ISLINGTON VOLUNTARY SECTOR HEALTH NETWORK
Although there is a lot of interest, debate and discussion on the provision
of health and social care in Islington and many voluntary and community
groups in Islington do a vareity of work on and around local health
and social care provision; currently there is no forum or network in
Islington where these organisations can meet and discuss issues of common
concerns and or share information. With this in mind Islington Voluntary
Action Council (IVAC) set up the Islington Voluntary Sector Health Network
IVSHN is an open forum for voluntary and community organisations in
Islington who have an interest in health and community care issues.
The Network will meet every two months or so and anyone from a voluntary
organisation is welcome to attend. The meetings are informal and there
are opportunities for people to raise issues or give out information.
are invited to talk about a range of topics.The Network has good links
with the Primary Care Trust, Regional Health Authority, Health Action
Zone and Social Services and is a valuable source of information as
well as a useful way of feeding in views and concerns to the statutory
The VSHN has regular reviews where looks at its work, what it has achieved
and plans its future objectives.
There are great advantages in networking amongst organisations: it can
prevent the isolation and marginalisation of smaller groups, allow resources
to be shared, give greater depth to the discussion and understanding
of the issues groups deal with and adds more weight to their views.
IVSHN provides an opportunity for members to make links with other voluntary
organisations involved in similar work and keep in touch with wider
voluntary sector issues and concerns.
IVSHN's mission statement is as follows:
To strengthen the contribution of the voluntary sector in the
promotion of adequate, appropriate and accessible good health and social
care in Islington
To promote networking amongst voluntary organisations on health and
social care issues.
To secure the accountability of commissioners and providers of health
and social care services to the people of Islington.
The Network is particularly keen to ensure that providers and planners
of services take into account the needs of people for whom existing
services are not always appropriate, adequate or accessible.
The IVSHN sees aims to be as accountable as possible to the wider voluntary
sector in Islington.
1. To look at how existing planning structures within both voluntary
and statutory sectors, such as working groups, networks, etc, can be
as effective as possible.
To facilitate consultation between statutory and voluntary sectors eg
by briefing the voluntary sector, organising meetings and by meeting
with Social Services to discuss the consultation process.
To provide an opportunity for information sharing between voluntary
sector groups. This is done in Forum meetings but also through regular
mailouts, articles in IVAC's newsletter or by setting up special meetings.
To improve communication between statutory and voluntary sectors. This
is an ongoing process but we have worked with the statutory authorities
on improving their practice and by co-ordinating voluntary sector responses
on various issues.
Organise seminars and policy briefings on the new health agenda e.g
Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).
Further details contact our Health Development Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org.