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All Remaining Unequal

27 April 2011

1NW and CLES Roundtable discussionEarly indications from the 'Equality, Big Society and Localism' research commissioned by the North West Infrastructure Partnership (NWIP) are that there are a number of areas of concern for VCS Equalities groups.

New Start magazine's headline article, drawing on the desk-based review phase of the research, explores the implications of five pillars of Government policy:

  • Big Society
  • Localism
  • Local Growth White Paper
  • Welfare Reform
  • Health Reform

The article also draws on the experiences of a number of representatives from BME VCS groups who attended a roundtable discussion facilitated by 1NW and CLES.

"Current Government policy has already had a big impact on the groups we work with. If we are going to shift from equality to 'fairness', and from formal audit of public sector bodies to a system of transparency," said Dan Silver, 1NW's Co-ordinator, "then we need to fully understand the impact and we need to give local groups the tools they need to make sure things really are fair and equal."

The research will next explore the hard evidence and begin extensive consultation with VCS groups across the North West before focussing on three case study areas.

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Featured News

3 July 2015

Survey launched: Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?

 We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS.  Consequently NHS chief, Simon Stevens, committed to exploring a shorter version of the NHS Standard Contract for low-value contracts, in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Regional Voices, working with NHS England, is carrying out this survey to help understand specific issues which organisations have experienced in using the NHS Standard Contract. We expect the survey to take no more than 15 minutes. The survey will close at 10am on 27 July.

Take the survey about the NHS Standard Contract for VCSE organisations.

More information about VCSE commissioning issues in health and wellbeing and the background to this work on the Standard Contract.

NHS England will undertake its annual, wider, consultation in preparation for the 2016/17 Contract later this year, which VCSE organisations will also be invited to participate in.

If you have any queries about this survey, or would like any support filling it in, contact Emma Baylin or Yoshiko Stokoe on 0113 394 2300 or email emma.baylin@involveyorkshirehumber.org.ukwww.regionalvoices.org/NHSStandardContract

29 June 2015

£20 million Local Sustainability Fund launched

The fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will provide grants that will enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice

24 June 2015

Urgent - make sure your voice is heard on health and care

You can ensure that your voice is heard by completing the Universty of Durham and NHS England surveys on public health reforms and the NHS standard contract

10 June 2015

English Devolution: Local Solutions for a Healthy Nation

We are pleased to be featured in this Local Government Association publication about devolution and health 

1 June 2015

2015 NW Health and Care Learning Awards Announced

This year's winners of the North West Adult Learners’ Week Awards in Health and Social Care have been announced. VSNW have collaborated with Health Education North West and North West Employers to promote and celebrate these awards 

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk