Voluntary sector share views on NHS modernisation at Downing Street listening event

Published on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:01
Posted by Scott Buckler

Representatives from the voluntary sector will today share their views with the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at Downing Street, as part the listening exercise on NHS modernisation(April 13th)

The membership of the NHS Future Forum, that will drive engagement in the listening exercise, was also announced today. Chaired by Professor Steve Field, the group includes patient representatives, clinicians, health experts and representatives from the voluntary sector, including Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, who will also attend the event today.


Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

“I want to hear views from all parts of the NHS and welcome the opportunity to hear from the voluntary sector today. I welcome the level of enthusiasm from all interested parties to get involved and take this opportunity to pause, listen, reflect and improve our plans for the NHS and safeguard it for the future.
“Voluntary sector groups, like those attending today, will greatly benefit from our proposals, with Any Qualified Provider giving them greater opportunity to provide services that really benefit patients. There are many fantastic examples of the innovative services the voluntary sector are delivering, including improved wheelchair services provided by Whizz-Kidz for children in Tower Hamlets.”

Health Minister Andrew Lansley also announced today a further £18.13 million in 2011/12, through the Voluntary Sector Investment Fund, to help charities to make the most of the opportunities in the NHS.

The Health Secretary added:

“Building a strong voluntary sector is key to our plans for the NHS and delivering our vision for the Big Society. That’s why I’m pleased today to be able to announce over £18 million of grants in 2011/12 to ensure even more voluntary organisations are able work with us to deliver better care for patients.”

NHS Future Forum member and Chief Executive of ACEVO Stephen Bubb said:

"Charities and social enterprises play a hugely important role in delivering high-quality, efficient NHS services, and a policy of enabling whoever is best-placed to deliver could see them do more, to the immense benefit of NHS patients and taxpayers. We need to seize that opportunity, and leave debates about privatisation where they belong - in the last century.
“As a member of the NHS Future Forum I look forward to listening to the views of charity leaders and others over the next two months to ensure we are genuinely able to reflect the views and values of the sector in these important reforms."

Other lead members of the NHS Future Forum announced today include Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; Geoff Alltimes, Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham Council; and Kathy Maclean, NHS Medical Director at East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

As part of the Forum, they will undertake a range of activities including:
•    engaging with staff and leaders across the NHS to improve our plans;
•    reaching out to professional and other networks to engage stakeholders across all aspects of healthcare;
•    encouraging pathfinder consortia and early implementer health and wellbeing boards to come forward with what they have learnt so far; and a number of national and regional engagement events.

Later on today Andrew Lansley will also attend a Royal College of Nursing conference to continue the listening exercise. Patients and members of the public wishing to leave their own feedback, or find out more about the Government’s modernisation plans, are encouraged to visit: www.dh.gov.uk/healthandcare.


Source: DH

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