The voluntary sector in Liverpool has always played a key role in improving the health and well being of the people of the City. In recent years, the voluntary sector has worked closely with partners in the public and the private sector to meet the challenges faced by some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Many parts of the NHS work closely with voluntary sector organisations, referring and signposting to services that are often of significant benefit to patients. NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a commissioner of some of these services.
Over the last few months, in order to develop and strengthen the relationship between the voluntary sector and CCG, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been drawn up. This follows a series of meetings between voluntary sector partners, led by LCVS, and CCG staff.
The Memorandum of Understanding is intended to demonstrate the parties’ commitment to collaboration in the design of health and care services and, where services are provided by voluntary sector partners, to ensure effective partnerships for delivery. It will support collaboration to enable people to access the right care in the right place, with a shared aim to keep more people well and to enable more people to manage their conditions; also to ensure care can be accessed outside of hospital and to recognise and respond better to the social as well as the medical needs of people.
The Memorandum of Understanding will also provide a framework to help ensure that when future opportunities or challenges arise, the NHS and voluntary sector have a framework for meaningful engagement, guided by the spirit and principles contained in it.
The Memorandum of Understanding was formally adopted and signed on 22 February 2018 at 151 Dale Street. Further details will be available via both the LCVS and CCG websites.
Jan Ledward, Interim Chief Officer, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Liverpool’s voluntary community and social enterprise organisations play an important role in sustaining health, improving wellbeing and helping recovery alongside clinical treatments. We’re committed to working in partnership with the sector to ensure that our communities benefit from the best possible support and services.”
Colin Heaney, Co-Chief Executive, LCVS, said: “Working together has always been central to the work of LCVS and now, more than ever, we believe that partnership is the key to developing the types of services that people need. We are proud of the part we’ve been able to play in bringing people together to develop the Memorandum of Understanding and we are sure that it will help us meet future challenges in a productive and practical way.”
Photo shows (left to right): Tony Woods (NHS Liverpool CCG), Colin Heaney (LCVS), Gill Bainbridge (Merseyside Youth Association) Clare Stevens and Sarah Butler-Boycott (Liverpool Mental Health Consortium), Jane Ledward (NHS Liverpool CCG), Maureen Williams (Welfare and Wellbeing Organisations Network)Back to blog