East of England Involvement Network Event 21/1/15 – post event page


Using the Compact as a tool for local collaboration between health bodies and the voluntary and community sector



Wellbeing East were delighted to welcome Compact Voice to the Brickhill Community Centre, Bedfordshire, when we hosted another East of England Involvement Network event.

Twenty one participants, from a range of organisations, including CCGs, Healthwatch, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector attend this informative and interactive half day session.

Delivered by Leanne Wightman - Local Engagement Senior Officer and Kelly Ventress – Senior Communications and Policy Officer from Compact Voice, delegates where also able to hear the personal experience of using a compact as Ross Diamond – Chief Officer at Redbridge CVS presented a live case study

The session covered:

  • What is the Compact? – an overview about the Compact and Compact Voice
  • The Compact and partnerships in health – Live Case Study Presentation on using the Compact as a basis for partnership work happening between the VCS and health partners in Redbridge.
  • Why do health bodies need to work with the VCS? - Round table discussion and a chance for people from the VCS and public bodies to think together about the opportunities that partnership working can bring to health improvement and prevention.
  • Practical ways forwards - each table discussed what they will do differently to ensure better partnership working across sectors.
  • Embedded Compact principles and Resources - Round up the day and resources available

Delegates were able to take away copies of the Compact Voice Partnership working toolkit and Awards booklets.

For more information on the work of Compact Voice please visit www.compactvoice.org.uk.

The network event also featured a presentation by Amy Egan, one of the involvement team navigators at Midlands and Lancashire CSU commissioning support unit, which is delivering the Involvement  programme.

Funded by NHS England as part of the Field Force initiative the Involvement programme currently forms part of the Patient and Participation Programme (PPP) which is one of ten CSU lead Patient and Public Voice projects in the country.

Information, presentations and resources

Information, presentations and resources from the event are available to download below: