The King’s Fund has published ‘Investing in quality: the contribution of large charities to shaping future health and care’. The report was commissioned by the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which distributes funding to health and care charities.
By examining the work of six charities funded by NGS, the authors highlight the important and strategic role that large charities play in the health and care system. The report outlines how these charities have developed approaches to improving care that could help to tackle some of the most pressing policy challenges in health and care.
To realise the potential of large charities, the statutory sector will need to embrace the diversity of the voluntary and community sector and not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to partnership working.
The report also reflects on how voluntary and community sector organisations can maximise their impact. Opportunities exist to improve care beyond the conditions and settings that individual charities focus on. That will require a willingness to share innovations and take a long-term view of where they can best add value to people and communities in need of support.