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Regional Voices has today published a guide to for voluntary and community sector organisations, which is a new national programme created by NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre to link data about GP care with hospital care, in order to improve service and intelligence about care pathways.

How is VCS faring in the localised health commissioning landscape?

The paper "The Voluntary and Community Sector and Localised Health Commissioning" has been drafted following a series of meetings of voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisations with NHS England.

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VCS engagement with HWBs- full survey results published

Regional Voices has published the full survey report from the survey conducted earlier this year about how the voluntary and community sector (VCS) is engaging with health and wellbeing boards (HWB). Thanks again to the 227 people who responded, sharing their experiences from across England.

VCS involvement with the Better Care Fund

Thanks to the Care and Support Alliance for useful new briefing on voluntary and community (VCS) involvement in Better Care Fund (BCF) planning.  Please note deadline for BCF final plans is 19th September- so time is tight if you're not yet involved with the planning.

A national review of choice in end of life care

The National Council for Palliative Care, fellow Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner, is working with the Department of Health to shape a review of choices for people who are dying- aiming to improve choices. Voluntary sector organisations may wish to encourage service users to input their view. How to take part is outlined below:

CQC consultation on fundamental standards

CQC has launched a consultation on proposed guidance for providers. The proposed guidance is to do with meeting the new health and social care regulations and how CQC uses their enforcement powers. Here is a quick guide, which summarises the proposals:

These regulations:

  • set out new fundamental standards for all care providers.

Department of Health consultation on complaints and feedback on health and care services

The Dept of Health is consulting on a new draft guide for patients making complaints and giving feedback to the NHS.  

It is described as a short, simple guide on making complaints and giving feedback about NHS care, to sit alongside the NHS Constitution and help patients and the public understand how they can raise concerns if NHS care or services fall short of the standards in the NHS Constitution. 

Participate in the NHS Citizen Assembly+NHS England’s AGM

NHS England is holding the first NHS Citizens' Assembly meeting, and its AGM on

Thursday 18th September 2014, in Westminster.

NHS Citizen aims to enable the public to put forward their thoughts, concerns and vision for the future of the NHS, which can then be discussed at the NHS Citizen Assembly Meeting, where Members of the Board of NHS England, NHS senior managers and members of the public can work together to "shape the future of the NHS".


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