Community and voluntary The community and voluntary sector plays a crucial role in both health care, social care and ensuring healthy lives for people across the UK

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The community and voluntary sector, or third sector, encompasses a broad range of organisations and groups. It includes everything from small local action groups to social enterprises to international charities and everything in between.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

A combined effort for autism: lessons from the community for the health system

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26 September 2019

Research shows 88% of autistic people do not think their needs are understood by health professionals. Emily Niner and Oliver Smithson explain why a collaborative approach is required for improvement.

Collaboration is key to achieving better models of care

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21 August 2019

What effect can collaboration between patients, families and clinicians have on health care systems and practices? Maddie Julian shares her experiences.

The NHS should contribute more to the prosperity of local communities

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14 August 2019

New report argues that the NHS could make a greater contribution to improving the socioeconomic conditions for people in the local areas in which it operates.

Educational partnerships with the third sector: a model to address NHS workforce challenges?

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28 June 2019

The Long Term Plan for the NHS in England outlined several initiatives to address the major workforce challenges facing the health service. Dr Helen Crimlisk explains why this provides opportunities f...

The NHS as an anchor institution

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21 May 2019

How can NHS organisations act as anchor institutions in their local communities and positively influence the social, economic and environmental conditions in an area to support healthy and prosperous ...

Ambition, collaboration and creativity: learning from health improvement communities in the US

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13 May 2019

How do you bring patients, the public and health care professionals together to improve care? Sam Thomas reflects on learning from the US.

Planning to be routine

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9 May 2019

Habit as a mediator of the planning-behaviour relationship in health care professionals

Using visualisation methods to analyse referral networks within community health care among patients aged 65 years and over

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9 May 2019

Using visualisation methods to analyse referral networks within community health care among patients aged 65 years and over

Nudging more cost-effective medication use across NHS organisations

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Project that will use behavioural insights methods to optimise health care workers’ medication prescribing and use choices, improve understanding of patient experience, and prioritise medication safet...

Joined-up care in action

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13 March 2019

The work of Pathway shows how services can be brought together to help homeless people with complex needs

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