NHS England

Knowledge session: What it means to be a facilitator 23rd October 2-4.30 pm  Holiday Inn, Haydock

 From the Innovation Agency
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For the third in our series of knowledge sessions, we’re continuing our learning exchange by revisiting the Health Foundation’s habits of an improver, this time looking at what it means to be a facilitator.
This session will explore why facilitation is important and the skills and methods we can bring to our teams and beyond.

We’ll be trying out some practical methods and tools that will help you get better results from meetings and groups, including simple coaching techniques and an introduction to Liberating Structures, which are new ways of organising the way we interact to get work done.

This session is for you no matter what your role – clinician, manager, technician, administrator.  We’ll also be giving a free copy of the Liberating Structures handbook to all participants.

To book your place at the event, please register below:
Register now

House of Commons debate on acquired brain injury Monday 18 June.

This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of acquired brain injury in parliament and the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum was keen to ensure the event was well attended.

We were delighted to have John Woodcock MP for Furness, another survivor in parliament discuss honestly what a difficult time people faced after a brain injury

It was excellent too to hear mention of the need for a rehabilitation prescription and need for rehab consultants in all Major Trauma Centres by  MP in the

Many of us watched the live screening of the debate and this comment was made on Twitter by our treasurer Nicola Hughes:

“Feeling quite emotional that the parliamentary debate on is happening right now! Thank you from someone who is quite exhausted due to how irresponsible the current process is! Living is so much more than surviving! Rehab rebuilds a life!

CQC Local System Review of Health and Social Care in Cumbria

In February 2018 the Care Quality Commission carried out a Local System Review of Health and Social Care in Cumbria.

The purpose of this review was to understand how people over 65 move through the health and social care system with a focus on the interfaces between services and it is one of 20 targeted reviews taking place across the country.

The review report has been published by the Care Quality Commission and is available on their website: http://www.cqc.org.uk/news/releases/cqc-publishes-review-how-local-health-social-care-systems-work-together-cumbria

The next step is to develop a plan which sets out how the local system will implement the recommendations. Cumbria CVS would like to involve you in helping to shape this plan before it is agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board. They are holding three workshops on the following dates:


11 June 2018              9:30 – 11:30                The Oval Centre, Workington

12 June 2018              9:30 – 11:30                Botcherby Community Centre, Carlisle

14 June 2018              9:30 – 11:30                Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal

The objectives of these sessions are to:

  • share the findings of the system review, update on progress that has already been made and the next steps
  • discuss and shape the action plan for Cumbria

We would be pleased if you could attend one of these sessions. To confirm your attendance please email cqcsystemreview@cumbria.gov.uk by Friday 8 June 2018 confirming your details and which session you are attending.

Kind regards

Jozi Brown  Senior Engagement Officer   Cumbria CVS

 Shaddongate Resource Centre     Shaddongate    Carlisle    Cumbria CA2 5TY

 Tel: 01768 800350    Email: jozib@cumbriacvs.org.uk


  Registered Charity No: 1119671

Funding pressure on NHS and social care set to grow

Funding pressure on NHS and social care set to grow: This Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFFS) report finds that UK spending on healthcare will have to rise by an average 3.3% a year over the next 15 years just to maintain NHS provision at current levels, and by at least 4% a year if services are to be improved.

Social care funding will need to increase by 3.9% a year to meet the needs of an ageing population and an increasing number of younger adults living with disabilities. It will need to increase by more to accommodate much needed social care reform. Read more

Scrapping prescription charges can save money

New research by York Health Economics Consortium shows that scrapping prescription charges for people with Parkinson’s and inflammatory bowel disease would save the NHS money. The Prescription Charges Coalition (PCC) is calling on the Government to urgently reform the prescription exemption criteria in England, and make prescriptions free for people living with long term conditions. Disability Rights UK is a member of the Coalition.

Sign up to the PCC mailing list if you’d like to get involved.

Sign the petition to scrap prescription charges for people with long-term conditions

New system launched to help measure and prevent medication errors

The new system will link prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions, enabling the NHS
to monitor and better understand medication errors, with the aim of preventing them from

Boxes of prescription medication

A groundbreaking system to help the NHS monitor, learn from and prevent costly medication errors has been launched today.

As part of the Health and Social Care Secretary’s plan to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, the NHS will introduce a series of indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital.

The indicators will work by linking prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. This will allow the NHS to monitor and better understand medication errors, with the aim of preventing them from happening.

The first indicators will focus on how different medicines may be contributing to people being admitted to hospital with gastro-intestinal bleeding. The programme will cover more medicines and associated conditions later in the year.

The launch of the new system follows research which highlighted the impact of medication errors, with an estimated 237 million taking place every year.

Medication errors can range from delivering a prescription late to a patient being given the wrong medication. Errors can happen at any point at which a patient comes into contact with a drug, including:

  • prescribing
  • dispensing
  • administering
  • monitoring

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said:

Today marks a vital step on our journey towards making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. While our own research has shown us the shocking toll medication errors take on our health service and its patients, the NHS itself needs a consistent way to measure medication errors. This groundbreaking initiative will help give us the data we need to stamp out these costly errors.

The indicators will work alongside other measures designed to reduce medication errors and encourage openness and transparency, such as new defences for pharmacists if they make accidental dispensing errors. Plans also include accelerating the introduction of electronic prescribing systems across more NHS hospitals this year.

Through this innovative programme of work, the NHS is leading the way in responding to a global issue which the World Health Organisation has described as “a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems across the world”.

Valproate Epilepsy drug

Valproate: New licensing rules for controversial epilepsy drug
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has changed the licence of the drug
Valproate to protect women from giving birth to children with malformations or learning defects.

Guidance states that the drug must no longer be prescribed to women or girls of childbearing
potential unless they are on the pregnancy prevention programme. A new warning will also appear
on packets. The move comes after a European regulator endorsed a similar ban last month.

New research reveals care funding postcode lottery

Disabled people are being hit with huge care bills because a postcode lottery sees them denied access to vital NHS funding.

The NHS continuing healthcare scheme is administered by local CCGs, whose medics are supposed to use the national framework to ensure patients are treated in the same way wherever they live.

However, research by Which? has found that despite a national framework for assessments, people in England with the highest medical needs can be up to 25 times more likely to get their care costs covered depending on where they live.

South Reading, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area with the lowest level of people funded, paid care costs for 8.78 patients per 50K of the population, while Salford funded 220.38 people per 50K.

The inconsistencies affect people living in the same region. In Stockport (31.76 per 50K), patients are almost seven times less likely to get the funding than those 10 miles away in Salford.

Which says that although CCGs do have different populations, regional variations cannot easily be explained by demographic differences between areas.

It also found that nearly all areas are failing to meet national framework guidance stating that in most cases people should not wait more than 28 days for a decision about whether they are eligible for funding.

Sue Bott Disability Rights UK’s Deputy CEO said:

“This disturbing report shows just how ridiculous the current funding system for health and social care is.  It cannot be right that someone in Stockport has to pay thousands for care whereas someone in the same circumstances 10 miles down the road in Salford doesn’t have to pay anything.

There is an assumption amongst the general public that care will be free, sadly it is only when people encounter the ‘system’ for the first time that they realise just how much they have to pay.  At DRUK we think health and social care costs should be covered by general taxation.  This is the only fair way.”

The care funding gamble: Which? reveals lives blighted by postcode lottery is available @ https://press.which.co.uk

Dan Rattigan, new post with NHS England

Dan Rattigan, policy group vice chair for the National Neuro Alliance, has left the MS Society to become Senior Policy Manager – Mandate Partnerships and Accountability at NHS England.

Dan Rattigan

We look forward to working closely with Dan and you can read more about him at https://www.linkedin.com/mynetwork/invite-sent/dan-rattigan-9b995b59/?isSendInvite=true