A bid from Supporting Links to Commissioning (SLtC) at VAL has resulted in Leeds joining a national programme that will help the city develop a consistent approach to commissioning for social value in health.
Health and Social Value Programme
The Health and Social Value Programme is a national programme funded by the Department of Health and delivered by Social Enterprise UK and the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). A first cohort has been running over the last year and bids were invited recently to join a second cohort; bids required the support of the local council and Clinical Commissioning Group (most areas only have one whereas Leeds has 3!) and VAL secured the backing of Adult Social Care and Leeds North and Leeds West CCGs before the deadline; we anticipate that Leeds South and East CCG will also join the programme on an equal footing.
The programme aims to help us develop an agreed approach to social value around health and care commissioning in Leeds that all the agencies will sign up to, and at VAL we hope too that this might then be adopted on a broader footing.
Third Sector participation
The programme will commence in October and run over about a year, and will involve participants drawn from all three sectors. The Third Sector participants will be identified primarily through the forums and networks in the health and social care field, while VAL (through SLtC) and Leeds Community Foundation will also be represented directly. In addition there will be a few places for the sector to be filled through an open invitation process that will be launched through Doing Good Leeds shortly.
Find out more
More information about the national programme can be found on the Social Enterprise UK website