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About the National Strategic Partnership Forum (NSPF)

  • Last modified date:
    2 March 2007

The NSPF's role is to help the voluntary, community and public sectors work effectively together to deliver responsive, high quality health and adult social care services for patients, service users and carers.

The NSPF will address the challenge of building a partnership at national level, and supporting local partnership working through a programme of project work that will form the work plan and be presented to ministers. It will also review the Making Partnerships Work Strategic Agreement between the DH, NHS, social care and the VCS, as this is one of its objectives assigned to it by the Secretary of State for Health.

The NSPF will meet three to four times a year, and have working conferences with wider stakeholders. This will enable it to hear and feedback messages about the practical issues around partnership working without undermining the independence of local VCS organisations or the new devolved NHS structure, where NHS hold the resources and determine how services are provided locally. The NSPF is setting up working groups to take further the issues it has identified to feed into its annual report on progress to ministers.

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