We are pleased to officially announce that the Integrated Care Board has now rubber-stamped the VCSE Strategy and Memorandum of Understanding.
During the September ICB board meeting, both the ‘VCSE Strategy’ and ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were approved, signalling the official partnership between Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care System (CPICS) and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.
The Strategy was commissioned and funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough ICS and is jointly owned by the Directorate of Strategy and Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough VCSE CEO Network.
A glossy version of the Strategy is in final proof and will be uploaded shortly in pdf format.
The VCSE vision
This strategy sets out our vision and ambitions for partnership working and how we’ll achieve our goal of embedding the VCSE sector fully within the ICS.
Working side by side, the CPICS and VCSE communities can share a culture that enables a rebalancing of power, changing how decisions are made in health and care.
We believe this partnership will encourage a collective understanding of good working practices and partnership conduct for all parties.
The signing off of the Strategy has ensured a ‘diverse’ voice is now at the table. We can turn our attention to how the VCSE and health sector can improve their communications and focus our efforts on continuing to build a robust, inclusive and empowering relationship.
However, this Strategy is not set in stone. While it does cover the short, medium and long-term goals, it will be revisited after 12 months to reflect changes as the CPICS develops or if the need to do so arises. All the agreed goals are interdependent and will require ongoing collaborative working.
What is coming next?
The VCSE Health Alliance work will continue forward and focus on other key topics that have been identified to help support a vibrant and thriving VCSE. We will continue to work to drive change, create tangible impacts on people and communities, and tackle health inequalities.
Look out over the next coming weeks for other successful initiatives, including the Staff Support Hub (workshops and webinars for struggling staff) and task groups to focus mainly on the three key areas below;
- Partnership Development task group
- Tackling Inequalities task group
- Funding and External Investment task group
If you are interested in joining one of these task groups or attending any future VSE Health Alliance meetings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.