Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council in partnership with NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are proposing to jointly commission a Healthwatch and Local Engagement Contract across the footprint of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for Devon. The contract will be made up of two Lots:
• Lot 1 – Statutory Health and Social Care Consumer Voice (Local Healthwatch), funded by all three local authorities, with the CCG as a key stakeholder; and
• Lot 2 – Local Health and Social Care Engagement, with the three local authorities and the CCG all being parties to this element of the contract. Services purchased under this lot will be on a ‘call-off’ purchase basis only.
By working together, there is greater opportunity for continued service innovation, collaborative working, sharing knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to jointly realise benefits for service users and maintain a sustainable Local Healthwatch function and support community engagement on health and social care issues.
A key to this will be: retaining the strong Healthwatch brand within Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, building on the good work to date; ensuring the public can continue to access Local Healthwatch face-to-face; and sustaining the volunteer base in all three areas, recognising the vital role they play in supporting Local Healthwatch and engaging with their communities.
It is envisaged that the new contract will commence on 1st April 2020.