Discussion papers and reports

Position statement: ‘Low-value’ prescriptions


The Board of NHS England has launched a public consultation, which will result in statutory guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), aimed at restricting the prescribing of treatments and remedies that are judged to be of ‘low clinical value’.

National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities, has a number of concerns about the nature of this consultation process. These are set out in a position statement on 'low value' prescriptions.


Enabling change through communities of practice: Wellbeing Our Way

In June 2014, National Voices set out to explore and test how communities of practice could facilitate the spread of large-scale change across England’s voluntary sector working for health and wellbeing.

This publication reflects on our experiences over the last 3 years, and in the spirit of communities of practice, aims to share reflections in order that others can use our learning.

Healthy commissioning: How the Social Value Act is being used by Clinical Commissioning Groups


National Voices and Social Enterprise UK have conducted a survey of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to assess their use of the Social Value Act.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires commissioners to consider broader social, economic and environmental benefits to their area when making commissioning decisions. It was a response to the risk of competitive tendering focusing solely on cost at the expense of other forms of value.

General Election 2017: Manifesto analysis

A series of member briefings from National Voices summarising the health and care aspects of political party manifestos in the build up to the 2017 General Election.

As the parties battle for votes, we will cut through the headlines and assess the implications of each party’s manifesto pledges relating to health and care.

As the coalition of health and care charities in England, National Voices will publish briefings on the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos as they are published. All will be published on this page.

Priorities for the new government

Ahead of the 2017 General Election, National Voices members have worked together to develop a list of priority actions for the new government to meet the challenges facing health and care.

Aimed at political parties contesting the General Election, the document outlines the need for health and care services which put people first, helping people be partners in decisions about their health and care and making better use of the resources in communities and the voluntary sector.

Volunteering and social action


In June 2016, the People and Communities Board of the Five Year Forward View published the ‘Six principles for engaging people and communities’. One of the principles requires that Volunteering and social action are recognised as key enablers.

This Volunteering and social action paper succinctly articulates the benefits of volunteering and social action, and considers there future role in the health and care system.

Life Sciences Strategy and implementing the Accelerated Access Review


On Friday 17 March 2017, National Voices convened a meeting of patient advocacy groups involved in the development of the Accelerated Access Review, and/or with an interest in its implementation.

At that meeting it was agreed that National Voices would coordinate a joint paper to the Office for Life Sciences  summarising key themes for the implementation of the Accelerated Access Review and the forthcoming Life Sciences Strategy.

Wellbeing Our Way Impact Report 2016


There’s increasing consensus that people and their communities need a new relationship with health and care services; one which recognises that people’s own life goals are what count, and that wellbeing and independence need to be key outcomes of care*. 

Wellbeing Our Way aims to support charities and community groups to play a significant role in this shift to person-centred, community focused care.

9 big shouts

Patients, service users and their organisations have welcomed the listening period announced by the government. This is a chance to have our voices heard. But it is not the first opportunity. For a year, from the White Paper onwards, we have been responding constructively to all government consultations, and arguing for changes to the Bill.

The aim of this paper, therefore, is to assist the Future Forum by summarising from those consultations the nine key demands made by the patient, service user and carer movement, and pointing the way to solutions. Our ‘big shouts’ are:

Integrated care: what do patients, service users and carers want?

The aspects of care correlating most closely with good patient experience are relational. Patients want to be listened to, to get good explanations from professionals, to have their questions answered, to share in decisions, and to be treated with empathy and compassion. These aspects are found in individual consultations and in team working. But integrated care arrangements need to be crystal clear about the roles and contact that various professionals will have with service users.


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