Partnerships with the voluntary sector

October 2, 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) is calling for partnerships with the voluntary sector to be strengthened to reduce delayed transfers of care.

Ahead of BBC Radio 4’s documentary ‘Transforming Care – is it working?’ VODG is encouraging NHS England to significantly strengthen its partnership approach.

NHS England policy, Building the Right Support, sets out how transforming care should be a joint endeavour between people who are using services and their families, providers and commissioners.

VODG has expressed that whilst no-one holds all the answers, the right approach will enable the vision of people being supported in their local communities to become a reality.

A report from VODG earlier this year, based on a London pilot project, identified several barriers faced by voluntary sector organisations supporting people out of long-stay hospitals. For example, it found that there can be a lack of strategic and joined-up approaches to meeting individuals’ needs. The report also highlighted solutions and demonstrated how stronger accountability, improved communication and knowledge sharing can help.

VODG Chief Executive, Dr Rhidian Hughes said, 'People have every right to have their preferences, aspirations and choices met when using services. NHS England should significantly strengthen its partnership with the voluntary sector to build community capacity and reduce the numbers within long-stay hospitals. The forthcoming NHS plan must be clear on how funding and services will shift away from expensive and outdated forms of provision.'

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