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Complex Needs Consortium

The Complex Needs Consortium makes sure that the voice of people with complex needs is heard in Government decisions, to drive equal access to health and care systems. The Consortium works closely with the Department of Health, NHS England and Improvement and Public Health England, as a member of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

VCSE Health & Wellbeing Alliance

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance aims to amplify the voice of the voluntary sector and people with lived experience to:

  • inform national policy
  • facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors
  • co-produce solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England and Improvement. It is made up of 21 VCSE members that represent communities who share protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities. 

One of the Alliance members is the Complex Needs Consortium, of which VoiceAbility is a part.

About the Complex Needs Consortium

We are a partnership between:

  • VoiceAbility
  • The National Autistic Society
  • Sense

Who we represent

Together, we represent people of all ages facing some of the most significant health inequalities, including:

  • autistic people
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with sensory impairments
  • people with complex needs
  • people with mental health conditions

We work closely with these groups to make their voice heard by commissioners, and decision and policy makers.

Our focus

Key health and care priorities for the communities and organisations we represent include:

  • health inequality, especially access to mental health support and primary care
  • Transforming Care
  • accessible information and communication (including implementation of the Accessible Information Standard)
  • independent advocacy
  • coverage and quality of social care (including preventative)
  • engagement and co-production

How we influence health and care systems

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a place where the voluntary sector and the health and care system work together to improve health and wellbeing for all communities.

As a member of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, the Complex Needs Consortium works with the Department of Health, NHS England and Improvement and Public Health England to:

  • drive transformation of health and care systems
  • promote wellbeing
  • address health inequalities

The Consortium does this by:

  • supporting and upskilling people to participate
  • gathering evidence through research 
  • providing evidence to select committees
  • developing good practice guidance
  • developing national strategies and legislation that affect people with complex needs

You can follow the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance on Twitter, by searching the hashtag #hwalliance

Contact the Complex Needs Consortium

If you are interested in the work of the consortium and would like to discuss any of the topics further, please do not hesitate to get in touch:

Tim Nicholls - The National Autistic Society


Sarah White - Sense


Stephen Hinchley - VoiceAbility