ICS Voluntary Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Assembly
The Voluntary Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector is regarded as an equal partner in the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System. The VCFSE sector is playing an increasingly vital role in the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS and is represented at all tiers of the system including local neighbourhoods, place-based Alliances and the Suffolk and North East Essex system.
Following the formal inauguration of the Integrated Care Systems on 1st July 2022, the expectation from NHS England is for all ICSs to develop a formal agreement to embed the VCFSE sector in system level governance and decision making arrangements, ideally through an alliance or assembly-style model, reflecting the diversity of the sector.
The VCFSE sector across Suffolk and North East Essex has a number of existing VCFSE fora, including the ICS VCFSE Strategy Group, which has been meeting for over two years, throughout the period of the pandemic. This group will develop into the new Suffolk and North East Essex ICS VCFSE Assembly.
The core role of the VCFSE Assembly is to work with the wider ICS to ensure and support appropriate engagement, contribution and collaboration at every level of system from neighbourhoods and INTs, through Alliances, key thematic groups such as mental health on county basis and cancer on ICS basis, and overall ICP/ICS to deliver benefits and drive better outcomes for those living in Suffolk and North East Essex.
The VCFSE Assembly builds on and connects with current VCFSE networks across Suffolk [such as Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Network, VASP, VSL and North East Essex [One Colchester and Tendring Together], and other appropriate networks as identified, through appropriate membership and links with existing relevant meetings. Other key design principles for the ICS VCSEF Assembly include
- equality and equity of VCFSE sector voice,
- inclusion across diversity of VCFSE sector
- build on and incorporate existing networks where appropriate
- avoid duplication, and streamline where possible
The following diagram describes how the VCFSE sector in integrated across all working arrangements in the ICS in neighbourhoods, place based Alliances, at County and at System level.
Voluntary Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Assembly Chair
On 1st November 2022 Kirsten Alderson was appointed as the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS VCFSE Assembly Chair. Kirsten has over 10 years’ experience of working in the VCFSE sector in Suffolk and has been CEO of Suffolk Family Carers for the past 8 years. Kirsten will continue in this role, alongside her new role as VCFSE Assembly Chair.
The VCFSE Assembly Chair has the following responsibilities:
- Provide leadership and direction to the development and effective working of the SNEE VCFSE Assembly so that VCFSE sector partners across SNEE collaborate and connect effectively, on key issues and the wider ICS ambitions, from locality and place to whole ICS.
- Provide strategic leadership and drive to ensure key workstreams agreed by the VCFSE Assembly are developed and progressed.
- Act as a spokesperson for the VCFSE Assembly by effectively and inclusively hearing the voice of the sector, from grassroots to national charities, and appropriately and without bias, ensure these views are fed into the ICS in various fora.
- Member of the NHS Integrated Care Board working collaboratively to shape the long-term, viable plan for the delivery of the functions, duties and objectives of the NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) and for the stewardship of public money, and representing the VCSEF sector and its key contribution in this. Support the NHS ICB Chair and the wider Board on issues that impact organisations and workforce across the ICS.
- Member of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Partnership