At the most challenging time for health and social care since the 1980s, National Voices is standing up for the rights of patients, service users and carers.
We work with our large and varied membership to influence government ministers and departments, professional bodies, and the key players in the new health and social care landscape, to ensure that policy remains focused on issues which will deliver the greatest impact for those with needs.
Current influencing priorities
- Managing the transition: Supporting members to navigate the new health and social care systems through regular updates, briefings and targeted member events. Find out more about forthcoming events here.
- Coordinated care: Building on our Principles of Integrated Care, National Voices is now working with the Commissioning Board and the Local Government Association to promote the commissioning of more coordinated services. Find out more about this work stream here.
- Patient involvement in commissioning: We are working with the Commissioning Board, HealthWatch England and Public Health England to drive forward patient involvement in practice. Find out more about this work stream here.
- NHS Constitution: Our Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, has been working with the NHS Future Forum to feed in our members’ view for strengthening the Constitution. Our response to the consultation can be found here.
- Social care: We are working with the Care and Support Alliance to strengthen the Care and Support Bill, particularly in relation to care planning, integration and making connections to the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The National Voices consultation response can be found here.
- Patient leadership: We are working to develop understanding of the role of patient leadership in the new system and deliver a dedicated programme to support the influencing capacity of our members. More information can be found here.
- Information governance: Our Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, sits on the Department’s transparency panel and has been invited to join Dame Fiona Caldicott’s review of information governance .
We are also keeping a watching brief on issues such as the role of HealthWatch, public health and patient safety.