National Voices is the coalition of charities that stands for people being in control of their health and care. We work for a strong patient and citizen voice and services built around people. We stand up for voluntary organisations and their vital work for people’s health and care. We have more than 140 charity members and 20 professional and associate members. Our membership covers a diverse range of conditions and communities and connects with the experiences of millions of people.
National Voices has been a member of the Health and Care Strategic Partner Programme since 2011.
The programme enables voluntary sector organisations to work in equal partnership with the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England. Each strategic partner receives funding to develop the knowledge and capability of the health and care sector.
The Strategic Partner Programme is designed to improve communication between the government, arm’s-length bodies and third sector health and care organisations in England. It gives National Voices and the other Strategic Partners the opportunity to represent our members and networks in shaping health and social care reform. The programme has developed from a partnership of 11 organisations establishing a robust model for working in partnership, to 22 organisations spanning the breadth and depth of the Voluntary and Community Sector.