Delivering services through voluntary sector consortia Mary Nisbett, CEO, and Matthew Byrne, Head of Carers Services, West...
Introduction <ul><li>Westbank – why do we work in consortia? </li></ul><ul><li>Two examples of innovative Voluntary Sector...
Westbank <ul><li>Our aim is to provide care and promote health: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Why work in consortia? <ul><li>Commissioners need to be able to reduce numbers of providers/contracts. </li></ul><ul><li>P...
South West Wellbeing <ul><li>£3.9 million BIG Lottery Programme. </li></ul><ul><li>Group of independent organisations work...
UWE Evaluation <ul><li>Independent evaluation of SW Wellbeing by the University of the West of England: </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Carers+ services for carers <ul><li>Devon County Council/NHS Devon have one ‘Devon Carers Link’ contract : </li></ul><ul><...
Benefits for providers <ul><li>Smaller VCS organisations which might otherwise have struggled can continue to deliver fron...
Benefits for commissioners <ul><li>One contract has replaced many. </li></ul><ul><li>Clearer (and simpler) monitoring and ...
What are the challenges? <ul><li>Ensuring (legal) relationships and liabilities are clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating u...
Are we fit for the future? <ul><li>We are involved in a number of other consortia (advocacy, FUSION, mentoring,). </li></u...
Thanks for listening! Any questions? Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exet...
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Making consortia work for providers and commissioners - Big Society & Localism - Workshop

  1. 1. Delivering services through voluntary sector consortia Mary Nisbett, CEO, and Matthew Byrne, Head of Carers Services, Westbank Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Westbank – why do we work in consortia? </li></ul><ul><li>Two examples of innovative Voluntary Sector consortia: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>South West Wellbeing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carers+ – what are the benefits – for providers and commissioners – and what are the challenges? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voluntary Sector consortia – making us all fit for the future? </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  3. 3. Westbank <ul><li>Our aim is to provide care and promote health: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carers support. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for older people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services for children and families. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and Wellbeing. </li></ul></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  4. 4. Why work in consortia? <ul><li>Commissioners need to be able to reduce numbers of providers/contracts. </li></ul><ul><li>Providers need to be able to offer wider coverage and range of services. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased competition from larger/ national organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Brings larger contracts to front- line deliverers. </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  5. 5. South West Wellbeing <ul><li>£3.9 million BIG Lottery Programme. </li></ul><ul><li>Group of independent organisations working within locally defined areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Targets around healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health. </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Seedcorn commissioning. </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  6. 6. UWE Evaluation <ul><li>Independent evaluation of SW Wellbeing by the University of the West of England: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All targets exceeded. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant improvements in all target groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low overheads. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prompt front-line delivery. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well managed quality assurance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of the lead organisation. </li></ul></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  7. 7. Carers+ services for carers <ul><li>Devon County Council/NHS Devon have one ‘Devon Carers Link’ contract : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The consortium members deliver some local and countywide services. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A wide range of other providers operate under sub-contract or grant arrangements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carers+ accounts for monitoring and delivery of all outputs/outcomes. </li></ul></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  8. 8. Benefits for providers <ul><li>Smaller VCS organisations which might otherwise have struggled can continue to deliver front-line, local services. </li></ul><ul><li>Each partner can focus on what it does best within an integrated whole. </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse organisations work together as equals (increasing sustainability). </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  9. 9. Benefits for commissioners <ul><li>One contract has replaced many. </li></ul><ul><li>Clearer (and simpler) monitoring and lines of accountability. </li></ul><ul><li>Better data and ‘strategic intelligence’. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the ‘difficult’ things are no longer their problem. </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  10. 10. What are the challenges? <ul><li>Ensuring (legal) relationships and liabilities are clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating user/carer-involvement with governance structures. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting used to working together … this has helped make us fit for the future. </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  11. 11. Are we fit for the future? <ul><li>We are involved in a number of other consortia (advocacy, FUSION, mentoring,). </li></ul><ul><li>We have secured additional work and developed new income streams. </li></ul><ul><li>We expect and look forward to continuing to work in consortia. </li></ul>Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.
  12. 12. Thanks for listening! Any questions? Devon Carers Link, a service managed by Carers+, a consortium of East Devon CVS, Exeter CVS and Westbank.

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