The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Partnership Programme is a new programme being initiated by the AHSN in 2021. It aims to support and facilitate new collaborations between our members in the health and care system and Voluntary Sector Organisations to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in the West of England.
We have worked with our member NHS Providers and Commissioners and wider VCSE stakeholders to understand the local and care health service priorities that would benefit from VCSE support. We have also identified some of the current barriers to engagement and are holding two engagement workshops in July to further shape the programme.
In response, we are bringing together health and social care commissioners and providers, and VCSE organisations to explore opportunities for partnerships. Once we have better understood the barriers, we plan to co-design a package of practical support including training, facilitation and resources
The programme will also recognise the unique role the VCSE sector can play in COVID-19 recovery planning; supporting population health and reducing health inequalities. Funding to many VCSE organisations has been adversely hit during COVID, reducing the capacity of many to engage with the health and social care sector and we anticipate that this programme may offer some organisations access to additional funding routes
The delivery of the tailored support package will draw on our experience in supporting innovators and the adoption and spread of good ideas, and it is also likely to include input and guidance from knowledge partners the specialise in supporting the VCSE sector.
If you would like to know more contact Urszula.Kapoulas@nhs.net
If you would like to attend the engagement event for VCSE organisations on 8 July click here
If you would like to attend the engagement event for Health and Care providers on 14 July click here