Work Streams > Making Partnerships Work (VSC)
Voluntary and Community
The work of the Voluntary and Community Sector Partnership Team(VCSPT) aims to build on the long established history that the Department of Health, the NHS and latterly, NIMHE, have of working with the voluntary and community sector to develop health and social care policy and service provision.
Mental health is one of the leading areas in the health sector for demonstrating involving patients, carers and service users in influencing service provision. The NIMHE VCS team will build on this to develop further, and encourage, a stronger partnership approach at regional and local level, at the same time being visible at national strategic level.
There are five main workstreams currently being developed (in brief these are):
Making Partnerships Work (MWP) - Advisory
The Department of Health's document 'Making
Partnerships Work for Patients, Carers
and Service Users' has now completed its
consultation period. The aim of the document
is to optimise the VCS's contribution
to genuinely patient-centred service delivery
in a reformed NHS. Secondly, to apply
the principles of the Compact on Relations
between Government and the Voluntary and
Community Sector in England. The Making
Partnerships Work Advisory Group's intention
is to develop the mental health strand
within the Making Partnership Work Strategy.
The work is led by Charles Perry.
Mental Health Telephones Helpline Partnership
The partnership was set up in 2000 in
order to develop a referral protocol for
NHS Direct to refer callers with mental
health issues to mental heath helplines.
Related activities includ : developing
quality standards across the partnership,
developing an Investment Framework, development
of accredited training. Price, Waterhouse
and Coopers was appointed through a tender
process to consult with the MHHP and make
recommendations on the development of
an investment framework. The established
MHHP activities will continue subject
to Ministerial approval of the recommendations
from PWC. This work is led by George Askoorum.
Clinical Governance in Voluntary Organisations
Following the publication of the report
‘Mapping Clinincal Governance in
voluntary sector organisations’
the work has now moved into the development
and implementation phase. The lead will
be working with the Mental Health Providers
Forum to develop the recommendations from
the report and support those organisations
who have developed clinical governance
mechanisms. This work is led by Tracey
NIMHE is committed to raising the profile
of volunteering in mental health. There
are several strands to this work and information
can be obtained from the East Midlands
web site. Briefly, NIMHE is a member of
the National Strategic Partnership on
Volunteering in Health and Social Care
(NSPVHSC); a Voluntary Services Manager
(VSM) Mental Health Network is being established
to better support volunteering and work
is underway with the NHS Appointments
Commission to raise awareness of the added
value of volunteers to health and social
care delivery. This work is led by Charles
The Section 64 (S64) General Scheme of
Grants helps to strengthen and further
develop the partnership between the department
of Health and the voluntary and community
sector. It is the main funding stream
to the VCS. There is now a two stage application
process details of which can be obtained
from the Department of Health website.
This work is led by Charles Perry.
The work of the VCSPT is cross cutting
through all NIMHE work-streams and the
team will be identifying where the VCS
can be, and is currently, represented.
We will also be developing a website and
encouraging cross information sharing
from the Voluntary and Community Sector.
Regional Voluntary and Community Sector
posts, supported by the national team
are also in the process of being developed.
This work is led by Tracey Austin-Jones.