terms of reference
(revised Jan 2016)

Aims of the alliance

  • To share learning between neurological voluntary organisations in the South West on issues relating to relevant national and local policy and general good practice in the provision of services and support.
  • To work proactively to influence health and social care at a strategic level across the South West, on the basis that the collective strength of the alliance is likely to have more impact than individual effort.
  • To identify gaps and overlaps in our work and to develop appropriate strategies with which to address them.
  • To seek joint education and awareness-raising opportunities with health and social care colleagues.
  • To provide mutual support through collaborative working and shared intelligence.

Participation in the work of alliance

Participation in the work of the alliance is open to neurological voluntary sector and related statutory body representatives working in the South West.

Frequency of alliance meetings

Meetings will be held 3-4 times per year.

Chairing and administrative arrangements

The responsibility of chairing and taking minutes at alliance meetings will be shared between group members on a rotational basis.

Key relationships

  • Colleagues (whether employees or volunteers) in each organisation
  • Neurology networks
  • Healthwatch
  • Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and social care service commissioners
  • Health and social care professionals providing services for people living with and affected by neurological conditions

Across the NHS South West, there are estimated to be nearly one million people living with some type of neurological condition. Check out the figures here: The number of people living with a long term condition in the NHS South West area

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