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Strategic Partner Programme

The Department of Health Third Sector Strategic Partner Programme aims to invest in a small number of strategic partners starting April 2009 (for three years, subject to the availability of funds) who will work collaboratively with the Department of Health to:

  • Advise and inform the Department about key issues in the health and social care field affecting the third sector
  • Develop capability and capacity in the third sector
  • Establish a coherent and rational framework for engaging with third sector organisations at a national level in a systematic and mutually beneficial way
  • Achieve shared objectives in improving health and well-being and reducing health inequalities
  • Provide robust and systematic dissemination methods for information, policy developments and key programmes enabling third sector organisations to engage in the delivery of health and well-being objectives

The Department currently has 17 Third Sector Strategic Partners:

  • Action for Prisoners’ Families, NACRO (National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders)
  • Age UK
  • Carers UK, Cross Roads Care, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
  • Combat Stress, The Royal British Legion
  • Department of Health
  • Faith Action
  • Men’s Health Forum
  • Mental Health Providers Forum
  • Shaping Our Lives, NCIL (National Centre for Independent Living), RADAR (Royal Association for Disability Rights)
  • NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action)
  • NCF (National Care Forum), VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group)
  • NCB (National Children’s Bureau)
  • NCPC (The National Council for Palliative Care)
  • National Heart Forum
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • Regional Voices
  • WHEC (Women’s Health and Equality Consortium)

Collectively these third sector organisations through their distribution networks can reach more than 350,000 third sector members. As such they have much to offer local commissioners through their understanding of need, gaps and service provision; the ability to engage local people and provide services. Visit our Strategic Partner Summaries page for information about what these organisations do and how to contact them.

A number of the Strategic Partners have produced their own briefing sheets to help their members understand the opportunities JSNA presents and how to get involved in their local JSNA to influence local services and inform local commissioning decisions.