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Examples of engaging with clinical commissioning groups

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Examples of successful working with clinical commissioning groups.

Bristol CCG’s market development activities 

As part of its Modernising Mental Health commissioning process, Bristol CCG decided to provide extra support to smaller voluntary organisations who often struggle when bidding to provide services. 

The two voluntary sector organisations commissioned to deliver this support surveyed the sector to understand where the gaps were, and provided assistance through briefings, networking events and support surgeries to address these issues. The CCG also provided grants for specific support in bid-writing. 

A number of voluntary organisations took advantage of the support offered, and eleven voluntary organisations are involved in collaborations which now hold Modernising Mental Health contracts with the CCG. 

Bristol CCG was shortlisted in the Innovation category at the 2014 Compact Awards for this work. 

Stockton grant funding project 

The 2014 Health Improvements Initiative is a project jointly funded by Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and Stockton Borough Council. Recognising the value of local voluntary sector organisations working on health initiatives, a total of £500,000 was made available in grant funding. 

While the commissioners set expectations and were part of the decision making process, the local voluntary sector support organisation, Catalyst Stockton, managed the grant funding. 27 bids were submitted and 14 organisations were successful in securing funding. 

More information is available on Regional Voices' grant resources hub

New Newcastle Compact

The Newcastle Voluntary Sector Liaison Group (VSLG) is made up of representatives from the local authority, voluntary sector and a local CCG, and exists to discuss partnership issues. In September 2012, the VSLG established a cross sector working group to review the local Compact and make recommendations. The resulting New Newcastle Compact was co-designed by Newcastle North CCG and Newcastle East CCG, and both are signed up to its principles. The process of co-designing the local Compact allowed the CCGs and voluntary sector to gain a greater understanding of each other. 

It also has been signed by the local Health and Wellbeing Board (known as the Newcastle Wellbeing for Life Board). 

The VSLG has commenced dialogue with other public sector partners, encouraging them to sign up too - including the police and crime commissioners and six Parish Councils. 

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