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The voluntary and community sector has made significant contributions to health and wellbeing, often reaching areas and communities that have been difficult to reach by mainstream health and social care providers. One East Midlands aims to keep the voluntary and community sector informed about these changes and where possible contribute to policy and strategy development.

£20m Local Sustainability Fund for VCSE organisations providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, the new £20 million Local Sustainability Fund will provide grants to about 250 voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in England. The deadline for applications is 26 July 2015 (23:59)

Young People’s Health Participation ebook launched

MyAPT captures the 17 best examples of young people’s participation across all health services: from hospitals to community, to minority groups, and rare illnesses. 

New ‘accessible information standard’ law comes into force

Read more about the new ‘accessible information standard’ law and what all organisations that provide NHS or adult social care including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices will be required to do.

Top tips for housing organisations (and everyone else) when communicating with GPs and CCGs

Housing For Health is a new website from the NHS Alliance which includes top tips for housing organisations (and everyone else) when contacting GPs and CCGs about commissioning.

Making Every Adult Matter: Solutions from the Frontline

Solutions from the Frontline is based on the ideas and experiences of people with multiple needs. It sets out how the new Government, as well as national and local policymakers and commissioners, can act to reduce stigma, improve services, and support people to achieve their ambitions.

Free Making a Difference Together:a Health Toolkit Launched

Making a Difference Together: A Health Toolkit  has over 40 resources across three specific themes - Access to healthcare; Safe healthcare and End of life care, some of which are produced in different formats. The resources also support healthcare for people with a learning disability across their lifespan, with information booklets for children and young people and adults in a variety of hospital and community settings (e.g. hospices).

Public services must ‘wake up’ to gaps in mental health crisis care, warns CQC

People who are having a mental health crisis are not always receiving care and support when and where they need it, the regulator has found.

Practical guides to engagement with CCGs and HWBs published

Compact Voice and Regional Voices have launched two briefings designed to help voluntary organisations to build strong partnerships with local commissioning bodies. 

Health and wellbeing board VCS engagement- 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). 

Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations? Survey closes at 10am on 27 July

We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS.



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