Weekly political news round up – Friday 17th January 2014

January 17, 2014 in News by Whitehouse

Around the sector

The University of Sheffield has announced that it has received a £65,000 grant from Crohn’s and Colitis UK to develop a study analysing the impact that inflammatory bowel disease may have on young people’s relationships, employment potential and identity. The study will ask two groups of patients, aged 16 to 18, and aged 19 to 21, to share their feelings about their illness, how they have coped, and what diagnosis was like and how others perceive them since being diagnosed. The research will be one of the first to uncover young people’s attitudes to the illness and the lifelong impact it has on their lives.

Update on Children and Families Bill

The final day of the Report Stage of the Children and Families Bill has been scheduled for the 29th January, which will be followed at a later date by the Third Reading. It appears likely now that the Bill will clear all remaining hurdles, with Government concessions easing Peers’ concerns over the more contentious parts of the Bill. However, the plain tobacco packaging issue that threatened to hijack the Bill may still cause a slight wobble if the Opposition push hard on it, although Crossbenchers and Liberal Democrats will have been soothed by the Government’s commitment to consult on the policy change. As a result, it is possible that the Bill could receive Royal Assent as early as February.

NHS England’s Quality and Clinical Risk Committee calls for Patient and Public Voice representative applications

The Quality and Clinical Risk (QCR) Committee has announced that it is recruiting up to three Patient and Public Voice (PPV) representatives.

The QCR Committee, which is a formal Committee of NHS England’s Board, seeks to drive improvement in the quality of services provided to individuals, as well as manage any quality or clinical risks associated with NHS England performing statutory and non-statutory functions.

The role of the PPV is to act as the patient and public voice and inform the QCR Committee’s work, bringing views and perspectives to the group. They also have the duty to “constructively challenge, influence and help the QCR Committee to scrutinise topics from a quality and clinical risk perspective”.

The role requires a time commitment of 9 days a year for individual patient or public members who join as individuals rather than as representatives of organisations (with £150 remuneration per day). Appointments last for 18 months and there are restrictions exist on eligibility for applications: NHS employees and practising healthcare professionals cannot apply, nor can those who have been made bankrupt, or have been fired from the NHS or removed as a trustee of a charity.