Sector Sustainability Campaign
As the leading representative organisation for voluntary and community sector mental health service providers, we believe it is essential that the sector has a consensus on its offer, impact, and the difference it makes, which highlights its value and strength, and is sufficiently aligned. The voluntary and community sector has a significant role in the delivery of mental health services, and it is essential that the knowledge, expertise, and real strength of the sector is realised and utilised.
The work of the sector was highlighted in recent NHS Benchmarking data reviewing community mental health service provision, which showed that around 1.5 million people accessed CCG-commissioned mental health support from the VCSE sector.
We aim to build a better picture of commissioning and the challenges faced by mental health VCSE providers. We will focus on long-term sustainability by concentrating on three areas: developing a core narrative; producing a document on sustainable planning and commissioning in the sector; and focusing on the VCSE workforce.
As part of this work, we have commissioned the Centre for Mental Health to produce a focused document on sustainable planning and commissioning within the sector. This campaign will also lead to the publication of several other pieces of research on different key strands that are important to this element of work over the next year.
Additionally, we hosted a roundtable meeting of VCSE leaders in the mental health sector to begin a conversation around the sector’s role and following this preliminary discussion, we are also pleased to announce the formation of a VCSE Council, which will comprise of sector leaders who will work with us to ensure that the role and impact of the sector can be understood and its importance can be articulated moving forward. The Council will be chaired by Kathy Roberts with its inaugural meeting due to take place in early 2019; more details on this will be released soon.