14 June, 2017
 
NHS Clinical Commissioners have reacted to mounting pressures to deliver more for less, in spite of Government promises of greater investment.
 
Following the outcome of the General Election, NHS Clinical Commissioners published a call for action in response to fears over funding pressures and a lack of ‘realism about what the NHS can deliver’. 
14 June, 2017
 
Bristol City Council has launched a city-wide consultation on proposals to save £1.8m from its Supporting People budget. This equates to a reduction of 25 per cent of current funding.
 
Supporting People is a collection of free prevention services, which are designed to intervene early and prevent the need for more intensive support. Currently 43 different organisations provide services to help a wide range of people live independently.
 
2 June, 2017
 
A race to the bottom to deliver public sector contracts for less is causing a crisis in the relationship between charities and the state. A recent report by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) found that two-thirds of charities have used money from charitable donations to subsidise key services they provide on behalf of the public sector.
 
2 June, 2017

 

This General Election, VCSE organisations working in Health and Social Care can get the latest updates from all political parties, along with policy analysis, thanks to a helpful tracker from the King's Fund.

31 May, 2017
 
Bristol’s Quality of Life survey provides an annual snapshot of people’s lifestyles and how they feel about living in Bristol. It gives local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about living in Bristol, local public services, and what they think needs to be done differently in their area.
 
This year, for the first time, the survey is open to all members of the public aged 16 and over, giving them the chance to tell the council and other local public services what life is like where they live.  
 
18 May, 2017

 

Bristol City Council is now consulting on the Bristol Behaviour Change for healthier lifestyles programme, which is designed to meet the needs of people in the city who wish to change their lifestyle behaviour.

This programme represents a significant change to the current service provision for the lifestyle factors of diet, smoking, physical activity, alcohol and the NHS Health Check programme.

This is an opportunity to add the experience and expertise of the VCSE sector to the conversation.

How to take part

17 May, 2017

 

Members of the public can get involved in a study which aims to improve the quality of school-based sex and relationship education for young people.

Researchers based in Bristol are planning this study to maximise the likelihood of evidence-based best practice criteria for sex and relationship education being adopted in schools, by ensuring they reach the appropriate professionals and practitioners and by providing adequate support and guidance on how to implement them.

10 May, 2017

A major new study by the Mental Health Foundation on the nation’s mental health has uncovered that most Britons (65%) say that they have experienced a mental health problem - like a panic attack or depression. The study found that this is an issue that is becoming worse, with younger people more likely than those over the age of 55 to say that they have experienced a mental health issue.

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9 May, 2017

 

The Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP) is a collaboration between more than 30 charities, chaired by Contact a Family.   They have come together in the shared belief that health and social care services for disabled children, young people and families can and must be better.

They need your help to shape and launch their new campaign on improving health and social care services which DCP will launch in June 2017.

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9 May, 2017
 
The National LGB&T Partnership is a partnership of eleven LGB&T organisations across England working together to reduce health inequalities and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. 
 
The Partnership has just published two new resources aimed at supporting local LGBT organisations to push for further engagement from commissioners and those involved in policy development.
 

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