Social services Expo 2015

September 7-8, 9:30am – 5:00pm, Edinburgh International Conference Centre Social work, care and health professionals are invited from across the UK and Europe to attend this unique event- Keep up-to-date on the latest developments in social work and care Explore new resources, suppliers and products to improve service delivery Unlimited places available for the expo, meaning there’s no limit to how many people you will meet Exhibition runs alongside IFSW European Conference, held in the UK for the first time since 1991 Click here to view the leaflet with the full details about the Social Services Expo Registration is essential before the event. Free entry will not be available on the day without a ticket- to register, visit: http://www.ifsweurope2015.org/register-for-expo/ You can also register for the IFSW European Conference, running parallel to the Social Services Expo here:...

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Health and wealth economic summit comes to the West Midlands

The WMAHSN will be holding a high-profile summit in October, examining the links between health and wealth and the implications for the West Midlands. The second annual WMAHSN Health and Wealth Economic Summit will be held on Tuesday 13 October from 9.45am – 4pm at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This free event will inform and educate industry, academics and clinicians of the opportunities available to improve health and create wealth and explain how to collaborate with other stakeholders via these new services. The innovation fund for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the Innovation and Adoption Service and the industry gateway will also be launched to around 200 delegates. The event will provide an update on the developments made by the WMAHSN over the past 12 months, including a step by step update on the seven point growth plan and the announcement of the WMAHSN’s medicines optimisation and LEP strategist secondees. There will also be question time sessions, discussing the Innovation and Adoption Service and industry innovation support. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and on site car parking and wifi will be available. WMAHSN also has a variety of attractive and excellent value for money sponsorship packages available for this event. For more information, contact Sarah Millard on sarah.millard@wmahsn.org or call 0121 452 5636.   For more information, go to the WMAHSN website, or to register, please click here....

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Arrangements for hospices in England- Survey results 2015

Statutory funding for adult and children’s hospices in England is fragile, unfair and unsustainable according to findings released today by national charities, Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives. More than two thirds of the hospices surveyed report that their statutory funding was frozen or slashed in 2014/15 – largely because of financial restrictions on NHS commissioners or stand still budgets. Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives are calling on the Government to set out how it will bring about fair and sustainable statutory funding for hospice and palliative care. Charitable hospices in England care for around 360,000 people each year – 120,000 patients and 240,000 family members – providing 26 million hours of care and potentially saving the NHS and social care millions of pounds every year. Yet funding for hospices from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities in England remains patchy and inconsistent. There are early signs that the lack of fair and sustainable funding is already having an adverse effect on hospice services. This could lead to more pressure on already overstretched NHS services if hospices are forced to reduce the level of care they provide. Fragile The survey of 117 hospices in England shows that nearly a fifth of hospices surveyed (17%) – both children’s and adult hospices – had their funding reduced. For more than half of hospices surveyed (52%) funding has remained static. For many hospices this comes after several years of freezes in statutory funding. Some CCGs have increased funding, although this has been predominantly to develop new services rather than to increase funding for core services. Unfair More than eight in ten hospices surveyed (85 per cent) do not think their hospice is being funded fairly and sustainably by the NHS. CCG funding for adult hospices varies widely; across England, CCGs make contributions to hospice care costs which range from less than 1% to more than 50%. For children’s hospices, CCG funding contributes an average of just 10% of their care costs – compared to an average of around 30% for adult hospices. Nearly nine in ten children’s hospices surveyed (89%) said they could be forced to reduce their services if the annual NHS England grant to children’s hospices was not available. In spite of providing a range of social care services, less than a quarter (23%) of hospices surveyed reported receiving funding from local authorities to fund social care services. Unsustainable Almost three quarters (74%) of hospices in England surveyed expect their funding to be either frozen or cut again during this financial year (59% are expecting a funding freeze and 15% a cut). As a result of dwindling statutory funding levels a number of hospices are subsidising...

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Omega shortlisted for UK finals

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care shortlisted for UK final of Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards   Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care has been selected from charities across the West Midlands as the regional winner of the “Unsung Hero” award. They received a prize of £1000 and will now compete against charities from across England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for six overall prizes which will be announced at the UK Final awards ceremony on 8th October 2015. The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life changing work of small and medium sized charities.   84 year old Jean Griffin, nominated by Omega National Association for End of Life Care, won the Unsung Hero Award for her voluntary efforts for the charity which have been outstanding. Jean fronted the Chatterbox recruitment radio campaign for telephone befrienders; she ran a race for life at the age of 80 and has provided friendship and comfort for bereaved and socially isolated clients and clients who turn to Omega when faced with the difficult prospect of caring for a loved one at the end of their life.   No request for support too great, Jean is well known in the organisation for literally walking the extra mile, making daily hospital visits on foot to comfort a terminally ill patient until the day they died. Her volunteer commitments have included input into training sessions and mentoring services for younger or newer befrienders. Jean is not short of things to do, but she always makes time for those that need her help. Her fundraising efforts such as knitting scarves and toys for sale have helped many charities over the years.   Chief Executive of the Foundation, Paul Streets OBE, said of the awards: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. Omega has demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice, and has set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported thousands of such small and medium sized charities to tackle disadvantage in communities right across the West Midlands and we look forward to doing much more in the years to come.’   For more information about Omega, visit our website www.omega.uk.net. See full news release here-Charity Achievement Award...

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