News from National Voices

NHS England has launched a public consultation aimed at restricting the prescribing of treatments and remedies that are judged to be of ‘low clinical value’. National Voices has expressed a number of concerns about the nature of this consultation process.

Today (21 July 2017) the Board of NHS England has approved the launch of a public consultation, which will result in statutory guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), aimed at...

Nominations open today and close on 10 August. Voting will run from 15 August to 19 September.

Nominations for two elected Trustees to join our Board are now open. The current Trustees are listed on our website; in line with our constitution, the Board is made up of a majority of elected Trustees from our...

National Voices is one of 24 organisations supporting a new commitment to high-quality, person-centred adult social care. Quality Matters brings together national bodies, local government, care providers and the voluntary sector to agree a way forward to improve the quality of adult social care.

Commenting on publication of Quality Matters, Jeremy Taylor, chief executive of National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, said:

Much of the social care debate is about access and funding.  These are vital, but quality matters too - 

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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.

We covered so much

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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....

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