Wider objectives of the Strategic Partnership

What is the Strategic Partner Programme?

The Strategic Partner Programme brings together expertise from the voluntary and community sector, with 22 programme members, six of which are consortiums.  Partners work together on key aspects of health, social care, public health policy with system organisations - Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England - on behalf of patients, service users and the wider public.  The strategic partners work directly with policy makers and co-produce specific projects according to national priorities.

Citizen Voice in Policy Development and Delivery

The partners bring considerable and often unique expertise on their areas of work.  Through their membership and networks Strategic Partners are able to reach many voluntary and community sector organisations.  They reach a broad range of people and communities, providing extensive reach to particularly vulnerable groups and communities.

The strategic partners receive funding for their input into the programme, offering advice and challenge to proposals as well as their experience.

Ways of working

The partners:

  • Operate as a forum for co-production and engagement with the wider voluntary and community sector organisations at a national level, bringing citizen and user voice into policy making and delivery.
  • Increase the capacity and capability within the voluntary and community sector to engage in improving health and care, public health and reducing health inequalities.
  • Provide robust and systematic dissemination methods for information, policy developments and key programmes which enable the sector to engage in the delivery of health, care and well-being objectives.

The current Strategic Partners are:

Race Equality Foundation, Regional Voices, Offender Health Partnership, Age UK, FaithAction, Community Service Volunteers,The National LGBT Partnership, Men’s Health Forum, Women’s Health & Equality Consortium, Fit for Work Partnership, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, Carers Partnership, National Council for Palliative Care, Win/ Win Alliance, National Voices, Young People’s Health Partnership, Disability Partnership, UK Health Forum, National Children’s Bureau, NAVCA, National Health Forum and the Mental Health Consortia (Mental Health Foundation, Mind , The National Survivor User Network, Rethink Mental Illness and Centre for Mental Health) led by MHPF.

Since 2009 the Strategic Partnership Programme has grown to include 22 organisations and consortias, represting a robust model for working in partnership. Each Strategic Partner works on a national level, allowing the programme to reach over 300,000 organisations across the county.