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Health Services: Voluntary Organisations

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to develop the role of the voluntary sector in the provision of health and social care. (280276)

The Department values the substantial contribution voluntary organisations and the wider third sector make to the delivery of high quality health and social care services and has taken a strongly pro-active approach to recognising and embracing their contribution as critical and integral to the delivery of improved outcomes in health and social care.

A cross-cutting third sector programme was established in 2007, with the key objective of increasing opportunities for third sector organisations to inform and influence national health service and local authority commissioning and to participate in the provision of services.

The Department’s Third Sector Investment Programme helps to strengthen and develop the partnership between the Department and third sector organisations; supporting innovative projects that help secure and promote high quality health and social care throughout England. £17,945,222 was made available in 2009-10 to fund 11 strategic partners, 116 new projects and 191 continuing projects.