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Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Alliance

Background

All system partners working to support Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents are committed to consistently listening to, and collectively acting on, the experience and aspirations of local people and communities through the Integrated Care Board and Integrated Care Partnership.

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector have strong links with groups and communities, including those who are underserved and experiencing the greatest health inequalities. These strong links will facilitate the generation of citizen intelligence which may not be possible through other methods.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have a rich and diverse Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and working as equal partners with this sector is an integral part of the ICB’s approach to listening to our communities. It is also important that the sector is involved in system-level discussions around governance structures and system workforce, population health management and service redesign work, leadership and organisational development plans.

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCSE Alliance

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCSE Alliance was established in July 2022.  This is a group of VCSE organisations across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that can act as a single point of contact to enable the generation of citizen intelligence from the groups and communities that they work with.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCSE Alliance is made up of:

  • Local representatives of national and regional VCSE organisations working countywide to provide services to citizens.
  • A collective of the Community and Voluntary Services (CVSs) and other infrastructure organisations.

This two-pronged approach ensures the voice of smaller community organisations isn’t lost against those of bigger providers and means they can all have real influence at system level, working towards the consistent aim of improving health and well-being outcomes for residents.

The Alliance is already well on its way to becoming an integral part of the way that the system works – acting as a sounding board, a voice for marginalised communities and a source of new ideas and initiatives.  The Chair of the Alliance is a formal member of the system’s Integrated Care Partnership, to represent the voice of citizens and the VCSE sector.

The Terms of Reference for the Alliance can be viewed here

How to join the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCSE Alliance

If you are a voluntary, community, social enterprise organisation, or support an individual community, you can also become a VCSE Alliance member.

Please contact: nnicb-nn.engagement@nhs.net

Resources Available

A presentation from Sarah Fleming, Programme Director for NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board was shared at one of the VCSE meetings to members to help them understand how commissioning is embedded within the NHS.

Presentations  from Alex Ball, Director of Communications and Engagement and Lucy Branson, Associate Director of Governance for NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board introducing the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Integrated Care System (ICS):

Meeting dates and papers

1 August 2023, 2pm – 4pm

3 October 2023, 2pm – 4pm

5 December 2023, 2pm – 4pm