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Supporting Influence- networks, information and skills support for voluntary sector representatives on health and wellbeing boards

Regional Voices is pleased to announce it has been awarded funding from the Department of Health (Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund)  to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) influence on health and wellbeing boards.

ADASS warns of cuts risk to care service- huge implication for VCS providers and beneficiaries

Worrying research this week, reported in Community Care, puts numbers to the cuts to local authority social care spending over the last two years.

Resources published - to support VCS involvement in Healthwatch

Local Healthwatch gives communities a stronger voice by influencing and challenging how health and social care services are delivered as well as providing or signposting people to information to help them make choices about health and care services. To be an effective voice for communities, local Healthwatch organisations need to collaborate closely with the voluntary and community sector. Regional Voices has published resources to support the development of Healthwatch and in particular to promote involvement with the voluntary and community sector,

Resource published- overview of the new structures in health and care for the VCS

The implementation of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 required the largest ever transition programme in the history of the NHS. As clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards and Healthwatch take centre stage at a local level, the voluntary and community sector faces a range of issues and challenges. Regional Voices has produced a briefing which summarises the main changes brought about by the Act and highlights key considerations for the voluntary and community sector- covering all relevant new structures from the local to the national.

Older people in Leeds speak directly to minister Norman Lamb about social care

A group of older people in Leeds met Health Minister Norman Lamb MP this week to tell him what they thought of the Government’s social care proposals. The meeting was organised by charities the Leeds Older People’s Forum and Regional Voices to support older people to have a voice over an issue that will affect them.

The need for well funded local Healthwatch- a key and timely message in the Francis report

Regional Voices and our constituent members have consistently made the case for the Healthwatch funding provided to local authorities to be spent entirely on the functions of the new bodies.  Whilst we understand that many local authorities are facing unprecedented cuts, it is vital that there is a strong patient voice able to support and articulate the needs of our communities and play a pivotal role in ensuring the quality of our health and social care services.

Supporting voluntary sector work with health and wellbeing boards - briefings published

Regional Voices is producing a suite of resources to support the voluntary and community sector work with new structures in the health and care landscape to promote the welfare of the communities the sector serves.  Health and wellbeing boards "go live" on the 1st of April and will have oversight of health commissioning in each local area, they will be responsible for developing the joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) for the area and from that developing the joint health and wellbeing strategy. These processes will determine commissioning priorities in each local area.

NHS Commissioning Board equality, health inequalities and human rights strategy development webinar 12 March

If you would like to find out about the development of the national strategy for equality, health inequalities and human rights there is a free lunchtime webinar taking place Tuesday, March 12, 1-2 pm. To deliver a truly great health and care service for everyone the NHS Commissioning Board must focus on the promotion of equality and the reduction of health inequalities.

A wider look at Commissioning... 'Commissioning for Equality', events in East, South East and South West

This is a series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau. These compact sessions, for the voluntary sector and commissioners of services, will look to provide valuable local networking, information and tools and topics for better commissioning locally.

Funded by the Department of Health, these sessions are completely free!

East of England – Thursday, 26th February 2013

The Cass Centre, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8BS
10am to 12pm

Healthwatch- Community Involvement. Voluntary sector call for action!

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