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: 
 
16 June, 2017
 
If your organisation is working to support children and young people with emotional health issues you can promote your services in a helpful, one-stop directory.
 
The Emotional Health Directory of Services for Children and Young people, developed by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol City Council, aims to be the single 'go to' place for information about children and young people’s emotional health in Bristol.
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.  
 

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