Continuing healthcare framework updated

The national framework which sets out the principles and processes for determining eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare has been revised to reflect the new NHS framework and structures, effective from 1 April 2013. Read more »

Somerset Parent Carer Forum

Somerset Parent Carer Forum aims to make parent carer participation an integral part of local services, ensuring that there is involvement at all levels of decision making. Read more »

December’s Autism Friendly Film

December’s Autism friendly film is ‘Nativity 2 – Danger in the Manager’ showing in cinemas throughout Somerset. Now twice a month at even more cinemas nationwide thanks to a new partnership with Cineworld. Read more »

Whistleblowing helpline

The whistleblowing helpline is an independent, confidential, free phone service for staff and organisations working within the NHS and social care sector. It is provided by Mencap and commissioned by the Department of Health. Read more »

Equally accessible?

This briefing published by the NHS Confederation summarises a study, commissioned by the Mental Health Network and funded by the Department of Health, that highlights some of the innovations made in local mental health services in England. Read more »

Telehealth roll out

The Department of Health plans to roll out the use of electronic information and technology to help people manage their health independently, as a way of giving people with long-term conditions control over their own care. Read more »

NHS Mandate

A mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board has been published setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years. Read more »

NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-14

The NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-14 sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators that will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for improvements in health outcomes, as part of the government’s mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board. Read more »

Autism in maturity

A range of information sheets for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) aged 40+ is now available as a result of work on the project ‘Autism in maturity. The project needs older people with autism and their families to take part in research, join the new campaign group or both! Read more »

We exist too

This report published by the National Autistic Society profiles the experiences of siblings of adults with autism. Read more »

NAS Avon newsletter

This October 2012 issue of the National Autistic Society (NAS) Avon branch newsletter provides notes on the discussions which took place at the Branch Support Group meeting on 27th September 2012. Read more »

Working with local government: a guide for GP commissioners

This short guide summarises some of the need-to-know structural and operational features of local government and presents advice from GPs, NHS managers and local councillors on the important cultural stumbling blocks that often occur when working across the NHS-local government divide. Read more »