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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.

Survey launched: voluntary sector involvement in local public health commissioning

Are you an employee or a volunteer involved in management/governance within the VCSE sector? If so, a research team led by Durham University, in collaboration with VONNE (the Voluntary Organisations' Network North East) and the Universities of York and Coventry is seeking your views, through an online survey, of changes in health and wellbeing services since public health responsibilities were transferred to local government in April 2013, and how VCSE organisations are being involved.

Engaging People and Communities Board: delivery of the NHSE Five Year Forward View.

The Five Year Forward View sets out a vision of a better NHS and the steps that need to be taken within the health system and by external partners to achieve that vision. 

Introduction to the New Care Models – Vanguard Sites January 2015 the NHS invited individual organisations and partnerships, including those with the voluntary sector to apply to become Vanguard sites for the New Care Models Programme.

FaithAction is looking for case studies

Building on their work on faith groups and public health, FaithAction are looking for examples of the work faith groups do to improve health outcomes, to gather information on what works and develop a resource booklet of these great stories to give ideas to faith groups and public health officials on how they can also help improve outcomes.

Engaging people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage

In January 2015 Shaping Our Lives and User Voice carried out research into the experience of user led organisations and programmes in securing funding and the challenges they face. The report, Engaging people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage, is now available to read.

Obesity data challenge calls innovators to bid for new £30k prize

A £30,000 international challenge prize – the first of its kind – is up for grabs to innovators or organisations who can publish or present data on obesity in a new, exciting and useful way.


Recruitment to New Care Models Team - Patient Representatives needed

A new team is being recruited to work with NHS England to support the vanguard areas in delivering their plans and ensuring the development of effective partnerships with patients, the public and other services. NHS England are seeking the involvement of patient representatives to be part of the recruitment process

Toolkit – Youth Social Action in Health and Social Care

This toolkit takes an inclusive and broad approach to social action and volunteering – including both formal and informal opportunities for young people to engage within health and care settings and wider activity that is often described as social action.

Health & Social Care Shout out!

Has your organisation produced any health publications, featured in any case studies or written any advice on working in partnership with other health and social care partners, that others across the East Midlands might find useful?  

Let us know at and we will look at including it in a new section of the Wellbeing East Midlands members e-bulletin; highlighting the work of regional health & social care organisations.

Derbyshire Integrated Digital Mental Health Service Project (The Big White Wall)

East Midlands Academic Health and Science Network [EMAHSN] is supporting a project to provide Derbyshire residents with access to the Big White Wall, a digital mental health and wellbeing service for people who are anxious, down or not coping, as well as improving access to existing live therapy services.


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