An opportunity for carers and disability groups to help shape and develop the relationship between the Care Quality Commission and the voluntary and community sector in the south east of England.
RAISE, which supports voluntary sector organisations in the south east, is looking for representatives from carer groups and learning disability groups to take part in a focus group with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Tuesday 18th June. The focus group will take place in London (venue tbc) and they will reimburse travel expenses. Lunch will be provided.
Participants the focus group will be able to meet with the two regional representatives from the CQC and they will also be able to:
- learn more about the work of CQC, including an update on the standards of health and care services in the region
- share with the CQC the issues people in the communities they work with are facing when they use health and care services
- learn how they can make a difference to care standards through sharing the experience of those using health and social care services
- have a say in identifying what information from the CQC would be useful for their organisation and their network members
- be involved in co-designing a model for improved communication channels between CQC and the voluntary and community sector in the South East
They are looking specifically for representatives from carer groups and learning disability groups; but representatives from specialist groups or networks (for example autism, or visual impairment) are also most welcome. For further information click here.
Health and Wellbeing Forum for voluntary and community groups
This is an opportunity for your group to:
· Share information and concerns with other voluntary groups
· Create co-ordinated responses to consultations and issues
· Ensure that under-represented groups can have a stronger voice
· Agree joint initiatives to improve services
By working with your local CVS you will achieve both local focus and cross-county reach. In addition, the new forum will work together with SpeakUp, the county-wide forum, to provide your organisation with the best opportunities to get engaged in representation.
To register your interest in joining this forum please click here
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Under the new re-organised NHS, clinical commissioning groups(CCGs) will take responsibility for health care budgets.
In Sussex there are seven clinical commissioning groups:
- Brighton and Hove CCG
- Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG
- Crawley CCG
- Coastal West Sussex CCG (covering Adur, ARCH - Bognor Regis and Chichester, Arun, Cissbury - Worthing, and Chanctonbury)
- Hastings and Rother CCG
- Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG
- High Weald and Lewes-Havens CCGs
At present they are operating in ‘shadow’ form, but by April 2013 they will be responsible for commissioning:
- Hospital services
- Primary care and community care services
- Mental health services
- Learning disabilities services