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Patient recruitment for diabetes needs assessment focus group

Source by: Public Health

Do you have type 2 diabetes and are registered at a GP Practice in City and Hackney? If so, we need your help!

The London Borough of Hackney Public Health team are doing a project looking at what patients with type 2 diabetes want and need from community services for diabetes in Hackney. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions, the good and the bad!

We are hoping to conduct group interviews to discuss these issues and are looking for adult patients with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes to participate. The group interviews will last 45 minutes to 1 hour and will be conveniently based at the Hackney Service Centre which is just behind Hackney Town Hall.

The results will be fed back to the City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who plan how things are run, so this project will very much help influence how diabetes services are shaped in the future. Your voice will definitely count!

If you are interested to sign up or would just like some more information, please contact:

Rufus Ferrabee, GP Public Health Trainee

Individual employer funding available from Skills for Care

Source By: Skills for Care


  1. 1.     Via a User led Organisation-

A number of User Led Organisations have been awarded Funding for 2018/19 to deliver training for people who employ their own care and support (individual employers), and their personal assistants

Details of the organisations are now available on our website

If an Individual Employer would like to access any of the training, they can contact the organisations directly.

  1. 2.     Via a direct application to Skills for Care-

From Monday 4 June, we will be accepting funding applications directly from Individual Employers who receive a social care direct payment or are self-funders. Applications can be submitted at any time before 28 February 2019 for training starting before the end of March 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for personal health budget holders (PHB IE funding) is not currently available. We are working with NHS England to secure additional funding to ensure that we can continue to support PHB holders with money for training. PHB holders who wish to access funding are encouraged to email so that we can notify them when funding is available or check the Skills for Care website regularly for up-dates.


This year, we are testing a sector based work academy model for personal assistant (PA) recruitment. We want to explore if and how a sector based work academy model might work for PA recruitment. We want to invite local groups of organisations to apply for funding to test this model. Applications are now open and will remain open until 12 noon on Monday 9 July and you can download an application form from the ‘Tender opportunities’ web page, or from the news article on the ‘Information hub for individual employers and PAs’.

Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance

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Consultation description

This consultation has 2 parts.

The first is a call for evidence on issues connected with elective home education. In particular:

  • registration of children educated at home
  • monitoring of home education provision
  • support for home educators

The second part is seeking comments on draft versions of 2 DfE guidance documents about elective home education. One is designed for local authorities and the other for parents.

Click here

This consultation closes 11.59pm on 2nd July 2018

Access Denied: Barriers to Justice in the Disability Benefits System

Source By: Zacchaeus 2000 Trust

Access Denied: Barriers to Justice in the Disability Benefits System


Thursday 5th July

8.30 - 9.30 a.m.

Macmillan Room, Portcullis House


Chair: Emma Dent-Coad, MP for Kensington and Chelsea 

Under the current system of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), hundreds of thousands of seriously ill and disabled people are being denied the payments they are entitled to.


Using in-depth research with claimants, this report examines the flaws not only in the assessment system, but also the long, draining ordeal of Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) and appeal, which many disabled people must endure in order to get the awards they deserve.


The research shows that the MR stage is acting as a significant barrier to people pursuing their appeal and, unless it can be fundamentally changed, should be removed. The claimants' stories also demonstrate the vital importance of proper legal support and representation for disabled people at their tribunals, and the impacts of the Government's drastic cuts to legal aid. 

The report concludes with clear recommendations on the changes needed at assessment, MR and appeal to ensure all disabled and unwell people can access the support and justice they deserve.


The launch is an opportunity to hear from claimants affected, learn more about our recommendations and together discuss how we can fix this broken system. I very much hope you can join us.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided

For any questions and to RSVP please contact Jen Durrant at

Good Growth Fund: supporting regeneration in London

Source By: Mayor of London

The Good Growth Fund is Mayor Sadiq Khan's £70 million regeneration programme to support growth and community development in London. 

Working with the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), the fund supports innovative, best practice regeneration activities, that enable:

  • Londoners to actively participate in their local community and have a say in how their city is shaped
  • delivery of co-ordinated place-based strategies that welcome growth in a way that works with the physical character of London’s many places
  • diverse and accessible local economies – from our high streets and town centres to industrial areas – to realise their full potential and making London a place of opportunity for all

Round 2

Round 2 is now open with a further £20m funding available. To get a well-balanced programme, we’re encouraging collaborative proposals that bring together a range of partners to focus resources and seize opportunities in a local area.

Download the application form here. Deadline for stage one applications is 13 July 2018.

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