People and Communities Board steps down pending new partnership arrangements

Fri, 19 May 2017

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.

The board was set up in 2015 by NHS England as part of its governance of the Five Year Forward View, with a focus on supporting the Forward View ambition of “a new relationship with patients and communities”. NHS England sponsored the board over its two year programme of activities, which included developing the six principles for engaging people and communities, and which culminated in a set of recommendations to Simon Stevens in February 2017.

NHS England has now decided to develop alternative arrangements for working with external partners on issues regarding people and communities, and has accordingly stood the PCB down. The decision is set out in a letter to Jeremy Taylor from NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jane Cummings dated 5 May 2017. Jeremy Taylor has responded to Professor Cummings on behalf of the PCB members, in a letter dated 19 May 2017. National Voices has now published this correspondence.

NHS England is expected to take forward talks about the new partnership arrangements following the General Election.