PHE) awards £600,000 to support 13 innovative voluntary-led HIV prevention projects across England. The National HIV Prevention Innovation Fund… more>>

New Benefit cap

In April 2013, the government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age people can get, so… more>>

Institute of Mental Health Newsletter

The latest issue of the IMH Newsletter is out now and available to view on the Institute of Mental Health… more>>

New treatment recommended for kidney cancer

People with kidney cancer are set to benefit from a new innovative immunotherapy, after NICE says it should be available… more>>

Action to tackle early deaths of people living with severe mental illness

A joint report published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges sets out essential actions to… more>>

New plans to modernise community pharmacies

Plans to modernise community pharmacies, which will ensure a better quality service for patients and relieve pressure in other parts… more>>

The future of commissioning

NHS Clinical Commissioners has published The future of commissioning. This report which was informed by interviews with CCG leaders and… more>>

Welfare work and young people

This report from the Policy Exchange, Welfare, Work and Young People, calls for an overhaul of the way that the Government… more>>

Dealing with Workplace Stress

Stress accounts for around 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to… more>>

What should you expect from home care services?

The number of people being cared for in their own homes is increasing but what should you expect from home… more>>

Comparison of alcohol consumption: men and women

The British Medical Journal has published an article global study of drinking habits. The article shows that men used to… more>>

What if… obesity reaches 50%?

The Royal College of Surgeons has published an article in its bulletin asking what will happen to the NHS if… more>>

New toolkit to help schools tackle mental health

The National Children’s Bureau has created a new toolkit A whole school framework for emotional well-being and mental health:  a… more>>

Sow the City

Sow the City is an award winning social enterprise based in Manchester. Established in 2009 with a few packets of… more>>

Charities Act 2016: new fundraising rules

New rules for charity fundraising start on 1 November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that… more>>

Patients to get faster access to the most cost effective treatments under proposed changes to NICE’s process

Patients could benefit from the most cost effective treatments nearly three months faster under plans unveiled by NICE and NHS… more>>

Home care services should give people more responsibility to manage their medicines, says NICE

NICE is urging home care staff to make sure they give people direct responsibility for their own medicines wherever possible,… more>>

The General Medical Council (GMC) annual report has been published

Titled ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK report: 2016’ this is the 6th annual report about… more>>

Parents advised not to use unlicensed homeopathic teething products in infants and children

Parents of infants and young children should not use unlicensed homeopathic teething tablets or gels which are available to buy… more>>

Doctors’ leaders call for prescription drug helpline

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said there should be more support for people coming off the drugs. Benzodiazepines -… more>>

Study offers potential breakthrough in care of children with autism

A new form of therapy has for the first time been shown to improve the symptoms and behaviour of autistic… more>>

Public unaware of the factors that increase the risk of dementia

More than a quarter (28%) of the British public is unable to correctly identify any potentially modifiable risk factor for… more>>

NHS set to miss target on foreign patient costs

An article on the BBC News website reports that the government is expected to fall well short of its target… more>>

Anxiety a rising concern in young people contacting Childline

There has been a sharp rise in young people facing anxiety in the last year. Our figures reveal: a rise of… more>>

The Economics of Housing and Health: The Role of Housing Associations

This report from The Kings Fund, commissioned by the National Housing Federation,  looks at the economic case for closer working… more>>

Health in all policies approach

Public Health England has published documents which bring together the arguments for a Health in All Policies approach, together with… more>>

Social value priorities in health and care commissioning

Social Enterprise UK has published 12 Steps to embedding social value priorities in health and care commissioning This report details… more>>

Funding a healthy future

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting (CIPFA) and Public Finance have published Funding a healthy future: the health… more>>

Inequalities in Mental Health, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia among Older People

This report from the Institute of Health Equity focuses on inequalities in the experience and prevalence of poor mental health,… more>>

National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

This report, Commissioned By The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), presents findings relating to people who died by suicide in… more>>

Nowhere safe to stay

St Mungo's has undertaken new research that has revealed that 129 rough sleepers died in London since 2010 – that's… more>>

Social action to support older people

The Nuffield Trust has published Harnessing social action to support older people. This research report  present the findings of an… more>>

Mental Health at Work Report 2016

This new report urges employers to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps… more>>

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Unmet Mental Health Needs of Older People

According to this report from Age UK, the current availability of mental health services does not meet the increasingly high… more>>

Mental health crisis care

The NHS Confederation Mental Health Network has published Is mental health crisis care in crisis? This briefing explores the gap… more>>

3 In 5 Of England’s Most Deprived Boys Will be Overweight or Obese by 2020

Stark new figures from the Obesity Health Alliance show a looming significant weight gap between the poorest and wealthiest primary-school… more>>

Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed

The system of sick pay and GP “fit notes” is to be reviewed by the government, as Jeremy Hunt, the… more>>

The Homecare Deficit 2016 – Latest analysis of state-funded homecare

The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) exposes the under-resourcing of state-funded homecare using information obtained under Freedom of Information enquiries… more>>

The 30-second chat that can trigger weight loss

By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News website Doctors who spend 30 seconds telling patients they need to lose… more>>

£40 million homelessness prevention programme announced

A new £40 million programme to provide an innovative approach to tackling homelessness, with prevention at its heart, has been announced by… more>>

Ambulance patients face long A&E delays

According to a report by the BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle, thousands of patients taken to hospital by ambulance face… more>>

Consultation on new birth injuries compensation scheme announced

As part of the safer maternity care action plan, new measures to make giving birth safer, including maternity safety funding… more>>

Threat to name NHS trusts over high agency spending

NHS bosses are threatening to "name and shame" trusts in England as they try to crack down on agency spending.… more>>

Breast implant register launches ‘to safeguard patients’

A new registry to safeguard the health of patients with breast and other cosmetic implants has been launched. The registry will… more>>

Mental health budgets ‘still being cut despite pledge’

Promised increases in funding for mental health services have not materialised in many areas of the country, according to a… more>>

Figures reveal huge inequalities in health and longevity across UK

An Office for National Statistics report on health expectancies at birth and at age 65 finds that newborn males born between 2010… more>>

Government refuses to further relax rules on small donations

A Commons committee debate on the new bill proposing changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme ended with the… more>>

Local Charities Day: 16th December

Government has announced that Local Charities Day will take place on 16th December 2016 Local Charities Day will put small,… more>>

‘Commissioning has distorted how charities assess impact’, peers told

Commissioners and other funders are making it harder for charities to accurately measure how successful their projects are, the House… more>>

Troubled Families Programme’s Evaluation

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research’s analysis forms part of the wider evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme,… more>>

Charities against fraud: new site launches in Fraud Awareness Week

The Charity Commission, in collaboration with members of the Charity Sector Counter Fraud Group, has launched , a new… more>>

Doctors list treatments that bring little or no benefit

Women over 45 do not need a blood test to diagnose the menopause and X-rays are no real help to… more>>

Four in 10 British homes not up to standard, says Shelter

A new standard for housing designed to be the equivalent of the living wage has been launched by the charity… more>>

Caring across the generations

The CQC partnered with Mumsnet to poll people with caring responsibilities and found that nine in 10 (92%) felt that… more>>

Adult social care ‘approaching tipping point’, warns quality regulator

Most health and adult social care services in England are providing people with safe, high quality and compassionate care -… more>>

Stroke survivors and peer support

The Nuffield Trust has published Knowing you’re not alone: understanding peer support for stroke survivors. This report evaluates the impact of… more>>

Dementia deaths ‘doubled’ in the past 15 years

The proportion of people dying with a recorded dementia diagnosis has more than doubled since 2001. Public Health England (PHE)… more>>

Growing older in the UK – a report

The British Medical Association has published Growing older in the UK: a series of expert-authored briefing papers on ageing and health.… more>>

Call for action on loneliness

Commissioners are being urged to take action on loneliness as part of a campaign launched by a homecare provider. Every… more>>

Mental health campaign Time To Change gets £20m boost

A campaign that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health has been given £20m in funding from the Department… more>>

Additional funding announced for children and young people’s mental health

According to the website NHS Networks, a letter has been sent to CCG clinical leaders and accountable officers advising of an… more>>

School nursing supporting pupils with long term conditions

The National Children’s Bureau has published Nursing in schools: how school nurses support pupils with long-term health conditions. This report follows… more>>

Childhood obesity plan

Public Health England (PHE) has published Childhood obesity plan: PHE’s role in implementation. This policy paper outlines Public Health England's priority… more>>

New digital resource for charity trustees launched

The Charity Commission, Grant Thornton and Zoe Amar Communications have launched 12 Questions about digital for trustees, a new resource… more>>

Developing mental health services for veterans in England

NHS England has published a report into the findings from an engagement on NHS veterans’ mental health services. Views were… more>>

Act on Children’s Mental Health or Risk Crisis

The UK should brace itself for a “tsunami” of adults with mental health problems unless urgent action is taken to… more>>

Helping children and families open up about domestic violence

Dealing with the impact of domestic violence on families must now be a public health priority. Helping children and families open up about… more>>

Childhood obesity: government response

This document, published on 9th September, sets out the government’s response to the conclusions and recommendations in the Health Select… more>>

Mental health and wellbeing of looked-after children: response

This is the government’s response, published on 13th September, to the Education Committee report on the mental health and wellbeing of… more>>

Dementia nursing: vision and strategy

This strategy, published by the Department of Health on 21st September, sets out how nurses can provide high quality compassionate… more>>

NCVO Recommendations On Putting Donors In Control

The NCVO have published the report by the working group chaired by Mike Adamson, which was tasked with developing good practice… more>>

Utilitywise: Helping you avoid the common pitfalls in utility bills

According to Utilitywise, many businesses and charities are not able to understand their bills and find it difficult to keep… more>>

Two new financial incentives will improve mental healthcare for children and young people and A&E users with mental health needs

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… more>>

Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn

Health problems related to poor diet, drinking and smoking are costing the NHS in England more than £11bn each year,… more>>

Hospitals and care homes fail food safety inspections

Data shows more than 500 places caring for vulnerable people, including nurseries and playgroups, require improvement Businesses given a zero… more>>

Social care for older people: Home truths

This report, published jointly with the Nuffield Trust, looks at the current state of social care services for older people… more>>

Diabetes increase putting NHS future ‘at stake’

Tackling diabetes is “fundamental” to the future of NHS as the number of adults with the condition nears four million,… more>>

Combat Stress sees 71% increase in referrals

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, providing specialist clinical treatment and practical support to ex-servicemen… more>>

NHS England hospital patients face record discharge delays

According to a report on the BBC website taken from NHS England figures, hospitals are facing record levels of delays… more>>

Three in four don’t know obesity causes cancer

Three out of four (75%) people in the UK are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer, according to a new… more>>

Using information technology to improve the NHS – a report

The National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England advises the Department of Health and NHS England about making… more>>

We can solve poverty in the UK – a strategy from the JRF

What would it take to solve UK poverty? This is the central question that JRF has set out to answer.… more>>

Number of suicide calls to Childline more than doubled

Childline carried out an average of 53 counselling sessions a day about suicidal thoughts last year as they dealt with… more>>

Homeless young offenders’ housing criticised by report

Article taken from BBC news 7/9/2016 A third of homeless 16 and 17-year-old offenders in England and Wales are being… more>>

The Fresh Crisis Threatening Women’s Refuges

On the two-year anniversary of Women’s Aid’s  SOS: Save our Services campaign, they reveal the fresh crisis threatening to decimate women’s… more>>

Deaf Children in Humber and Yorkshire regions are failed by the system

Data shows deaf children in the Humber and Yorkshire regions  are 41% less likely to get good GCSE grades according… more>>

New website launched for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

A new website has been launched by Humber NHS Foundation Trust that aims to help people understand more about the… more>>

Education classes essential for adults with diabetes, says NICE

Adults with type 1 diabetes should be offered education classes to help them manage their condition, a new quality standard… more>>

National Dementia Atlas

The Department of Health has launched the Dementia Atlas.  This interactive map of England allows people to make comparisons about… more>>

Healthier food procurement

The Local Government Association has published Health food procurement.  This document provides details of the health challenge around obesity, the… more>>

Links between poverty and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has published Poverty and mental health: a review to inform the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s anti-poverty strategy.… more>>

Free – Healthy Caring Guide

NHS England, in partnership with Carers UK, Carers Trust Age UK, Public Health England, and older carers themselves, has published… more>>

Two-thirds of GP referrals for child mental health lead to no treatment

A report published last month by Pulse shows that two-thirds of children referred by GPs for mental healthcare are being… more>>

Inside Out—Ask me why…

Inside Out is a national campaign launched in 2014 by If U Care Share Foundation to get people talking about… more>>

Government has released its delayed Childhood Obesity Strategy

The headline initiatives in the strategy are: Introducing a soft drinks industry levy A voluntary reduction by 20% of sugar… more>>

Human rights watchdog calls for urgent action on Britain’s ‘deep-rooted’ inequality

Failure to tackle deep-rooted race inequality will exacerbate divisions in our society unless urgent Government action is taken, the new… more>>

Government must renew strategy for tackling homelessness, say MPs

A demonstrable increase in homelessness, driven by the cost and availability of housing, has pushed the problem to such a… more>>

Local Area Walking and Cycling Statistics: England, 2014/15

The report highlights whether there has been change in walking or cycling activity since 2013/14 and if so, whether this… more>>

Public Health and Obesity in England – The New Infrastructure Examined

The public health system in England has undergone substantial reorganisation with a wholesale transfer of public health responsibilities from local… more>>

The Missing Million: In Search of the Loneliest in Our Communities

Loneliness is a problem that goes beyond a painful emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful… more>>

Sugar and Public Health – “We are eating too much sugar and it is bad for our health”

This briefing describes the policy options available to us that would help people limit their consumption of sugar within government… more>>

Alcohol Consumption and Harm Among under 18 Year Olds

Evidence from multiple sources shows that risk taking behaviour among young people is declining at a population level. However, levels… more>>

Disability and poverty in later life

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has published Disability and poverty in later life.  This report explores the relationship between disability… more>>

Healthy behaviours for young people

The Royal Society of Public Health in partnership with the Youth Health Movement has launched a new campaign Dream It,… more>>

Promoting health and wellbeing in under-5s

NICE has issued a Quality Standard Early years: promoting health and wellbeing in under-5s (QS128). This quality standard covers services… more>>

Viruses ‘more dangerous in the morning’

Viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning, a University of Cambridge study suggests. The findings, published… more>>

NHS waiting times – report

Problems within the NHS are only going to get worse, the Patients Association has warned, after a study showed that tens of… more>>

The benefits of physical activity

The Department of Health has published a set of infographics which outline the duration, frequency and type of physical activity… more>>

Mental health prevention at local level

The Mental Health Foundation has published Mental health and prevention: taking local action for better mental health. The report sets… more>>

New Tools Help Communities Deliver Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Researchers from the RAND Corporation have launched a web-based guide for community leaders to use when they are planning to run teen… more>>

The flu vaccination winter 2016/17: who should have it and why

Public Health England has updated its flu information leaflet The flu vaccination winter 2016/17: who should have it and why. … more>>

Progress towards building the right support for people with a learning disability or autism

National funding released to drive transformation of local services Summary plans for new and innovative care and support options published… more>>

Raising dementia awareness in the African Caribbean community

Health Education England has commissioned a film, Finding Patience, for health and social care providers to focus on the specific… more>>

Working with a health condition or disability

Citizens Advice has published Working with a health condition or disability, this research explores the health and disability employment gap.… more>>

Accessible Information Standard Comes Into Force

A new framework will ensure clearer health and care information for disabled people and their carers. People with disabilities will… more>>

Shortage of mentors for children in care

Only three per cent of children in care in England are getting the independent support they may be entitled to… more>>

Tackling prejudice, discrimination and hate crime

During and after the recent referendum on the European Union, there was a substantial increase in recorded hate crime according… more>>

Counting the cost of UK poverty

This report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) estimates the more tangible cost that poverty brings to society, specifically in… more>>

Cancer: then and Now – a report from Macmillan Cancer Support

The combination of an ageing and growing population and more effective cancer treatment means that we now have unprecedented numbers… more>>

Health matters: increasing physical activity

Increasing physical activity has the potential to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and… more>>

New Cancer Drugs Fund opens for business

The new cancer drugs fund (CDF)  opened for new treatments on Friday 29th July, with four new cancer drugs made immediately… more>>

Every Mental Health Trust Will Soon Be Rated

People will soon have access to detailed information about the quality and safety of every NHS mental health trust in… more>>

Marketing for Community Enterprises

This free pdf booklet from Community Catalysts sets out to advise and inform small enterprises and ventures that deliver care… more>>

Latest Community Life Survey results

The Cabinet Office has released the results of the 2015 to 2016 Community Life Survey, which appear to show that charitable donations… more>>

Community sponsorship scheme launched for refugees in the UK

The Home Secretary and Archbishop of Canterbury have launched a new scheme to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee… more>>

Big Lottery Accounts published

Big Lottery Fund grant-giving fell from over £900m to just under £600m in the year to March 2016, after a… more>>

Increased mental health services for those arrested

An extra £12 million will be spent over the next 2 years to expand services that make mental health assessments… more>>

Plans for a Local Charities Day

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, has spoken about plans for a Local Charities Day and the need to… more>>

Commission calls for a ‘full-scale’ review of UK’s hate crime strategy

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has called for a full-scale review of the UK’s hate crime laws and strategies as… more>>

Life on a low income in the UK today

A new report by Loughborough University for JRF Falling short: the experiences of families living below the Minimum Income Standard looks at… more>>

Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

NHS England has published the Implementation Plan for the Mental Health Five Year Forward View. Thousands of children and adults… more>>

CQC Adult inpatient survey 2015

Read the results of their latest analysis, which looks at the experiences of adult patients in hospital. Eligibility and participation… more>>

Mental Health Care campaign

#YourMentalHealthCare The CQC have launched a campaign to find out more about people's experiences of mental health care. The #YourMentalHealthCare… more>>

Children’s residential care in England

This is an independent review by Sir Martin Narey of children’s residential care in England, carried out at the behest… more>>

Crowdsourcing site aims to be world leader for venue accessibility data.

A new online platform built around user ratings and feedback is aiming to become “the world’s leading provider of accessible… more>>

Not Seen Not heard – safeguarding children

On Friday 8 July, Care Quality Commission published a review of child safeguarding and looked after children services in England.… more>>

Public trust and confidence in charities 2016

This report presents the findings of independent research conducted by Populus into public trust and confidence in charities in 2016.… more>>

Strong leadership vital for children’s services improvement

Ofsted’s third Social Care Annual Report, published on 28th June, shows that there are still too many inadequate children’s services… more>>

CQC review of how NHS trusts investigate and learn from deaths

The CQC are looking at how NHS acute, community healthcare and mental health trusts investigate deaths and learn from their… more>>

Personal wheelchair budgets: Join the conversation on Twitter, 28 June

In May 2016, NHS England announced it would be developing a personal health budgets model for the provision of wheelchairs.… more>>

Engaging people and Communities

This month the People and Communities Board, one of the NHS Five Year Forward View (FYFV) programme boards, has published… more>>

Each Baby Counts

Each Baby Counts is the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  (RCOG) national quality improvement programme to reduce the number… more>>

Care Home Open Day

CQC is once again getting ready to join in with the enthusiasm and support for the annual Care Home Open… more>>

The Get Yourself Active website is launched

Disability Rights UK are very proud to launch the brand new Get Yourself Active website for people who want to… more>>

Self-employed? Disabled? Disability Rights UK want to interview you

They are looking for someone who has chosen self-employment as a means of more successfully accommodating their disability than employment.… more>>

Important changes to your Funding Central

 After seven years the Cabinet Office is no longer providing funding to run Funding Central - this ended on 31… more>>

Bus Services Bill to help deliver more regular services for passengers

A new bill that is designed to drive up bus use, help cut congestion and deliver economic growth has been… more>>

Out Loud: LGBT Voices in Health and Social Care

Published in collaboration with National Voices, and developed through working with diverse LGBT communities, the set of narrative statements published… more>>

Community Action Suffolk – Free to access Trustee E-Learning

Community Action Suffolk has developed a free online training course for trustees. Their Trustee E-learning website, provides trustees with an… more>>

Largest charity survey finds Five Year Forward View has way to go

NAVCA has published the Strategic Partners Survey 2015 of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Survey, the largest charity survey… more>>

VCSE Review publishes final report

 The VCSE Review has published its final report looking at the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing… more>>

Young mothers and maternity discrimination – Campaign

#PowertotheBump campaign helps young mums tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination The Equality and Human Rights commission has launched a new… more>>

Discharging older patients from hospital

The health and social care system’s management of discharging older patients from hospital does not represent value for money, according… more>>

In Care, Out of Trouble – Prison Reform Trust report

How the life chances of children in care can be transformed by protecting them from unnecessary involvement in the criminal… more>>

How will the new Charities Act affect your Charity?

According to the Charity Commission the Cabinet Office has published a timetable that explains when the different sections of the… more>>

Closures of community pharmacies could place an “untenable” burden on local GPs, warn leading health organisations

New research by YouGov commissioned for Pharmacy Voice,  Dispensing Health Equality, shows that, if faced with a closure, more than… more>>

Review of partnerships and investment in the voluntary sector

This report sets out recommendations for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the health and care sector. This… more>>

NHS in England reveals £2.45bn record deficit

The NHS in England has run up a record deficit of £2.45bn – the biggest overspend in its history – as it… more>>

CQC report: Better Care In My Hands

Care Quality Commission’s report into people’s involvement in their care CQC is publishing a report into the extent and quality… more>>

More mental health patients sent hundreds of miles for care

Figures obtained from 42 of England’s 56 NHS mental health trusts under the Freedom of Information Act by the BBC… more>>

The Queen’s Speech – What Charities Need To Know

A blog from Chris Walker of the NCVO published 18th May 2016 Recent political discussion has been so dominated by… more>>

Better Care Fund Survey findings and data release

Two weeks ago, the Better care Fund (BCF) concluded a short survey setting out to understand what sort of support… more>>

Disability Rights UK handbook 2016/17 now out

Want to know what benefits you can claim? On benefits but not getting what you think you should be? Need… more>>

The missing part of the wellbeing puzzle

This new animation from the Mental Health Foundation explores the forgotten foundation of mental health and wellbeing.... Relationships - the… more>>

Play Sea Hero Quest and #gameforgood

Alzheimer’s Research UK has teamed up with Deutsche Telecom and scientists from University College London and the University of East… more>>

HMRC updates guidance on Gift Aid and digital giving

HMRC has published an update to its Gift Aid guidance, regarding digital giving and social giving accounts. This update is… more>>

Public health in a changing climate

A report by Daniel Button and Anna Coote for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) How far has the shift of… more>>

No coherent attempt to assess headcount implications of 7-day NHS

The Public Accounts Committee report calls for an urgent review of NHS clinical staffing in England, raising serious concerns about supply,… more>>

Vulnerable patients and their families suffering due to poor hospital discharge

Patients are being sent home alone, afraid and unable to cope and in some cases without their relatives or carers… more>>

CQC inspection of provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

From May the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting SEND provision for children and young people by local areas.… more>>

Public health and prevention

Combining quantitative data from 20 indicators across five key areas of public health with a survey and in-depth interviews with… more>>

1.25 million people are destitute in the UK

The first comprehensive study into destitution in the UK has revealed that 1.25 million people, including over 300,000 children, are… more>>

National Audit Office sanctions study – Your input wanted

The National Audit Office (NAO) is undertaking a study to examine whether the DWP is achieving value for money from… more>>

UK Civil Society Almanac 2016 now out

NCVO's 2016 data on the voluntary sector is now live The refreshed UK Civil Society Almanac has all the voluntary… more>>

Foodbank use remains at record high

Latest figures published by The Trussell Trust on 15th April show that foodbank use remains at record levels, rising two… more>>

Guides to Healthy Caring and Healthy Ageing

These are two guides produced by NHS England ‘A Practical Guide to Healthy Caring’ (online pdf) aims to support to… more>>

NHS England Shared Lives Model announced

NHS England has announced a £1.75m investment in an innovative family-based initiative to help more people to be cared for… more>>

Call for Mental Health Case Studies

Do you get help from health professionals for feeling anxious, feeling stressed or feeling low? The Care Quality Commission (CQC)… more>>

Review on how NHS Trusts investigate and learn from deaths

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is carrying out a review of how NHS trusts identify, report, investigate and learn from… more>>

Charity Bank’s Campaign What does charity mean to you?

… an answer to loneliness… a second chance… an important part of society ? These positive associations rarely break out… more>>

Dementia advisers survey

This report, from Age UK and IpsosMORI, contains findings from a survey into the provision of dementia adviser services throughout… more>>

Alarming Increase in diabetes

Diabetes now affects nearly one in 11 adults, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a major report it… more>>

NHS services turn away a quarter of mentally ill children referred for treatment

CentreForum have published the first report of their Commission on children and young people’s mental health. This research has revealed… more>>

Mental health deaths under-reported, says charity

Through its specialist casework with families, INQUEST has identified the absence of any coherent system in place for the recording,… more>>

The CQC wants to hear about the quality of Care For Older People

Research has shown that older people are less likely to complain about services and are less aware of the different… more>>

CQC announces changes in regulatory fees for providers

Following a public consultation last year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has outlined the fees that providers of health and… more>>

New RCP End of Life Care Audit shows steady progress in care of dying people

The results of the new end of life care audit run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) show that… more>>

Disability benefits assessment service not ‘acceptable’

The Public Accounts Committee report concludes that companies carrying out health and disability assessments are still failing to meet acceptable… more>>

The NHS Framework 2016-17

This sets out the framework and indicators that will be used to hold NHS England to account for improvements in… more>>

Report: understanding the value of arts and culture

The AHRC Cultural Value Project has published its report, Understanding the value of arts & culture, which has seeks to understand… more>>

Survey proves Heritage Open Days’ positive impact on local communities

A survey from Heritage Open Days has revealed how the festival that helps connect communities and places also boosts personal… more>>

New report and toolkit – Care home volunteering project report

Volunteers brought into a care home can have a profound positive impact on residents’ wellbeing, according to new analysis of… more>>

Charity Commission launches new online registration service

The Charity Commission has launched a new public beta online charity registration service, which forms part of its new “digital… more>>

Education Secretary unveils a new blueprint for adoption

A brand-new strategy to transform the life chances of those children who spend up to 18 months in care waiting… more>>

The Local Trust – championing community development

The Local Trust has been offered in the region of £500,000 by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) to advance, advocate… more>>

Annual survey of local Compacts report

The information gathered provides an insight into the health of local partnerships and how key Government policies are affecting the… more>>

Improving mental health ‘life support’

Mind has published a new briefing Life Support: Supporting people with mental health problems in your community to overcome day-to-day… more>>
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