Seven pilot sites will receive up to £3,000 to develop lay members and non-executive directors’ (NEDs) networks, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has announced.
The body representative of CCGs said it teamed with NHS England and NHS Improvement to set aside a £20,000 fund supporting the development of local non-executive community networks.
NHSCC said the plan is to roll out the scheme more widely if the pilot stage is successful.
Starting from yesterday (10 September), lay members and non-executive directors can apply for their share of funding, which was issued in a bid to achieve greater collaboration and integration across an STP, ICS, or ICP.
They have until 5pm on 10 October to submit their application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding was made available after members of the NHSCC Lay Members Network pointed to a lack of NED input when it comes the development of STPs and ICSs, according to NHSCC Lay Members Network chair Susanne Hasselmann.
She said: ‘There was a sense that collaboration across the non-executive and CCG lay member community locally could enhance and support the delivery of transformation.’
Ms Hasselmann added: ‘We are looking to foster innovation and new ways of engaging across a local system and hope that the pilots will act as exemplars and that we can spread the learning from them across the country in the future.’