25/07/13 – On Healthcare, Social Care and Welfare

This week, we have news regarding the NHS and DWP, chances to contribute your views on the NHS, and a collection of helpful resources.


It’s getting to that time of year! As the FaithAction team will be in and out of the office over the August, we may take longer than usual to get back to you. If you are sending an email, please write to [email protected] and we will do our best to respond as soon as we can.


Call for Information

FaithAction is currently preparing a series of work regarding Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt’s top priorities in healthcare.

If your organisation works in any of the following areas we want to hear from you!

  • Preventable mortality
  • Long-term conditions
  • Dementia
  • Caring in the health and social care system.

If you can contribute any case studies or examples of work in the relevant areas, or are otherwise interested in contributing, please contact [email protected].




King’s Fund warns of chronic shortage of NHS staff

The Guardian reports of findings published by the King’s Fund that shows serious gaps in areas of the NHS workforce that could lead to patients not receiving proper care in the future. There is expected to be a lack of doctors going into general practice, psychiatry and geriatrics due to pressures related to these areas, as well as shortages in nurses and elderly carers. The report suggests that ‘radical changes’ are needed, with one proposed solution being to abolish the national pay scales, allowing pay and conditions to be set locally.


DWP to improve Work Capability Assessment

The Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to improve Work Capability Assessments, including bringing in additional providers of assessments by summer of 2014. WCAs are currently outsourced to Atos Healthcare, a company that has drawn much criticism for its questionable ‘fit for work’ assessments. As part of the improvements, the DWP has directed Atos to implement a quality improvement plan, involving retraining and re-evaluating Atos staff, and putting in places measures for those that do not meet standards.



Get Involved

NHS England: Call to Action

NHS England has called for an open debate on the future of the health service, due to fears of a £30bn funding gap by 2020. NHS England has released a publication, ‘The NHS belongs to the people’, which lays out the challenges faced by the NHS, and will be examining feedback from meetings with service users, events, and the NHS Choices website to help plan its long-term strategy.

For more information, please click here.


Mentoring and Befriending in London

The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation are offering places on a free programme providing support and training to mentoring and befriending projects in and around London.

For more information, please click here.


Caring for our future: implementing funding reform

The Department of Health is seeking views regarding the implantation and organisation of changes to the care costs system, including capping of costs and deferred payments.

To contribute your views, please click here.


The NHS Constitution survey

The Department of Health is conducting a short survey to find which of the values and principles laid out by the NHS Constitution are most important to service users and carers.

To contribute your views, please click here.




Social Enterprise UK and NAVCA have responded to a report on government procurement published by the Public Administration Select Committee last week.


Working Links has launched a new website, Access Ability, designed to forge connections between employers and local organisations that help recruit and train people with disabilities.


Clinks and New Philanthropy Capital have produced an in-depth guide to evaluation and evidence reporting, aimed at the criminal justice sector.


Inclusion has an examination of the first figures released by the government regarding the Youth Contract wage subsidy programme.