NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a consultation on proposed guidance relating to individuals held within prisons and immigration removal centres who have been detained under the Mental Health Act for assessment and treatment within mental health inpatient services. The deadline for responding is 19 July 2019.
NHS Norwich CCG – Equality and Diversity Strategy 2019-2021 – your chance to shape how we involve diverse communities in our decision making processes
NHS Norwich CCG has a strong reputation for involving stakeholders and members of the public in everything it does. We are in the process of developing its Equality and Diversity Strategy and is looking for members of the public, stakeholders and If you are interested in helping us develop our new strategy for 2019 – 2021 then please email our Engagement Manager Laura McCartney-Gray or telephone 01603 751638
The Central Norfolk Wheelchair Personal Health Budget Project was launched in January 2018. The project was made up of a small but strong steering group of stakeholders, representing service users, carers, community groups, service providers, commissioners, occupational therapists and social workers with the aim of working together to resolve the issue of introducing personal health budgets for the wheelchair users .
The steering group developed and delivered three co-production workshops, two of the workshops, which were at the heart of the project, opened with powerful contributions from residents of central Norfolk who use NHS Wheelchair Services.
This shared experience focused everyone’s thinking on the significant benefits that a joined-up approach to the provision of equipment through a personal health budget would have. As a result, the group helped develop a Central Norfolk Wheelchair Personal Health Budget Offer for users of the service.
Following reports that some groups of vulnerable people found accessing primary care services difficult, a sub-group of the CCG’s Wellbeing and Complex Needs Group researched and developed a training pack for GP practices.
The group included people with lived experiences.
At the end of March 2015, the Modern Slavery Act, a piece of landmark legislation, came onto the statute. The main thrust of the Act focuses on illegal activity in the UK; however, the legislation also looks at the potential for slavery down the supply chain outside of the UK. The Act has direct implications for businesses operating in any sector in the UK.
A key element of the Act is the ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ provision. Businesses above a certain threshold are required to produce a ‘Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement,’ outlining what steps they have taken in their supply chain and own business to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place.
Who does the Act apply to?
a) A body corporate (wherever incorporated) which carries on a business, or part of a business, in any part of the United Kingdom, or
b) A partnership (wherever formed) which carries on a business, or part of a business in any part of the United Kingdom.
The Government’s Consultation
Following the passing of the Act, the UK Government entered a period of consultation with industry and interested parties which ended on 7 May 2015. The consultation process sought views on the turnover threshold that would determine whether or not a company has to report, as well as what guidance is required to help businesses understand what a slavery and human trafficking statement might include.
A summary of the consultation was published by the Home Office on 29 July 2015. The document summarises key findings from the responses to the consultation and more specifically provides details of:
• the threshold for reporting on the ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ clause
• initial views on the content of the statutory guidance that the Government are compiling which is due for publication late 2015
Threshold for reporting
Following the consultation, the turnover threshold for reporting has been set at £36 million. Companies above this threshold will be obliged to report as detailed in the ‘Modern Slavery and Supply Chains – Government Response’: “all commercial organisations carrying on business in the UK with a total turnover of £36m or more will be required to complete a slavery and trafficking statement for each financial year of the organisation.”
The aim of this measure is to encourage businesses to do the right thing and to drive transparency as companies’ statements are published, scrutinised and compared.