Helping voluntary sector organisations engage with all different levels of the integrated care and health systems.
The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health Alliance was launched in July 2022. It is responsible for developing and embedding ways in which grassroots charitable and non-profit organisations have a greater voice and influence in the Integrated Care System (ICS). It also provides direct access to ICS leadership and governance structures.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health Alliance sees its vision as developing a vibrant and thriving VCSE sector within the ICS; driving health and wellbeing in our communities in an inclusive and empowering way. The key goals are described in the ICS strategy for the VCSE sector – ‘Working for a Better Future’. These are:
- Support and enable a thriving VCSE sector to play its part.
- Place the VCSE as an equal partner within the system.
- Work to drive change, create a tangible impact on people and communities, and tackle health inequalities.
- Build strong, inclusive, and empowering relationships throughout the partnership.
The partnership holds monthly meetings; alternating online and face-to-face in locations across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. Programme Director, Sandie Smith, said:
‘We are passionate about our local voluntary and community sector and see this partnership as leading the way to greater influence our local care and health services. We are always looking for new people from any voluntary or social enterprise, big or small, and faith groups to join the membership and get involved.’
To find out more about joining the partnership contact Sandie Smith or Debbie Drew, Project Officer on:
The Health Alliance carries out its work through a number of strategic and task-focused working groups. Currently, these are:
- Partnership Development Group
This is the steering group for the development of the Health Alliance. The group provides strategic direction for the Programme Director; ensuring that activities are on target to meet the agreed goals of the Alliance and are strategically aligned to the three levels of the ICS; system, place and neighbourhod. The group links closely with the three Councils for Voluntary Services.
The Health Alliance has formal representation at several of the Integrated Care Board committees. These representatives ensure that the sector has a voice in decision-making and that VCSE partners are considered in committee agendas and discussions. Written reports are submitted and circulated to Health Alliance members. The reps meet at regular intervals to share experiences and learning.
Members of the Health Alliance have identified safeguarding as an area that could benefit from more consistent guidance and access to resources. Several partners are working together to develop these resources. Input from the Local Safeguarding Board has been secured.
Cambridge CAB is leading a project to compile data from VCSE organisations. There is intense interest from the ICB and ways of combining this with health-specific data are being explored, particularly at a neighbourhood level.
A stakeholder engagement exercise has been carried out to inform the development of a new brand for the Health Alliance. This work will also form part of the next stage of Health Alliance development.
Want to know more
If you would like to know more about the VCSE Health Alliance or the Health and Wellbeing Network, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com.