We are sharing the good news that both the Health Alliance steering group and the ICB team have signed off the MoU so we can now proceed with the next phase which involves implementing it.
We want to put the partnership principles into practice in these indicative areas in 2023/24 and to build on and expand from these in 2024/25:
- Agree routes by which to share the present MoU and the key findings on the scale and value of the VCSE to local health and wellbeing through the ICS.
- Deepen ongoing engagement in BOB ICS Mental Health Governance and the development of the Provider Collaborative with the ICB, Oxford Health and Berkshire Healthcare Trusts, with a particular role for the Alliance mental health action group.
- Identify appropriate ICS engagement forums for the Alliance action groups on ageing well and learning disability & autism.
- Work through how to organise and connect the VCSE’s experience in reducing health inequalities with the ICB’s strategic approach.
- Develop together a Vision for Primary and Community Care as announced in the Joint Forward Plan, with the VCSE Alliance bringing in its insights on co-production and lived experience from its action groups.
- Commit to being part of the collaborative development of a long-term BOB ICS People Plan as set out in the Joint Forward Plan, with the VCSE Alliance bringing its research about the VCSE professional and volunteer workforce.
- Work together on how to enhance the transparency and accessibility of funding to the full range of sizes and types of VCSE organisations.
These are all areas in which we want to grow trust, be purposeful, build inclusivity and nurture community.
Next steps: the parties will review the delivery of these commitments and the application of the shared principles in Q4 of 2023/24 and from Q3 onwards make plans for a new set of commitments to form an action plan 2024/25.
Read the signed-off MoU document: 2023.07 BOB ICB VCSE MoU – Signed off.pdf
Watch Katie’s presentation about the MoU at the recent Summer Meeting