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Information Sharing Across County Durham

Durham County Council have regular consultations with the Public and current Consultations can be found at the link below

Durham Community Action …. **New**

Dear Colleague We need your say! 

Do you work with the frail elderly or those with long term health conditions? Do you have an interest in the Integration of Health and Social Care? Do you provide or collaborate of any locally led community services such as lunch clubs, befriending services or other projects that bring together the frail elderly or those with long term conditions in a community setting? If so, you may be aware that Durham Community Action (DCA) is working our colleagues in the sector, and health and social care services to develop engagement of the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) in County Durham with the programme to integrate Health & Social Care in County Durham. 

The primary objective of this work is to develop a coherent and consistent framework for the VCS and Teams Around the Patients (TAPs) to provide joined up community led services for frail elderly people and those with long term health conditions. DCA would like to ‘take the temperature’ of the current level of engagement across the sector by gathering some initial thoughts from the you. To that end we would appreciate if you (or the most appropriate member of your organisation) could complete the following survey questions for us by Wednesday 6th September. 

Please click the link to complete the survey : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5Q378HN 

Many thanks in anticipation and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Jo Laverick or Kate Burrows at DCA. Joanna.Laverick@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk Kate.Burrows@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

Citizenship and Civic Engagement consultation **New**

 The House of Lords has set up a committee to explore the issues of citizenship and civic engagement in the twenty-first century. The committee is keen to hear from a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations in order to understand the nature of the citizenship challenge for different parts of society; the aim being to identify new ways of building bridges within and between communities, and to support civic engagement. Ambition will be working alongside sector partners to provide a collective response.

Pharmacy Survey **New**

Hello there, I’m hoping you can help. We’re currently working with the Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Public Health in County Durham by collecting the views of the general public about their knowledge and use of services available in their local pharmacies. The information gathered will be used to produce a report to improve and build on future services and will be shared with our partners and the public. 

We will be out and about in the summer asking people what they think about pharmacy services but to try to reach as many people as possible the survey is also available online. If you were able to include the link in your next e-bulletin it would be much appreciated: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7L58V3Q The survey is open to anyone who accesses pharmacy services in the County. 

We expect to keep the survey open until Friday 18th August.

Sugar Smart Community Survey **New**

We launched our SUGAR SMART campaign at the Durham Centre yesterday and already have pledges to take action to help people reduce their sugar consumption from a number of partners including the NHS Foundation Trust, Durham University and several departments at DCC. Claypath Deli in Durham are also going to take part and we hope to recruit other independent restaurants. 

We have a community survey that we would like as many people as possible to complete, so please help us by filling it in yourself and then passing on to friends, family, mailing lists (where appropriate), colleagues etc. There are two £10 vouchers for Claypath Deli up for grabs as well as free swim vouchers. 

Here is the link to the survey to get views on sugar consumption and how best to reduce it https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GK9WJFB for your information.

LSCB: Practitioner Survey **New**

I am writing to you to remind you that the staff survey regarding ‘working together’, exploring various aspects of cooperation and multi-agency safeguarding work, is now available for completion. 

Access to the survey is via the following link, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PrcSvyJul17 

This survey has been designed by the Working Together sub group and members of that group are the Lead contacts for partner organisations that have any queries regarding the survey content and process. The survey was highlighted in the LSCB’s Summer newsletter, which has been distributed to all LSCB sub group members. The survey is intended to highlight aspects of multi-agency safeguarding practice that can be developed to assist practitioners. 

Please promote awareness of the survey and encourage practitioners to complete the survey before the end of August 2017. The results of the survey will be available to the LSCB and will help to inform understanding of the safeguarding landscape and partner agency practice. 

If you have any difficulties accessing or completing the survey please contact me for assistance. 
Mark Quinn Quality and Performance Coordinator Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board Tel. 03000 265 772 County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ

Bowel Cancer Screening **Current**

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early and it can save lives.  Unfortunately there are not as many people in County Durham taking and returning their free bowel cancer screening test as in other areas.  As a result people across the County are missing out on the best way to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat and there is the greatest chance of survival.  Healthwatch County Durham would like to find out why people are not taking up this screening opportunity, so that we can make recommendations that enable more people to benefit from it.  If you are aged 60-74yrs we would appreciate it if you could take five minutes to answer a few questions and help us understand the barriers people face. Please click this link to take part in the survey -  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GF8H9ZT

Safeguarding Website Survey **Current**

The Safeguarding Adults Board is continually seeking ways to improve how we communicate to, and with the public.
It would be very helpful to us to know what you think about our website and the information available.
You can find our website here http://www.safeguardingdurhamadults.info

You can help us by completing a short survey:

If you would like to receive this survey by post, please contact: 03000 268870.
We look forward to hearing from you.

CAFCASS Charter Survey **Current**

I am writing to you following the distribution of the LSCB Winter newsletter 2017 (22/02/2017).  The newsletter included a web link to a staff survey regarding awareness of guiding principles outlined in the CAFFCASS National Charter for Child Inclusive Family Justice.  The LSCB has identified the Charter as an exemplar of practice that it would like partner agencies to consider in relation to working with children, young people and families.  I have included the link below:

Please promote awareness of the survey and encourage practitioners to complete the short survey before the end of March.  The results of the survey will be available to the LSCB and will help to inform understanding of the safeguarding landscape and partner agency practice.
If you have any difficulties accessing or completing the survey please contact me for assistance.
Mark Quinn
Quality and Performance Coordinator
Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board
Tel. 03000 265 772
County Hall

Are you a care navigator, health champion, link worker or working in a similar role?**Current**
Health Education England and Public Health England have commissioned Northumbria University to undertake some research into the competencies required of staff in these roles (collectively referred to as Community & Healthcare link workers) and how best to enable  staff to  develop or evidence those competencies. We have already talked to staff undertaking various CHC link worker roles and reviewed what is already known about those roles.
We have developed, in partnership with a wider group of such staff, a competency framework that outlines the core competencies required, and, for those with more experience or in leadership roles, enhanced competencies. This is attached.
The link below will take you to a short survey to help us find out more about your work and your views on how best to provide support and access to appropriate learning to people working in CHC link worker roles. The survey is anonymous. Further information is provided via the link and you can choose whether to proceed

This is your opportunity to influence future decision making on workforce development related to CHC link worker roles

Diabetes Education Sessions **Current**

My name is Sara Blight and I currently work as part of the New Integrated Diabetes Team within County Durham.  We are hoping to get patient feedback around any education sessions that someone with diabetes or a carer of someone with diabetes has been referred to by their GP.
We have 3 ways that someone can access and complete the survey.
Online via survey monkey.  Here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C5KLV6C
Telephone by contacting Nicola Wilson Diabetes Coordinator on 0191 569 2834.
We would like to hear from as many diabetic patients and carers as possible to help make appropriate changes to the support that they receive to manage their long term condition.  It would be great if you could share this with as many people as possible so we can gain this valuable feedback.

More Participant Required for Funders **Current**

Esmee Fairburn and Blagrave are running a survey of VSOs in order to inform a session that will take place at the ACF conference in November – the session is looking at whether foundations are fit for purpose, and the survey is key to getting the views of their key stakeholders.   They have 250 responses so far, but are hoping to get much more like 1000.  The survey asks questions about Trusts and Foundations – their communication, support and relationships with grantees.


Healthcare Appointments Volunteer Driver Service - help shape the service **Current**

We are trying to get as many views as possible about the eligibility criteria related to the Healthcare Appointments Volunteer Driver Service. For this purpose, would you please be able to circulate the introductory text below and the document attached to your networks please? The latter provides a very clear overview about what we are trying to achieve so people should read the document prior to completing the online survey.
Please contact myself silviascalabrini.ddes@nhs.net or Daniel Blagdon d.blagdon@nhs.net if you require further information.
Many thanks in advance for your help.