News from National Voices

Today, Realising the Value launches the paper, How should we think about value in health and care? This paper is a step towards creating a new articulation of value in co-production with other stakeholders, in order to achieve the wider Realising the Value programme objective of demonstrating the value of people and communities in their own health and care.

It’s been an exciting first year for Wellbeing Our Way – the POW WOW series has been a popular and engaging way of sharing good practice; the emerging communities of practice are bringing together small groups of organisations interested in developing approaches like care and support planning and peer support; and our model of impact ensures that we are working towards a shared vision.

On Thursday 25 June, National Voices’ Director of Policy Don Redding gave a presentation “Health literacy and the reforms” at a seminar titled “Health Literacy: making it everybody’s business”.

Hosted by the Health Literacy Group, the seminar explored the challenge of low health literacy, the impact that this has on people’s health and wellbeing, and what can be done to address this. The World Health Organisation defines health literacy as

NV Chair Hilary Newiss asks patients for their ideas on how to improve the NHS in her new article published yesterday. The article has come from Hilary’s role as a patient...

Wellbeing Our Way held a POW WOW (shared learning workshop) which explored how charities and community organisations can use a theory of change to demonstrate the difference they are making. Many thanks to David Jones (Diabetes UK), Dimitrios Tourountsis and Francis Augusto (London Youth), and...

National Voices, the health and social care charity coalition, has appointed four new trustees. They are Ricardo Borges, Accreditation Manager at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care; Sally Hughes, Programme Director, Policy & External Relations of MS Society; Judi Rhys, Chief Executive of Arthritis Care and Joy Warmington, Chief Executive of brap.

National Voices’ chair, Hilary Newiss, said: 

Our #PeerSupport twitter chat was an opportunity to share experiences following the publication of the research review Peer Support: What is it and does it work? and a series of case studies demonstrating the value of peer support. 


On 14 May, National Voices and Nesta published the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? The review found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone.

This week we are publishing a series of case studies highlighting some of the ways in which charities are facilitating peer support, and the benefits for people living with long term health needs. 

Peer support: what is it and does it work?


Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices as they launch the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? 

We are pleased to announce that the joint programme Realising the Value has now gone live, with the launch of the programme website...