Using the Compact as a tool for local collaboration between health bodies and the VCS

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 - 10:00 to 12:30
Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

One East Midlands in partnership with the East Midlands Involvement Network would like to invite you to this Wellbeing East Midlands event.

The session, facilitated by Leanne Wightman, Local Engagement Senior Officer, Compact Voice, will cover:

  • An overview of about the Compact and Compact Voice;
  • Challenging common myths about the Compact;
  • Why should health bodies work with the VCS;
  • What are the advantages of Compact working;
  • Next Steps - partnership working locally; and
  • Further resources.

The increased emphasis the Health and Social Care Act 2012 placed on public engagement, prevention, integration, public health and inequalities means a great deal of the success of these reforms will rely on good partnership working between the various local bodies and makes the role of the VCS more, not less, important to the health and well-being agenda.

Now is the time for statutory and local voluntary partners to work even more closely together to achieve positive outcomes for their communities and to create the virtuous cycle of effective engagement, quality services, increased social value and community capacity, without which health inequalities and gaps in services and support will widen.

The Compact is the agreement that underpins effective local partnerships between VCS and public bodies. The Compact is a tool for collaboration and strengthens the contribution made by all partners as well as creating opportunities for collaboration between partners. The end aim of an agreement to work in partnership is to further develop better public services and community opportunities for the benefit of local people.   

This session would be of interest to those who have responsibility for commissioning and public engagement and/or where emphasis is on developing effective partnership working in particular CCG staff, including CCG Board Members and those staff working in Commissioning Support Units; Academic Health & Science Networks; local authority commissioners and Area Teams; members of Health and Wellbeing Boards; local Healthwatch and VCS organisations who can help statutory partners meet these duties and responsibilities and/or shape and deliver solutions to the local priorities identified in JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies.

For further information about the Compact click here or visit

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 40 people, so booking is essential. To book your free place click here and on the "register now" button.

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