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Agenda Item No 7

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 5 October 2016

 

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (C&V UHB)

 

UHB Framework for Working with the Third Sector and Year in Review

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To share the UHB's revised Framework for Working with the Third Sector: Working Together for our Future Wellbeing (Appendix 1) and A Year in Review 2015- 2016 (Appendix 2), for information.

Background

In 2012, the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) approved a Strategic Framework for Working with the Third Sector which set out the UHB's ambitions for working collaboratively with the third sector to enhance the lives of individuals, communities and the population of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The Strategic Framework was brought to the VSJLC for information in July 2012.

In 2015, the decision was taken to review the Strategic Framework with the aim of re-appraising the relationship between the UHB and the third sector to ensure it is fit for purpose to support delivery of the UHB strategy 'Shaping Our Future Wellbeing' (SOFW) and that it appropriately reflects the ambitions and potential of the third sector locally.

This report introduces the revised Framework for Working with the Third Sector: Working Together for our Future Wellbeing (Appendix 1) and booklet which celebrates joint working: A Year in Review 2015- 2016 (Appendix 2), for information.

Relevant Issues

The first stage of the review of the Strategic Framework was to explore people's views on current relationships and consider what role the third sector may be able to play in supporting joint delivery of the UHB strategy. An electronic questionnaire was circulated widely within the third sector, UHB and key partner agencies, and structured interviews were undertaken with a smaller set of key stakeholders.

The resulting report on the survey outcomes drew conclusions about what the relationship between the UHB and the third sector needs to look like in the future and key factors in making that a reality. These findings were tested back with stakeholders at a major workshop in January 2016 attended by 100 participants from local and national third sector organisations as well as staff from UHB clinical boards and corporate teams, and colleagues from some partner organisations including local authorities and Community Health Council. Activity at the workshop focused on identifying the actions that need to be taken to drive the agenda forward.

Feedback from the survey and workshop suggest that overall, there is a feeling that relationships have improved and are moving in the right direction but there are some clear messages about where improvements need to be made and where effort needs to be focused if the potential of this crucial relationship is to be fully realised.

The emerging themes have been mapped against the UHB Strategic Principles to demonstrate how the role envisaged for the third sector can make a direct contribution to delivery of the UHB vision. An objective agreed by the Steering Group was not only to produce a revised Framework which articulates the clear alignment to SOFW, but also one which provides an accessible description of our collective ambitions, drawing on the rich set of comments and views expressed in the survey work. The Framework (Appendix 1) has now been widely disseminated within the third sector, UHB and partner agencies to support implementation of these priority areas of co-delivery. It was circulated electronically to VSJLC members in April 2016.

An Action Plan for 2016/17 owned and delivered by key stakeholders has been prepared. In addition, a Year in Review booklet has been produced to celebrate some key achievements in joint working in 2015/16 (Appendix 2).

Recommendation

The VSJLC notes the UHB's revised Framework for Working with the Third Sector: Working Together for our Future Wellbeing.

Contact Officer

Anne Wei, Strategic Partnership and Planning Manager

Cardiff & Vale UHB

Responsible Officer:

Sharon Hopkins, Director of Public Health

Cardiff & Vale UHB

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