Enhancing the VCS contribution to emerging health structures

Involve Yorkshire & Humber's health and social care project is working to ensure that the voluntary and community sector in Yorkshire & the Humber is well placed to influence and support the development of emerging health and social care structures.

Working as part of Regional Voices (Strategic Partner to the Department of Health) we are focusing on the following areas: 

  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Heath and Wellbeing Strategies - working in partnership with the YH Public Health Observatory we are exploring what mechanisms need to be in place to allow the sector to influence how JSNA's are developed and that the sector is able to contribute both quantitative, and importantly, qualitative information. The first in a series of events was held in April 2013 at Northern Ballet in Leeds.
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards - scoping how the local sector will influence the emerging boards and sharing good practice, including mapping where voluntary sector representation is already in place.

Our emphasis in all of this work is to ensure that the voluntary and community sector's role is recognised and valued in emerging structures, both as a provider but also as a source of knowledge and expertise about local communities and tackling health inequalities.

We are also working with colleagues in the region to monitor the development of local Healthwatch and are exploring the potential to develop a regional network for local Healthwatch organisations as they are confirmed.

If you are interested in being involved in any of this work please contact Ruth Beattie at Involve Yorkshire & Humber.

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