The national picture

This section includes a recent timeline of key strategies and national policy areas that could support and enable community radio to start health conversations at a national level and outside of Greater Manchester

  • October 2014. Five Year Forward View. Chapter Two talks about “A new relationship with people and communities”. The sections on empowering patients and engaging communities are particularly relevant to community radio.


“We welcome the new action plan from the Joint VCSE Review, which has set out an important vision in which voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations work with the NHS to co-design and co-deliver health and care services with local people. The action plan has a strong focus on greater use of Social Value Act powers by health and care commissioners which enables commissioners to seek added social value from local providers and more value for public money in partnership with charities and community groups. Use of the Act should be more routine in health commissioning.”

Simon Stevens, CEO, NHS England


“This report sets out recommendations for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the health and care sector.


This is a joint review by the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England. The aim of the review is to:


  1. describe the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes
  2. identify the challenges and opportunities in realising the sector’s potential
  3. address challenges and maximise opportunities


The report makes recommendations for government, health and care system partners, funders, regulatory bodies and the VCSE sector. It emphasises putting wellbeing at the centre of health and care services, and making VCSE organisations an integral part of a collaborative system”





Potential partnerships nationally include:

Health and Wellbeing Alliance:

Think Local Act Personal:

Coalition for Collaborative Care:

Nesta (specifically their work around “Realising the Value”. Often have good funding opportunities too):

National Voices:

Royal College of General Practitioners (Specifically their person centred care network)

NAVCA (can help link to other infrastructure organisations nationally)

New NHS Alliance (specifically their work around health creation)

(We have personal links with all of these organisations, apart from Nesta)

Next in line for Devolution:

Liverpool City Region’s devolution deal is in its second stage

Cumbria, Cheshire & Warrington, and Lancashire are all considering submitting devolution bids