Have a say in Safeguarding

The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (or NSCP) are in the process of redesigning and creating a new website.

To get the views of leaders, managers and practitioners working with Children and Young People in Northamptonshire they have created a survey to establish both the type of information and format which partners view as important.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here: https://forms.office.com/e/vbRicE4UPJ and should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete

Collaboration in Health Inequalities Report: 1st May 2024

Here is our report on the Collaboration in Health Inequalities Event which was funded by NHS Partnerships England and took place on the 1st May 2024.

The Report is a synopsis of the rich and broad discussions which took place.

Thank you once again to all the keynote speakers that attended, and to the LAP Leads for facilitating the Peer Circles.


Carer Strategy

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) are asking for local carers or someone supporting a carer to share their views and feedback on the newly drafted five-year Carer Strategy.

The draft strategy is for all unpaid carers that live in, or care for someone that lives in West Northants, and has been developed together with local carers, ensuring their voices drive forward progress over the next few years to provide the right support and information for them.

Chosen by our local carers, 17 priorities have been identified to focus on improving over the next five years as well as specific measurements to track progress which the Council would like to seek views on. Each priority has a set of actions that will support achieving the priority over the five-year period. More details on each of the priorities and how they will be achieved can be found in the strategy.

Please tell West Northamptonshire Council your views by completing this online questionnaire via the online consultation survey. The council will review all feedback with our group of local carers and make any necessary changes, before taking it to Cabinet for final approval.    Your feedback will be part of reports with other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

The survey will close at midnight on Thursday 30 May 2024.

If you have any queries, comments or would like a copy of this questionnaire in another format you can contact by email or post, alternatively call 0300 126 7000.

Email address:  carerstrategyfeedback@westnorthants.gov.uk 

Postal address: Draft Carer Strategy Consultation Response, West Northamptonshire Council, The Guildhall, St Giles’ Street, Northampton, NN1 1DE.

West Northamptonshire launch a new phase of Community Grants

The grant scheme is open to local registered charities, not-for-profit and VCSE organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire.

Eligible applicants must address an identified local need, and support, enable or facilitate the achievement of one or more of the Council’s strategic aims, objectives, or priorities.

Applications for this round of funding should be submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 26 June 2024.

For more information on how to apply click here:  Fresh grant funding available for West Northants Voluntary and Community Sector | West Northamptonshire Council


A thanks from Sally Burns our Director of Public Health – West Northamptonshire

I am delighted to share with you the third Director of Public Health Report (DPHR) for West Northamptonshire, which highlights how together with our local partners, we have embedded a place-based approach in the work we do across the Council to reduce health inequalities and improve life outcomes for our residents.

As I reflect on 2023, it has been another incredibly busy year and one of particular significance for my Public Health team, with it being the first full year where the team has sat solely within West Northants Council, working closely with our partners to serve West Northants residents.

Over the last year, I have witnessed firsthand the power of collaboration with our systemwide partners and the impact we can make for the communities we serve when our aims and outcomes are properly aligned. That’s why I am excited to share with you the Director of Public Health report for 2023, as it is full of brilliant examples of how we have worked with our partners, voluntary sector, and communities to start to embed our place-based and ‘asset-based’ approach, which have helped our communities and individuals to have hands on involvement in shaping services that best meet their needs.

Whilst we have made great strides in beginning to address the poor health outcomes in West Northants, health inequalities very much remain a big concern and it is clear there is still more to do. In this report and its accompanying video, you will see how some of the work has started to address this issue and how the idea of taking a place-based approach embodies this way of thinking.

Please so take the time to watch our short video which summarises the report and our place-based approach: https://youtu.be/_76UoKqpCnA or to read the full report for more detail: Health and Wellbeing Board – Key responsibilities | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)

I would like to thank all our partners who continue to work with us on this important agenda and I hope that we can start to break down these health inequities so everyone in West Northamptonshire can live a long and healthy life.


Collaboration in Health Inequalities

Voluntary Impact held its Collaboration in Health Inequalities event on the 1st of May 2024 at the Kings Park Conference Centre. Funded through NHS Partnerships England, keynote speakers included Sally Burns (Director of Health for West Northamptonshire), Naomi Eisenstadt (Chair of the Integrated Care Board) and Julie Curtis (Director of Place for West Northamptonshire).

The Presentations can be viewed here:

Place Development in West Northants

What do Health Inequalities mean to an Integrated Care System

Our Northamptonshire Population and the Health Inequalities that we see


Over 100 delegates were in attendance from all sectors including the VCSE, Local Authorities and various NHS Health Departments.

Following on from the presentations, delegates divided into Focus Groups covering subject areas such as Poverty, Isolation, Ethnic Minority Inequalities, Older Adults and Children and Young People.

The Groups looked at what is being done now and how, and what good looks like in a perfect world.

The Conference was concluded with a Question-and-Answer Panel.

The notes from each Focus Group will be compiled over the next 2 weeks and will be shared in future Friday Bulletins. If you wish to subscribe to our Bulletin simply contact Sophie.negus@voluntaryimpact.org.uk

Re-Imagining Planned Care together

Northamptonshire NHSs are seeking VCSE assistance to help, support and improve Outpatient Care across the County.

They are already working together as a Health and Care Partnership System with patients, carers, and our local communities, but they now want to promote a series of small workshops where the views of VCSE Representatives and their Beneficiaries can be heard,

Why are they doing this?

They know that despite the innovations they have implemented and the re-design of some of the services they provide there continues to be several challenges.

  • People wait longer than they should.
  • That care is not always delivered locally or conveniently.
  • There is limited coordination of care for a person, which results in multiple appointments that patients may struggle to make and is made more complicated when more than one service is involved.
  • People being bounced between GPs and hospitals leading to confusion and needs not being met or delayed.
  • There are inequalities in accessing support and health outcomes from different communities and individuals where the way they offer care does not work for them.

How can the VCSE be involved?

The next step for THEM is to complete a series of co-design workshops. These workshops will focus on “Access,” “Assessment,” “Treatment” and “Discharge from treatment/services/care and will be attended by patients, carers, staff, and other sectors working to provide services.

The workshops will take place over 8 non-consecutive days (2 days per pathway section) during May and June, with dates and venues to be confirmed. We want to hear from the many different perspectives of our local communities as your views will help to inform and shape the design of future planned care services so that they will work for you, your families, and your friends.

Your insights, views, and expertise are invaluable. You can participate as much or as little as you are comfortable with.

Opportunities include: –

  • You can join a briefing group: This is an open virtual forum via Microsoft TEAMS that will be brought together as and when needed. In this group, you will be able to share your views and see the design ideas that are coming out of the workshops.
  • You can act as an ambassador for the programme: you will be provided with briefings to share with your own communities and networks.
  • You can express an interest in joining the co-design workshops and provide ideas and help design the blueprint itself. (Spaces may be limited due to room capacity).
  • Or you may have a particular skill that you could offer to the team. For example – helping us to develop the materials for the workshops.

If you would like to be involved or require any further information, please email  Jayne Chambers (jaynechambers@nhs.net) or Cath Chisholm (cath.chisholm@nhs.net)

There is also a possibility that the VCSE could host 2 or 3 of these workshops. If this is of interest please contact russell.rolph@voluntaryimpact.org.uk

Northampton West Local Area Partnership Engagement Day

In collaboration with Community Spaces, the Northampton West Local Area Partnership will be hosting a Community Safety and Engagement Day on Saturday 27th April 2024 @St Crispin’s Community Centre.

The Local Area Partnership Lead Michelle Grimwood is looking for 5 or 6 VCSE organisations to take part with community stalls or outside activities.

This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your work and allow members of the public to understand the work you do and why it’s important.

The event is taking place between 11am and 3pm.

If you would like to reserve a community stall or provide an activity on the day (such as Yoga or Thai Chi for example) then please contact: Michelle.Grimwood@westnorthants.gov.uk

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce offer 30 free Memberships.

The Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce are offering 30 Free Memberships for a 12-month period to any community organisation within Northamptonshire that might be interested.

Organisations can register their interest here:

Community Funded Memberships | Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce (northants-chamber.co.uk)

Please note that organisations that have been Chamber Members for the past 2 years will not be eligible.

Successful organisations will be contacted directly by Chamber representatives.


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