Self Care Week 13 - 19 November 2019

Self Care Week title announced: "Embracing Self Care for Life" which has the theme of empowering and engaging people.

For details:

Stamping Out Stigma Worcestershire

Working with Time to Change, we have set up 2 Stamping Out Stigma network meetings in Worcestershire. We are aiming to get a group of Time to Change Champions and people with lived experience of mental ill-health together to work on planning and delivering activities to get people talking about mental health in the community, in schools and in workplaces.


To find out more or to book a place at one of the meetings, please contact Sandra Griffiths: or call 07796 938670

Your Life Your Choice website

This site provides a wide variety of information across various topics for residents of Worcestershire. 

The attached slides set out more information about registering any services which you provide in the area on the site. 

If you have any questions or comments please could you direct them to Jennie Leeson by emailing


UTI Campaign


Overview report for Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice Service

The service provides comprehensive advice on Welfare Benefits and related issues for those in Worcestershire with a cancer diagnosis, their families and carers.

It  helps people overcome difficulties in their lives caused by the change of circumstances following a cancer diagnosis. It helps alleviate stress and worry over issues concerning income and finances through providing information and advice that gives peace of mind, helping people to concentrate on their medical treatment and recovery.

The report includes details relating to the clients profile, their diagnosis and treatment centre, advice work undertaken and financial outcomes achieved.

If you have any comments or questions regarding the report please contact Nicky Hodgkiss by email or telephone 01905 744570.

CCGs approve recommendations to restrict treatments

The Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have approved recommendations to reduce the availability of certain items on prescription and to restrict access to assisted conception treatment.

These decisions follow a 10 week public engagement exercise which ran from 17 March to 30 May last year and a five week public engagement exercise which ran from March until April earlier this year. In total more than 5,000 people provided their views during this time.

The results of the two engagement exercises can be found on the CCG websites.

Further details of the restrictions can be found here

'Stress and sleepless nights': readers' stories of working post-retirement

The Guardiian reports that ageism is the most widely experienced form of discrimination across Europe. They asked their readers to share their experiences of working later in life.

Read the article here

Reproduced by kind permission of The Guardian.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health new toolkit

Emotional wellbeing and mental health: a toolkit for Worcestershire maintained and independent schools, academies, short stay schools, sixth form, FE colleges and skills providers

This toolkit was developed with the support of local head-teachers, senior pastoral leads, SENCOs and learning support leads. It aims to provide a quick guide to best practice in order to help Worcestershire schools, colleges and other education settings know what they should be providing or commissioning to meet the emotional wellbeing needs of their pupils and learners, and to know when and how to access further support if needed. It does this by condensing the best practice described in the national guidance documents and other sources into a simple checklist and it also provides 'how to' guides on accessing further support.

The toolkit is available on Worcestershire County Council's website, click here

Latest update from Herefordshire & Worcestershire STP

Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, health and care organisations are committed to always providing safe and effective services, it has come to light that the way some services are run may need to change. The reason for this is because we have a growing population and rising demands on services, and with the resources that are available care needs to be provided.

What does this mean:

  • Reducing duplication and make services easier to navigate and access
  • All of us doing more to support healthy living, or to self-care and manage aspects of our conditions
  • Providing more care at home or closer to home, reducing avoidable hospital admissions
  • Potentially travelling further for more specialist services so we can ensure they are safely and appropriately staffed with the right level of expertise. 

Herefordshire and Worcestershire (and across the country) are working together to help make sure the NHS is safe and sustainable for the future.  This is called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and is about implementing the NHS' Five Year Forward View.

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP is currently a draft outline plan, the latest version was published in November 2016.

Click here for more information

Building Healthy Partnerships Programme launches

The Building Health Partnerships (BHP) Self-Care programme provides funded support to enable Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships to engage with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and citizens on wellbeing and self-care priorities. This will include hearing local perspectives and priorities, addressing potential issues and starting to co-produce future sessions and activity that will make up the local programme.

Based on the feedback from the Sustainability and Transformation Plan engagement exercise, and the strong messages given by carers during the process, Herefordshire & Worcestershire successfully applied to join the Building Healthy Partnerships programme, with a focus on the role of carers in self care.

The Self Care Forum’s definition of Self Care is:

‘The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness. There is more detail about self-care on their website here.’

SAVE THE DATE - 5th July

The first meeting will be held on 5th July - details of the event and how to book can be found here.

Age UKHW recruiting

To find roles to apply for click here

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to remain in ‘special measures’

In her stakeholder briefing of June 20th Michelle McKay,  Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, shared the outcomes of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports following the inspection of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in November and December 2016. 

The overall rating for the Trust is reported as ‘inadequate’ and the CQC is recommending the Trust remain in ‘special measures’ until further review. The Trust has been in ‘special measures’ since November 2015.

Details on the CQC report can be found here along with the Trust’s commitment to making the changes needed happen as quickly as possible to in order to consistently deliver high quality standards for patients across all their services. The report acknowledges that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a caring organisation, rating care across their hospitals as ‘good’, and their end of life care as ‘good’. The inspectors said that services were provided by dedicated, caring staff, and that patients were treated with kindness, dignity and respect and were provided with the appropriate emotional support.

The Trust is already in contact with patients to explain the situation and allay concerns.  And it is asking all stakeholders to reinforce the message that patients should continue to attend the Trust hospitals for appointments, operations and treatment as planned.

NICE 'Building independence through planning for transition'

Transition to Adults’ Services can be a difficult time for young people, who need support and reassurance to help them move on to a more independent life.

Building independence through planning for transition, a new quick guide from NICE and SCIE, explains how early planning and access to the right information can help young people and their families to make the right choices. It is based on the NICE guideline and quality standard for this topic and  will be of interest to all practitioners in children’s and adults’ services who support young people at transition.

Read the guide Building independence through planning for  transition quick guide

Watch a video Thines Ganeshamoorthy talks about his experience of transition

See previous NICE/SCIE quick guides

Tackling the 'rhetoric vs reality' gap. Feedback from the TLAP Partnership day

The TLAP Partnership exists to support transformation through personalisation and community centred approaches. Several times a year we meet to identify sector-wide priorities and develop solutions to tackling and overcoming barriers. Their partnership model is fundamental to their success; it is demonstrably sector led and representative of the health and care sector, comprising members from central government, local government, Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England, Allied Health Professionals, social enterprises, provider organisations and people with lived experience.

At their recent Partnership meeting, members shared their concern about the growing gap between the high level vision of health and social care policy and the practice on the ground, or what they call the rhetoric - reality gap. More importantly, they discussed what TLAP, as a national partnership, propose to do about it.

Read the ‘rhetoric vs reality’ gap report here.

Designing safer systems of care delivery for older patients

A new study published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, identified incidents when poor communication between secondary and primary care and failures within primary care led to patient harm and highlights how improved communications systems could help protect older patients from harm. Timely electronic transfer of information with standardised formats could reduce medication and clinical decision-making incidents. Electronic alerts and expanded use of bar-coding are examples of systems which could tackle drug administration incidents.

Read the study in full here.

Sector responses to the Queen's Speech

Excerpt from From Chris Walker's, Senior External Relations Officer - NCVO, blog

"Brexit is not the only thing for charities ... Aside from Brexit, several bills and non-legislative measures will be of interest to charities. Measures on domestic abuse, mental health and the gender pay gap could provide the government with an opportunity to demonstrate an agenda beyond Brexit, and for charities to make sure their voice is heard."

A response to the Queen's Speech by  Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVC

“Many in the local voluntary sector will be concerned  about what is missing from the Queen’s speech rather than what’s in it. As a society we have major issues to address around inequality and community cohesion. We also face an unprecedented squeeze on the services that local communities rely on such as health and education. Many of our public services are at breaking point and it is local charities that are rooted in local communities to which people turn. There is nothing in this Queen’s speech for them, it is a wasted the opportunity to confront the real issues facing communities across the country.”

“Many warned that Brexit would all consuming for the Government, and so it is proving. It appears the interests local charities and the people and local communities they serve are being pushed into the background.”

Carers Week 2019


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Worcestershire Homeless Pathway


Men's Health Week 2019


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Dignity in Care Campaign and website

"The campaign's core values are about having dignity in our hearts minds and actions, changing the culture of care services and placing a greater emphasis on improving the quality of care and the experience of citizens using services including NHS hospitals, community services, care homes and home support services."

Dignity in Care has recently reviewed their website to make it even more user friendly and accessible. They have also introduced useful updates:

  • Our Discussion Forum
  • Dignity Networks
  • Dignity Action Day Memory Book

Take a look at the new site here.

Localising the integration of housing and health in Nottingham through a Memorandum of Understandin

Housing LIN have recently published a new case study ... A shared understanding: Localising the integration of housing and health in Nottingham through a Memorandum of Understanding.

Written by Rachael Harding, Housing Strategy Specialist, at Nottingham City Council,  the study sets out the journey taken by Nottingham City to embed housing as the third vertex of local health and social care integration through the development of a local Memorandum of Understanding.

Relate counsellling services in Worcestershire and Hereford

Relate provide Relationship Counselling, Sex Therapy, Sex Addiction, Family Counselling, Children and Young People's Counselling, Training and Education and Telephone Counselling at locations across Worcestershire and Hereford. 

Locations include:

  • Worcester
  • Bromsgrove
  • Redditch
  • Broadway
  • Kidderminster
  • Bewdley
  • Evesham
  • Malvern
  • Droitwich
  • Upton-upon-Severn
  • Hereford

Find out more >>>>>

Charities taking charge: Transforming to face a changing world

NPC’s research on the State of the Sector involving 400 charity leaders. The findings hold up a mirror to the sector and highlight examples of those charities leading the way.

Onside launches Redditch Community Advocacy Project

Funded by Redditch Borough Council this new approach aims to support people living in Redditch who have chronic, long term heath conditions or disabilities including older people and those with mental health issues and learning difficulties to live well at home.

Community advocates will provide a single point of contact helping vulnerable adults to navigate their way around health and social care provision.

They will support people to:

  • Better manage their own lives including the care and support services they receive as well as day to day practicalities such as paying bills and dealing with correspondence
  • Better understand the choices and options for care and support available to them
  • Express their views and wishes including making representations when services are not effective or meeting their needs

To find out more or to discuss how the project can help you better support the people you work with contact Cathy Jackson-Read on 01905 27525

Instagram and Snapchat detrimental to Young People's Mental Health

Instagram and Snapchat are the most detrimental social media to young people’s mental health and wellbeing, says a report from Royal Society for Public Health.

The report ranking social media according to impact on mental health found that YouTube had the most positive impact.

Social media has been linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep and 7 in 10 young people say they have experienced cyber bullying.

The report highlighted studies that show young women who use Facebook even for a short period of time have more body image concerns than those who don’t use Facebook.

The report also found that social media can improve young people’s access to health information and help them feel emotionally supported.

The society called for an introduction of a pop-up heavy usage warning, social media platforms to identify users experiencing mental health problems and discretely signpost support and for platforms to highlight when photos of people have been digitally manipulated.

Shirley Cramer from the Royal Society for Public Health said: “Social media has become a space in which we form and build relationships, shape self-identity, express ourselves, and learn about the world around us; it is intrinsically linked to mental health.”

Homeless Link launches social investment fund

Access has announced a new Growth Fund investment in a social investment fund to be run by Homeless Link.

Homeless Link, the national membership organisation for homelessness and supported housing agencies, is launching a £4.5 million Social Investment Fund for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness. The programme is the first of its kind exclusively for the homelessness sector and one of very few sector-specific funds in existence.

For full details click here

Volunteers Week - Volunteer Fair Redditch

BARN is holding a Volunteer Fair at Milward Square, Kingfisher Centre (between M&S and Coffee #1), Redditch on Wednesday June 7th between 11.30am - 2.30pm to celebrate Volunteers' Week.

This is a great opportunity to recruit more volunteers for VCS organisations, and also for local people to find out more about the work of local charities.

To book a free table at this event please contact BARN on or telephone 01527 60282.

Booking will be on a first come first served basis, although since this event is funded by Redditch Borough Council priority will be given to those charities based in Redditch.

Working with Statutory Mental Health Services: A guide for housing and homelessness staff

This Enabling Assessment Service London (EASL) document is for staff working in homelessness and housing services who work with people with mental health problems.

Read further information here



Ageing in the UK Now

'A snap shot of current research'  - from the Beth Johnson Foundation

'Ageing in the UK Now' is a summary of some of the key research and developing practice relevant to the UK’s ageing sector, and also matching these against the wider political and social agenda.

It is an introduction to this area: a snapshot of what is going on. It can be used as a helpful beginning to exploring topics that are relevant to the field of ageing with a useful bibliography and compendium of resources.

The BJF is planning to grow and expand on this opening review and update it on a continuing basis. Ways of how best to do this are currently being considered.

Visit their site and then download the report

National charity 'Missing People' partners with delivery firm to put appeals on vans

Missing People has announced a new partnership with delivery company Palmer and Harvey, which will see appeals for missing persons displayed on the side of all of the company’s delivery vans, nationwide.

See more here

NAVCA joins Department of Health’s VCSSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance

This partnership is intended to help DH, Public Health England and NHS England work closely with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and help families and communities achieve and maintain wellbeing.

For more details:

Worcestershire is developing a new Children and Young People's Plan

The new Children and Young People's Plan is currently being developed, and partners from a wide range of organisations are already involved. 

The new plan will:

  • Clarify the collective ambition and aspirations for all children and young people in Worcestershire Focus on key priorities and success measures
  • Set expectations around the way we work in Worcestershire
  • Provide a framework for all agencies and organisations working with children, young people and families to make the necessary impact to improve lives
  • Build on and add value to existing plans

It's important that as part of the development of the plan the Families, Communities and Partnerships team engage with:

  •  Children
  • Young People
  •  Parents/Carers of children and young people
  •  Practitioners who work with children, young people and families

There is an Engagement Pack to support this engagement –  contact Allie Webster as soon as possible: Telephone: 01905 84  6352, Mobile:   07841 19933, to receive one.

And the team is encouraging people to people to complete the online survey via this is the link -

Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub One Year On


FREE First Aid sessions for organisations supporting people in crisis

This training is available to organisations and community groups across Worcestershire and Herefordshire who support people facing higher risks of needing First Aid in particular crisis, including:

  •  People living with issues around drug and alcohol usage.
  •  People who are homeless or rough sleepers and at risk of injury or sudden illness
  • Adults over 65 who are at more risk of slips, trips and falls.

What can you expect from this first aid session?

  • Effective, easy to learn first aid education in a relaxed and informal style.
  • Provide relevant first aid skills tailored to the needs of the group.
  • Break down the barriers to helping others.
  • Build the confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency. 
  • Typically last 2 hours, but flexible depending on number of skills taught.
  • Suitable for groups of up to 15 people.
  • Participants will receive a pack that covers the skills learned and will be awarded a certificate of learning upon completion.
  • Delivered by experienced Red Cross trained educators.
  • Delivered at the organisation’s venue.
  • Fully funded – there is no cost to you.

Contact Gabi Gogan if you’d like to discuss this further.

M: 07803 661084|T: 01905 450415|E:

British Red Cross|Bradbury Court| Barkley Business Park|Wainwright Rd| Worcester WR4 9GY

Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub's first year

Happy Birthday Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub!

The Hub is celebrating its first birthday!  One year of delivering an information and signposting service for people over the age of 16 who experience low mood, anxiety or stress, and who feel that they would benefit from support from local community.

The Hub team have manned the Wellbeing Hub phone lines, been out in the community and encouraged healthy minds by listening, speaking, signposting, tweeting, posting, (remember our wellbeing dog) and more listening!  And The Hub (Community First and Worcestershire Healthy Minds) even won the Partnership and Integration Award in 2016.

If you, your family or a friend need the Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub
Call:  01905 766124

And this is a little of what our first year’s looked like:

Postive messages appeared in Redditch                  

 Sarah created really engaging information               

 Winning the 2016 Partnership and Integration Award

 Ronan, Community First's Wellbeing dog!               

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem.

Mental Health Awareness Week, Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we see ourselves and how that makes us feel.

Stay up to date with Mental Health Awareness Week related by signing up to the MHA Week newsletter.

Support for mental health in Worcestershire

Worcestershire Well-being Hub is an information and signposting service for people over the age of 16 who are experiencing low mood, anxiety or stress, and feel that they would benefit from support from local community providers. They provide:

  • Information and signposting for well-being services provided by the voluntary sector across Worcestershire
  • Take bookings for the community well-being programmes such as 'Moodmaster' and 'Peer Support'
  • Redirect people to self-help resources 
  • Visit the  Worcestershire Well-being hub to find out more.

Worcestershire Healthy Minds is a service that supports people, aged 16 and over, who are experiencing problems such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.

They help people improve their mental wellbeing through a range of interventions such as short courses, talking therapies, and self- help information.  You can now self-refer to our service by completing a Self-Assessment Form.

Visit  Worcestershire Healthy Minds to find out more.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provides support to children and families where the young person is experiencing significant mental health difficulties.

Visit CAHMS to find out more

Good mental health and wellbeing throughout life Action Plan 2016-2021

Via the Health and Well-being Board

Worcestershire residents are healthier, live longer and have a better quality of life especially those communities and groups with the poorest health outcomes

Meeting the challenge;
Requires emphasis on prevention with action in the long term to impact upon the wider influences on health and well-being

We will focus on;
Building resilience and improving lifestyle to improve mental health and well-being, and reduce the risk of dementia, particularly within ;

Visit this link

YC17: Professionals & Us – May 4th - last few places

YSS 3rd conference is driven this year by young carers themselves. The young people have planned it and will be delivering it on the day!  And they’ve bagged keynote speaker Professor Saul Becker, a leading expert globally on young carers, their issues and aspirations.

This is an opportunity to hear young people tell their own carer stories and to interact in topical workshops. It is also an opportunity to support their courage both in their roles at home and now as comms/engagement people.

Only a few places remain.  If the £15 contribution requested for refreshments is proving a barrier please contact Neil Phillips to discuss:

Book here and we look forward to seeing you there.

Purdah necessitates rescheduling of engagement events

The announcement of a General Election on June 8 means that for a given period before the election public sector organisations, including the NHS, are restricted from any activity which could be seen as influencing the political agenda. This includes any public engagement activity.

Therefore the Health and Care Trust have had to re-schedule the co-production events re. Older Adult Mental Health Services and will now be holding them in June and early July.  The new dates are as follows:

•           Wednesday 21st June – Simply Limitless, Jellyman Room, Puxton Lane, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 5DF - 2pm-4pm

•           Monday 26th June – Redditch Town Hall Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8AH - 10am-12noon

•           Thursday 29th June – St Peter’s Baptist Church, Main Hall, St Peter’s Drive, Worcester, WR5 3TY from Time - 5pm-7pm

•           Monday 3rd July – Perdiswell Young Persons Centre, Activity Room 4 & 5, Perdiswell Park, Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3 7SN - 10am-12pm

If you had already reserved a place for the May events, please note the change of dates and let the Trust know which June/July date would now be your preference

If you have not reserved a place yet but would like to attend on one of these new dates, please contact Paulette Cook on or call 01905 681429.  The Trust will contact potential attendees in mid-June with more details.

Sports Partnership Hereford & Worcestershire

Visit:  Sports Partnership Hereford and Worcestershire to meet their team and find out what's happening, where and when and the strong links between sport and health and wellbeing.

New CCGs grants awarded

Five VCS organisations are benefiting from a local health grant scheme.  The new CCGs grant process was launched last September to help organisations develop and improve services on offer to local residents.

The following five organisations and projects were granted funding:

• The Alzheimer’s Society – self care for those with dementia and their carers
• Worcestershire YMCA – mental health awareness and counselling
• Sight Concern Worcestershire – ActivEYES: physical activity for those with sight loss
• Heartstart Malvern – resuscitation training
• Bromsgrove and Redditch Network – micro-volunteering

The funding runs from April for 12 months.

Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan 2017

The Vision

To create the right home environment for Worcestershire residents that is essential to their health, wealth and wellbeing, throughout life.


Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. Over that period medicine has been revolutionised and lives transformed. The Health Service’s founding principles – of care for all, on the basis of need not ability to pay – have stood the test of time. During one of the most vigorous
debates our country has seen – over Brexit – the NHS was centre stage.

Published March 2017.

Read the full report here


Older Adult Mental Health Services - Save the dates

Save the Date – 11th, 17th,18th or 19th May

In May the NHS Health and Care Trust will be holding a series of co-production events to look at Older Adult Mental Health Services.

The Trust wants to work with patients, carers and the wider community to understand how these services should look, and would like to invite you to attend one of these events to share your thoughts and ideas.

Details of the events are shown below:
• Thursday 11th May – Venue: Jellyman Room @ Simply Limitless - a Wellbeing Centre for the Wyre Forest from Time: 2pm-4pm (Puxton Lane, Kidderminster, DY11 5DF)
• Wednesday 17th May – Venue: Perdiswell YP Centre (Activity Room 4 & 5 from Time: 10am-12pm - Perdiswell Park, Droitwich Rd, Worcester WR3 7SN)
• Thursday 18th May – Venue: St Peter’s Baptist Church Main Hall from Time: 5pm-7pm (St Peter’s Drive, Worcester WR5 3TY)
• Friday 19th May – Venue: Redditch Town Hall 10am-12pm (Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch B98 8AH)

If you have an interest in older adult mental health we would really welcome your participation at these events.

To express interest and reserve a place, please contact Paulette Cook on or call 01905 681429.

Further details will be advised in early May.

Move More Worcestershire launched

Di Fox - picture reproduced by kind permission of the Worcester News

Macmillan Cancer Support and Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire have teamed up to create Move More Worcestershire.

This new initiative aims to help people living with cancer to benefit from physical activity, through individually tailored programmes, as part of a healthy lifestyle.  It is available for people living with cancer across Worcestershire.

Di Fox is at the helm as the new Macmillan physical activity coordinator. She finished her own cancer treatment less than a year ago.

Di said: “I’m so proud to be part of Move More Worcestershire. It’s great to be in a position where I can help people in our county who, like me, are living with or beyond cancer to benefit from physical activity.”

The programme is designed to help people with cancer to become and stay active at a level that is right for them - whether that is doing gardening, joining a walking group, joining a ‘get back into sport’ programme like no strings badminton or going to a gym.

For information and advice from the Move More Worcestershire team about getting active with cancer, call 01905 855498 or email

Visit   for the full story.

Wellbeing Hub for public and VCS in April

10.00-2.00  Worcester Guild Hall

At the next Ways to Wellbeing exhibition/local community wellbeing event the Wellbeing Hub staff are encouraging VCS organisations and members of the public to find out more about wellbeing inside the Guild Hall and at their street stall outside too.

Contact the team if you can offer a ‘have a go’ workshop or fun positive wellbeing activity on the day.

• If your organisation would like to take part in the Worcester Guild Hall event on April 19th, please complete the downloadable booking form and return to before March 22nd. Space is limited so it may not be possible to accommodate everyone with a stand or table but there will be an opportunity to display leaflets and flyers and you are welcome to join in as an attender if you don’t wish to exhibit anything.
• If you have already expressed an interest but haven’t sent a booking form please can you fill one in and send it to the above email address.

You can follow the Wellbeing Hub on Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook -@WorcestershireWellbeingHub  
Twitter - @Well_beinghub

Contact Carrie Middleton: for further details.

Next wellbeing event May 3rd


Young actors and film makers wanted in Redditch

Jestaminute Community Theatre cic are working with Redditch Youth & Community Enterprise (RYCE)   at the Redi Centre, South Street Redditch to help them mark more than 120 years of the building’s heritage. The Community Theatre is looking for young actors (aged 8- 12) and film makers (aged 15-18) to help them celebrate. The young actors will play the part of Victorian school children and celebration is to be recorded by young film makers who will receive training in filming, camera work and editing from award winning film maker – Simon Marriott. Simon won the Diana Award for his film work with young people in 2013 and has numerous other film making awards to his name eg Empire Cinema/Pauline Quirke Short Film Competition Winner.

For more information please  call 01527 64461 or email:  for an information pack.

St Richard's Hospice announce new Chief Exec.

The hospice has announced that the current Care Director, June Patel, is to take up her new role as Chief Executive of the Worcestershire charity at the end of May.

This will follow the retirement of Chief Executive Mark Jackson who is stepping down in May from his role after more than a decade at the helm.

Mrs Patel, from Droitwich, joined St Richard’s as Care Director in 2011 and has helped shape a wide range of developments in patient and family care for those living with life-limiting illnesses in the county.

As Care Director, Mrs Patel is currently the Care Quality Commission registered manager responsible for all the nursing and palliative care delivered by the clinical departments at St Richard’s Hospice.

Mrs Patel said “I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed the new Chief Executive of our wonderful hospice – a much loved charity that has grown over the last 33 years and which will continue to develop thanks to the dedicated board of governors, staff, volunteers and generous support and goodwill from our community. I have a real passion for local healthcare and I’m looking forward to building on the achievements which Mark has led over the last decade, putting our patients and their loved ones at the heart of all we do.”

Chair of St Richard’s Governors, John Bawden, said, “We are delighted that June will be our new Chief Executive as we look to extend our services to meet the needs of the community. She has enormous enthusiasm and experience which will contribute significantly to continuous improvements in the quality of care that the hospice provides for more than 2,500 patients and their loved ones every year.

He added, “On behalf of the board of governors I would also like to pay tribute to Mark Jackson for the tremendous impact he has had on St Richard’s since he joined in 2006.  I believe that June will continue to transform care for those affected by life-limiting illness in Worcestershire.”

Shaw Trust looking for on-going office space in Worcester

Shaw Trust is a national charity working to 'create brighter futures for the people and communities they work in'.  And they are now seeking office space and access to training rooms for hire to deliver employment and health support (as part of DWP’s Work & Health programme) for local residents across the entire county of Worcestershire.

Shaw Trust is looking for a venue(s) that is/are central to cater for local disabled (physical, learning disabilities including mild/moderate mental health conditions)and disadvantaged residents across the county whilst also taking into account rural areas and limited transport links.

If you/your colleagues have/or alternatively could suggest a suitable potential venue(s), please advise availability, room sizes and costs for office space 5 days a week for approx. 2/3 people in Worcester, training room rates, (plus any other costs eg facilities), commencing in October 2017 for approx. 5 years on an annual contract renewal  basis.

The venues will need to be Equality Act compliant, easily accessible by public transport and preferably with multi agency occupancy eg health, VCS sector, statutory and non-statutory organisations.

If you are interested or require further details please contact:

Tracey Edghill, National Partnership Manager
Tel: 0300 247 2180 Mobile: 07790 541244

SURVEY FOR YOUNG MEN: Building participation across the mental health system

The Amplified Participation Project have launched a new survey to hear about the ways that young men currently have a say around their mental health, and what young people and professionals think about how they should be involved. This version of the survey has been created especially to gather the views of young men because the Project recognises that young men face particular challenges in speaking out about mental health.

How you can help?

You can help in two ways:

• Sharing the young men’s survey here:
• Completing the professionals’ survey here, if you have not already:

The Project wants to hear the views of as many different young men and professionals as possible, so please circulate this request amongst the young people you work with, and your colleagues.

Applications are now also open for a variety of roles for young people and parents to become part of the Amplified team – please see here for more details.

Please email with any questions.

NHS England – Five year forward view for mental health: one year on

This report marks the anniversary of the publication of the Five Year Forward view for Mental Health. It highlights the progress made in the first year of the programme, and takes a look at the achievements that need to be built upon next year and beyond.

New team helps young people to reach for mental health wellbeing

A new team has been created in Worcestershire to help children and young people experiencing anxiety, low mood and self-harm.

The Reach4Wellbeing team, part of Worcestershire Health and Care Trust’s Starting Well service aims to reduce the stigma of mental health by promoting positive wellbeing in communities and offering short-term group programmes that will initially focus on anxiety and eventually progress to offer sessions on low mood and self-harm.

The programmes are open to children and young people aged 5-19 years and those over the age of 13 can refer themselves onto a course. Click here for more

County libraries stock collection of books to support young people's mental health

A collection of 35 books providing information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues for young people can now be borrowed through Worcestershire's Libraries. Endorsed by experts and aimed at 13 – 18 years olds the 'Self-Help' books cover issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.

The collection can be found on the shelves of Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, The Hive, Kidderminster, Malvern, Tenbury and Wythall libraries, but can also be requested through the library catalogue from any library in the county. The books are all free to borrow as long as you are a library member. Library membership is free, quick and easy to set up, all you need is proof of identification. Pershore and Woodrush High Schools both have a full set of the books and all 35 are also available to schools via the Schools' Library Service.

Worcestershire's Reading Well for Young People books have been funded by Public Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Transformation Fund. The collection is part of the Reading Agency's scheme Reading Well for Young People and is an extension of their scheme Reading Well Books on Prescription for adults. Borrowers can be introduced to the book titles in the scheme via their doctor, but they can also find out about more about them by talking to library staff or independently by browsing the library catalogue and using the self-issue machines to check out books.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities said: "We are really keen to support the Reading Agency's Reading Well for Young People scheme. The Books on Prescription books we have in our libraries are well used and is important that we extend the information and advice we provide on mental health issues to young people".

To find out more about Reading Well for Young People click here or ask in your local library.

Public Health Worcs - Unleashing the potential in communities – social prescribing

A cross cutting theme in the Health and Well-being Board's three health priority areas (Good mental health and well-being throughout life, Being active at every age and Reducing harm from alcohol at all ages) is to scale up the provision of Social Prescribing across Worcestershire. To meet future health challenges requires a refreshed focus on prevention, self-care and creating resilience amongst populations with ambition in the long term to address the wider health determinants and health inequalities in and across Worcestershire.

Full article read here

Co-production in social care: what it is and how to do it

This briefing summarises SCIE’s guide 'Co-production in social care' and has been developed in
partnership with Think Local Act Personal. Co-production is a key concept in the development of public services. It has the potential to make an important contribution to all of the big challenges that face social care services. Implementing co-production can support:

•   cost-effective services
•   improved user and carer experience of services
•   increased community capacity
•   integration.

For full details click here

Take part in Public Health's 'Active 10'

Public Health England's physical activity campaign "Active 10" is to encourage adults to get more active.

Find out more and download the app:

Worcestershire CCGs raise awareness of UTIs

'Are You UTI Aware' has been launched to raise awareness of urinary tract infections, how they present themselves and what to do to help prevent these common infections.

For further campaign information visit:

You can help spread the word by taking part in ‘The Hydration Challenge’ and by liking and sharing their Facebook page you have a chance of  winning  their ‘hydration hamper’, worth £50.

Tips on producing an annual report

Tips and case studies demonstrating producing an effective annual report.

Visit: NCVO's site

New Rural Health report by PHE published

'Health and Wellbeing in Rural Areas' has been produced by the LGA in partnership with PHE.

Visit:, for details and the full report.

Redditch & Bromsgrove Dementia Action Alliance launch Facebook page

Stuart McGoo has set up the Redditch & Bromsgrove DAA Facebook page:

'Liking and sharing their page' will help share their news and experiences throughout the county.

Wellbeing Hub for public and VCS in April

Wednesday April 19th 10.00-2.00  Worcester Guild Hall

At the next Ways to Wellbeing exhibition/local community wellbeing event the Wellbeing Hub staff are encouraging VCS organisations and members of the public to find out more about wellbeing inside the Guild Hall and at their street stall outside too.

Please contact Carrie if you can offer a ‘have a go’ workshop or fun positive wellbeing activity on the day.

• If your organisation would like to take part in the Worcester Guild Hall event on April 19th, please complete the downloadable booking form and return to before March 22nd. Space is limited so it may not be possible to accommodate everyone with a stand or table but there will be an opportunity to display leaflets and flyers and you are welcome to join in as an attender if you don’t wish to exhibit anything.
• If you have already expressed an interest but haven’t sent a booking form please can you fill one in and send it to the above email address.

You can follow the Wellbeing Hub on Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook -@WorcestershireWellbeingHub  
Twitter - @Well_beinghub

Contact Carrie Middleton: for further details.

Next wellbeing event May 3rd


CQC reports on state of care in NHS acute hospitals

The CQC has published a report on the state of care in NHS acute hospitals, the report captures what has been learned from three years’ worth of inspections. It gives a baseline on quality that is unique in the world – and also shows that it is possible, even in challenging times, to deliver the transformational change that is needed if the NHS is to continue delivering high-quality care into the future.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. We register, monitor and inspect services to make sure they provide safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care, and we encourage them to improve.

New NHS England Involvement Hub up and running

The new NHS England Involvement Hub supports patients, carers, staff and the public who want to find out more about participation - both how to do it and how to get involved.

It is a source of information and resources which will help people to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to get involved in the design and delivery of health services as well as showcasing good practice from around the country.

The NHS is recognising that there are some "excellent examples of participation happening across the voluntary sector, in local communities. Many organisations are showcasing their work so that others can learn from their experiences".  These can be found on the Involvement Hub site.

People's Health Trust Funding Now Available in Worcestershire

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open for applications in the Malvern Hills, Worcester, Wychaven and Wyre Forest areas.

For full details and how to apply:

VCS STP Follow Up Note on THE ROLE OF THE VCS engagement 17.2.17

Visit for full details and downloadable follow up note.

A further meeting of the TRANSFORMING SERVICES – THE ROLE OF THE VCS - SECOND WORKSHOP is to be held on 30 March at  Malvern Council Chamber, 9.45am for 1 pm. Please register via eventbrite

What is the social prescribing network?

The Social Prescribing Network consists of health professionals, researchers, academics, social prescribing practitioners, representatives from the community and voluntary sector, commissioners and funders, patients and citizens. We are working together to share knowledge and best practice, to support social prescribing at a local and national levels and to inform good quality research and evaluation.

The first social prescribing conference

The inaugural conference which took place at the Park Crescent Conference Centre in London in January 2016 was attended by 96 delegates representing a variety of stakeholders with experience of pioneering social prescribing in their local area. The conference was the first forum to bring this knowledge and expertise together from over the UK. The report from the conference was launched in the Houses of Parliament on 9 March 2016.


Department of Health - Preventing suicide in England

Third progress report of the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives.

This progress report details the activity that has taken place across England to reduce deaths by suicide in the year ending March 2016. The updates contained in this report will help to meet the recommendations of the NHS five year forward view for mental health that are relevant to suicide prevention: to reduce suicides by ten per cent by March 2021 and for every local area to have a multi-agency suicide prevention plan in place by the end of 2017.

NPC report - UNTAPPED POTENTIAL: Bringing the voluntary sector’s strengths to health and care

Report commissioned by the Richmond Group of Charities and its partners for the Doing the Right Thing project

David Bull, Sally Bagwell, Andrew Weston and Iona Joy - April 2016

Excerpt from the foreward ...

'In October 2014 the NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV) set out an ambitious agenda for the future of
health and care in England. Its vision—of making our health and care system more person-centred, more embedded in our communities, and more effective at promoting health and wellbeing, rather than merely patching people up when things go wrong—is one we share. What’s more, we believe that leading health and care charities have the right tools and expertise to help make it a reality.

The Doing the Right Thing project was borne of our determination to seize the opportunity of the 5YFV. In bringing together some of our evidence, we aimed to show that the Voluntary and Community
Sector (VCS) is not just doing the right thing by its beneficiaries, but also what works to deliver the improvements in health & wellbeing and in productivity & efficiency that the health and care system now so desperately needs to replicate at pace and scale.

However, while the need for transformation becomes ever clearer, worrying signs have emerged that the full potential of the VCS has yet to be tapped ...'

For full report:  Untapped Potential

Introducing PAM - Patient Activation Measure

Patient activation – Improving people’s ability to manage their own health conditions

Health organisations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been successful in their bid to roll-out a new evidence based tool, offering support to patients to manage their own health conditions.

The three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest), along with Herefordshire CCG and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, jointly made the bid to NHS England to host Patient Activation Measure (PAM) licences for the county as part of the Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP).

In Worcestershire, licences are being used for those with long term conditions including on the Patient Self-Management Programme. There is also an opportunity to widen this scope and a variety of programmes have expressed an interested in using PAM.

The licences are for an initial one year period, covering 2016/17 and if successfully implemented, the licences will be extended.

Patient Activation is a measure of a patient's knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health. Evidence shows that when people are supported to become more involved, they benefit from better health outcomes, improved experiences of care and fewer unplanned care admissions.

By understanding people’s activation levels, the NHS can support those people in ways appropriate to their individual needs. The PAM is a tool which enables this and captures the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health.

If you are interested in finding out more about the PAM please contact Emma Fisher:

Government Progress Report: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation – February 2017

The Government has today published its Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report and announced a £40m package of measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders.

Positive Pathway to prevent homelessness

St Basils National Homeless Advisors have produced:

'A positive pathway to help local authorites and their parters prevent youth homelessness'

Find the presentation at

JSNA Briefing on the Health of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups

Find below a link to a JSNA Briefing on the Health of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board; the remit of the JSNA is now considered to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

More information can be found on their website:

CRUK's Ten principles for fundraising growth

Fundraising Live: CRUK outlines ten principles for fundraising growth - See more at:

1. Diversity - have a wide range of propositions to be sustainable
2. Think long-term - committed giving is quite expensive in the beginning but delivers long term
3. Think short term - CRUK has lots of fundraising activity, like World Cancer Day, that “just brings in cash”
4. Create capability - manage and develop people and processes well
5. Design your culture - what makes your brand unique?
6. Grow your brand - CRUK has people embedded across the organisation who are responsible for brand in their performance review
7. Innovate - and allow innovation to fail
8. Look after data - this helps to put supporters at the heart of everything
9. Manage portfolio - really important to look at how the whole range of activity works together
10. Invest for growth

Taken from Civil Society Media 9th February

7 Year old Katie Hughes is a Dementia Friend

Katie wrote this poem about Dementia, unprompted and with no help .. it takes the lead in this month's 'In Touch' bulletin produced by the Worcestershire arm of the Alzheimer's Society.

D  ementia is a disease
E  verybody could get it at any time
M  y Mummy is working in the Alzheimer’s Society
E  verybody needs to understand it
N  ever be mean to people with dementia
T  ry to help people living with dementia and their families
I   have become a dementia friend
A  nybody can become a dementia friend

A new way to refer to Reconnections

There is now an additional way to make a referral for a lonely older person to the Reconnections programme - online through the link below:

This can then be added to your websites, twitter and facebook pages. Any queries, please contact the Reconnections Team –

Local Transport Plan (4) Consultation

Worcestershire County Council are currently consulting on the new Local Transport Plan 4.

The Corporate Plan 2017-2022 ‘Shaping Worcestershire’s Future’ recognises that the planning, design and delivery of an efficient, affordable and multimodal transport network is essential to achieve its vision of a prosperous Worcestershire. The fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4) has been developed to set out how investment in transport infrastructure, information and services will achieve this vision.

The consultation runs until 17 March 2017.

For more information and to comment, please visit

Engagement for #yourconversation continues in Feb

It’s #yourconversation!

Be part of shaping health and care service delivery by having your say at


Community First AGM - 8th February

Community First AGM for the year 2015-2016, with the theme of ‘Maximising Community Assets – People and Places’

Held at The Well, Top Barn Farm, Holt Heath, Worcestershire, WR6 6NH

Begins at 4.30 pm with Networking and Refreshments at 6.45 pm and close at 7.30pm

If you would like to attend please email

New consultation dates added on the future of Worcestershire Acute Hospital Services

Date                 Time                              Location
28.01.17           10am-1pm                      Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch
30.01.17             4pm-7pm                      Evesham Community Hospital
31.01.17             4pm-7pm                      Malvern Community Hospital
01.02.17             4pm-7pm                      Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Bromsgrove
02.02.17             4pm-7pm                      Tenbury Community Hospital
06.02.17             4pm-7pm                      Pershore Community Hospital
08.02.17             4pm-7pm                       Oakenshaw Community Centre
11.02.17            10am-1pm                      The Hive, Worcester
21.02.17             4pm-7pm                       Kidderminster Library
23.02.17             4pm-7pm                       Studley Village Hall
25.02.17            10am-1pm                      Malvern Library

If you would like to know more about the consultation please see: for the consultation document and survey and view their Events Calendar for further 'Drop in' sessions and events.

Work and Health Programme launches this year

The Work and Health Programme will provide specialised support for those unemployed for over two years and, on a voluntary basis, to those with health conditions or disabilities. The scheme, which replaces the much larger Work Programme, will be awarding contracts to service providers of £130 million a year by 2019/20 and is due to launch in autumn 2017.

Download:  House of Commons Briefing  PAPER Number 7845, 22 December 2016 Work and Health Programme for full details.

Minister announces plan to help small charities win contracts

Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society, has announced a range of measures to help more small charities win contracts and has appointed former NCVO chair Sir Martyn Lewis to chair an implementation group.

Measures announced include developing a place-based Public Service Incubator to help small charities work with commissioners to identify and overcome barriers to getting commissioned, and developing a commissioning kitemark to highlight best practice.

The announcement said that Mr Lewis has been asked to chair a "voluntary sector-led implementation group on these proposals, to put them into practice".

For full details:

Worcestershire County Council partnership working with the VCS

Before Christmas a group of members from VCS organisations met with colleagues from the Council to explore ways of working together. The Council have identified four key areas to focus on and have proposed dates for the first meetings of the working groups.

Key areas: 
• Connecting Families - 9 Feb - 1300-1600hrs venue: tba
• Children with disabilities and transition to adulthood: Children with disabilities and transition to adulthood 15 Feb – 0900-1200hrs venue:tba
• Joint Influence of Sustainability and Transformation Plans - tba
• Enabling an older, more fragile population to lead healthier longer, more independent lives - tba

Please find full details at:

Wellbeing messages spring up in Redditch

What's been happening in Redditch this week?


Tackling Social Prescribing


For a round up of recent Social Prescribing actvities in the UK.


STP Event

An event for Voluntary Organisations working in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to be chaired by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley.

Friday, February 17th 2017
Malvern Council Chambers
Malvern Hills District Council House
Avenue Road
WR14 3AF

Registration - 9.45am Finish -1pm
Fri 17 February 2017, 09:45 – 13:15 GMT

This event provides an opportunity for the VCS across the two counties to shape the discussion around the role of the VCS in the STP as we move into the detailed planning phase
Themes to be covered at the event will include:
• What will the connection between the VCS and Public Services look like?
• How can the VCS be an ‘enabler‘?
• How can commissioning support the VCS role?

The session will be chaired by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley whose policy interests are:
• Charities and voluntary sector
• Communities and families
• Health services and medicine
• Social services
• Social care

For full details and booking:

Stamping Out Stigma (SOS) Launches

Are you passionate about improving attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health problems?

Are you currently carrying out activities to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination?

If you have ticked yes, to any of the above, then come along to the launch of the STAMPING OUT STIGMA network on:

Monday January 30th  2017
1pm - 3pm
Council Chambers
Redditch Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square
Redditch, B98 8AH

Further details and booking

Be Food Smart

For information and Ap details on:

    Eat well
    Get going
    Your child's weight
    Local activities

Find out more by visiting:

And check out for further local sporting activities.

Wychavon Partners Together Event findings

'Healthy, happy, active and supported ... Helping Wychavon residents make healthier choices'
16 November 2016 @ Civic Centre, Pershore

This is a summary of the fifth Partners Together event where representatives from a
range of organisations gathered at the Civic Centre to consider key health issues,
including physical activity, mental health and alcohol, and how to work better together
to help people in Wychavon live longer and healthier lives.

The 'national scene' - Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

The NHS and local councils have come together in 44 areas covering all of England to develop proposals and make improvements to health and care. These proposals, called sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), are place-based and built around the needs of the local population.

View for further information

Worcestershire Joint Health and Well-being Strategy 2016-2021

The Strategy is a statement of the Health and Well-being Board’s vision and priorities 2016-2021. It is based on the findings of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and on consultation with our key stakeholders.

There are 3 overarching priorities over the next five years:

• improving mental health and well-being;
• increasing physical activity;
• reducing the harm caused by alcohol.

For further details 

Thursday 2 February is ‘Time to Talk day’ in your workplace

The way you act towards someone with a mental illness can change their life … by opening up to mental health you can make a real difference.

This year’s theme is focusing on how positive conversations about mental health change lives and  urges people to start up a conversation, whatever the hour, on Time to Talk Day itself.

You can support Time to Talk Day in your workplace by using resources, spreading the word, or hosting an event.

For full details and support materials:

Worcestershire ME Support Group meetings cease

Owing to an inability to find volunteers for their committee, the group meetings have ended but lunches will continue.

For full details:

Consultation on the future of Worcestershire Acute Hospital Services Announced

Public consultation on the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire will start on Friday, January 6th 2017 and end at midnight Thursday, March 30th 2017

Under the plans being put to public consultation all three main hospitals, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and the Worcestershire Royal Hospital will remain open but will work differently in future.

All the consultation material is available online at  

A number of public meetings and drop in events will be held during the consultation.  Events which have already been organised include:

• Tuesday, January 17th drop in session at the Alexandra Hospital (main hospital corridor) 10am-4pm
• Wednesday, January 18th drop in session at the Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre (main entrance foyer) 10am – 4pm
• Thursday, January 19th, drop in session at Worcestershire Royal Hospital (main entrance foyer) 10am-4pm
• Thursday, January 26th Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Governing Body, BHI Parkside, Bromsgrove at 9am
• Thursday, January 26th South Worcestershire CCG Governing Body, Pershore  Civic Centre at 2pm
• Tuesday, February 7th Wyre Forest CCG Governing Body, Wyre Forest District Council, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster at 9am

Further events will be added and details of all events can be found on the website as can contact details for the Future of Acute Hospital Services team.


LGA Housing Commission Final Report published

The Local Government Association's Housing Commission final report reveals that over the last 20 years there has been a generational shift in home ownership with rates among 25-year-olds plummeting by more than half. With access to housing at a premium, the LGA is calling for more affordable and social rented housing to be built to help people save for a deposit on a home.

Alongside building more social rented homes to boost home ownership, the LGA also reports an urgent need to better provide housing for older people. With a 74% projected household growth where the household is headed by someone aged 65 or older, it calls for an increase in age-friendly housing (designed to HAPPI principles opens new window) and resources to fund adaptions to enable older people stay healthy and happy for longer, and reducing demand on NHS and care services.

Read more:

The report in full sees - Housing At The Heart Of Integrated Health and Care - from page 46 onwards.

How Are You?

In 2017 why not make some lifelong changes to a better, healthier YOU and get a great sense of wellbeing!

A good way to decide which lifestyle changes to make is to take the easy, free online How Are You? health quiz. It provides tailored recommendations based on your results and directs you to tools that help you take action and start seeing results.

Over one million people are already making positive lifestyle changes and taking steps to feeling healthier.

Take the quiz here and please pass it on to your friends, family and colleagues.



Can you deliver a Dementia Friends Champion Session?

There will be a Dementia Friends Champion session taking place at The Hive, Worcester, on 27th February 2017 for anyone would like to go on and deliver the dementia friends session to others in the local community. 

"It is great that we have a champions session taking place locally and it would brilliant if we could increase the number of people delivering dementia friends sessions in the area- please promote amongst your networks." Rachel Cockayne - Health Improvement Coordinator

For more information, or to register, please visit

CCGs launch 'Commissioning For You'

The 3 Worcestershire CCGs have produced a single newsletter ‘Commissioning For You’.  This replaces their regular individual newsletters and bulletins and is a countywide catch-all of health and wellbeing news and information.  Commissioning For You is aimed to be published quarterly.

Please download this edition at

CQC Formal Consultation launched

 Formal consultation on CQCs next phase of regulation launched 20 December.

The consultation document, ‘Our next phase of regulation: A more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach’, follows their strategy for 2016 to 2021 , published in May 2016, which sets out an ambitious vision for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people get high-quality care.

Please see here and attached 'stakeholder letter'  for more details.


                 News in 2017



Cyber crime survey - have your say!

In October West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner John Campion joined the other three PCC's in the West Midlands region in launching a cyber crime survey, which will help build a more comprehensive picture of online crime and help shape support for victims. The survey is aimed at the individual, including young people, rather than organisations.

The survey is open until the 9 January 2017 and only takes a few minutes to complet.

A link to the survey is shown below

STP -15.12.16 Note from Carole Cumino – VCS ‘Representative’ on STP Programme Board

Sustainability and Transformation Plan Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Note from Carole Cumino – VCS ‘Representative’ on STP Programme Board

The full STP proposals are now publically available and can be seen at

Page 19 sets out the priorities for transformation, and in particular:
‘Engage with the voluntary and community sector to build vibrant and sustainable partnerships that harness innovation, further strengthen community resilience and place based solutions’.

The key section relating to the voluntary sector is p.74 of the plan

Visit for full note.


Invitation to County Council budget consultation meeting 19th January

Each year the Council holds a series of meetings with representatives from the community to discuss its proposed budget plans and the possible impact this may have locally.

The briefing for Parish & Town Councils and Voluntary and Community Sector groups will take place at County Hall, Worcester on Thursday, 19th January 2017 at 6.00p.m.  The Council welcomes the opportunity to talk to you about the its proposals for 2017/18 and to answer any questions you may have at the meeting.

There are a limited number of places available, so one representative per organisation, who can feed back to colleagues, is requested. Place allocation is based on a first come, first served basis so a speedy response is recommended.  Refreshments will be available prior to the start of the meeting.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting by Friday, 13th January 2017 or returning the slip below to:  Deborah Dale, Legal and Democratic Services, Worcestershire County  Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP


2017/18 Budget Consultation Meeting for Parish & Town Councils and Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations
Thursday, 19th January 2017, 6.00pm at County Hall

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Radiate Redditch - Christmas Hub referrals

The Hub will provide hot food and refreshments throughout each day from Friday 23rd December 2016 through to and including Monday 2nd January 2017.  It will also be operating a night shelter for anyone who is homeless during this period.

The provision will operate from The Ecumenical Centre, Evesham Walk, Redditch B97 4EX.

See download details of the Christmas Hub provision for any homeless individual or anyone you know that will be lonely and isolated during the Christmas period:
• Agency referral information - this document provides some guidance for agencies referring individuals
• Guest Agreement - this document outlines what the expectation is from individuals using the provision
• Guest Referral form - for completion either by the Guest or on behalf of the Guest to be referred.

If you are aware of any individual that might benefit from the provision please pass on the relevant documents to the individual.  Guests are able to self-refer and can turn up on the day to access the provision.  A referral process will take place before admittance will be agreed.  Any potential referrals after Thursday 22nd December can be made by the individual visiting the provision. Individuals can attend the Hub for one or as many days/nights as they require.

Please feel free to circulate this information to colleagues and partnering agencies to ensure this information is made available to anyone who might come into contact with the homeless or any vulnerable adult in the community. 

This year Radiate Redditch is piloting the opportunity for vulnerable families to access the provision, if you are aware of any families, please in the first instance, contact and further information will be provided.


OPVSSN network members views re. scheduling STP plan requested

The next meeting of the Network is on Wednesday, 8th March (10.00am – 1.00pm) at The Well, Top Barn Business Centre, WR6 6NH and papers will be sent out closer to the date.

Community hwb has been asked recently if the Network would welcome an engagement activity on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), following the publication of the draft report in late November and the setting up of a website under the #yourconversation tag – details on page 1 of CLiCK:

For more information:

#yourconversation - published

The Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) for Herefordshire & Worcestershire has been published and is available online

Take a look at:

  • Our plan
  • In summary
  • Events & Roadshows

And, share in the conversation by completing a really quick:




Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Update

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board. The remit of the JSNA is considered to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

Please find below a link to a briefing on Physical activity recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment:

More information can be found on their website:

About Social Prescribing

Sheffield Hallam University – Centre for Regional Economic Research

From dependence to independence: emerging lessons from the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot.

Nesta -  More than medicine

‘More than medicine’ recognizes the social as well as medical aspects of long term conditions. It gives the NHS the tools to help people to exercise more, eat more healthily, build strong social networks and feel supported and in control of their lives ‘More than medicine’ enables patients to access a range of social
interventions to complement clinical care.

For details of both documents:

Changes to 'Early Help' Service in Bromsgrove & Redditch

From the 1 December 2016, there are significant changes to the existing ‘Early Help’ service currently offered to families and the new service will be known as ‘Parenting and Family Support Service’. 

The attached letter provides further information including:
- Details on the service changes
- Changes to Children Centres
- How to refer into the new service (including new service criteria)

For queries regarding the Parenting and Family Support Service contact the Bromsgrove Team on 01527 835775 and the Redditch Team on 01527 61360.


December European Social Funding events announced

Worcestershire ESF (European Social Funding) Technical Assistance

European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) Call Events

Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Vestia Community Trust, Community First and Herefordshire Worcestershire Chambers of Commerce are hosting information events related to the following ESF live Calls.

Find out more about new funding opportunities at 2 events held on:

Thursday, 8th December 2016
Tuesday, 13th December 2016

Please see event ESF flyer for full details:


#yourconversation .......

Get involved in shaping future of local health and care services

Health and care leaders across the county are encouraging people to get involved in helping shape the future of local services.

A draft plan published today by health and care organisations across Herefordshire and Worcestershire provides some early thoughts on how local services might change in response to a challenging context which includes rising demands and poorer health outcomes in some areas.

The draft has been submitted as part of the national Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) programme which encourages local areas to develop 5-year plans (up to 2020/21) to address local health outcomes, care and quality issues and financial pressures.

See press release for full details

And read about:

#yourconversation where residents will be invited to get involved in moving the initial suggestions and ideas forward into more detailed proposals. A new website – – has been launched where people can read the draft plan as well as a shorter summary update and there is also a survey to complete. In addition through the Your Conversation campaign we will be getting out and about over the next few months talking to patients, service users, carers and members of the wider community. This will include roadshows in local community venues, public meetings and online Q&As.

St Richards Hospice invites ..

St Richards Hospice new Engagement Officer is inviting community groups or members of the public to have a guest speaker to hear about the hospice.

"We are inspired everyday by the people we care for and we love to share it with others. Our passionate staff enjoy speaking at clubs, groups, local groups and more".

If you are interested in arranging a guest speaker please contact Alice Spearing
Tel: 01905 763963 Email:


Survey to review JSNA website

The JSNA website and the usefulness of the JSNA products and the mapping tools are under review.

Here is a link to a short survey which should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

The review is particularly interested in which JSNA products have been found useful in the workplace and the usage of mapping tools.  Any responses will be anonymous and only aggregated findings will be used in any analysis.


Inter Generations Worcester (IGW)aimed to help reduce loneliness in Worcestershire

Inter Generations Worcester (IGW) is a home share scheme delivered by Vestia Community Trust in partnership with the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.  IGW has been developed as part of the reducing loneliness campaign here in Worcestershire.

The scheme  matches socially isolated older people (age 55+) who have spare accommodation/bedroom with students from the University of Worcester.  In return for the room, the student (or homesharer) will provide help around the home, which will vary for each homeshare.  It may include things like cooking, gardening, shopping and simply companionship.

Both parties are supported by and in regular contact with the IGW team throughout the entire process and placement.

For further information or if you know someone who benefit from this scheme please visit  or view our information videos at

Please note that the homesharer does not provide personal care and there is no financial  cost to the householder,  If you are aware of anyone that may benefit from this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

White Ribbon Campaign in Worcestershire

The International 16 days of action White Ribbon campaign kicked off on Friday 25th November  (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women)  and finishes on Saturday 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

The campaign is well established across Worcestershire. Last year Worcestershire was awarded national White Ribbon status as a county by the national White Ribbon charity. Awareness  is raised throughout the year, highlighting the devastating impact of both domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Their dedicated site makes up 28% of all the national pledges, a significant achievement. This year they continue to promote the pledge site and hope to break the 12,000 pledge mark. To make a pledge you just need to click on

to access and download the professionals domestic abuse information pack

Community First & Worcestershire Healthy Minds win Partnership and Integration Award

Simona Stokes (left) Service Lead Worcestershire Healthy Minds at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and Amanda Wright (right) Business Adviser for Health and Well-being accepting award

At the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust staff awards, held on 20th October, the Partnership and Integration Award was won by Community First and the Worcestershire Healthy Minds team for creating the Wellbeing Hub as a link to community wellbeing support and new self-referral pathways into the primary care mental health services.

The latest phase of the development of services offered through this service is the Peer Supporter Service which has been set up to help ease the changeover from secondary to primary care support  for those people who are making that transition.   Moodmaster groups are now well established across the county with many participants reporting that it has helped to build their confidence as well as giving them helpful tools and suggestions to improve their mood and daily lives.

For more information contact the Wellbeing Hub 01905 766124  or email: or look online:



Wellbeing Hub to coordinate regular Worcestershire Wellbeing Networking events

The first Worcestershire Wellbeing Network on 2nd November produced a valuable exchange of ideas.

The sense of the meeting was that regular networking opportunities for Worcestershire Wellbeing organisations would be welcomed, coordinated initially by the Wellbeing Hub.  There was also a desire to raise awareness of wellbeing-related services and activities by taking positive, creative and interactive events into targeted communities.   The need to raise awareness with professionals as well as people in a variety of ways also came out as an area of focus.


Wednesday January 18th 10.00-2.00 Redditch Town Hall Civic Suite

Revised focus of event:
It will now focus on launching the Wellbeing Network and providing an opportunity for showcasing and networking between local wellbeing groups, activities and organisations.  Visitors to the Town Hall and the general public are very welcome but the promotion of the event will be towards those who provide wellbeing services and activities or work with people who would benefit from them. 

We will provide stands/tables for organisations to exhibit and share information along with a programme of short presentations and mini-workshops on wellbeing topics.

If your organisation would like to take part in this event, please complete the attached booking form and return to before December  12th. Please note space is limited.


Wednesday February 1st 10.00- 12.00 Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Centre, Worcester
Our second professional and  VCS wellbeing organisations networking meeting, to include time for ‘walking and talking’ and finding out more about each other as well as to reflect on the January event with a view to planning future ones.

Wednesday April 19th 10.00-2.00  Worcester Guild Hall
A further community wellbeing event focused on services in south Worcestershire.

What to do for now:
• If you are a VCS provider of wellbeing services, please register your interest if you would like to be considered for a stand/table at either the January or April events by emailing Space is limited and it may not be possible to accommodate everyone personally but if not there will be an opportunity to display information and contact details.  A booking form will follow shortly.

• If you are happy for your contact details to be shared, please let us know as we will create a list to be circulated within the networking group.

Take part Worcestershire Youth Cabinet Mental Health Campaign Survey




Made by the Worcestershire Youth Cabinet (a group of young people aged 11-18 who represent the views of young people) and its partners, the Mental Health Campaign Survey wants to know about your mental health awareness, your experience of Mental Health services and your thoughts and ideas for the current mental health service. If you are aged 11 to 25 and you are living in Worcestershire then take part in the survey NOW!!

Closing date 16th December.

OPVSSN Network Meeting cancelled for 14th December

Please note that the next meeting of our OPVSSN Network, scheduled for 14th December, has been cancelled because of a clash with a Public Health Stakeholder Event on the same morning – please see details below.

The Stakeholder Event will be focusing on Social Prescribing – an important topic for the VCS – with potentially some work around community assets, so it should be a good opportunity for members of OPVSSN to attend and contribute to developments in this key area.

Given how busy this time of year can be for everyone it was considered sensible to avoid additional meetings in December. Therefore the next meeting of OPVSSN is due on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 (10.00am – 1.00pm); details will be circulated closer to the date. please let John Taylor know if you feel there would be benefit in arranging a Network meeting in January, so that there is not a lengthy gap between meetings  - he will accordingy respond to sufficient demand.

Social Prescribing Stakeholder Event – 14th December (Invitation only)
Worcestershire County Council Public Health Team is planning their next stakeholder event to focus on Social Prescribing. This will take place at Areley Common, Stourport-on-Severn on December 14th 9:15am-1pm.

This event is by invitation only once your initial expression of interest has been received. If your organisation are/is interested in working with Public Health to develop this area of work further please contact: or

Q&A session on STP at Healthwatch Worcestershire’s Open Meeting

Over 30 members of the public attended Healthwatch Worcestershire's Open Meetining on 11th November.  There was a presentation on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and members of the public were able to ask local health and social care leaders how the plan will affect Worcestershire. 

The meeting was recorded and available to watch here.

Re-design of Adult Mental Health Secondary Care Services

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s Board has approved recommendations to proceed with implementing a new model for its services supporting adults with mental health issues.

The model was developed following widespread engagement with services users, families/carers and staff and the proposals which were out for consultation over the summer suggested a shift to a more community-based service which was more recovery focussed, allowed people to maintain control and independence, and reduced the risk of people needing to be admitted to a mental health ward. These were all themes which services users, families and carers said was important during the consultation.

Full details in download.


VCS called on to help shape Digital Inclusion Conference

Go ON Worcestershire is a multi-agency partnership whose aim is to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity and support to confidently go online. They currently have 30 partners which include the Worcestershire County Council, Housing Providers and Herefordshire and Worcester Age UK.

Go ON Worcestershire are organising a Digital Inclusion Conference in February 2017 which they hope will contribute to improving the capability of Voluntary organisations to support digitally excluded people you work with. Therefore they are keen to hear from as many organisations as possible from Worcestershire.

Please help shape this Digital Inclusion Conference by completing the VCS Digital Inclusion survey and respond by 11th November 2016 online

Alternatively please request a questionnaire to be sent to you by contacting Tosin Adewumi on or phone 01905 846512.

Completion of a 'charity hub' in South Worcester

Office / Storage space to let within new 'charity hub'

Crossroads Caring for Carers (a registered charity) occupies a site at Weir Lane, Lower Wick, Worcester WR2 4AY.  The building houses their own managers and office staff, as well as a training facility available for use by both Crossroads and other organisations.

The Trustees at Crossroads agreed that the surplus space they had available could be developed into office / storage accommodation suitable for use by other not-for-profit organisations who might otherwise struggle to find appropriate accommodation at an affordable price.

This work has now been completed, creating a “charity hub” on the southern edge of Worcester.  Six organisations are already on site, but they have space for more!

Crossroads can offer flexible sized space to accommodate just one or two people, up to much larger groups.  The area(s) they have available are centrally heated, double glazed, have LED lighting and come partly furnished (if required).  They include the (free) use of meeting rooms, on-street car parking, even water, gas and electricity charges are included.  At just £10.50 per square foot, per year, pretty much all inclusive, this is an excellent opportunity for any charity seeking office or storage space in Worcester.

For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact Roger Garland at Crossroads on 01905 72 92 93 or e-mail

Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub Network Meeting 2nd November

The Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub is holding a networking meeting for organisations who provide services or promote community wellbeing to people over 16 in Worcestershire on Wednesday November 2nd  from 10.00-12.00 at Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Centre, Worcester WR3 7SN.

The wellbeing hub aims to host four community ‘Ways to Wellbeing’ events in different county locations during 2017.  Each event will provide a forum for local organisations to raise awareness of their services and activities around the themes of the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' that are recommended to support and improve mental health (for further details, please visit 

At these events taster sessions and demonstrations will be on offer that encourage people to consider how they would benefit from connecting, being active, taking notice, keeping learning and giving.

The purpose of the meeting on 2nd November will be to share information and ideas, plan for these future events and explore how we might like continue to network as a group in the future.

Please let Sarah Colloby, know if you can attend this meeting by October 26th so that we can ensure suitable space and refreshments.

#CaringAcrossGenerations campaign

Help raise awareness of the resources available to carers to help them make informed decisions about care.

For full detils about the #CaringAcrossGenerations campaign click here

Takeover Challenge – Friday 18th November

The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge encourages organisations across England to let children and young people take over organisations and have their say. Each year Healthwatch Worcestershire organises an event to ask young people what they think about health and social care services and give them an opportunity to give their feedback and ask questions to a panel of service providers and commissioners.

This year’s event is on Friday 18th November at Warndon Youth and Community Centre in Worcester.
The event will run from 9.30, finishing with lunch at 12.30. The day involves an interactive quiz about health and care services, group discussions and presentation of feedback. All attendees will receive a certificate for attending.

Fore more information please contact:

Morag Edmondson
Engagement Officer

01386 550264

Young People’s Mental Health Survey

Worcestershire’s Youth Cabinet are running an on-line survey, for anyone age 11 and 25, about their understanding of mental health and accessing services and support. This survey will feed into Worcestershire’s Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health, so it is really important that young people get involved and have their say.

Please encourage young people to complete the survey, by following the link –
For any further information about the survey or to request paper copies, please contact the Youth Cabinet via Kirsty Fraser -

£4m worth of funding available for volunteers over 50

£4m worth of funding now available to better tap into the skills and experience of volunteers over 50.

The Office for Civil Society, in conjunction with Nesta and others, have launched three new grant funds, which are worth £4million. These funds are to explore how more charities and public services, can better tap into the skills and experience of volunteers over 50.   The three funds now open to application are:

• The Second Half Fund - Sharing Time and Talents for Life: Will provide grants of up to £250,000 to support the growth of new ways of mobilising the time and talents of people aged over 50 specifically in support of: children and young people, parents and families, ageing well, creating resourceful and resilient local places.

• Join In Stay In: Will award grants of up to £50,000 and significant non-financial support from behavioural science experts for organisations to undertake Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) to understand what works best to encourage volunteers to continue to give their time regularly.

• Give More Get More - Exploring Intensive Volunteering: Grants of up to £100,000 to support organisations to trial intensive volunteering placements for people over 50 - approaching or in retirement - that work alongside public services. These might include ‘gap years’, such as those VSO offers for experienced volunteers to give their time abroad.

Expressions of Interest and full details of the application process can be found at:

Appeal to support Worcestershire homeless in cold weather

County Community Projects (CCP) is now overseeing the delivery of the Single Homeless contract for Worcestershire.

This service is the Homeless Prevention and Engagement Service (HoPES).

As part of this work HoPES will be facilitating the emergency overnight accommodation during cold periods. This is known as the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) and is activated when the weather is forecast to be 0°C or below for three consecutive days.

CCP has an going need to find volunteers and to seek donations of goods and services to tackle further hardships of homelesness as seasonal temperatures drop.

Details are contained in Project Manager, Adrian Warburton's appeal letter.


CQC's The deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Read in  full  - The state of health care and adult socialcare in England 2015/16 - THE DEPRIVATION OF


2 new VCS vacancies

Rural Development and Fundraising Specialist - Community First

Finance Assistant - Relate Worcestershire

For full details visit:

CQC State of Care Report

State of Care letter (in full)

12 October 2016


The state of health care and adult social care in England 2015/16

Today we have laid our annual report to Parliament on the quality of health and social care in England. 

This year’s report shows that, despite increasingly challenging circumstances, much good care is being delivered and encouraging levels of improvement are taking place.

We have seen services providing good and outstanding care and making improvements by collaborating outside traditional organisational boundaries - hospitals working with GPs; GPs working with social care and all services working with people who use services.

However, we are also seeing some deterioration in quality, and some services are struggling to improve.

We raise concerns that the sustainability of the adult social care market is approaching a tipping point. The fragility of the market is now beginning to impact both on the people who rely on these services and on the performance of NHS care. The combination of a growing and ageing population, more people with long-term conditions, and a challenging economic climate means greater demand on services and more problems for people in accessing care.

Click here to see the report on our website.

Our key findings

Most health and adult social care services in England are providing good quality care, despite a challenging environment, but substantial variation remains.

• As at 31 July 2016, 71% of the adult social care services that we had inspected were rated good and 1% were rated outstanding. Of the GP practices we inspected, 83% were rated as good and 4% as outstanding and 51% of the core services provided by NHS acute hospital trusts that we inspected were rated as good and 5% as outstanding.

• However, some people still received very poor care. We rated a minority of services as inadequate: 2% of adult social care services, 3% of GP practices and 5% of hospital core services.

Some health and care services are improving, but we are also starting to see some services that are failing to improve and some deterioration in quality.

• Of those services that we re-inspected following an initial rating of inadequate, 76% achieved an improved rating: 23% went from inadequate to good and 53% went from inadequate to requires improvement.

• However, this still means that a quarter of services originally rated inadequate that did not improve enough to change their overall rating on re-inspection. In addition, 47% that were re-inspected following a rating of requires improvement did not change their rating. In 8% of cases, the quality of care deteriorated so much that we rated it inadequate.

The majority of GP practices are providing good quality care and leading the change in service design.

• Despite a context of increased demand, coupled with a shortage of GPs and increasing vacancy levels, 83% of the GP practices we have rated so far are good and 4% are outstanding. Some general practices have joined together in federations and formed new models of care, involving people who use their services in their conversations from an early stage.

Adult social care services have been able to maintain quality, but there are indications that the sustainability of adult social care is approaching a tipping point.

• Of the care homes and home care agencies that we had rated as inadequate, 77% had improved when we re-inspected. We are seeing some providers starting to hand back home care contracts as undeliverable. Until recently, the growth in demand for care for people with greater care needs had been met by a rise in the number of nursing home beds, but this bed growth has stalled since April 2015.

• We are concerned about the fragility of adult social care and the sustainability of quality. This is a serious issue for the continuity and quality of care of people using those services, and for the knock-on effects across the whole health and care system: more A&E attendances, more emergency admissions, more delays to people leaving hospital, and more pressure on other services.

Hospitals are under increasing pressure

• Despite financial challenges, we have found much good and outstanding care, particularly in children’s and young people’s services and critical care.
• But we have also found too much acute care that we rated inadequate, particularly urgent and emergency services and medical services. It will be increasingly difficult for NHS trusts to make improvements to these services unless they are able to work more closely with adequately funded adult social care and primary care providers.

• The quality of care received in NHS mental health trusts is broadly similar to that in acute trusts, but with an even higher level of variability within providers as well as between them, and with particular concerns around the safety of acute mental health services.

The sustainability of quality

Our evidence suggests that finance and quality are not necessarily opposing demands; many providers are delivering good quality care within the resources available, often by starting to transform the way they work through collaboration with other services and sectors. However, sustained support will be needed for new models of care to become established and improve, and investment will be needed to support leadership and enable the desired transformation.

We will continue to highlight good and outstanding care, to support improvement and to take action to protect people where necessary. And we will continue to use the unique and detailed information we hold on quality, to help those that lead, work in and use health and care services to make the right decisions.

People have a right to expect good, safe care. Working with our partners, we will offer whatever support we can to make the changes necessary to ensure high-quality care into the future. I hope you find our report of interest.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Wyman CBE DL          David Behan CBE
Chairman                             Chief Executive

Worcestershire CCGs announce NEW funding opportunities

A new grant scheme has been set up in Worcestershire to support local voluntary and charity organisations across the county.  DEADLINE 27 November 2016

The three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest CCGs) have set up the scheme to help organisations develop and improve services on offer to local residents.

Organisations can apply for a grant up to £13,000 and the money can be used to support new projects or develop existing services. The grants will be used to help meet the CCG’s priorities, particularly; reducing health inequalities, promoting independence and self-care or engaging with hard to reach communities.

Please see the CCG websites for more details, including the application form.

Wyre Forest CCG:

Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG:

South Worcestershire CCG:

JSNA Briefing on Physical Activity

As part of Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment  a briefing on physical activity  has recently been published.

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board; the remit of the JSNA is now considered to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

More information can be found on their website:

For further information contact the Public Health Intelligence Team 01905 846707 or email

Minutes for Health and Well-Being Board, Tuesday, 13th September

The minutes for Health and Well-Being Board, Tuesday, 13th September, 2016, 2.00 pm have just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Minutes details

The following items are included in the minutes:

No. Item
379 Apologies and Substitutes
380 Declarations of Interest
381 Public Participation
382 Confirmation of Minutes
383 Sustainability and Transformation Planning
384 Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire
385 Director of Public Health Annual Report
386 Joint Health and Well-being Stakeholder Event Summary
387 Learning Disability Strategy Progress Report
388 The Worcestershire Transforming Care Plan
389 Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) Annual Report 2015-16
390 Better Care Fund Update
391 Future Meeting Dates

New Housing LIN case study on wellbeing

This is new case study by Kim Yates for the Housing LIN that focuses on the strategic decision by Nehemiah Housing Association, a West Midlands based social landlord.

The study places a greater emphasis on 'Wellbeing', including the formation of a strategic alliance with a care provider for two sheltered housing sites.

For full details visit:

CQC Diabetes Review

This report explores the quality of care for people with diabetes in England.

The full report is available on the CQC website:

There is also a short 2 page ‘what does this report mean for people who use services’ has also been produced, visit:

Review conclusions
The ‘My diabetes, my care’ review, highlights that – despite a mostly good picture of care overall – the provision of care and support to help people successfully self-manage their condition is not always flexible and responsive enough to meet individual needs.

The review discovered that people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes were not always identified and supported to become healthier. Some people felt they were not receiving enough emotional support – providing this support at diagnosis and beyond can contribute to more effective self-management and increase engagement with services and attendance at structured education programmes.

CQC saw many examples that others can learn from, including local commissioners and providers proactively engaging with individuals and communities, and innovative methods to increase people’s ability to self-manage. The review also highlighted that people who had attended structured education courses felt it improved their ability and confidence to manage their diabetes. Where these courses were less likely to be accessed, for example by people from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups, some local services were able to show how they were providing culturally relevant information, support and training to people in their local community.

Review methods
CQC carried out fieldwork for the review between January and March 2016 including areas in the Central Region -  Sandwell & West Birmingham, South Worcestershire and Rushcliffe.

The review looked at 4 key aspects of care for people with diabetes, including:
•        Identification and diagnosis
•        Structured education and support for self-management
•        Care pathway
•        Person-centred care coordination

The review included interviews with GPs, clinicians and commissioners; multi-professional / multi agency focus groups with staff; focus groups, 1 to 1 interviews, and case tracking of people with diabetes. The review looked at existing evidence from CQC’s comprehensive inspections, information provided by Healthwatch, CCGs and other data sources. The review also used an online web form, limited to the areas covered by the fieldwork, to gather the experiences, opinions and insights of people about their diabetes care.

Ways that you can support the review
Using Social Media
•        Tweet about this diabetes review using the hashtag #MydiabetesMycare and tweets below;
•         see the @CQCInYourArea and @CareQualityComm accounts for the current discussions;
•        circulate information to your networks and in your e-bulletins;
•        and forward information to groups and networks who will have a particular interest in the     Diabetes Review.  

Suggested tweets

People need emotional support when they're diagnosed & on an ongoing basis #MyDiabetesMyCare @CareQualityComm …

We need to pay attention to people’s personal needs - Tim #MyDiabetesMyCare @CareQualityComm


For latest information from OPVSSN meeting of 14 September 2016 visit:

JSNA revised briefing on alcohol

Please find below a link to the revised briefing on alcohol, recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.

New Worcestershire Young Persons homeless and housing advice portal

Visit The Homeless Foundation's new portal  -  - 

For those of you with teenagers the understanding teenagers clip is ‘great’.    

For those people new to the work of the Homeless Foundation and would like to learn more contact Angie Rich for an invitation to the Launch Event at the Bishops Palace on 28th September.


Angie Rich
The Homeless Foundation


The controversial patient information-sharing scheme has today been scrapped. The closure of the scheme was announced in a statement by minister for life sciences George Freeman MP.

GP records online

Patients in England will be able to view test results as they come in and keep track of their glucose levels and cholesterol on their smartphones, enabling them to take greater control of their care and better manage their health.

End of life care

The government has made 6 commitments to the public to end variations in end of life care across the health system by 2020.The commitments are in response to an independent review of end of life care.

Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partner opportunity

There are a range of opportunities for the public, patients, carers and patient representative organisations to get involved in shaping the work of NHS England, who are currently seeking to recruit a Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partner to sit on the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG).

Health and social care and the Criminal Justice System

The Care Quality Commission is inviting voluntary sector organisations working in the Criminal Justice System to share their feedback on local health and care services.

CCGs embrace effective VCS models

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities are increasingly turning to Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) delivery models to drive CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)  transformation. That is the key finding of a report published today by Youth Access, the advice and counselling charity.

Person-centred care in Worcestershire

People with long-term conditions in 37 areas across England - of which Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is one - are in line to receive person-centred support to manage their own care, thanks to the roll-out of an evidence-based tool over the next five years.

The Patient Activation Measure (PAM) is a validated tool which captures the extent to which people feel engaged and confident in taking care of their health and wellbeing, helping professionals tailor support to better meet their needs.

Increased mental health services for those arrested

An extra £12 million will be spent over the next two years to expand services that make mental health assessments available to those arrested. The funding will see a roll out of liaison and diversion services in police custody suites and criminal courts across England.

Getting online improves health of vulnerable people

A report shows the Widening Digital Participation programme to train vulnerable people to use the internet has led to over half feeling more confident to manage their health, 21% making fewer calls or visits to their GP and 6% making fewer trips to A&E. 

This behaviour change is estimated to have saved the NHS £6 million in avoided GP and A&E visits in just 12 months.

Mental health services

'Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health' published at the end of July, outlines the changes people will see on the ground over the coming years in response to the Mental Health Taskforce's recommendations to improve care.

Personal Health Budgets (PHBs): Free learning and development days

The NHS is planning to increase the use of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs). Local infrastructure organisations need to be aware of what this could mean and the potential role they could play to make PHBs work for local people.

To put you in the best possible position to make sense of PHBs and what it could mean, NAVCA, National Voices and Volunteering Matters (the Voluntary Voices partnership) are setting up learning and support networks. They are for anyone in the voluntary sector involved in helping people and local voluntary organisations make PHBs work, in particular local infrastructure, charities delivering healthcare and user-led organisations. They will also have input from NHS England and local CCGs, so present an opportunity to share ideas with them.

To initiate the networks NAVCA has organised free learning and development days in venues across the country. More information about these events and how to book can be found here.

Find out more about the free PHB learning and development days.

If you have had no involvement so far with PHBs at all so far NAVCA has produced a short two page briefing to explain PHBs, the government's plan to extend them and why it matters to local infrastructure.

'Like' & 'follow' Worcestershire's Wellbeing hub

The Wellbeing Hub is now active on social media and would love you to connect with them by liking their Facebook page.


FIND THE wellbeing hub

…........  and follow them on Twitter @wellbeing_hub

New survey to help find Worcestershire carers

Worcestershire Association of Carers is gathering information to help identify and support  more adult unpaid carers throughout Worcestershire. The charity is seeking support from county VCS health and wellbeing organisations to help spread this survey amongst service users and stakeholders.



Are you a Carer?

A carer is someone who provides support to family or a friend who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.  Many carers find it difficult to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person they care for.  It is estimated that 61% of carers don’t recognise themselves as one in their first year of caring.

Worcestershire Association of Carers is a registered charity that was founded in 1997. We act as an independent source of information, advice and support for the 63,000 unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire. See more at:

We would like to reach more carers and raise awareness of the support available to them.  And we would appreciate no more than 5 minutes of your time to complete this brief survey by clicking on the following link:  

This survey relates to adult carers only, the adult might look after an adult or child/young person with a disability or additional need.

Your survey response is anonymous unless you provide us with your contact details.  If you do so your responses are confidential and any help you may currently get will not be affected.

The deadline for this survey is 30th September, thank you for helping us to find more carers by responding.

Proposed model for Adult Mental Health Secondary Care Services re-design

Earlier this year, the Health and Care Trust held a number of co-production workshops to look at how it might re-design Adult Mental Health Secondary Care Services.   Since then, much work has been undertaken with the key themes that people said were important to them, to develop them into a clear model that we are now in a position to consult on.

If you would like to learn more about the proposed model, and give your view, please go to the link below:

In addition to the consultation document, the Trust is also holding three consultation events through August and September.  The details of these events are below.  If you would like to attend one of these events to hear about the proposed model and give your view, please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing or by calling 01905 760222.

•        15th August 2016 – Redditch Town Hall – 2pm till 4pm
•        5th September 2016 – Perdiswell Young Persons Leisure Centre – 2pm till 4pm
•        19th September 2016 – Simply Limitless, Kidderminster – 2pm till 4pm

Findings published - Worcestershire CCGs 'Your say on the future of healthcare services'

Earlier this year Worcestershire  CCGs carried out a survey asking patients about some options the CCGs could consider in the future due to a growing demand for services and other cost pressures.

In total nearly 4,500 people took the time to share their views on some of these ideas.  Download the final report

Over the coming months clinicians will be considering these results as they continue to explore ways of making future savings. As part of this, some of these areas will be considered in more detail, and further engagement exercises with patients, carers and service providers will follow. 


Link to Worcestershire Adult Safeguarding Self-Neglect Guidance

Please find below a link to the Worcestershire Adult Safeguarding Self-Neglect Guidance which is located on the website.

Public Health's next campaign is 'Stroke'

'Stroke' will be rolled out to stakeholders in a couple of weeks, so please look out for it.  Worcestershire Ciunty Council will be holding some FREE Stroke Awareness Sessions which are being delivered by the Stroke Association.   

• 1st August 2016 - 10am -12 noon Bromsgrove - Bromsgrove District Council, Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove  B61 8DA

• 10th August 2016 10am – 12 noon Kidderminster – Wyre Forest District Council,  Wyre Forest House,  Finepoint Way, Kidderminster DY11 7WF

Please contact Samantha Roberts to book places and let her know:
1. Name of attendee
2. Which session you are attending
3. Telephone number
4. Email address

Tel: 01905 846502 Mobile: 07730284649


Health and wellbeing charities invited to apply for the 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards, a national award for charities improving people’s health, today opens its application process for 2017.

Charities across the UK are invited to apply for the awards, run by GSK in partnership with The King’s Fund, which offer prizes of up to £40,000 of unrestricted funding and are a prestigious mark of achievement in the sector.

The GSK IMPACT Awards will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2017. With their longstanding commitment to recognising and rewarding the important contribution that charities make in improving people’s health and supporting health and care services, more than 400 health care charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling in excess of £5.5 million since 1997.

Ten winners each year receive £30,000 in unrestricted funding and ten runner-up organisations receive £3,000 each. The overall winner is awarded an additional £10,000.


Temporary contact for Engagement at Redditch & Bromsgrove CCG

Henry Soulsby at Redditch & Bromsgrove CCG has temporarily been replaced by Hollie Hastings.

You can contact Hollie at

Link to JSNA profiles

Please find below links to Bromsgrove Profile, Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Profile, South Worcestershire CCG Profile, Wyre Forest CCG Profile - recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.


The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board; the remit of the JSNA is considered to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

More information can be found on:

or contact the Public Health & Intelligence Team on 01905 845637.

Market Engagement event to explore new model of Integrated Sensory Impairment Service

Worcestershire County Council is looking to commission an Integrated Sensory Impairment service through a "Hub" model. This is in order to coordinate support for adults with sensory impairment across the county of Worcestershire. The service will therefore provide one point of contact to facilitate and improve access to support.

Worcestershire County Council is holding  a Market Engagement event on 21st July when the draft service specification will be shared with potential providers.  It is seeking seeking input and feedback to help shape the service model moving forward.

Details of the Event:

Date: Thursday 21st July 2016
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Venue:   St Peters Baptist Church, Main Hall, Eden Close, St Peter's Dr, Worcester, WR5 3TZ

There is parking on site and refreshments will be made available.

Those needing presentations or supporting papers to be provided in an alternative format, or needing communication support on the day, please contact with Alison Atkinson beforehand by telephone or email:, 01905 846795.

There is a Hearing Loop facility at the venue.

To register attendance at this event please go to this link and follow the instructions.

You can also view details on WCC's E Portal:

New website for Sports Partnership Live

Visit, the new Sports Partnership site.

This site allows local providers to add local activities, events and clubs.

Simply follow these instructions:

  1.  register on the site
  2.  to add activities, events, clubs or venues, hover over the ‘Get Active’ tab and click on the ‘Activity Finder’. Above the picture is a button that says ‘add your activity, club or venue’ where  activities can be posted to the site

Contributing to this helps to build a comprehensive overview of countywide.physical activity and sports based activities that local residents can access.

For more information please contact Emma Gardner (Sports Partnership)

WAC launches new Worcestershire Integrated Carers Hub 1st July

The new Carers Hub is funded by Worcestershire County Council and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups and is launced on 1st July The Hub will build on existing services and develop support for carers across the county. Worcestershire Assocation of Carers (WAC) is looking forward to working with partners to reach out to more unpaid carers through the new Hub.

Partner update

The Hub provides  a single point of access to Information, Advice and Support for Worcestershire’s 63,000 unpaid adult carers. It builds on the services delivered by Worcestershire Association of Carers under the previous Information, Advice and Support and GP Carer Support contracts.

Referrals should be made using  the new referral form attached or by calling the helpline on 0300 012 4272 (open 9am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am -12noon Saturday).

Please ensure electronic referrals forms come via a  secure network. WAC is currently accepting referrals via NHS email, post, Fax or telephone.


The service offer is broadly the same but will continue to evolve to meet the needs of carers. Further updates will follow over the coming weeks and months as the new service develops and staff move into their new roles.

In the meantime for  further information about the Hub or if you would like someone to come and talk to your staff teams about the service please get in touch with Mel Smith (Worcestershire Integrated Carers Hub Manager).

Phone: 01905 751346
Mobile: 07899 728144


FREE Moodmaster courses now available in Worcestershire

The Moodmaster programme has been launched by Worcestershire Healthy Minds. It aims to provide a range of simple tools and techniques to help attendees manage life's emotional ups and downs more effectively, cope better with everyday stresses and worries and improve their overall quality of life.

Around 1 in 4 people each year will experience problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood.

Each week the 1 hour Moodmaster session will focus on a different wellbeing topic and provide simple coping skills that can be put into practice. Topics include sleep, worry, relaxation, dealing with stress, problem solving and friendships.

Julie Evans, Clinical Lead with Worcestershire Healthy Minds, said: “The sessions are based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and are for people aged 16+. The groups are small and led by a specially trained leader who will make sure that everyone has time to reflect and is able to uncover a happier and healthier approach to life.''

There are currently courses running across the county. See courses available near you here. For more details about courses or to book a place, call the Wellbeing Hub: 01905 766124, or email:


Minutes for Health and Well-being Board published

The minutes for Health and Well-Being Board, Tuesday, 14th June, 2016, 2.00 pm have just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Minutes details

The following items are included in the minutes:
No. Item
Special Public Meeting
374 Apologies and Substitutes
375 Declarations of Interest
376 Public Participation
377 Sustainability and Transformation Planning
378 Future Meeting Dates

Royal British Legion's Independent Living and Handy Van Service

The Royal British Legion’s Independent Living Service covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer beneficiaries a high quality, friendly and professional service to live safe and well at home. The Independent Living Service comprises of two services; the Independent Living Advice Service and the Legion Handy Van Service.

They offer support face to face, over the telephone and email to help beneficiaries work towards goals that are important to them.

Making Contact

Call thier friendly contact centre on:
0808 802 8080- Open 8am-8pm- 7 days a week
Or visit a pop in centres:

Worcester County Council hwb Campaign Planner

WCC - Health and Well-being Campaign Planner April 2016 - March 2017

The Health and Well-being Board priorities are:

  • obesity
  • alcohol
  • mental health
  • older people
  • management of long term conditions.

Beat the Heat

As summer approaches Public Health England is drawing attention to the Heatwave Plan for England.

No changes have been made to the plan this year which will remain in place until further notice.

Three new resources have been developed:

  1. ‘Beat the Heat’ poster: an infographic for the public with key advice for staying safe in hot weather
  2. ‘Beat the Heat’ supporting leaflet: detailed information for the public about how to stay safe in hot weather
  3. ‘Beat the Heat: keep cool at home – checklist’: a checklist to help people identify situations where overheating in the home may cause harm to health, the actions to take, and how to access further help and support. This resource is aimed at members of the public as well as frontline workers (for example, health and social care staff)

These documents are available alongside the Heatwave Plan for England and other supporting material at

Healthwatch Worcestershire succeeds in bid to continue its services

Worcestershire County Council is delighted to announce that Healthwatch Worcestershire has been successful in their bid to continue to offer the ‘Local Healthwatch’ service in Worcestershire.

Healthwatch Worcestershire is an Independent organisation which champions the views of patients, the public and consumers on health and social care issues in the County. The service aims to find out what the public thinks about health and social care services and support people to have their say on how health and social care services can be improved. Local Healthwatch directly supports people in the County by giving them information or signposting them to the services they need.

Dr Frances Howie said "Healthwatch Worcestershire have been successful in gathering insight on the public's perception of Worcestershire's health and social care services and representing these at decision making bodies across the County. It will help those bodies have a better understanding of the views of people who are using these services"

Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription is a service available through all public libraries in Worcestershire.

The scheme provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, stress and depression. General Practitioners, Counsellors, Community Health Workers and other Health Practitioners can prescribe these books or they can be borrowed direct from the Library.

Reading Well Books on Prescription is not designed to replace existing care but to provide added value and guidance. It can be used as a standalone treatment, alongside medication and psychological approaches and as an important element in a supported therapeutic programme.

It is supported by health partners including the Department of Health IAPT Programme, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society and Mind.

Non Library members can join, using the prescription as ID, and if the book is not available in that Library, it can be reserved, free of charge and a notification will be sent when the book is available for collection. The scheme is free to use and books can be loaned for up to 3 weeks.

Other Collections are available to borrow these include:
• CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Collection
• Pain Management
• Dementia collection

Booklists and further information about the scheme can be downloaded from the Libraries & Learning website

New Directorate of Public Health in place by 1st July

The latest news from the public health team is that they will be moving from the Directorate of Adult Services and Health to a new Directorate of Public Health.

This change gives an opportunity to reshape the current directorate, establish their own identity within the council and develop their aim of embedding the health and wellbeing agenda across Worcestershire County Council as well as the wider county. The new directorate arrangements will be in place by 1st July.

Across the broader agenda, the Health and Wellbeing Board has had a central role in the development of their Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP). The plan will show how local services across the agreed footprint of Worcestershire and Herefordshire will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years as part of a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are planned by place rather than solely around individual institutions.

The STP will outline how each area will pursue the ‘triple aim’ set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View – improved health and wellbeing, transformed quality of care delivery, and sustainable finances.

The STP for the local footprint will be submitted in June following approval by the Board, with a view to implementation commencing in autumn 2016.

Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) impact report 2016

Across England, there are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). They were established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale in order to improve health and generate
economic growth.

As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, they are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.

This means they are uniquely placed to identify and spread health innovation quickly and at serious levels, by driving the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations.

Impact report:

The AHSN Network website and an introductory video from The AHSN Network chair Dr Liz Mear can be viewed here.

Office Space Available – Worcester

Crossroads Caring for Carers (a registered charity) has a large office in Weir Lane, Lower Wick, Worcester WR2 4AY.

The space they have is more than twice what they need for their own purposes, so they can offer office space to other charities at a very attractive price.

If you need anything from a single “rent a desk” space up to accommodation for maybe 10 people, Crossroads may well be able to assist.

Four other “not for profit” organisations are already sharing the Crossroad building – could you become number five or maybe number six?

To obtain further details or to arrange an initial  viewing, please contact: Roger Garland, at Crossroads on 01905 729293

Health Chat dates

Take a look at for ongoing countywide Health Chat dates

Volunteering to employability

BARN has recently started a new "Volunteering to Employability" project where it aims to help job seekers find volunteering placements that will help them gain experience and skills for the future.

Both BARN and the Job Centre are making it very clear that there is absolutely no obligation to volunteer in order to continue receiving benefits.  

The scheme will make sure that people understand the positive impacts of volunteering and making the decision of their own free will.  BARN will then work with each person more closely to identify their volunteering interests and preferences in order to match them with a suitable opportunity.


Update 4 Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs)

This update clarifies how the plans being developed  relate back to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and the GP Forward View.  It updates on some of the early discussions with patient groups, and the plans for more in depth staff engagement over the coming few months.

Applications now invited to deliver Peer Supporter Services - deadline 1st July


Applications now invited to deliver Peer Supporter Services - deadline 1st July

Up to 6 providers are needed to work with the Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub to ensure that we have peer supporters available in each of the 6 districts with £8,000 available for each district. 

Closing date for applications 5pm Friday 1st July.

The aim of the Peer Supporter service is to help people who have recently moved from Secondary Care to the new primary care Healthy Minds Service to more easily access a wider range of community services including those available through the Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub.

If your organisation is based in Worcestershire and you have a track record of providing peer support or working with volunteers and you would like an application form contact:,  01684 31275; or you download the forms from the Community HWB pages of the Community First website.

For more information about the Wellbeing Hub, or to access the Wellbeing Hub Directory:  01905 766124

Local NHS Trust looking for Non-Executive Directors to join their board

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is inviting people with relevant experience to join its Board as an Associate Non-Executive Director.

The Associate Non-Execs sit on the Trust Board and are responsible for supporting and challenging the executive team to deliver against its objectives and key priorities.

The Trust, which is the county’s main provider of community nursing, therapy and mental health services, is recruiting three Associate Non-Execs who share its values and have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.

Applicants will need to have senior level experience in one of the follow areas:

• Recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation with the capacity to chair the Audit Committee, preferably, with a financial qualification
• Experience gained at a strategic level, in local government or the voluntary/community sector

Details of how to apply are online and applications must be received by Friday, 24th June 2016.

National Employee Mental Health Survey

The aim of this important survey is to help end the silence around mental health.

The research is managed independently by YouGov on behalf of Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. Business in the Community’s members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

All work is carried out in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and in compliance with UK data protection legislation.

Your responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Easy to complete ... the survey is easy to complete and will take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

The survey will close on Friday 29th July ... Your views make a difference.

Click to start the survey.

West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network event

The inaugural event of the West Midlands Mental Health Innovation Network was held in Bromsgrove on 11 May. The overall aim of the network is to better support the sharing and adoption of mental health at scale and pace across the region, with a view to demonstrating improvements in health and increased wealth.

The first network event focused on Individual Placement and Support (IPS). IPS is more effective than the other main approach to getting people into work of 'train then place', instead getting people into competitive employment first with training and support on the job. To view the slides from the event, click here. If you have any queries, contact Lily Singh, Innovation Facilitator, on 0121 301 4343.

Funding for safe places for people in mental health crisis

The government has opened bidding to fund health based places of safety to stop those in mental health crisis being held in police cells.

A £15 million fund will help to provide health and community based places of safety to prevent vulnerable people being held in police cells.

Diabetes Campaign 2016

Every year in June Diabetes UK help to raise awareness of diabetes. This year the theme is 'Setting the Record Straight' and it is tackling the many myths and misconceptions out there around diabetes. 

For details see


Transforming Rehabilitation: One Year On

Clinks in partnership TSRC have published Change & Challenge, their second report on the role of the voluntary sector in transforming rehabilitation.

More than one year into the programme, progress has been made, but there is still a huge amount of uncertainty.

Read the key findings and seven recommendations


Joint review of partnerships & investment in VCS/SE health and care

Joint review of partnerships and investment in voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the health and care sector

Final report produced in partnership by representatives of the VCSE sector and the Department of Health, NHS England, and Public Health England.

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 and care outcomes and how it can be best supported. The review was launched in November 2014 by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.

The report also makes clear that we all benefit if local statutory services and charities work together and highlights the important role of local voluntary sector infrastructure. This report provides good evidence that NAVCA members can use when talking to local health partners.

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 of 2015.

The NHS Five Year Forward View (FYFV) stresses the role voluntary organisations play in transforming services and says that "the NHS will become a better partner with voluntary organisations and local communities." This survey helps understand how far that vision is becoming reality.

Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said;
"The Five Year Forward View makes clear that relationships between the NHS and voluntary organisations need to improve if its vision is to be realised. This survey shows how good relationships, by giving people a greater say over their own healthcare, can improve local services."
"Our survey shows that the NHS still has plenty to do to fully realise the power of local charities to engage people in their own healthcare."

Health and Wellbeing at the Hive and more!

Explore The Hive

Find out What's On at The Hive. From live theatre events, lectures, courses, groups and family activities.

NHS England sets out local NHS funding growth to 2020

NHS England has published indicative figures for how much each part of England could see its NHS budget grow by 2020, and the funding available for transformation. This will help local NHS and care leaders develop their Sustainability and Transformation Plans, showing how the NHS Five Year Forward View will be implemented locally, using the growing funding envelope available to each area.

NHS England also announced that it would invest around £112 million (2016/17) in the vanguard projects which are leading the way and road testing new models of care in different parts of the county.


Get in contact with the Wellbeing Hub

The Wellbeing Hub, launched on May 16, and run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s Healthy Minds service in partnership with Community First provides information and signposting for people over the age of 16 who are struggling with things like anxiety, stress, low mood, worry or depression.

Anyone (above 16) can contact the hub during its opening hours and you don’t need to be referred from another healthcare professional. However the hub is not there to support people who are experiencing more serious mental health problems or who are in crisis.

Simona Stokes, Clinical Manager for the Trust’s Healthy Minds service said “We know there is a huge resource out there in Worcestershire with lots of support provided by local community groups and organisations which complement the statutory NHS services already available. The Hub will make accessing this community support so much easier, so instead of people spending time trying to source things themselves, by calling one simple number we can do that hard work for them.”

Call: 01905 766124

The Wellbeing Hub is a single number or email address which will be available Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm and will be manned by Wellbeing Assistants who will help people get in touch with the help and support relevant to them.

There are 6 MoodMaster courses being run as a rolling programme around the county.   To find out more or book your place call 01905 766124.

You can also access the Wellbeing Hub by email:

Find out all about the Wellbeing Hub online:

The Wellbeing Hub is part of the Worcestershire Healthy Minds service which was launched in 2015

Health Messages for Young People from Dudley College

Dudley Council’s Public Health department have been working alongside Dudley College’s creative media production students to raise awareness of alcohol issues among young people across the Borough. Over a four month period, students worked in 5 teams to produce videos focusing on alcohol and:

1.                   Mental health
2.                   Binge drinking
3.                   Sexual health
4.                   Physical health
5.                   Risk taking

The students researched these issues and the role played by alcohol misuse, carried out interviews and developed a range of promotional materials, including short films and posters. A showcase event took place on 11th May, at which, the students presented their hard work to 160 students, staff, parents and special guests. Who all voted for their favourite campaign. The winning campaign was produced by Eloise, Oliver, Joseph, and Jake, whose aim was to raise awareness around  alcohol and sexual health. Their campaign focused on how binge drinking and alcohol misuse can effect a young person’s decision to use contraception and the consequences of not doing so.

To view the amazing videos produced this year please follow this link:

“Reconnections are like a family to me”

At Worcestershire County Council’s Tackling Loneliness event in May at The Hive in Worcester Reconnection’s client Alf Clay spoke about his experience of the programme.

Alf said “I can’t believe the things I’m doing now. I have to tell people I can’t make Thursday afternoon, I’ve got plans!” He added “I volunteered for years until cancer struck me. Now I’m better, and I want to get volunteering again”.  He also said “Reconnections are like a family to me.”

The Reconnections service has been operating since August 2015, and is now helping over 280 people in Worcestershire to reduce loneliness and to reconnect into their communities. Available to those over 50, Reconnections first works with each individual to understand their specific needs and interests, before helping them work towards a goal – such as joining a local club or activity – in manageable stages.

For latest update:

Alf Clay and the panel at the Tackling Loneliness event 19th May at the Hive, Worcester

To find out more about the service, visit, email the team at or or call 01905 740954


Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest launched

Age UK Bromsgrove and District, Age UK Redditch and District and Age UK Wyre Forest have now merged to create the new charity Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditich and Wyre Forest which became operational on 1 May 2016.  The Chief Executive is Alison Schofield.

Correspondence should be sent to the new organisation's name at The Tulip Tree Centre, Castle Road, Kidderminster, DY11

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May, with the theme of relationships.

Fuel Poverty Brief from Worcestershire JSNA

Please link to a briefing on Fuel Poverty recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board; we consider the remit of the JSNA to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

Redesigning Secondary Care Mental Health Services UPDATE

During February and March 2016, a series of workshops were held to begin the re-design of Adult Secondary Care Mental Health services.  The re-design was necessary to meet a range of financial challenges that required savings of £1,880,412 from the adult mental health service budget.

After three workshops, five clear, recurrent themes emerged that focused on the future structure of services.  The five recurrent themes were as follows:

  1. Reduced in patient acute wards with facilities to be centralised or provided north and south
  2. In patient wards with a clear function to provide both intensive triage/assessment and treatment for the acutely mentally ill
  3. Alternative provision in the form of locally available crisis beds or safe houses and recovery/rehab focussed step down
  4. Increased and improved home treatment provision to care for more people in their own home
  5. Specialist community mental health teams with a clear function and remit to provide services to patients with serious mental illness

For complete details:


New Chief Executive at Myriad Centre

Sarah McCammon, Chief Executive, is to step down in June.

Myriad's General Manager, Simon Quigley, wil be repacing Sarah in this role


There Is Huge Untapped Potential in Communities. It's Time for Social Care and Health to Harnes

Ewan King, director of business development and delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), looks at the roles communities can play in health and social care and examples of the positive effects they have had.

There Is Huge Untapped Potential in Communities. It's Time for Social Care and Health to Harness It (blog)

Wellbeing Hub in Worcestershire

As part of the redesign of Primary Care Mental Health Services the Wellbeing Hub was launched across Worcestershire in May 2016.  It is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub is an information and signposting service for people over the age of 16 who are experiencing low mood, anxiety or stress, and feel that they would benefit from support from local community providers.

View details of the Wellbeing Hub, how it can be accessed and the web link to the directory of wellbeing services.

For further information contact: Amanda Wright -

SAVE THE DATE - Healthwatch Worcestershire Annual Conference


Friday 24th June 2016


The Pear Tree Inn & Country Hotel, Smite, Worcester WR3 8SY

10am – 1pm

An invitation and more information will follow nearer the time

Healthwatch Worcestershire, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT

01386 565950

CQC inspection of Birmingham Children's Hospital

The CQC is inspecting Birmingham's Children's Hosptal 17 - 20 May

Please see the attached poster and find out how you can have your say!

Whilst this hospital is in Birmingham residents of Worcestershire receive services for sick children via Birmingham Children’s Hospital – effectively it acts as an NHS  provider across our region because of its specialist nature.  



Worcestershire Care Services Directory 2015/16

The comprehensive guide to choosing and paying for care
• Home support • Specialist care
• Useful contacts • Care homes

Compiled by Worcestershire County Council and Care Choices Publications

Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board Stakeholder event

The Health and Well-being Board warmly invite you to our next stakeholder event on:

Thursday 9th June, 9.00-13:00pm
St Peters Baptist Church, Worcester
Eden Close, St Peter's Dr, Worcester WR5 3TZ

This event will have a focus on the:

Health and well-being Strategy 2016-2021: Developing Action Plans 


The new Health and Well-being Strategy for 2016 – 2021 outlines three priority areas of focus over the next five years these are;

• Good mental health and well-being throughout life
• Being active at every age
• Reducing harm from alcohol at all ages

At this event we will be developing action plans to support work in these areas throughout the county. Through your expertise and opinions we can start to shape these plans to enable joined up action to tackle these issues that will benefit from multi-agency working.

The event aims to:
• Give an overview of current policy and practice in the three priority areas
• Identify key aims and objectives for the Action Plans
• Provide partners with the opportunity to share experiences on how to tackle these priority areas
• Achieve ownership of the priority areas involving the widest range of partners and professionals

Please register your interest, please contact: Lyn Mills –

You will receive confirmation of your place and receive a delegate pack within one week of the event.


Reminder - Help to shape the future of heathcare services

“Please encourage staff, volunteers and service users to complete this survey to help inform our ideas about health services in Worcestershire – deadline 30th May.”

Help to shape the future of healthcare services

With an ever increasing demand for services the three Worcestershire CCGs need to consider local needs yet balance this with the money available to us.

'We do not have enough money to continue to buy all the services that we currently do in the same way as we have done before. In 2016/17 alone, if we continue to buy services in the same way as last year then we will need to spend £25 million more than our combined budgets.

We therefore need to find ways of reducing costs in some areas to be able to protect other essential services that we currently buy.

Have your say ...

This survey is designed to help us find out what you think about some of the changes that we could consider in order to close this £25 million gap in funding. At this stage these are just ideas. No decisions have been made and the proposals are in no order of preference. We are committed to hearing people’s views about each of these potential changes before deciding whether we consider any of them in the future.

We have asked Worcestershire County Council to help us carry out this exercise because we work very closely with them and they have experience of carrying out similar exercises to this. We will share the results of this questionnaire in public meetings and publish them on our websites; however the results will be statistical and will never contain anything that could identify individual respondents.

Please complete the survey online using the following link:

Alternatively visit our website to download a copy of the survey to print, or contact us directly to request a copy.

Please return the survey by 30th May 2016

Your responses are very important to us and we are grateful for your time, thank you'.

NHS England publishes Business Plan for 2016/17

In April NHS England published its Business Plan for 2016/17

It sets out the organisation's priorities for the year ahead grouped under the following themes: 

  • improving health
  • transforming care  
  • controlling costs.

Underpinning all of the priorities are patients. To achieve what is an ambitious and challenging plan, it’s important that patients remain at the centre of what NHS England does. The core objective remains the same – to ensure all voices are heard, especially those who have found it harder to make their opinions felt by engaging communities and patients in new ways.

Toolkit launched – Youth Social Action in Health and Social Care

“In celebration of the outstanding contribution members of the British public make to society, I am today launching a toolkit to help health and care providers bring alive the often untapped skills and potential of today’s young people. I believe the innovation and enthusiasm of young people, particularly through their social action and volunteering activities in the health and care sector, can help to contribute to the better design of public services and help to nurture a sense of shared social responsibility which is fundamental to building stronger and more capable communities“ – Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Community and Social Care

This toolkit takes an inclusive and broad approach to social action and volunteering – including both formal and informal opportunities for young people to engage within health and care settings and wider activity that is often described as social action.

Find out more and View report

Alzheimer's Society Countywide Service Directory

Find out about Dementia services and activities across Worcestershire.

Are you 14-25, interested in health & want to join the NHS Youth Forum 2016?

NHS England Youth Forum 2016 Application

In 2014, the British Youth Council worked with NHS England on a pilot project - to create a brand new NHS Youth Forum, to help shape health services and to hold NHS England to account.

The British Youth Council is excited to announce that we are now recruiting for the 3rd year of the NHS Youth Forum and we are looking for young people aged 14 – 25, from across England to be part of it!

If any of the bullet points below apply to you – we would like to hear from you!!

• Do you have an interest in health?
• Do you have experience of healthcare services?
• Are you a member of a local health forum or council?
• Are you a member of a local youth council or youth forum?
• Have you worked on a local/regional/national health project or campaign?
• Are you passionate about youth representation and the improvement of health services for all young people?

All expenses are covered – your train fares will be booked in advance and information sent to you and all accommodation and food will be provided for 3 residentials.

Closing Date for Applications: 9am on Thursday 19th May

Find out more in the download and link to the application form.

2 vacancies in new 'Understanding and Responding to Family Carers Support Needs in Worcs'

Worcestershire Association of Carers is looking to recruit 1 x Consultant, 1 x Sessional Worker

These are Awards For All funded roles within the charity's new 'Understanding and Responding to Family Carers Support Needs in Worcestershire' project.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an expression of interest by 16th May 2016

See: for full details

Update on Reconnections Worcestershire

With an estimated 35,000 lonely people in Worcestershire, plus strong links between loneliness and developing health issues such as depression, dementia, diabetes and stroke, the scale of loneliness in the county is huge.

Reconnections aims to help contribute to a happier, healthier older population in the county by reducing loneliness at its root, on a person-by-person basis. Available to those over 50, Reconnections first works with each individual to understand their specific needs and interests, before helping them work towards a goal – such as joining a local club or activity – in manageable stages.

Referring people who might benefit is easy – simply email, call or complete a short form online.

To find out more about the service, visit

email the team at

or call 01905 740954.

To those who have already referred, thank you so much and please continue with referrals.

Take a look at Reconnections most recent case study:

Charity seeks volunteers and open for referrals

The Support Across the Spectrum Project works with young people aged 15-25 with high functioning Autism to prevent social isolation and create opportunities to make positive change in their lives through our youth clubs and community volunteering opportunities.

Find out more and  how to refer to ths scheme.

Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice Service

The service provides comprehensive advice on Welfare Benefits and related issues for those in Worcestershire with a cancer diagnosis, their families and carers.

For further details see their latest report overview (dashboard)

Training to Support Active Communities For All

Training to improve skills, know-how and confidence in delivering sports-based activities to
disabled people.

Contact 'Contact the Elderly'

Contact the Elderly is a national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people, through regular face-to-face contact.

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

For more details:

Pamela Walker
Birmingham Development Officer
Telephone 0121 603 1331

Starting Well Campaign

All parents want the best for their babies and children. That means making sure they get the best possible start in life. A strong, loving relationship between a parent and a child supports the child’s healthy growth and development.  A child's early years from before birth to age six are very important for healthy development as this is a time when a child’s brain and body are developing at a rapid pace. Healthy babies and toddlers are more likely to stay healthy through their childhood, teen and adult years.


For full details:

Malvern Hills Community Award Scheme Survey

Malvern Hills District Council is keen to recognise and celebrate individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to their communities.

In their new five year plan one of their actions is to “launch a community recognition scheme to recognise and celebrate volunteers” and they need your help to shape this.

Please take a couple of minutes to click on the following link and complete the very short survey: 

The survey deadline is Friday 29 April.

Agreement of the Health and Wellbeing Board Priorities 2016-2021

Message from Dr. Frances Howie, Interim Director of Public Health, Worcestershire

One of the big news items from Public Health Worcestershire is the agreement of the Health and Wellbeing Board priorities for its new five year strategy (2016-21).

After a long process of consultation and stakeholder engagement it was
Confirmed by the Health & Wellbeing Board that the vision will remain the same 'Worcestershire residents are healthier, live longer and have a better quality of life, especially those communities and groups with the poorest health outcomes'.

The priorities for the Health & Wellbeing Board for 2016 - 21 will be:

• Good mental health and well-being throughout life – areas of focus, under 5s and their parents, young people, older people, populations with poorer health outcomes
• Being active at every age – areas of focus, under 5s and their parents, older people, populations with poorer health outcomes
• Reducing harm from alcohol at all ages – areas of focus, middle aged, older people, populations with poorer health outcomes

(Excerpt taken from Public Health Newsletter - March edition)

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

The NHS planning guidance which was received at the end of last year asked NHS organisations, in addition to producing their own operational plans for the coming year, to work together across a larger footprint to make joint plans for their local health and care services – a ‘sustainability and transformation plan’.

So health service leaders across the country are being asked to develop five-year place-based plans covering all areas of NHS-commissioned care in their area (including by working closely with colleagues in local government). The idea is that some of the challenges being faced are just too vast to be tackled by single economies in isolation, and instead could be better and more effectively solved in partnership with neighbouring economies on a larger scale.

While the guidance for sustainable transformation plans focuses mainly on NHS services, developing a credible plan will require the NHS to work closely with social care, public health and other local government services, as well as third sector organisations and members of the local community. - for details on:

  • What does this mean at local level?
  • Who is involved with this work?
  • The work-stream CEO sponsor and lead
  • What are the next steps?

                         - pre Easter - 'what are our challenges

                        -  post Easter - 'developing our STP'




Changes across adult mental health in Worcestershire

In April the Health and Care Trust will launch a new enhanced service to support people experiencing mental health problems to get help early.

It will be run by our Worcestershire Healthy Minds team (formerly the Primary Care Mental Health Team) and will include help to improve mental wellbeing through groups and courses run in the local community and through support from mental health professionals, which together will help people cope with things like anxiety, stress and worry.

Commissioners have requested that funding be re-allocated from some secondary care mental health services into supporting the development of the new Worcestershire Healthy Minds service. Over the last few weeks we’ve been running workshops with interested stakeholders, including service users, to re-design some of our secondary care services ahead of formal consultation set to start shortly.

For more information on this click here.

2 PhD Studentship opportunities - Mental Health, University of Worcester

2 PhD Studentship opportunities in the area of adult mental health with a focus on student suicide prevention.

Closing date: Tuesday 7th June

Interview date: Friday 1st July

The University of Worcester is seeking to grow its research capacity in relation to adult mental health; in particular it wishes to strengthen its research in areas including student suicide prevention, student wellbeing and mental health promotion, postvention support for family, peers and university staff.



Headway Worcestershire is looking for Trustees/Board Members

This is a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of people living with a neurological condition in Worcestershire as well as the chance to develop your own skills.

Headway is looking for Trustees with either good commercial or business experience with specific experience in at least one of the following areas.

• General management
• Project management
• Volunteer management
• Strategic development and planning
• Marketing
• Fundraising

Meetings take place in Worcester most months and much of the volunteering will take place from home-reading material provided by the management team and doing your own research.There are also occasional visits to services and events.

Please Contact Mel Akers CEO 09105 729729 or for further information.

Mental Health Commission’s listening events coming soon

The West Midland Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Mental Health Commission is holding a series of listening events across the region. 

The Commission, chaired by Norman Lamb MP, is collecting evidence from people who have mental health experiences, as well as the knowledge of professional mental health practitioners and organisations.  The Commission hopes that people will register their interest in attending one of the three listening events to share their stories and experiences, as it works to understand the impact of poor mental health and wellbeing and the future role of public services.

The listening events are taking place at:

  • Coventry Central Hall on 26 April
  • Dudley Town Hall on 29 April
  • Birmingham BVSC on 03 May

All from 1.30 to 5pm. 

People can register their interest by going to the WMCA website -

The Commission is also interested in hearing the opinions of people who have a broader interest in mental health.  They are encouraging people to make an online submission for the Commission to consider.  Full details are on the WMCA website.

Councillor Darren Cooper, Vice Chairman of the WMCA Shadow Board and lead for the Commission, who is also a registered mental health nurse health,  has explained:
“The Mental Health Commission is making every effort to listen to people who have experienced poor mental health, either directly or indirectly.

“We have successfully recruited 20 people to take part in our Citizens’ Jury and now we are going out on the road across the region to hear from more people and organisations.

“I would encourage people to visit our website to either register their interest in the listening events or to share their experiences through our online submission form.

“Together we can work towards making a real difference for future generations in our region.”

Help to shape the future of healthcare services

With an ever increasing demand for services the three Worcestershire CCGs need to consider local needs yet balance this with the money available to us.

'We do not have enough money to continue to buy all the services that we currently do in the same way as we have done before. In 2016/17 alone, if we continue to buy services in the same way as last year then we will need to spend £25 million more than our combined budgets.

We therefore need to find ways of reducing costs in some areas to be able to protect other essential services that we currently buy.

Have your say ...

This survey is designed to help us find out what you think about some of the changes that we could consider in order to close this £25 million gap in funding. At this stage these are just ideas. No decisions have been made and the proposals are in no order of preference. We are committed to hearing people’s views about each of these potential changes before deciding whether we consider any of them in the future.

We have asked Worcestershire County Council to help us carry out this exercise because we work very closely with them and they have experience of carrying out similar exercises to this. We will share the results of this questionnaire in public meetings and publish them on our websites; however the results will be statistical and will never contain anything that could identify individual respondents.

Please complete the survey online using the following link:

Alternatively visit our website to download a copy of the survey to print, or contact us directly to request a copy.

Please return the survey by 30th May 2016

Your responses are very important to us and we are grateful for your time, thank you'.

Housing LIN report: Growing Older Together

An Overview of Collaborative Forms of Housing for Older People

JSNA Briefing on Older People

Please find below a link to a JSNA Briefing on Older People recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board;  the remit of the JSNA is considered to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

More information can be found on their website:


L G B & T Support Services Redditch - Contact details

This Leaflet was produced with the help and support from the following:
L.G.B & T Support Services Redditch
Redditch Borough Council,
Worcestershire County Councillors

LGB & T Support Services Redditch
The former County Court Building
Church Road, Redditch
07956 315105


Review to 'improve access for people with disabilities to taxis'

Have your say ...

A group of Redditch Councillors from the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee are currently reviewing the action that could be taken to improve access for people with disabilities to taxis in Redditch. During the review they are keen to hear from Redditch residents about their experiences in using local taxis. 

The Councillors are particularly eager to consult with local residents who are elderly or with disabilities and their carers, about their experiences of travelling by taxi in the borough. Their goal is to find out whether disabled residents’ needs are being met by the current level of service in the Borough.

Comments should be sent to the borough council’s Democratic Services team by phoning 01527 64252 Ext: 3268 or emailing 

As it’s a short review the group will need feedback by Wednesday 23rd March.

New NHS England Mental Health Strategy (Feb 2016)


For far too long, people of all ages with mental health problems have been stigmatised and marginalised, all too often experiencing an NHS that treats their minds and bodies separately. Mental health services have been underfunded for decades, and too many people have received no help at all, leading to hundreds of thousands of lives put on hold or ruined, and thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths.

But in recent years, the picture has started to change. Public attitudes towards mental health are improving, and there is a growing commitment among communities, workplaces, schools and within government to change the way we think about it. There is now a cross-party, cross-society consensus on what needs to change and a real desire to shift towards prevention and transform NHS care.

This independent report of the Mental Health Taskforce sets out the start of a ten year journey for that transformation, commissioned by Simon Stevens on behalf of the NHS. We have placed the experience of people with mental health problems at the heart of it. Over 20,000 people told us of the changes they wanted to see so that they could fulfil their life ambitions and take their places as equal citizens in our society. They told us that their priorities were prevention, access, integration, quality and a positive experience of care. Their voices are quoted in this report and their views are reflected in our recommendations.

First, we have made a set of recommendations for the six NHS arm’s length bodies to achieve the ambition of parity of esteem between mental and physical health for children, young people, adults and older people.

Second, we set out recommendations where wider action is needed. Many people told us that, as well as access to good quality mental health care wherever they are seen in the NHS, their main ambition was to have a decent place to live, a job or good quality relationships in their local communities. Making this happen will require a cross-government approach.

Finally, we have placed a particular focus on tackling inequalities. Mental health problems disproportionately affect people living in poverty, those who are unemployed and who already face discrimination. For too many, especially black, Asian and minority ethnic people, their first experience of mental health care comes when they are detained under the Mental Health Act, often with police involvement, followed by a long stay in hospital. To truly address this, we have to tackle inequalities at local and national level.

We want to thank all the Taskforce members, and the tens of thousands of people who contributed to and helped to co-produce this report.

View: The 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health


New Housing LIN Case Study report: Technology enabled housing with care

This case study report is a culmination of the Housing LIN's South West Leadership Set's shared learning across the region, and sets out a series of scenarios to demonstrate the improved outcomes from incorporating technology into the housing solution for different individual circumstances.

In particular, it describes how technology is changing peoples' lives, reducing dependency and facilitating housing with care solutions for older people across a range of settings. They include: dementia, social isolation and loneliness, falling, end of life, health, community hubs, ageing, fuel poverty and reablement.

Read about Technology enabled housing with care: Scenarios -

Think Local Act Personal focuses on Personal budgets

With personal budgets in the spotlight following the publication of the National Audit Office report on personalised commissioning in adult social care. NCAG co-chair Sally Percival and Alex Fox CEO at Share Lives Plus, look at the value of personal budgets and the positive impact they are having on peoples' lives.

For full details:

Get your details on the Wellbeing Hub Directory

Update from Amanda Wright:

At the last VCS EPCMHS Workshop on 24th February, we agreed to circulate questions to ask those of you who would like to be included on the Wellbeing Hub directory for information about your services.

Please see attached the brief questionnaire relating to this.   You only need to fill in as much as is relevant for  your organisation.

We do not need any supporting documentation.

Please keep your descriptions very brief as we need to make sure that the directory is easy to navigate.

We will use this information to build on an existing document which will be presented as a preliminary directory over the coming weeks.

We will shortly be publishing this preliminary directory on the Healthy Minds Website.  When it is live, if you see that your organisation is listed and you do not wish it to be, or any information is already out of date, please do let us know and we will amend it as soon as possible.

The directory will link with YLYC via the Healthy Minds Website.

If you would like to be kept up to date with information about the Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service, but do not want to have your details published on the Wellbeing Hub Directory, please do let me know.

Please remember that we are also interested to hear of any useful outcome measures that you use and wish to share.

We are also currently considering how we might best share any training opportunities.

With Kind Regards

Military veterans and mental health – dispelling myths whilst strengthening support

 Local GP blog  - NHS England (NHSE) is also seeking the views of patients, carers and provider organisations on the current provision of mental health services for veterans; the questionnaire can be accessed here.

Deadline 31 March 2016

Hop on the computer bus - 6 April

Would you like to know how to access health related information online?

Have you heard of  the 'Your Life Your Choice' website and want to know how to use it?

If so, catch the computer bus; it's calling at St. George's Church,   Radford Avenue,  Kidderminster on

Wednesday 6th April 2016   10.30am  -  2.30pm

See poster for full details.

EPCMHS - deadline extended to 14 March for Moodmaster applicants


Additional funding has been found to cover the cost of training for applicants successful in applying to deliver Moodmaster for the Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service.

Training for 1 person is included in the £1,000 licence fee for organisations. This means that if you are an organisation wishing to apply to deliver Moodmaster and you do not currently hold a licence, you will not have to cover this cost as part of the £5,000 per district which is available. 

Moodmaster  training in Worcester is aimed to start on the earliest convenient date, (hopefully early April).

In order to allow for any additional applicants to come forward, or alterations to applications already made, the deadline for applications has been extended to  2pm on Monday 14th March.

Change of dates for Reconnections - ALERT

‘Reconnections’ – FREE educational sessions

To raise awareness of loneliness in 50yrs+ age group and to help people working with older people to understand the impact of loneliness on health and wellbeing.

Book via email, or contact the training team on 01905 740950 with your name, organisation, contact details and preferred date to attend. Sessions for 10+ people can be organised outhouse.

REVISED Training sessions:

2nd March Kidderminster cancelled

15th March Worcester AGE UK 10 - 1pm

18th March Redditch Library - 10 - 1pm

23rd March Kidderminster Simply Limitless - 6.30 - 8.30pm

Find out more about Reconnections:

Interim appointment of CEO for Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch & Wyre Forest announced

The merger of Age UK Bromsgrove and District, Age UK Redditch and District and
Age UK Wyre Forest is on target for the new organisation Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.  The merger is planned to go live on 1st April

The Interim Board of the new charity has appointed an Interim Chief Executive Officer who once the new organisation is a legal entity, will become the Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.

Alison Schofield who is currently the CEO for Age UK Bromsgrove and District and Age UK Redditch and District will be the Interim CEO and new CEO for Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.

Mapping Health and Social Care Workforce Survey

PLEASE DISREGARD previous questionnaire survey request, unfortunately the link does not work.

RAWM is working with Health Education England West Midlands to map the workforce of voluntary sector organisations, community groups and, not for profit organisations involved in delivering health and social care services.

Voluntary organisations, community groups and, not for profit organisations are increasingly invited to join health and social care partnerships, deliver community based services and / or tender for new / existing services without being afforded the opportunity to look at workforce development issues. Through this mapping RAWM together with Health Education England West Midlands voice and opportunity is being given to organisations to explore matters of workforce.

Therefore your participation in this survey is important and we welcome your completed response by Friday 11th March 2016.

If you are not the right person to complete this survey please pass on to the appropriate person and do feel free to distribute across your network.

Worcestershire Voices recruit VCS representatives for our Health and Social Leaders Forum

The Forum is to provide senior leaders of Worcestershire's principle health and care organisations with a forum to: foster relationships; build mutual understanding; discuss strategic issues and emerging opportunities and develop common strategies in-line with the Five Year Health and Care Strategy for Worcestershire.

Jim Smith, Chair of Worcestershire Voices Engagement and Representation sub-group said, “recruitment for the Forum has been an excellent opportunity to meet with current and future champions of the sector’, and the range of applicants has been impressive. We have established lead and deputy roles, to allow those with more experience to mentor those who are new to the representative role.”

Those going forward to support the VCS at the Forum are:
Mark Jackson, St Richards Hospice – Lead
Jim Hidderley, Wild Goose Rural Training – Deputy
Philip Talbot, Age U.K Herefordshire and Worcestershire – Lead
Vanessa Cole, Malvern Hills Early Help – Deputy

Engagement & Learning Forum slides from 25.2.16

Engagement & Learning Forum - 25.2.16, slides available:

Vacancies announced for the new Wellbeing Hub

Please see attached documents and information for the Wellbeing Hub staff vacancies. 

This role is part of the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s ‘Healthy Minds’ Enhanced   Primary Care Mental Health Service and sits within the Wellbeing Hub.  The Wellbeing Hub provides a connection between statutory and voluntary sector services, operating as a service to ensure that people experiencing low level mental health and wellbeing problems are able to access appropriate support in a timely manner. The Wellbeing Hub will sit alongside Worcestershire NHS Single Point of Access (SPA) which is open beyond normal office hours.

Please note that all application forms should only be forwarded to Alison Cartwright

There is more than one post available, one of which is part time.

We are also willing to consider secondment opportunities.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 6th March.

Funded opportunities for c.6 providers to deliver Moodmaster in Worcestershire

Enhanced Primary Care Moodmaster Delivery Specification

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is the local provider of mental health services across the county. Following a review by mental health commissioners, a new service specification for primary care mental health has been developed and a new model of delivery will be launched in April 2016.

The new model will also incorporate community wellbeing provision which is to include a countywide provision of MoodMaster courses.

To support this new model, a fund of £30,000 has been made available and we are seeking up to 6 providers to cover each of the 6 districts which make up the county.

See downloads: EPC Moodmaster Delivery Spec and Moodmaster Expression of Interest form

Closing Date for Expressions of Interest 5pm 9th March 2016

Patient Briefing

Feedback Survey: Integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, as lead commissioners of NHS 111 in the West Midlands, is running a formal process to develop a service that brings NHS 111 and GP out of hours services closer together. The aim is to give patients a ‘new front door’ to urgent health services around the clock. As part of this process the CCG is asking patients for valuable insight into their experience of using NHS 111 and GP out of hours (OOH) services in the West Midlands. This feedback will form part of the development of the region’s integrated NHS 111 and GP OOH service. Please see attached patient briefing to read more about the process.

Please complete this survey to give feedback about your experience using the current NHS 111 and OOH services and also share your views about how the new service should be developed in the future.

If you would like to get involved in future opportunities to develop the service you can join the NHS 111 Virtual Patient Network here. As part of this network you will receive regular briefings and updates about the NHS 111 service in the West Midlands.

The survey deadine is Monday 29th February at midnight.


Hop on the computer bus - 17 March!

Would you like to know how to access health related information online?

Have you heard of  the 'Your Life Your Choice' website and want to know how to use it?

If so, catch the computer bus; it's stopping at Great Whitely Village Hall on 17th March between 9.45am and 11.45pm and stopping at Alfrick Village Hall between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

See poster for full details.





Call for speakers for Communinity Action's forthcoming programme

Community Action's February newsletter: calls for speakers for their forthcoming programme.

It's a great opportunity to raise your organisation's profile.  Each presentation normally lasts about
15 minutes with a 5 minute Q&A session at the end. There are usually 2 speakers per Forum.

If you are interested in speaking at one of our 2016 meetings please contact
Corinne Phillips at

New Model of Care Strategy (SWCCG)

The publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View tasked CCGs to look at changes in how they commission services to help tackle the challenges they face.

Since June 2015 SWCCG has been exploring how it can implement a new model of care in line with the various options identified by NHS England. Based on national research alongside their local work on the specific strengths and challenges of the South Worcestershire health and care economy they have identified that the Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) approach is likely to be the most suitable option. This is set out in their New Model of Care Strategy.

An MCP model brings together the various aspects of ‘out of hospital’ care together into a more coordinated and structured way. For example, it will require the combining of some contracts and will require formal alliances of providers (including primary, community and acute care) to be formed to support more joined up care in future.

Although SWCCG are only at an early stage of developing this model and there are still a lot of details to resolve, they are currently asking people who provide care and the patients who receive care what they think of their suggested approach.

Please let SWCCG know your thoughts by completing a short questionnaire, emailing them or writing using the freepost address:

Freepost Plus RTCU-KZKZ-EJZZ,
NHS South Worcestershire CCG,
The Coach House,
John Comyn Drive, Worcester,

Please submit your responses before Monday 9th May 2016.

When responding please let SWCCG know whether you are a professional, patient or carer.

0-19 Prevention Service update and new name

Please find below update on the progress and date changes for the tender of 0-19 Prevention Services.

Worcestershire County Council are pleased to have received a strong response to their recent consultations around the 0-19 Prevention Service and future use of Children's Centre buildings. They are keen to share the results of this with you as part of the tender process and want to give you some analysed data to help with your planning.

Due to the volume of responses received from these consultations, they are adjusting their timescales slightly and will be publishing the tender by the end of February as opposed to today. This will allow those who are considering putting in a bid, either alone or with partners, to have as much information as possible.

The tender will be published on the portal no later than 29th February and will be live for 8 weeks. However, if they can analyse and collect the relevant information before then this will be published earlier with subsequent notification. These date changes will not affect the contract going live on 1st October 2016.

Please also note that the 0-19 Prevention Service will be named 'Starting Well'. This is similar terminology used across the NHS and Public Health England and reflects our aim to give children and young people a good and healthy start in life.

Secondary Care MH redesign - invitation to workshops

In April the Trust will launch a new enhanced service to support people experiencing mental health problems to get help early.

It will be run by our Worcestershire Healthy Minds team (formerly the Primary Care Mental Health Team) and will include help to improve mental wellbeing through groups and courses run in the local community and through support from mental health professionals, which together will help people cope with things like anxiety, stress and worry.

This service is being delivered in partnership with Community First and will try to ensure people have access to groups and courses being run across the county by both the NHS and other voluntary sector organisations.

Worcestershire Healthy Minds will help people get the help they need early to try to prevent these types of issues becoming more serious. The expectation is that this will reduce the demand on our community mental health teams and inpatient mental health wards which are part of a group of services known as secondary care.

We have been working with mental health commissioners on this work. Commissioners fund healthcare services and have requested that funding be re-allocated from some secondary care services into supporting the development of the new Worcestershire Healthy Minds service. Given the financial pressures in the NHS there is also a requirement that some secondary care services are re-designed to realise additional savings, whilst still offering high quality safe care to those who need it, when they need it.

Therefore while we are committed to maintaining support for those experiencing serious mental health problems, including during a crisis period, the current set up of our community mental health teams, and the three mental health wards which we run, will need to change. We want to co-design the new service with patients, members of the public, staff and other interested stakeholders and want to invite you all to come together to help us do this.

Have your say ...

We want to hear your views about how our services might be designed to better fit in with the changes described above. We want to ensure that future services support those individuals when they need them most whilst acknowledging that the overall budget for secondary care mental health is being reduced. We have workshops for anyone interested in contributing and the details of who to contact and the times and venues are below:

• 23rd February from 1.30pm @ Kidderminster Town Hall,  Vicar St, Kidderminster DY10 1DB
• 25th February from 1.30pm @ Redditch Town Hall,  Walter Stranz Redditch, B98 8AH
• 29th February from 1.30pm @ St Peter’s Baptist Church,  Eden Close, Worcester, WR5 3TZ

The feedback from these events will then be discussed at a final session where a new design for the service will be developed and proposed. Those who attended any of the above will be invited to this session:

• 8th March from 1.30pm @ Warndon Hall Room 1,  Shap Drive, Worcester, WR4 9NX

You must confirm attendance in advance and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a place please email or call 01905 760222

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate then a questionnaire will be available online at from February 23rd. 

Alternatively you can telephone us to give your view on the following numbers (01905 733827 / 01905 760222 or 01905 760020 – available during normal office hours). We will be happy to talk through the detail behind the re-design and will take your comments and ensure they form part of the work.

EPCMHS Briefing and Workshop 24th February

Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service (EPCMHS) VCS Engagement Workshop Event details:

Date….  Wednesday 24th February
Time…. 9.15am for a 9.30 start to finish by 12noon
Venue….St Peter’s Baptist Church, Eden Close, WorcesterWR5 3TZ

Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service (EPCMHS) Development Update

Thank you to those of you who have shown an interest in the developments around the Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service, now known as Worcestershire Healthy Minds.

Following the recent workshops we wanted to write to you all to provide some further clarity on the plans from April 2016, the interaction between statutory services and the voluntary sector, and the way we would like to work with organisations like yours to provide a better all-round service for people who are struggling to maintain their mental well-being.

Back in September 2015 we re-launched the Primary Care Mental Health Service as Worcestershire Healthy Minds. We went live with a new website which includes opportunities for people to self-refer onto some of our groups and courses which support those experiencing more common mental health problems, such as anxiety, stress, worry and low mood.

Phase 2 of this will be operational from April and will include the countywide single point of access (SPA) and a virtual well-being hub which will signpost people to suitable groups and courses. An online resource directory, housing information and details of the opportunities provided by voluntary organisations will also be established. In addition funding has been allocated for specific Moodmaster and peer support services.

We will be looking to build capacity for Moodmaster by offering it in each of the 6 districts across the county.  The courses will be rolling programmes open to anyone eligible (aged 16+).  There is a total budget of £30,000 to provide Moodmaster.

The peer support service will focus on supporting those people who are moving from secondary to primary care mental health services.  This service will again have countywide coverage and will be delivered by voluntary sector providers in each locality. There is a total budget of £50,000 for Peer Support.

There is currently no additional funding available for any services beyond these at this stage. It is worth reiterating that there is no new monies to fund these developments and the new model is paid for by reinvestment of £500,000 of secondary care mental health funding into primary care.

So how will it work in practice?

Referrers, so GPs or other healthcare professionals, will contact the SPA if they have someone in front of them who is experiencing mental health difficulties and needs further help. The SPA will be staffed with mental health professionals who will carry out an initial assessment and will refer into the appropriate health service, this might be Worcestershire Healthy Minds, or one of the secondary care services.

The Wellbeing Hub will provide a ‘virtual’ centralised non-clinical access point for information, available by telephone, email, and via the new website.   It will provide signposting to other mental wellbeing services which are provided by voluntary sector organisations.

To fit the aim of county wide provision, the Wellbeing Hub will be delivered in partnership with Community First as the accountable body for the VCS who will support and facilitate the provision of community wellbeing programmes. It is expected that once the Wellbeing Hub is fully implemented and clearly embedded in the new model the opportunity to run this will be opened up to the VCS through a proportionate market testing process.

The role of the voluntary sector

There are many services within the community providing essential support to people experiencing mental health difficulties.  In order for the wellbeing hub to work effectively we need to build up a directory of community mental well-being resources so that people in need of services can access what they need through accurate signposting. This online directory will be hosted on the Worcestershire Healthy Minds website and so will be accessible online either by staff in the well-being hub, or by people accessing the site themselves.

In order to promote community services via the directory we will soon be requesting up to date information on your organisation, a brief description of the courses and support provided, the days and times they are available and contact details. This can then be added to the directory.  We are currently liaising with Your Life Your Choice to avoid unnecessary duplication.

We are still finalising the criteria for groups/organisations to meet to be on the directory and some initial discussions have taken place at the recent workshops. There will be a further opportunity to help us define that criteria and we’ll be communicating with you when these details are finalised.

We hope this provides further clarification, and that you will be joining us at the final event in February to take this work forward

Amanda Wright



Places still available for Care Navigation Workshops

Please see invitation for full details.


Volunteers are ideally invited to attend both dates but if you can attend the secondy only please contact David Pendle to discuss:

07917 654515

Walk Leader Training

For further information or details of courses,please contact ;

Lynn Yendell - Health Walks Officer  ( Monday - Wednesday )

01905 766155  or email ;

Richard Harling to depart

Some of you may be aware that Richard Harling, Director of Adult Services and Health at Worcestershire County Council, has been appointed to a new post in Staffordshire (please see his statement below). I am sure you will want to join with us in thanking him for his contribution as Director over the last three years and to wish him every success in his new role. Richard will be leaving the Council at the end of February/early March.’

Dear all

I will be soon be moving on to a new job, the post of Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council.

I am really excited by the opportunity of working in a bigger and more complex county, and I am very much looking forward to a new challenge.

At the same time I will be sad to leave Worcestershire. I have very much enjoyed working with VCS colleagues during the last three years, and with some of you for much longer. I have never failed to be impressed by your commitment and enthusiasm  and I think Worcestershire can be proud of its vibrant voluntary and community sector. 

I am sure that we will keep in touch and I look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments.

Very best wishes

Richard Harling

‘Your Life Your Choice’(YLYC) – Seeking VCS experiences

The Association of Care Training (ACT) is collating views from the sector about the County Council website. It would be very helpful if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey monkey (link below), so that you have the opportunity to comment on your experiences of putting your organisation’s details on YLYC. The results of the survey will be fed into the County Council’s review as they seek to make the website more effective.

Pioneer Annual Report (Well Connected Programme)

Click on the link on page 12 to watch the Worcestershire video! 

The report was launched at the national assembly, it received continued endorsement from the Minister and NHS,E agreeing that pioneers are integral part of the new care models programme.

New Well Connected Engagement & Learning Forum

"A new Well Connected Engagement & Learning Forum (ELF) is being established to share ideas and learning from across health, social care and voluntary and community sector organisations. The emphasis of the ELF will be to share and celebrate local initiatives and  to promote  more joined-up working.

Date for your diary

The first ELF is scheduled for 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Thursday 25th February, at Warndon Community Centre, Shap Drive, Worcester. WR4 9NX.

The ELF will be facilitated by colleagues from across Worcestershire . In order to successfully work together to deliver the best possible care to the people of Worcestershire, we hope that senior representatives from lots of groups and  organisations will want the opportunity to come together and discuss the challenges we all face, and develop ideas for innovation and new ways of working.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so to confirm your attendance, please email James Wheeliker (Well Connected Project Manager) at

A detailed agenda will be circulated prior to the event."

Implementing the NHS 5 Year Forward View in S. Worcestershire OPVSSN

Implementing the NHS Five Year Forward View in South Worcestershire


Co-production Report June 2015

Full details about the June 2015 report together with details of forthcoming Care Navigation Workshops; 11 and 22 February.

Maxine Sharman new Chief Executive at Relate Worcestershire

Maxine, who took up the role in October 2015, worked at Midcounties Co-operative for 16 years where in her most recent position as Head of Community Engagement, she was responsible for developing initiatives and working in partnership with a range of charitable and voluntary sector organisations across the Midcounties region.

To get in touch with Maxine, email: or call 01905 23597.

Find out more about Relate Worcestershire:

Worcestershire Works Well

Please see the latest campaign on Mental Health, just follow the attached link and click on the Mental Health banner.

For full details:

Health Chats

Health Chats is an interactive 3 hour FREE public health training session essential for any member of staff or volunteer who works with members of the public. Every contact is an opportunity to empower people to improve their health or well-being. Health Chats training covers health issues such as alcohol consumption, smoking, physical activity, diet, mental well-being and ageing well.

Find out more about Health Chats:

 "The programme is quite motivating and interesting so any refreshers might be a good thing - I've lost well over a stone since the training day and largely inspired by the content of the course"

"Motivational questioning role play examples good and bad were great examples of showing how to do it and how not to do it. Useful to see it demonstrated"

"It was an enjoyable learning experience. It has built my confidence up a bit more in having a conversation about health issues. The training I was given was clearly and directly given"

"The training was thorough and interesting.  I feel much more prepared and confident to discuss the issues that arise.  Thank you!"

Vacancies for two membership places of the Worcestershire Health and Social Care Leaders Forum

Representatives of third sector, voluntary and community organisations and networks across Worcestershire are invited to submit applications for two membership places of the Worcestershire Health and Social Care Leaders Forum.

The Forums purpose is to provide senior leaders of Worcestershire's principle health and care organisations with a forum to: foster relationships; build mutual understanding; discuss strategic issues and emerging opportunities and develop common strategies in line with the Five Year Health and Care Strategy for Worcestershire and other local and national strategies as appropriate. The Forums terms of reference is available at (please also see supporting information attached):

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th January 2016 at 5pm.

Potential applicants are asked to apply with a statement (of no more than 2 sides of A4) detailing how you would support the purposes of the Forum, the skills and experience you would bring to the role, and your interest in either the lead or deputy role.

Please send applications to

Interviews will be held on Monday 8th February, with the first attendance of the group in March 2016

Please note that this position is unremunerated.

Budget Consultation Briefing with VCS - 21 January

The budget consultation briefing with Voluntary & Community organisations will be taking place at 6.30pm on 21st January in the Council Chamber, County Hall, Worcester.

To attend the briefing on the 21st January, which is a joint event with Parish & Town Councils, please register your attendance with Deborah Dale, Member Engagement Officer or telephone 01905 766282.

Can't attend?

If you are unable to attend, or would like to access relevant information beforehand, there is now a survey where you can record your views.

In the survey you will be able to view a podcast by Sean Pearce, Chief Financial Officer setting out the headlines of the budget consultation, as well as relevant documents/reports and a PowerPoint presentation. This survey will be open until Wednesday 27th January.

The survey is hosted on the Act Local site through this direct link: 

This is a new way of consulting on the budget and there is a section on feedback about the process which can be done anonymously if required.

Should you have any issues around accessing this information please do not hesitate to contact Deborah Dale using the contact details shown above.

Get into the NHS

With The Prince’s Trust In partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Get into Hospital Services, is a four week employability programme offering training & work experience in clinical roles.

Selection day 25th January

For eligibility, course and booking details:



Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service

Follow-up engagement session:

Following an event at the end of last year we are holding a further engagement session for representatives from the voluntary and community sector.
The session will be about addressing key themes identified at the first event and understanding how your organisation can interface with the new Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service.

Event details
Date….  Wednesday 27th January
Time…. 9.15am for a 9.30 start to finish at 12noon
Venue….St Peter’s Baptist Church, Eden Close, WorcesterWR5 3TZ

Please confirm your attendance by emailing by no later than 5pm on January 21st

For more information about Worcestershire Healthy Minds visit

Consultation re. Older people and hearing loss Deadline 21 January

Impact Consultancy and Research are carrying out a consultation on behalf of Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID).

The charity wishes to consult about proposed changes to the way their services are delivered to older people experiencing hearing loss.  

The consultation will be via an online survey to both organisations and individuals and telephone interviews with both organisations and individuals.  The timescales for the consultation are very short and responses to the survey are needed by Thursday 21st January.

Organisations and groups are asked to complete this engagement:

Individuals for example volunteers are asked to complete:

Telephone engagement:
If your organisation works with older people you can take part in a 15-20 telephone interview.
Please contact Sarah Fishbourne at Impact Consultancy and Research and she will arrange a suitable time.
01432 860323
07855 492066

Book Launch

Person-Centred Dementia Care

Monday 22nd February 2016

Making services better with the VIPS framework

Mental Health Needs Assessment

Link to a Mental Health Needs Assessment recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board; we consider the remit of the JSNA to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

More information can be found on:

For more information or to discuss any aspect of this work further please contact;

Public Health & Intelligence Team
Adult Services & Health Directorate

Telephone: 01905 765637
Internal Ext: 5637

REMINDER - WSAB Engagement Strategy Event - 14th January 2016


WSAB Engagement Strategy Event to be held on 14th January 2016. 

If you have not had an opportunity to reply, could you please send in your response by Friday, 8th January 2016.


Change of venue for this meeting.  There is now one venue ONLY, Wildwood (Wildwood, Wildwood Dr, Worcester WR5 2LG) nr the County Council Offices on 14th January at 10.30 - 12.00 noon; the event is not being held at St Peters, Worcester or the Heart of Worcestershire College, Bromsgrove; as previously advertised.

Workshop Title:

Exploring Engagement of People who have Experienced Safeguarding

This is to be held north and south of the county and full details and how to book in download.


Redditch and Bromsgrove Profile

See link to Redditch and Bromsgrove Profile recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.

The Worcestershire JSNA is a collection of information prepared to inform decision making around health and well-being matters at all levels in the County. Originally introduced to inform decisions of the Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board; we consider the remit of the JSNA to be much wider than that, providing a first port-of-call for health and well-being related information in Worcestershire.

More information can be found at:


Eating well on a budget

FREE training for front line staff - January - March 2016


Attached documents arising from December meeting.

The date of the next workshop to be held again at St Peters Baptist Church is Wednesday 27th January 9.30am.

Following on from  that, the meeting in February will be held at the same venue on Wednesday 24th February.

More details and a summary of the event on 10th December will follow.

Do something good for janUary


Find out about getting fitter in janUary.

To find out more about JanUary 2016 visit, supporter packs are available at

Christmas Healthy Elfy Advent 2015

For tuneful tips to keeping well in the festive season keep up to date with Arden and GEM's Christmas countdown -  Take me straight to the playlist!

Children's Centre Consultation

Worcestershire County Council is running a consultation on the future of use of Children’s Centre buildings.  Begins end of November, finishes 29 January 2016

Views are needed from current and future service users, stakeholders and professionals.

Views welcome by:
• Completing and returning the questionnaire in document linked
• Responding on--‐line
• Talking to staff a local Children’s Centres
• Emailing your views to
• Writing to: Hannah Needham
Strategic Commissioner
Children's Services
Worcestershire County Council
Spetchley Road
Worcester  WR5 2NP


FAST Stroke Action

Public Health England and the Stroke Association are urging the public to Act FAST if they spot signs of stroke with the aim of saving lives and improving outcomes for survivors.

The latest Act FAST campaign will again urge the public to call 999 if they notice any of the stroke symptoms in others or experience them themselves.

The Act FAST campaign message is:

F ace – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A rms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
S peech – is their speech slurred?
T ime – time to call 999

View the video at:

9 December - JSNA Data Workshops

If you work within an organisation with an interest in Worcestershire’s health and well-being there is an ongoing programme of free 'hands-on' JSNA workshops. These will be of interest to those who would like to know more about the Worcestershire JSNA and other selected sources of public health data.

The next Public Health Data Workshop is planned for December 9th

For more information please contact Liz Howell at:

Sexual Health Services

Following the transfer of sexual health services to the Council from the Primary Care Trust in 2013, Public Health is now undergoing a procurement exercise for a single Integrated Sexual Health service that will provide service coverage throughout the county.

The aim of the Integrated Sexual Health Service is to encourage the resident population of Worcestershire to achieve and maintain their health and wellbeing as a result of positive sexual health and relationship behaviour.

The finalised tender pack will be advertised on the Council's e-tendering portal on 13th January, with a view to announcing a preferred lead provider on 3rd May 2016.

For more information, please contact Darren Plant the Sexual Health Commissioning Manager at

Community Engagement

A number of public health questions were included in the Viewpoint Residents Survey again in 2015; the results of the survey have been analysed and a summary of the findings is available on the JSNA website

Worcestershire Census Atlas

Using Census 2011 data in a practical and applied way, this document provides an insight into the influence of housing and the environment on health outcomes for the people of Worcestershire. This report contains a series of maps which provide an easily interpreted representation of the Census 2011 data by ward in Worcestershire.

The map depicts the distribution of people in Worcestershire who report providing unpaid care – this demonstrates that there is a higher density of people caring for family and friends in rural areas than in urban areas such as Worcester and Redditch (inset maps). Caring for someone else can have an impact on health and wellbeing.

For more information you can access the document here:

For further information on unpaid carers

Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment is designed to bring public health issues into the foreground of policy and decision-making. It offers a route to understanding the potential health risks and benefits entailed in any proposal.

The Public Health team at Worcestershire County Council is supporting Local Planning Authorities in taking the HIA approach forward through planning policy and delivery routes. As part of this process, a HIA Toolkit is being prepared.

The Toolkit aims to guide planners and any potential applicants through the HIA process on the planning documents and proposals for any new developments coming forward in Worcestershire.

The HIA Steering Group is also working with planners to develop an HIA planning pilot on a residential development site in Evesham. The completion of both documents is expected in winter 2015.

For more information please contact Marta Dziudzi, Health Improvement Practitioner, or 0190567794.

Become a Dementia Friend

There are now more than 8,600 people living with Dementia in Worcestershire - this is expected to rise to over 10,443 by 2020. Dementia is not a disease but a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain. It is increasingly common with age, though younger people can develop dementia too. Nationally, people over 55 fear a diagnosis of Dementia more than any other condition.

You can become a Dementia Friend either by attending a free 45 minute awareness session via Dementia Friends website, or by attending an informal lunch-time Dementia Friends session at County Hall offered by the Public Health team. Alternatively you can register to become a Dementia Friend via the Dementia Friends website and by watching a short online video

. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Dementia Friend, would like to attend session at County Hall yourself, or request a session for your team, please contact

Eating well on a budget

Following a successful pilot programme in Redditch Borough Council the Public Health team have successfully rolled out the Eating Well on a Budget training programme across the County. The training supports front line staff and volunteers to deliver healthy eating on a budget messages to communities they are working with. It aims to increase knowledge and confidence to support individuals and families living on low budgets to eat more healthily. Training is delivered through the Healthy Communities team and the Malvern Community Food Worker.

For more information about the programme or to book onto a course please contact your local Health Improvement Coordinator or email

“Tackle your tackle”

Worcestershire Ambassadors Prostate Cancer Awareness 4th February 2016 is announced.

Please book you place.


Consultation Closing 4 December - Worcestershire updated Joint Health and Well-being Strategy

This is a reminder that the consultation on Worcestershire's updated Joint Health and Well-being Strategy will be closing on the 4th December. The consultation can be found at the following link:

Men's Health Campaign

Life expectancy for men in Worcestershire is almost 4 years less than women and this inequality is further highlighted within some of the Worcestershire districts. In Worcester City life expectancy for men in the most disadvantaged communities is almost 11 years less than those living in the most affluent communities.

For full details and link to campaign:


Launch of new Public Health Worcestershire newsletter

Public Health Worcestershire has developed this quarterly newsletter in response to requests from individuals and organisations who have told them that they would like to keep up to date with what's happening in public health both nationally and in their local area.

Worcestershire Health & Wellbeing Board works to six key principles which underpin the Health & Wellbeing Strategy:

  • Working in partnership
  • Empowering individuals and families
  • Taking local action
  • Using evidence in decision making
  • Involving people
  • Being open and accountable

If you would like to submit any information or articles related to public health please e mail  The deadline for the next edition is Thursday, 25th February 2016.

Moving offices for Jobcentre Plus Service Delivery in Bromsgrove

On 23 November Bromsgrove Jobcentre relocated to Parkside, Market St. in Bromsrove.

Survey report Worcestershire People’s Parliament

Worcestershire People’s Parliament for adults with learning disabilities
Support Providers eSurvey report October 2015

via SpeakEasy N.O.W.
St Richard’s House, 22 Victoria Square, Droitwich, Worcs WR9 8DS
01905 774247

"White Ribbon" edition of the Forum News

This special "White Ribbon" edition of the Forum News is produced on behalf of the Worcestershire Forum against domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Worcestershire is celebrating being awarded White Ribbon status as a county from the national white ribbon charity, a significant achievement.

If you want to pledge your support or find out more about the campaign go to
or visit the forum website at .

For further information Contact:

Martin Lakeman
Strategic Co-ordinator
Worcestershire Forums Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
Directorate of Adult Services and Health
(T) 01905 822357
(M) 07775 633496
Follow Martin on twitter @martinlakeman


The future of Age UK Bromsgrove & District, Age UK Redditch & District and Age UK Wyre Fores

3 Age UKs to merge forming Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.  The new charity will be operational from April 2016.



Workshop invitation Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service (EPCMHS) Development

This workshop will explore how VCS organisations and the Health and Care Trust can work effectively together to deliver primary care mental health services across Worcestershire.

The event will take place on 10th December at St Peters Baptist Church, WR5 3TZ, in Worcester from
1pm-4pm with further events to follow early in the New Year.

For more information or to book your place at the event please contact:
Amanda Wright –


Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

Please find below a link to the 2015 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Summary recently published as part of the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and which may be of relevance to your work.

OPVSSN Network Meeting

The next weeking will be held on Wednesday, 2nd December (10.00am – 1.00pm).

It will be held at The Well, Top Barn Farm, Worcester, WR6 6NH.

For further details contact:  John Taylor,

Christmas Activities

Promote yourself in CLiCK

If you have any events (awareness and/or fundraising) or Christmas/Winter hwb campaigns starting or happening in the festive period please let me know: by 17th of November

New Heath Chats dates announced

Making Every Contact Count - Free essential public health and well-being information and training.

Health Chats is an interactive 3 hour free public health training session essential for any member of staff or volunteer who works with members of the public. Every contact is an opportunity to empower people to improve their health or well-being. Health Chats training covers health issues such as alcohol consumption, smoking, physical activity, diet, mental well-being and ageing well.

For full details and details of other forms of training:

FREE Health Chat Training Dates

Please note spaces are limited so please book a place on a session by either:
Telephone: 01905 768218.


    Wednesday 4th 9.30am at Redditch Town Hall
    Monday 9th 10am at Wyre Forest District Council
    Wednesday 18th 9.30am at The Guildhall, Worcester - FULL


    Thursday 3rd 9.30am at Parkside Committee Room, Bromsgrove

January 2016

    Wednesday 20th 10am at Wyre Forest District Council
    Wednesday 27th 9.30am at Redditch Town Hall

February 2016

    Wednesday 11th 10am at The Council House, Malvern

TLAP co-production tree at NCASC

"Our stall at the National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASC) in Bournemouth featured a display of a 'co-production tree of life'.

Delegates were encouraged to write on leaves ways in which they would incorporate co-production into their work and pin them to the tree.

We had a great response from delegates, many of whom felt inspired to contribute following an excellent sub-plenary session held by NCAG members, Isaac Samuels, Martin Yates and Tina Coldham on the merits of using co-production for personalising support.

Take a look at what people wrote and how you can get involved on social media."

Discounted Christmas Celebrations with Community Trust

15% discount offered for Christmas party bookings.

For full detail including all Community Trust venues:

Crossroads Care Worcestershire has office space/storage space available

Crossroads currently accommodate several Not for Profit organisations alongside them in their offices at Weir Lane, Worcester, WR2 4AY. There is space available NOW for up to 8 people/desks plus associated facilities – or for storage space if that is what you need.

Rental is highly favourable for Not for Profit enterprises.

Crossroads trustees are keen to assist other charities that might otherwise struggle to find suitable office accommodation or storage space.

To find out more, contact Roger Garland -  01905 729293 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
or email him on

Joint Health and Well-being Strategy Consultation & 2nd stakeholder event

The draft strategy and online consultation are available here:

A final draft of the Strategy will include responses to the consultation and will be considered by the Health and Well-being Board in early 2016.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is Friday 4th December 2015.

If you have any queries on the consultation or would like to receive it in a different format please contact:

Liz Howell, Tel: 01905 765637, Email:


Due to an overwhelming response  a second stakeholder event is being organised to held at Worcestershire County Council from 3-5pm on the afternoon of the 10th November .

To attend please respond to Liz Howell on Tel: 01905 765637, Email: Please note that registration for this event is essential and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

QualityWatch - Research Report, October 2015

Focus on:  People with mental ill health and hospital use
Exploring disparities in hospital use for physical healthcare

From the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust

For further details:

Adult Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Re-designing Employment & reablement Services

Workshop invitations:

28 October, 4 November, 5 November

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is the main provider of community nursing, therapy and mental health NHS services in Worcestershire. Adult Mental Health services are funded by local commissioners, and this is one of their biggest service units.

3 workshops are planned to look at the changes that have to be made in line with Commissioners' request to develop a different type of service which is more modern, gives fair and equal access to everyone across Worcestershire, and which saves money.

These workshops will look to build on and develop the initial patient experience work that was undertaken in the summer.

For full details:

Adult Mental Health Transformation Briefing Paper for HOSC October 2015


Adult Mental Health services are currently provided by Worcestershire Health and Care Trust (WHCT) and commissioned by the Worcestershire County Council (WCC) and the 3 Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). There are a range of changes and developments taking place. This briefing note is designed to provide an overview of these for HOSC members.


VCSE Review: Discussion Paper on the Voluntary Sector Investment Programme

In November 2014, the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England (the ‘system partners’) initiated a review of their investment in the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector.

In March 2015, the VCSE Review Advisory Group produced an interim report based on engagement with the VCSE sector during stage one of the review.  The report identified an on-going need for the system partners to have a strategic approach to partnerships and investment with the VCSE sector.

Following the interim report, the Advisory Group has now launched the second stage of the review.

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering courses in Malvern

The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering is a qualification that covers the basic principles of food hygiene for caterers and other food handlers.

The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering is a qualification that covers the basic principles of food hygiene for caterers and other food handlers.

Holders of this qualification will have a knowledge and understanding of; the importance of food hygiene, associated food hazards, good hygiene practice and controls based upon an awareness of food safety management systems.

These topics are regarded by the Food Standards Agency as being important to understanding and maintaining good practice in the handling, processing and preparation of safe food.
The Level 2 Food Safety and Catering training will take place on:

Wednesday 11th November 2015 9am-4.30pm at
The Council House
Avenue Road
WR14 3AF

Training at subsidised price of £25pp (normally £60)

The training delivered by Worcester Regulatory Services

Please contact Naomi Jones If you are interested in attending this training by Friday 30th October. Places offered on first come first served basis.

Limited spaces available- this training will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Naomi Jones
Community Food Worker
Sunshine Children’s Centre         
Bluebell Close                                     
WR14 3SW                                           

Tel: 01684 577442

see flier:  Food Safety Course



Health and Wellbeing Board draft minutes published

Catch up with the latest Health and Wellbeing Board’s minutes & meetings

 Wed, 30th September 2.00 pm

Making time in General Practice

Full report from the Primary Care Alliance and NHS Alliance

Freeing GP capacity by reducing bureaucracy and avoidable consultations, managing the interface with
hospitals and exploring new ways of working.
October 2015

Prepared by Henry Clay & Rick Stern
Editorial support from Daloni Carlisle



12 November - Transforming Rehabilitation in Worcestershire Conference

Through this Conference the Diocese of Worcester Criminal Justice Affairs Group, in partnership with the University of Worcester, is seeking to bring together - in a way that has never been done before - representatives of all of the major faiths, academics, voluntary and third sector organisations and criminal justice professionals to take stock of the impact of this year's Transforming Rehabilitation changes and to consider how they can all contribute, in a co-ordinated way, to this hugely important area of work in the future.

More info:


FREE Public Information Session

Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre is now Open!
Do you want to find out about what goes on there?

Do you want to find out more about dementia?

Come to our Public Information Session led by Professor Dawn Brooker from Association for Dementia Studies, Worcester University

When: Monday 5 October 2015

For full details:

Developing Relationships and sharing information - Central Region Pilot

Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England and does this by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and to encourage services to improve.

To assist CQC in their work across the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England regions, your help is needed. CQC in partnership with RAWM would like to invite you to start a conversation by clicking here and completing this survey.

For full details see download CQC


Worcestershire Compact Refresh

Consultation period ends 30 September .. VCS organisations invited to sign up

The Compact is a mutually agreed guide for good working practice between partners in Worcestershire.  It is built on the shared understanding that we need to work together in a spirit of trust and respect in order to achieve common goals and outcomes for the benefit of local communities and residents.

The local Compact was  refreshed in 2009 and is now being refreshed again to take account of the current National Compact and to incorporate Social Value in line with the Public Sector Social Value Act 2012.

The refresh has been commissioned by the VCS Strategic Issues Group whose membership includes representatives from the VCS, Worcestershire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

The group would like to consult with you as potential signatories to this important set of best practice principles and would ask you to advise if anything important has been missed out in regard to the standards and expectations outlined in the attached draft document.  A four week consultation period closes on Wednesday 30th September.

Can you please send your replies to: Sandy Bannister at and, at the same time, confirm your intentions regarding your organisation's commitment to sign up to the Worcestershire Compact 2015.

See downloads: compact refresh for comment, Cllr Hart's compact letter

Agenda - Health and Well-Being Board

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 2.00 pm

No. Item
1 Apologies and Substitutes
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Confirmation of Minutes
5 2016-19 Joint Health and Well-being Strategy
Consideration, comment and steer further action
6 Public Health Ring Fenced Grant
7 Better Care Fund
8 Co-production
9 Emotional well-being and mental health transformation plan for children and young people.
Information and assurance
10 Safeguarding Children Annual Report And Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report 2014/15
11 JSNA Annual Summary
12 Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire
13 Future Meeting Dates

Worcestershire Healthy Minds Services

September sees the start of self-referral

This service supports people, aged 16 and over, who are experiencing problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood. It provides a range of support, including counselling and talking therapy and in addition, from the start of September 2015 you can refer yourself onto one of the groups or courses. The service aims to help people maintain healthy mental wellbeing and encourages tools and techniques to help people keep a healthy mind.

The services are organised into three localities; Redditch and Bromsgrove, South Worcestershire and Wyre Forest. Click on the link below for more information about services available in your local area, and how you can access them.

Sharing your experiences of support for mental health and wellbeing

A chance to have your say!

Healthwatch is your local independent consumer champion – giving the public, patients and users of health and social care services in Worcestershire a voice!

Healthwatch wants to hear from from patients and carers about their experiences of mental health services in Worcestershire and how the services might be improved from YOUR point of view! - survey for individuals - survey for carers

Take part in the Homeless Link Homeless Health Needs Audit

Deadline 28th September

“ The local authorities across Worcestershire are undertaking the Homeless Link Homeless Health needs audit for people who are or recently experienced homelessness. This data will ensure that we are able to provide an evidence based health services to our homeless community. Local CCG’s and councils will be able to use the data to understand how to best meet the needs of homeless people.

We are asking our local voluntary sector partners to complete the survey with their customers either online or in paper format.

In order to contribute to future strategies there is a short deadline of the 28th September.

If you would like any further information then please contact


National Stoptober Campaign

The UK-wide 28 day stop smoking challenge which supports the nation’s eight million smokers to quit.

And … it’s law … from 1st October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car, or other vehicle, with anyone under the age of 18 present. The law will apply in England and Wales.

Free stop smoking resources available from:
• smokefree website ( to support smokers wishing to quit including a Smokefree App.
To find the local 'Free NHS Stop Smoking Service' visit .  'Quit Kits' are also available from local pharmacies.

For full details:

Upcoming Events

  • Get on your Bike! - Keep Fit
  • WEA Aspire - Free Educational Activities for Adults
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Event (MARAC)
  • Learning Disability Hate Crime Awareness Event

For full details of each of these events:


Reconnections is a new programme aimed at tackling loneliness amongst older people living in Worcestershire. The Reconnections team is a partnership of local organisations, led by Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, who have experience and understanding of the issues people face in later life.

To refer a 50+ person who would benefit from this programme please use the download:  Reconnections referral form


For full details:

For up to date news about the scheme:

Community hwb News page

We are currently experiencing problems with downloads on our News page.  Hughes Media are in the process of sorting this.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Community Advice Service

Supported by:
Redditch Mental Health Action Group & Redditch Local Strategic Partnership.

To discuss any issue that may be eecting your health & emotional wellbeing -
call, text or email today for a free & confidential appointment:

07549 221098


Date for your Diary - 10 November 2015 (am)

Health and Well-being Stakeholder Event

This event will form part of the consultation on the draft Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy for 2016-19.

Information to book your place will be sent out mid-September 2015.

Anxiety and Mood Management Group

11 week NHS workshop to teach you skills in managing low mood and anxious feelings.

Starts on 15th September 2015 (9.30am - 11.30am), Malvern Health Centre, Wr14 2GP

To arrange an appointment to discuss coming to the group please phone:   01905 760118

Changing Futures - Funds now allocated, August 2015

No further applications can be received.  All organisations currently in receipt of support via the Fund are encouraged to complete their packages in accordance with their allocated deadline.  The Council are reviewing the impact of this investment and will be considering next steps in early Autumn.

The closure of the Changing Futures Fund will be supported by Gail Wills until 31st December 2015.

Suzy James is leaving Worcestershire County Council at the end of August.  She said "Whilst in post for the last 7 years, I have been both impressed and humbled by the work of countless organisations I have visited and encountered and would like to wish you every success for the future."

We wish Suzy all the very best. She hopes to continue working with the VCS in her new coaching role. She will be available for interim and project work from September.  

Please contact Suzy via:

  • Mobile: 07852 909023

The Homeless Foundation - new web address

The site gives information on grants, current and planned work.

The Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes

Evidence Review and Mapping Study
By Consilium Research and Consultancy

Taken from the executive summary:
This report shows how the right welfare advice in the right place produces real benefits for patient health, especially where advice services work directly with the NHS and care providers.  It presents clear evidence that early and effective welfare advice provision reduces demand on the NHS.


South Worcestershire CCG AGM 9th July follow up

The annual report can be found on their site's 'useful documents' page:

And the agenda and papers for the meeting can be found at:

Small Charity Week 2015 Report

Small Charity Week - Transitioning and Transforming Policy Debate Event, Worcestershire County Council held on 18th June 2015.

The event drew together local Small Charities delivering local services to debate and explore the relationship between the Local Authority and small charities delivering public services locally.

For report:

NEW Signposting Project - Redditch Mental Health Action Group

Redditch Local Strategic Partnership's wellbeing trust

For anyone needing help with a range of issues from physical to mental health, wellbeing, social care, housing etc. This service will be running two evenings a week and on Saturday morning at the Redi Centre, South Street, commencing 8th August 2015.


Community Advice Service - Redditch Mental Health Action Group & Redditch Local Strategic Partnership's wellbeing trust

To discuss any issue that may be effecting your health & emotional wellbeing – call, text or email today for a free & confidential appointment: 07774 314541 /

Wyre Forest CCG AGM 14th July 2015 follow-up

Please find below links to the two videos that were shown at the AGM. A further link has been provided for guidance to the Wyre Forest CCG’s Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15 and Annual Report Summary 2014/15.


•         Patient and Public Engagement, Jan & John’s Stories -

•         Making it Happen – Innovation Fund, Wayne’s Wellbeing Wednesdays -

Annual Report Information

•         Full Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15 and Annual Report Summary  2014/15

Living Well In Worcestershire

Lifestyle Behaviour Change Service - Information Booklet

“Small Changes – Big Difference”

Produced by the Independence Trust

Dementia 2015: Aiming higher to transform lives

Alzheimer's Society's fourth annual report looking at quality of life for people with dementia in England.

For report:

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE Bulletin – 17 July

New prevention service examples and more:

Future Lives

Pathways to Independence - Key Messages - July 2015

Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
Primary Care Mental Health Needs Assessment - June 2015

Health and Well-being Board, Integrated Health and Adult Social Care, Strategic Partnership Group

Agenda item 3: Implementing the Five Year Forward View: Worcestershire 'Trailblazers' - 4 June 2015

Assessing Change Developing and using outcomes monitoring tools

By Diana Parkinson and Avan Wadia for Charities Evaluation Services

See download: Assessing change


Co-production papers


Taking co-production into the mainstream

David Boyle, Anna Coote, Chris Sherwood amd Julia Slay


How equal partnerships between professionals and the public are crucial to improving public services

David Boyle and Michael Harris



Putting co-production into practice

David Boyle, Julia Slay and Lucie Stephens

For each paper's download see

Your Life Your Choice website

The Your Life, Your Choice in Worcestershire is a recently launched website offering a full range of
information and advice on health, well-being and adult social care.

The Your Life Your Choice website has been designed to answer some fundamental
• How can I stay well and independent?
• What support is available in my community – and where from?
• Can I get any help with paying for care services if I need them?
• What care is available, how good is it and how much does it cost?

The site will evolve as different products and services are added. It will even tell you
what might be on offer in your community including what might be available for free!

Community hwb has created a new page which will hold YLYC information.  Please see: for full details.

NHS RBCCG Annual General Meeting - 8th July 2015, 6.00pm

Bromsgrove Council Chamber,
The Council House, Burcot Lane ,
Bromsgrove B601AA

See download: RBCCG AGM invite

SAVE THE DATE: Public Health Conference - 11 November 2015 - London

How can pressures on the NHS be relieved?

For full details and booking instructions:

Any queries: Andrew Nelson, Andrew Nelson - Marketing Lead
Tel: + 44 (0) 161 713 3882

Worcestershire Association of Carers' annual conference

Friday 10 July at Worcester Sixways Stadium  - 11 am – 3.15pm

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Value of Carers’.  Key speakers include:  Professor David Green (Vice Chancellor and Chief Exec. The University of Worcester);  Sarah Dugan (Chief Exec. Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust) and Clare Marchant (Chief Exec.  Worcestershire County Council).  The event will also premiere WAC’s  new film ‘The Value of Caring’ which illustrates the reality of being a carer

The conference is proceeded by Worcestershire Association of Carers’ AGM.

The day starts at 11.00am with the Association’s AGM, which will be followed by a light lunch before the conference in the afternoon. The day ends at 3.15pm.

Anyone wishing to attend either the AGM or the conference should contact Worcestershire Association of Carers on 0300 012 4272 before 5pm On Monday 6th July, or email or visit

See downloads: WAC Conference & WAC AGM for  each programme

Living with Diabetes Days

Thursday 25th June, Worcester Race Course

LAST MINUTE OPPORTUNITIES to have a stand at this event plus details of attendance.

Diabetes UK need free, non-commercial local services that will continue to provide support to people with Type 2 diabetes after the event:

•Care centres
•Smoking Cessation
•Free exercise programmes
•Self help groups
•Retina screening

Please contact to book a stand

See downloads for exhibitor details and general attendance

Workshop to explore developing a web-based electronic information sharing system

Tuesday 7th July - 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Activity Room 3,
Perdiswell  Young People’s Centre,

For full details:


Community hwb has launched its NEW regular e-bulletin 'CLiCK'!

We're keeping it simple: a headline then simply click through to a site to find out about key sector information and news affecting health and wellbeing VCS organisations in Worcestershire.

Read it on our site: click_june_2015.pdf

Or please let me have your email contact details and we will notify you as it comes out:

Public Listening events

The CQC will be inspecting Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Come to the public listening events, meet inspectors and share your experience of the services and care provided in the last year by: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Friday 26th June 2015 13:30 pm - 15:30 pm Pitchview Suite Sixways Stadium Warriors Way Worcester, WR3 8ZE

Tuesday 7 July 2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Redditch Borough Council Town Hall Walter Stranz Square Redditch, B98 8AH

Share your experience anonymously at any time: - - 03000 616161

Supported by Healthwatch Worcestershire

CQC is the independent regulator of all health and social care in England. We are given powers by the government to register, monitor and inspect all health and care services.

West Midlands Clinical Senate

The Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire - Stage 2 Clinical Assurance Review Panel Final Report

See download: Wmids Clinical Senate report

Citizens Advice policy briefings

Public services in a constrained spending environment

'A very general practice' - How much time do GPs spend on issues other than health?

See download: A very general practice

Community hwb adds new tab: Dementia to News and Sector Support

Dementia focused events between June and October 2015 are now listed with future Demential being posted on this tab:

NHS Wyre Forest CCG AGM - 14 July 2015, 10 am

The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at Wyre Forest District Council Offices, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, DY11 7FB.

To book your place, please email or telephone 01562 514620.

see download invite

Worcestershire Mental Health and Wellbeing Networking Event Invitation 20 July 2015

The Council is commissioning this service on behalf of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Worcestershire.

The Primary Mental Health Care service has been redesigned to support Worcestershire's population needs, taking into account NHS priorities, patient feedback and local GP and Clinicians views. The new commissioning approach will be agreed on 13th July 2015.

The county council is inviting health and wellbeing organisations to attend a presentation from commissioners on how this redesign will be implemented, with an opportunity for networking. Smaller organisations with local expertise will be essential to the delivery of the Worcestershire wellbeing hub and mental health community programme planned through this redesign. 

This event  is to be held at the County Hall, Worcester on 20th July at 10am – 12 noon. To secure a place please register to confirm your attendance via this linkam

Health and Well-Being Board minutes

Health and Well-Being Board minutes Tuesday, 12th May, 2015, 2.00 pm now online

For details

The following items are included in the minutes:
No. Item
1 Apologies and Substitutes
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Confirmation of Minutes
5 Autism Strategy
6 Carers' Strategy
7 Acute Hospital Services: Emerging Concerns and Actions
8 Children and Young People's Early Help Strategy
9 JSNA: Worcestershire Health Indicators Summary
10 Health Improvement Group Annual Report
11 Development of new models of integrated care - The Worcestershire 'Trailblazers'
12 Better Care Fund 2014/15 Update and 2015/16 Plan
13 Future Meeting Dates
14 South Worcestershire CCG Quality Premium - Local Indicators

Presentations update

June 2015 - Malvern Hills District Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-16 from Malvern Hills District Health & Wellbeing Partnership

June 2015 -  What the JSNA says about health in Worcestershire
Peter Fryers

May 2015 -  Worcestershire Health and Well-being Strategy
Frances Howie, Head of Public Health, Melanie Whistance, Health Improvement Co-ordinator

June 2015 - The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - an evidence base for commissioning
Janette Fulton, Information Analyst Principal, Public Health Team, Worcestershire County Council

To download presentations from these informations sessions:

26 June - Healthwatch Worcestershire Annual Conference

You are invited to attend Healthwatch's Annual Conference on Friday morning 26th June 2015 at Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways, Worcester.  The conference will be followed at 1:30pm by a CQC Listening Event for the Inspection of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

You can book for the Annual Conference or the CQC Event or both events. Places are limited so booking is essential; please book by the 15th June 2015.

To book please email stating your name, and if you are representing an organisation, the name of the organisation and your job title, also which event you wish to attend. Please also advise if you have any special accessibility or dietary requirements.

If you are booking for more than one person please provide these details for each person.

See download:  HWW Timetable

2 June Public Health England released the 2015 health profiles

The Health Profiles provide a snapshot of health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using a range of charts and text. They contain data on a range of indicators for local populations, including the proportion of children in poverty, adult smoking rates, levels of adult obesity, hospital stays and early mortality rates.

The profiles can be found at

Discussion Paper March 2015 - Funding Models Used by Worcestershire County Council

see download

Small Charities Week Event - 18 June 2015

Adrian Hardman, the Leader of Worcestershire County Council, has issued an invite to Small Charities (those with a turnover of less than £1.5million) to join him along with other Cabinet members and Senior Officers to explore issues and come up with fresh ideas, and share best practice to achieve, together, more sustainable results for residents of Worcestershire.

The new commissioning environment requires Local Authorities to robustly access ‘value for money’ services for their communities.

The networking session will run from 4 - 4:45pm and will be a great opportunity to meet other organisations and make new links. This will be followed by a debate and discussion session on the following topics:

Qu1   Do you think the charity sector possesses unique characteristics compared to say Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises who are not registered or regulated by the Charity Commission?

Qu2   To what extent do you think it is important for small charities to have a unique identity in contrast to other not-for-profit organisations?

Qu3   How are small local charities responding to reduced funding and what measures, if any, are they taking to diversify their income?

Please apply and come along and make sure our voices are heard.   
Apply to Gail Wills

Keep up with Future Lives

Future Lives is Worcestershire's main change programme in Adult Services and Health.

The County Council has developed proposals to rise to the challenge of saving £30 million in 2014/15 and then about £25 million per year until at least 2016/17, including £32 million from Adult Services and Health

Review key messages:  /future_lives/51/key_messages

Primary Mental Health Services - Have Your Say

Mental Health services are being redesigned.  Worcestershire's 3 CCGs and Worcestershire County Council are seeking stakeholder and service user views on this service.

Your say
Take this opportunity via a short survey to share your views on the current Primary Care Mental Health Service, and the proposed model . Further information can be found at  together with the proposed downloadable model.

Find the survey at This should only take a couple of minutes.

Find out about Men's Space

A new group called ‘Men’s Space’ is starting this week (24th April) in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

Men living with prostate cancer or other life-threatening conditions are being given their own special time and space in the gardens at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Save the Date - Friday 26th June 2015 - Annual Conference

Pitchview Suite, Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester WR3 8ZE
10am – 1pm (Invitations to follow)

Volunteers' Week - 1-7 June - publicise your activities!

A new tab has been created for publicising VCS activities in support of Volunteers' week.  Please let me have your details and I will add them to this link .  Contact Lizzie Smith -

YSS marks Mental Health Awareness Week 11th to 15th May 2015

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week YSS is offering taster sessions of their ‘Moodmaster’ group ( ).    YSS is also offering the opportunity for YSS service users to attend an accredited Mental Health First Aid course.  

Visit Carden Street, 13 -17 Carden Street, Worcester WR1 2AT on 12th May between 11am and 3pm.  

For more information contact  or

Full details see download

Workers' Educational Association (WEA) West Midlands publish summer term programme

Full fee waiver applies to those in receipt of income-related benefits

See download for full details

Worcestershire Health and Well-being Board Stakeholder event

Keep the date:  4 June 2015

Held at the Civic Centre, Redditch Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, B98 8AH, 9.15 am -1.00pm

The event will focus on the development of a new Worcestershire Health and Well-being strategy for 2016-2019

See download for further details

And to register your attendance, please contact Liz Howell, Public Health & Intelligence Team 
Direct dial: 01905 765637

Worcestershire County Council - Community Health Surveys extended until Friday 15th May

Views needed on community health services including community based short breaks for children with disabilities in Worcestershire. A review of each services will idenitify what works well and where improvements could be made.

Please take part in any of these 3 surveys: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Speech and Language Therapy Service (SALT) and Community Short Breaks services for Children with Disabilities.

You can access all three surveys through the website:

Each survey has an option to complete as a parent/carer, young person or a professional.

Deadline 15th May

Mental Health First Aid

Nationally recognised mental health training, delivered by Worcestershire County Council, available

Do you work with adults or children that may be experiencing low level mental health issues? Would you like more support to help identify and support mental health conditions?
There are two training courses on offer:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (for people working with adults)
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) (for people working with youth aged 8-18)

Booking now open to local partners and organisations.

23 April - Care Act 2014

Presented by:  Anne Clarke, Head of Adult Social Care & Sue Alexander
Head of Finance & Business Support (Worcestershire County Council)

For presentation details:

New Community hwb tab added: Worcestershire County Council's Locality Health Improvement Co-ordinators

For contact details of Locality Health Improvement Co-ordinators and information about countywide Health Chats, Train the Trainer, Bringing Health Chats to your organisation visit:

NHS England publish guide to grants for the Voluntary Sector

Guide 05: A bite size guide to Grants for the Voluntary Sector

The NHS states it must be more responsive to the needs and wishes of the public, all of whom will use its services at some point in their lives

This bite size guide sets out the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the
voluntary and community (VCS) sector and suggests some Practical Steps commissioners
can take to use grants in the most effective way to support local priorities.

7 May:  Market Engagement - Worcestershire Mental Health and Wellbeing

As part of its move to become an excellent Commissioning Authority, Worcestershire County Council is reviewing all services with the aim of commissioning the right service from the right provider at the right price to the tax payer.

The Council is commissioning on behalf of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Worcestershire.

The Primary Mental Health Care service is currently being redesigned to support Worcestershire's population needs, taking into account NHS priorities, patient feedback and local GP's / Clinicians views.

We would also like the opportunity to work with the Voluntary, Community, Health and Wellbeing Sectors and we are inviting organisations already working in Worcestershire communities to meet with us for a presentation on the new service model followed by informal discussions on how your organisation may work within the new model.

The County Council intends to hold an open information session for all interested organisations to be held at County Hall, Worcester on 7th May at 1pm – 3pm, if you would like to attend please register to confirm your attendance via this link

Deadline 30 April - Worcestershire County Council seek views on Sexual Health Services for Young People in Worcestershire

Please share your views by completing their survey. 


Survey Closing date 30/04/2015

Comms2point0 are carrying out a survey for IEWM

To "help local government across the region communicate the implications of the Care Act better." - deadline Tuesday 14th April

The survey seeks to establish:     how people in the voluntary and charity sector as well as service users may find out information around how the Care Act changes may affect them. Could it be via a search engine? A council website? Face-to-face? Social media?

They have 200 responses so far but are struggling to reach out to people who work in the voluntary and charity sector.

Please complete the survey at:

Sector training - Institute of Fundraising

Keep the Date - 25 June

Sector training - Institute of Fundraising: legacy fundraising, opportunities for mentees in fundraising mentoring

Legacy Training

To book up, please follow the link:

This event is running in Birmingham City Ctr and costs £50 per person.

Mentoring Programme

We are looking to expand our mentoring programme, where we match skilled professionals with organisations or individuals to support their professional development, this is not about supporting somebody to fundraise, this is about supporting the professional development of the individual. We urgently need more mentees to take part on the programme! Further details can be found at:

Well Connected - Worcestershire's approach to supporting frail vulnerable patients

Worcestershire Health and Care Trust

In February, the Worcestershire Health and Social Care economy, working together as Well Connected, made an application to NHS England that set out the approach for the New Models of Care Programme, as described in the NHS 5 year Forward View.                    

The Trust aims to take forward the proposal and to prototype three multispecialty community provider (MCP) models, one in each of Worcestershire’s CCG localities.  gives current details on this initiative and is accompanied by a schematic (download)

Health and Well-being Board Stakeholder Event

Keep The Date - Health and Well-being Board Stakeholder Event - Morning of Thursday 4th June 2015

The event will focus on the development of a new Health & Wellbeing Board Strategy for 2016 – 19.

Producing a Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy is a duty of the Health and Wellbeing Board. These strategies set a small number of key strategic priorities for action across the lifecourse. 

This event is the first of two planned this year and participants will have the opportunity to feed into how the Worcestershire strategy is developed.
A later event will form part of the consultation process on priorities.

Information to book your place will be sent out in mid-April

Contact:  Liz Howell
Telephone: 01905 765637
Internal Ext: 5637
Working hours: 9.15 until 2.30 (please note I do not work Tuesdays)

Redditch and Bromsgrove publish latest edition of CCG News

For details of this Easter edition of 'CCG News' and the newsletters produced by SWCCG and WFCCG visit

Young Foundation report available

The Young Foundation report on  Worcestershire’s Co-production workshops focusing on Long Term Conditions is available

It summarises findings and recommendations and features 3 interconnected elements supporting co-production:

1.      Empowerment – requiring services to shift their approach from ‘doing to’ to truly ‘working with’ patients and carers as equals by co-designing and co-delivering solutions, helping commissioners and service providers understand the problems faced by citizens and communities.
2.      Integration - building bridges between and across providers in:
-          Health and Social care;
-          Primary and Secondary care;
-          Formal and informal care;
-          NHS providers and VCS providers. 
3.    Relationships & Mutuality
Supporting a shift in the dynamics between those delivering care and those receiving care, brokering a true partnership and shared responsibility between professionals and users.

For full details co-production_report_march_2015

Briefing from Worcestershire County Council on the Care Act 2014

KEEP THE DATE – Thursday 23rd April – Invitation from Healthwatch Worcestershire to attend a briefing from Worcestershire County Council on the Care Act 2014 

Substantial parts of the Care Act 2014 will come into effect on 1st April 2015.

The Care Act brings together many previous pieces of legislation governing social care, and introduces some significant new duties and requirements on Local Authorities.
Healthwatch Worcestershire chairman, Peter Pinfield, has been able to secure a briefing on the Care Act from Anne Clarke (Head of Adult Social Care) and Sue Alexander (Head of Finance and Business Support) from the Adult Services and Health Directorate at the County Council. This will be based on the briefing that was delivered to County Councillors.

The briefing will take place on:
Thursday 23rd April 2015,
3pm to 4.30pm.
Council Chamber
Spetchley Road
Worcester  WR5 2NP

If you would like to attend this briefing please reply by Friday 17th April 2015 to:<>

A TIME FOR CHANGE for Young Carers in Worcestershire - 20 April 2015

A Conference in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Patron YSS
Monday 20th April 2015, 9.30am-3.30pm
at drp, Unit 212 Ikon Estate, Droitwich Road, Hartlebury, Worcestershire DY10 4EU

See  for downloads of full details including booking form and delegate cost

Future Lives - External Highlight Report March 2015

Future Lives is Worcestershire County Council's main change programme in Adult Services and Health.  The programme has 3 core projects:  Keeping Well, Integrated Recovery and New Models of Care.

For details of progress and project workstreams click:  Future Lives ext. highlight March report

For further information on Future Lives

Health and Well-being Board Minutes and Meetings

Click H&WB Board Minutes and Meetings

The following items are included in the minutes of 3rd March:

  • Learning Disability Progress Report and Strategy
  • Future of Acute Hospitals in Worcestershire
  • Autism Strategy
  • Joint Health and Well-being Strategy 2016-21
  • CCG Commissioning Plans 2015/16
  • Primary Care Commissioning Plans
  • Urgent Care Study - Healthwatch
  • Review of Urgent Care Patient Flow
  • Better Care Fund
  • Five Year Forward View into Action - New Models of Care

Your Life Your Choice - Market Position Statement Feb 2015 is published

This Market Position Statement (MPS) is part of Worcestershire County Council’s “Future Lives” vision. In the future, care will be directly and easily accessible to individuals, their families and carers, via on onlinemarketplace of services “Your Life Your Choice”, and there will be a diverse market of personalised care and support that offers real choice and control to individuals.

See for download (Your Life Your Choice MPS)

South Worcestershire CCG first to commission GP services

NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commission Group (CCG) is among the first wave of CCG’s in the country to be given the green light to takeover planning and arranging local GP services. for full details

Students and Businesses working together

Community First via Community hwb has been working in partnership with the University of Worcester to develop Win-Win, a student placement scheme.

The students are keen to develop their skill sets for the contemporary workplace, and are seeking voluntary work experience, projects and work-placement opportunities to further develop these skills.

Simply complete the online form to register your opportunity .

Volunteering Action Planning Report available

In December 2014 Worcestershire Voices organised an Action Planning Workshop. A wide cross section of people from across the Voluntary and Public Sectors, along with some from the Business Community, worked on things which could be done to make a difference to volunteering and in particular informal opportunities across Worcestershire.

Link to report via:

National Review of health and care investment in the Voluntary and SE Sector

A review of health and care investment in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector began in February 2015. The Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England recognise the importance of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in improving the health and wellbeing of the nation’s population and want to find out more about what is happening on the ground.

For full details:

Future news about this will appear in the newly created tab in 'News and Sector Suppor - health review'

Building Better Opportunities Worcestershire Briefing March 2015

In 2015, a new round of the European Social Fund (ESF) will be available to support activity that improves ‘social and economic inclusion’. How the funding will be used will be decided by Local Enterprise Partnerships who will help set the priorities for investment.

See download (BBO) which includes countywide engagement sessions

Statement from the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire programme

The NHS organisations which serve Worcestershire can confirm that there have been no change to the scope, aims and timetable of the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Programme since our last stakeholder brief. However, we believe it is important to remind stakeholders of the current situation.

See download (Future of Acute Hospital services) for full statement

High Quality Safe Care - Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Keep up to date with the Trust's news  with local issues like:Tenbury MIU opening times to change

The University of Worcester - Association for Dementia Studies - Updates

The Association has a rolling programme of events and activities.  The links below access this information.  These are repeated inour Partnerships tab: You can also contact Mike Watts for details.

For news and details of events:

For seminar details and any post event recordings:

Specific information about training courses are at:

Mike Watts
Senior Departmental Administrator
Association for Dementia Studies
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
01905 542531
Room BB 222

Worcestershire Peoples' Parliament

White Paper:  Real Jobs For Real People


See download (peoples parliament)  for full details

Grant Up For Grabs - deadline 18th March

Groups and organisations in Redditch, which help residents to be financially independent, can bid for a £75,000 pot of cash.

See download (Grant for grabs)

Moonmission 2015

We would like to invite you to be part of the Moon Mission 2015!

The Moon Mission will involve individuals across Herefordshire and Worcestershire walking, pushing, running, pedalling, swimming, toddling, rowing, wheeling - just about any physical activity - to enable us to collectively travel the distance to the moon and back (477,714 miles).

See download (Moonmission)

11 March No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day is less than a month away.  Smokers in Worcestershire are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11 March.

See download (No Smoking Day)

Introducing Care and Repair Worcestershire

This not for profit organisation funded by the government and part of Fortis Living is a Home Improvement Agency (HIA).

It works in partnership with local councils across Worcestershire. Utilising 10 years+ experience of providing practical help to Worcestershire people. adapting, repairing and modernising their homes.  Customers can be homeowners, private or public sector tenants.

Telephone: 01684 579 456
Visit our website:

See downloads: CRW Partner Fact Sheet, Care and Repair all events and info for potential clients

What Works | Wellbeing

The development of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing

February 11 Public Health announces Public Health England has today launched a guide to  community centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

Community Wellbeing

National and international centre of excellence for dementia

The  Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham, via the Alzheimer's Society' announce their national and international centre of excellence in training, education and research in dementia studies

One of 8 in the country with a total spend of over £5million from the Alzheimer’s Society to really make a difference in building research capacity in dementia cure and care in the UK

The joint centre will focus on studying The Arts and Dementia and will be known as TAnDEM

For further information on the Association:

Health Chats - dates for January - March

Full details:

Co-production in Worcestershire

Peter Pinfield, chairman of Healthwatch Worcestershire said of Co-production (part of the ‘Well Connected’ initiative):

“How the NHS and Worcestershire County Council provide our health and care services is going through some of the biggest change since the NHS was set up some 50 years ago. From my perspective, one of the most significant aspects of that change is the commitment to engage patients, service users, carers and all those who are entitled to use health and care services as equal partners in their planning, design and delivery, or in other words doing things with patients rather than to patients. This is known as ‘Co-production’ and when it is done well it results in services which better meet our needs as patients, service users or carers.

To find out more go to Co-production

3 Co-production workshops were held in each CCG area in January; producing comments:

Carole Cumino, Chief Officer, Worcestershire Association of Carers and Health and Well-being Board VCS Reflector s said: "The discussions at the workshops showed that patients, carers and the voluntary sector can work with health and social care professionals to reshape services to make them ‘person-centred’.  If we can maintain the interest and enthusiasm generated at the workshops, we stand a real chance of making changes which will benefit us all."

Susan Harris, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said:   “The contributions and reflections were thought provoking and it really did seem like a new way of working, learning from the stories from patients and working through what might be possible together”.

Visit: Co-production Workshop Phase 1 for the South West Worcestershire presentation.

SWCCG Plans for co-commissioning primary care in South Worcestershire Wednesday 21 Jan

Full details re. South Worcestershire CCGs presentation on Community hwb presentation tab

Health and Well-being Board Agenda announced

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, 28th January, 2015, 2.00 pm

Meeting venue: Council Chamber, County Hall
The following document has just been published: supplement "Carers' Strategy" to the agenda for Health and Well-Being Board, Wednesday, 28th January

The following items are included in the supplement:

No. Item
14 Carers Strategy

To view publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details

The following items are included in the agenda:
No. Item
1 Apologies and Substitutes
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Confirmation of Minutes
For Decision
5 Worcestershire Public Health Annual Report
6 Implementing the 2015/16 Better Care Fund Plan- Section 75 Agreement
7 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
8 Dementia Action Alliance, Carers Call to Action
9 Crisis Care Concordat
10 Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control
For Consideration
11 Access to Services for Deaf People
For Information and Assurance
12 Health Protection Group
13 Autism Strategy
14 Carers Strategy
15 Future Meeting Dates 2015

Wychavon Community Recognition Awards 2014

Deadline 14.1.15 ... last chance to make your nomination!

Wychavon is looking for the community heroes of 2014 for its annual Community Recognition Awards.

Open to the whole community, the awards give those who have volunteered, coached or helped others in the district a chance to gain well deserved recognition for their efforts in helping to make Wychavon a better place to live and work.

Application forms are available at For more information or to talk through your nomination please contact Hannah Peacop on 01386 565497 or email

see download

Follow-up NHS 5 year plan published

Paras 2.16 & 2.17 are particularly relevant to the voluntary sector.

Update to CQC engagement details (15 January)

There are 2 further opportunities to feed into the CQC Inspection. 

Places need to be booked by contacting us on 01386 550 264 or

See download

15 January - CQC Inspection

CALL TO organisations who provide services to people with poor mental health

A focus group of c15 people is needed to provide information for a CQC inspection of the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust in January 2015.

Service users must have used the Trust’s services within the past 12 months.

Amanda Wright is working with MHPF, a national umbrella body for VCS mental health providers to set up the focus group.

The focus group is scheduled for  9.30am – 12noon, 17th December, at PYPLC, Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club, Droitwich Road, Worcester WR3 7SN.

Service User travel expenses can be reimbursed and each participant will receive £15 worth of high street vouchers.

Full details in download poster
This is an opportunity to help shape our local mental health services


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