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A recent report considers three means of enabling users of health and social care services to have greater control of how services are commissioned: pooling personal budgets; drawing on service users’ own choices and insights to inform commisioning; and developing peer support from service-user and staff-led mutual organisations.
This briefing summarises and comments on a report and recommendations by the National Association of LINks Members (NALM) on a recent survey of local authorities and LINks on the progress made in each area towards setting up a local Healthwatch organisation. The briefing will be of interest to local government officers and Members with responsibility for overseeing the transition to Healthwatch and also to LINks members.
This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Department of Health consultation which seeks views on some major changes to how health scrutiny operates; these include a proposal to require the full council to agree to refer contested NHS reconfigurations to the Secretary of State.
Yesterday saw the release of a critical report from the cross-party Health Select Committee on the Health Minister, Andrew Lansley’s proposals to reorganise the NHS. Stephen Dorrell, the Committee’s Chairman and former Health Secretary, said that “the NHS should focus …
LGiU runs an extensive programme of informative, practical and very popular seminars for local government. The seminars cover a range of subjects and keep elected members and officers up to date with key developments. Below is a list of all the seminars we …
Can the government, change not just me but the whole population’s behaviour to make us all healthier and happier?
Helena Herklots, is right to stress in her Guardian article the absolute importance of day-to-day services to many older people’s quality of life – services that are often low cost and straightforward can help people to stay independent and to …
Of course, we don’t yet know whether the pause will result in fundamental change or marginal change. If the changes to the core of the bill are not radical, then councils will still need to adjust to working with a …
How did a policy with universal endorsement for its emphasis on clinical engagement and patient choice end up facing extensive (and unusually consistent) criticism? Focus is inevitably falling on the Health Secretary, renowned for his knowledge of the NHS, but with …
Andrew Lansley seems to have, at last, conceded that there may just be a lack of transparency in the arrangements for GP consortia. Many of us have been saying that from the beginning. There will have to be big changes …