Funding to bolster community involvement in local commissioning

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England from 01 April 2013) has announced funding to help local communities to build meaningful partnerships between Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) charities, community groups and social enterprises.

Twelve areas will receive up to £50,000 each as part of the Building Health Partnerships Programme to support voluntary organisations and commissioners to jointly develop practical solutions to commissioning local services. As well as the bursary, the 12 areas will receive training support in the form of specifically tailored partnership development days and masterclasses.

The Building Health Partnerships Programme is a partnership initiative between the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), Social Enterprise UK, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England from 01 April 2013). The Programme aims to encourage the 12 areas will to share ideas, learning and outcomes through a National network. This will spread innovation and support wider dissemination and application of successful approaches and lessons learned.

The 12 areas selected are:

  • Bradford & Airedale
  • Bristol
  • City & Hackney
  • Croydon
  • Dudley
  • Durham
  • Hampshire
  • Manchester
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Swindon, and
  • Wakefield.