NAVCA has published the annual survey on relations between the voluntary sector and the local health and care system.
It shows that although relationships are improving overall, in some key areas the voluntary sector is frozen out; Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) where local health services are commissioned are a particularly worrying example.
The findings are:
· Generally relationships are getting better.
· There is voluntary sector representation on 79 per cent of Health and Wellbeing Boards,
· Relationships with CCGs continue to improve.
· The majority of NAVCA members have good or excellent relationships with their local Healthwatch.
· NAVCA members’ involvement with JSNAs has fallen.
Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive said “The NHS is facing unprecedented pressure and needs the help of the voluntary sector. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, made this clear in the NHS Five Year Forward View. NHS England has also said that local voluntary sector infrastructure is key to helping the NHS work with local and smaller organisations. This survey identifies where the NHS locally is getting it right and that’s to be celebrated. We need those local NHS bodies that are not engaging with their voluntary sector to raise their ambitions”.