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Voluntary Sector Partnership Statement

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South Eastern Hampshire and Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) value the contribution by voluntary organisations to the health and wellbeing of people in our communities. The CCGs recognise that the effort of people in the voluntary sector is broad; it has a benefit in prevention and in care for people with long term conditions. We understand that the membership, beneficiaries and those linked with voluntary organisations provide genuine ‘on the ground’ perspectives that, when brought together, can improve the specification, commissioning and provision of health services. The CCGs are committed to working in partnership with all organisations that can help improve health and care. We particularly recognise and value the co-ordinating role of the Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) – Community First Havant and East Hampshire, Gosport Voluntary Action and Community Action Fareham.

We will:

  • Ensure our commissioners understand the voluntary sector
  • Assist our health practitioners to find relevant voluntary organisations through information and training
  • Involve the voluntary sector in the appraisal of commissioned services so that service redesign is as effective as possible
  • Ask for feedback about our involvement of the voluntary sector and respond accordingly
  • Liaise and meet occasionally with the CVS as representatives of the sector as the partnership requires
  • Provide funding in recognition of the cost of representation and partnership.

In partnership the CVSs commit to working with the CCGs on behalf of the local voluntary organisations. This would include:

  • Assisting the CCGs to meet community engagement objectives
  • Responding to enquiries from the CCGs
  • Engaging in engagement and consultation processes
  • Collaboration to access external funding
  • Examining opportunities for joint working on specific commissioned or grant funded projects
  • Supporting the CCGs’ vision for everyone to have the support they need to live the life they want, take control of their health and be as independent as possible throughout their lives
  • Working with the CCGs to ensure that voluntary sector groups are informed and aware of relevant health service issues and requirements, for example safeguarding procedures
  • Encouraging voluntary sector groups to share any concerns or feedback about local NHS services with the CCGs who can act upon these.

The commitment to involvement will need to be consistent with the CVSs charitable objectives and within the resources of the charities.