News from National Voices

New research conducted by National Voices and Social Enterprise UK has found that only 13% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can clearly show that they are actively committed to pursuing social value in their procurement and commissioning decisions.

The report authors warn that improved commitment to social value is vital to achieving the Five Year Forward View aim of creating a ‘new relationship with people and communities’ and NHS plans to move to more place-based ‘accountable care systems’. The report also...

The People and Communities Board, a group championing person and community centred approaches to health and care, has been disbanded, pending new partnership arrangements between NHS England, the voluntary sector and other parties.

The People and Communities Board (PCB) had a wide representation from the voluntary sector, as well as local government, national bodies, and patient and carer experts by experience. It was supported by National Voices and chaired by our Chief Executive Jeremy Taylor....

May's edition of WOW Now includes:

  • Reflections from Don Redding, Policy Director, as Wellbeing Our Way nears the end of its three-year timeframe
  • Invitations to get involved in National Voices' work around supported self management, peer support and care and support planning
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As we approach our 10th anniversary in 2018 we are seeking to strengthen our Board of Trustees with two new appointments.

Independent trustees strengthen the skill base on our board and this year we are particularly interested in candidates who can strengthen (1) our business development and income generation capacity, or (2) our links to government and the health and care system at a senior level. Previous...

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National Voices welcomes proposals from NHS England for a revolutionary new patient record initiative, the supported shelf management programme.

For too long patient records have been stored inefficiently, firstly in cumbersome trollies and dusty archives, and latterly in complex computer programmes that few people can understand. This new initiative will put sturdy, sensible shelving within reach of professionals and patients around the...

On 29 March, Wellbeing Our Way hosted a facilitation masterclass designed for those working in involvement, policy, campaigning, communications or management roles across National Voices' member organisations.

Great facilitation can enable problem solving, deepen stakeholder engagement and energise strategic-level planning. This masterclass introduced participants to a range of techniques which can promote more purposeful conversations and lead to better outcomes.

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On 30 March, Wellbeing Our Way - in partnership with the Coalition for Collaborative Care - held a coproduction masterclass.

Through a mixture of presentations, facilitated exercises, group conversations and sharing of real life reflections from people with lived experience, the masterclass provided a practical introduction to coproduction and helped participants start to develop an organisational approach....

A new report has found that financial pressures in the NHS have affected patient care in ways that often go “under the radar”, with community and public health services amongst the hardest hit.

Commenting on the King’s Fund report, 'Understanding NHS financial pressures', Don Redding, Director of Policy at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities,...

The March edition of Wellbeing Our Way's newsletter, WOW Now, has been published.

This month's WOW Now includes:

  • A discussion about how communities of practice are creating change in the health and care world
  • A blog by Stephen Stowcroft about how being part of Wellbeing Our Way's supporting self-management community of practice has helped the Lymphoma
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National Voices responds to Budget 2017

The Chancellor has announced an additional £2bn of funding over the next three years to support the struggling social care system, along with measures to support health and care transformation.

Commenting, Andrew McCracken from National Voices, the coalition of health and care...

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