The voluntary sector is vital for creating an affordable health and care system which is fit for the future.
The Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme was a national partnership of 22 voluntary and community sector organisations working together with the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England. It aimed to bring the power of the voluntary sector together with the health and care system, to improve services and promote well-being for all.
This was achieved by:
- Helping reach the most vulnerable, excluded individuals and communities
- Supporting people to make their diverse needs and voices heard
- Harnessing the expertise of the voluntary sector to inform national policy development
- Driving awareness of the role and potential of the sector
Our work with the Strategic Partner Programme
NCB played a key role in representing children’s needs and interests within the Strategic Partner Programme, working with the sector to respond to government consultations with practical recommendations for change. Using a range of forums and events, we gathered feedback from children and young people about health and care services and used this evidence to inform local and national decision-making. We produced and disseminated information through policy briefings, resources, bulletins, learning events, and forums such as the Children and Young People’s Health Policy and Information Group.
NCB’s work on the Strategic Partner Programme brought the voices of excluded individuals and communities, and of children’s sector professionals, to the attention of commissioners and decision makers. Projects included:
- Promoting and supporting the transformation of mental health services
- Exploring gender dimensions in children’s emotional and mental health needs and responses to them
- Working to tackle the social determinants of childhood obesity
- Mitigating health impacts of poor housing and homelessness on children
- Supporting children and young people’s engagement with developments in health structures, systems, policy and practice
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