NHS Blog - 25th August
We have recently enjoyed some annual leave and now we’re right back in the swing of things for the very busy, upcoming, next few months.
In than last couple of weeks Jenni and I have been preparing to start our visits to the CCGs and Shared Lives schemes who have been shortlisted to go through to the final round to receive match funding to develop their proposals. This has involved filling our diaries with visits around the country (it’s going to be a very busy September), and we’ll keep you all updated. We’re also preparing the detailed paperwork required to ensure we get all the information we need to make sure the final shortlist of CCGs and Shared Lives schemes are going to be able to deliver on the plans they have set out.
We’re also beginning to look at what we need to do to start evaluating the Programme to ensure we are getting the results we need to improve people’s lives and make sure we are getting best value for money from the funding provided by NHS England.
We have started to draw together the other projects that are within Shared Lives and look at how they complement, and perhaps be further developed through the NHS Programme. This applies particularly to the Mental Health Project and the Intermediate Care Project – all very exciting.
Jenni and I have recently read VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) latest thought leadership paper which is calling for closer working between the NHS and the voluntary sector. We support this paper and believe that social care providers are right to call for the voluntary sector to be recognised as central to the NHS and health system. Through Shared Lives Plus we see daily the difference having a variety of options for health care can make to people’s lives, we understand how one option may suit certain people’s needs but not everyone. Our NHS programme embodies this and we appreciate not only the funding, but the continuous support from NHS England to better the lives of patients.
We ourselves understand the challenges that working closely together may bring but we’re fully committed to our NHS programme, working in partnership and really building relationships with everyone involved in order to reach our goal of improving the lives of as many people as possible through the NHS Programme and beyond.
For any partners or readers that are interested in learning more, Rhidian Hughes, Chief executive of VODG, has written a blog about the paper which you can find here.
That’s us for the next two weeks, we hope you’re all enjoying the blog and our updates on the NHS Programme, as much as we are working on it. As usual or if this is your first time reading about our exciting NHS Programme you can read previous blogs on the links below.