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Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations play an important role in improving the health and care of people in local communities.

They help the Integrated Care System to make decisions that reflect people’s needs. They also deliver services for people across our area, often for people who would otherwise not get the help they need. In doing so, they help to reduce health inequalities in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

VCSE Role in COVID-19 response

The whole of the Integrated Care System has worked together during the Coronavirus pandemic.

VCSEs were critical in making sure that people had the right support during the crisis. Their volunteers offered practical support for isolated people, such as those with disabilities and the elderly.

Volunteers offered emotional support to those experiencing mental health issues. They worked with vulnerable communities to ensure they could access information, social connections and meet their basic food, shelter and their health and wellbeing needs.

VCSEs strengthen strategic decision making. They help to shape how we deliver services and reach those most at risk of poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy.

Our Communities Together Programme

Our Communities Together Programme works with the VCSE sector.

The programme helps to make changes. It identifies new opportunities for VCSE sector organisations to help shape services and decision making. It gives the VCSE the chance to challenge the way health and care works so that services are more inclusive and accessible.

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Latest news and highlights


26 January 2023

Catch-up flu clinics for children in Luton

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26 January 2023

Bedfordshire Hospitals’ Midwives win NHS England’s Chief Midwife Officer’s Silver Award

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley–Bent OBE, NHS England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, recently awarded three of our marvellous midwives at Bedfordshire Hospitals these coveted awards. The Chief Midwife…


26 January 2023

Healthy Mother, Healthy Pregnancy Event

Health and care professionals are invited to attend a ‘Healthy Mother, Healthy Pregnancy’ event hosted by the Local Maternity & Neonatal System (LMNS) at Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated…


24 January 2023

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Bedford Borough is encouraging residents who have received a letter from their GP inviting them to a cervical screening test, to attend their appointment. Screening helps to detect any pre-cancer…


17 January 2023

Changes to provider for Ivel Medical Centre, Biggleswade

Statement on Ivel Medical Centre, Biggleswade The GP partners at Ivel Medical Centre in Biggleswade have notified Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) of their decision…


17 January 2023

First ‘Using Quality Improvement to Tackle Inequity’ workshop held in BLMK

A workshop on using quality improvement to tackle inequity was delivered for the first time in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes – a big step forward as part of Bedfordshire,…

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