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Recent news

17/09/2019

There were more than twice as many attendances to accident and emergency departments in England for the 10% of the population living in the most deprived areas (3.1 million), compared with the least deprived 10% (1.5 million) in 2018/19, according to official figures released by NHS Digital. The report Hospital Accident and Emergency Activity 2018/19, created in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, also shows that attendances for the 20% of the population living in the most deprived areas accounted for 27% of all A&E attendances (5.9m attendances). 

Read the NHS Digital report.

17/09/2019

Public Health England (PHE) has laid out its plan to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities over the next five years. The document outlines PHE's role within the public health system, ten areas where PHE will focus particular effort, and the areas where PHE will build capability within the organisation to support delivery of its strategic objectives and wider activities.

16/09/2019

Your data, our challenge: how do we work together to ensure we all get the best healthcare?

The National Institute for Health Research biomedical research centre at UCLH invites you to a panel discussion about the use of patient data in research in the NHS.

The panel includes academic researchers and representatives from UCLH, industry, the NHS and technology fields. The event provides a unique opportunity for patients and the public to put questions to researchers and policy makers and voice their opinion on how health data should be used for research.

The UK has some of the richest health data in the world which may help researchers unlock the answers to many of today's important health problems. With rapid advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence, researchers can look at large amounts of data and look for patterns that will tell us more about how best to treat individuals, and how to improve healthcare services and approaches to patient care.  But who should have access to NHS patient data for research, and how can we ensure that everyone's patient data stays safe and secure?

This event is the launch of a year-long lively programme of engagement and involvement events for patients and the public in order to better understand the needs and expectations of the public when it comes to using their health data.

Please join them to pose your questions to the panel and let them know what you think about who owns patient health data and how data should be used for research in the future. Followed by a drinks reception.

Date: 2 October 2019, 2-4pm followed by a drinks reception

Location: Wesley Hotel, 81-103 Euston St, Kings Cross, London NW1 2E

To reserve your place, please register on Eventbrite

If you would like to put a question to the panel in advance of the meeting, please email it to brcenquiries@ucl.ac.uk. Please indicate if you would like the question to be put to a particular representative on the panel.

16/09/2019

The King's Fund is hosting a free to attend virtual conference called the big Populaiton Health Conversation. 

This free-to-attend virtual conference focuses beyond health and social care to areas where there is untapped potential for local and national action to support healthier lives. We will explore how a wide range of organisations – across local government, the voluntary sector, the private sector and local communities – have it within their power to improve people’s health.

Through a series of three hour-long online events, you will hear how local areas are making positive strides in improving the social determinants of health and wellbeing by joining up health and care, leisure, housing, transport, town planning, employment, welfare and education. 

16/09/2019

CNWL staff took part in a highly regarded documentary from Channel 5 that looks at male suicide and suicidal ideation.

The documentary available here - https://www.my5.tv/suicidal-in-our-own-words/season-1/suicidal - explores the often misunderstood subject of male suicide and follows the work of doctors and nurses at Riverside Mental Health Centre and our Single Point of Access.

It also speaks with six men who open up about their reasons for seeking help with their mental health.

A support film provides advice for friends, relations and colleagues of those among us struggling with suicidal thoughts. This film is available here: https://www.my5.tv/how-you-can-help-stop-suicide/season-1/how-you-can-help-stop-suicide

16/09/2019

The manifesto sets out some of the key issues that children have told the Children’s Commissioner’s Office are affecting their lives, and reflects many of the subjects the Children’s Commissioner has been shining a light on in recent years – children growing up in chaotic families, inadequate children’s mental health services, children’s safety and children living in poor quality housing such as B&Bs, converted office blocks or shipping containers.

The Children’s Commissioner’s manifesto focuses on six key themes: supporting stronger families, providing decent places for children to live, helping children to have healthy minds, keeping children active, providing SEND support for those who need it, and creating safer streets and play areas. It also sets out some of the likely costs involved alongside the policy proposals, including the Children’s Commissioner’s argument that existing statutory services must be put on a sustainable financial footing.

11/09/2019

This report assesses how well pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are being supported.

Background to the report

At January 2019, 1.3 million pupils in England (14.9% of all pupils) were recorded as having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Pupils with SEND are among the most vulnerable in the school system.

The government substantially changed the system for supporting children and young people with SEND in September 2014, under the Children and Families Act 2014.

The aims of the reforms were for: children’s needs to be identified earlier; families to be more involved in decisions affecting them; education, health and social care services to be better integrated; and support to remain in place up to the age of 25 where appropriate.

The government has also made clear the importance of mainstream schools providing good support for pupils with SEND. During our work, we heard concerns from stakeholders and directly from parents and carers about whether children with SEND are being supported effectively and about the impact of shortcomings in support.

Content and scope of the report

The National Audit Office report assesses how well pupils with SEND are being supported. They examined:

  • the system for supporting pupils with SEND and the outcomes it is achieving (Part One);
  • funding, spending and financial sustainability (Part Two);
  • and the quality of support and experiences of pupils and parents (Part Three).

Report conclusions

How well pupils with SEND are supported affects their well-being, educational attainment and long-term life prospects. Some pupils with SEND are receiving high‑quality support that meets their needs, whether they attend mainstream schools or special schools. However, the significant concerns that we have identified indicate that many other pupils are not being supported effectively, and that pupils with SEND who do not have EHC plans are particularly exposed.

The system for supporting pupils with SEND is not, on current trends, financially sustainable. Many local authorities are failing to live within their high-needs budgets and meet the demand for support.

Pressures – such as incentives for mainstream schools to be less inclusive, increased demand for special school places, growing use of independent schools and reductions in per-pupil funding – are making the system less, rather than more, sustainable. The Department needs to act urgently to secure the improvements in quality and sustainability that are needed to achieve value for money.

For more information click here.

11/09/2019

Advancing Dental Care (ADC) is looking to hold a patient feedback session on is Advancing dental Care. They are keen to collaborate with relevant local stakeholder across geographies in England. 

Refreshments will be provided. 
 
A video and some further information can be found here: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/advancing-dental-care

 

10/09/2019

The UK's four Chief Medical Officers published updated physical activity guidelines emphasising the importance of building strength and balance for adults. 

The guidance states that adults are advised to undertake strength-based exercise at least 2 days a week. This can help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density that starts from around age 50. 

As part of the 'Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s' consultation, they'd like to hear your views on what would help people to do more exercise and how local schemes can support. 

Have you got examples of ideas that would help people to do more strength and balance exercises? Share your views 

Can you give any examples of any local schemes that help people to do more strength and balance exercises? Share your views 

10/09/2019

CNWL’s summary to the annual report has been produced in time for the annual general meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, 17 September at the Wellcome Collection. 

The document can be read on CNWL’s website as can an Easy Read version which can also be read on CNWL’s website.  Hard copies will be available at the meeting.

This is packed with interesting statistics:

  • CNWL treated 357,222 patients in the community and 4,612 in hospital
    • 93,534 were mental health patients and 3,504 were mental health inpatients
    • 147,992 were physical health patients and 1,025 were physical health inpatients
  • CNWL has 6,982 staff, including 2,202 nurses
  • CNWL has a diverse staff – 13.23 per cent are of Asian heritage, 22.69 per cent are of black heritage and 53.77 per cent are of white heritage
  • Three quarters of CNWL staff are women

Registration opens at 4.30pm (teas and coffee available), the meeting opens at 5pm and will conclude around 7pm to be followed by light refreshments.

You can book your spot at: Eventbrite.

09/09/2019

Healthwatch England have published a new report which focuses on the experiences of over 1,700 women who experienced mental health problems during and after birth. The report draws on national research, as well as the work undertaken by seven local Healthwatch.

Mental ill health was often triggered by a combination of issues, such as severe sickness in pregnancy, traumatic births, physical illness and a history of mental health problems.

The NHS is committed to providing maternal mental health support for more than 300,000 extra women by 2020/21. So they're calling on health professionals to make space to talk about mental health and check on the wellbeing of women during and after pregnancy.

Download the report to read the findings and recommendations in full

13/08/2019

Just under a quarter of 5 year olds in England have tooth decay. This green paper will focus on a number of measures to make sure children are healthy and happy from birth and throughout development. Have your say by filling it in

12/08/2019

Central and North West London NHS Foundaiton Trust have launched a new Supportive and Palliative Care Forum for residents in Camden and Islington to improve care services within these boroughs.

They’re looking for patients, family members, carers or members of the local community who have experience of, or are interested in improving supportive and palliative care services.

This new forum is being set up to help us capture the views and experiences of local people to make sure that services best meet their needs.

The first session will take place on 19 June 2019, 2pm to 4pm at St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB. To attend please see contact information below.

 If you would like to find out more information or have an informal chat please contact Agi or Maria on 020 3317 5777 or email palliative.islington@nhs.net /palliative.southcamden@nhs.net or if you are linked to the North Camden Community Palliative Care Team you can also contact Kaye on 020 7830 2905 or email rf.palliativecare@nhs.net 

The forum is in collaboration with North Camden Community Palliative Care Team, Royal Free Hospital, Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead and Marie Curie Research Department, University College London.

Dates/Times/Venues

Camden

19/06/2019 14:00-16:00

23/10/2019 14:00-16:00

04/12/2019 14:00-16:00

 

Saint Pancras Community Association

67 Plender St.

London,

NW1 0LB

 

Islington

17/07/2019 14:00-16:00

25/09/2019 14:00-16:00

20/11/2019 14:00-16:00The Gallery Room, Islington Central Library

2 Fieldway Crescent 
London
N5 1PF

 

12/08/2019

A new road which leads to the main entrance of Chase Farm Hospital opened on Friday 9 August.

Patients and visitors to the hospital will be able to use a new 15-minute drop off area outside the main entrance, in addition to the existing drop off zone outside the side entrance (opposite car park 2).

Please note, access to the multi-storey car park and car park 2 has not changed. These cannot be reached by the new road. The bus route and shuttle bus arrangements also remain the same. 

See more information here

12/08/2019

The next CPPEG open meeting is on the 13 August 2019. See the agenda here

The main topics of discussion will be the NHS Long Term Plan and Integrated Care

  • Public consultation on proposed move of Moorfields Eye Hospital’s (City Road) Services
  • Public Health prevention strategy
  • Conditions for which over the counter (OTC) items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs - Implementation

The open meeting will be held on

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: St Pancras Hospital, Conference Centre, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 0PE