Welcome to NAVCA’s resource bank on embedding the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector into integrated care systems (ICS). We have collected a range of example documents and case studies that can serve as a guide to help systems to develop their policies, procedures and practice.
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This is one of two pages that contain Integrated Care Resources. For Understanding the value of the VCSE sector, Building business cases for VCSE alliances, Alliance structures, Job and role descriptions, Embedding the VCSE as an equal partner in ICS governance and decision making, partnership agreements, and alliance vision, values and mission statements, click here.
An essential aspect of working in an integrated care system is how issues and concerns of residents and communities are identified and acted upon, and how the VCSE sector, as representatives of those communities and residents, can bring those issues into mainstream health and care planning.
Representation structures in integrated care systems should ideally build upon existing networks and forums. Some areas are developing policies for recognising the contribution of reps through remuneration.
Lancashire & South Cumbria portal for recruiting reps, providing summaries of meetings, and so on.
Role description for representing the Alliance at ICS, ICB and ICP meetings with the local public sector bodies, Bucks Oxfordshire and East Berkshire
‘Key messages’ for reps to work into the discussion of whatever meeting they happen to be in, Lancashire & South Cumbria
A request form from a board or committee to the VCFSE Alliance for representation, Lancashire & South Cumbria
Strategic investment can enable the development of more equitable partnerships at a more rapid pace and support accessible processes for all stakeholders, inclusion of diverse voices and greater sustainability.
Investment needs to include consideration of:
It is widely accepted that better systems to share data and intelligence between sectors would be a good thing. It can lead to better and quicker identification of need, more efficient and effective planning, more robust impact measurement and greater inclusion. Enabling this requires data sharing agreements and/or other mechanisms to be in place.
It is important to be clear on the purpose of data sharing arrangements, for example:
1) working on joint project across organisations or sectors
2) contributing to population health management
3) data sharing between sectors to inform service planning and design
4) wider public service developments (for example data collected from a migrant community group could inform the planning of job creation, education and other welfare services).
There are lots of forms of data and intelligence held in both sectors that it would be beneficial to have more effective mechanisms for sharing.
The VCSE holds:
· facts and figures on individuals
· the measurement of impact on individuals after different interventions
· wider intelligence about populations (geographical, theme and communities of interest),
· the impact of the wider environment and/or policy decisions on people and communities
· knowledge about people’s use of, and issues with, statutory sector services, how changes to local service offers may affect local communities and how individuals can be best supported within communities.
The NHS holds:
- patient data
- population health data
These example documents demonstrate how the VCSE can make a huge impact on health and wellbeing, and in particular in addressing health inequalities.
Exploring and understanding the VCSE sector in provider collaboratives, NHS Confederation
Impact Report for Bromley Well Services 2021-22: Bromley Well is a partnership between four large, local charities and a number of smaller charities, aimed at helping residents improve their health, wellbeing and independence. They provide a single point of access to a wide range of commissioned services. https://btse.org.uk/general/building-on-success-impact-report-for-bromley-well-services-2022-2023/
A detailed academic study of the scale and scope of the VCSE and its contribution to health outcomes and economic and social value across the three Yorkshire integrated care systems.
NAVCA (National association for voluntary and community action), The circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW
0114 278 6636.
Charity number 1001635. Company limited by guarantee number 2575206.
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