NAVCA joins influential health board
NAVCA's Chief Executive Joe Irvin has been invited to join a key Department of Health Board. The Department of Health Local Government (DH LG) Programme Board is charged with ensuring the implementation of the health and social care reforms which will establish local authorities as the system leaders. Joining this board will allow NAVCA to input the views of the local voluntary and community sector to decisions concerning Health and Wellbeing Boards, local HealthWatch and developing local public health systems. NAVCA will attend its first meeting of this board on 15 February 2012.
The invitation to join this board is recognition of NAVCA as a credible and authentic voice for the local voluntary sector and local communities. It will enable the local voluntary and community sector to influence decisions aimed at ensuring effective commissioning and improving the health and wellbeing of local communities.
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said;
"It is really positive that the Department of Health recognises how important it is to involve the voluntary sector in their transition planning. I am delighted that they see such an important role for NAVCA. By sitting on this board, we can ensure the views of the local voluntary and community sector help to shape this important agenda."
"It is vital that our members continue to feed in their views and information to us: this is what the Department of Health wants and needs to hear."
If you have any issues, concerns or questions about local HealthWatch, Health and Wellbeing Boards, or changes to local public health systems, email Katy Wing, NAVCA’s Director - Improving Local Services.