Government announces £40 million for brain cancer research in honour of Tessa Jowell

Department of Health and Social Care | May 2018 |Government announces £40 million for brain cancer research in honour of Tessa Jowell
The funding is double the original amount and will be used to encourage new research and clinical practice to improve outcomes for people with brain tumours.


The measures include:

  • doubling the government research fund to £40 million – part of a £65m research package launched this year
  • starting to use gold standard dye across the UK – this dye is used to identify brain tumours during surgery and is currently only used in half of brain cancer centres in England
  • speeding up the use of adaptive trials – to test different treatments at the same time and speed up the process
  • an annual global conference to bring together world experts on brain cancer, to be hosted by the government

(Department of Health and Social Care)

Full details are available from the  Department of Health and Social Care

Support to help at-risk children living with alcohol-dependent parents

Department of Health and Social Care | April 2018 | New support to help children living with alcohol-dependent parents

Jeremy Hunt has announced new plans to identify at-risk children and provide them with rapid access to support and advice. He said, “the consequences of alcohol abuse are devastating for those in the grip of an addiction- but for too long, the children of alcoholic parents have been the silent victims. This is not right, not fair. These measures will ensure thousands of children affected by their parent’s alcohol dependency have access to the support they need and deserve.”


As part of these plans, a £4.5 million fund has been promised to support at-risk children,  is for local authorities to develop plans that improve outcomes for children of alcohol-dependent parents. Steve Brine MP will have a specific responsibility for children with alcohol-dependent parents.

The measures include:

  • fast access to support and mental health services for children and their families where there is a dependent drinker
  • quicker identification of at-risk children, including those undertaking inappropriate care responsibilities
  • the provision of outreach programmes to get more parents successfully through addiction treatment
  • early intervention programmes to reduce the numbers of children needing to go into care

They are designed to help an estimated 200,000 children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents.

Further details are at the Department of Health and Social Care

Funding for postgraduate, dental hygiene and dental therapy students

Department of Health and Social Care | April 2018 | Healthcare education funding for postgraduate, dental hygiene and dental therapy students

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery, allied health professional, and most new dental hygiene and dental therapy students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Postgraduate students
From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.
Accessing loans will provide these students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support while they study. They will have access to the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

Dental hygiene and dental therapy students

From August 2018, most pre-registration dental hygiene and dental therapy students will be able to access loans. This will enable them to be at least 25% better off while they study, and to have access to the Learning Support Fund.

For the cohort starting in 2018 to 2019 only, students at 5 institutions will continue to have access to an NHS bursary for the duration of their course. These providers will be required to reform their courses to fit the standard model from August 2019.

Further details on the Policy Paper are available from the Department of Health & Social Care 

Funding opportunity available to UK and Chinese researchers to help tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Department of Health and Social Care, Innovate UK & Steven Brine |  March 2018   | UK-China collaboration to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will invest up to £10 million in UK businesses and academics who work in conjunction with Chinese scientists to advance work on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The fund is to support the development and, where appropriate, clinical evaluation of new products or services, which must be of value in addressing the threat from AMR.

Innovate UK will deliver the funding to UK researchers (£750,000) and The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology  will invest up to 60 million Renminbi (RMB) to fund the project.  Projects can last up to 3 years.

UK applicants must demonstrate that projects are primarily and directly relevant to the needs of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs), including China, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). There must be a clear economic and societal benefit to LMICs from their proposed project. The competition will open on 3 April 2018  (Innovation Funding Service)

Projects must address the specified criteria at DHSC here  

Full details including eligibility criteria are available from DHSC 


Funding for research into brain tumours announced

Each year around 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and just 14% of people survive their disease for 10 or more years. Brain tumour research in the UK to receive £45 million in funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and Cancer Research UK.  An estimated £20 million will be invested through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) over the next five funding from Cancer Research UK  will support 2 new specialised centres, The Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence, based at the University of Cambridge and The Institute of Cancer Research, London.
A centre specifically for adults with brain tumours will open later this year.

This announcement follows the release of the report of the Task and Finish
Working Group on Brain Tumour Research led by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Chris Whitty.  There will be a formal call to research teams to put forward innovative new proposals, to access NIHR funding in April.

For further details see the links below

NIHR: £45 million investment for brain cancer research

Department of Health and Social Care: Brain cancer research to receive £45 million funding

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/ 19

NHS England & NHS Improvement | Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/ 19


This publication  responds to the November 2017 Budget announcement of additional NHS funding of  £1.6bn for 2018/19, which will increase funding for emergency & urgent care and elective surgery.


It outlines how additional funding will impact on frontline services such as primary care and A&E services. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540 million available through the Mandate over the coming financial year.

It also sets out plans for the development of accountable care systems into integrated care systems. The guidance is accompanied by revised clinical commissioning group allocations for 2018/19.

The publication Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19 is here

A link to the revised CCG allocations is also available

Infographic to show CCG allocations are here


Funding system failing people with continuing healthcare needs

Report suggests the Government must take steps to improve the complex process for obtaining funding which is beset with delays and poor-quality assessments. | Public Accounts Committee

NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding is intended to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, who have significant healthcare needs. This report finds that too often people’s care is compromised because no one makes them aware of the funding available, or helps them to navigate the hugely complicated process for accessing funding. Those people that are assessed spend too long waiting to find out if they are eligible for funding, and to receive the essential care that they need.

This report from the Public Accounts Committee finds that the Department of Health and NHS England recognise that the system is not working as well as it should but are not doing enough to ensure CCGs are meeting their responsibilities, or to address the variation between areas in accessing essential funding.

Full report: NHS continuing healthcare funding: Thirteenth Report of Session 2017–19