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NHSX, NHS Carers, Mental & Physical Wellbeing Education, NHS' financial sustainability

NHSX, NHS Carers, Mental & Physical Wellbeing Education, NHS' financial sustainability

25th February 2019

Hello, World! - is what was NHSX first Tweeted on Tuesday last week announcing its presence as a new joint-venture between NHS England/Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care for digital, data and technology. NHSX will have its own CEO (Matthew Gould is a favoured contender according to HSJ ) but Health Secretary Matt Hancock has no intention for it to be placed on a statutory footing. It aims to deliver on the Health Secretary's tech vision and the NHS Long Term Plan. Read more about NHS's newest organisation in this excellent piece by HSJ's Ben Heather and The Download (also by Ben).  

On Tuesday was also Oral Health Questions, please scroll down to our Parliamentary Monitoring for a full overview of all questions asked. On Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave a speech asking 'Who cares for our NHS carers?'. He asked this question in light of Health Education England's (HEE) publication of their report 'NHS Staff and Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission'. The recommendations from this report (and others if you recall) will be taken into account by Baroness Dido Harding and Julian Hartley in their NHS Workforce Implementation Plan (interim report expected end of March). 

Last week, Dr Sarah Wollaston confirmed to remain as chair of the health and social care select committee after her resignation from the Conservative Party. She and Luciana Berger MP, also a member of the health and social care committee who resigned from her party last week will both sit on the committee as independents. Read more about The Independent Group here

This morning, Education Secretary Damian Hinds gave a Ministerial Statement in the Commons announcing that from September 2020 all children in England will be taught about mental and physical wellbeing as part of new guidance for compulsory health education. At the moment of writing the full statement is not yet available on Hansard, but keep an eye on this link for updates.

Earlier today the Public Accounts committee heard evidence on the NHS financial sustainability from, amongst others, Simon Stevens Chief Executive NHS England, Ian Dalton Chief Executive NHS Improvement, Sir Chris Wormald Permanent Secretary and David Williams, Director General Finance and Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care. A full transcript will be soon available on the Public Account commitee's website.

Finally, for the coming week I would like to draw your attention to Alan Mak MP's Ten Minute Rule Motion on 'National Health Service (Prohibition of Fax Machines and Pagers) which he will present tomorrow. Interesting especially because, for those who missed it, Matt Hancock's announcement over the weekend that all NHS trusts will be required to phase out pagers by the end of 2021

Have a lovely week. 

Best wishes,

Emelie de Wagt

Health Policy Manager

Policy Connect

020 72028580