All Health and Wellbeing
For nearly a year now, I've been a member of the 'shadow' Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board, representing the voluntary and community sector. This is a new body which was formed under the new NHS and Social Care Act which introduces the Coalition Government's changes to the way health and social care services are structured across England. There must be one Board in each Local Authority area. The Department of Health defines the role of the Health and Wellbeing Board as follows:
The Transition Alliance have produced a map showing the boundaries of the North West Health and Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups. This map will be of use to anyone who will be working within the new structure - particularly where this work crosses locality boundaries.
In the final six weeks of the new health deal for Trafford public consultation, the NHS in Trafford is calling on all community, voluntary, religious and special needs groups and organisations, to join in the discussion around the proposed service changes at Trafford General Hospital.
A new community toolkit, containing a DVD and several interactive activities, has been specifically designed for local groups to help them learn about the proposed service changes and encourage them to share their views and opinions on the proposal.
The workstream seeks to improve clinical outcomes and experience for patients with long term conditions.
Earlier this year, the Department of Health announced the introduction of deadlines for new cases which require assessment of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.
Sir David Nicholson has written to NHS colleagues to inform them of the introduction of deadlines for individuals or their families and representatives wishing to request an assessment of eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare for cases during the period April 2004 to March 2012.
The deadlines are relevant to cases from the following time periods:
Local authorities and Primary Care Trusts have been legally obliged to collaborate in the production of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) since 2007 and this latest version is a continuation and expansion of the previously published JSNAs for the city. Building on the previous work, the current version of the JSNA has been developed as an online tool so as to allow the material to be revised and expanded on an ongoing basis. All of the data used in the JSNA will shortly be available to users via the new Manchester Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool.
An African Health Needs Assessment has been commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH) and is being led by the Terrence Higgins Trust and a number of other partners.
Although The Terrence Higgins Trust is an HIV charity, this part of the project is a more general assessment of health needs of specifically Black African people living in the UK.
All of this will be fed back to the DoH to help them shape their funding and resources to ensure they meet the needs of UK citizens.