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NEWS: NHS volunteers free online training course

Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment (UHSCE) is a free online training course for NHS volunteers. The Certa accredited course is part of the development offer from the NHS England national team to strengthen patient voice and is for current NHS volunteers who are interested in increasing their understanding of the health and social care environment and how the sector improves health. There are two rounds of the course starting on 20 February 2018 and 20 March 2018.  There is a £50 deposit (returned upon completion) to ensure participants fully commit to the course.

More information about the course and how to apply can be found here or email england.ppve-learning@nhs.net. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2018.

Please share this info and the attached leaflet with your patient/service user/carer/public voice groups/networks.

NEWS: Government consultation launched on children and young people’s mental health

The Government has published a green paper on children and young people’s mental health. This is now out to consultation, which will run until midday on Friday 2 March, 2018. You can read the full green paper here and respond to the consultation here. The DH and DfE are finalising a number of consultation events for early 2018, including for children and young people, and details of those will be published in due course. Please feel free to share this information with your contacts and networks. Any media enquiries should be directed to the DH.

NEWS: Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

The consultation will close on Wednesday 14 March. We anticipate hearing a variety of views during the consultation period and it is therefore vital that the CCG voice is heard as part of this. We would encourage all CCGs to formally respond. In developing a response members should undertake engagement or consultation with their population for implementation of the draft guidance in line with the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act. This will allow for a rapid local decision to be made on implementation of the final guidance for each condition when it is planned to be published in April 2018. This would be for CCGs to determine based on the level of spend in local areas and their own policies for consultation and engagement. We will share broad levels of spend for the conditions specified in the next Focus On bulletin. For the list of items that should not routinely be prescribed click here.

What will happen after the consultation closes?

After the consultation concludes the joint NHSE/NHSCC clinical working group set up to advise on this work will be asked to quickly review responses and develop final guidance which will be published as soon as possible subsequently. CCGs will then be expected to have ‘due regard’ to the contents when making decisions on and developing their own local commissioning policies. It is hoped that by undertaking this engagement on the draft guidance during the consultation period decisions about implementation of the final guidance can be made swiftly, unless there are any substantive changes that the CCG believes it should consult on again.