DR UK’s statement on the new WCA reassessment guidance:On 29 September 2017, the DWP announced that ESA claimants in the support group and universal credit claimants with limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA) will no longer need to be reassessed if they:
- have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition
- are unlikely to ever be able to move into work
Guidance on the reassessment criteria has now been published. DR UK were one of several disability charities that took part in discussions on changing the reassessment criteria. See their statement and reservations about these changes
The Health Committee has launched an inquiry into regulatory arrangements needed to guarantee safe and effective supply of medicines, medical devices and products post-Brexit. Closes Thursday 26 October 2017. Find out more
The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into the effectiveness of assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Submissions are due by 10 November 2017. Find out more
Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? If so, NHS England want you to tell them about it and will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 for projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare. Closing date for applications is 31st October. Find out more
12 Tory MPs write to Work and Pensions Secretary demanding a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit: A letter backed by 12 Tory MPs, including the prominent backbencher Heidi Allen, called for the rollout to be paused over fears about the impact on claimants already receiving universal credit in trial areas.
Disability and Post-16 Education and Skills Pathways: This event will bring together key speakers and representatives from the Department for Education, National Development Team for Inclusion, Further Education Colleges, service providers, parents and other stakeholders to share best practice and raise awareness of new policies and developments about educational and career options for young people when they reach age 16. To be held 10:00am – 4:30pm 19 October 2017 at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road. Find out more
Care Quality Commission (CQC): Disability Rights UK is involved in the ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ partnership with the CQC. Through this initiative disabled people have the opportunity to tell the regulator about their experiences of the health and social care services they use.
The guidance offers practical support and information for NHS providers and VCSE partners to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS.
Web link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/NHSE-Guidance-on-Recruitment-and-Management-of-Volunteers-Sept17.pdf
Collaboration and a culture of partnership
This guidance encourages day-to-day collaboration between volunteers and staff. It recognises volunteers
as part of the wider NHS family and the value of their contribution alongside paid professionals. It aims to support an asset-based approach and culture of partnership. Asset-based approaches are place-based approaches that develop local solutions, drawing on all the assets and resources of an area; integrating public services and also building the resilience of communities. It also provides support to organisations who are already working in partnership with NHS providers to effectively recruit and manage volunteers.