New! VCS Commissioning and Funding Framework for services in Portsmouth


Challenges lie ahead – preventing ill health, reducing health inequalities, reaching ‘hard to reach’ groups, helping people stay as independent as possible and for as long as possible, identifying and nurturing the strengths and talents within individuals and communities so that the demand on formal health and care services is reduced, and ensuring we all deliver integrated care. The VCS needs to be a key player alongside public sector bodies and is ideally placed to help tackle these challenges whilst at the same time releasing added social, environmental and economic benefits.

Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth CCG have set out the way forward for how they intend to commission services from the VCS across the council, and their approach will be formally launched at the end of March; it has been set out in the Voluntary and Community Sector Commissioning Framework. Their approach will see them move to ‘joint commissioning for outcomes’ and there is an expectation that external providers will participate in ongoing dialogue with them in order to share ownership of outcomes and transform services. Apart from bringing benefits to service users, ‘working together differently to do things differently’ is an absolute requirement given the current financial climate.

Action Portsmouth has produced a summary briefing of the Framework which is available below together with the draft Voluntary and Community Sector Commissioning Framework. Just click on the links below.