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Joint targeted reviews of services to protect children: Ofsted consultation
Ofsted are consulting on a revised process for joint inspections. You can get a copy of the consultation document HERE. The consultation is open until Tuesday, 11 August 2015.

Eye Health Survey
Barking and Dagenham Council would like to hear from local people about their eye health. The purpose of the survey is to find out how much people know about free NHS eye tests and other forms of screening. Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an important eye health check to help prevent other conditions. The results will support the Health and Social Services Committee (HASSC) analysis of local eye care services across the borough. The survey closes on: Friday, 7 August 2015, but is also available at various health centres in the borough.

Developing Barking and Dagenham’s Primary Care Transformation Strategy
Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group is in the process of developing its primary care transformation strategy. Key to this work is engaging with local patients and their representative organisations to explain the process and hear their views. The aim of this work is to outline the vision and priorities for local primary care services within Barking and Dagenham over the next five years. Please take some time to complete a short survey by telling us what your experience of primary care services in Barking and Dagenham has been like. The results of the survey will help to shape the strategy and overall direction of primary care services in the future. Please submit your response by Wednesday, 19 August 2015

London Ambulance Service (LAS): Improving services to people with Dementia
LAS would like to improve the service it provides to people with Dementia and their carers. To do this they need to speak to people who have experience of having Dementia or those caring for people with Dementia who have used the LAS in the past or who might need to use them in the future. If your group would like to take part or for further details, please contact: Kudakwashe Dimbi on (020) 7783 2581 / kudakwashe.dimbi@land-amb.nhs.uk
National Audit Office: Study on local welfare provision – Evidence needed:

The National Audit Office are carrying out a study on local welfare provision and are currently collecting evidence from various sources to demonstrate its need and value. There are two areas where any evidence you may have would be very useful for this study.
1. Any evidence that charities and grant-giving organisations have experienced a change in demand for support following the abolition of community care grants and crisis loans in April 2013 and any evidence of a more recent change in demand for support, which could potentially be linked to councils reducing or stopping their local welfare provision
2. Any evidence that local welfare provision has prevented or reduced the need for more costly public services
If you have any relevant evidence that you could share with them, could you email it to david.pottruff@nao.gsi.gov.uk by Friday, 21 August 2015 if possible (or by phone on (020) 7798 5486)

What are your views on SORP?
Charities SORP are looking for views and experiences with SORPs (Statements of Recommended Practice). There is a three month period in which you can send them your views. Closing date for comments: Friday, 18 September 2015

Accessible Parking Review
LBBD are currently doing a review of their accessible parking provisions. As part of this review they are inviting people to take part in an online survey where they can have a say and share their experiences – please share the link with your service users and or their families/carers. Once they follow the link they will need to register to complete the survey, which is through the LBBD website so you won’t be bombarded with third-party junk mail!! The closing date for this consultation is 31 March 2016

Community action and social media research
The use of social media is widely believed to be transforming democracy and community action, but evidence is scant. The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) at the University of Birmingham is researching the use of social media for community action among community groups. TSRC is also interested in reasons for not using social media, so please take part even if you are not currently using social media. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete.