Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England: call for evidence

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The Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England is taking place at a time when the NHS is undergoing significant change and proposals to reform social care are currently before parliament. What sets it apart from other reviews past and present is that it will fundamentally re-examine the terms of the post-war settlement, which established the NHS as a universal service, free at the point of use, and social care as a separately funded means-tested service.

This call for evidence sets out the questions that the Commission are seeking to answer, including specific questions on the boundary between health and social care and the funding of care.

You have a real opportunity to help us develop fresh ideas about how we might achieve a truly integrated health and care system that is fit for the 21st century. We encourage everyone to contribute and we look forward to hearing your views. You can request an easy-read version by emailing commission@kingsfund.org.uk

The closing date for responses to our call for evidence is 4 October 2013.

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#40638 Veronica Frankl...
Chief Executive
Arts 4 Dementia

Bridging the provision gap for people in the early stages of dementia, from diagnosis - Reawakening the Mind: Evaluation of Arts 4 Dementia's London Arts Challenge in 2012: Arts interventions to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers -
1) outlines the efficacy of re-energising stimulation by art form by dementia type- participants remain energised and stress free for 94% overnight, for average of 60% for a week or more after stimulation. For details, see www.arts4dementia.org.uk/reawakening-the-mind-report -
2) provides models for weekly A4D workshops at arts venues

A4D provides training for workshop leaders and volunteers, signposts these activities as self-help for families with dementia and encourages memory services to urge their local arts organisations to provide workshops for person and carer.

#40644 Laura

What about e-learning in regards to training staff in the health and social care sector? I've read some great articles about how effective and as an extremley busy carer I find it most convinient being able to complete my training around my working hours in the comfort of my own home. There are some brilliant courses and companies like embrace learning(http://www.embrace-learning.co.uk/Website/index.php) have a joint learning platform tool enabling all areas of health and social care to be joined up.

#40817 Paul Munim
Community Enterprise East London

We believe there has to be a greater role for local community organisations in looking after and supporting people. Professionals seem to think the only people fit to provide care is another professional but these boundaries are being challenged mainly on cost grounds. We have created a website http://www.useyourcommunity.com which is a directory of local community organisations. We created this website because we realised that vulnerable people were not accessing their local organisations for support such as befriending, advice and practical volunteer help. The Health sector needs to share responsibilities with local community organisations because preventative support is best delivered by local community organisations. Yet because
professionals want to hold onto their funding, we are being told they are going to work in the community. Will that really happen?

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