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Why and how Integrated Care Systems should partner with the voluntary sector to tackle health inequalities


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Join cross-sector leaders and their learning partners to explore the role the voluntary sector can play in helping to tackle health inequalities in neighbourhoods, places and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

As ICS structures are set to become formalised in July, The King’s Fund, Innovation Unit and Institute for Voluntary Action Research are providing support to understand effective cross-sector collaboration. Together, they will share learning from work in partnership with, or funded by, The National Lottery Community Fund, and profile people doing it on the ground.

This webinar will spotlight three place-based partnerships that have been working to address health inequalities in their areas:

Supported by the Innovation Unit
Andrew Billingham and Lisa Cowley from Beacon Vision, representing the Dudley & Wolverhampton Health Equality Development Grantee partnership in conversation with Steve Terry, Head of Engagement, Black Country & West Birmingham ICS. Steve has recently moved into this role having previously been funded through the ICS to explore Engagement & Partnership with VCSE. The Dudley & Wolverhampton Healthy Communities Together Project has partnered with Steve and others to create a culture of change across the system. The work focuses on empowering and enabling positive impacts both in terms of service delivery and integration to make long lasting improvements for people and communities.

Supported by the King’s Fund
Neil Goulbourne, Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance, One Croydon, will reflect on experience in building a shared agenda, trust and partnership working to support a move to better understanding health and wellbeing needs at neighbourhood level. One Croydon plan to use that insight to commission new health services from a more diverse range of providers.

Supported by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research
Sonal Mehta, Partnership Lead (VCSE) for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System, will share an approach to setting up a Health and Wellbeing Alliance in Milton Keynes. Their aim was to involve the voluntary sector in strategic discussions about the design and commissioning of health and care services.

As well as hearing from experienced system leaders in the NHS, Local Authority and voluntary sector about how cross-sector collaboration can drive health improvements for local people, there will be space for networking and discussion.

Who is this event for?
Colleagues working at place or system level within emerging Integrated Care Systems, policy professionals in NHS England and Improvement, and local VCSE organisations.

Networking opportunity
Following our webinar, we will be running a 45 minute informal networking session. Meet other cross-sector leaders and reflect on what you’ve heard, and what it means for your own work.

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