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Accredited registers update 

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The UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) gains accreditation: total of accredited registers is now 24

We are pleased to announce that we recently accredited the UKBHC. The role of healthcare chaplains is focused on spiritual and belief systems, the way these relate to health and wellbeing, and how they can enable people to cope with the challenges and transitions that accompany illness, injury and suffering.

We look forward to working with the UKBHC to promote the benefits of choosing practitioners from accredited registers.

UK Health Show 2017

In September, we attended the UK Health Show 2017 at Olympia London. We were excited to listen to NHS England’s plans to expand the Integrated Personal Commissioning programme to provide personal health budgets to 100,000 patients by 2020, and the benefits that these are bringing to individuals currently. We also enjoyed hearing from Health Education England about the place of social prescribing in the health and care system. There were numerous other entertaining and thought-provoking sessions throughout the day, all of which have given us food for thought on how we can develop our work with accredited registers.

The Authority takes a stand at Best Practice 2017

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The Best Practice show, held 18-19 October in Birmingham is the National Association of Primary Care’s annual conference, so the agenda was packed with content about the future of primary care.

We welcomed many visitors to our stand including GPs, practice nurses and practice managers, we were delighted by their interest in the accredited registers programme taking leaflets with them to share with colleagues about the programme and how it can benefit their patients. Our 80,000-strong workforce is independently assured and flexible which makes it ideal for the new models of primary care currently being trialled by NHS England and the National Association of Primary Care’s ‘primary care home’.

Find out more about the show at www.bestpracticeshow.co.uk

Minister to launch our joint report with the Royal Society for Public Health

You may have read in previous newsletters about the project we’ve been running with the RSPH to investigate how accredited registers could be used to help improve population health, particularly via ‘healthy conversations’ with patients and service users.

Our report – Untapped Resources: Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce – will be launched by both organisations on 31 October. It explores in detail how we believe the accredited registers workforce, comprising approximately 80,000 practitioners, could be used to help alleviate some of the public health problems affecting the UK.

We are very pleased that the Minister will be attending, sharing his reflections on the report.

After the launch, we’ll be releasing the report so keep any eye on the latest news section on the website for more details.