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Nationally plans have been put in place that represents a shift in the way the NHS in England plans its services through the Five Year Forward View and the Five Year Forward View Next Steps. While the Health and Social Care Act 2012 sought to strengthen the role of competition within the health system, NHS organisations are now being encouraged to collaborate rather than compete to respond to the challenges facing their local services.

This shift reflects a growing consensus within the NHS that more integrated models of care are required to meet the changing needs of the population. In practice, this means different parts of the NHS and social care system working together to provide more co-ordinated services to patients.

The Charity Commission requires charities to report serious incidents. If a serious incident takes place within your charity, it is important that there is prompt, full and frank disclosure to the Commission. You need to report what happened and, importantly, let the Commission know how you are dealing with it, even if you have also reported it to the police, donors or another regulator.

This guidance helps charity trustees identify serious incidents. It also explains how to report them and what to report.

What is a serious incident?

A serious incident is an adverse event, whether actual or alleged, which results in or risks significant:


What is this guidance about?

Internal financial controls are essential checks and procedures that help charity trustees:


Dementia Associates

Are you interested in getting involved in research about dementia at the University of Salford?

We are looking for people living with dementia, their family members and supporters to become an Associate at our Salford Institute for Dementia.

Our Dementia Associates meet monthly at our Dementia Hub on the University campus on the third Monday of every month.

The meetings are from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Next dates:

Safeguarding children, young people and adults aged 0-25 in the voluntary and community sector.

This set of recommended standards and accompanying guidance will help non-statutory organisations in England that work with children and young people up to the age of 25, to put clear safeguarding arrangements in place.

They are aimed at voluntary and community organisations, as well as social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations that may not consider themselves to be within the voluntary, community and faith sectors.


Macmillan are looking for people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual who are affected by cancer to answer a short survey about their ‘cancer and your sex life’ booklet.

They are exploring different ways of presenting this information. They want to understand how the different options work for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. They are also checking how much information is useful in print and how much should be online only.


A Self-Reliant Group (SRG) is made up of 4–10 members from the same neighbourhood and/ or similar economic and social experience. They meet regularly and save small manageable amounts, such as 50p or £1 per week. The group is not dependent on outside funding, and has collective and rotating leadership.

The SRG and its members are encouraged to start an enterprise (collectively or as individuals supporting each other) and self-determine their own focus and agenda. Church Action on Poverty nurtures the SRG and its members in the initial months until they become ‘self-reliant’, and introduces the SRG to the wider network within Greater Manchester and other areas of the UK.


Salford social enterprise Six Degrees has been successful in securing a five-figure grant to support family carers of people living with dementia in the city.

The Empowered Carers project will complement the social enterprise’s existing Empowered Conversations dementia communications workshops by offering one-to-one support to carers. It will give an opportunity to access tips on ways to cope and a chance to connect with other carers through the delivery of six online sessions.


Meeting for groups that deliver cultural or art activity in Salford.

Tuesday 26 February at Walk the Plank, Cobden Street, 5.30pm for a 6pm start ending at 8pm 

Plans for the meeting:


With many articles in the local and national news recently, social prescribing is the hot topic. The BBC recently reported that social prescribing is set to play an important role in taking the pressure off GPs and providing the right support for people. NHS England plan to increase the number of trained ‘link workers’ that can support people to access social activities. But what does social prescribing actually mean and who can do it? Social prescribing is about supporting someone to connect to their local community and to take part in an activity that makes them feel good about themselves and helps keep them well, with people often being able to manage long term conditions better and needing to go to the GP less often.

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