The government’s proposed reforms to the health and social care system include clear aspirations for the voluntary and community sector as a provider of health services, a source of support for commissioning and a partner in tackling health inequalities. However, the reforms also present a number of challenges and risks.
The Voluntary and Community Sector in Health: Implications of the Proposed NHS Reforms considers the main opportunities and challenges facing the sector. It discusses what needs to happen to ensure the sector can flourish in the new system and what it needs to do to grasp new opportunities.
Based on a joint project between the King’s Fund and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, this paper includes a number of recommendations, aimed at national policy-makers, local bodies and the voluntary and community sector itself, to ensure that the sector can grasp this opportunity to participate fully in the new health and social care system. Read paper: www.kingsfund.org.uk/document.rm?id=9153