Health and social care in England is going through a period of significant change. A range of national programmes are changing the way services are delivered, to align every-day practice with the vision set out in the five year forward view (5YFV).
The 5YFV covers a number of themes, such as the importance of public health and ill-health prevention, empowering patients and communities, strengthening primary care and making further efficiencies within the health service.
While there is national direction and oversight of these programmes, how they work in practice will be determined locally. To ensure that the Third sector are key to health and social care integration and transforamtion not an optional extra, the voluntary community and social need to engage in and influence these programmes as they develop.