“The Milton Keynes Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-15 set out a commitment to reduce health inequalities, build on community strengths, shift the budget allocation towards primary and secondary prevention, and respond more effectively to the needs of different groups in the community. This provided a platform and recognition that the Strategy could be delivered more effectively by improved engagement with VCSE organisations and integrating the concept of social value into the commissioning process. The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) has an elected VCSE representative and efforts were made to create a stronger reference group for the VCSE in order to communicate with HWB. A loose grouping called ‘Speaking with One Voice’ (SWOV) had emerged along with the existing Community Action Milton Keynes (CAMK) Initial discussions indicated that this work was taking place against the background of severe financial constraints and that there was little shared understanding of the social value concept. VCSE membership databases were also felt to be inadequate for the purpose of providing information to commissioners.”
What did you do?
“• Funding was made available from the Joint Commissioning Team for both the development of a VCSE reference/leadership group and for the mapping exercise.
• A subgroup of the main health and social value programme came together to develop the Social Value Charter, define social value in Milton Keynes and a set local key drivers linked to the six Marmot priorities for addressing health inequalities. These correspond to a set of key drivers, including the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the CCG Strategic Priorities and legislation including the Equality Act and Localism Act.
• A Community Interest Company carried out a mapping exercise and identified a range of support and training levels required for different organisations. Those that wanted to be commissioned needed to be fit for purpose.
• The SWOV group has been increased to include members of this programme and has led the discussions around social value and created a better on-going dialogue between the VCSE infrastructure organisations.”
“• The Social Value Charter has been adopted by the Health and Wellbeing Board and work has started on a toolkit to clarify how it can be implemented in practice. A number of contract tenders have included a social value component and the VCSE is aiming to achieve greater consistency across council departments.
• The VCSE is collaborating more as a result of both the mapping exercise and a stronger representative group. A number of focus groups and delivery partnerships are underway for VCSE organisations wishing to cooperate. A recent joint bid with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has been submitted for European funding tackling poverty and social inclusion.
• Training and support is being provided for VCSE organisations wishing to measure their social value”
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Sue Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick Hancock email@example.com