The organisations that are selected for the awards are truly impressive. As times get tougher for us all, and local authority and health funding is cut back the organisations that deliver outcomes that save the NHS money, treat the person holistically, and rebuild people's lives do have impressive leaders -and active users! Many are also delivering clinical services (as in the counselling provided by this year's winners). I think the NHS could learn a lot from the best of the voluntary sector -and many of these organisations have partnered with the statutory sector. In fact some of their most vocal advocates are referees from the statutory sector who work with them.
I'm afraid this is to become increasingly academic if, as a culturally sensitive volunteer care group in an inner city, recognised as important for 25 years by Adult Services, now looses all statutory funding and is told to become a business. As a registered care provider, is the only route to funding, as a small but effective volunteer service, an excellent model of good practice, the resort is to expensive in time and skill, private funding bids. This is no longer sustainable as a perfect Primary Care service.