News launched: Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?<p>&nbsp;We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS. &nbsp;Consequently NHS chief, Simon Stevens, committed to exploring a shorter version of the NHS Standard Contract for low-value contracts, in the <a href="">NHS Five Year Forward View</a>.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Take the survey about the NHS Standard Contract for VCSE organisations.</p> <p>More information about VCSE commissioning issues in health and wellbeing and the background to this work on the Standard Contract.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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<a href=""></a></p>Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100NatWest SE100 Index social enterprise awards<p>For the fifth year running, the leading market intelligence tool for social ventures, the NatWest SE100 Index, is pleased to open it&rsquo;s social enterprise awards</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Compact Awards 2015<p>The Compact Awards celebrate and showcase outstanding Compact working across England</p>Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 £20 million Local Sustainability Fund launched<p>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</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Greater Manchester health and social care devolution survey<p>The NHS want to hear your views on the devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Big Lottery Fund Women and Girls Initiative<p>The Big Lottery Fund women and girls initiative is a funding stream of up to &pound;45 million which they will invest in services for women and girls. The overarching aim of this funding is empowering women and girls to take control of their lives.</p>Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Job Opportunity: BHA<p>Closing date - 5pm on 24th July</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Urgent - make sure your voice is heard on health and care<p>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</p>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Job Opportunity: Bolton CVS<p>Closing date - 12 noon on 8th July 2015</p>Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100Job Opportunity: Lancashire Mind<p>Closing date - 12 noon on 26th June</p>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100