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Primary care services are the front door to the NHS – they are the first port of call when we feel unwell and the main coordinator of care when we are living with health conditions. The primary care team have an important role in making people feel welcomed, listened to and taken seriously.
This resource, launched by members of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, discusses how the ongoing cost of living crisis is having a significant impact on health and wellbeing, with particularly acute challenges being faced by those who already experience health inequalities. It identifies six key actions health and care policy makers, commissioners and provider organisations can take to mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis on people’s health and wellbeing,
This resource, launched by members of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, highlights how groups of people who experience the greatest barriers to accessing health and care are often the most likely to experience digital exclusion.
At our 2022 conference on working with Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), which brought together over 310 people from across National Voices’ membership and beyond we asked participants for their advice for ICS leaders around building effective working relationships with the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.
On Wednesday 12 October 2022, National Voices convened a group of its members and lived experience partners on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association to discuss the future role of community pharmacy within primary care and more widely. The National Pharmacy Association is the representative voice of independent community pharmacies across the UK and a leading provider of services to the entire sector.
13 December 2022 saw the launch of the call for evidence of the Hewitt Review.
Our response highlights the importance of engaging with the voluntary sector and people with lived experience.
On 17 October 2022, National Voices in partnership with NAVCA and supported by the NHS England Voluntary Partnerships team, convened a range of stakeholders to discuss how to better support national charities to work with Integrated Care Systems.
On 11 November, National Voices wrote to Steve Barclay, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to congratulate him on his re-appointment and to share our insights and concerns ahead of what is predicted to be one of the toughest winters in NHS history.
On November 14, in the context of the upcoming Autumn Statement, National Voices sent a joint letter to Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer to highlight the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis on people living with ill health and disability and to reaffirm the importance of a fully funded health and care system. This letter was signed and endorsed by 63 organisations.
Following Thérèse Coffey’s announcements regarding ‘Our Plan for Patients’, Charlotte Augst has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, highlighting the importance of championing choice and personalisation throughout health and social care, recognising the need to move towards more joined up care, and to ensure that everyone receives communications from primary care services in a way that suits them.