2 August, 2017
 
VCSE organisations are invited to share their views on changes planned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to the way it regulates health and adult social care services. 
 
This is the second phase of a broader consultation*.  The CQC is proposing changes in the following areas:
 
  • The regulation of primary medical services and adult social care services.
  • Improvement to the structure of registration, as well as clarification around the CQC’s definition of ‘registered providers’.
28 July, 2017
 
The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has introduced a new online resource, called Early Intervention Into Action, which provides case studies of successful early intervention work, and guidance to help others learn from the examples. 
 
28 July, 2017

 

 

Personal Health Budgets are giving people choice and control and transforming health and wellbeing outcomes.  Find out how and what the voluntary and community sector can do to help ensure people can access and make the most effective use of Personal Health Budgets by joining our free webinar at 11am on 26 July. This 60 minute session will also set out some of the ways that VCSE organisations can collaborate with their local CCGs to make Personal Health Budgets work for people.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017 -
11:00 to 12:00
13 July, 2017

 

Bristol City Council’s commissioning process for drug and alcohol services (formerly known as ROADS) was given the go ahead by last week’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Full details of the final commissioning plan, tenders and timetables can be see here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/substance-misuse-treatment-services-tender

Voscur’s involvement and facilitation of VCS participation in this process has resulted in some positive changes:

12 July, 2017

The National Housing Federation has worked with a range of specialist organisations on a report exploring the specific issues linked to homelessness that affect particular disadvantaged groups.

Their new report, 'Homelessness and health for disadvantaged groups', highlights the challenges that individuals from disadvantaged groups face in accessing appropriate housing and support. It was created as part of the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Partnership Programme. 

Topics in the report include:

6 July, 2017
 
The Police and Crime Commissioners, the Police service and NHS England are working together to plan and buy Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) services in the South West of England.
 
They are currently seeking views from a range of people and organisations to help inform the new SARC service. They have already talked extensively to users of these services and have further workshops and discussions planned. Service user representatives will be part of the group of people making the final decision about who provides SARCs in the future.
28 June, 2017
 
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees has said that regrettably, cuts to council services are inevitable. However the public can have a say on how they will be made.
 
A series of consultation surveys and events (running from June - September 2017) will give you the chance to contribute to the process. 
 
16 June, 2017
 
NHS England has drawn upon expertise from the VCSE sector and other groups to update its guidelines around involving people in their own care. 
 
This encouraging development suggests that the NHS is serious about “listening to what our communities have to say about what works and doesn’t, and supporting people to make healthier choices”. 
 
There is a wealth of evidence to support the idea that giving people more control over their treatment and care results in better outcomes: 
 

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