Advancing the case for free social care at the end of life – Macmillan Cancer Support

According to this report the NHS could save approximately £69 million a year by providing community care to allow cancer patients in England to die at home instead of in hospital. It sets out the economic and moral case for providing free social care to people at the end of life. It also finds that three in four health professionals believe the vast majority of cancer patients in hospital in the last few days of life would have no medical need to be there if there were alternative community-based services available. Read the report: Source: The Kings Fund Health Management and Policy Alert 8.7.14  ...

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Rethink Mental Illness Dudley Carer Support to show inspirational Finding ‘Mike’ film

The national charity Rethink Mental Illness is holding a free film screening in Dudley of a moving documentary about one man’s search to find the stranger who stopped him from taking his own life. The film, which will be screened at Dudley Rethink on Tuesday 26th August, tells the story of 27-year old Jonny Benjamin, who earlier this year launched a nationwide campaign with the charity to find the Good Samaritan who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008.  Jonny, who has a form of schizophrenia, named the campaign ‘Finding Mike’ although he didn’t know the real name of the man he was searching for. His search soon went viral, with the hashtag #findmike trending in the UK and countries as far afield as Canada, South Africa and Australia. Millions shared his story and Jonny went on make TV appearances across the world. Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Kate Nash and Boy George tweeted their support and even the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backed the campaign. After two weeks, 31 year-old personal trainer Neil Laybourn from Surrey came forward and identified himself as the real ‘Mike’ and the pair were reunited. Rethink Mental Illness and Jonny worked with the independent production company Postcard Productions to capture the whole story on film. The footage was turned into a 45-minute documentary, which was first screened in London in May this year. Rethink Mental Illness is now showing the film at screenings across the country. Jonny, who is also a producer on the film, said: “The response to the campaign from the public, both in the UK and around the world was way beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I’m so glad we managed to capture the whole thing on camera and I’m so proud of the film we’ve made. “For me, this project has always been about more than just finding ‘Mike’, it’s also been about raising awareness of suicide, which takes a life every 40 seconds around the world.Iwant it to spread a message of hope and for people to see that it is possible to recover from, and learn to manage, aserious mental illness like schizophrenia. “I really pleased that people in Dudley will have the chance to see the film. I hope that it’ll help other people with mental health problems to realise that they are not alone and that it is possible to overcome life’s adversities, no matter how bleak things may seem.” Sarah Hill who works for Rethink Mental Illness Dudley Carer Support said: “I think that Jonny is an inspirational character and want to raise as much awareness as possible about his Finding Mike campaign. He challenges so many stereotypes and preconceptions and is living proof that people...

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Dementia Pathways learning event 11 September – message from BCPC

BCPC would like to draw your attention to an introductory learning event held by Dementia Pathways where your delegate can discover the potential of Circle Dancing when working with people with memory loss, and learn the skills to provide an activity with therapeutic benefits for people living with dementia.   The day includes an activity pack and a 20 track CD.  Event:                        Circle Dance in Dementia When:                        11th September 2014 Where:                      ExtraCare, Hagley Road Village Hall, Birmingham, B17 8BH Cost :                        £100 / person This open event is for anyone interested in providing meaningful activity for people with dementia. See a clip of Circle Dance in action by following this link http://www.circledanceindementia.com/   If you wish to attend, please contact info@dementiapathfinders.uk or you can book a place here https://circle-dance-birmingham.eventbrite.co.uk  Circle Dance flyer Birmingham 11 09...

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That was the week that was MIRID update 14 -20 July

That was the week that was MIRID update 14 -20 July

Here’s the weekly adult social care round-up brought to you by Making it Real in Dudley.   Local Have you signed up to the social care commitment yet? message from BCPC Sing and Sign Choir gets praise at the Big Gig Mindful Gifts CIC publishes ‘Washday Blues’ for people with dementia     Local events Get cycling for 50 plus programme from Age UK Dudley for June – August Free Ipad and gadget workshops in July Age UK Healthy Footsteps for aged 50 plus – July to Sep programme now out Tenants and residents groups meetings Litter pick at Corbyns Bromley – 26 July 2014 Black Country Partnership for Care, employer event – 30 July The Brain Tumour Charity – Family Fun Day Saturday 2 August Halesowen 100 (cycle for Macmillan Cancer Support) 24 August Take part in the Rotary 5k fun run or 10k road race on 21 September for Age UK Dudley National Focus on the health and care of older people report from Health and Social Care Information Centre  Health and Social Information Centre (HSIC) – Fact Sheets Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2014 to 2015 updated guidance Reducing health inequalities: a toolkit and guidance for starting local conversations -Public Health England.    National events Getting the best from your reablement service – Skills for Care Conference 22 July 2014 If you would like further details on Making it Real in Dudley please go to www.makingitrealindudley.org You can also subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates in real-time.  Alternatively you can contact Shelley Brooks on 01384 812418 or...

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GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities – financial support for health improvement

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. The 2015 awards which are in partnership with the Kings Fund are now open for application and the deadline is 5pm on 19th September 2014. Guidance The King’s Fund Applications...

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