£2.1m programme to develop collaborative communities

The Health Foundation will launch a programme aimed at developing collaborative communities between the voluntary and community sector and the NHS.

The Common Ambition programme will help form partnerships between providers of NHS services and voluntary or community organisations, such as charities or social enterprises.

The programme will allow families, health care professionals and researchers to work together towards a shared aim – to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them.

A spokesman the charity said the £2.1m-programme will provide up to five teams across the UK with a 30,000-£50,000 ‘bespoke package of support’ for between two-three years.

‘We expect partnerships to be able to capture learning, measure impact and create links with local systems. Working with organisations such as universities, clinical commissioning groups, academic health science networks and local authorities could, therefore, strengthen the partnerships.

‘Our support isn’t just financial. We will provide successful teams with a bespoke package of support, which could include coaching, training, facilitation and learning events, worth between £30,000 and £50,000.

‘This will help teams to learn and apply collaborative working approaches and design their partnerships to achieve clear measurable outcomes.’

The Health Foundation will be inviting partnerships between the voluntary and community sector and the NHS to apply for The Common Ambition programme in February.

The provisional timetable for the application process is as follows:

Full guidance published Mid February 2020
Open for expressions of interest Mid February 2020
Partnership development events 27 February 2020 and 10 March 2020
Expressions of interest deadline Late March 2020
Full application deadline Mid May 2020
Assessment days Early July 2020
Awards announced July 2020
Partnerships commence Autumn 2020

The charity will be holding two events, in Leeds on February 27 and London March 1o, to offer application advice and to support potential applicants in connecting with partner organisations.

Those unable to attend either event can take part in a webinar on March 12. Click here to sign up.

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