How the views of the VCSE sector have shaped the Norfolk and Waveney Five Year Plan for Improving Health and Care

The future role of the VCSE sector in the design and delivery of local health and care services is outlined in the latest draft version of the Norfolk & Waveney Health & Care Partnership’s 5–year plan.

The plan is still currently being finalised, with the latest version now with the Health and Wellbeing Boards in Norfolk and Suffolk for discussion.

The role and inclusion of the voluntary and community sector is highlighted throughout the report, (available via the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board and Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board Item 10, under Tabled Information) with a detailed section about VCSE involvement on pages 248-250 of the plan.

The plan, and this section in particular, is in response to work that begun in 2017 and includes feedback and priorities from the VCSE engagement events held in October 2019.

Central to this section is the development of an ‘Assembly model’ to build on effective engagement between the VCSE sector and statutory health and care providers and commissioners. Over next six months we will develop and finalise what the assembly will look like and how it will work, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding.

Over the coming months, VCSE infrastructure partners, including Voluntary Norfolk, Momentum, Community Action Norfolk and Community Action Suffolk, will work with the wider sector on developing shared principles and outcomes that will underpin the Assembly model, help to improve the health and wellbeing of people locally, as well as help to address some of the challenges facing both the statutory and VCSE organisations in Norfolk and Waveney.

A reminder that the full report from the October 2019 engagement events is available at


If you would like to play a part in the future of our local health care system and be kept informed about the development of the assembly please email