SINePost e-bulletin, April 2014

This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Child Health Profiles, Distance Travelled to Work data, Child Benefit Opt-Out and Climate. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, March 2014

This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Teenage Pregnancy, Local Tobacco Profiles, the Value of Tourism and Rough Sleeping. Read more »

Introducing Andy Heron

Andy Heron who has joined Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as its first Chief Operating Officer, took time out from his first week to introduce himself and speak about his new job. Read more »

Implications of the Children and Families Bill

This event to be held in Taunton on 27th February provides an opportunity to discuss the implications of the Children and Families Bill and associated NHS Mandate commitments, including the implementation of personal health budgets for children. Read more »

Getting on? Growing older with autism

This report sets out the challenges facing people with autism in older age – as related by them and the people who support them. It also makes recommendations on how central and local government can help to meet these challenges to make sure all older adults with autism can live the life they choose. Read more »

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a school transition programme which is a unique, business-led, one-year, school-to-work programme that takes place entirely at the workplace in Bath with Bath and North East Somerset Council. Read more »

Share examples of good practice – looked-after children

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is looking for examples that demonstrate high quality practice in supporting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people which will feature in a new online resource to support service improvement in this area. Read more »

Share your views on Somerset health and care services

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in September 2013 and would like to hear from anyone who has recently used local health and care services about their experience. A listening event is planned for 24th September 2013. Read more »


We work with disabled people and their families. We offer practical support – from information services to education and everyday care. Read more »


Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. Read more »


Mencap is the leading UK charity working with and for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers. Read more »


We provide a range of services nationally, including advocacy, carer support, crisis services and more. Read more »

Clinical Psychologist shares thoughts with Somerset members

The Somerset NAS branch has embarked on an initiative to collect as much evidence as possible of the need for support services in Somerset. This will be used to guide the county autism strategy and the design of support services for those with Autism and similar conditions and their families. Read more »

People with learning disability die earlier

Bristol University research finds 22% of people with learning disabilities were under the age of 50 when they died. People with learning disabilities are more likely to have a premature death (dying 16 years earlier) compared with the general population. Read more »