Community care minister Stephen Ladyman has announced that a new
body will be responsible for reviewing the strategic agreement
between the Department of Health, the NHS and the voluntary sector.
The National Strategic Partnership Forum will be made up of 25
members, including Barnardo’s and Age Concern England, and will
start work in April. It will be responsible for looking at how to
raise awareness of workforce issues, offering greater choice for
users and giving better value for public resources.
Ladyman said: “The forum will provide members with the opportunity
to influence departmental policy on the delivery of services.”