Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

CCGs working with their local communities to build involvement in local health partnerships

Clinical commissioning groups have great potential to deliver improved health outcomes for their communities by building effective community involvement in commissioning.  CCGs have indicated their commitment to engagement with voluntary and community sector organisations is a significant aspect of doing this in a meaningful and effective way.

The NHS Commissioning Board, together with Department of Health, NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action) and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) wishes to work with up to 12 CCGs to form programme of learning sites across England to develop, highlight and support best practice; enable local partners to innovate local solutions and to spread best practice amongst other CCGs.

We are writing to invite you to consider expressing an interest in taking part in this work. It offers an opportunity to develop a learning programme designed to maximise the potential of collaboration between CCGs and local voluntary and community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to improve health in local communities.

CCGs that come forward – with their local partners – to take part will be able to describe the support they would like to receive in order to realise their aspirations, ensure their success and share their learning with others.

The programme will support VCSE and commissioners to build mutual trust and understanding in order to jointly develop practical approaches that make a real difference locally. It is being managed by NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) in partnership with Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and the NHS Commissioning Board, with the support of the Department of Health.

Further information and an expression of interset from is available on the NHS Commissioning Board website:

The expression of interest form will need to be returned to [email protected] by 14 December 2012