4 February 2014
This resource describes how public health in a number of councils has started to use the opportunities of a local government setting to improve health and wellbeing.
9 August 2013
The £3.8 billion Better Care Fund was announced by the Government in the June 2013 Spending Round, to support transformation and integration of health and social care services to ensure local people receive better care. The BCF is a pooled budget that shifts resources into social care and community services for the benefit of the NHS and local government.
10 July 2013
The LGA, with support from national partners (NHS England, ASASS, Public Health England, ADCS, Monitor, Department of Health), have appointed Integrating Care to lead on the development of a series of value cases and a toolkit to help local areas, through Health and Wellbeing Boards. understand the impact of different models of integrated care on service users and cost across the health and care system.
10 September 2013
Health and Wellbeing Boards will be able to track their progress and effectiveness with an online self-assessment tool, launched today.
9 August 2013
The LGA and NHS England have today (9 August) published their planning ‘vision' for how the pooling of £3.8 billion of funding, announced by the Government in the June Spending Round, will ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care.
The LGA is campaigning for an enhanced role for all councils and elected members; ensuring local democratic leadership of strategies and commissioning and building on our response to adult social care (Dilnot).
The LGA also aims to:
- provide support to local authorities and health and wellbeing boards on embedding and utilising the local health reforms, engendering future innovative practice
- develop the Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme, grant funded by the Department of Health, in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England, Healthwatch England, and the NHS Confederation.
- support Peer Challenge as a cornerstone of the system improvement programme, applying the sector led improvement approach
- bring together national and local stakeholders to develop a programme of exploratory and forward thinking health and wellbeing challenges.
There is a vital role for culture and leisure to play in improving the health and wellbeing of local communities, helping tackle unhealthy lifestyles and the social determinants of health, offering cost effective and creative solutions and engaging with communities, families and individuals in managing their wellbeing.
Northamptonshire County Council, working with LibraryPlus, is organising a one-day event entitled 'Simply Connect! Libraries breaking social isolation' showcasing examples of innovative practice of libraries helping to break social isolation.
Sport England has announced the names of cities that have been shortlisted to become England's first 'City of Football', demonstrating a commitment to promoting all forms of the grassroots game.
The transfer of public health from the NHS to local government and Public Health England (PHE) is one of the most significant extensions of local government powers and duties in a generation. It represents a unique opportunity to change the focus from treating sickness to actively promoting health and wellbeing.
The Local Government Association (LGA), UKactive, Public Health England and the County Sports Partnership Network were delighted at the response to the five Moving more, Living more forums held across England.
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) initiative seeks to increase levels of participation by disabled people (including those with long-term health conditions) in fitness and health programmes of all kinds. (Pic courtesy of VisitEngland)
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative ‘IFI Mark' accreditation is the health and fitness sector's national accreditation scheme for providing inclusive and accessible leisure services. (Pic courtesy of London 2012).
There were more psychiatric hospitals in Surrey than most English counties, and when they closed in the 1990s, their archives came to Surrey History Centre. (pic courtesy culture24.org)
Local system leadership is required to ensure that the totality of public resources are brought together to address shared priorities for health improvement.
'Everybody Active, Every Day' is a one-day event in London, organised by Public Health England, and presents a long-term, evidence-based approach to increase physical activity in local communities.
The £3.8 billion Better Care Fund (formerly Integration Transformation Fund) was announced by the Government in the June 2013 Spending Round, to ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care. The BCF is a single pooled budget to support health and social care services to work more closely together in local areas.
Peer challenges are free to councils and health and wellbeing boards. They involve bespoke teams of peers from a range of organisations working on site with the council and its partners for four days.
The Community Wellbeing Board has responsibility for Local Government Association's (LGA) activity in the areas of the wellbeing of adults, including health and social care. Board papers can be accessed from this link.