Health and Wellbeing System Bulletin February 2019

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Health and Wellbeing System Bulletin

February 2019

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Dear colleagues,

I am really looking forward to seeing you on 27 February at our fifth annual Political Leaders in Care and Health Summit co-chaired with NHS Clinical Commissioners. It's still not too late too book a place for this free event. Email

Also, the LGA's flagship conference on public health is coming up on 21 March. This annual event will explore and build on the challenging, innovative work being undertaken by councils and public health teams with their partners and local communities. This year's theme is 'Supporting resilient communities: helping people to feel good and function well'. Download the programme

Caroline Tapster
Director, Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme


Help your council make better informed decisions

As part of its ongoing redesign, LG Inform Plus has had a facelift. You can now find out quickly how LG Inform Plus could help your council make better informed decisions – from accessing local data to key corporate functions such as records retention, GDPR and local government powers and duties.

Improving the mental health of Londoners: a report

Thrive LDN, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation interviewed more than 1,000 Londoners on how they can better support people to be mentally healthy. The report has been sent to all London council leaders.

Mapping dementia care after diagnosis in England

The Alzheimer's Society is funding a survey for people who commission any service(s) related to supporting people with dementia at any stage after diagnosis (but not assessment and diagnostic services) across England.

New legal rights to personal health budgets for wheelchairs and section 117

Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, announced intentions for legal rights to personal wheelchair budgets and for those eligible for section 117 aftercare in response to the recent consultation. A long-term approach to personalised care, Universal, Personalised Care, which commits to rolling out the model to 2.5 million people by 2024, was published on 31 January.  

National recruitment campaign for social care sector

The Department for Health and Social Care has launched a national recruitment campaign to fill vacancies in the social care sector

Moving home from the hospital: a video

People recovering after an operation, illness or unexpected visit to hospital, like Ken could enjoy the comforts of a Shared Lives carer's home and support to get back to their own home as soon as possible.


Social Care Digital Innovation Programme 2019-21

Over the last two years NHS Digital has funded 31 councils to provide digital solutions to prevent or improve social care challenges. Councils can now apply for the third wave of the LGA-managed programme. Ten authorities will receive up to £30,000 to design an innovative and new digital solution to address a specific issue, with eight receiving up to a further £90,000 to support its implementation. The funding will run over two years and collaboration with local partners is encouraged in the council-led applications. The deadline to apply is 7 March.

Tools and data

Through the Knowledge Hub (KHub), this bulletin, and the blog of data specialist Philippa Lynch we will provide updates and links to new information available. Using LG Inform and LG Inform Plus the LGA will provide reports and easy access to information across a range of health and wellbeing themes. Reports covering health and wellbeing measures for your area are available through our interactive map. If there are further resources you would like to see signposted on our website, please email

Secondary analysis data initiative funding

The Economic and Social Research Council and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing is offering up to £300,000 per project for up to six projects for analysis of secondary data to better understand people's and communities' wellbeing in the UK. Deadline for proposals: 31 March for the July panel and 31 July for the November panel.

Health Foundation advanced applied analytics funding

The Health Foundation has opened calls for funding to improve analytical capability in support of health and care. Applications are open until 26 February, with funding of up to £75,000 per project.


Shaping healthy places: exploring the district council in health

An effective custodian of the public's health

Improving the public's health: local government delivers

NHS long-term plan explained
The King's Fund

Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide
The Alzheimer's Society

Update on payments for sleep-in shifts in social care: February 2019


Political and clinical leaders in health and care annual summit
27 February 2019 | Church House, London

LGA/ADPH annual public health conference and exhibition 2019  
21 March 2019 | London

High Impact Actions for Integrated Care workshop
21 March 2019 | London

High Impact Actions for Integrated Care workshop
28 March 2019 | Leeds

Induction: HWB chairs/vice chairs/ASC lead members
26 June 2019 | London

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019  
2-4 July; 15-16 November 2019 | Bournemouth

National Children and Adult Services Conference and Exhibition 2019 
20-22 November 2019 | Bournemouth