Complex Needs Consortium

Complex Needs Consortium LogoVoiceAbility, along with The National Autistic Society and Sense, have formed the 'Complex Needs Consortium'. 

Our Consortium is one of many which have been developed as part of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance Programme. 

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance Programme was launched in April 2017 and is the place where the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England work together with VCSE organisations to drive transformation of health and care systems; promote equality; address health inequalities and help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing.

You can read more below about the objectives of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance Programme, and about our Consortium.

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance Programme

VCSE logoThe Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance) has been established to:

  • Facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors
  • Support a two way flow of information between communities, the VCSE sector and policy leads
  • Amplify the voice of the VCSE sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy
  • Facilitate co-produced solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities

The HW Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and is made up of 21 VCSE Members that represent communities who share protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities

Programme Objectives

  • Encourage co-production in the creation of person-centred, community-based health and care which promotes equality for all;
  • Enable the voice of people with lived experience and those experiencing health inequalities to inform national policy making and shape the delivery of services;
  • Build evidence of sustainable, scalable solutions to mitigate and prevent inequalities impacting on the health and wellbeing of communities.

You can follow the work of VCSE organisations on Twitter, by searching the hashtag #hwalliance

Complex Needs Consortium

Who do the Complex Needs Consortium Represent?

Collectively we represent all age groups facing some of the most significant health inequalities, including autistic people, people with learning disabilities, sensory impairments, complex needs, and mental health conditions.

What we bring to the Alliance

We are experienced in co-producing programmes and working closely with people to make their voice heard by commissioners, decision and policy makers through:

  • Supporting and upskilling people to participate
  • Gathering evidence through research
  • Evidence to select committees
  • Development of good practice guidance
  • Development of national strategies and legislation

Consortium Priorities

The Complex Needs Consortium considers key equality/inequality health and care priorities for the communities and organisations we represent to include:

  • Health inequality – access to mental health support and primary care in particular
  • 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 will we reach VCSE communities?

  • The Consortium has local representation around England, through branches, local services and peer led programmes.
  • We have extensive social media reach and online information.
  • We work in coalition with other charities and organisations.

Contact Us

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
Email: tim.nicholls@nas.org.uk

Sarah White - Sense
Email: sarah.white@sense.org.uk  

Philippa Ashcroft - VoiceAbility
Email: phillippa.ashcroft@voiceability.org