While welcoming the focus the government's White Paper could bring on integration, National Voices CEO Charlotte Augst warns 'the track record of achieving better, more equitable, outcomes for people on the basis of mergers and restructures of national bodies is pitiful'.
Now could not be a more pressing time to discuss the issue of health inequity, the focus of our conference How Can We Dismantle Health Together - National Voices' conference to realise the power of the voluntary sector (Mar 2, 9, 16, 23). COVID-19 has made pre-existing health inequities starker, and generated fresh injustice. The stakes could not be higher, yet the barriers to change are also significant and complex - nowhere more so than in the area of racial inequality.
This is the third blog in a series on how National Voices members are enabling person-centred care. View other blogs in the series.
Verena Hewat, Community Outreach and Training Lead at Compassion in Dying explains how they have been working with Portuguese-speaking communities in Lambeth to make end-of-life care more person-centred.
This blog is the first in a new series spotlighting how National Voices members are enabling person-centred care.
Jenny McAteer, National Development Manager at Groundswell shares how the organisation’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy programme is helping people experiencing homelessness to receive coordinated and compassionate care that is tailored to them.
Co-production has become the latest buzzword to capture the imagination of commissioners and health and social care providers, in their quest to provide genuine person centred support to the people they provide services for. Too often though, it has been reduced to being a simple rebranding of its predecessor, "user involvement", with no real or meaningful change taking place.