Discussion papers and reports

Priorities for the plan

Now the NHS has turned 70, and with the Government preparing a long-term plan for the service in England, a broad range of leaders in charities and voice organisations have come together to offer our views on what should happen next to improve health and care – within the NHS and beyond.

IPC and Personal health budget support and development programme: Learning and next steps


Over a period of two years, National Voices, Volunteering Matters and NAVCA have worked with in nine areas of England to raise awareness of the importance of local voluntary and community organisations in the personalisation of health and care services, particularly their role in enabling people to access and make effective use of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs).

Person-centred care in 2017


Policy makers have been aspiring to a ‘patient-centred NHS’ in England for at least 20 years. Person-centred care has become an increasingly prominent stated ambition both of national policy and local practice.

What difference, if any, have these stated ambitions made to the experiences of people who need and use services and support? We wanted to know.

Personal Budgets as an integral form of NHS care: A discussion paper

This publication, created by National Voices, Shared Lives Plus, TLAP and In Control, outlines personal health budgets as an integral form of NHS care and an effective method of personalisation.

There is growing evidence that personal budgets can be an effective, valued and value for money mechanism to improve the quality of life of people with long term conditions, and their experience of care and support services. Despite this, some commentators have expressed concerns about the use of personal budgets within the NHS.

Position statement: ‘Low-value’ prescriptions


The Board of NHS England has launched a public consultation, which will result in statutory guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), aimed at restricting the prescribing of treatments and remedies that are judged to be of ‘low clinical value’.

National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, has a number of concerns about the nature of this consultation process. These are set out in a position statement on 'low value' prescriptions.


Enabling change through communities of practice: Wellbeing Our Way

In June 2014, National Voices set out to explore and test how communities of practice could facilitate the spread of large-scale change across England’s voluntary sector working for health and wellbeing.

This publication reflects on our experiences over the last 3 years, and in the spirit of communities of practice, aims to share reflections in order that others can use our learning.

Healthy commissioning: How the Social Value Act is being used by Clinical Commissioning Groups


National Voices and Social Enterprise UK have conducted a survey of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to assess their use of the Social Value Act.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires commissioners to consider broader social, economic and environmental benefits to their area when making commissioning decisions. It was a response to the risk of competitive tendering focusing solely on cost at the expense of other forms of value.

General Election 2017: Manifesto analysis

A series of member briefings from National Voices summarising the health and care aspects of political party manifestos in the build up to the 2017 General Election.

As the parties battle for votes, we will cut through the headlines and assess the implications of each party’s manifesto pledges relating to health and care.

As the coalition of health and care charities in England, National Voices will publish briefings on the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos as they are published. All will be published on this page.


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